Our Sven crew continues to work from home- necessitating some encore performances of shows- so, for tonight on MeTV, we chose a movie that viewers really enjoy seeing- not just for its wacky qualities, but also for some of the Sven segments it includes- and we’ve even added something new! It’s some big time fun that brings an unhappy wife into a close encounter of the alien kind- that leads to her going from being the object of people’s pity to becoming a big woman in town-literally- and out for vengeance against her sleazy hubby! Beware the beautiful behemoth -it’s the “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”!
As if we haven’t been constantly seeing them lately,this 1958 sci-fi favorite opens with a newscast- featuring reports of sightings of a fireball streaking across the sky over various locations. Its current trajectory would seemingly bring it directly over the California desert. This proves to be more than accurate, as our upset wife, driving on a desert road, not only spots it- but almost runs right into it! Said “fireball” is actually a satellite ( it’s referred to as such throughout the film, though it actually looks like a big white weather balloon) that has now touched down to earth. The lady, Nancy, can’t escape, since her car stalls, and as she exits her vehicle to try to escape, we see a giant hand reaching for her! She barely escapes on foot, shouting all the while for her husband Harry ( prepared to hear the name “Harry” shouted a lot).
Harry, meanwhile, is otherwise occupied- hanging out in a dive bar with a young floozy! It’s no surprise that the couple is deep in discussion about ways to eliminate Harry’s wife. Since Nancy has a penchant for the bottle, the idea of enlisting a doctor who once had her committed to a sanitarium do the same thing again seems like their scheme of choice.
Meanwhile, just outside the bar, the local cops run into the still-fleeing Nancy- who’s in a panic, and tells them her story of the satellite and a giant alien. The officers, though skeptical, bring Nancy out to the location where she was accosted by the alien- only to find nothing- no alien, no satellite-just Nancy’s abandoned car. The police suspect the whole thing is just a delusion that came out of a booze bottle, but Nancy maintains that the alien was real, and seemed to be reaching for the massive diamond she is wearing. The cops warn her of the dangers of flashing a big rock like that around, and consider the case closed.
Nancy returns home, only to, amazingly, find her hubby is actually there (and not at the bar, nor the hotel where he has his side gal Honey stashed). Nancy’s kindly butler, a longtime part of her family, tries to tend to her, but Harry sternly sends him away. After some nasty bickering, tipsy Nancy finally relents because, deep down inside, she still loves Harry. Harry pretends to return her affection, and “lovingly” urges her to sleep it off.
Honey puts heavy pressure on Harry to take care of the Nancy problem, since she’s tired of waiting around for him. Even without the internet, word of Nancy’s “delusion” spreads all over town- and the poor woman’s doctor is called in, as per the scheming couple’s plan. His examination shows that she is in very fragile condition, both physically and mentally. He provides the butler with medication and the warning to, above all, keep her away from the alcohol. He should have also told him to keep her away from Harry- because, again, she gets into an argument with her wayward hubby- and, after seeing an insensitive TV report making fun of her, demands that Harry accompany her out in the desert- to look for the alien and prove she is telling the truth!
Unlike her earlier search with the police, this one proves frighteningly successful- and what occurs brings about incredible changes in Nancy- as well as tying in her diamond, radiation, and the giant alien being- leading to some of the most famous scenes from the movie- with 50 foot Nancy in search of- and bellowing for- “Harry”!
The low-level special effects notwithstanding, this is a fun (and funny) movie- with the eye candy of not only Allison Hayes as the gorgeous giant Nancy, but also the sultry “other woman” Honey- Yvette Vickers. We’ll run down the rest of the cast as well- and- we bring back some special content, including a two-part interview with the men who voiced “Pinky and The Brain” and scores of other characters- the great Rob Paulsen and Maurice LeMarche! At the door near the end of the show- we reprise the visit from famed late night and SNL character, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, brought to us by Robert Smigel ! And- we have a new interview with gorgeous ( and less than 50 foot woman) actress Cerina Vincent, who’s been in such films as “”Cabin Fever” and “Not Another Teen Movie”, and had a stint as the Yellow Power Ranger . And, of course, Kerwyn again brings us our mail segment from his palatial home ( how does he afford such a nice place with what MeTV pays him?)
“Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” returns on MeTV tonight at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 pm central- if you’re unsure of the time and channel in your area, please check your local listings or at www.metv.com . Our viewers continue to live-Tweet during the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #svengoolie - and we keep trending nationally every week, so feel free to join in! Chicago area viewers can have a second date with “Dracula’s Daughter” at 11 am on the U !
If you’re doing those Zoom meetings- you can get virtual backgrounds from various MeTV shows (including ours) to use during them- just check at www.metv.com and click on “backgrounds”. Also, visit the store- Sven merchandise continues to be available.
We again urge you to follow the current quarantine rules, keep yourself and your families and friends safe- and stay together-apart- with us for the legendary lady who’s large and in charge!