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Uncle Gruesome - A ghoulish parody of late night horror show hosts on the early morning program THREE TO GET READY (7:30-9:00 AM) on station WPTZ network in Philadelphia in the 1950s.

Dressed in a black cape, dark fright wig and fangs, Uncle Gruesome (Ernie Kovacs) told tales of horror to his faithful viewers.

During one episode, Uncle Gruesome related a story with "dolls that could bite right through your finger with their canine teeth, dolls that slithered along the floor, and dolls that exploded when you touched a remote control button...What won't they think of next?"

His nephews were named Loathsome, Cumbersome and Unwholesome. Ernie resurrected this ghoulish character on KOVACS UNLIMITED/CBS/1952-54.


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