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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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As for The Omnibus Corporation, it ultimately became Hertz. As in, the rent-a-car business for which O.J. Simpson (grrr!) did their ads for years.

And the so-called "2969" paraded around today was originally a New York City Transit System bus numbered 4789. The passing off as 2969 went as far back as 1984 - when I noticed it being shown at the first RALPH convention I attended (which was the second overall).


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That sounds like Michael Bell doing the voiceover.


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Ah, here's how Magic Sand worked! http://www.retroland.com/magic-sand/


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I always wanted Magic Sand but my mom said it was "too messy". How DID it get instantly dry?


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A park in Chicago near where my Grandma lived used to have red slides like the ones in this ad, as well as the concrete dolphin. And of course Marvel is now owned by Disney. One of the smartest acquisitions they made (along with Lucasfilm)!


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Morrand: This Victory Auto Wreckers Ad actually has THREE different phone number seen in this commercial. If you pause the video at 1:40, an old ending title graphic says 263-3405 for a split second in a smaller font than the duplicate ending title graphic with the more familiar 860-2000. The tow truck has 766-012? painted on it.


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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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