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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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Comment posted in WTTW Channel 11 - "Profane Pledge" (1980) by Detroit4Chicago on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 5:01pm CT

Idk... if these ended up on TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, they'd get on but bleeped.


Comment posted in WTTW Channel 11 - "Profane Pledge" (1980) by Dth1971 on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 9:03pm CT

Doubtful Dick Clark and Ed McMahon could have used those MASH bloopers.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Seal of Good Practice, SSB, & Station Sign-Off (1981) by ER3017 on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at 7:39pm CT

@ChrisBCritter- It has been in color the film lol.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Seal of Good Practice, SSB, & Station Sign-Off (1981) by Detroit4Chicago on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at 9:27pm CT

@ER3017- Thanks for the info from the schedule. With a two-hour feature (The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell) including a few commercial spots in between, it does take up a lot of time to force a station like WBBM-TV to cancel the sermonette.

CBS O&O's were notorious for their Late Show lineups circa 1979-1980 IMHO. In places like NYC, Philly and Chicago, it was most common. But in LA, it was variable and in St. Louis, schedules were "normal:" between 1 and 3 in the morning, especially on Sundays.


Comment posted in WTTW Channel 11 - Summerfest '79 (Pledge Break #2, 1979) by Smctopia on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at 12:30pm CT

I just heard a song by Jane Olivor on MeTv radio!


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Seal of Good Practice, SSB, & Station Sign-Off (1981) by ChrisBCritter on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 5:25am CT

Interesting - I remember once seeing The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell aired in black and white around this date. Next time I saw it I was surprised to see it was in color! Wonder how that happened?


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Seal of Good Practice, SSB, & Station Sign-Off (1981) by ER3017 on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 6:29pm CT

@Detroit4Chicago- It is the second showing of "The Late Show"; they were airing "The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell" at 3:30am and probably signed off at about 5:30am. Here's the schedule.


Comment posted in Folger's - "My Wife Can't Make Coffee" (Commercial, 1978) by Pete on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 2:08am CT

I just Googled sotz for the hell of it, Fuzzy. I came across this and MAYBE this had something to do with it perhaps...

http://www.woodstovewizard.com/sotz-barrel-stove-kit.html

Just for the record, I'm not a huge drinker of coffee but my girlfriend is. I've learned to make a mean cup of coffee and a mean whiskey cocktail. BOTH will put hair on your boo boo. :-D


Comment posted in McDonald's - "Shamrock Shake" (Commercial, 1985) by Pete on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 1:59am CT

Got a Shamrock Shake today. They've gone back to the original recipe.


Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - News - "TelePrompTer ScRewUp" (1991?) by Pete on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 1:58am CT

Some things are better left off of FB, Fuzzy....Just saying. ;-)


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