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Screaming Yellow Theater (Svengoolie) - "Larry Lujack" (Opening, 1973)

Here's another segment from Screaming Yellow Theater - the original Svengoolie, which aired on WFLD Channel 32 from 1970-1973. Svengoolie was played by Jerry G. Bishop. By this point, if the clapboard and opening titles are of any indication, the SYT title had been eschewed in favor of Svengoolie.

This segment (designated #1-1 - Open), with guest Larry "Superjock" Lujack (who was holding court at the time at WCFL AM 1000 - which in those days was housed in the same building as WFLD - and who was there from 1972 to 1976) is from Show #61 (according to the clapboard). The recording date was April 11th 1973.

This segment starts with the opening titles and "The following prescribed is transcrammed" notice, followed by Lujack signing his name in "Sven's Guest Book" and then knocking on Sven's upright crypt. Sven gives his opening spiel, handing "Lar" a rubber chicken and then the rubber pig. Lujack introduces the upcoming movie as "Godzilla Visits the Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road" (a reference to the refrain of Loudon Wainwright III's late 1972 hit "Dead Skunk," Columbia 4-45726), or "Godzilla Gets a Nose Job," with the backup film consisting of "Debbie Reynolds' 15-year-old son accidentally shooting himself in the leg" (a reference to Todd Fisher, her son by crooner Eddie Fisher and brother of future "Star Wars: Episodes 4-6" co-star Carrie Fisher; he'd shot himself accidentally on April 9th 1973, two days before the taping of this Svengoolie segment). This segment ends with the theme music, Link Wray & His Ray Men's "Rumble" (with a few choice screams added in).

According to the TV listings, the two movies shown on this edition were "The Invisible Dr. Mabuse" (1962) and "The Screaming Skull" (1958), so it's possible this break aired during the former (#1-1 would indicate this was Movie #1, Break #1).

Directed by Ray Barnas.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, April 13th 1973.

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Gee Lar, got a little trouble reading the cue cards with your sunglasses on? Sven doesn't have any problem with it...
Comment posted by ChrisBCritter on Monday, September 19th 2011 at 12:50am.

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Comment posted in KNBC Channel 4 - Ending of NewsCenter4 - Early Edition with Paul Moyer & Kelly Lange and Editorial Reply (1977) by W.B. on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 7:48pm CT

Added name of Merrill Lynch ad spokesman to description (info courtesy of a YT user).


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The only place I can find Sanka now is on amazon. At least it's still around, stopping people from feeling edgy.


Comment posted in Butternut Bread - "Snoopy For President Sweepstakes" (Commercial, 1980) by David H on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at 11:17pm CT

Dolly Madison Zingers were better than Hostess Zingers.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Channel Two News - Coverage of Sam Giancana Funeral (1975) by FuzzyMemories on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 8:59am CT

A portion of this clip was featured in a recent episode of AMC's The Making of the Mob: Chicago.

The episode was the Second Season finale, entitled "Last Man Standing" and premiered on August 29th 2016. After notorious mobster Sam Giancana meets his end, one of the characters watches the evening news for updates. See a screen shot from this episode as well as our end credit here.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Hunter - "The Costa Rican Connection" (Opening, Preview Breaks & Ending, 1977) by ChitownTVFan on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 7:21pm CT

The 1977 version of Hunter first aired on CBS on Friday, February 18, 1977 during the midseason until its cancellation three months later on May 27th with only 9 shows aired. The last 4 of them didn't air nor did the 1976 series pilot.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1980) by Smctopia on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 10:08pm CT

This ad features footage of the Lobster ride that was located at the Marriott's Great America in Santa Clara California as the one in Gurnee has five cars per arm, not four.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by Smctopia on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 10:06pm CT

The footage of the Lobster ride in this ad is actually from the Marriott's Great America in Santa Clara, CA and not the one in Gurnee. The giveaway is that California's Lobster had four cars per arm while Gurnee's has five. Gurnee's Lobster was renamed East River Crawler but in 2017 will revert to the Lobster name and be relocated to where the Orbit was located. Orbit is being removed.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Hunter - "The Costa Rican Connection" (Opening, Preview Breaks & Ending, 1977) by W.B. on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 9:10am CT

Modified clip description with corrected info of run of better-known (and completely different) series of same name.


Comment posted in KNBC Channel 4 - Ending of NewsCenter4 - Early Edition with Paul Moyer & Kelly Lange and Editorial Reply (1977) by W.B. on Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 3:26pm CT

Thanks for advising as to that theme music (it did sound as if it came off a vinyl record, as when they looped from the end to the beginning the early part sounded much clearer on the high end than on the fadeout before they started again).

On another note - does anyone note the slight resemblance between Paul Dandridge and longtime anchor at NYC sister station WNBC Channel 4, Chuck Scarborough? (As has been noted by others over the years.)


Comment posted in KNBC Channel 4 - Ending of NewsCenter4 - Early Edition with Paul Moyer & Kelly Lange and Editorial Reply (1977) by RocketBoy on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 11:22pm CT

Thanks once again for this piece of classic So Cal TV history.

On a side note, in regards to the ending theme, I'm actually surprised they went through the trouble of listing the theme's composer in the credits. With that small piece of information, this is what I found, thanks to Billboard Magazine...

"Nightly News"
Composed by Donald Craig
Arranged by Del Kacher
Performed by Chris Delton with the Electric Modes

According to Billboard, the station had started using that song to close out their newscasts around Spring 1973 and was in use at KNBC for 11-13 seasons. That's about as much information I can provide for now. Hope that helps.

P.S.: Here's one more music tidbit for W.B.'s benefit. Prior to that theme, NBC 4 used James Stein's "The World Had Quite a Day Today" as their closing theme for roughly 2 years.


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