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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


I used to live in Foresthills, NY about 50 years ago and loved to watch Million Dollar Movie every night same movie. Now, I’d like to ask some one to find the name of its film which I only remember several scene as follows;

1)Every day, a boy was looking out side the window to find his father getting off at the bus station.

2)But one day, father didn’t get off and somehow he found his father was killed.

3)I think the boy went to see his father’s dead body for attest.

It was a B&W film. I hardly remember the whole story line but I still remember the strong emotion
I had with the film.

Hope to have some find this title.

film I saw on for sadness of

Posted by Keiji Shimizu  on  03/20  at  05:37 AM

Million Dollar Movie, it must be exciting.

Posted by kung fu the legend continues dvd  on  04/03  at  03:19 AM

To:veronica g.,who posted on 3/02....I also fondly remember the Early Show afternoon movies and the Late Show,which I think came on after the 11 pm news, in the days long before JOHNNY CARSON.I also recall the unique theme music from the Early Show, with the ticking clock ....good stuff !!

Posted by KEN GROGAN  on  04/03  at  09:13 AM

my dad always watched m.d.m. and as a kid i enjoyed watching the old movies,one comes to mind i only remember bits and pieces, it was a comedy,i think it was called” hills a poppin” the actor may have been david niven or someone like that,can someone give the info. i would love to see it again

Posted by richard  on  05/07  at  09:17 PM

When I was younger I watched a movie and it started with a fireplace burning and you see a bulldog resting on the sofa or floor don’t remember much. But I do remember that as the camera was moving on through the stairway, on the wall you see pictures of the people who lives in the house and I believe it was during the winter. If you know the title please let me know.

Posted by Lydia  on  06/12  at  10:17 PM

I remember watching the “million Dollar movie” after school in Bayside, New York back in the 50’s.  There was a movie in which children sang “oranges and lemons say the bells of st clemens” I am going nuts trying to find out the name of that movie..can anyone help????  Carol carolmariev11@gmail.com

Posted by carol  on  08/07  at  03:57 PM

I’m going to take the liberty of re-posting a query I posted in 2005, because I’m still hoping to learn the answer to this question, and will extremely grateful to anyone who can help:
I too would love to know more about the “original” opening/lead-in to “Million Dollar Movie” that I used to watch in the late 1960’s.  It had the same soundtrack score (Lara’s theme from “Gone with the Wind") as the later 70’s-ear MDM, but entirely different visuals.  I vaguely recall that it showed a man wearing a white raincoat, slowly and somberly making his way through the streets of New York.  At one point he steps onto an escalator.  The whole sequence presented an image of loneliness amid the anonymity of a crowded city.  What was this?!  A sequence created specially for Million Dollar Movie? - or something borrowed from some film?

Posted by Jesse Rosenberg  on  08/07  at  08:59 PM

When a young boy , in the 1950’s our family always watched the MILION DOLLAR MOVIE onmChannel 9.
As I recall t,,,the first show that was on for a weeks running wasMARCH OF THE WODDEN SOLDIERS with STAN & OLLIE..
The second show was THE RED BARN, with EDWARD G . ROBINSON...(AM I CORRECT.).  KING KONG CAME LATER..AS NIGHTY JOE YOUNG..

Posted by roy trempy  on  08/21  at  04:59 AM

Love this movie so much 1

Posted by Ed Niza  on  09/01  at  10:46 PM

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