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WGN Channel 9 - Family Classics With Frazier Thomas - "A Christmas Carol" (Promo, 1981)

Here's a nice promo for an airing of "A Christmas Carol" on WGN Channel 9's Family Classics with host Frazier Thomas.

This promo aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, December 20th 1981.

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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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Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - The 1985 Chicago Automobile Show Special (First 10 Minutes, 1985) by ChrisBCritter on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 3:34am CT

Check out the technician fleeing the shot at 3:45 as the Camaro comes into view! Lucky his yellow shirt matched the car to help camouflage his exit...


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 - "Mount St. Helens" (1980) by OldTVNut on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 11:26am CT

Am I the only person who thinks that Jerry Taft should be surprised on his next birthday with this clip?


Comment posted in McDonald's - "We Do It All For You" (Commercial, 197?) by T.K. on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 11:21pm CT

Can't beat the million-dollar sound of a jingle performed by the Ron Hicklin Singers. Even after 40 years, "At McDonaaaald's..." still sticks to the brain. It's been so long since a memorable uptempo jingle has been used in a national ad campaign, using one would stand out against all the maudlin and futuristic aural wallpaper used today.

If I'm not mistaken, that's a billboard for Ronrico rum visible through the window at 0:35. Even though no one at home was going to be putting this spot on "pause" in 1975, it surprises me they let that slip into something so tightly produced.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - The 1985 Chicago Automobile Show Special (First 10 Minutes, 1985) by FuzzyMemories on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 11:05pm CT

T.K. - You're correct - I hadn't noticed that, but this is the last regular appearance of Frazier Thomas on Family Classics that has yet been found. I don't have the opening for "The Black Swan" but I do have the last half hour or so including the complete ending, some of which you see here. I'll have to give this a proper posting at a later time.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - The 1985 Chicago Automobile Show Special (First 10 Minutes, 1985) by T.K. on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 10:37pm CT

Less than two months before the death of Frazier Thomas... am I right in that this is the latest of his regular appearances to have surfaced so far? (I'm not counting the clips used in the retrospective stories in April.)

The intro music to the car show sounds like it came from this catchy number used on the CHEK-TV Friday Night Movie in 1981. WGN's recording sounds like it came from someone holding a mic up to a record player in their basement, however. I'd love to hear it in full.


Comment posted in WTTW Channel 11 - Doctor Who - "The Leisure Hive" (Opening & Technical Difficulties Moment, 1983) by Detroit4Chicago on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 7:00pm CT

She sounds as if she's doing an ad-lib news report on NPR's All Things Considered.


Comment posted in McDonald's - "We Do It All For You" (Commercial, 197?) by Micronaut on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at 6:07pm CT

Correct me if I am wrong BUT is that Dee Wallace at 0:29??


Comment posted in Coke - "Verbose Challenge" (Commercial, 1977) by Detroit4Chicago on Monday, May 11th, 2015 at 10:43pm CT

Pete: "The guy that does the V/O for Forensic Files?"

Yep. Still going after all these years!


Comment posted in Coke - "Verbose Challenge" (Commercial, 1977) by Pete on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at 11:49pm CT

The guy that does the V/O for Forensic Files?


Comment posted in Burger King - "The Return of the Whaler" (Commercial, 1983) by Pete on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at 11:44pm CT

You're correct, Detroit4Chicago. The Ocean Catch was the name.


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