CineSavant Column

Saturday November 9, 2019


Correspondent Jonathan Gluckman forwards a link to a pretty funny Stan Freberg Radio Show about Werewolves, from 1957. Part of the fun is listening to the voices of June Foray and Daws Butler. The actual werewolf ‘story’ begins around 8:14; it references I Was a Teenage Werewolf and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. Freberg is pretty amusing — the show was going off the airwaves after only 14 or so episodes.

Arnold Leibovit is deep into his recovery-and-restore efforts for a Volume 2 Blu-ray of George Pal Puppetoons; I reviewed his first Puppetoon compilation disc here. He’s soliciting $ to finish the job and has a page that calls out ‘Be Part of History in the Making!’, with a cool sampler video of shots from the first volume.

And correspondent Lee Kaplan forwards this inspiring 2017 obituary for Curt Lowens, the star of Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory, reviewed just last week. He was not only a Holocaust survivor but a resistance operative in the Netherlands, saving Jewish children. He also rescued and protected two downed Allied airmen. That knowledge certainly puts the werewolf movie in a different light. It isn’t even mentioned, but his many other movie and TV appearances are … mostly playing Nazis.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson