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TV About Movies, 1980 Style

I was having a personal matinee of That’s Entertainment Part 2 at lunch yesterday (the DVD was another Big Lots bargain, sandwiched with the Easter Parade two disc Special Edition), when the thought of another long-gone TV program entered my mind. On PBS in the late ’70s and early ’80s, there was a That’s Entertainment-style half hour of vintage film clips narrated by Mr. C himself, Tom Bosley. Further research indicates the show was called That’s Hollywood, produced by 20th Century Fox. While I do remember it as being very Fox-centric, including stuff from Star Wars, the opening was totally forgotten until I saw this clip on YouTube:

Cool beans! I used to watch that all the time on our local PBS affiliate. Another PBS movie show I remember from that era was Matinee at the Bijou, which presented a feature film, cartoon, newsreel and trailer the way an authentic theater from the ’30s/’40s did. Unlike our current media-saturated consumable landscape, anything covering film on TV was a special treat. Of course, I can’t go any further without mentioning Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert on Sneak Previews. The clip below from their “Women In Danger” theme show is a bit more preachy than they usually were, but that opening credits sequence is a total deja vu trip (dig those Marathon candy bars!). It’s interesting to note how low key and intelligent the men are here, traits that gradually receded once they and their thumbs moved out of the PBS ghetto and into syndication land.

4 Thoughts on “TV About Movies, 1980 Style

  1. Hi-De-Ho Matt,

    A Google Alert brought your cool blog to my attention and I just wanted to thank you for the kind remembrance and let you know we are working to bring back the series.

    We expect to release DVD first editions of restored and unedited original PBS episodes in April. And our efforts continue to find a sponsor or network platform for the sequel series in HD to be hosted by the great Debbie Reynolds. You can learn more about this at our blog:

    Meanwhile, keep up your own splendid creation and long may you Scrubble!

  2. Brad In Worcester on October 7, 2010 at 5:31 am said:

    What a fun rediscovery, Matt!
    I can still remember being 12 or so and watching this show every Saturday night at 7:30 on our twelve-inch black & white Sony– in the kitchen, no less– as my folks were watching Lawrence Frigging Welk on the “big” tv in our den.
    Two tvs–I felt sooooo modern!

  3. Wow! A blast from the past. I remember TH! airing on Saturday night as well, sandwiched between Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of and the Love Boat. TV was much simpler back then.

  4. RIP Tom Bosley :(

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