If you grew up in the New York Tri-state area, between 1968 and 1981, than the “4:30 Movie” or as it was known early on “The Big Show”, is probably something you remember. The “4:30 Movie” was famous for running a theme and each film they showed that week was aligned with that theme. So when a promo came on that mentioned the new theme and it was something you enjoyed, say like Sci-Fi or Planet of the Apes, you made a mental note to get in front of the TV at 4:30. Since they often showed older films, for many people, this was their film education.
Promos were narrated by the legendary announcer and newscaster Scott Vincent from January 1968 to December 1978. After that, announcing was divided among Gilbert Hodges, Fred Foy, Joel Crager and Ernie Anderson.
Here is a promo for a Science Fiction Week from 1970. Films included in this promo are “When World’s Collide,” The Day The Earth Stood Still,” “Battle of the Worlds,” “Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea,” and “The Angry Red Planet.”
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