Thank you to all who commented on my MMM Tea Party post!
While gathering photos for it, I stumbled on this article:
|I think I'll copy that contest! Who's game?|
Of course I know and love Lon,
but who's this Evilum or Evilun?
I had to find out, so I searched.
Here's what I dug up:
Evilun (not um) hosted a weekly horror movie program called "Terror!"
It aired Saturday nights on Ark-La-Tex TV station KSLA in the early 60's.
Here's what a fan had to say about her:
"Evilun was portrayed by a very talented local actress named Ruth Sprayberry.
She was active in the community theaters of Shreveport,
and was a very kind and gracious person.
I watched Terror! every weekend during junior high.
The movies were usually not awful, but weren't the best either --
films like "I Bury the Living" and "Cry of the Wolf".
Evilun had a small creepy set with lots of dry ice fog and candles in ornate candelabras.
She had a very direct, unnerving presence, made the usual wisecracks,
and seemed to be having a grand time with it all.
The Terror! program ran a few years.
Many years later -- in the mid '70s --
I worked at the same TV station as Graphics Director.
Going though old files, I discovered a few great publicity photos of Evilun,
and a few with Lon Chaney.
I found articles and notices about the "Design A Monster" art contest as well.
Perhaps that stuff is still stored away in their archives,
though the station has had several owners since.
It might be fun to try and track some of that down."
Someone did track those down and posted them online,
so I'm going to share them!
|Evilun at another event with Lon|
|I believe that's Lon with her on set here too|
|The "Terror!" Crew|
|Judging a costume contest|
|Campaigning for Presidency|
And lastly, my favorite, her promotional card:
Thanks to @WTHuston on Twitter for sharing this photo: