I remember seeing this promo...if not in 1981, then before. Since Family Classics mostly kept airing the same collection of Fred Silverman-selected movies, I don't think the promos changed much, if at all. Comment posted by SuperCFL on Thursday, December 13th 2007 at 5:52pm.
Classic promo Fuzzy. I remember this one too. WGN would also run this film again on Christmas Eve (while WTTW and other stations would run the Alistair Sim version). We always watched this version. FYI, towards the end of the film you can catch a glimpse of a stagehand's reflection in a mirror. I hope more of this Family Classics material surfaces! Comment posted by GHilbrich on Thursday, December 13th 2007 at 8:39pm.
after frasier thomas it was roy leonard Comment posted by pantaloon123 on Wednesday, December 19th 2007 at 9:24pm.
Why can't I see any WGN clips? Comment posted by ZayreRippedMeOff on Friday, January 2nd 2009 at 9:49pm.
Corrected airdate. Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, June 29th 2014 at 9:26pm.
"FYI, towards the end of the film you can catch a glimpse of a stagehand's reflection in a mirror. I hope more of this Family Classics material surfaces!"
I don't know for sure if it doesn't happen in this version, but I just watched the Alastair Sim version. A stage hand is visible in the mirror in that version. Comment posted by FCabanski on Tuesday, December 30th 2014 at 1:11am.
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Hold the presses - we started getting a difference of opinion in the WMAQ alumni group as to who the VO person actually was. I am trying to sort it all out but it seems likely that it is actually Jerry Mitchell, and not Henry "Hank" Cooke. More details as they become available on these FuzzMem stations, and on FuzzyMemories' Overnight.
Aha, Henry Cooke. How long was he with WMAQ? Ditto for Lorry Young.
As for Lee Hanna - he was brought in by parent network NBC to 'MAQ in 1976 to try to lift the station from last place, after propelling NYC sister station WNBC Channel 4 to the top with its 2-hour "NewsCenter4" newscast. Alas, for a variety of reasons, Mr. Hanna's tenure at WMAQ didn't work out and he was gone by 1978. Ron Powers, in the 1980 edition of his book "The Newscasters: The News Business As Show Business," had a section about Mr. Hanna's ill-fated WMAQ foray in his chapter of the ups and downs of WNBC's "starship newscast."
For some unexplained reason I received the Mork and Mindy game from some program that was giving all the kids toys for Christmas because so many apparently were poor (we weren't so I don't know why they included all kids). Anyway it was a card game and one of the creatures on the card was called oopadoo and we would call one of our dogs that.