TV Guide Ads for TV Movies (1978 – 1980)

bermuda depths ad 1978

ivory ape ad 1980

maneaters ad 5-2-78

sos titanic ad 1979

world beyond ad 1978

This might be a new regular feature. Made for TV movies were a big, big deal from the late ’60s through the mid-1980s. Even after cable was introduced, most people couldn’t afford it, so we depended on TV fare and older theatrical films that could be purchased relatively cheaply by the networks.

The Bermuda Depths premiered on January 27, 1978. Carl Weathers is the only name I recognize in the cast.

The Ivory Ape premiered on April 18, 1980. Jack Palance plays the big-game hunter hired to dispose of the escaped ape.

Maneaters Are Loose! premiered on May 3, 1978. Man-eating tigers terrorize a small California town! Star Trek‘s and Star Trek: TNG‘s Diana Muldaur plays “the frigid wife.”

S.O.S. Titanic premiered on September 23, 1979. I’m 100% certain that the two-page spread is more exciting than the movie.

The World Beyond premiered on January 21, 1978. I put this one in my YouTube queue because of the IMDB description: “A golem made of mud terrorizes a couple on a remote Maine island.” Sign me up. There’s a “Special Announcement” at the top right of the page warning of a possible preemption of normal programming due to the Republican response to President Carter’s State of the Union address.

(Images via eBay’s Cool Canoga, Randy Rodman, and Nostalgic Collections)

8 Responses to “TV Guide Ads for TV Movies (1978 – 1980)”

  1. 1 Anon March 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Really? Diana Muldair? No shout out to Tom Skerrit? I realize Alien is still a year away but MASH had all ready been made and he had a name at that point. Anyhow, I don’t recognize Diana but I can still pick Tom Lu of a lineup. I’m just saying.

  2. 3 Anon March 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Space Camp? Really? Even nerds saw Top Gun.

  3. 4 Christopher B March 6, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Wow. The Bermuda Depths – now that scratches at some long-unused brain cells. I’m pretty sure that it aired opposite The World Beyond (at least where I live) because I recall having to decide between watching TBD or something else that looked really scary.

    (I had a real love-hate relationship with scary movies BITD – I was easily frightened and prone to terrible nightmares, but was inexplicably drawn to horror flicks nonetheless. But I also had a real thing for the Bermuda Triangle, so TBD won out. I was disappointed to find that TBD, IIRC, was just a really sad love story – albeit with giant sea monsters.)

    I found elsewhere on teh interwebs a note that TWB aired on the 27th, not the 21st. So perhaps TWB was pre-empted from its original air date, after all.

    Ah, to have a perfect memory. This damn volatile data storage system between my ears just seems to lose more and more data as the years pass…

  4. 5 2W2N March 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Scratching at long-unused brain cells is one of my jobs here! You are correct, sir. TWB and TBD were scheduled on the same night and the ads came from the same TV Guide. I got the release dates from IMDB, but Wikipedia says TWB aired on the 27th.

    If programming was pre-empted, it would have been pre-empted on all the major networks. That would always piss us off, because there was literally nothing else to watch. Hmm. Now I need to find out for sure…

    Oh, and your storage system seems pretty impressive to me. I’m sure I saw one of these flicks, and I’m going to watch both of them on YouTube to see if a bell or two can be rung.

  5. 6 roarvis March 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I was also traumatized by The Bermuda Depths. It was one of those things my sister and I were obsessed with, but no one knew what we were talking about. Eventually I forgot the title and thought perhaps I had imagined the whole thing. A few years ago I found a torrent, and then it was officially released by Warner Archives.

    Not sure how I feel about the movie today. You have to give it credit for being the only love story about a killer giant sea turtle in existence.

    SPOILER/Pointless Trivia: The death of one of the main characters in TBD is identical to the death of Quint in Peter Benchley’s original novel of JAWS. Gotta watch out for those harpoon cables!

  6. 7 2W2N March 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    With all of these incisively literate pop culture addicts about, we could start a righteous magazine…

    God, I love Warner Archives. That’s where I got the Gamma Quadrilogy and Thundarr, and there are so many more to go. I can’t believe TBD isn’t on YouTube. Get with it, pirates!

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