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WGN Channel 9 - Ending of The Cisco Kid and Opening of The Lone Ranger (1980)

Here's the ending of an episode of The Cisco Kid (starring Duncan Renaldo as Cisco and Leo Carrillo as Pancho) and beginning of an episode of The Lone Ranger on WGN Channel 9. (picture's a bit fuzzy) ;-) Includes:

Ending moments of final act of Cisco Kid episode, "Magician of Jamesville" (original airdate March 15th 1956, per IMDb)

Commercial: 1st Metropolitan Builders - Remodeling home kitchens with beautiful cabinets and spacious counter tops - "For Less Than You Probably Thought Possible"

Theatrical trailer for the "Sunn Classic" (sic) movie The Bermuda Triangle (main voiceover by Brad Crandall) (ending voiceover by ??)

Commercial: Eagle Discount Supermarkets - Low Prices on Wide Selection of Well-Known Brands, Store Name Products, Bonded Meats and Farm Fresh Produce - "We Mean Savings"

Promo slide for Hogan's Heroes - alternating with My Three Sons Monday through Saturday at 5:30pm (voiceover by Clif Mercer)

Closing credits of Cisco Kid episode (notice Quinn Martin credited as Audio Supervisor - may or may not be the same as the famed producer of such shows as The Fugitive, Cannon and Barnaby Jones), with promo voiceover for upcoming repeat of May 17th 1979 Philadelphia Phillies/Chicago Cubs "game of the decade" (which the Cubs lost, 23-22) for Monday, January 21st at 7pm (by Jack Brickhouse)

Promo slide for Carol Burnett & Friends, Monday through Saturday at 6:30pm (voiceover by Clif Mercer)

Commercial: Lincoln Carpeting - with Al Parker - 3 Rooms of Carpeting for only $169 - with free silverware for 30th anniversary celebration

Commercial: Shake & Bake Coating Mix - mother with small child who doesn't like "tough" fried chicken - "For Chicken That's Tender, Not Tough" - also in barbecue style

WGN "Last Farewell" video animation ID (voiceover by Clif Mercer)

Opening titles for The Lone Ranger - "Return Us Now to Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear" (voiceover by Fred Foy)

Commercial: Jim Solway Chevrolet - Groucho impersonator says "the magic word" in a take on You Bet Your Life

Commercial: Aronson Furniture - Knocks Out High Prices - sale on 8-piece rustic pine set for $399 ($30 down, $30 a month). Featuring Linn Burton (of Bert Weinman Ford fame) in person.

Commercial: 1st Metropolitan Builders - Remodeling recreation room with rich, beautiful wood paneling - "For Less Than You Probably Thought Possible"

First few seconds of Lone Ranger episode, "Thieves' Money" (original airdate November 2nd 1950, per IMDb)).

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, January 20th 1980 during the 11:24am to 11:33am timeframe.

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Specific original air date of "Lone Ranger" episode added to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, July 14th 2011 at 12:49pm.

That's Linn Burton for Certain on the Aronson commercial.
Comment posted by KBA on Thursday, July 14th 2011 at 1:06pm.

In the 1950's The Cisco Kid was sponsored by local bread companies (Weber's Bread on the West Coast, Butternut Bread in the Midwest including Chicago, etc.)
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Thursday, July 14th 2011 at 8:07pm.

I smile every time I see the WGN ID and hear "The Last Farwell"
Comment posted by NuBnPrnc2k on Thursday, July 14th 2011 at 8:47pm.

- The fuzzy picture makes it more authentic. My brothers and I would watch these shows after Mass on Sunday while my folks were cooking brunch.

- The guy doing the Eagle commercial sounds like the guy that did the Jewel commercials.

- I used to live near the Aronson's on 46th and Ashland. Never went shopping there...

Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Friday, July 15th 2011 at 1:06pm.

I'm surpised Cisco Kid was filmed in color back in 1956.
Comment posted by Smctopia on Saturday, July 16th 2011 at 2:41pm.

