The voice over in the Spider Fighter commercial is by Bill Woodson,. best known for doing the opening credit voiceover in early Odd Couple seasons and narrating the 1977-1985 Superfriends cartoons. Comment posted by dth1971 on Tuesday, September 23rd 2008 at 7:55pm.
Wasn't Mr. Woodson one of the West Coast staff announcers for ABC, along with the likes of Ed "General Hospital" Chandler, Len Beardsley, Mike Laurence and Dean Webber? (Especially given that "The Odd Couple" and "Super Friends" aired on ABC.) Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, September 24th 2008 at 11:40am.
Now I know why my mom didn't buy this game for me when I was a kid: even then, I was scared to death of spiders. Comment posted by OldTVNut on Thursday, July 21st 2011 at 3:42pm.
This was one of the better late period Atari games. The E.T. disaster was already in the midst of strangling the industry by this point. Comment posted by APM on Thursday, July 21st 2011 at 5:16pm.
That voiceover did sound very familiar. Thanks for putting the name behind the voice.
I used to play Spider Fighter many times. It was an excellent game. Very faced-paced. Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Saturday, July 23rd 2011 at 9:19pm.
William Woodson also provided narration on "Battle of the Planets." Comment posted by Phantom on Sunday, July 24th 2011 at 10:42am.
Voiceover info added to clip description. Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, July 24th 2011 at 3:03pm.
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Funny that Lori mentions having to start over. One of the biggest problems with the system is it generates a surge of electromagnetic energy on startup, causing it to sometimes wipe any disks or tapes that are in it or on it.
I also wish to add that, checking the LOC's (Library of Congress) catalogues of copyright entries as in Google Books, Raim's "Big Show Theme" copyright was registered on November 22nd 1968, five years to the day after JFK's assassination - a wild coincidence if ever there was one. But the original "4:30 Movie" opening, from all accounts, was also used in Detroit by WXYZ Channel 7 as well as by WABC. If it's true WLS never used this type opening with the difference in title, it'd be a surprise - given the use of that type of logo design in one of the promos Cathy Mustari designed.
The theme used for Movie Eleven here was composed by Dave Grusin and is from the soundtrack for the film "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" . Apparently, although not yet confirmed (since the soundtrack is hard to come by) - the specific name of this track is called "Growing Pains". Here's a link right to the scene in the movie where the music is used.
Many thanks to Paul Simmons for providing us with the answer!
From W.B. - "It has since been revealed that the theme was composed by a chap named Walter Raim (who over the years, wrote many music cues for ABC promos) around 1968, in the movie program's waning months under its original title "The Big Show," and indeed it is registered with ASCAP as "Big Show Theme." It had been commissioned by ABC in New York, and was recorded at the now-defunct Gotham Recording Corp. in New York City, with Bernard Drayton and Susan Hamilton as producers and Herman Edel Associates as the music house, with The Lampert Agency and two of its staffers, agency producer Diane Flynn and agency creative director Bill Wurtzel, also involved in the making of this piece (this info courtesy Mr. Drayton himself, in a message to this individual on YouTube, where he has an account under the name "Last Minute Entertainment"). Ed Rice was the recording engineer."
I.I.N.M., Chuck Barris, besides being responsible for both "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" (not to mention "The Gong Show"), also produced "The New Treasure Hunt," which may explain how that post-Game 1 music on "The Dating Game" that 'BobAnthony' mentioned, ahem, got around . . . as well as the tuxes.
You kind of get the feeling that this go round of The Dating Game was quite ribald...Jim Lange's tuxes notwithstanding. These I think were among those worn by Geoff Edwards when he hosted "The New Treasure Hunt." And yes to WB's point this was the version seen on WOR-TV Channel 9 along with The Newlywed Game's 1977-80 run. I remember seeing reruns of these shows on 9 in the mid 80's as a prep for the "New" versions of these shows.
By the way, the music used after the end of game one should be familiar to game show fans like myself. It was used when one of the prizes was won or perhaps passed up on The New Treasure Hunt (1973-77). It also served as the show's closing theme.