We've talked a bit in the past about the infamous "Mr. X" and the old SHOCK THEATRE that aired Friday nights on channel 7 back in the late-fifties or early '60s, but there still isn't a whole lot known about the show--one of Detroit's first hosted horror movie shows (the very first appears to have been THE BLACK SPIDER and his weekly show). So, from descriptions I've gotten from this board (as well as from my mom, who remembers the show fondly), I decided to take a stab at trying to recreate that cool-sounding opening of the show, to try to at least bring back some semblance of it, until any real footage ever comes along sometime (if it ever does! And I doubt it will). At the least this was fun to throw together.
This is a short 200kb animated GIF file (no sound), that may take a minute or so to download fully and run smoothly. Feel free to download it if you like. It's not very long but it was fun to throw together. I may do more of these soon to help flesh out the opening of some of these shows we have no footage of. I find it helpful and interesting at least for me. Anyway, this is probably off from the real thing, but I did try to capture the overall descriptions I've been given of the opening sequence. I may make changes as my research warrants it down the line. Look at this one as a Beta version. Heh. Oh, also I'd like to note that the person in the clip is indeed the original "Mr. X" from the show, Tom Dougall! This is the guy you really would've seen (tho roughly 15 or 20 years older by the time he hosted SHOCK). Enjoy!
Vintage Detroit TV & Movie Board