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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 WCAE Channel 50 - 3-2-1 Contact (Technical Difficulties Moment, 1980) by W.B. on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 11:56am CT

And 1" tape formats hadn't yet taken hold in the industry. I think the "fast" opening was deliberate and intentional (as part of the plot of this ep), and the tape ops at WCAE were fooled tremendously.


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