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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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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.


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


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


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Rocketboy - Thanks for the ID! :-)


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And in case you were wondering, the music bed on the sign-off is "Romanticarium" by Bill Giant from the NBC production music library.


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While this clip aired I was pressing "record" on my little shoebox cassette recorder and pointing my microphone at the TV speaker. I was 14 years old and thought Martin Mull was a real hoot. I played the heck out of that cassette that summer. My friends and I enjoyed Flo & Eddie's "history of rock n' roll thus far" or whatever they called it. Nice to have an exact airdate; thanks for this!


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Panos Productions did not produce the Outdoor Sportsman. Joe Wyer the host and producer of the show may have used them occasionally and they did produce the program open. Other than that Joe produced his show out of Studio B at WCIU-TV's Board of Trade Studios. Often he showed 16mm films produced by others. But I clearly remember the day he prepped a deer for "stuffing" live on the desk of the Stock Market Observer. Joe was a taxidermist by trade. His show was a little different every week.

Ernie Panos the owner of Panos Productions was a Greek born dentist who created Panos Productions to produce his own greek language show. He soon discovered that his fellow ethnic broadcasters would use his services for location shooting and occasionally a commercial. They were cheap and incidentally, since you made such a big deal about it in the description the main draw was the CG. WCIU had an art department but not a CG. Paying for the art department to create a slide or a graphic card was a cost that could be avoided by just typing on the Panos CG. It was amazing for these producers.

Not sure what happened I had left WCIU by then but Panos's show went off the air and I think the production company followed. Some years later I recall that Mr. Panos was in the news for fondling young patients. He was acquitted for that. I think he's dead.


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Anyone know which New York City station aired "Snipets"? (Either would have been WNEW Channel 5 or WPIX Channel 11 - unless WOR Channel 9 aired them within "Romper Room.")


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