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WLS Channel 7 - Ending of Halloween Is Grinch Night and Opening of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (1979)

Here's the closing credits for Halloween Is Grinch Night, followed by the opening moments of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't on WLS Channel 7. Includes.

End credits for Halloween Is Grinch Night - (C) MCMLXVII (1977) Dr. Seuss and A.S. Geisel - A DePatie-Freleng Production (voiceover by Allan Jefferys)

Promo for 240-Robert episode "Double Trouble" (with early acting appearances by future film star Michelle Pfeiffer and future NCIS star Mark Harmon) - after NFL Monday Night Football on the West Coast (main voiceover by Ernie Anderson) (ending voiceover by Allan Jefferys)

Commercial: Sugar Free Diet Rite Cola

WLS station ID bumper with PSA for Museum of Science & Industry coal mine (voiceover by Wayne Atkinson)

Opening credits and Part 1 of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't

"We'll Return After These Messages" bumper - with a silhouette bat (voiceover by Gilbert Hodges?)

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't bumper and sponsor notice (voiceover by Gilbert Hodges?) - Brought to you by Kenner - "Makers of Long Playing Toys for Children of All Ages"

Commercial: Star Wars Radio Controlled R2-D2 by Kenner - "2 9-volt and 2 C alkaline batteries not included" - can make noises by wireless remote control (voiceover by Norman Rose)

Commercial: Kenner's new Betty Crocker Juicer Blender - "Food and four batteries not included" - for making pudding, toppings and orange juice (voiceover by ??)

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't bumper - "Now, back to our story" (voiceover by Gilbert Hodges?)

Beginning of Part 2 of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, October 28th 1979.

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In a sense, this video also serves as an unofficial tribute to announcer Allan Jefferys (here heard over the "Halloween Is Grinch Night" end credits and the end of the "240-Robert" promo), who passed away September 29th 2011 at age 88 at his home in Pinehurst, NC.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, October 29th 2011 at 1:04am.

"Halloween Is Grinch Night" was released at video at one point with just the title "Grinch Night".

That Betty Crocker Juicer line "for little moms" seems so dated now. Young aspiring unmarried girls or girls that didn't plan to have kids weren't allowed to play? LOL.

Comment posted by Smctopia on Saturday, October 29th 2011 at 1:19pm.

And "The Halloween That Almost Wasn't" was released on video as "The Night Dracula Saved the World".
Comment posted by Smctopia on Saturday, October 29th 2011 at 2:09pm.

It really does sound dated because what if she's a working mom? Or how about if her husband likes to cook? I know many families where the dad does the cooking. I hate to cook but most of my boyfriends loved it. I'm pretty sure the Easy Bake Oven is now marketed to both genders and many top chefs today mentioned getting started on one.
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Sunday, October 30th 2011 at 12:18am.

I have never seen "The Halloween That Almost Wasn't" until now. The funniest thing about it, for me, was the groan at the thought of Judd Hirsch as Dracula. He was actually quite good in what little I saw in the movie. On the subject of the Betty Crocker Blender and Juicer, I think it is interesting how there are so few head chefs in the world's five-star restaurants and yet so many young girls from the 50s to 80s who grew up practicing the subtle skills of the kitchen through EZ-Bake Ovens and the like. Are these toys just rubbish?
Comment posted by Melk on Tuesday, November 1st 2011 at 5:05pm.

I kinda wish I had one of those R2D2s now, just to see my cat freak out LOL.
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Monday, September 28th 2015 at 12:52pm.

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Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - The Honeymooners (Bumper #1, 1979) by W.B. on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 2:22pm CT

I should also note that at the time that bus was first purchased, both New York City Omnibus and Fifth Avenue Coach were controlled by a Chicago-based firm, The Omnibus Corporation (I detected a Chicago connection somewhere besides this WFLD airing). In 1954 that company sold the last of its various bus company interests around the country (they once controlled the Chicago Motor Coach Company, and that had been palmed off to the Chicago Transit Authority in 1952), with NYC Omnibus acquiring Fifth Avenue Coach. In 1956 that company rebranded itself Fifth Avenue Coach Lines, Inc. (with bus routes operated by the heretofore individual companies administered under FACO Division [10 routes] and NYCO Division [21 routes]). Later that year they purchased the bankrupt Surface Transportation Corporation which operated a handful of routes in Manhattan and every route in The Bronx (and whose upkeep was so p-poor, the joke was they came from the factory in that condition); their routes would be administered by a wholly-owned subsidiary started up by FACL, Surface Transit, Inc. All of these routes would be taken over by MaBSTOA in 1962 as the result of a strike against FACL and Surface Transit, brought about when new management led by an out-of-town wheeler-dealer named Harry Weinberg laid off 29 light-duty workers in retaliation for the city not granting his request for a fare hike.

As for The Omnibus Corporation, it ultimately became Hertz. As in, the rent-a-car business for which O.J. Simpson (grrr!) did their ads for years.

And the so-called "2969" paraded around today was originally a New York City Transit System bus numbered 4789. The passing off as 2969 went as far back as 1984 - when I noticed it being shown at the first RALPH convention I attended (which was the second overall).


Comment posted in Laser Blast by Activision (Commercial, 1981) by Smctopia on Friday, July 7th, 2017 at 10:09pm CT

That sounds like Michael Bell doing the voiceover.


Comment posted in Magic Sand by Wham-O (Commercial, 1981) by Smctopia on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 10:45pm CT

Ah, here's how Magic Sand worked! http://www.retroland.com/magic-sand/


Comment posted in Magic Sand by Wham-O (Commercial, 1981) by Smctopia on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 10:43pm CT

I always wanted Magic Sand but my mom said it was "too messy". How DID it get instantly dry?


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by Smctopia on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 10:40pm CT

A park in Chicago near where my Grandma lived used to have red slides like the ones in this ad, as well as the concrete dolphin. And of course Marvel is now owned by Disney. One of the smartest acquisitions they made (along with Lucasfilm)!


Comment posted in KNBC Channel 4 - Ending of NewsCenter4 - Early Edition with Paul Moyer & Kelly Lange and Editorial Reply (1977) by Szake on Friday, June 30th, 2017 at 10:25pm CT

There is a hand at 5:15 in the lower right hand corner of the keyer just before the credits begin.


Comment posted in WLS Channel 7 - Late Night Movie - "A Woman Rebels" (Partial Commercial Break, 1980) by Szake on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 9:14pm CT

Morrand: This Victory Auto Wreckers Ad actually has THREE different phone number seen in this commercial. If you pause the video at 1:40, an old ending title graphic says 263-3405 for a split second in a smaller font than the duplicate ending title graphic with the more familiar 860-2000. The tow truck has 766-012? painted on it.


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The answer in how Snipets got around so early to non-Field stations, lay in an ad put up on eBay: Starting in 1978, these segments were nationally syndicated via The Samuel Goldwyn Television Company. This factor may explain why pre-'77 Kaiser-made episode-lets bore Field copyrights. There is still a yuuuuge question-mark as to whether Snipets made it to the biggest TV market in the country, New York City, and if so, on which station?

That this aired within Big Blue Marble also bears some irony. In NYC, that show aired for quite a few years on WPIX Channel 11 (which also ran WLS Chicago-originated Gigglesnort Hotel on Saturday mornings for a few years beginning in '77). Today KTLA is a sister station to WPIX - and therefore, also, to Chicago's own WGN Channel 9.


Comment posted in WTTW Channel 11 - Soundstage (Opening, 1977) by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 11:38pm CT

Pushbutton - Great story, thanks for sharing. :-)


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TeleFrank - Thanks for the great info, as usual. :-)


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