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Thursday, July 24th, 2014
33 Years Ago Today

Here is the open for WFLD Channel 32's Monstrous Movie. This is an earlier version (featuring a chilling, maniacal laugh) than the one previously posted from 1982. Notice the Kaiser Broadcasting era 32 logo.

Be sure to listen to the extra voiceover while the opening credits of the movie start.

According to knowledgeable sources (Mr. Rich Koz) - "the first announcer is Ron Beattie, who left 32 [in 1980]...the laughing in the background is a stupid old novelty item called "Bag O'Laughs" - that, when touched, played the demented laughter (hence the tinny quality) - then, the specific v.o. about the film is Jim Barton. I'm guessing the taped open was still used after Ron left."

This aired on July 25, 1981.

WFLD Channel 32 - Monstrous Movie - "I Was A Teenage Frankenstein" (Opening, 1981)

Here is the open for WFLD Channel 32's Monstrous Movie. This is an earlier version (featuring a chilling, maniacal laugh) than the one previously posted from 1982. (I wish I had more, but this is all I have. Also sorry for the bad quality but this is the best anyone has found - yet!) Notice the Kaiser Broadcasting era 32 logo.

Be sure to listen to the extra voiceover while the opening credits of the movie start.

According to knowledgable sources (Mr. Rich Koz) - "the first announcer is Ron Beattie, who left 32 [in 1980]...the laughing in the background is a stupid old novelty item called "Bag O'Laughs" - that, when touched, played the demented laughter (hence the tinny quality) - then, the specific v.o. about the film is Jim Barton. I'm guessing the taped open was still used after Ron left."

Anyway - cool, eh? This footage is rarer than hen's teeth, so if you can find any, please share it! :-)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, July 25th 1981 at 1:30pm!

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In addition, the "32" logo as seen on the "Monstrous Movie" slide was from Kaiser Broadcasting's 1972-77 main ownership of WFLD-TV, and corresponds with the logos of Kaiser's other broadcast properties of the time - all of which switched to the 'Eremitage' font after Field bought out Kaiser.
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, November 1st 2007 at 8:49am.

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Comment posted by scarymonsters on Tuesday, November 13th 2007 at 3:02am.

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Comment posted by hpkid on Tuesday, October 21st 2008 at 9:39pm.

I seem to remember the opening of the Monstrous Movie using the opening theme to "Young Frankenstein." Can anyone confirm this or at least say they remember too?
Comment posted by Bertonator on Friday, February 13th 2009 at 3:20am.

I do remember the opening using the opening theme from "Young Frankenstein".
Comment posted by betamax75 on Friday, February 13th 2009 at 11:36pm.

That was Chiller Thiller that used the theme from Young Frankenstein.
Comment posted by NuBnPrnc2k on Saturday, February 14th 2009 at 4:13pm.

This is the open that I remember best. That maniacal laughter is creepy. I don't really recall the one from 1982. I guess I wasn't watching Monstrous Movie as much by then.
Comment posted by TomChiTV on Wednesday, April 22nd 2009 at 8:41pm.

Thanks to Chris (Phantom) we are finally able to date this! Hard to believe that WFLD was using an opening that featured the Kaiser-era WFLD logo as late as July 1981, but I am convinced that this is the airdate based on his research.

I think in honor of this occasion I'm going to re-do the video file on this one soon - the audio is jacked up way too high compared to other clips on the site.

Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, May 26th 2010 at 3:27pm.

Upgraded the video file on this one.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, September 12th 2010 at 12:06am.

FM, to kickoff its 10th season, the "CGI graphics open" was used beginning with the start of the 1981-82 season of Monstrous Movie.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Sunday, September 12th 2010 at 1:39pm.

funny. I didn't favorite this until just now.
Comment posted by 4thtroika on Tuesday, June 12th 2012 at 8:01pm.

I liked I was a Teenaged Werewolf more. Boy that young Michael Landon was scary... then he later became an Angel, both on TV and then for real.
Comment posted by NuBnPrnc2k on Thursday, June 14th 2012 at 9:18am.

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