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Sunday, September 25th, 2016
29 Years Ago Today

Here is the opening for The 7 O'Clock Movie presentation of "The African Queen" with Limited Commercial Interruptions on WGN Channel 9.

The opening features stylized renderings of scenes from movies in the WGN library:
Chicago's Lakefront - Fistful of Dollars with Clint Eastwood
Buckingham Fountain - Cabaret with Liza Minelli
CTA Train Station - Seven-Year Itch with Marilyn Monroe
River - African Queen with Bogart & Hepburn
Outside of the Art Institute - Rooster Cogburn with John Wayne
Chicago Water Tower - Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman

The music in the background during the African Queen clip is "Your Wildest Dreams" by the Moody Blues.

This is the 2nd version of the Seven O'Clock Movie opening sequence used until 1992.

This aired on September 26, 1987.

The voice over for the "African Queen" promo sounds like Atlanta-based Doug Paul, who did such V/O's for all Tribune-owned stations at the time (his voice was also heard on many a promo after 1987 or so for New York sister station WPIX Channel 11).

Thanks to FuzzyMemories.TV forum members ChitownTVFan, Phantom (Chris Tufts), smctopia and W.B. for the information.

WGN Channel 9 - The 7 O'Clock Movie - "The African Queen" (Opening, 1987)

Here is the opening for The 7 O'Clock Movie presentation of "The African Queen" on WGN Channel 9.

The opening features stylized renderings of scenes from "A Fistful of Dollars", "Cabaret", "The Seven-Year Itch", "The African Queen", "Rooster Cogburn", and "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid".

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, September 26th 1987 at 7pm!

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This is the 2nd version of the Seven O'Clock Movie opening sequence used until 1992. Here's the opening sequence in order:

Chicago's Lakefront - Fistful of Dollars with Clint Eastwood

Buckingham Fountain - Cabaret with Liza Minelli

CTA Train Station - Seven-Year Itch with Marilyn Monroe

River - African Queen with Bogart & Hepburn

Outside of the Art Institute - True Grit with John Wayne

Chicago Water Tower - Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid with Eastwood & Newman

Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Thursday, February 21st 2008 at 5:30pm.

The music in the background during the African Queen clip is "Your Wildest Dreams" by the Moody Blues.
Comment posted by smctopia on Thursday, February 21st 2008 at 7:17pm.

Oh yeah, I was going to mention that. Weird musical choice once again.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, February 21st 2008 at 7:30pm.

Ummm isn't Cassidy and Sundance Kid starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman??
Comment posted by michiganfan on Thursday, February 21st 2008 at 11:25pm.

"Limited Commercial Interuptions?" I assume that WGN's ridiculous number of commercial breaks was contributed to the creation of Mr. Show with Bob and David's "Good Fellas" parody (after all, Bob Odenkirk is from Naperville.)
Comment posted by Melk on Friday, February 22nd 2008 at 8:54am.

I remember this vintage WGN 7 O'Clock Bumper very well. So well, that I could tell you that right before this bumper aired, you would have the drawing of the Illinois Lottery (it now airs as part of the WGN News at Nine), but back then use to air right before the 7 O'Clock Movie, or for that matter a sporting event.
This was part of my childhood, let me tell you that.

Comment posted by Spr463 on Friday, February 22nd 2008 at 6:43pm.

It was a part of my childhood that I remember well too. From what year to what year did this bumper air?
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Friday, February 22nd 2008 at 8:37pm.

i so remember this open it's pretty cool.floyd brown did the voiceover(long time wgn radio host)
Comment posted by ericcollins81 on Monday, March 10th 2008 at 6:12pm.

This was after a promo for WKRP In Cincinnati. Could you upload
the promo itself?

Comment posted by Wgn9 on Saturday, April 5th 2008 at 6:57pm.

The John Wayne film portrayed is "Rooster Cogburn" (1975), since the opening reflects movies WGN had in its film library at that time.
Comment posted by Phantom on Monday, October 4th 2010 at 4:53pm.

I remember watching The African Queen on WGN...not sure if it was this airing or not. I seem to remember that WGN did a "Bogart Week" (at least once, seem to think it was a regular theme week) and the commercials that aired for it during the afternoon Cubs games got me interested enough to watch.
Comment posted by APM on Tuesday, October 5th 2010 at 7:08am.

The voiceover for the "African Queen" promo sounds like Atlanta-based Doug Paul, who did such V/O's for all Tribune-owned stations at the time (his voice was also heard on many a promo after 1987 or so for New York sister station WPIX Channel 11).
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, March 23rd 2011 at 10:03pm.

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