On WCBS-TV in New York, perhaps the most enduring legacy was from the station I.D. that aired between program segments, on which news anchor Rolland Smith intoned the now-famous phrase, "Fighting the frizzies - at 11." Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, December 14th 2007 at 10:32pm.
You don't know how bad I was tempted to mute this thing. It's easily one of the most bizarre holiday specials in the long history of holiday specials. It's also easily the best quality I have ever seen...but Fuzzy, you disappoint me...no Bea Arthur clip??? Comment posted by GHilbrich on Friday, December 14th 2007 at 11:17pm.
I always wondered if the red robes were to save on them creating more Wookie costumes. Comment posted by smctopia on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 8:47am.
GHilbrich - Don't tempt me. I'll whip out the Bea Arthur faster than you can say Wookie-ookie. ;-) Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 9:00am.
I'd heard about how horrible this show was (I didn't see it when it aired); judging from this clip, it's just......weird!
Man, that's darn good video quality for 1978, though... Comment posted by dauber on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 10:47am.
OH MY GOD THAT REAL BAD Comment posted by pantaloon123 on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 11:29am.
dauber - I know, it's unbelievable. This was recorded on VHS too! I only wish he saved the commercials - man, that would have been an awesome recording. Still, it was recorded off of WBBM so it's Chicago. :-) Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 2:46pm.
smctopia - Good point. They were probably wearing T-shirts and jeans under those robes. :-) Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 2:50pm.
Geeze! I saw a bootleg of this special (first time I had seen it since I was 7), man, 7 year olds are so easily amused. No wonder Lucas denied its existence! Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 2:58pm.
This is so bad I had to watch it and comment again! At about 2:50 it looks like someone turned on a blender or something...the video gets those nice little interference lines. Can you imagine if this special aired before Star Wars was theatrically released?
Happy Life Day everyone! Comment posted by GHilbrich on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 5:29pm.
I just remember being freaked out by the Stormtrooper ripping the doll's head off. For years I thought that it was a bad dream. It was a bad dream...of Lucas'. Comment posted by kietdoke on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 5:51pm.
Great Star Wars Holiday Special clip!
This was from a WBBM Chicago taping? I remember seeing Star Wars Holiday Special tapings taped off WMAR 2 Baltimore, WCBS 2 New York, and KPIX 5 San Francisco.
Doubtful it will be on DVD/Blu-Ray in 2008 for the 30th. anniversary if George Lucas approves. Comment posted by dth1971 on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 8:22pm.
GHilbrich - Yep, you're right. (Although it's actually at about 4:33 into the clip - the time on the left is elapsed time and the time on the right is remaining time) Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 9:36pm.
dth1971 - Yep, this was recorded off of WBBM's airing. Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 9:36pm.
Man, even Harrison Ford is terrible in this one. And he only has around 4 seconds of screen time. Comment posted by Ringthane on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 9:54pm.
Ringthane - In this clip he only has 4 seconds of screen time - trust me, there are several more minutes of pained acting by him throughout the special. Don't make me post the whole thing! ;-) Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 10:09pm.
Besides Bea Arthur, another guest who appeared in the special was Art Carney. And I'm sure I'm incomplete in listing who else appeared in "TSWHS" besides the core "SW" cast. Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, December 15th 2007 at 11:35pm.
Fuzzy, Oh, yes, I know. I have the whole thing. Bea Arthur's cantina conga line, Boba Fett's intro -- the whole thing. And it's all pain. I must have watched it when it aired, because I wouldn't have missed anything Star Wars-related back then, but my brain wisely blocked it out for years. Comment posted by Ringthane on Sunday, December 16th 2007 at 10:07am.
Wow....just wow...I just watched this for the third time...I'm just...stunned..I find myself watching it over just to prove to myself that it really exists...I don't know, it's like a horrible train wreck -- you don't want to watch, but you can't look away... Comment posted by dauber on Sunday, December 16th 2007 at 10:21pm.
3:00 to 3:10 - 10 seconds of my best dreams from grade school. Just replace the song with Carrie Fisher telling me how happy I've made her.
3:29 to 3:39 - 10 seconds of wookie creepily staring a hole through you. Frightens me as much as that gorilla from Trading Places! Comment posted by AbeFroman on Monday, December 17th 2007 at 9:54am.
Abe - 8-) I know what you mean in both cases. That's why I picked the thumbnail picture that I did - a nice pic of Carrie staring lovingly up. That Chewie part cracks me up too - he's getting nostalgic and remembering random parts of the movie? "Arrrghh... I remember when the audience saw the Falcon for the first time, even though I had seen it 1000 times by then...good times..." 8-) Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, December 17th 2007 at 11:01am.
Wow, even Chewbacca looks embarrassed -- how is that possible? I loved Star Wars but remember, even as an 8-year-old, thinking how stupid this was (though I don't remember much of it, even after watching this clip). This is a definite "Yes, this existed" moment, one you think wasn't actually real (I used to think the "Brady Variety Hour" was a figment of my imagination for years until Nick at Nite began rerunning them in the 1990s). Was this before Mark Hamill's car accident, it looks like his original nose?
Comment posted by Joey G on Monday, December 17th 2007 at 3:36pm.
Although Carrie Fisher's parents each had success on the music charts in the past. (Anyone remember "Tammy," from the one side?) Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, December 18th 2007 at 2:09pm.
Jesus Christ Almighty! Comment posted by brendanchenowith on Thursday, May 29th 2008 at 3:44pm.
you know, I remember watching this as a kid and thinking "meh"..though I loved seeing the animation... but yeah, this was pretty bad.. Comment posted by agenturge on Sunday, July 18th 2010 at 9:25pm.
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I'm certainly pullin' for the Cubbies to take the Series, for sure. Someone mentioned the Red Sox - one of the Cubs' execs who helped bring the team to their current position, was in charge at the Red Sox when they assembled the players that took home quite a few World Championships over this century.
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!