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All night movies
with Gil Hile
(actual title unknown)

KGO-TV 7, San Francisco
1964 (?) - 1967 (?)
All night, Tuesday - Saturday

Here's an obscure one! KGO-TV 7 ran all-night movies on Friday nights as early as October, 1964, and five nights a week as early as 1966. They continued running late-late or all-night movies until 1968 or 1969. Most tantalizing of all, the slot was hosted for at least part of the run in 1966, which means it might have been the first hosted all-nighter in the Bay Area, predating KGSC-TV 36's Night Owl Theater by four or five years. Unfortunately, these TV Guide listings are just about the only information I have about the show or the host, one Gil Hile.

The only other tidbit of data I have about Hile is from this post in a 1995 thread in alt.cult.movies. So we know he liked his Kools!

If the listings are typical, the show seems to have relied on a package of West German Krimi for at least some of its programming. The name "Gil Hile" prompts a vague memory, and I also recall wondering about those West German mystery films which only seemed to be on late at night. But, I was 10 years old in 1966, and I can't imagine I was ever up late enough then to see the show. Most likely my vague memories are of drooling over the weird movie titles in the TV Guide.

Listings for 1967 and 1968 show all-nights still being run then, but with no host listed. TV Guide has always been spotty about listing movie hosts, however, so it is possible that Gil Hile was still on the air at that time.

There's a gap of a year in my TV Guides from June, 1968 to July, 1969. At some point during that period, KGO-TV gave up on it's all-night schedule, ironically just as the new UHF stations were about to make those hours profitable.

I'd love to know who Gil Hile was, what this show was called, and how long it ran.



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