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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.