A Once-Lost Karloff Film Premieres Tonight on MeTV- Behold "The Ghoul"!

Posted on March 19, 2022

Tonight on MeTV, we take a trip back in time for a Boris Karloff film with an interesting history- once thought lost! It’s the strange tale of a dying man determined to use the power of a mysterious jewel to  petition an Egyptian god to admit him to paradise. However, others around him have different plans for the jewel- which may cause the return from the grave of –“The Ghoul”!

This 1933 chiller, shot in England, begins with a tension-filled meeting between an Arab antique dealer and a visitor out to track down a certain stolen ancient treasure. This then bring us to the bedside of Henry Morlant, an Egyptologist who is close to death. He has obtained a legendary and valuable jewel known as the “Eternal Light”- which, according to legend, will grant his passage into the glorious hereafter if it is offered to the ancient Egyptian god Anubis. He directs his butler and confidant Laing to bandage the jewel into his hand before he passes- and warns that, should anyone remove it from his grasp, he will return from the dead when the moon is full -and punish anyone who has betrayed him!

Needless to say, someone does- before he is interred in a special Egyptian-style tomb he has had built on his estate- which is then securely locked- with the key INSIDE so no one can enter the tomb! There have been any number of associates around his mansion-besides his “faithful” butler, there is a sneaky lawyer, a doctor, and a parson who stops by in case Morlant wishes to receive last rites- which he most emphatically did not!

Two possible heirs to Morlant’s estate are located- a pair of cousins, Ralph ( pronounced “Rafe”) and Betty- who have been enemies for years! An odd circumstance brings them together and they grudgingly unite to determine if they have a claim to anything- and to make sure they are not being swindled by the lawyer Broughton- who has noticed in Morlant’s financial records that he made an expensive purchase ( the jewel) and feels he must find whatever it is to gain undeserved wealth!

The cousins, along with Betty’s comic relief roommate Kaney, arrive at the mansion, as other characters mentioned also congregate there-but then the full moon rises, and – will Morlant make good on his threat?

We warn you now- do NOT reveal that one character in this film is not what he seems- no spoilers, please! Tonight, we’ll tell you how Karloff came to star in this production, tell you about the background story of the print of this film we are showing, talk about the cast (which includes some familiar actors)- plus, get a long-awaited ( by some) visit from Tombstone the talking skull and bring you a new song as well.

“The Ghoul” rises tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time. Twitter will no doubt again be buzzing with live-Tweets during our show- you can join in, using the hashtag #svengoolie in your posts. In the Chicago viewing area, CW 26 will give an encore performance of “Son of Dracula” this morning at 11 am.

Time to say “thank you”- our fans have made the Sven green “Kiss Me” wear a big hit, and we are very grateful! (New merchandise items are being planned, so keep checking in our store, and for announcements in the monthly newsletter and the blog.) We also want to again thank those who sent cards and birthday wishes to Rich Koz this past week- your thoughtfulness means a lot.

Be with us tonight when Karloff returns- in more ways than one!

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ThePhantomMensch 10 months ago
He's a chess hustler, too?
ThePhantomMensch 10 months ago
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Quizzical 10 months ago
I took another look at "The Ghoul" today. The quality of the film print was vastly superior to the VHS tape that I had which was taken from a damaged print with Czech subtitles that Janus Films restored. Thankfully, a better print was located in the United Kingdom.

The latest restoration benefited from being fully intact with the missing scenes and shots restored. The sound quality was notably better and one could follow the plot (the Czech version was missing the murder of the Arab character by Karloff). Despite being made in 1931, the cinematographer and director were both quite capable.

