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Screaming Skull (1973)

Not Rated | | Thriller | TV Movie
Weird doctor Ollie conducts experiments at the expense of his wealthy wife Helen, who hates him for letting their son die.

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Gloria Monty

Writers:

Hollis Alpert (developed for television by), Norman Borisoff | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Vincent Gardenia ... Ollie
Carrie Nye Carrie Nye ... Helen
David McCallum ... Luke
Whitfield Connor ... Mr. Jessup (as Whitfield Conner)
Sarah Cunningham Sarah Cunningham ... Martha
Stuart Germain Stuart Germain ... Tom
Helen Stenborg Helen Stenborg ... Sarah
Leon B. Stevens Leon B. Stevens ... Dr. Amos Brown
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Weird doctor Ollie conducts experiments at the expense of his wealthy wife Helen, who hates him for letting their son die.

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Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Screaming Skull See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Though broadcast in color, the only surviving copy in circulation is a black and white kinetoscope. See more »

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A Strange Era of Late Night Television!
9 August 2003 | by suferiaSee all my reviews

Indeed it did originally air in color! I saw it way back then in 1973 when it premiered as an episode of an anthology series that ABC broadcast opposite the Tonight Show! Shot on videotape, it had the delightful crude look of a typical cheap soap opera of that period! Yes, very early 70's with the kinky music track! I'm surprised a kinetoscope was even made of this show.

Back in those carefree days, all kinds of weird stuff was cranked out on videotape. I remember another episode from this short-lived series about a criminal having himself cryogenicly frozen to escape the law, very bizarre!

The Screaming Skull episode was inspired by the B flick from 1958, though the vengeful disceased wife is really the only common thread. I liked this remake for what it was, a terrific piece of kitsch video from an uncertain time, with a long war suddenly over and the president involved in wiretapping, strange things surfaced on the tube!!

A couple years later another bizarre show premiered late at night. It was Saturday Night Live! That proved to be the experiment that ended late night experimentation!


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