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WGN Channel 9 - Family Classics with Frazier Thomas - "Mysterious Island" (Opening & Ending, 1979)

Here's something pretty neat and rare - the opening (and ending credits) of the Family Classics presentation of Jules Verne's Mysterious Island on WGN Channel 9. Featuring Frazier Thomas as host.

Also includes a WGN "Last Farewell" Station ID at the beginning. (voiceover by Jerry Golden)

Ending credits:

Directed by - Don Strukel

Graphic Arts by Anthony M. Sulla (A.K.A. Tony Sulla) (he was the one who painted all of the book cover titles on Family Classics)

Entire Production Supervised by Frazier Thomas


The Family Classics theme song was called "Moviescope" and was a piece of library music composed by Dennis Berry. It was originally released on the Berry/Conroy label.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, November 4th 1979 during the 3:30pm to 5:00pm timeframe.

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VO could be Jerry Golden.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 9:35am.

New Yorkers will more likely recall "Mysterious Island" as being a regular fixture on WABC Channel 7's "4:30 Movie" (as part of one of more of their numerous theme weeks relating to adventure or science fiction). But as for the Windy City . . . weren't there other occasions besides this 1979 airing on which this was shown under this very umbrella, hosted by Mr. Thomas? I seemed to recall at least one such occasion, in February of 1971.
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 10:35am.

My search found the film aired 14 times on "Family Classics" between 1967 and 1979, including a Valentine Day's broadcast in 1971.
Comment posted by Phantom on Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 5:26pm.

My all time favorite Family Classic! Bernard Herrmann and Ray Harryhausen, always a welcome combination! Years later, my brother and I were at Disneyland. We were on some ride where they had a dinosaur exhibit. As the T-Rex and Triceritops battled, they played the Mysterious Island theme. We knew right away what it was.
Comment posted by 4thtroika on Friday, January 14th 2011 at 1:21am.

The attraction at Disneyland that uses this theme is the Primieval World diorama and it can still be seen when riding the Disneyland Railroad. The dinosaurs used in it were originally from the "Magic Skyway" exhibit Disney did for Ford at the 1964 World's Fair.
Comment posted by Smctopia on Friday, January 14th 2011 at 9:30am.

I wonder how many of those books on the Family Classics bookshelf had swears in them? Fraiser Thomas was the perfect host for this show, he was so elegant in how he presented the films...It's a real shame WGN doesn't do that kind of television anymore
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Sunday, January 16th 2011 at 4:08pm.

Frazier Thomas refers to "another Sunday presentation of Family Classics." There was a time when WGN had a Friday night presentation of FC. The artist for the book covers was Anthony Sulita (sp?), who also painted the large weather maps for NewsNine. Also, why didn't Frazier ever sit in the chair?
Comment posted by Don Weiss on Tuesday, January 18th 2011 at 8:33pm.

It's amazing how a clip can take you right back to your youth, sitting in front of the TV on a Sunday afternoon. It is a shame WGN doesn't do this kind of programming anymore.
Comment posted by HomerDoh60 on Wednesday, December 14th 2011 at 10:56am.

Hudson3-2700 was right--The station ID announcer here is Jerry Golden.
Comment posted by RLaPorte on Sunday, January 29th 2012 at 2:36pm.

Updated video file - added ending credits of Family Classics to it.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, April 19th 2015 at 9:11am.

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