Gravesend Manor


Gravesend Manor ran on WOI-TV, Channel 5, in Des Moines, Iowa during the 1950s and 1960s. It was hosted by Malcom the Butler, who was joined by The Duke of Desmodas, Claude the Great, Clyde, and Esmarelda.

Watch a short interview with the stars along with the only surviving footage here:

Comments

Anonymous said…
How I loved this show as a child! Although the horror films shown were often of the "Mexican Wrestling Vampires" genre, the gang at WOI-TV did a wonderful job of entertaining the kids on Saturday nights!

Sure, it was tough for a kid to stay awake through the 10 o'clock news (with Bill Milldyke and Bill Jensen, the meterologist with the black sharpie pen), and then there was the slew of 1/2 hour country music shows from Porter Wagonner and "Whisperin' Bill Anderson", but at midnight, with the Coca-Cola and popcorn at the ready, it was time for "Gravesend Manor" and the spook show!

Funny, off-the-wall and sometimes scary, it will remain a vague, yet crucial part of my childhood. Thanks Malcom, Duke and Esmerelda! You will always be a part of my memories!
Anonymous said…
I was another faithful Fan of Gravesend Manor on Saturday nights. The neighbor kids would gather at our house, we would start making several Chef Boy Ar Dee pizzas (spelling) in the boxes, remember those Then we'd be ready for the show at 10 or 11, I forget which. We did this for a number of years..This was in the late 50s early 60s. Very fond memories.All the performers were teachers or students and part of the TV Dept. at the University of Iowa. I now enjoy Svengoolie on MeTV
I loved 'Boris Cutyourheadoffski' And the one night he was reading a 'recipe' for a magic stew. He got tripped up on an ingriedient... Wolf balls... I mean bowels... LOL !
wendy renner said…
Gravesend Manor was televised from the TCA (Telecommunicative Arts)-Channel 5 studios at Iowa State University in Ames NOT University of Iowa, Iowa City. Great show. Some of the characters were my professors. Fun people.
Thomas Dreyer said…
On a whim, I googled and found this. Every week I looked forward to Gravesend Manor and Malcom and the cast. Great campy humor and I loved the "horror" movies. Pretty tame by today's standards. "The Blob", "Tarantula", "Killer Shrews", the old Lon Chaney frame-by-fram changing into the Werewolf. The "skits" were a great part of the show and I loved it. The station was actually out of Ames, not Des Moines, as I remember. WOI was owned then by Iowa State U. I've often commented on the show, but this is the first I've seen anything of it since early 60's. Thanks for the clean fun without the gore.
Anonymous said…
On a whim, I googled and found this. Every week I looked forward to Gravesend Manor and Malcom and the cast. Great campy humor and I loved the "horror" movies. Pretty tame by today's standards. "The Blob", "Tarantula", "Killer Shrews", the old Lon Chaney frame-by-fram changing into the Werewolf. The "skits" were a great part of the show and I loved it. The station was actually out of Ames, not Des Moines, as I remember. WOI was owned then by Iowa State U. I've often commented on the show, but this is the first I've seen anything of it since early 60's. Thanks for the clean fun without the gore.

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