More Saucers in the Air Than in an Ed Sullivan Act- "Earth VS the Flying Saucers" Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV- it’s time for some special sci fi thrills we haven’t shown in a while! It comes from what we could call the Frightened ‘50s- when agitated observers around the world were on the lookout for spaceships in the skies- and worried about invasion by alien beings- as we witness their worst fears becoming a reality! Brought to life by the incredible stop-motion animation of  Ray Harryhausen, It’s a mind-boggling battle between terrestrials and beings from beyond in “Earth VS the Flying Saucers”!

Actually, going back to medieval times, and then becoming almost fad-like starting in the late 1940s and into the ‘50s, sightings of flying discs have intrigued and frightened mankind. When this film premiered in 1956, Americans definitely were close to the height of watching for flying saucers- so, this film, based on a best-selling book about flying saucers by a retired Marine Corps major was bound to be a hit.

We meet scientist Russell Marvin, who is heading a project to launch research satellites, on his way to work at the local military base, accompanied by his brand-new bride Carol- when their commute suddenly becomes anything but ordinary as a strange flying saucer buzzes their automobile! Russell coincidentally had a tape recorder running when it happened- but no further proof of what they encountered. Another coincidence-Carol’s father, General Hanley, has some bad news- all the satellites they’ve launched seem to have crash-landed back to earth. With no obvious cause for this abrupt failure of the satellites, Russell has his own theories, after what they saw in the sky earlier.

His suspicions are proven right when a saucer actually lands at their facility the very next day! Aliens disembark, and the frightened military guards open fire on them. Suffering a casualty of one of their own, the aliens protect themselves with a force field- and take horrible vengeance on the occupants of the facility, with Russell and Carol surviving- but Carol’s dad the General has been taken by the aliens!

The audio on Russell’s tape recorder turns out to be a message, which he finally decodes- explaining why the aliens destroyed his satellites, and what their intentions are, the main one being- the occupation of Earth! A proposed meeting with the aliens ends up with a group including Russell and Carol being brought aboard one of the saucers, to witness how information can be extracted from a human brain. They also learn of other atrocities caused by these aliens, who release some of the earth people to set up a meeting with the world’s leaders so that they may negotiate the surrender of the planet to its new masters.

Russell begins an exhaustive study of everything they can determine about the aliens, and what could protect the earth from these intruders. It all comes down to a mammoth battle, with the saucermen attacking major cities around the world!

All this mayhem is depicted in astonishing form by the stop-motion wizardry of Harryhausen- from the spinning discs to the destruction of famous landmarks. We’ll talk about his work, the cast including Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, and Morris Ankrum, and give you some behind-the-scenes information about what you’re seeing. Plus- of course- Sven saucer shtick and –a song we did when we first showed this film locally in the Chicago market.

“Earth VS the Flying Saucers” takes off on MeTV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- if you need to check for time and/or channel where you are, you can get info in your local listings, or at . The live-Tweeting during the program continues on Twitter with viewers posting using the hashtag #svengoolie . In the Chicago viewing area this morning, viewers can get a second frightening look at “Tarantula” at 11 am on CW26.

Many of you may have seen the sad news this week of the passing of a wonderful creative man- Bill Jackson. On the national scene, he was known for the series “Gigglesnort Hotel”, but he was a renowned and honored host of many kids’ programs in the Chicago market that were also beloved by adults, including “Cartoon Town”, “BJ and Dirty Dragon” and more. Bill wrote all the scripts, did all the character voices, created the puppets, did artwork- and did it all extremely well. Above all, he was a very kind man. I first got to know Bill when he was doing his shows at Chicago’s WFLD, at the same time that Jerry G. Bishop was doing his Svengoolie shows there. I actually got to know Bill much better years later, when he would return to Chicago for various events, and he even came on the “Stooge-a-palooza” show done by Rich Koz. He would always say to me, as far as “our” kind of television programming, “you’re the last man standing!” I learned a lot from him, utilize some of his techniques in the shows I do, and have always aspired to be like him (as well as my mentor Jerry G.). It was a huge compliment to me that he liked what I do. He is another giant whose like we will not see again.

And speaking of giants- join us tonight to witness the genius of Ray Harryhausen- and to be amazed by what his UFOs can do!

