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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.
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I hold a Ph.D. in physics from UCLA. My cable TV show, Mysteries From Beyond the Other Dominion, was 1 of the 4 original series to premiere on the SCI-FI CHANNEL when it was launched. It focuses on the scientific evidence for UFOs and ETs, paranormal phenomena, cryptozoological entities, weird crime, bizarre medicine, strange people, and anything else of an unusual and fascinating nature.

I have been a regular on "A Current Affair"(2005), "9 On The Town"(with a UFO segment), "Strange Universe," "Weird TV," and "Ancient Aliens"(on the History Channel).

I co-host a radio program on Blog Talk Radio,"Hypergalactic Enigmas."

I have posted 528 segments on my youtube Channel,

My primary blog is

Entries by Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.

Some Very Absorbing Film Factoids!

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 11:57 AM

Godzilla actually speaks in one of his many film incarnations! Horror actress Barbara Steele portrayed twin sisters in an outstanding role! The very same scene was used to end a pair of classic serials!

- Godzilla speaks! In 1972's Godzilla Vs. Gigan ( aka Godzilla On Monster Island), as Godzilla...

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Some Mind-Boggling Film Factoids!

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Vampire Barnabas Collins was swatting at a fly in an episode of "Dark Shadows." Jack Palance's face was resculpted after being battered in the ring! Wires moving the creature are visible in "The Brain From Planet Arous."

-The Gothic horror soap opera, "Dark Shadows"(1966-71), was filmed "live on tape" with...

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A Plethora Of Intriguing Film Factoids!

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 5:49 PM

There were no ghosts in "The Ghost Ship." The actor who handled the acton scenes in "The Masked Marvel" serial went uncredited! None of the stars of "Double Indemnity" originally wanted to be in the film!

-Misleading titles: In 1941's "Invisible Ghost," Bela Lugosi annually mourns the loss of his...

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3 New Fascinating Film Factoids!

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 6:30 PM

Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" was inspried by a real-life ornithological disaster! Surpising details about a popular "Twilight Zone" episode! Actress Elke Sommer's life was saved by a psychic!

-Intriguingly, the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcok's 1967 thriller, "The Birds," was a real-life incident that took place in Capitola, a small California...

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Marijuana Documentary Proves That Truth Can Indeed Be Stranger Than Fiction

(15) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Investigator! Producer! Victim!

These are all terms that can be truly applied to veteran tabloid television producer/director/writer Wayne Darwen. I had the high honor of working with Wayne on the TV programs,Strange Universe and Extra, where he always exhibited the highest levels of professionalism.

Recently, he embarked on a project...

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The Private World of Darkness: The Secret Behind 'The Twilight Zone' Episode

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:58 PM

SyfY aired a Twilight Zone marathon for July 4, including "The Private World of Darkness."

A few years ago, readers of The Twilight Zone Magazine voted it their favorite TZ episode. Notably, a woman, enacted by actress Maxine Stuart in a tour de force Emmy-caliber performance, superbly enunciates her...

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Godzilla's First Spoken Words & First Bloody Wound!

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 6:30 AM

Godzilla speaks! In 1972's Godzilla Vs. Gigan( aka Godzilla On Monster Island), as Godzilla and the spiny dino Angillus are swimming together in the ocean, toward a confrontation with Gigan and Ghidorah (the 3-headed monster), balloons enclosing Japanese characters indicating speech appear with a Japanese voiceover as they talk about...

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3 New Intriguing Factoids From the Sci-Fi/Horror/Mystery Genre

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Most serials had an edited-down film version. Vincent Price's fave film was Theatre of Blood. Groucho Marx's TV quiz show host co-starred in The Thing.

Virtually every serial produced was also released at some point as an edited-down feature-length version retaining most of the action sequences. In 1966, many of...

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Twice, I Just Missed Guesting on The Tonight Show!

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:30 PM

Once again, I think NBC is making a huge mistake dumping Jay Leno!

I twice missed out on being a guest on The Tonight Show.

