You Asked For It (1953)

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You Asked For It

Broadcast Monday, July 2, 1953 on the West Coast and Sunday, August 9, 1953 on the East Coast

You Asked For It

The premise of this 30-minute ABC show was that the guests were chosen in response to viewer requests. Bela Lugosi was requested by Mrs. Harriet Frazier from Springfield in Massachusetts. Once again appearing in full Dracula costume, he performed “the vampire bat illusion,” in which he hypnotised actress Shirley Patterson before transforming her into a vampire bat. In a short interview, Lugosi told host Art Baker that he would shortly be filming The Phantom Ghoul in 3D and a television series called Dr. Acula. Neither project came to fruition. Shirley Patterson appeared in forty films, including such cult favourites as the 1943 Batman serial and, as Shawn Smith, World Without End, The Land Unknown and It! The Terror From Beyond Space.

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The following newspaper notices both incorrectly state that “You Asked For It marked Bela Lugosi’s TV debut.

Evening Star, August 4, 1953

You Asked For It, Evening Star, August 4, 1953

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Oregonian, September 11, 1953

You Asked For It, Oregonian, September 11, 1953

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Watch Bela Lugosi’s complete performance 

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Unknown actor and Bela Lugosi

You Asked For It 2

Bela Lugosi and Shirley Patterson

You asked for it 3

Bela Lugosi and Shirley Patterson

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Bela Lugosi and Art Baker

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