IT’S 4:30PM. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE?

If you were my mother and it was 1975, you’d know I was glued to the TV set watching the ABC 4:30 Movie. Airing right after Edge of Night on channel 7 in the New York metropolitan area, it was a widely popular program that aired teenage exploitation movies to big budget epics to B horror movies to TV Movies from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. I especially loved 4:30 Movie’s theme weeks: Planet of the Apes Week, Beach Party Week, Elvis Presley Week, Horror Week, Troy Donahue Week, Gidget Week, etc. and would race home to watch them all.

I credit (or discredit?) this program for introducing me to the Sixties Starlets. They were all there—-Carol Lynley, Pamela Tiffin, Diane McBain, Annette Funicello, Anjanette Comer, Shelley Fabares, Deborah Walley, Linda Harrison, etc.–dancing on the shores of Malibu, trying to snare Elvis on some tropical island or screaming in fright from a hideous thing in the attic or a mad man on the loose

The one down side to the ABC 4;30 Movie was that they had the nasty habit of shoe horning the movies into a 90 minute timeslot usually cutting them to shreds. If you were lucky they split the films into two parts. Even still I loved it and everytime I see the opening it sends me back to my youth.

 

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