Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bill Cardille on Vampire

Bill Cardille

28443 – Chilly Billy's Vamp
w & m Ronnie Treece, pseud, of Ronald Sbuscio
Copyright : November 5, 1971

28444 - Strange But True Tales (5:55)
Narrated by Bill Cardille; 2nd voice: John Yelland.

Produced by Ann Savage

Vampire Records #104
(with Picture Sleeve)

The "Strange But True Tales" that appear on the flipside are:

1. the coincidences between the lives and deaths of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy

2. a premonition in a dream by "Reverend Charles Morgan in Rhode Island" of the sinking of the Titanic, and

3. driver "Harry Cooper" keeps passing a hitchhiker who grows older each time and scares Cooper into plunging his car over a guard rail to "his firey death."

Originally from Sharon, Pennsylvania, Cardille was long a fixture on the former WIIC Channel 11, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, and was the first voice heard when the station went on the air on September 1, 1957.

Cardille is probably best known as Chilly Billy, the host of Chiller Theatre, a late night Saturday program that showed horror and science fiction films. It is this program for which Cardille is best remembered, earning him his famed nickname. The program aired from 1963 until its cancellation in 1983. Joe Flaherty, a Pittsburgh native, acknowledges this show as an influence in the formation of the popular "Monster Chiller Horror Theatre" sketches on SCTV.

Donna Rae as Terminal Stare
character of the Chiller Theater Family
Picture credit : Chilly Memorabillya

1 comment:

  1. Billy also played the reporter in the original"Night of the living dead"..also Harry Cooper was the name of one of the characters..very cool