NYC-area TV/Radio

Million Dollar Movie
(New York City)
illion Dollar Movie
This was a staple on New York's WOR-TV (9). The theme music was from Gone With the Wind.

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Posted by Quick at 11:29 am (PST) on Tue November 28, 2017   
I cant find  the original opening for million dollar movie with the man going down the escalator, the man making change at the paper stand, and the dangling phone it can't be found
Posted by Mr.Nostalgia2 at 3:52 am (PDT) on Mon July 18, 2016   
The booth announcer for The WOR TV Ch.9 NYC edition of
"The Million Dollar Movie"Show was Ted Malle' .
Posted by Bob Matthews at 2:15 am (PDT) on Sun July 17, 2016   
Had no idea that's what RKO stood for! Thanks chrisbroz, I learned something.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RKO_Pictures
Posted by chrisbroz at 8:33 pm (PDT) on Sat July 16, 2016   
RKO...Radio Keith Orpheum...
Posted by LoyalTubist at 7:58 pm (PDT) on Sat July 16, 2016   
KHJ-TV in Los Angeles (also owned by RKO General) also ran the Million Dollar Movie. The announcer was Ted Meyers. But everything else was just the same as WOR-TV in New York.
Posted by Dolly at 9:06 pm (PDT) on Mon May 9, 2016   
We would watch the same picture night after night at 7pm.. I loved Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or Yankee Doodle Dandy King Kong Mighty joe young those were the days!! My father would come in from work and could never understand why we watched the same movie over and over it was totally beyond him!
Posted by Robert Hutchison at 11:54 am (PST) on Sat December 6, 2014   
You mentioned Steve Reeves...he was a favorite of mine but one of the reasons...he was from the Big Sky Country, MONTANA!!  I now live in Portland, a transplanted Montanan myself...
Posted by Wingslinger at 6:03 pm (PST) on Wed December 3, 2014   
Is "Tarantula" the one where Clint Eastwood zooms in out of nowhere and...[SPOILER ALERT].
Posted by Wingslinger at 6:02 pm (PST) on Wed December 3, 2014   
I remember Agnes Moorehead as Steve's stunt double.
Posted by chrisbroz at 12:08 pm (PST) on Wed December 3, 2014   
Yeah, Wingslinger, Steve went to the great gym in the sky on 1 May 2000 at age 74...I remember him in both Hercules movies and in the "Thief of Baghdad"...long before the late Saddam Hussein became the REAL Thief of Baghdad...
Posted by Wingslinger at 6:44 pm (PST) on Tue December 2, 2014   
Steve Reeves died???  But he was supposed to come over for pasta this Thursday.  Well, crap.
Posted by chrisbroz at 7:16 pm (PST) on Mon November 24, 2014   
Who remembers "Foreign Film Festival" which often followed the Million Dollar Movie???  Most often, the 'foreign film' was one of the early 60s "Italian strongman' epic genre (which got its start from the Hercules movies starring the late Steve Reeves)..."Son of Samson in the Valley of the Fire Monsters, starring Steve Forrest and Chelo Alonso!!!"  Followed by a repeat of the Million Dollar Movie.  Good old WOR (Home of the NY Mets...back when baseball on TV was free).  I used to watch the WOR 10 PM news on cable when I first moved to Florida in 1979...kept me in touch with the old place until WOR got dropped by the cable company and I lost interest in following the crap goin' on in the NY metro area...

CB in FL
Posted by Bob Matthews at 4:13 am (PST) on Sat January 5, 2013   
I remember as a very young child being so fascinated by a 'grown-up' movie called "Million Dollar Weekend" that I watched it over and over the entire week! Years later as an adult I'd think about that movie, wondering what could have held me so? But I couldn't remember a thing about it. Nobody I'd ask ever heard of it. Finally twenty or so years ago I took out a classified ad inquiring did anyone have it and could they put it on VHS for me? One reply -- yes! So after half a lifetime of wondering, anticipating all sorts of awakened memories, I got to watch my movie again but this time as an adult. What a letdown, I didn't remember it at all!! And here I was expecting it to fill in a missing piece of my life or something. Then years later it hit me. All it was was the fascination of watching a movie about a "million dollars" on "Million Dollar Movie." That was enough to hold a five year old.
Posted by dtdavis2012 at 11:17 am (PST) on Sun December 9, 2012   
I always liked the horror stuff like, "Attack of the Crab Monsters", "The Black Scorpion", and "Tarantula".
Posted by Balonna at 8:30 am (PDT) on Sun June 26, 2011   
I watched "Queen of Outer Space" every day for one week straight.
It starred Zsa Zsa Gabor.
It is now a cult classic.
Posted by paktype at 4:20 pm (PDT) on Fri June 24, 2011   
Call me a rube, but I had no idea that Million Dollar Movie used the theme song from Gone with the Wind until I saw GWTW on TV when I was well into my 20's. I blurted out, "hey that's the theme song from Million Dollar Movie!"
Posted by Bob Wilson Jr at 7:56 pm (PST) on Sun December 19, 2010   
MDM typically ran one film and one film only for one solid week. I remember watching "Yankee Doodle Dandy" every evening that they were broadcasting it back in 1958 or so. Same for the original "King Kong" with Faye Wray and Robert Armstrong.
Posted by Duff at 6:07 pm (PDT) on Thu October 8, 2009   
"Staple" may be putting it mildly. Aside from the children's programs, it seems to me that I encountered MDM every time I switched to channel 9.

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