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1MikeM 3 months ago
.....and it's almost time for da new blog...ready set go!
Klaatu 3 months ago
Not a lot of new active posts here. Is everyone waiting in the inky shadows for the new blog?
vettenoir Klaatu 3 months ago
14 minutes to go...
Jack 3 months ago
All this talk of snow has me thinking that Sven should look into whether Weigel can air _The Fearless Vampire Killers_...
Klaatu Jack 3 months ago
Fearless is a great movie. It’s funny, sexy, scary…everything a horror movie should be.
1MikeM Jack 3 months ago
I was just watching Once Upon a Time in Hollywood last Sunday night and Steve McQueen was talking about Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski and Jay Sebring. Talkin' 'bout the three of them and that they are inseparable. By the way, actor Damien Lewis who played McQueen did a great job and he looked just like him.
MrsG 3 months ago
Good Luck speed racers !
Will be checking up on Yinz after a loooong winter’s nap !
Zzzzzz ~_~ Zzzzzz
Geo 3 months ago
I am hoping I do not lose cable in the snowstorm over the weekend. I wanted to catch this weeks feature. The snow is really piling up outside.
Katink Geo 3 months ago
Stay safe, Geo!
Geo Katink 3 months ago
Thanks Katink, will do.
PatS 3 months ago
Awwww you far-easties get what was left over from Chicago. We got 4 inches of snow over the weekend -- then 4 more on Monday -- then 4 more today (Friday). And no prospect of thaw until Tuesday -- plus more snow due on Wednesday. Lots of arguments about "which is worse, snow or cold?" Including --

You don't have to shovel cold.
Cold isn't pretty.
You can't go sledding on cold.
You can drive in cold.

It's the "places to go" that messes up with either one! And in Chicago we're expected to "soldier on" in just about any weather. I'm checking out opportunities in Albuquerque...

Stay safe, stay warm and Tune In!
MrsG PatS 3 months ago
Geez my knees !
Transylvania weather is probably better than what Yinz are enduring PatS !
JournalJeff3 PatS 3 months ago
This something I rarely get to say. The snow seems to be staying south this year! We have had just over 8 inches total so far here in Milwaukee.
Klaatu PatS 3 months ago
I don’t want to downplay snow, but I guess I’m glad to be a West Coast whimp, where I can say “Snow is a great thing to visit, but I’m glad I don’t live in it.” Stay warm and safe👍
Katink PatS 3 months ago
You really got hit with snow this week, PatS! We didn't get nearly that much. Stay safe!
MrsG Jack 3 months ago
WOW , see that ? !
Great vampire weather !
Thanks Jack 🧛‍♀️
MADave 3 months ago
Congrats on passing your exam gabste a job well done 👍
Klaatu 3 months ago
What’s the first thing I did today (after pre-making Butternut squash soup & spaghett carbonara)? Go relax at a cafe and sip this Old Fashioned. Mmmmmmmm….
Aceman2 Klaatu 3 months ago
Sounds great
PatS Klaatu 3 months ago
Mmmmmm indeed!
Yvette 3 months ago
Hello Sven Family. Just waiting for the 6-9 inches of snow we’re getting here on the East coast. Good thing I didn’t have to go to the grocery store like I usually do when expecting a snowstorm ❄️. Bought groceries last week. Except I still don’t have my Raisinettes. Supply issues, 😩.

Hey Congrats to Gabste on becoming a general contractor - You go Girl!

Guess what I accidentally saw tomorrow night’s movie 🎥 last week elsewhere but that won’t stop me from watching again. It’s kind of a bit draggy to me in the beginning but it picks up with a surprise twist - don’t worry no spoilers 😁 !
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Jack gabste 3 months ago
Other way around (sort of). The “Road to Nowhere” video was done in 1985. Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and “Big Time” were done the following year. Stephen R. Johnson directed all three videos.
JournalJeff3 Yvette 3 months ago
Stay safe!
Yvette DrClayton 3 months ago
😁 yup the painting forgot eggs. Always, bread milk and eggs.
The1Butler 3 months ago
Morticia is riding the Wagon Train ! 🧙🏻‍♀️
MrsG The1Butler 3 months ago
YAY yippee yo !
Keen WT sighting Butler ~ Carolyn Jones and Claude Akins ~ 10-Q !
🤠 *_* 🤠
The1Butler MrsG 3 months ago
Before she met Gomez 😃
daleuhlmann 3 months ago
I'm watching THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN right now. Sven has just GOT to show that movie again! This recent reviewing just confirms what I've always felt: that Peter Cushing's character of Baron Frankenstein was definitely inspired by the atrocities of of Nazi war criminals like Dr. Joseph Mengele. It has also convinced me how underrated Christopher Lee's performance as "The Creature" has always been.

