Movies and Madness – “The Woman Hunter” – WTVF-TV (Complete Broadcast, 6/28/1981) 📺

Here, from Nashville, TN CBS affiliate WTVF Channel 5 (which was famous across the nation, if at all, for producing the long-running TV series Hee Haw), is a complete edition (sans a couple of the commercial breaks) of Movies and Madness hosted by Bob McGehee as “the Count of Five”. (the program was originally billed as Suspense Theatre but changed it’s name toward the end of its run) The program was making use of some trippy visual

On this night he was presenting the 1972 made-for-TV mystery “The Woman Hunter” (originally aired on the CBS Network – and therefore, in Chicago via WBBM Channel 2, as well as on this very station when its call letters were WLAC – on September 19th 1972), starring Barbara Eden (post-I Dream of Jeannie), Robert Vaughn (after The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ended, and he was about to be involved with the British-produced TV series The Protectors that aired on a few U.S. stations in this period, including WBBM in Chicago on Sundays at 9:30pm), and Stuart Whitman, co-starring Sydney Chaplin and featuring former F Troop co-star Larry Storch. The print shown here is rather purple-bluish, compared to when it originally ran.

Some commercial breaks were edited out from this recording (grrrrr!).


Station ID with plug for Blood Drop-In for July 3rd

Show open, with Count of Five introducing movie and what it’s about

Film opening and segment 1

Commercials for:

Repel Insect Repellent Spray (with national fishing expert Al Lindner; recording skips part of commercial)

Snippet of Paul Miller Ford (before recording cuts to…)

Film segment 2

Recording cuts from bumper to…

Film segment 3

Commercials for:

Repel Insect Repellent Spray (this time shown in full)

Promo for album “Moving Pictures” by Rush (at The Sound Shop)

Count of Five relates the story so far, leading to…

Film segment 4

Commercials for:

North American Training Academy (learn how to drive a tractor trailer)

Promo for various artists album “Exposed” (only .99 at The Sound Shop)

PSA for UNICEF (with Peter Ustinov and Maggie Smith)

Film segment 5

List of Do’s and Don’ts for submitting PSA’s to WTVF

Film segment 6

Commercials for:

Tennessee Tourism (with Tom T. Hall)

Five Events (public service presentation of WTVF), with following:

– First Annual Green River Catfish Festival for July 3rd and 4th

– “The Music Man” at Springfield High Auditorium on July 2nd-4th and July 9th-11th, all starting 8pm

– 2nd session of tennis classes for beginner adults and children at Donelson-Hermitage YMCA

– “Life Begins at 40” discussion at Vanderbilt Medical Center for July 7th at 7pm

– 17th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse Show for July 3rd at 7:30pm at Saddle and Bridle Club Grounds

Film segment 7, followed by ending credits (with the same font – Caslon Bold Condensed – as used for Hogan’s Heroes – no surprise, as both this and that were produced by Bing Crosby Productions)

This aired on local Nashville TV early Sunday, June 28th 1981 during the 12:30am to 2:00am timeframe.

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