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Sir Cecil Creape - Bald, pudgy horror show host with a hunchback, British accent, monocle, and a face full of deformed teeth who hosted Creature Feature in Nashville on WSM-TV ((now WSMV) from 1971-1973 and later on the Nashville Network from 1983-85 under the guise of The Phantom of the Opry.

Russ McCown as Sir Cecil Creape - CREATURE FEATURE

Each Saturday night at 10:30 PM, the 235-year-old Sir Cecil Creape (Russ McCown) beckoned his viewers into his creepy cobweb covered world for a sampling of puns, sight gags, insults (he loved to berate his commercials) contests, awards ("The Frankie" - a tiny statue of the Frankenstein monster) and strange movies guaranteed to chill his fans to the bone.

To begin each program Sir Cecill Creape (pronounced Ses-cil Creep). spoke the words "Did someone call?" as he descended a stone staircase to the dungeon beneath Channel 4 studio. He closed each show with "Good night, sleep tight, and don't let the beddie bugs bite."

In the 1980s, Russ McCown took his Sir Cecil Creape character to the Nashville Network (TNN) where he starred each Sunday night on The Phantom of the Opry.

The Phantom lived three stories below the Grand Old Opry in a Stygian subterranean tomb. He was often visited by Mrs. Pruett, an administrative assistant for the building who always got hooked into the Phantom's silly experiments. The Phantom of the Opry left the air in 1985. Russ McCown died in January 1995.

TRIVIA NOTE: Before Sir Cecil Creape, there was Dr. Lucifur, the dashing late night horror show host of Shock Theater on WSIX-TV in Nashville from 1958 through the late sixties. Dr. Lucifur (a sort of Ronald Colman of the vampire set) wore a patch over his right eye, smoked cigarettes dangling from an elongated holder, and dressed eloquently in black tuxedo fashions. He claimed to be the president of Transylvania for over 200 years. Regulars on the show included Cyril Songbird the Poet, Frantic Freddie the Hipster and Granny Gruesome. Ken Bramming played the part of Dr. Lucifur.


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