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WGN Channel 9 - Family Classics - "The Mark Of Zorro" (Opening, 1985)

Here is the (mostly complete) opening to the Family Classics presentation of "The Mark of Zorro" on WGN Channel 9.

Featuring Joseph T. Loughlin, Vice-President and General Manager of WGN-TV, as host. This was the first episode of Family Classics that aired after the death of Frazier Thomas, who passed away on Wednesday, April 3rd 1985. Mr. Loughlin says a few words about Frazier and the future of Family Classics.

There was a transitional period before Roy Leonard took over hosting duties for this show on October 13th 1985, beginning with the airing of "For the Love of Benji".

(this clip did not originate with me, it was traded around quite a bit in the pre-digital days, which accounts for its poor quality. Even though it's not quite up to snuff with the FuzzyStandards, I thought I would include it here for the historical significance.)

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.

"Perhaps at sometime in the future, the program will have another host..."

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, April 7th 1985.

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When did Roy Leonard take over? the following year?
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Saturday, April 9th 2011 at 7:41pm.

Roy Leonard took over as host in October 1985 with the new season of films.
Comment posted by Phantom on Saturday, April 9th 2011 at 7:44pm.

Simply heart wrenching...Even though Roy did a good job, it was never the same.
Comment posted by ArmitageNLowell on Sunday, April 10th 2011 at 11:32pm.

I remember our Family sitting in front of the TV set that fateful Sunday, in shock as we heard this news. We felt as if our own Uncle had passed away...so sad! The end of an era...It was never the same!
Comment posted by Siciliano66 on Saturday, April 23rd 2011 at 9:34am.

What a great movie.
Comment posted by ER3017 on Saturday, January 4th 2014 at 9:06pm.

This aired Easter Sunday that year (1985).
Comment posted by Brian1978 on Friday, August 7th 2015 at 6:23am.

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