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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.

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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.

There were reports of Bobby Sands' hunger strike and it was all over the news. When I saw this bulletin, I was asking a lot of unresolved questions thereafter.

It was hard to understand at the time.

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Man, I remember this too well....



Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Universe with Walter Cronkite - "The Science Behind Star Wars" (1980) by OddityArchive on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 6:45pm CT

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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Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by T.K. on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4:04pm CT

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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