Apparently, no-one knew "The Cisco Kid" was filmed in color after the mid-1950's until 1966 or so when local TV stations reacquired film prints of the show, with the color episodes being offered in color for the first time. This was most certainly the case with the second half of the run of the George Reeves "Adventures of Superman" which was in color, and wasn't seen as such until after 1966.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, July 16th 2011 at 3:56pm.

I've been waiting for this one!!!!! Big sunday breakfast and the Cisco Kid. Thanks Fuzz!!!
Comment posted by Pantaloon123 on Sunday, July 17th 2011 at 10:10am.

I believe The Cisco Kid was the first television show to be filmed in color. That show was definitely ahead of its time.

I remember watching the movie 'The Bermuda Triangle' at the Marquette Theater on 63rd Street near Kedzie Avenue. I thought it was an interesting film.

Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Monday, July 18th 2011 at 1:52pm.

Bonded meats?
Comment posted by APM on Tuesday, July 19th 2011 at 11:24am.

OMG Hudson me too...! When I saw this clip, it totally took me back to Sundays when I *used* to go to mass.
Comment posted by WJake15 on Wednesday, October 16th 2013 at 9:21pm.

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Comment posted in Boxcar Willie - King Of The Road - 20 Great Tracks (Record Offer, 1981) by Detroit4Chicago on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 8:01pm CT

Willie reminds me not just a "hobo," but he sure a lot looks like Foster Brooks.


Comment posted in WLS Channel 7 - ABC News Special Report - "Death of Bobby Sands" (1981) by Detroit4Chicago on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 7:57pm CT

I remember vividly this bulletin; it was also a period when I was preoccupied with the notion of death of human beings. I think we changed the channel from watching M*A*S*H and happened to see this. And this came on.

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I have a copy of this one too, albeit the Baton Rouge, LA broadcast. Always been reluctant to post it to YT because of all the LucasFilm footage though.


Comment posted in Boxcar Willie - King Of The Road - 20 Great Tracks (Record Offer, 1981) by LaPrincess on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 9:20pm CT

My great grandma had this record. Strangely Boxcar Willie looks like he could be related to my guy friend.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by pvx on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 12:49am CT

In reply to Szake's, T.K.'s, and Fuzzy's comments regarding the letters flashing in the corners of the screen at the beginning--I have seen this as well in other national TV commercials on film from this era.

I have a really good hunch as to what this is--going from my experience working master control in local commercial television and handling the physical airing of commercial spots (albeit much later in the early 2000s on videotape and satellite-delivered video files for on-air playout, as opposed to the film print this commercial is most likely from), this is more than likely an ISCI (Industry Standard Commercial Identifier) code, an unique 4 letter & 4 number identification code assigned to national commercial spots that receive national network and/or local affiliate airing. Each ISCI code is unique to the spot for identification for advertisers, ad agencies, post-production staff, and the station's/network's traffic/logging, ad sales, and and master control personnel. A typical ISCI code is usually in the format of ABCD1234.

I'd hazard to guess that it must of been the industry standard in the 70s to have the ISCI code digits show up on the corners of the first few film frames of the spot, to ease identification for the master control/projectionist/editor at a station to know what spot it was while splicing it together with other commercial films to make a spot reel (or when threading the spot by itself up in a film-chain projector) for airing in a local commercial break.

When the transition to delivering commercials to stations/networks on videotape became more common practice, usually the ISCI code was displayed during the slate & countdown before the spot on the beginning of the tape (obviously not aired, unless the MCO screwed up and switched it up too early ;) )).

I wonder of the ISCI code of this spot is something like xMxHx0x3 (the "x"s being whatever letters/numbers displayed at the left side of the screen, which is mostly cut off in this video), say, something like IMGH1023?


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I was able to stop on two frames... the first with M in the upper-right corner and H in the lower-right and the second frame with O in the upper-right and 3 in the lower-right. So... MO, H3? If it was flashing M-O-M, I'd think maybe it was a subliminal message to ask your mother to buy a ticket.


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