Kliph Nesteroff Presents "a portal into a previously unseen world" - The Guardian
"Invaluable" - The Onion AV Club
"Important" - John Hodgman, The Daily Show
OK, Kliph ... where - - and even more importantly, how - - did you dig this one up?I was 9-10 years old in 1960, when WBKB-channel 7, the ABC ststion in Chicago, ran this on Saturday mornings.This film was one of a series of shorts that ran two per show.The rest of the show was done live. Ronny Born, who did funny voices on ch7's kid shows, would stand at a mike off-camera and adlib, while Chatter would be turned loose on some kind of set; Ronny had to keep more or less to the set-up while following whatever Chatter was doing. Murray Hill was the on-camera straight man, pretty much at the shared mercy of Chatter and Ronny.I'm guessing that the live stuff is all lost, but I'm a little jolted to see that at least some of the film has survived.And, after all these years, I'm abashed to realize ... ... I still remember the song.All of it.God help me for remembering ... ... and God help you for making me remember!
The great Sandy Becker ran these Chatter's World shorts, one per day, on his WNEW-TV Channel 5 show in New York. I remember thinking they were terrible, and I was only six or seven years old. The theme song was catchy, though -- an earworm that has lasted for half a century and (still!) counting.
Post a Comment