Enjoy a vintage episode of Bob Wilkins' original Creature Features program with a double feature, appearing as it aired in January 1976, minus the commercials. This episode features two classic films: "Target Earth" (1954) and "Werewolf of London" (1935), sure to delight fans of sci-fi and horror. Hosted by Bob Wilkins, the program welcomes three remarkable guests. Carmine Michael Infantino, a pioneering figure in the comic book industry, offers insights into the Silver Age of Comic Books and his creative collaborations with renowned writers. Bruce Hyde, remembered for his brief but iconic role as Lt. Kevin Riley in the original "Star Trek" series, provides a glimpse into his diverse career in television and theater. Additionally, Silcon the Robot, a mechanical marvel, joins the discussion, bridging the gap between science fiction and reality. This episode promises a captivating blend of cinema, pop culture, and technological wonders. Don't miss this unique time-travel experience to the 1970s, where the silver screen meets the future.
Original Air Date: January 17th, 1976
Host: Bob Wilkins
"Target Earth" (1954)
Directed by Sherman A. Rose
Starring Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, and Virginia Grey
Plot: When mysterious mechanical monsters descend upon Chicago, a group of survivors must band together to uncover the truth behind these deadly invaders.
"Werewolf of London" (1935)
Directed by Stuart Walker
Starring Henry Hull, Warner Oland, and Valerie Hobson
Plot: Dr. Wilfred Glendon, a botanist searching for the elusive Mariphasa plant in the Himalayas, becomes a victim of a rare werewolf transformation. Back in London, he faces a moral dilemma as he seeks a cure for his condition.
Carmine Michael Infantino - Comic Book Pioneer
Carmine Michael Infantino, a pioneering figure in the comic book industry, graces the show. With an illustrious career primarily at DC Comics during the Silver Age of Comic Books in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he co-created characters like the Silver Age version of DC superhero the Flash, Black Canary, and Batgirl. Infantino's creative influence extended to characters like the Elongated Man, Deadman, and the Human Target. His valuable insights into this pivotal era of comic book history and his collaborations with renowned writers promise to be a highlight of the program, making it a must-watch for comic book enthusiasts.
Bruce Hyde - Lt. Kevin Riley from "Star Trek"
Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Bruce Hyde is fondly remembered for his portrayal of Lt. Kevin Riley in just two early episodes of the original "Star Trek" series, "The Naked Time" and "The Conscience of the King." Although his character met an untimely end, these episodes remain etched in the memories of "Star Trek" fans. Hyde's significance transcended the screen, as Lt. Kevin Riley continued to live on in Star Trek novels and fan fiction.
Hyde's television credits also included appearances in shows like "Dr. Kildare," "The Beverly Hillbillies," and "That Girl." However, he primarily dedicated his career to theater. For over two decades, he chaired the department of theater, film studies, and dance at St. Cloud State University, showcasing his commitment to the performing arts. This episode offers insight into Hyde's unique journey, from his brief yet iconic "Star Trek" role to his enduring contributions to the world of theater.
Silcon the Robot - Mechanical Marvel
Silcon the Robot, a fascinating mechanical guest, will make a special appearance. This robotic guest will interact with Bob Wilkins, showcasing the advancements in robotics and technology. Silcon might share some insights into his own artificial intelligence and the future of robotics. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the fusion of science fiction and reality as Silcon joins the discussion, making this episode a well-rounded exploration of the cinematic, pop culture, and technological realms.