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#21 trdsf

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 18:08

Hah!  Just looked up Ghoulardi and he sounds like Cleveland's answer to Chilly Billy here in Pittsburgh.  Don't remember an equivalent host in the NYC area but apparently there was one at some point, on Creature Feature on WNEW Channel 5 (which back in the 1970s and 1980s was an independent station).

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The MIdwest is such a wonderful hotbed of movie hosts.  The Cleveland area alone is responsible not only for Ghoulardi, but for The Ghoul, Son of Ghoul, Houlihan and Big Chuck/Big Chuck and Lil' John, and Superhost.  Up in Detroit there was the wonderful Sir Graves Ghastley.  Here in Columbus there was (and still is) Fritz the Nite Owl.  And of course Chilly Billy in Pittsburgh (who played the newscaster in the original Night of the Living Dead).

 

Ghoulardi and Chilly Billy were roughly contemporaneous -- Ghoulardi started in 1963 and Billy in 1964.  Ghoulardi, alas, was off the air by 1966, while I know Chilly Billy ran through at least the early '80s.  Ghoulardi's spinoffs are still going, one way or the other -- Big Chuck and Lil' John lasted until they retired in 2007, and The Ghoul is still at it.


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 22:56

We had Svengoolie in Chicago.  

 

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 00:54

The MIdwest is such a wonderful hotbed of movie hosts.  The Cleveland area alone is responsible not only for Ghoulardi, but for The Ghoul, Son of Ghoul, Houlihan and Big Chuck/Big Chuck and Lil' John, and Superhost.  Up in Detroit there was the wonderful Sir Graves Ghastley.  Here in Columbus there was (and still is) Fritz the Nite Owl.  And of course Chilly Billy in Pittsburgh (who played the newscaster in the original Night of the Living Dead).
 
Ghoulardi and Chilly Billy were roughly contemporaneous -- Ghoulardi started in 1963 and Billy in 1964.  Ghoulardi, alas, was off the air by 1966, while I know Chilly Billy ran through at least the early '80s.  Ghoulardi's spinoffs are still going, one way or the other -- Big Chuck and Lil' John lasted until they retired in 2007, and The Ghoul is still at it.

 
Interesting.  Growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1960's, I remember Chilly Billy Cardille very well.  I recall once reading that another former Pittsburgher, actor and comedian Joe Flaherty, created his "Count Floyd" character on SCTV based on Chilly Billy.  Here is a link to Count Floyd on "Monster Chiller Horror Theater," and the fictional movie, "Blood Sucking Monkeys from West Mifflin PA"!



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Posted 09 November 2017 - 16:13

Zacherley (who died last year at age 98) in New York and Philadelphia, and Elvira Mistress of the Dark who was my personal favorite for a couple of reasons.  Pictures of both below.  I'll leave you to figure out who was who.

 

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 00:06

The funny thing about Elvira is that in reality the actress who plays Elvira is a redhead.  She can walk around in stores without the crazy wig and nobody knows who she is.

For some reason, Zacherley sounds familiar.  But I haven't lived in the New York City area for 30 years....  Was he a DJ on one of the FM stations?

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 03:33

In Wisconsin we had Lenny's Inferno.  Sponsored by American TV.



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 14:49

The funny thing about Elvira is that in reality the actress who plays Elvira is a redhead.  She can walk around in stores without the crazy wig and nobody knows who she is.

For some reason, Zacherley sounds familiar.  But I haven't lived in the New York City area for 30 years....  Was he a DJ on one of the FM stations?

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He hosted a late night TV horror movie show where he'd do a little monologue or some clowning around during breaks in the movie.  I think it was perhaps the 1960's when I used to watch him.



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 14:51

The funny thing about Elvira is that in reality the actress who plays Elvira is a redhead.  She can walk around in stores without the crazy wig and nobody knows who she is.

 

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Wait, what?  She's an actress???  And not everything about her is real????  But.... but.....



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 14:59

 

 

Wait, what?  She's an actress???  And not everything about her is real????  But.... but.....

 

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 16:59

 

 

Wait, what?  She's an actress???  And not everything about her is real????  But.... but.....

 

Dare I mention that I have known for years that her real name is Cassandra Peterson?  I always liked her schtick.  

 

I think someone tried suing her, claiming that Elvira was basically "borrowed" from another character.  I can't recall if it was Vampirella or Lillie Munster.



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 21:51

 

Dare I mention that I have known for years that her real name is Cassandra Peterson?  I always liked her schtick.  

 

I think someone tried suing her, claiming that Elvira was basically "borrowed" from another character.  I can't recall if it was Vampirella or Lillie Munster.

 

It was Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira.


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