WGN Channel 9 - Saturday Matinee - "Abbott and Costello in Mexican Hayride" (Opening & Break, 1981)

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Here's the opening moments and first commercial break for the Saturday Matinee presentation of the Abbott and Costello film "Mexican Hayride" [1948] on WGN Channel 9. Includes:

WGN "globe" ID with promo for Weekend with the Stars for 10:00pm (voiceover by Steve Hunter)

Saturday Matinee slide and opening theme music ("Happy Feet" by Quincy Jones, from "Walk - Don't Run" [1966]), with voiceover (by Steve Hunter) introducing the film starring "television's craziest duo"

Commercial: 67 WMAQ Radio - "Dancing Dollars" (seen on its own here)

Commercial: Oven Fry chicken coating (for that "southern fried" taste - 24 Hz hum heard throughout ad not included in flavor)

Commercial: Charmin Doubly Fluffy - with Mr. Whipple (Dick Wilson) hiring Robby the Robot to stop ladies from squeezing it, with the usual predictable results

Commercial: Tang breakfast drink with Florence Henderson - "You Can't Beat Tang for Taste" (ending voiceover by ??)

"Camera" slide with "Abbott and Costello in Mexican Hayride" - dissolving into Universal International "globe" open and first few seconds of opening credits

See the following other Saturday Matinee openings for:
- "The Bells of St. Mary's" [1945] (from 1971)
- "Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy" [1955] (from 1982)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, January 17th 1981 at 2:00pm.


Date Uploaded: 03/24/2017

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WGN "globe" ID with promo for Weekend with the Stars for 10:00pm (voiceover by Steve Hunter)

Saturday Matinee slide and opening theme music ("Happy Feet" by Quincy Jones, from "Walk - Don't Run" [1966]), with voiceover (by Steve Hunter) introducing the film starring "television's craziest duo"

Commercial: 67 WMAQ Radio - "Dancing Dollars" (seen on its own here)

Commercial: Oven Fry chicken coating (for that "southern fried" taste - 24 Hz hum heard throughout ad not included in flavor)

Commercial: Charmin Doubly Fluffy - with Mr. Whipple (Dick Wilson) hiring Robby the Robot to stop ladies from squeezing it, with the usual predictable results

Commercial: Tang breakfast drink with Florence Henderson - "You Can't Beat Tang for Taste" (ending voiceover by ??)

"Camera" slide with "Abbott and Costello in Mexican Hayride" - dissolving into Universal International "globe" open and first few seconds of opening credits

See the following other Saturday Matinee openings for:
- "The Bells of St. Mary's" [1945] (from 1971)
- "Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy" [1955] (from 1982)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, January 17th 1981 at 2:00pm." /> Share

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W.B. 03/24/2017 Reply

Seeing this and the other clips, is it my imagination or was WGN's Saturday Matinee, by this point, the Windy City's equivalent to NYC sister station WPIX Channel 11's Sunday Morning Movie which, from the 1970's into the mid-to-late '80's, was likewise an "Abbott and Costello Film Festival" in all but name?

ChrisBCritter 03/26/2017 Reply

"Mmm, this southern fried chicken brings back memories!"
(Yeah, of your dialect coach throwing up his hands in frustration...)

Detroit4Chicago 03/26/2017 Reply

I wonder if Robbie the Robot really desperately needed an acting job at this point?

Also, notice the different V/O as opposed to his time during L.I.S.....

W.B. 03/26/2017 Reply

Let alone in "Forbidden Planet" . . .

FieldGal44 03/31/2017 Reply

"Yeah, of your dialect coach throwing up his hands in frustration."

For me, the death knell of this ad was someone actually being named "Sue Ellen."