I thought that some of the musical score was adapted from Wagner.
1MikeM 10 months ago
hey gang, it's Friday night and I'm listening to John Cafferty
"Eddie and the Cruisers coast to coast and we're not just talkin' Jersey!"
CrazyK 1MikeM 10 months ago
Eddie and the Cruisers was a cool 80’s movie 😎
Catbat CrazyK 10 months ago
It sure was! I thought I was the only one who knew about it. Thank goodness I'm not
1MikeM 10 months ago
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1MikeM 10 months ago
just one more thing...The Ghoul will be back in The Ghoul Meets the Bowery Boys
1MikeM 10 months ago
...and dat was da Ghoul...and dat's da name a dat tune!
Carl_N_Brown 10 months ago
I would like repeat. My thanks to Svengoolie for repeating the found lost movie THE GHOUL. It was well worth a watch.
PatS 10 months ago
Whew. Just caught up with the blog... Friday evening. Sorry to see we got all those troll posts. (Way too many still up. And the goofballs even put posts on past blogs.) Hope Admin can root out the source and next week is better.
Katink PatS 10 months ago
Quite a few, PatS! We've got to keep flagging THEM!
Carl_N_Brown PatS 10 months ago
Those get rich on the internet trolls infested a political blog I visit. The blog had a flag comment option, but monitoring was slack. Still the kind of comments tapered off. I think they are automated with little real human involvement.
MrsG 10 months ago
Nitey nite !
Love Yinz !
💙 💛 *_*
CrazyK MrsG 10 months ago
Good night, see ya mañana 🎩
Katink MrsG 10 months ago
Sleep well, MrsG! See you on the blog tomorrow!
MrsG 10 months ago
Rev up those engines Racers and get ready to peel out with ALL 5 fingers on that shifter !
You ALL know what the horsey said when they cut his tail , , , ,
‘_’
Drang MrsG 10 months ago
Umm.
No.
CrazyK MrsG 10 months ago
Ouch?
MrsG Drang 10 months ago
It won’t be long now !
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MrsG CrazyK 10 months ago
Go Speed Racer GO GO !
O_O
1MikeM CrazyK 10 months ago
MeTV should get this show. Speed is in the big race! I'm guessing that Spritle and Chim Chim are hiding in he trunk
CrazyK 1MikeM 10 months ago
Yes that would be cool Haha Chim Chim 🐒
Mikeyyy 10 months ago
goodnight john boy...

Gotta get some sleep to be here for toons in the morning! Good luck to all at the races....
Drjim Mikeyyy 10 months ago
sweet dreams and instead of counting sheep you can count numbers
CrazyK Mikeyyy 10 months ago
Wait…what? But you gots the party hat on!!!
Drjim 10 months ago
WELL, THAT WAS ENTERTAINING COMING FROM ALL OF YOU. I NOW REALIZE I FIT IN PERFECTLY WITH EVERYONE HERE.....I'M A BIT CRAZY SO THANKS FOR MAKING ME FEEL RIGHT AT HOME....I WILL BE CAREFUL NEXT TIME TO PHRASE MY QUESTION BETTER
CrazyK Drjim 10 months ago
And you YELL a lot 😂
CrazyK Drjim 10 months ago
Welcome to the Sven board Drjim, I think I talked to you once before when you went to the Indy car race 👍
Drjim CrazyK 10 months ago
YES.......wow......great memory....my 2 daughters took me for Father's Day last year and we had a great time....love racing and cars
Klaatu 10 months ago
In preparation for the Midnight Rambler, has anyone been playing piano getting their chops sharpened on "Bach Chaconne in D Minor"?
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MrsG CrazyK 10 months ago
I know ! Swore I would never go there ! ! !
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MrsG CrazyK 10 months ago
Hah ! Good one !
Split and ALL , Love it !
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PatS Klaatu 10 months ago
Last time TBWFF was on, I listened to it on Youtube. Too gloomy for my taste (but perfect for the film's mood).
Drjim 10 months ago
WHILE I APPRECIATE EVERYONE ANSWERING MY QUESTION.....WHAT IS THE HIGHEST NUMBER.....I SHOULD HAVE QUALIFIED THAT BECAUSE IT WAS RIGHT AROUND BIG MIKE HITTING THE 4,000 TH POST.......SO, MY QUESTION WAS MEANT TO SAY......WHAT IS THE HIGHEST NUMBER POST EVER RECORDED SO FAR....MY BAD
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Drjim Mikeyyy 10 months ago
MIKEYYY....NICE 'DOO IN YOUR AVATAR PIC
Drjim Drjim 10 months ago
OH DARN....SORRY....MAD DAVE IS 4000....NOT MIKEYYY....GETTING MY M's mixed up
Carl_N_Brown Drjim 10 months ago
I remember the line in a Rolling Stones song, "Anasthesia screamed in vain."
PatS Drjim 10 months ago
DrJim -- please check your caps lock. It feels like you're shouting everything.
CrazyK 10 months ago
I wonder if there will be a
“Sventoonie Stomp” at some point. If so, I’m sure it will be way more popular then “Baby Shark” 😀
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CrazyK CrazyK 10 months ago
Oh, I think they’re 6 dollars now or 7
The1Butler CrazyK 10 months ago
Yep it don't rhyme after 5 bucks !
Katink CrazyK 10 months ago
That's a good one, CrazyK!
CrazyK Katink 10 months ago
Thanks, your new avatar is totally awesome as always 👍
Jack 10 months ago
This recently in: Robert Feder gives details about _Sventoonie_ following _Svengoolie_.

