Zacherley/Roland Episode List

I'm putting the name Zacherley on this page since at the end of this run he moved to New York and more famously went by the name Zacherley (now with he "y" at the end), which he continued throughout his career.


John Zacherle originally did his horror hosting in Philadelphia under the name Roland (accent on the 2nd syllable).  The show was called The Million Dollar Movie Presents Shock Theater and, later, The Summer Film Festival Presents Shock Theater.  The show originally aired on Monday and Tuesday nights but was later moved to Friday and Saturday nights because so many kids were staying up late to watch him, then falling asleep in class the next day (It came on near 11:30 and ran until 1am).

This episode list was compiled by John Skerchock from newspaper listings (hence the notes), and can be found in his essential book The Zacherley Scrapbook.  It's out of print, but you can occasionally find copies on eBay (It took me about six months or so, and I even had it as a saved search).
Frankenstein (10/7/57)
Dracula (10/8/57)
The Mummy's Tomb (10/14/57)
The Werewolf of London (10/15/57)
The Invisible Man (10/21/57)
Dracula's Daughter (10/22/57)
The Mad Ghoul (10/28/57)
The Wolfman (10/29/57)
House of Horrors (11/4/57)
[No listing given] (11/5/57)
Son of Dracula (11/11/57)
Son of Frankenstein (11/12/57)
The Night Monster (11/18/57)
Man Made Monster (11/19/57)
The Frozen Ghost (11/25/57)
The Black Cat (11/26/57)
The Invisible Man Returns (12/2/57)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (12/3/57)
The Invisible Ray (12/9/57)
The Mummy (12/10/57)
She-Wolf of London (12/16/57)
The Spider-Woman Strikes Back (12/17/57)
The Raven (12/23/57)
[Christmas programming] (12/24/57)
The Human Monster (12/30/57)
[Guy Lombardo's New Year's Eve] (12/31/57)
The Ape (1/6/58)
Donovan's Brain (1/7/58)
Mystery of Marie Roget (1/13/58)
Horror Island (1/14/58)
Mystery of Edwin Drood (1/20/58)
Weird Woman (1/21/58)
The Strange Case of Dr. Rx (1/27/58)
Chamber of Horrors (1/28/58)
The Mummy's Ghost (2/2/58)
Devil Girl from Mars (2/3/58)
The Great Impersonation (2/10/58)
Nightmare (2/11/58)
Pillow of Death (2/21/58)
The Man who Cried Wolf (2/22/58)
The Mummy's Hand (2/28/58)
Frankenstein (3/1/58)
Dracula (3/7/58)
Four-Sided Triangle (3/8/58)
The Mystery of the White Room (3/14/58)
The Secret of the Blue Room (3/15/58)
The Secret of the Chateau (3/21/58)
The Murders in the Rue Morgue (3/22/58)
The Cat Creeps (3/28/58)
Dead Man's Eyes (3/29/58)
Destination Unknown (4/3/58)
The Witness Vanishes (4/4/58)
Red Planet Mars [Face of Marble is listed in the weekly section] (4/11/58)
Werewolf of London (4/12/58)
Revenge of the Zombie (4/18/58)
The Mad Ghoul (4/19/58)
The Wolf Man (4/25/58)
House of Horrors (4/26/58)
The Mummy's Tomb (5/2/58)
Night Monster (5/3/58)
The Invisible Man (5/9/58)
Dracula's Daughter (5/10/58)
Dr. Renault's Secret (5/16/58)
Cry of the Werewolf (5/17/58)
Man Made Monster (5/23/58)
Return of the Vampire (5/24/58)
Frozen Ghost (5/30/58)
The Black Cat (5/31/58)
Son of Frankenstein (6/6/58)
The Invisible Man Returns (6/7/58)
The Invisible Ray (6/13/58)
She-Wolf of London (6/14/58)
Midnight Limited (6/20/58)
[No listing other than "Shock Theater"] (6/21/58)
The Spider-Woman Strikes Back (6/27/58)
The Raven (6/28/58)
Soul of the Monster (7/4/58)
The Made Doctor in Market Street (7/5/58)
The Ape (7/11/58)
The Mummy's Ghost (7/12/58)
Human Monster (7/18/58)
Mystery of Marie Roget (7/19/58)
Chamber of Horrors (7/25/58)
Mystery of Edwin Drood (7/26/58)
Hangover Square (8/1/58)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (8/2/58)
Weird Woman (8/8/58)
Bobby Trap (8/9/58)
Horror Island (8/15/58)
The Strange Case of Dr. Rx (8/16/58)
Pillow of Death (8/22/58)
Four-Sided Triangle (8/23/58)
The Murders in the Rue Morgue (8/29/58)
The Secret of the Blue Room (8/30/58)
The Mummy (9/5/58)
The Black Sheep (9/6/58)
The Creeping Unknown (9/12/58)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (9/13/58)
Donovan's Brain (9/19/58)
The Neanderthal Man (9/20/58)

Shock Theater

Yay!  I finally got this list in The Z Files: Treasures From Zacherley's Archives by Richard Scrivani. 
These are from Zacherley's run in New York.  Two movies were shown each week.  Each was shown for three consecutive days, hence the dates reflect the showings of the first one Monday through Wednesday, then another movie was shown Thursday through Saturday.

Son of Frankenstein (12/29-31/58)

Before I hang (1/1-3/59)
Mad Ghoul (1/5-7/59)
Face Behind the Mask (1/8-10/59)
Dead Man's Eyes (1/12-14/59)
Man with Nine Lives (1/15-17/59)
Mummy's Tomb (1/19-21/59)
Invisible Man (1/22-24/59)
The Cat Creeps (1/26-28/59)
Ghost of Frankenstein (1/29-31/59)
Dracula's Daughter (2/2-4/59)
The Wolfman (2/5-7/59)
Man Who Cried Wolf (2/9-11/59)
The Mommy's Curse (2/12-14/59)
Spiderowman Strikes Back (2/16-18/59)
Soul of a Monster (2/19-21/59)
Night Monster (2/23-25/59)
Man They Could Not Hang (2/26-28/59)
Dracula (3/2-4/59)
The Mummy (3/5-7/59)
House of Horrors (3/9-11/59)
Shewolf of London (3/12-14/59)
Man Made Monster (3/16-18/59)
Jungle Captive (3/19-21/59)
Weird Woman (3/23-25/59)
The Black Cat (3/26-28/59)
Danger Woman (3/30-1/59)
Behind the Mask (4/2-4/59)

Zacherley at Large

Here's Zach's fall schedule, also from
The Z Files.

Mighty Joe Young (10/7/60)
The Saint in New York (10/14/60)
Murder on a Honeymoon (10/21/60)
Passport to Destiny (10/28/60)
Roar of the Dragon (11/4/60)
Emergency Call (11/11/60)
Genius at Work (11/18/60)
Four Naughty Girls (11/25/60)
The Body Snatchers (12/2/60)
Mummy's Boys (12/9/60)
Zombies on Broadway (12/16/60)
I Walked with a Zombie (12/23/60)

Alteratively, I found this list on Wikipedia, which also includes synopses of both the movie and of Zach's routine during that week's show.  See it here:

Zombies on Broadway (10/9/59)
Before Dawn (10/16/59)
You'll Find Out (10/23/59)
Return Of The Vampire (10/30/59)
Murder On A Honeymoon (11/6/59)
Red Morning (11/13/59)
Cry Of The Werewolf (11/20/59)
Bluebeard (11/27/59)
One Body Too Many (12/4/59)
The Mask Of Diijon (12/11/59)
The Woman Who Came Back (12/18/59)
Avalanche (12/26/59)


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