First, a segment producer actually sent me a letter of confirmation, then interviewed me on the phone for about 45 minutes discussing...

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Fascinating Film Factoids From the Sci-fi/Horror/Mystery Genre!

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 9:15 AM

The real names of Bela Lugosi & Boris Karloff! Dick Clark's suprising role as a murderer! Director Andre de Toth's inability to apprciate the #-D effects of The House of Wax. Actor William Hudson's encounters with gargantuan creatures!

These intriguing factoids from the sci-fi/horror/mystery genre are herewith revealed:

-- Stars'...

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More Intriguing Factoids From the Sci-Fi/Horror/Mystery Genre!

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Herman Brix's injured shoulder made Johnny Weismuller a star! Color suddenly materialized in several black-and-white films! Blake Edwards was uncredited in 17 of his first 19 acting film roles!

-- Herman Brix was set to star in 1932's Tarzan the Ape Man, but dislocated his shoulder playing a running back...

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Frightway to Stardom (Part IV)

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 7:13 AM

Farrah Fawcett living as a citizen of a futuristic society! Peter Falk undergoing mesmerization by a supernatural mirror! Ava Gardner being menaced by Bela Lugosi!

These are three more notables who commenced their climb to fame and fortune on a veritable "Frightway to Stardom":

-Farrah Fawcett: In "Logan's Run"(1976), the...

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Frightway to Stardom (Part III)

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 10:23 PM

Robert Duvall as a human transmogrified into an alien being! Clint Eastwood as a pilot who battled a titanic mutated tarantula! Blake Edwards as the target of a vengeful spirit!

These are three more celebs who began their climb to fame and fortune on a veritable "Frightway to...

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Frightway to Stardom (Part II)

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2013 | 7:32 PM

Charles Bronson as a mute assisting a demented sculptor! Mike Connors as a gangster trying to assume control after a nuclear war! Nancy Davis as a woman combatting a possessed doctor!

These are three more celebs who began their climb to fame and fortune on a veritable "Frightway to Stardom":

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Frightway to Stardom (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Alan Alda battling a satanic pianist! James Arness combating titanic ants! Gene Barry fighting Martian invaders!

These are just a few of the fascinating roles many of Tinseltown's top stars once essayed early in their careers in the horror/sci-fi genre!

Intriguingly, a surprisingly high percentage of Hollywood luminaries started...

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The Very First Season of TV's Superman Was Superb!

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 5:30 PM

The very first season (1952-53) of TV's Superman with George Reeves was outstanding, including intense film noir elements, such as the deaths of a couple who learned his secret ID in "The Stolen Costume"... he flew them to a mountain cabin where they fell to their deaths trying to climb...

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3 New Intriguing Hollywood Factoids

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 10:41 AM

Peg Entwistle was the first actress to leap off of the Hollywood sign! Western villain Lee Van Cleef slew two film creatures! Copycats of Orson Welles caused a major tragedy in Ecuador! These are three fascinating factoids from the Hollywood files, with the absorbing details as follows:


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Two More Starlets Who Met Tragic Demises!

(4) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 11:59 AM

Noted TV actress Inger Stevens and silent screen star Martha Mansfield are two female thespians who suffered tragic, premature deaths!

Inger Stevens (1934-1970): This Swedish blue-eyed blonde captivator (born Inger Stensland in Stockholm) starred in the doomsday epic, The World, The Flesh, And The Devil(1959), as Sarah Crandall, the survivor...

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More Flubs in Sci-Fi Horror Productions

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:27 PM

Flubs are endemic to movies and television programs of all ilks! Some are continuity errors caused by multiple shooting days. Some are so-called "revealing" mistakes where background props, crew members' hands, and the like are visible. Others are simple errors made by actors scrambling their lines. And, yet others are...

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Bring Back the Entire Star Wars Cast!

(5) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 12:22 PM

Three huge thumbs up for Harrison Ford's announced return as Han Solo for the next entry in the Star Wars franchise! But, I would also strongly encourage the producers to bring back Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian to...

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