WGN Channel 9 – Family Classics – "The Canterville Ghost" (Opening, 1983)

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Here’s the opening of the Family Classics presentation of The Canterville Ghost (1944) on WGN Channel 9. (this airing was the last time it appeared on Family Classics)

Hosted by Frazier Thomas.

Preceded by a WGN bumper promo for Fantasy Island featuring Ricardo Montalban.

The Family Classics theme song was called “Moviescope” and was a piece of library music composed by Dennis Berry. It was originally released on the Berry/Conroy label.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, October 30th 1983 at 3:30pm.

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Lee Gabbert says:

My very favorite movie on Family Classics!

David Twombly says:

One of my favorite movies of all time on Family Classics!!! ❤❤❤

Jonathan Creveling says:

Weird to see the show title in blue. It's usually in yellow

Armand deBlouwe says:

To hear his voice and this theme song brings me back to my youth, and a very special time. This so warms my heart ….

Jimmy Melendez says:

You're in for a treat. Wow!

Surviving Chicago says:

People know the price of everything but the value of nothing

Televisionarchives says:

Frazier Thomas was such a great host

Trust Me, I'm Black! says:

I used to think that Canterville must be a predominantly Jewish neighborhood, somewhere near Skokie.

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