Friday, November 28, 2014
How We Celebrated Thanksgiving in New York!
Forget turkeys! We had GIANT APES and REPTILES to deal with!
Courtesy of Keith Crocker, please take THIS LINK to learn (or, if you're one of the fortunate ones, recall) just how great it was!
"King Kong", on the above-pictured Blu-ray, has a running time of 01:44:25 including an opening overture that lasted four minutes and fifteen seconds! If Channel 9 showed it in TWO HOURS with commercials (CRAZY EDDIE RULED!), they sure cut out a lot! I did notice more graphic violence and set up bits than I recall from those days. But it's funny, how our recollections tend to vary!
WOR TV Channel 9 was unique among New York TV stations because it seemed to have only two staples - old movies and the New York Mets! It didn't run a lot of off-network shows, like Ch 5 (WNEW) and 11 (WPIX). Though, it did run two of my favorites; THE WILD WILD WEST (briefly about 1971) and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1976 to about 1982, when they were finally running it at 5:30 AM!)
Starting in 1979, and into the mid-eighties, Channel 9 was also the home of THE BENNY HILL SHOW! Unlike its competitors, it also almost never ran cartoons!
The films "Ginga Din" and John Wayne's "The War Wagon", in particular, seemed to turn up almost once a month! That was okay, though, because they're both enjoyable films!
You could say Channel 9 had a unique "personality" all its own, among New York television stations!
Finally, I not only agree with that final paragraph on the more recent state of TV. I've probably said or written pretty much those very same words!
Now, of course, we can spend the holidays with King Kong and Godzilla via our many home video options. The prints are better, uncut and have no commercial interruptions. But, it's sure nice to look back on those glory days of Kong, 'Zilla, and WOR TV Channel 9!