I Thought I Thaw a "Giant Claw"- on MeTV Tonight!

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I’m not sure why , on Groundhog Day, this reminds me of Thanksgiving- what with thawing (real life) and a big bird (movie-wise)- but tonight on MeTV, as much of the country gets a break from the deep freeze, we’re happy to be bringing you a movie new to our program- that is legendary to some extent for certain reasons- as  the earth is plagued by a feathered fiend that seems totally unstoppable- causing mayhem with “The Giant Claw”!

This 1957 sci fi feature starts, like “Deadly Mantis”, up near the North Pole- but no big thawing bug is causing the problems this time out. Mitch MacAfee, an aeronautical engineer, is out for a test flight- and spots the strange shadow of a UFO ( no, not a flying ground hog) winging past him in the sky.  He reports it to the authorities, and, in spite of the bogie not showing up on any radar, they send out planes to find the object. Not only do they find nothing- but one of the planes never returns! The big shots accuse Mitch of causing the loss by staging a stupid hoax- while Mitch is outraged by the accusation.

Mitch heads back to New York, along with Sally, a female mathematician who had been assisting in his test flight, on a small plane - when the pilot spots the same UFO- which causes the plane to crash on a farm in the Adirondacks, owned by a French-Canadian farmer. While the authorities continue to be skeptical, they soon are forced to believe- when the UFO makes more appearances and more planes are lost. Before long, the evidence is clear- that unidentified flying object is a huge bird- quoted time and time again as being “as big as a battleship”!

They struggle to discover why the big bird doesn’t show up on radar, and why no weapon seems to hurt it- and, once the fantastic reason is discovered- they must find a way to stop this invincible winged enemy!

“The Giant Claw” is a truly entertaining movie, though legendary for the fact that the monster itself is- shall we say, to put it mildly- “unusual looking”. ( We’ve worked to keep the visual a surprise for those who haven’t seen the movie, and would ask our blog commenters to do the same.) We’ll explain WHY the filmmakers took that route for the big bird, as well as filling you in on the cast, which includes some familiar faces, including Jeff Morrow, the lovely Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum, and Robert Shayne. There’s the usual Sven shtick, including a song- and – for all our Super-friends out there, we’ll show you the amazing “Hall of Heroes” museum in Elkhart, Indiana!

“The Giant Claw” will be gripping you tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or, for info where you live, you can check your local listings, or at . We appreciate the scores of Sven fans who have been on Twitter during the show, and live- tweeting using the hashtag #svengoolie – this has kept us trending in the top ten in America for the past few weeks! For our local Chicago area viewers, you can get a look at the movie that brought us great ratings on MeTV last week- “the Werewolf”- at 11 am on WCIU, the U.

Though it isn’t as cold, we do have a great Warm-Up sale going on in our Sven store and the MeTV store- get hoodies, sweatshirts, and long sleeve tees for 15% off through Feb. 3rd – just use the promo code METV15. Also in the store- at the regular price- we still have the current Sven action figure with its own glow-in-the-dark long sleeve shirt- we did order more inventory this time, but they are selling fast, so get them while they last! You’ll find the Sven “store” tab right here on our site.

If you’re reading this early enough, with slightly better weather today- you can be like the groundhog and venture out of your abode- because I will be making an appearance at the Real Art collectibles store in- of all places- BERWYN! Come on out and see the cool items they have available in their warehouse sale- and meet me for autographs ( one item per person)  and photos from 1 to 3 pm. As always, we encourage you to get in line early, in the likely event that we’ll have to cut off the line to end on time! You’ll find the info under the “appearances” tab, also on our site.

Join us tonight on MeTV  when we give you the bird- and save you a drumstick attached to a “Giant Claw”!

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Matt 6 months ago
Happy Sci-fi Friday Everyone !
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Matt Catbat 6 months ago
To you too Catbat !
Matt Lynn 6 months ago
Howdy Lynn !
Lynn Catbat 6 months ago
You bet, Catbat!
Lynn Matt 6 months ago
Howdy do, Matt!
MADave 6 months ago
Ok gang time to go to bed gotta big day tomorrow got to get new faucets with a 4 inch center and then going to the mall and good luck everyone n dale’s contest!
daleuhlmann MADave 6 months ago
Have a good night, David! I have a similar but slightly different contest in mind involving Mr. Abbott for tomorrow..
daleuhlmann 6 months ago
Let's lighten things up with a little contest. Tomorrow we will see Bud Abbott with a moustache, which he wore throughout most of the 1950's. His daughter thought that the stash gave her dad a "whole new look" that went well with his fast-talking con man character.

