Retro Radio Memories Ep. 81 (The Dream)

The Dream is a very special episode of the popular Lights Out series! Actually it was the start of a series of special episodes for that Old Time Radio show. As it not only featured Boris Karloff but marked the 4th Anniversary of the series. To help you get into the spirit of the Season you will find The Dream fits the bill!

Of course Lights Out is a program we have visited quite often in the past. It was a high-water mark for radio in the horror and thriller genre. Created by Wyllis Cooper it really found its popularity soaring when Arch Oboler took over. The series lasted from 1934 until 1947!

So what is The Dream about then?

This episode was written by Arch Oboler and introduces us to Daryl Hall, a Professor of Biology. We meet him as he stands accused of murder and is waiting for the jury to return to render their verdict. Hall is played by Karloff and as we listen in on his thoughts learn he never had a dream. Not until a few days previous that is when he began to be visited by a spectral Woman urging him to…kill! We listeners get to follow Daryl as he remembers the horror he has been witnessing – all thanks to The Dream.

Obviously Karloff absolutely kills in this role. With the script written by Oboler we truly are given some frightening mental images in the mind’s eye of the wraith haunting Hall. A very, very fine example of why Old Time Radio is still effective.

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Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 072 (The Spike Jones Show)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week we will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. Today we have an 1949 episode from the popular The Spike Jones Show that just so happens to feature Boris Karloff as a special guest star – so prepare yourself for some comedy skits and some classic music!

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Boris Karloff Enjoyed His Butter-Nut Coffee (1966)

The legendary Boris Karloff might be best known for portraying Dr. Frankenstein’s tortured creation in James Whale’s 1931 film adaptation of the classic Mary Shelley novel but that doesn’t mean he didn’t enjoy a hot cup of Joe now and again.

In this rather humorous 1966 TV commercial for Butter-Nut Coffee, you get the rare opportunity to act opposite of Karloff!

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I’m pretty sure the coffee that Karloff is helping to sell is for the Butter-Nut Food Company’s brand that was founded in 1959 but was purchased by Coca-Cola in 1964. The facility was housed in the Butternut Facility in Omaha, Nebraska until January 7, 2004 when it was sadly destroyed by a fire.

The Man Who Lived Again (1936)

Image courtesy of the Last Drive In

Image courtesy of the Last Drive In


What if I told you there was a film starring Boris Karloff that involved the act of brain transference? What if I told you that it was entitled The Man Who Changed His Mind, The Man Who Lived Again, as well as the Brainsnatcher depending on where it was released theatrically? Now what if I told you that it also involved Boris Karloff switching the ‘brains’ of one monkey with another…and that you could watch the whole film for free right this minute? Would that spark your interest?

[Via] MrFilmschatten

Behind The Scenes: The Mummy (1939)

As always a huge thank you to Quint over at Ain’t It Cool News for his continuing wonderful series of behind the scenes pics feature, this time spotlighting the classic Universal Monsters feature, The Mummy. Here we see the absolute gentleman of Horror, Boris Karloff, in his Jack Pierce created outift…taking time for just a bit of tea.

Hm. I think I could go for a cup of Irish Breakfast myself.