Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 78
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June 30, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 78

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'Godfather' takes NBC for $10 million By Jay Fredericks If you had ?10 million, what would you do with it? I'll tell you what the National Broadcasting Co. did with its $10 million. It bought a print of "The Godfather" and the right to show the movie on the NBC television network one time. That's one -- count it -- one time. If it wants to show the movie any more than that, the network will have to pay more nibney. Poubtless, the powers that te at NBC will spread the movie showing over at least two evenings and will charge alLthe traffic will bear for commercial time. But there is absolutely no way they can make back their $10 million. What they are paying for, in addition to the movie, is the chance to win two nights of top ratings, not only for the movie but also for their lead--in programs. : ?(C:S :*:-v?S5jW :: Sunda . .;: "·:"··:.-·-:· «*it Up until the network made "The Godfather" producers an offer they couldn't refuse, the most paid for a one- showing movie deal on television was $5 million -- also paid by NBC. That's for "Gone With The Wind" which is supposed to fit in somewhere on the 1974-75 schedule. "Gone With The Wind" also no doubt will be spread over two nights -and possibly three. ABC paid $2 million for "Patton" and just recently, in an auction situation, bid up to $3.3 million for "The Poseidon Adventure." After ABC won the rights to "Poseidon," by the way. it was an executive for NBC who was overheard to say that ABC had paid far too much and "there was no way, no way at all" for ABC to get its money back. That was before NBC shelled out $15 million for "Gone With The Wind" and "The Godfather." » You may have noticed that WCHS-TV has been announcing it will telecast the games of the-new World Football League which begin, on a regular basis, next month. The WFL games are on a Thursday night -- which raises an interesting point. WCHS has adamantly refused to carry the CBS Thursday night movie regularly, preferring instead to show an old movie of its own on which it can make more money. Now, obviously the WFL game is going to mean the end of the WCHS Thurs- Television Movies Sunday - * Fine fare for rainv weather "The Lonely Profession," (1969) *** 2 p.m. ® Harry Guardino, Barbara McNair, Dina Merrill. A better-than- average, made-for-TV. private eye film with a very good performance by Harry Guardino as a small-time detective who gets involved in a wild case. After a frightened 7 girl" (Ina Balin) shows up in Guardino 1 s off ice, he's plunged into a-series of .events and narrow escapes which keeps the suspense mounting. A host of stars dp very well in supporting, '·· rtfles"-; and the great San Francisco (again)- locales, slick dialogue, arid action, plus sharp editing keep this detective story'.moving at a ' fast clip. For those 'who don't catcFoh before the finale, there's a dandy surprise ending.' ~ - · -·'·'· ·^;vC- V * * " *"...-, v . ""Napoleon" 2 p.m. ®. "-A\s- ' * * * ' . ^Target for Killing" 2:30 p.'rii.--©. = ; . ; .;. . . . - * * * - ·'-About' Mrs. Leslie" (1954) **Vz5p.m.©.Shirley Booth, Robert Ryan. When a tycoon dies 'and leaves a boarding house owner some money, her secret love af- fairis recalled. Follow-up to Booth's award-winning performance in "Come Back, Little Sheba" is unadorned soap opera, partly compensated for by acting of the leads. * * * "Son of Samson" (Italian, 1961) *'/2, 6 p.m. ®. Mark Forrest. The foreign-made, English-dubbed adventure plot of the father is visited upon the son and fans can sit bark and see it all once again. · -c - * * * %car Tissue" 8:30 p.m. O ® 8® £8 ©. * * * "Downhill Racer" (1969) **** 8:30 p.m. 09 ®. Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Camilla Sparv. All the skiing enthusiasts in the audience will thrill to the superb sequences filmed in famous Eu- Sports on TV This Week Sunday 2:00 p.m. Wrestling,®; Pro Football Highlights, 09 2:30 p.m. Reds. .vs. Atlanta, O; " : " ' . ..... "-·'"" 4:00 p.m. Western Open ' 4:30 p.m. Western Open GolfO; Car Track® Monday 8:00 p.m. NBC Baseball O Friday 8:30 p.m. Pirates vs. Houston © Saturday . 12:30 p.m. Winibleton Open, O ® ® © ® 1:00 p.m. Wrestling,® 2:00 p.m. Baseball, Q ® ' 4:00 p.m. Tennis Classic Q(D 5:00 p.m. Wimbleton Open, 8 ® ® © ©; Wrestling, O; Wide World of Sports JD® 7:30 p.m. NFL Highlights © 8:30 p.m. Pirates vs. Hous- ton© ropean ski locations which make up a goodly portion of this movie. It.'s a quiet drama about a ski champion, played with understated passion by Robert Redford, who finds himself as part of an American team competing for the honor of going to the Olympics. He's aloof and arrogant. His coach, well played by Gene Hackman, warns him that he will never be a true champion if all he wants to do is break records. Camilla Sparv is around for romantic window dressing, but it's Redford and the' skiing sequences that fascinate. * * * . "The Milkman" (1951) ** 11:30 p.m. Q. Jimmy Durante, .Donald O'Connor, Pi-, per Laurie. A waste ot talent peoples this lightweight comedy with songs about a couple of milkmen and their escapades offers a few laughs. The stars work hard, but the material is mediocre. ' " *'* * "Margie". (1940) "/z 11:30 p.m. O- Tom Brown, Nan Grey, Micha Auer. Songwriter lands a banana king as*a sponsor for his show, but his radio-writing wife objects. Weak little comedy with songs on the silly side. · - . *-»·*· ·· ' , "CaiV'Me Madam," (1959) ***'/2 11:30 p.m. ®. Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, George Sanders. Vera-EUen. It's Merman and Irvin Berlin all the way in this picturi- zation of the snappy stage musical about the freewheeling Washington "hostess with the mostess". The tunes are fine, the production colorful; Merman fans will be in heaven, of course. day movie, at least until the WFL season ends in November or whenever. Well, I have a feeling that WCHS isn't going to give up its movie. And if it does put it on its schedule, that means some other networks shows will have to be dumped. It'll be interesting to see what WCHS cuts to make room for its old flick. (It would also be interesting to know what, if any, progress has been made by Capitol Cablevision Corp. which tolds its subscribers a few months ago that it was "looking into the feasibility" of carrying CBS shows -principally the Thursday movie -- cast off by WCHS. W ith the advent of the WFL games on WCHS and subsequent schedule shuffling, the need for another CBS outlet in this area grows more evident.) *· I have been trying to think of something good to say about the new series of radio "dramatic" shows -- the CBS mystery theater and Rod Serling's effort on Mutual (which is broadcast on WT1P-WTIO in Charleston.) I can't think of a thing. Stevens Beauty Shop.' ON FUEL BILLS AND BEAT THE ENERGY CRISIS SAVE WITH INSULATED ALUMINUM SIDING This cutaway drawing shows you 'he home owner how United Builders Inc. con offer tremendous hegt savings and maintenance free siding. The finest tcdlar finish in the industry that's ever been applied to aluminum siding. Half inch polystyrene foam that insulates your home .and deadens, the sound. Heavy duty gold back aluminum foil. 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