Drang 3 months ago
Went to the doc yesterday because we are out of the quarantine period but I have a persistent cough, bad enough I am worried about getting pneumonia.
Doc diagnosed it as "post-viral cough", common "last up to eight weeks". 🥴
They way everyone's spun up over Flu Manchu, running around in public coughing isn't a very pleasant prospect; she prescribed a cough suppressant, and recommended hot drinks. So I guess I'll be sticking to hot toddys...
But what's this? "Some studies suggest that theobromine is effective."
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TheKodakKid Drang 3 months ago
One of the medications I take has a dry cough as a side effect. Really wasn’t an issue until Covid showed up. Now, I sometimes get funny looks when I cough.
Drang PatS 3 months ago
TJs for candied ginger. And dark chocolate covered ginger!
abc123 Drang 3 months ago
ginger for a sore throat? no love for mary ann?
Drang abc123 3 months ago
Team Mary Ann all day every day!
LarryTheTrainGuy 3 months ago
If we really want some fun how about this for a Saturday Night Sven movie
This indeed would be a fun one, Larry, in the vein of ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN!
MrsG LarryTheTrainGuy 3 months ago
10-Q LTTG !
Love Love Love the Bowery Boys ~ wish MeTV could run their series of episodes !
gabste MrsG 3 months ago
Me too Mrs G !
Drang 3 months ago
I really was going to get up and watch toons this morning, but... Nah.😴

So, since Gabste passed her General Contractor exam, do we address her as General?
How many stars?
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gabste Katink 3 months ago
Thank you so much Katink !
gabste MrsG 3 months ago
Yummy !!!
gabste NoPersonalChicks 3 months ago
Ha ha ha ha ha just like the test ! 😂😂😆😆😆🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤗
gabste KeithJ 3 months ago
Aceman2 3 months ago
Congratulations Gabste on passing your NC general contractors building exam!
gabste Aceman2 3 months ago
NoPersonalChicks 3 months ago
KeithJ mentioned, and others commented about the STS-51L Challenger explosion 36 years ago today. We had just moved a year earlier to the Clear Lake area of Houston after I got a job with GE and lived about a mile from NASA's Johnson Space Center.
President Reagan addressed the nation the night of the disaster with a speech written by the great Peggy Noonan. It ends: "We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God."
On Jan 31, he came to JSC to eulogize the seven astronauts. It was for the families and NASA employees only with very little press. His motorcade passed right under our apartment balcony on Space Center Blvd. I told the wife "I'm going". She said there's no way you're going to get in, but I did. He delivered another powerful, heartfelt speech I assume also written by Noonan. After, President Reagan and the First Lady spent hours taking time with each of the families. Ronald McNair was a friend's neighbor. We played basketball with him once at a park on their street.
Then on Feb 1, 2003, STS-107 Columbia blew up on re-entry after a chunk of the thermal protection system blew off during launch. Debris scattered all over eastern Texas and western Louisiana. The failure of Challenger's Morton Thiokol's solid rocket boosters and Columbia's heat shield were completely preventable. In 1988 STS-27 Atlantis also had extensive TPS tile damage but survived with five aboard.
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Jack NoPersonalChicks 3 months ago
I remember where I was, both times—which makes sense for a kid who grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo flights. Also, on 12 August 1977, at band camp, Mr. Tate kept us indoors after lunch so we could watch the _Enterprise_ glide test in the rec room.
Jack NoPersonalChicks 3 months ago
Yep, and the trombone section was mostly _Star Trek_ geeks.
MrsG 3 months ago

So proud of our gabste !
We ALL knew You had it , not only in Your pretty little cranium , but in every sore muscle and bone of Your Being !
Glad You passed and now don’t have to worry !
Also congratulations to You and Mikeyyy scoring the 3000 mark in the march to meet the HAUNTED STRANGER !
Mikeyyy MrsG 3 months ago
Yes we're so proud of her!

She didn't even tell us she was taking a test. Yesterday she said she had some lumber coming in, then she come in today with this news!

How you been feeling MrsG? sounds like your holding your own against what er you had. Hope your husband is doing well also!
Lynn MrsG 3 months ago
gabste, I don't know if you will see my original comment to your initial announcement, but I am so very proud of you. Congratulations!!!🎉
MrsG Mikeyyy 3 months ago
Thanks Mikeyyy ~
Sven and Friends mean so much !
Facing and surviving challenges lately as many are ~ always trying to stay positive , grateful and hopeful ~ we know that things could be worse huh ? !
Love ~ Peace ~ Sventherapy
gabste MrsG 3 months ago
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH MRS G !!! Means alot to me. You guys are the best
gabste Mikeyyy 3 months ago
I kept it a secret ! I didn't want to disappoint myself or you guys if I didn't pass ! 😀
gabste Lynn 3 months ago
THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH LYNN ! I just got home and looked at the board! I keep scrolling down !
gabste MrsG 3 months ago
Feel better MrsG. I have been so busy that I haven't had time to look through the board !
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