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Thursday, August 25th, 2016
39 Years Ago Today

Some users here have identified this as being a showing of "Duck Soup" on The 8:00 Movie from WGN Channel 9.

This aired on Friday, August 26, 1977.

WGN Channel 9 - The 8:00 Movie - "Duck Soup" (Bumper Excerpt, 1977)

Some users here have identified this as being a showing of "Duck Soup" on The 8:00 Movie from WGN Channel 9.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, August 26th 1977.

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Isn't this a cool and inventive graphic bumper? It looks like "The 8:00 Movie" text is inside of an asterisk and then looking at it from another view orange stars are surrounding the text. Great little eye test for everyone, huh? Gotta love the Marx Brothers. I was only 4 years old when this aired so I can't really tell what channel this was on since I don't really have a vivid memory of this bumper. Was it 9, perhaps?
Comment posted by harps251 on Wednesday, January 2nd 2008 at 6:28pm.

WGN ran the Paramount and MGM Marx Brothers films. They always turned up on New Years Eve and during the 9:00 AM Morning Movie (I stayed home sick once to catch GO WEST....HEIDI ran instead!)

If this is 100% certain to have been recorded off Chicago television, then it's WGN.

Comment posted by GHilbrich on Wednesday, January 2nd 2008 at 7:15pm.

harps251, I was a ripe old 12 yrs old then, so my memory is much clearer!
Yes, this was definitely WGN. At least once a year they would do a whole
"Marx Bros. Week" and run all their most famous pictures. They also
showed most of the Hope & Crosby road pictures - pretty much every
weeknight, a classic old movie (with about 55 min. of commercials). Same
for every morning. GHilbrich, do you remember "Movies with Ione"? She
was the host for those 9:00 AM movies. I remember being home alone
sick from school one day and being scared to death by "Sorry, Wrong
Number."

Comment posted by 588-2300 on Friday, January 18th 2008 at 8:17pm.

In NYC, the Marx Brothers' films, as of Groucho's death, were scattered all over the place. The four Paramount films that were syndicated in the late 1950's by MCA (excluding the second of five for that studio, "Animal Crackers") were all at WNEW Channel 5, dating back to the 1960's; their five MGM films (from "A Night at the Opera" to "The Big Store") were at WCBS Channel 2 (though they too were at WNEW from the mid-1960's to the early '70's, and I seem to recall they returned there in the early '80's); the lone film they did at RKO, "Room Service," was at WOR Channel 9 (no surprise, given RKO owned the station at the time), as was their 1946 film "A Night at Casablanca"; and their final feature proper, "Love Happy," was parked at WGN's sister station WPIX Channel 11.

Aside from their Paramount and MGM output, which Chicago stations would've aired the "other" Marx Brothers' films in question ("Room Service," "A Night at Casablanca" and "Love Happy")?

Incidentally, the font used for "The 8:00 Movie" title by WGN in those days was Gill Sans Extra Bold.

Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, October 7th 2010 at 12:58pm.

W.B. Here's the Chicago stations for the three films as of 1977: "Room Service"- WLS (part of the RKO Package), "A Night in Casablanca"- WGN, and "Love Happy"-WMAQ.
Comment posted by Phantom on Thursday, October 7th 2010 at 2:59pm.

Ah, so WGN had all but two of those Marx' films that were syndicated to TV stations. More of a cohesiveness in the Windy City than in the Big Apple.

But didn't WBBM have the Marxes' MGM features in the late 1950's (as they did the other 720 pre-'48 MGM's for several years starting in 1956)?

Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, October 7th 2010 at 3:26pm.

You're right. WBBM did have the Marxes' MGM films in the late 1950's.
Comment posted by Phantom on Thursday, October 7th 2010 at 7:02pm.

I haven't seen anything more than this from the 8:00 Movie on this site, so thought I'd post a link to the full 8:00 Movie intro. This is from one of the Archive's regular contributors.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZyUbH54_qo
(Clip starts at 1:46)

Comment posted by OddityArchive on Sunday, August 26th 2012 at 6:46pm.

Ben - Regarding the 8:00 Movie open - yes, that's a tape that Jesse Skeen found. He was nice enough to let us borrow it and get a good DVD transfer of it - I just haven't had the chance to post it here yet.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, August 27th 2012 at 1:56pm.

Interesting that you just posted this, Fuzz. I was watching and reviewing "Horse Feathers" for my college newspaper. I co-write the section "Friday Night Rentals." And the Marx Brothers DVD set I was using also had "Duck Soup" on it, which I watched just for fun. I remember this scene and this exchange between Chico and the salesman is one of my favourite moments! Also love what Harpo does here, too. Such a goofball!
Comment posted by AnnArborMI90 on Monday, August 27th 2012 at 4:25pm.

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