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"CHILLY BILLY" CARDILLE & Pittsburgh CHILLER THEATER Collectibles

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Pittsburgh Chiller Theater cast photo

SIGNED CHILLER THEATER CAST PHOTO
(Left to right: "Terminal Stare" (Donna Rae), "Chilly Billy" Cardille, "Norman the Castle Keeper" (Norman Elder), "Sister Susie" (Joyce Sterling), and "Stephen the Castle Prankster" (Steve Luncinski).
Signed in person by Bill Cardille at the 1993 "Zombie Jamboree" (25th Anniversary Night of the Living Dead reunion show) at the Monroeville ExpoMart in Pittsburgh. The other signatures were obtained with the kind assistance of Ron Adams and Donna Rae.

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VINTAGE SIGNED PHOTO OF CHILLY BILLY (circa 1975?)

From the collection of Todd Warren, who says:
I purchased it from a dealer at the 1999 Monster Rally in Virginia.... The dealer told me that he had it in his personal collection for many years before he put it out for sale.

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Vintage Chilly Billy autograph from Todd Warren's collection
Signed photo of Chilly Billy designed by Maha Bros.

AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OF CHILLY BILLY
Signed at the first Monster Bash convention in 1997, which is still held every summer near Pittsburgh. Bill Cardille is often featured as a "Special Ghast" at the Bash; "Terminal Stare" and "Stephen the Castle Prankster" have also appeared.

CLICK IMAGE for larger view. The excellent design is one of several available at the time from the Maha Bros. Design Group in Tarentum, PA. If they still have good stuff like this for sale I'd be delighted to help them sell it here!

SIGNED PICTURE OF CHILLY BILLY
Homemade picture of Bill Cardille on his original set, taken from the cover of his LP (see below). Signed in person at Monster Bash.

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Signed Chilly Billy picture
Autographed photo of Terminal Stare

AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OF TERMINAL STARE
Signed by Donna Rae in person at Monster Bash in 1999, where "Terminal Stare" knocked everybody out by hosting a late-night monster flick — wordlessly winding up and "bumping" the movie into play!   Talk about "Things that go Bump in the Night!" She didn't say a single word all weekend!

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This space RESERVED for a TERMINAL STARE T-SHIRT!   Got one?  E-mail E-gor and share your treasure!

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CHILLY BILLY GOES ON RECORD (Gateway Recordings LP, GSL-0919, undated)

SIDE ONE:

  1. "Boston Strangler" (56 sec. show skit) Bill grumpily climbs out of bed to answer the knock of a killer at the door -- "Honey, it's for you!");

  2. Introduction (30 sec.);

  3. "Captain Bad Man on the Street Interview" (7:07 min.) spotlighting Bill's show character "Captain Bad" (apparently a spoof of the Captain Nice superhero spoof that was on network TV at the time), an anti-hero who revels in describing his "e-vile" pranks;

  4. "Strange But True" (10 sec.) introduction to three stories allegedly based on fact (this type of material was often performed straight-faced on the show with atmospheric music):

    • "Pearl Harbor" (1:32);

    • "Robert Todd Lincoln" (2:05);

    • "Alexander Smith" (2:45).

SIDE TWO:

  1. "Live at the Dead End" (14:01 monologue recorded live at a Pittsburgh nightclub) Bill Cardille visits Comedy Hell, but gamely keeps pitching those one-liners!;

  2. "It's Camp" (4:07) skit about kid's letters from camp.


Chilly Billy Goes on Record LP

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CHILLY BILLY's VAMP (45 rpm, Vampire Records 104, undated)

SIDE A: "Chilly Billy's Vamp" (2:51) Sung by Bill Cardille over weird music. Credited to Ronnie Treece.

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

E-gorespondant "ChillyBilly Fan" provided details:

There are three "Strange But True Tales" that appear on the flipside of the Chilly Billy's Vamp 45. They 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."

These are genuinely creepy and feature special sound effects. I am pretty sure that at least the 1st two also were done by Chilly on Chiller Theater.

