Origin story of the film criticism Dynamic Duo

Came across this video of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert in their first television appearance together, where they talk about One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, among others. It’s quite different from how we usually recall them, especially since it looks like they yanked Siskel off the set of a p*rn film.

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That Ebert wrote.

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PBS would tinker with the show for several years before it was satisfied with the result. A bit of spit and polish to the set. A new show name that was shorter and easier to remember. A catchy jingle (from Max the 2000-Year-Old Mouse [1967-], of all things) and intro. And by 1978, et voilà…

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It was the mid-‘70s. They were stylishly coiffed and attired… for that era. :sunglasses:

“WZAZ in Chicago, where Disco lives forev…” <static>

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Airplane Oops GIF

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