Thursday, 3 January 2013
A MONSTER COMEDY HIT...
It was 1973 and I had a Saturday job working in a CO-OP store in a far away neighbourhood. From about 8 a.m. 'til 12.30 p.m. I'd toil away for either £1 or £1.50 (I can no longer recall the precise amount), which went towards feeding my comics dependency of the time. Trouble was, before I had taken this job, I had gotten into the habit of watching old black and white movies on Saturday morning TV, like OLD MOTHER RILEY Meets The VAMPIRE and various other comedies of that ilk.
One Friday evening, I was torn over whether I should take a sickie as ABBOTT & COSTELLO Meet FRANKENSTEIN was the movie being shown the next morning, and it was one I'd wanted to see for quite some while, having previously caught a clip of it at some stage. In the end, my conscience won out (to say nothing of my need for money) and off I dutifully trotted to work, though not without deep reservations.
Cut to around 12 or 13 years later (and another house away), and I eventually got to see the movie on TV one evening, finally fulfilling the ambition of almost half my life before at that point. It's a great little movie (despite BELA LUGOSI's undead Count casting a reflection in a mirror), and it gave actor GLENN STRANGE more screen time as the monster than in any of his two previous appearances in HOUSE Of FRANKENSTEIN and HOUSE Of DRACULA from a few years before.
(Incidentally, LON CHANEY Jr. filled in for Strange in one scene when he injured his foot, meaning that Chaney plays two monsters in the movie, the other of course being the WOLFMAN.)
I've watched it quite a few times since then, having bought it when it was released on video and then on DVD. If you haven't seen it before, it really is well worth checking out. Whenever I view it again, I can't help but be reminded of my Saturday morning job in the Co-op and the smell of cold ham from the meat counter. Glenn Strange was still alive in 1973 (he died in September that year), so I always kind of regret not seeing the movie when I first had the chance, nearly 40 years ago.
Posted by Kid at Thursday, January 03, 2013