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WTTW Channel 11 - Sunday Movie Eleven - "The Titfield Thunderbolt" (Opening, 1979)

Here's the opening for Sunday Movie Eleven on WTTW Channel 11 featuring the film "The Titfield Thunderbolt". They have a bit of a technical difficulty getting the film started.

Also includes a Kraft Foods sponsorship slide and a WTTW Station ID slide at the beginning.

All voiceovers by Marty Robinson.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, April 15th 1979.

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Correct me if I'm mistaken, but did WTTW use RCA TK-27 film chains/slide scanners? The way the slides came off in their calibration and quality seems to indicate so.

Also, one has to love seeing the period in which they're about to turn off the chroma (i.e. color burst) prior to showing a B&W movie in those days (even though this film itself was color).

Comment posted by W.B. on Monday, August 9th 2010 at 2:41pm.

Try saying the title of that film without laughing like Beavis and Butthead. ;)
Comment posted by ArmitageNLowell on Monday, August 9th 2010 at 8:02pm.

I recognize the music used in the opening title of Sunday Movie Eleven...it's a synthesized version of what would become the theme for WTTW's national production The Frugal Gourmet in the 1980s.
Comment posted by BobAnthony on Monday, August 9th 2010 at 8:12pm.

W.B., do you know what the purpose was of killing the color burst during black-and-white programs? Was it supposed to help reception in fringe areas (much like FM stations that choose to broadcast in mono)?
Comment posted by T.K. on Monday, August 9th 2010 at 8:27pm.

Hey, there's that Hexa-K logo again! :)
Comment posted by APM on Monday, August 9th 2010 at 9:47pm.

From what I could tell, if the burst weren't "killed off," the B&W source would appear greenish, pinkish, yellowish or whatever. Improvements in post-production technology since those days have made it possible to show B&W films (from tape sources, of course) while retaining the color burst. To such a point that at the time of Disneyland's 50th anniversary of 2005, ABC cameraman (and webmaster of a site dealing with vintage TV cameras) Chuck Pharis had to hook up a vintage RCA camera which was around at the time of the original 1955 opening of the park, to a system which had color burst, otherwise it would've been impossible to have a live shot of the action via that vintage B&W camera.
Comment posted by W.B. on Monday, August 9th 2010 at 9:48pm.

THAT'S where I've heard that before Bob Anthony! I was racking my brain for a couple of hours thinking of that one.
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Tuesday, August 10th 2010 at 5:58pm.

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It still has only buffered about 1:14 and the audio is not synced to the picture.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Bozo's Circus - "Frazier's Pledge" (1978) by Smctopia on Monday, July 6th, 2015 at 8:36pm CT

I checked my updates and once I did that, it was buffering really slowly. So far only the first 3 seconds have played.


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No problems for me when I saw the clip.


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Strange - do you get any sort of error message? This clip *is* in a different file format - as opposed to our old .FLV (Flash Video) files, this one is in .MP4 format. However, it plays as normal through the site for me - anyone else having problems?


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