I have to file this Halloween treat under the ‘Why didn’t I know about this record my entire life?’ category. As I was investigating another legendary horror actor who had a couple of LP’s filled with ghost stories. I was lucky enough to run across this YouTube video uploaded by David Longhorn, long since removed, featuring Roddy McDowall reading H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Hound’ from 1962! I would be hard pressed indeed to think of a better actor to tackle the works of the author, right?
While sadly it does appear that Roddy only recorded a couple stories from H.P. Lovecraft, I am grateful that internet has made it widely available. I am of course rather biased when it comes to the work of Roddy McDowall. As is quite evident I believe when you take a moment and listen to the Saturday Frights Podcast for Fright Night or even the The Cemetery. Of the the two podcasts, whose subjects feature McDowall, I humbly believe the latter is the superior podcast offering.
In the 60’s Roddy was appearing in all manner of awesome films and TV shows. The Twilight Zone, The Longest Day, Batman, and of course Planet of the Apes to name a few!
Besides The Hound, McDowall on the reverse side of the LP, reads The Outsider. Although I have always been partial to The Hound. In fact and I hope you can stifle a laugh, in my youth…I attempted to film an adaptation. In High School our video production club managed to pull off an adaptation of Berton Roueche’s The Lug Wrench. We even won an award for it in a local video festival as a matter of fact.
Emboldened by our success we began aiming for the moon, which is why I suggested The Hound. In all honesty what I had in mind was something similar to The Crate from 1982’s Creepshow. We scouted local cemeteries and started to round up a few actors to fill the few roles…but it just didn’t come together. I am pretty sure I still have some footage of the cemtery we decided upon – one day I might share that too.
It goes without saying that McDowall delivers a far greater product than what our adaptation would have been, right?
Hope you are in the mood for something spooky! Sit back and enjoy Roddy McDowall reading H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound!
Welcome back all of you fear fiends to a new installment of Saturday Frights! Tonight we offer for your enjoyment a duo of Night Gallery Episodes entitled “Make Me Laugh” as well as “Clean Kills and Other Trophies”.
Our first of the two offerings this evening “Make Me Laugh” was written by Rod Serling and directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Godfrey Cambridge delivering a powerful performance as a comedian who has seen his best days pass him by but thanks to a chance meeting with a miracle worker by the name of Chatterje (Jackie Vernon), the comedian might find you should be careful what you wish for. The episode also has appearances by Tom Bosley (Happy Days) and Al Lewis (The Munsters).
The second segment entitled “Cleans Kills and Other Trophies” is also written by Rod Serling and deals with the rigid Colonel Archie Dittman (Raymond Massey), a big game hunter who is disgusted by his sensitive son Archie Dittman Jr (Barry Brown) and his refusal to hunt. The disgust that the Colonel bestows on his Son goes beyond mere insults and browbeating, he has changed his will to stipulate that if Archie Jr. hasn’t killed a beast with a gun within 15 days his multimillion dollar inheritance will be forfeit.
So dim the lights and grab your favorite snacks and join us for Saturday Frights as we pay a visit to the Night Gallery.
As always I wish to thank Sean Hartter for the impressive artwork you see up top. Make sure to visit his site and check out all of the many wonderful works there.
After too long of a wait in my humble opinion, Universal Studios is releasing the third and final season of Night Gallery to DVD on April 10th!
In the third season of this classic television series, the hour long running time had been cut to 30 minutes by the heads of NBC. The 3 disc set will include 19 episodes starring the likes of Vincent Price, Patricia Sterling, Bill Bixby, James Farentino, John Astin, Joanna Pettet, Mickey Rooney, Raymond Massey, Sandra Dee, Dane Clark, Christopher Connelly, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, Roger Davis, Michael Lerner, and Leonard Nimoy to point out just a few.
I’ve not been able to find any information concerning the special features but if it’s anything like the second volume of the Night Gallery DVD, I hope there will be further commentary by the authors of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: An after-hours tour, Jim Benson and Scott Skelton.
This creepy episode of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery originally aired on the NBC network on the night of February 23rd, 1972. The first tale stars Richard Thomas (The Waltons), Michael Dunn (The Wild Wild West), Geraldine Page (The Rescuers), and Barbara Steele (8 1/2). It deals with a young man (Thomas) who must pretend to be a Sin-Eater at a nobleman’s wake.
The second tale in the episode deals with an abusive couple who mistreat their maid, in this case a robotic servant. It stars Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein), Broderick Crawford (Highway Patrol), Henry Jones (Vertigo), Severn Darden (The Six Million Dollar Man), and Lana Wood (Diamonds Are Forever). I have to say that I’m always very moved by Dr. Kessler’s (Darden) righteous anger towards the couple in this tale, he really does a great job with it.