London Has Big Ben - and a Bigger Ape Problem in "Konga"- Tonight!

Posted on March 18, 2023

Tonight on MeTV- we are in for a crash course in belligerent botany and bigger-than-life biology- as a scientist/teacher returns from the jungle with rare plants and a chimp companion- and proceeds to turn they all into large lethal weapons! Find out what could go wrong-a when he experiments on “Konga”!

We meet Dr. Charles Decker- a man returning to England who was thought to be dead after his airplane crashed in Africa. He speaks with a group of reporters at the airport upon his arrival, and reveals he was helped by Konga-the little chimpanzee he has brought back- who lead him to the natives who helped in his recovery and studies of some amazing plants, which he has also brought home.

His assistant Margaret is confused when he returns to his compound, and throws away all the plants they have been cultivating in their greenhouse- in order to plant the new varieties he has attained.

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Dr. Decker returns to the university where he teaches, and lectures his class about his experiences in Africa. After class, he chats with an attractive young student, Sandra- drawing the ire of her would-be boyfriend Bob- and offering her the chance to assist him in his latest experiments.

Meanwhile- in his greenhouse- we see what he has been doing with his exotic plants. He has been working with his theory that plants can be given animal qualities- and, in record time, has grown a frightening array of over-sized meat-eating greenery! Margaret is amazed and somewhat unsure about what the doctor is doing- and soon finds that the next step in the experimentation is to cause rapid growth in none other than the little chimp Konga! He injects the animal with a serum that makes him grow into a full- sized gorilla ( we will ignore the fact that Konga has changed species for the sake of the story).

Remember the interview the doctor gave when he first arrived? Well, it’s coming back to bite him in the aspect- as he is called into the Dean’s office. The Dean is furious that he has been talking to the press, discussing questionable theories that may have people thinking he is not quite sane, and is worried that his statements could throw some unpleasant and unwanted publicity on the school. He insists that the doctor should “take a rest” and stay home for a while.

Enraged by the Dean’s threats, he decides to use his powerful pet to get revenge- and begins to use Konga as his own personal way to eliminate anyone that he feels stands in the way of his great scientific achievements- as well as his pursuit of the lovely Sandra! Jealousy and anger become the basis for some further use of Konga as a weapon- as he is transformed into a gigantic ape, ready to rampage through London!

This 1961 film, meant to be Britain’s full-color equivalent of “King Kong”, stars Michael Gough-who has been on our show in Hammer’s “Horror of Dracula” and played Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred in several Batman films. We’ll tell you about him and the rest of the cast, give some behind-the-scenes information about the production. Though some of the special effects are a little questionable, it has plenty of frightening and effective action. We will also introduce you to an exciting news channel, present a new song with Doug Graves and Anita X. Orcist, bring you another bunch of “Spawn of Svengoolie” hopefuls, and a glimpse at some Svensurrounded scenes from some other simian cinema we have shown many years ago!

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“Konga” begins tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time-as always, if you are not sure where to see us in your area, please check your local MeTV listings or go to the “where to watch” tab on metv.com . The live-Tweeting on Twitter during the show continues to be popular with our viewers- feel free to join in- just use the hashtag #svengoolie on your Tweets. After a week’s hiatus, our show returns to our local Chicago station, CW26, at 11 am with “Island of Lost Souls”.

Make sure you check out the “appearances” tab here on our website for some upcoming events- one those in the Chicago area might want to attend is my guest shot on my friend Nick Digilio’s podcast, coming up at Zanies in Rosemont, IL- many of you remember the fun we’d have when I guested on his overnight radio show- so, check that tab and get the details! And, as always, take a look at the wide array of Sven merchandise in our store.

On a personal note, we want to thank everyone who sent special birthday wishes to our alter ego, Rich Koz, last week. At least he now knows well enough that you should never put lit candles on a rubber chicken…

Make an ape-pointment to join us on MeTV tonight for a perilous primate in prime time!

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Kyle 11 months ago
Okay, how many of you sneaks are out there waiting for the new blog?

Now is the time to start a discussion here to distract the other night owls!
Katink Kyle 11 months ago
Not sure if I'm sneaking or lurking, Kyle!
Kyle Katink 11 months ago
Intent.
abc123 11 months ago
Any more 'weather balloon' incidents lately?
Klaatu 11 months ago
Oh scottieO…I was just about to post a question about where you’ve been, then I scrolled WAY down and saw your post about getting readmitted to the Blog. Did you spend time in the corn field? I went there once and it was scary.
gabste Klaatu 11 months ago
I was wondering where he was !!!
Cartoondave 11 months ago
Evening all just arrived at my sister's here in beautiful Laconia, NH about 3 hours ago we went to a late dinner and just got back not sure if I'll be able to watch cartoons in the A.M. but hopefully I'll get to see the movie tomorrow night oh yeah just one more thing! (Sorry for the Columbo impression) I don't think I'll make it to the new blog in a few hours and also Happy Birthday Mikeyyy
gabste Cartoondave 11 months ago
Love new Hampshire ! Have fun !!
Mikeyyy 11 months ago
Wow thank you everyone so much for the birthday wishes . My niece wrote to the local radio station and the night DJ sent me a card and autographed picture, and to finish it off went to Texas Roadhouse for some prime rib!

