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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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