Shock Theatre, Chicago Style: WBKB-TV's Late Night Horror Showcase, 1957-1959

Shock Theatre, Chicago Style: WBKB-TV's Late Night Horror Showcase, 1957-1959

by Donald F. Glut
     
 

From December 1957 through October 1959, Chicago TV viewers were held in thrall by "Marvin," the ghoulishly hilarious host of WBKB-TV's late-night horror film series Shock Theatre. Marvin and his lady friend "Dear" (her face ever hidden from the camera) introduced thousands of Chicagoland youngsters to such classic Universal chillers as Frankenstein, Dracula and

Overview

From December 1957 through October 1959, Chicago TV viewers were held in thrall by "Marvin," the ghoulishly hilarious host of WBKB-TV's late-night horror film series Shock Theatre. Marvin and his lady friend "Dear" (her face ever hidden from the camera) introduced thousands of Chicagoland youngsters to such classic Universal chillers as Frankenstein, Dracula and The Wolf Man. This history of Shock Theatre focuses on the series and its creator, Marvin himself—in real life, the multi-talented Terry Bennett, whose wife Joy played "Dear." Terry's son Kerry Bennett provides an affectionate foreword, while celebrated horror host Count Gore De Vol (Dick Dyszel) supplies the afterword. Included are dozens of photos and vintage advertisement reproductions, as well as two appendices featuring a resume of Terry Bennett's career and a list of films telecast during his two-year Shock Theatre run.

Editorial Reviews

Filmfax
lively information...definitive
Mad Scientist
Glut has provided a magisterial glimpse of the show...an enjoyable historical excursion into the early years of genre movie television broadcasting
Scarlet
Glut is a readable writer and a thorough researcher...stands as the ultimate record of the show

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786468058
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/24/2012
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Donald F. Glut is a prolific book and article writer, and movie producer-director. Among his many works is the award-winning Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia and its supplements. He is the president of Frontline Entertainment and lives in Burbank, California.

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