Ps, Harry Houdini was born on this day in 1874..
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Lynn Mikeyyy 11 months ago
Happy Birthday to you, Mikeyyy! 🎂🎈🎉
Bill_K Mikeyyy 11 months ago
Happy Birthday, Mikeyyy:

Hope it continues to be a good one for You!
Mikeyyy Bill_K 11 months ago
Me too bill. Maybe a midnight trophy if I get my timing right...
gabste Mikeyyy 11 months ago
That is so nice !
Matt 11 months ago
Man am I glad this week is over ! Major depression.
Looking forward to The blood of Alucard.
MrsG Matt 11 months ago
I have discovered that this is the place to cheer up Matt ~ and you are right , nothing like a good old 50’s spooky movie !
0_0
Katink Matt 11 months ago
Sending good blog vibes to you, Matt!
Lynn Matt 11 months ago
A good dose of "Svengoolie" always helps. Be good to yourself, Matt!
Bill_K Matt 11 months ago
Cheer up!

I had the same type of week. Glad it is over!
Kyle Matt 11 months ago
You have to let the little things tickle you.

The alarm clock sucks, but every Friday morning I get to shut that little (unmentionable) off and not turn it back on.

Almost as good as being done for the week. Almost.
gabste 11 months ago
Mikeyyyyyyyyyy !!!!!! 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄
Mikeyyy gabste 11 months ago
Gabste! thank you my dear friend!
TheKodakKid 11 months ago
Mikeyyy couldn’t be with us today, because he got too winded blowing out all those candles. I wondered why there was an extra glow in the East Tennessee skies today.


Happy Birthday, brother, and many more to come.
Mikeyyy TheKodakKid 11 months ago
No candles on my cake. My nieces husband is fire chief here so have to be safe!
Katink Mikeyyy 11 months ago
So little flashlights instead of candles?
MrsG 11 months ago
📣 YO Mikeyyy where y’at Buddy ? A-TEAM is joining the Birthday Party now ~
*must see* episode with John Amos , Bo Hopkins , and some ‘shine *_^
🚁 💥 🎂 💥 💪
Kyle MrsG 11 months ago
Small batch home brew shine can be pretty decent.
Mikeyyy MrsG 11 months ago
I was chowing down on some prime rib….
MrsG Mikeyyy 11 months ago
Good for You ~ Hubster Loves it too 🥩*_*🥩
scottieO 11 months ago
Thank you admin for the email and helping me get back on the blog. Two thumbs up!
TheKodakKid scottieO 11 months ago
So apparently our bribe wasn’t big enough, or Scottie out bid us . . . err . . . Welcome back, Scottie. We’re go glad to have you back.🤥
Lynn scottieO 11 months ago
Hooray!!!!! I've been looking forward to this news!!! 🎉
Kyle TheKodakKid 11 months ago
I was a Boy Scout, you said.

Let me tie him up, you said.

Now here he is, peeing in my pool!
scottieO 11 months ago
Happy Birthday, Mikeyyy! Hope I'm not late to the partyyy!
VanGooliac 11 months ago
Happy Birthday Mikeyyy!
MrsG VanGooliac 11 months ago
Oh my that is a keeper VanG ~ thank YOU *_*
CrazyK MrsG 11 months ago
Even though you called first dibs on it MrsG, I already sent it off to someone 🤭 😁
MrsG CrazyK 11 months ago
Oh I am keeping that wink ALL for ME *_^
CrazyK MrsG 11 months ago
🤠
deadringer42 11 months ago
Happy birthday 🎂 mikeyyy.
May you see 👁️ your way to have a great day.
daleuhlmann 11 months ago
A very happy birthday to Mikeyyy today!
Katink daleuhlmann 11 months ago
Happy, happy day, Mikeyyy! Hope cake and/Or ice cream are on the agenda today🎂🍧
Mikeyyy daleuhlmann 11 months ago
Thnx Dale and Katink!
daDoctah 11 months ago
The Bloob of Dracula?

Klaatu daDoctah 11 months ago
Hmmm, blood donation for the Blob?
Jack daDoctah 11 months ago
There you go—fixed it. No more confused vampires or blobs.
MrsG 11 months ago
Happy Birthday Cowboy 🤠
Now git on that *Horsey* and ride Mikeyyy !

💙 *_* 🧡
CrazyK 11 months ago
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKEYYY! 🎂
I don’t know if y’all know but Mikeyyy shares his birthday w/Steve McQueen ( The King of Cool 😎) which is appropriate because Mikeyyy is Mr. Cool 😎
CrazyK CrazyK 11 months ago
Did I mention I’m jealous of the Steve McQueen birthday share? 😂
MrsG CrazyK 11 months ago
Thanks CrazyK for remembering Both ~ they do have more in common ~

* * * thankfully not THE BLOB *_^
And one just for You ~

💜
CrazyK MrsG 11 months ago
Wow! Great pics MrsG! 😎
I know huh, that’s so cool that Mikeyyy has a Mustang 👍
gabste MrsG 11 months ago
So handsome !
Mikeyyy MrsG 11 months ago
That’s one of my favorite movies! I have the chase scene saved in Yt..
MrsG Mikeyyy 11 months ago
Not surprised !
*_^
CrazyK 11 months ago
Great range of Toons this morning on ToonInwithMe, all the way from 1932-1968.

“Hawaiian Aye Aye” w/ Tweety and Sylvester (1964)

Sniffles in “Naughty But Mice” (1939) a ToonInwithMe debut!

“A Great Big Bunch Of You” (1932)

“Hippydrome Tiger” w/Cool Cat (1968)

Bugs Bunny in “Forward March Hare” (1953)
🐰 🤩

Jack CrazyK 11 months ago
Wait, Aye-ayes are only found in Madagascar… or was this an escapee from the Honolulu Zoo?
MrsG CrazyK 11 months ago
Almost good as being there !
CrazyK Jack 11 months ago
Wow look at those eyes, what is it?
CrazyK MrsG 11 months ago
👍 😍
Jack CrazyK 11 months ago
It’s an aye-aye, _Daubetonia madagascariensis_.
Jack CrazyK 11 months ago
Ash and lemurs—definitely a movie I’d like to see!
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