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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And New York's Channel 7, WABC, also tended to show badly worn color prints of old movies. One screening of "The Best of Everything"  in the mid-'80's on their "Late Movie" (with Alan Parker's "Unlimited Love" as the theme) was especially yellowish.
As for the bad color on this film, one person on YouTube speculated it may've been due to this being an Eastman print, fading over time.
Can anyone say with certainty what kind of color slide WLS used for their 1974 test pattern (inaugurated the year they began transmitting from their circular polarized antenna atop the Sears [now Willis] Tower), based on the 1984 sign-on and the extreme fading and discoloration seen thereon?
And finally, can anyone envision in their head how the "swirling stars" would have fared with Walter Raim's "Big Show" theme as used for years on WABC's "4:30 Movie" and their other movie shows?
Our channel 7 in Detroit was also known for bad colour quality when they were showing old movies. I have a few movie recordings off of WXYZ from the early 80s, and "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" has particularly bad colour quality.
I don't think this was asked elsewhere but since he first tried to hack in to WGN and the Channel 11 audio makes several WGN references, is it possible "Max" prerecorded this and wasn't broadcasting it live?
Would anyone out there know what kind of color system was used on that print of "The Guns of Navarone" for the color to go so bad? I know that the print would've been 16mm . . . and what was it about one of the RCA(?) film chains for the blacks on the circle 7 logo to be dark maroonish and the whites almost beigeish? And people thought that no two color cameras of the same model produced the same pictures?
A little more info on this fascinating piece:
The motorcade is proceeding north on Dearborn in Downtown Chicago and it stops on Michigan Avenue in front of the Conrad Hilton Hotel where the CPD scuffle with a Secret Service Agent. You can see the Prudential Building (then the tallest building in the city) in the background. The protesters are demonstrating across the street from the hotel. That evening the President, Mayor Daley and the entourage leave the Conrad Hilton for the banquet at the Original McCormick Place which was totally destroyed by a fire in 1967. This footage is really something. Great find Fuzzy!
Natural gas storage towers were once major sights in many major cities. When growing up in NYC, I used to hear traffic reports on the radio where they would every so often mention traffic tie-ups "along the Elmhurst Gas Tanks" (reference to gas storage towers in Elmhurst, Queens, NY).
At 59 seconds as they are coming in on the (NW) Kennedy Expy, see the big tower in the forefront with the checkerboard pattern on top? Those are natural gas storage towers. They used to be all over the city. Scary looking when you were a little kid. They were huge up close.