So how do you like your Bud?--clean-shaven or with a cookie duster? Let the voting begin.
MADave daleuhlmann 6 months ago
I think he looked good with the mustache vert Clark Gabel like my grandfather had one and my dad’s was a bit heavier
daleuhlmann MADave 6 months ago
I tend to agree, David! I think it really enhanced his appearance.
Catbat daleuhlmann 6 months ago
You know I purrfurr my men with facial hair.
daleuhlmann Catbat 6 months ago
I KNOW you do!😉
StuGotz 6 months ago
stoked for tomorrow, never blogged on this site before. see you then
Good night all
Ravenwoman 6 months ago
Good night and sweet dreams, enjoy the movie tomorrow night. Men are from Mars and Women from Venus.

StuGotz Ravenwoman 6 months ago
thats my favorite rock song of all time, kicks butt thanks for posting
Ravenwoman StuGotz 6 months ago
You're welcome, Stugots! 😆😁💓🗽🚀
Ravenwoman 6 months ago
I'm waiting for A & C's rocket to shoot past! 🚀👨‍🚀👩‍🚀🗽😘

MADave 6 months ago
Evening all sorry I haven’t been blog today it’s just been a rotten day nothing seems to go right hen you want it to, I’m hoping Sven, Bud and Lou will make feel better tomorrow night
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I'm so sorry to hear about their passing, Larry. I believd we saw both cats when we visited you and Pat for Svengoolie and CURSE OF THE UNDEAD during B B 2. I know it's difficult, but be comforted by the memories of their wonderful companipnship.
Catbat MADave 6 months ago
I,m so glad. I knew you would give it a good home
scottieO LarryTheTrainGuy 6 months ago
Very sorry you have had two losses in such a short time.
1MikeM LarryTheTrainGuy 6 months ago
Larry, I am so sorry to hear that Timothy and Fred have passed away.
Catbat 6 months ago
A bit of information
Carl_N_Brown Catbat 6 months ago
I remembered Mars Bars from my youth. I went to a supermarket, a convenience store, a department store, another convenience store, and finally another department store, in a vain search for Mars Bars for tomorrow night's movie. I thought, hey, they ought be in the same section as the Milk Way bars, you know, Mars is part of the Solar System which is part of the Milky Way, it would just be rocket science.

