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Monday, August 29th, 2016
Gene Wilder (June 11, 1933-August 29, 2016)

Gene Wilder, actor from “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut at the age of 83. Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent.


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Now for some more neat old TV-44 footage!

Here is the opening to The 1 O'Clock Movie presentation of the animated "Gulliver's Travels" on WSNS. It probably starts about 7 seconds late, but it's mostly complete. We can see some scenes of famous stars and movies interspersed with the graphics - ones I can make out are Cary Grant in some movie and Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel from the film The Producers. And is that a scene from Metropolis?

Unfortunately (we can always find something to complain about, can't we?) the person who recorded this 29 years ago (who at the time had no idea his recording would be enshrined forever) had some iffy reception, since the picture goes back and forth between color and black and white throughout the movie. This opening segment's in B & W. :-( Would have been nice to see it in color; in any case it's clearly an epileptic's nightmare.

Voice over by Don Ferris. Still trying to discover the name/artist of the jazz tune used for the theme - no luck so far. This theme was also used for at least one other WSNS movie show - Featuring "The Star-Spangled Movie".

This aired on December 27, 1979.

WSNS Channel 44 - The 1 O'Clock Movie - "Gulliver's Travels" (Opening, 1979)

Now for some more neat old TV-44 footage!

Here is the opening to The 1 O'Clock Movie presentation of the animated "Gulliver's Travels" on WSNS. It probably starts about 7 seconds late, but it's mostly complete. We can see some scenes of famous stars and movies interspersed with the graphics - ones I can make out are Cary Grant in some movie and Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel from the film The Producers. And is that a scene from Metropolis?

Unfortunately (we can always find something to complain about, can't we?) the person who recorded this 29 years ago (who at the time had no idea his recording would be enshrined forever) had some iffy reception, since the picture goes back and forth between color and black and white throughout the movie. This opening segment's in B & W. :-( Would have been nice to see it in color; in any case it's clearly an epileptic's nightmare.

Voiceover by Don Ferris. Still trying to discover the name/artist of the jazz tune used for the theme - no luck so far. This theme was also used for at least one other WSNS movie show - Featuring "The Star-Spangled Movie".

This aired on local Chicago TV on Thursday, December 27th 1979.

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Epileptic's Nightmare was the name of my band in high school.
Comment posted by AbeFroman on Thursday, January 8th 2009 at 11:40pm.

Did you use strobe lights as part of your stage show?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, January 9th 2009 at 9:33am.

Re the music: I always liked the theme from "Nightbeat", and wrote to WGN to ask what the song was. They told me that it was just taken off of an album of recordings of generic music and really didn't have a name. (Apparently they did the same for "Family Classics".) Maybe WSNS did the same for the "1 O'Clock Movie" theme.
Comment posted by ro46214 on Friday, January 9th 2009 at 2:27pm.

Yeah, it's "library music" - but it still would have been useful to find out the name and label of the album, perhaps we could track it down. Someone told me he thought the theme to Nightbeat was called something like Mordicai Mechanical or something weird like that, and Family Classics was called Cinemascope I think.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, January 9th 2009 at 3:12pm.

I have a tip that the theme song may be something by Bill Watrous - possibly off his album "The Tiger of San Pedro" - but I can't find any samples online for that album. Can anyone help?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, January 9th 2009 at 3:21pm.

Doesn't appear to be on that album - I found some samples.
http://mp3fiesta.com/the_tiger_of_san_pedro_album103577/

Comment posted by andialeman on Saturday, January 10th 2009 at 7:42pm.

Don't remember the song either, but I've heard MFSB's "K-Jee" which was later used for the "6:00 Movie" on WFLD-TV back in the 80's and it was from the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack.

The opening to "Gulliver's Travels" was on there missing the original Paramount logo, many of these copies have the original logo intact, but it has the NTA logo with the wallpaper globe at the beginning on some rare VHS tapes.

Comment posted by musicradio77 on Tuesday, January 13th 2009 at 11:59pm.

I'm pretty certain that wasn't Metropolis, but Things to Come.
Comment posted by 4thtroika on Wednesday, January 28th 2009 at 12:24am.

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