https://www.robertfeder.com/2022/03/25/metv-expands-svengoolie-franchise-fishy-friend-sventoonie/

Boy, we could’ve used this a week ago! Somewhere, in the palatial Weigel Tower, someone is saying “And we could’ve gotten away with the secret _Sventoonie_ release if it wasn’t for those nosy kids!”

P.S.: Catbat, because of the graphic nature of Feder’s piece, you may want to read it to Dale.
Jack Jack 10 months ago
In related news: Inked deal with San Francisco-based Firefly Brand Entertainment means soon Dale may be able to set fire to and explode a Mr. Quizzer action figure, Ghoulardi-style!
MrsG Jack 10 months ago
Yes ! I read it Jack ~ a Svengoolie action figure or a Toony the Tuna plush toy may be coming soon !
*_*
daleuhlmann Jack 10 months ago
I'd love to do that!
PatS Jack 10 months ago
Darn, darn, darn! One can't reply to this article unless one has a Facebook account. Toony turns my stomach...
Drjim 10 months ago
WHAT IS THE HIGHEST NUMBER EVER?
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CrazyK The1Butler 10 months ago
HAHAHA 😝
The1Butler Drjim 10 months ago
Your right ,im still way off .🤔
The1Butler Mikeyyy 10 months ago
You are correct sir , my theory was flawed 🙄
CrazyK The1Butler 10 months ago
It would’ve worked well if you had used Bitcoin 😂
MrsG 10 months ago
Stay tuned with that trophy MADave ~ we are on the brink of 4000 !
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MADave MrsG 10 months ago
Looks like I get to keep the trophy this time
Drjim MrsG 10 months ago
CONGRATS.....4000!
MADave Drjim 10 months ago
Drjim 4000 was me
Drjim MADave 10 months ago
OOOO. SORRY. HOLD THE TROPHY HIGHER, I COULD NOT SEE IT OVER THE CROWD OF FANS
MrsG MADave 10 months ago
Yippee yo yippee yay MADave !
🏆 *_* 🏆
MADave 10 months ago
It's too bad the Muppet workshop in New York is gone I would of made a Svengoolie muppet oh well!
Catbat 10 months ago
daleuhlmann Catbat 10 months ago
Nice, dear!
MrsG Catbat 10 months ago
Nice shot Catbat ~ You have energized the SvenBoard !
And we must ALL give You a hand !
🖐 👏 🖐
CrazyK Catbat 10 months ago
Perfect!!!
1MikeM Catbat 10 months ago
Awesome!
The1Butler Catbat 10 months ago
Simply shocking !
MADave 10 months ago
What happened to Wednesday's pigtails?
Catbat MADave 10 months ago
She changed it for Robes Pierre
Jack MADave 10 months ago
Mini-Morticia.
The1Butler MADave 10 months ago
Maybe they went to Locks of Love , for children with cancer etc .
CrazyK MADave 10 months ago
I thought maybe they took Wednesday off but then realized today is Friday 😂
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