Duo bring ‘Plan 9’ to Packard
Long-time WJW-TV movie hosts “Big Chuck & Lil’ John” return to the National Packard Museum on Saturday.
The duo will be screening “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” which has been called the worst film ever made, and doing comedy bits during “commercial breaks.”
“The Big Chuck & Lil’ John Show” ran on the Cleveland station from 1979 until 2007. Prior to that, Big Chuck Schodowski teamed with Bob Hoolihan on the “Hoolihan & Big Chuck Show” (Lil’ John Rinaldi regularly appeared in sketches before becoming co-host). And Schodowski got his start working with Ernie Anderson, who was movie host Ghoulardi from 1963 to 1966 on the station.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. Saturday with special exhibits and merchandise available for sale in the museum lobby along with an “old-fashioned” theater concession stand serving buttery popcorn, pop and candy.
Big Chuck & Lil’ John will introduce the movie at 7 p.m. The 1959 film was directed by Ed Wood and starred Bela Lugosi … at least it was supposed to star Lugosi. He died only a few days into production and was replaced by a taller, blonde actor who held a cape in front of his face while shooting his scenes. In addition to its cult status for its low-budget effects, bad dialogue and continuity flaws, “Plan 9” achieved additional notoriety through the Tim Burton film “Ed Wood,” which starred Johnny Depp as the director.
Big Chuck & Little John will perform live comedy skits and show vintage film clips from their late night series throughout the evening. During intermission they will sign books and autographs for their fans in the museum lobby. A pizza eating contest also is planned as part of the event at the museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.
Tickets are $25 and $20. For tickets or more information, call 330-394-1899.