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Entry from May 30, 2006
Million Dollar Movie
Remember WOR Channel 9's "Million Dollar Movie"? Remember the theme music, from Gone With the Wind?

Before Turner Classic Movies and Blockbuster, there was "Million Dollar Movie." The title was straight from the 1930s and 1940s, when a movie with a budget of "a million dollars" was a big thing.

WOR started the "Million Dollar Movie" in 1954 to fill the time slots when the baseball season ended. The movie King Kong, for example, could be seen regularly. For movie buffs, it was heaven.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWOR-TV
WWOR-TV, channel nine, is currently the New York City affiliate station of the UPN television network. Licensed to Secaucus, New Jersey, the station serves the New York City metropolitan area. WWOR is owned by Fox Television Stations, a division of the News Corporation, but goes by its legal name WWOR-TV, Incorporated. In areas of the United States where UPN programs are not available over-the-air, WWOR is seen via satellite to subscribers of Echostar's Dish Network. Prior to 1995, it was one of the leading independent stations in the country, as well as a cable superstation.

http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/movies/documents/04381663.asp
Million Dollar Baby
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Screenplay by Paul Haggis, based on stories by F. X. Toole. With Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman. A Warner Bros. release (132 minutes). At the Boston Common, the Fenway, the Fresh Pond, and the Circle/Chestnut Hill and in the suburbs.

First, the title. A million dollars is not a lot for a baby when actors get 10 times that for being in films that no one sees. It's a Depression-era kind of title, and it resounds with phrases like "Million Dollar Movie," the name of a program of yore on WOR-TV in New York that gave an afterlife to classics of American cinema

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By musicradio77 On 01/10/2006

When I wa a kid, I used to love the movies that WOR-TV ran 1940's and 1950's movies under the "Movie 9" name. It was usually on in the afternoon from the late 70's until 1980's. It had the opening shot of movie actors in paint where it was done in illustration. I missed the "Movie 9" shows since it was on in the afternoon. WOR-TV was the place for movies like the "Million Dollar Movie", "The 4 O'Clock Movie", "The Big Preview", "The Late Movie" and "9 All Night".

19 September 1954, New York Times, pg. X15:
Starting this week, WOR-TV will have the first showing of its "Million Dollar Movie" series, a package of thirty never-before-seen-on-television films. The first will be "Magic Town," starring Jane Wyman and James Stewart. Each picture will be shown for one week, starting on Tuesday, and will be seen nightly from 7:30 to 9 P. M. and from 10 to 11:30 P. M. There also will be a matinee on Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 P. M., a total of sixteen showings per week.

15 October 1981, Los Angeles Times, pg. I10:
In fact, it was to fill the evening hours after the baseball season ended that Channel 9 developed its "Million Dollar Movie."

19 December 1994, New York Times, pg. D10:
The older, more obscure movies that used to be shown on your local broadcast television station as the "Million Dollar Movie" are increasingly in the hands of those two classic movie channels, and are thus available only to movie buffs who have invested in cable (and whose cable systems offer the channels, which has been a problem for the Turner enterprise).

16 April 1995, New York Times, pg. BR11:
MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE
By Michael Powell.
Introduction by Martin Scorsese.
Illustrated. 626 pp. New York:
Random House. $30.

Posted by Barry Popik
Radio/Television • (59) Comments • Tuesday, May 30, 2006 • Permalink


PLEASE HELP ME I AM LOOKING FOR A MOVIE MY SISTER AND I WOULD WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN ON THE MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE CALLED HOMESWEET HOMICIDE.  LOVED THAT MOVIE.

Posted by JOANN  on  10/12  at  01:08 PM

Wow! your article is very impressive.

Posted by limesat  on  10/26  at  09:49 PM

I grow up in New York, Long Island.  Million Dollar Movie was my main entertainment.  I first saw Godzilla on WOR Million Dollar Movie.  It frighten so that I couldn’t sleep withiout a light for several weeks.  I miss the show and I watch TNT and AMC for old moives,

Posted by Tony Frontino  on  10/29  at  05:07 AM

There was a movie I saw only once about a girl in harem garb that would kill the men at an ice station with a kiss, freezing them instantly.  I would love to know the name of this film.

Posted by Dan Enloe  on  11/29  at  10:27 PM

When I was a child, there was a Million Dollar Movie where there where three (3) climbers during the winter.  One man fell off the cliff but was tired to the other 2 men.  The man that fell yelled.  The 2 men pulled him up.  When he got near the top of the ledge, the one climber left go of the rope and the climber fell to his “death”.  The other climber asked the first man why did you let him go.  The first climber said “Didn’t you see him.” See what (2nd climber asked).  Didn’t you see his head, it was torn off.  It was a SciFi about an alien.  I would love to know the title to this movie.

Posted by poker online  on  12/13  at  01:40 AM

I remember the Millon dollar movie too.  It remembers reminds me of my Mom she always loved the movie show.