All is not lost. On my quest I picked up a classic Milky Way, a Midnight Milky Way (dark chocolate), and Simply Caramel Milky Way (chocolate and carmel but no nougat), an 8 pack of D cells, and a pair of work boots. (I hate to walk out without buying something, don't want to look like I don't know what I am looking for.)
Catbat Carl_N_Brown 6 months ago
Haha I bought 3 Midnight Milky Way (2 for Remmy) and 3 Caramel Milky Way for my Mom.
Here in Forest Park IL we live about two miles from the Mars Candy Co. on Oak Park Ave . We drive right by it on our way to see friends on the North Side of Chicago. You can smell the chocolate for blocks as you come and go by the plant. It has it's own Metra train station called you guessed it "Mars"
Oh, I remember vacationing with aunt and uncle in York PA. A big treat was visiting Hershey Park. Last visit was 1970 with wife. ... memories of chocolate air ...
daleuhlmann 6 months ago
Sad news for film fans: the great actor Albert Finney has passed away. He starred in so many great films that it's difficult to know where to start. Many film scholars will cite his signature film TOM JONES, but there were so many others, too, including SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING, SCROOGE, ANNIE. and ERIN BROCKOVICH. He was even in a very good werewolf movie, WOLFEN. RIP. Mr. Finney.
Catbat daleuhlmann 6 months ago
RIP Albert Finny. Thanks for the great memories. Gone but not forgotten.
Carl_N_Brown 6 months ago
What happens to the comment counter when it hits the magic rollover from dec 2046 to 2048 (hex 7FF to 800)?
daleuhlmann 6 months ago
Cesar Romero (the Joker) and Virginia Grey (art columnist Joan Medford from HOUSE OF HORRORS) are on WAGON TRAIN today.
dh daleuhlmann 6 months ago
Yeah, I saw that. I had the volume down so don't know what they were up to.
Catbat 6 months ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve Morning All!
daleuhlmann Catbat 6 months ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve to you, too, dear!☺
1MikeM Catbat 6 months ago
Catbat, Happy Svengoolie Eve to you.
Lynn Catbat 6 months ago
You too, Catbat!
dh Catbat 6 months ago
Happy to you too
The1Butler dh 6 months ago
Ready for Bud & Lou !
JournalJeff2 6 months ago
Happy Svengoolie Eve!
Can`t wait to go to Venus...or Mars!
I enjoy a good A & C movie.
Have a Great Day & Take Care!
1MikeM JournalJeff2 6 months ago
JournalJeff2, Happy Svengoolie Eve to you.
dh JournalJeff2 6 months ago
Dust off your space suit
Oscar 6 months ago
TGIF......have a great day every1 🍻🎉🎊
1MikeM Oscar 6 months ago
Thanks Oscar, have a great day too.
dh 6 months ago
Another passing of note for music fans: Jim Dunlop Sr. , aged 82.
dh 6 months ago
Made it thru surgery so am home today looking at MeTV.
Forget sending flowers- just send Mars Bars, especially maple Mars bar.
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daleuhlmann dh 6 months ago
So happy to hear that you're home now. Good vibes to you for a speedy recovery!
Lynn dh 6 months ago
Sending good vibes, dh!
daleuhlmann dh 6 months ago
Excellent rendition of this classic routine from A & C's 1945 film HERE COME THE CO-EDS. It was first performed by comic Billy Bevan in a silent Mac Sennett short. A & C repeated this bit in an episode of their TV series, and did variations on it in two other films of theirs, THE WISTFUL WIDOW OF WAGON GAP AND LOST IN ALASKA. The Three Stooges also performed this routine several times.
scottieO dh 6 months ago
Hope you get better real soon. Throw a few maple Mars bars in the blender and everything will be right as rain.
Ravenwoman 6 months ago
Good morning! Rainy here in Flushing, 🗽 I love a rainy day to reflect. Please enjoy the movie tomorrow night and have some good laughs!
Please stay within me and blessed be! 💓🕊

1MikeM Ravenwoman 6 months ago
Thanks Michele, eso es excelente!
Ravenwoman 1MikeM 6 months ago
Always luv ya, Michael! 😘🗽 I am being mindful not to clutter. 😌 Please enjoy the movie tonight! 💓🚀👩‍🚀👨‍🚀
TheKodakKid 6 months ago
Some celebrity birthdays of note.

Composer-conductor John Williams is 87. The Grand Poobah on musical scores for movies and television. We get to here his work often, since he composed the themes for “Lost in Space”, “Land of the Giants”, and “Time Tunnel”. Before he struck out on his own, he was a pianist for Henry Mancini. He played on the recording for the “Peter Gunn” theme, and did the opening riff.

Actor Nick Nolte is 78. Among the roles he was considered for and passed over or turned down are Superman, Han Solo, and John McClane.

Singer-songwriter Ron Tyson is 70. He has the longest tenure of any member of The Tempations.

Actress Brooke Adams is 69. Prolific amount of TV and film work. She is married to actor-director Tony Shaloub.

Actress Mary Steenburgen is 66. Another actress with a prolific body of work that is also married to a well known name in the business, Ted Danson.
PatS TheKodakKid 6 months ago
I'm a big fan of John Williams' music in general. What works best is when the director works with the composer for maximum effect. Classic example -- a shot of mere scenery, meaning little in itself. Add some mysterious theme music and suddenly you know just what the characters are feeling about this place.
1MikeM TheKodakKid 6 months ago
Yes indeed, a very Happy Birthday to John Williams! Jaws, Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Outstanding!
LarryTheTrainGuy 1MikeM 6 months ago
Also the musical theme for the Olympic Games and "The Mission" the theme for NBC News
CarrieLynnCastro 6 months ago
I just might make it
too Perry Mason not really sure 😩 trying
to stay awake!

Gosh it's 36* tonight
It's cold well for me
it is 😉

Out early tomorrow
mom's Dr. appt going to
be frosty 😨 out!
Going to need a extra
cup of coffee ☕☕

Almost Perry Mason
📺 20 minutes.
No guarantee I won't
fall asleep during the show it always happens
and I miss the ending
wake up and the show is over 😫

Good night ☄🌒☄

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