Home  News & Views  Forums  Donate  About  Contact  
SITE OFFLINE TEMPORARILY.
WE HOPE TO RELAUNCH LATER IN 2021.
IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE GO TO FUZZY.TV FOR THE LATEST UPLOADS


Search our online archive of 4,736 clips.
Category Search:
Keyword Search:  
Latest Additions - Recently Viewed - - My Favorites - Most Favorited - Most Commented - Sponsored - Random
Loading the player ...
Share You must Log In to store favorites.
This clip is favorited by 1 person.
 Link/Embed

NBC Network - Mr. Smith - "Dial-An-Ape" (1983)

Here's a promo for the short-lived NBC program Mr. Smith, about a talking orangutan. I guess they thought it would be a good idea to try and charge people 50 cents to hear what he had to say on the phone at 1-900-40-SMITH. The show lasted less than two months.

"All New! Message #2"

This promo aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, September 20th 1983 at a couple minutes before 10pm.


Click here to search for related videos.



This clip aired on Tuesday, September 20th 1983, and is included in the following categories:
Viewer Comments

Unfounded rumors back then had said that the show was actually cancelled because the orangutan (real name C.J.) had died of abuse and neglect during production.
I did some checking up and it appears that the show was actually cancelled due to low ratings.
This show would have probably worked on Saturday mornings or in syndication.

Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Tuesday, March 2nd 2010 at 12:33pm.

I remember this show. I don't know if I watched it, but I remember it. If I remember, this is around the time I started seeing many 900 and 976 commercials (I remember calling the Scott Baio hotline around this time, don't ask why). I remember a few years later calling 900 numbers during the MTV video fights and later, the party lines (bad mistake on these).
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Tuesday, March 2nd 2010 at 4:57pm.

The mouth syncing looks pretty good, almost like an anamatronic. How did they train him to move his mouth like that?
Comment posted by smctopia on Tuesday, March 2nd 2010 at 8:57pm.

I remember that show. I used to enjoy it because it was so funny. To bad it lasted only two months.
Comment posted by Loyal32fan on Tuesday, March 2nd 2010 at 9:03pm.

smctopia - I'm going to guess peanut butter with chunks of banana in it. ;-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, March 2nd 2010 at 9:07pm.

WOW! Never realized that 900 numbers came out when I was so young.
Comment posted by Pete on Wednesday, March 3rd 2010 at 12:44am.

The ape named C.J. who was on Mr. Smith was in the 2 Clint Eastwood movies "Every Which Way But Loose" and "Any Which Way You Can" as Clyde the Ape.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Wednesday, March 3rd 2010 at 8:57am.

Actually, dth1971, there were 3 orangutans used in the movies. The first "Clyde" was beaten to death by his trainer before "Every Which Way But Loose" was filmed. The 3rd "Clyde" was employed for publicity.

http://apemuseum.com/clyde.htm

Comment posted by Pete on Thursday, March 4th 2010 at 12:58am.

So which "Clyde" was used for Mr. Smith? Hopefully the one that was beaten to death by his trainer? (just kidding - but boy , I'm sorry - that show sucked)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, March 4th 2010 at 4:00pm.

LOL! The "Clyde" seen here was used in "Any Which Way You Can".
I also mentioned the wrong film in my earlier reply. The first "Clyde" was beaten to death by his trainer before AWWYC was filmed. My apologies for confusing anyone.

AWWBL-"Clyde" #1(Killed by trainer)
AWWYC-"Clyde" #2
Publicity-"Clyde" #3

Comment posted by Pete on Saturday, March 6th 2010 at 3:03am.

I came across something about this show and found out there apparently WAS an audio anamatronic puppet used in some scenes.
Comment posted by Smctopia on Sunday, October 27th 2013 at 1:51pm.

You must be logged into the forums to add comments.

 
This clip has been viewed 4626 times.
This clip debuted on FuzzyMemories.TV on Monday, March 1st 2010.
 
Latest News & Views:
Need Referrals on Website Overhaul (11/18)
Latest Forum Posting:
Power Rangers

Latest Additions
10 total pages
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7 8 9 1 page forward10 pages forward

WKBD Channel 50 - "The Choice Is Yours" (Station ID, 1978)

Burger Chef - "King Kong Glasses" (Commercial, 1977)

WDIV Channel 4 - News 4 Detroit (Preview & Pre-Show Break, 1979)

WDIV Channel 4 - News 4 Detroit (Part 1, 1979)

WDIV Channel 4 - News 4 Detroit (Part 2, 1979)


Most Recent Site Comments

Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Movie Greats - "Christmas In Connecticut" (Opening, 1981) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 2:46pm CT

Thanks to "hardlines4" on YouTube, we now know the name and composer of the piece of music used as the theme to Movie Greats heard here!

It is the theme from the 1965 movie "36 Hours" - "A Heart Must Learn to Cry" and it is performed here by Marty Gold and his Orchestra.

Here's a link to download the full track:

http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/sound/WGN-Movie-Greats-Marty-Gold-And-His-Orchestra-A-Heart-Must-Learn-to-Cry-(Theme-from-36-Hours).mp3


Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - Illinois Lottery Drawing (1986) by Szake on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 at 9:32pm CT

Dean Richards confirmed that is his "WNUA" voice in this clip on air in a story about the start of digital lotto drawings.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnP86LZPgog


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by Szake on Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at 9:18pm CT

PVX: I was a master control operator in the 1990s and 2000s, and the ISCI codes were 4 letters and 4 numbers. An Ad Council public service announcement started with the letter C and three letters for the campaign, the digits would start with the year the spot was created, the revision or version number, and the last 2 digits being the length of the ad, so a 30 second Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Prevention PSA from 1999 would have been CNFF-9130.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - The Transformers (Break #3, Ending, & Opening Of The Facts of Life, 1987) by VintageCanada on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 6:49pm CT

Better quality of the opening moments of this "Facts of Life" episode:



Comment posted in FuzzyMemories "Field Communications Style" Bumper by BroadcastDay on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at 8:44am CT

10/10


Comment posted in Preference By L'Oreal With Meredith Baxter-Birney (Commercial, 1979) by Burr-Rabbitt on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 at 7:53am CT

Same lady that went on to play on the show Family Ties!


Comment posted in Burger Chef - "The Mariner" (Commercial, 1977) by Szake on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 8:56pm CT

Is that cottage cheese on the plate, or some kind of tartar sauce?


Comment posted in Folger's - "My Wife Can't Make Coffee" (Commercial, 1978) by Szake on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 9:18pm CT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5-x-9LciYA is basically the same ad about 13 years earlier sans the baby.


Comment posted in DAS Smurf Modelling Set (Commercial, 1983) by Szake on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 8:57pm CT

Mark-Paul Gosselaar's first commercial is for DAS Smurf Modelling Clay. He would have been 8 years old here.


Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - The Three Stooges - "Dunked In The Deep" (Commercial Break #1, 1979) by Burr-Rabbitt on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 12:50am CT

The reaction of how Moe and Curly turned around to look at the wall paper is still funny as heck to me!! LOL!!!!


<<< Older
  News & Views  Forums  Donate  About  Contact  Disclaimer  Links  Press   
This page was created in 0.39211 seconds 2007-2023 Museum of Classic Chicago Television