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John Guillermin's version of KING KONG received it's first television airing in an extended cut in 1978. This ad from that extended version (thus far only ever seen on television in this country) contained over an hours worth of footage not in the theatrical release. This repeat event was spread out over two two hour time slots beginning on Thursday May 8th, 1980 and Friday May 9th, 1980. Notice how the artwork is different, yet it mimics the theatrical poster. On the same Thursday night at 10pm, a TV movie entitled THE CURSE OF KING TUT'S TOMB (1980) debuted on NBC. An hour of it aired that night, and the second hour aired the following Friday night at 10pm.
Now that's a lineup! I vividly remember watching Love Boat and Fantasy Island many times on ABC. My mom was really into those shows, so I ended up watching along, too.
I had a couple different train sets, although I don't recall one of them being this one. Train sets were cool toys to have back in the day.
These were originally two separate ads, I just combined them together. Both played on the same night an hours apart from one another. Also airing on this night (Saturday November 24th, 1979) at 11:30pm are FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (1969) on Virginia's channel 7 and THE MUMMY (1959) on ABC channel 8. At 12:30am REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955) was aired on channel 5.
"The Candy Man", Sammy Davis Jr. was part of an Alka Seltzer campaign in 1979. Sammy Claus knows whose been naughty, nice, has upset stomach, heartburn and acid indigestion.
This was the network television premiere of OH, GOD! (1977) on Sunday night November 25th, 1979.
On the same night of OH, GOD!'s CBS debut, NBC had the network premiere of SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977). ABC had a TV movie premiere entitled WHEN SHE WAS BAD starring Cheryl Ladd and Robert Urich.
Do you remember Tender Chunks? This was a popular 80s dog food brand. I have idea if it's still made anywhere, but the commercials were often seen on television throughout the 1980s.
Beggarman, Thief was the sequel novel to Irwin Shaw's popular book Rich Man, Poor Man -- which was turned into a television ratings smash success in 1976. It did so well, the network wanted a sequel series to debut the following year, but Shaw had only an outline of his Beggarman, Thief story. Instead, a direct sequel entitled RICH MAN, POOR MAN BOOK II was put into production instead. BEGGARMAN, THIEF, when it was finally ready for television adaptation, picked up and ran with details not covered in either of the RM, PM series's. It wasn't intended to have been a series, but the two part, four hour movie aired November 26th and 27th, 1979. Apparently it wasn't as successful as its two predecessors.
This is a 1979 TV Guide ad for Fotomat, one of those photo development kiosks that branched out into videocassette rentals before the big video store boom of the early 80s. You can read more about this service in the ad above.
Above is a brief piece and behind the scenes photos on an upcoming CBS kids show entitled SPACE ACADEMY; a show some of you might remember.
This three hour Irwin Allen television production made its premiere May 7th, 1980. This thriller had an all-star cast and ended up being the last completed production of its star, Natalie Wood.
SALEM'S LOT premiered Saturday November 17th, 1979 at 9pm. This is the original TV Guide ad for that airing. It concluded the following week at 9pm. That ad will be featured in the second half of this installment. Other movies that showed that night were -- THE MUMMY (1959) on ABC channel 8, the 1932 MUMMY on channel 5 and DIRTY MARY, CRAZY LARRY (1974) on Roanoke's channel 7.
This Friday night special aired November 23rd, 1979. Richard Dawson and Hugh Hefner were the hosts of this Playboy Mansion Party. Chuck Mangione performed 'Feels So Good' and 'Land of Make Believe' while The Village People sang 'Ready For the 80s' and 'Rock and Roll Is Back Again'. Movies and TV programs that aired that night include the conclusion of HELTER SKELTER (1976), KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER episode with the underground dinosaur, THE DEADLY BEES (1967) and the 'Gamesters of Triskelion' episode of the original STAR TREK.
I kinda like that doghouse shaped, hotdog-bun warmer thing. A 1979 product ad in TV Guide.
The following color spread is a Christmas advertisement for savings and listings of stores where you can purchase Kenner toys. These is from November, 1979.
CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 (1979) premiered November 23rd, 1979 on Friday night at 8pm. For whatever reason, CBS decided to air the TV movie in two parts -- the second hour would air the following night just prior to the conclusion of SALEM'S LOT (1979). Those ads are featured in the second half of this Vintage TV Guide Ads article.
This is the two hour conclusion for THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974), an Irwin Allen production directed by John Guillermin. This was from May 4th, 1980 on Saturday night. On Wednesday the following week, a new Allen production would make its premiere. That ad will be featured in the second half of this installment. THE MUMMY'S GHOST (1944) aired later at 12:30am.
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I've been a huge movie buff since childhood catching old horror and monster flicks on Shock Theater and kung fu movies at the drive-in during the late 70's and early 80's. I've had a long time fascination with, and appreciate all genres of fantastic cinema, good and bad. One fans cheese is another fans juicy steak. I like both equally and seldom find a film I truly dislike as I will find something of interest in just about anything. The bulk of the films or tv series' seen here are mostly from my childhood, or films I own in what has become an Amazing Colossal DVD collection.