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Henry's Restaurants - "Captain Henry" (Commercial, 1969)

Here's a commercial for Henry's Restaurants featuring "Captain Henry" and a contest with 8829 winners - "Head For Henry's" - in Chicago, Joliet, Wheeling, Des Plaines, Waukegan - Highland, Indiana - Kenosha, Wisconsin - and Benton Harbor, Michigan.

The one in Benton Harbor is still around, though called Henry's Hamburgers.

"Captain Henry" is played by Dick Orkin (of his 60s radio series "Chickenman" fame) - who also worked with Rich Koz!

Ending voiceover by Elaine Mulqueen.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, April 25th 1969.

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"Captain Henry" isn't the only bumbling superhero that Dick Orkin portrayed in the 60's. He also was the voice (and writer) of the "Chickenman" radio series. 1969 would have a couple years before his advertising career really took off. He went on to create some of the most memorable commercials in radio history.
Comment posted by kba on Monday, July 19th 2010 at 8:37pm.

Forgot that this was Dick Orkin! Duly noted, thanks. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, July 19th 2010 at 8:47pm.

Henry's Restaurants were owned by Bresler's 33 Flavors Ice Cream.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Monday, July 19th 2010 at 10:29pm.

In many of those radio spots, Mr. Orkin's on-air partner was Bert Berdis. Both men would later be part of Tim Conway's early 1980's CBS sketch comedy show.
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, July 20th 2010 at 6:48am.

CHICKENMAAAAAN! BAWK BAWK, BAWK BAWWWWK!
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, July 20th 2010 at 7:33am.

Is it just me, or does that seem like quite "extravagant" prizes for a fairly small chain... 100 radios, 6 TVs, 3 trips to Disneyland?

The other thing I noticed was it was Disneyland trips for 2. Gee, how nice for your family? (i guess getting 2 people there for free is nice, but, still).

Comment posted by afdave on Tuesday, July 20th 2010 at 9:09am.

Thanks for posting that video, Rich!! I always knew that there were other Henry's locations!! That ad proved my point!!! I really like their fries too!!!
Comment posted by MichiganFan on Tuesday, July 20th 2010 at 9:17am.

This is a really cool commercial.
Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Tuesday, July 20th 2010 at 9:24pm.

Loved how the ad showed a Cryan Shames album.
Comment posted by Smctopia on Friday, July 23rd 2010 at 4:01pm.

That TV almost looks like it contains a built-in air conditioner. :')
Comment posted by Studio76Art on Friday, August 6th 2010 at 12:20pm.

What's with the Campbell Soup Kids in the commercial? :')

This aired on WNDU-TV in South Bend also. Great commercial! :)

Comment posted by Matt on Monday, October 4th 2010 at 8:19pm.

In grade school, once a year, we would get Henry's for lunch, from the Wheeling location. It's now an Arby's. It was always a special treat. They even had the Nedlog orange drink. It beat having to fork over 5 cents for a mimeographed milk ticket.
Comment posted by Tuberman67 on Monday, November 8th 2010 at 6:38pm.

I recall there was a Henry's down in Rantoul at one time. The one in Joliet is actually in Crest HIll. It's now a bank at the corner of Rt. 30 and Larkin Ave.
Comment posted by InkyAtari on Sunday, January 15th 2012 at 10:14pm.

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