Two pieces of feedback on yesterday’s piece about spook shows are too good not to share. First, Bob Burns was kind enough to send along a newspaper ad for a 1948 show at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles that promised lucky kids a chance to see both Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange) onstage. As Bob says, “What a thrill to see Bela and Glenn in person!” The ad was given to him by Strange, a lifelong friend of Bob’s who played the monster in a number of the 1940s Universal features—including the one on this bill, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Gary Meyer, who provided some of yesterday’s visual goodies, pointed out that several Lugosi oddities are now viewable on—
—that ubiquitous source of miscellany, YouTube. There is the 1931 Intimate Interviews with Dorothy West, which used to circulate on 16mm.
It’s one of an understandably short-lived series of one-reelers showing the stars at home (the only other one I’ve seen features James Cagney). It does offer a rare glimpse of Lugosi out of character.
But somehow I had never seen Bela doing a magic act on the TV show You Asked For It in 1953, hosted by Art Baker.
Finally, there is a wonderful film clip, the source of which I have never discovered (though it’s almost surely from an episode of Screen Snapshots) that was used in the memorable 1964 episode of Hollywood and the Stars called “Monsters We’ve Known and Loved” that had the distinction of not using one single clip from a Universal Picture. Yet this features the kings of horror, Karloff and Lugosi, in a nice bit of staged banter.