Posted by Ella  on  12/21  at  09:26 PM

ear the top of the ledge, the one climber left go of the rope and the climber fell to his “death”.  The other climber asked the first man why

Posted by high school diploma online  on  12/22  at  01:03 AM

I loved Million Dollar Movie. USed to watch it at home and especially when I had sleep overs at my cousins.
Can anyone help me with a movie. A plane had crashed and was being reconstructed, possiblyin Newfoundland, in a hanger.
thanks.
Jay

Posted by jay  on  01/02  at  10:00 PM

"Million Dollar Movie” is indeed one of my favorites...Great post...Love that movie.

Posted by brooks running  on  01/19  at  04:06 AM

I remember Million Dollar Movie on WWOR TV9 in New York quite well...I loved watching the same movie over & over on Saturday & Sunday....my all-time favorite was YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, with JAMES CAGNEY....I think I had the script memorized !!
Also liked MightyJoeYoung, KingKong, Godzilla and I think it was on Million Dollar that I first saw WHITE HEAT with JAMES CAGNEY...great movie !!!
I also fondly remember the WOR Channel 9 YULE LOG at Christmas time, with all the classic holiday music playing behind the burning log...great stuff !!

Posted by KEN GROGAN  on  01/26  at  05:45 PM

I’ve must have seen the original King Kong at least 20 times with my pops. The new one was great, but nothing beats the original.

Posted by pool supplies  on  02/11  at  11:13 AM

I still recall the Million Dollar Movie. My grandfather tell stories about it and how it goes along. The soundtrack is also one of a kind.

Posted by online betting  on  03/09  at  01:33 AM

One man fell off the cliff but was tired to the other 2 men.

Posted by Polo Ralph Lauren  on  03/26  at  03:51 AM

It was done in illustration because it had the opening shot of movie actors in paint

Posted by SEO freelancer  on  04/04  at  08:02 AM

hi, i loved million dollar movie. can someone out there help me.  i remember a screwball comedy in which a woman thinks she is dating a poor man. she is at his house and there is a dinner party and the poor man” who is really rich, his father comes in and they rush him into the kitchen and put an apron on him as if he is the help.  he exclaims that his ulcer is acting up and the other kitchen help tell him that only rich people have ulcers, so he cant have an ulcer. the movie ends in an office and the girl tells the “poor boy” to get out of the office because the boss will find him and then he reveals that he is the boss.  somebody please help me, what is the name of this movie. i am obsessed for years trying to find out. thanks,

Posted by joyce  on  05/04  at  07:10 PM

Movies are always been my best friends. They make you feel all emotions and make you feel like experience a lot of things. I love Million Dollar Movie. It reminds me of a lot of memories.

Posted by SEO Blog Philippines  on  06/02  at  03:57 AM

I loved watching Million Dollar Movie too. I believe my families would loved to watch also. Thanks for your post.

Posted by How to Do Your Own Alterations at Home  on  08/16  at  08:48 AM

I loved Million
Dollar Movie.  I grew up in the 50’s and I watched it all the time.  My favorites were, One
Touch of Venus, w./ Ava Gardner and Robert Walker, and Mr. Peabody & the Mermaid. w Wm Powell and Ann Blyth.  That show taught me to appreciate Old Movies and the actors in them.  Wish we had something comperable today.

Posted by Anita  on  08/26  at  06:59 PM

The Million Dollar Movie was great TV growing up in
Manhattan of the 1960s. Can you please tell me what
Rod Taylor movie title about an ocean adventure featuring a large black actor in the role of a engineers mate or pursar who uses an acetylene torch to free a woman from drowning as the ship goes down was? Cant find it ANYWHERE. Loved that movie as I was first introduced to Taylor in it.
Definitly a “Million Dollar Movie"but maybe I am confused remembering it as a Rod Taylor film
Thanks

Posted by nick arons  on  11/14  at  02:27 AM

Where I come from, A MILLION DOLLAR budget for a movie is still pretty big!

Posted by Vacuum Cleaner Reviews  on  12/22  at  09:04 AM

Really such a wonderful Million Dollar Movie series had a package of thirty never before seen on television films.

Posted by pos software  on  02/14  at  04:52 AM

Holy smokes, this makes me laugh! Good read for sure.

Posted by Dish Network TV blog  on  02/17  at  09:19 PM

loved watching million dollar movie when i was younger i now watch tcm but they do not show all the ones i saw on million dollar i remeber watching king kong for the whole week every time it was on and also enjoyed mighty joe young it brings back many good thoughts of growing up in the 1950’s and 1960’s i also watched the early show and the late show really good times

Posted by veronica g.  on  03/02  at  02:49 AM

Sometimes it’s nice to be a little nostalgic. The Million Dollar Movies sound great, and was an amazing concept for its era. Now, made for TV movies aren’t quite the same!

Posted by pos software  on  03/09  at  11:18 PM

When I was a young boy, I watched Million Dollar Movie all the time on channel 9 TV. I remember an episode where a statue came to life, and was a beautiful woman. Can anyone tell me what the name of that was. Thank you

Posted by David  on  03/12  at  04:01 PM

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