Chilly Billy's Vamp 45 rpm record

THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF "EXPERIMENT IN TERROR" THE MUSIC USED ON CHILLER THEATER

(NOTE: This is NOT the version used on the show -- see following section for that arrangement!)

Chiller Theater's theme music is Henry Mancini's "Experiment in Terror," composed for Blake Edwards' creepy 1962 thriller starring Glenn Ford, Lee Remick and Ross Martin ("Artemus Gordon" on TV's Wild Wild West) as a psycho stalker! The soundtrack, originally released on an LP album and now available on CD, includes several versions of the spooky title tune. Mancini's main theme has been used on other TV horror showcases (notably Chicago's Creature Features), and has been covered by guitar bands and other groups many times since then.
See movie, soundtrack and other products at Amazon.com.

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Henry Mancini's Experiment in Terror soundtrack CD

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THE ARRANGEMENT OF "EXPERIMENT IN TERROR" ACTUALLY USED ON CHILLER THEATER

The version of Mancini's "Experiment in Terror" used as Chiller Theater theme music is a raunchy, twangy guitar and saxophone arrangement performed by guitarist Al Caiola. It has been released on a "greatest hits" compilation CD called Al Caiola: Bonanza! 1960-69 (Raven Records, Australia).
See CD info at Amazon.com.


Caiola's full-length version of "Experiment in Terror" is also the lead track on another CD compilation called Ultra Lounge Volume Sixteen: Mondo Hollywood (Capitol Records, CDP 7243 8 52560 2 8).
See CD info at Amazon.com.

Al Caiola's BONANZA CD

Ultra-Lounge Mondo Hollywood CD

Chilly Billy as Captain Bad Sweatshirt

"CAPTAIN BAD" SWEATSHIRT
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CLOSEUP OF "CAPTAIN BAD" SWEATSHIRT LOGO
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Closeup of Captain Bad  sweatshirt logo

Signed Bill Cardille WPXI News 11 postcard

SIGNED BILL CARDILLE CARD FROM WPXI
Signed in 1999 when he was still at Channel 11; purchased on eBay.

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REVERSE OF BILL CARDILLE WPXI CARD
Interesting biographical info about Bill, including his favorite book, movies and food.

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Reverse of Bill Cardille signed postcard from WPXI News 11

Gateway Clipper Cruise card signed by Chiller Theater cast

GATEWAY CLIPPER CRUISE CARD SIGNED BY CHILLER THEATER CAST

From the collection of Todd Warren, who bought it on eBay and says:

I have learned through a little reasearch that the photo was taken aboard the Majestic Clipper during the annual Chiller Theater Cruise. Stevie and Terminal Stare attend the cruise with Chilly every Halloween.

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MONSTER BASH 2001 LOBBY CARD FEATURING CHILLY BILLY
One of the original "lobby cards" (in the style of vintage movie promotional posters) designed for guests to sign at Monster Bash conventions.

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See more Monster Bash posters and other monstrosities still available.

Monster Bash 2001 Lobby Card with Chilly Billy as Guest
Cover of MonsterMad #1 fanzine

MONSTERMAD #1 (E-gor's own monsterzine)

This 64-page fanzine premiered at the first Monster Bash in 1997. Forry Ackerman liked it so much he wanted 20 copies to send to friends, including Hugh Hefner and Steven Spielberg!

There are several features about Chilly Billy and Chiller Theater: here's a web reprint of one of them.

CLICK the cover for more information copies are still available.


Go to E-gor's Pittsburgh Horror Hosts Index for links to information about "Chilly Billy" and many other TV horror hosts.

Visit E-gor's Chamber of TV Horror Hosts or go right to E-gor's CHILLY BILLY entry.

Read a terrific Chiller Theater feature article by Paul Riggie, originally published in MonsterMad.

Enjoy the great Chilly Billy Interview Roberto Cotter and Dr. Riggie Jr. conducted for Santo Scene, "The MexicanMonsterMovieMag"!

Read My Visit to Chilly Billy's Castle, a fan's memories of appearing on the Halloween 1980 show dressed as the Hunchback of Notre Dame!

Updated January 29, 2008 by George "E-gor" Chastain.   E-mail E-gor!