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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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Comment posted in District Furniture & Appliances - "Come Down to the District" (Commercial, 1978) by W.B. on Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 9:48am CT

Wonder if that song was what was floating in Joan Baez' head when recording her version of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" whereby how she sings one of the lines, sounds like "There goes the Robert E. Lee."


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Funny . . . they didn't look all that much like Donny & Marie in that storyboard . . .


Comment posted in District Furniture & Appliances - "Come Down to the District" (Commercial, 1978) by Smctopia on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 10:20pm CT

"Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" shows up in a lot of stuff from this era, including an episode of Laverne & Shirley (in one of the Shotz Talent Show episodes) and in Disney's Bicentenial "America on Parade" in their theme parks.


Comment posted in Panos Productions (Demonstration Reel, 1978) by Smctopia on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 10:18pm CT

Loved seeing the old fountain in the Woodfield ad. The water formed a waterfall and there were fish tanks below it. Now there's a mini escalator there and a Comcast area. So boring.

That is of course supposed to be Donny and Marie in the Hawaiian Punch Story Board.


Comment posted in District Furniture & Appliances - "Come Down to the District" (Commercial, 1978) by Szake on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 8:50pm CT

Rick: That jingle was referred to on the Bill Leff show you and I were on late night on WGN Radio back in December of 2012.

The song is public domain, and I heard it in one of those bouncing ball sing along cartoons, I recognized it as the District Furniture song. https://youtu.be/jLI3xzwAGDQ?t=4m4s

Nice Photoshop job of combing the intro and ending graphics into one thumbnail image.


Comment posted in District Furniture & Appliances - "Come Down to the District" (Commercial, 1978) by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 2:12pm CT

Thanks, Kevin for the ID on the source of the jingle!


Comment posted in District Furniture & Appliances - "Come Down to the District" (Commercial, 1978) by Szake on Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 8:03pm CT

This jingle was based off of the song "Waiting For The Robert E. Lee." The furniture shot, but not the logo or banjo player looks like it could have been shot in the Ridgewood High School TV Studio, from the white cylorama curtain to the C stand light just in the frame on the left side of the screen. They had just rented a servo zoom controller to upgrade a manual crank zoom and were probably ancy to use it. There was also a locally produced Preparation H ad pretending to be at a race track shot on videotape with the same setup.


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I saw the movie 'Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things'. Worst zombie movie ever.


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I remember Patrick O'Neal in an episode of the 'Night Gallery' called 'Fear of Spiders'. He also did television shows like 'Alfred Hitchcock' and 'The Outer Limits'.


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