Thursday, April 19, 2007

The CBS Late Movie

When growing up, in addition to Bob Wilkins and those hostless Saturday Afternoon Horror Shows, I also remember, "The CBS Late Movie". On the air weekdays from Mondays to Fridays at 11:30PM, it was the Friday Night Edition of The CBS Late Show that interested me. From 1973 until 1976, CBS showed many Horror/SciFi Movies on Friday Nights. They showed AIP Classics like "The House Of Usher", "Cry Of The Banshee", "Frogs", "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" and "The Thing With Two Heads", Hammer Film Classics like "The Curse Of Frankenstein", "Dracula Prince Of Darkness", "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed", and "Dr. Jeckyll And Sister Hyde" as well as other Horror and SciFi Classics like "The Valley Of Gwangi", "The House That Dripped Blood", "Trog", "Beware The Blob" and "The Fearless Vampire Killers". It was literally a whos who of genre flicks. Now in Northern California, in San Francisco, CBS affiliate KPIX Channel showed its own local late movie and delayed the Friday Edition of "The CBS Late Movie" to Sunday Nights. In the Sacramento-Stockton, We were a bit more fortunate. While KXTV Channel 10 decided not to carry the Friday Edition at all in favor of their own local late movie, Sacramento Independent TV Station, KTXL TV 40, aired it instead, from 1974-75. In 1975, KXTV Channel 10 decided to carry the Friday Edition of The CBS Late Movie, but like KPIX Channel 5, Channel 10 aired it on Sunday Nights which sucked because I had to be in school early the next day. By 1977, CBS started airing TV Show reruns like "Kojak" instead of the movies. I will forever remember "The CBS Late Movie: Friday Edition".

1 comment:

WEISSMAN said...

Was this the one that had that great bumper where they sang "The Moooovies"?