I was hosting towards the end "The Outer Limits". ^ Deadly Earnest was simultaneously portrayed by Ralph Baker in Victoria, Shane Porteous in Queensland, and Hedley Cullen in South Australia. Originated as a live (pre-video machine) host of a horror film package for Perth's TVW-7 by 1961, the character was most active between 1966 and 1972 when adopted by the 0-10 Network. Jan 28, 2004 28,319 3,015 Melbourne. But the fact that each state did their own version meant they were all quite different, or work differently, and they went about in a different way – so that’s about how it happened. These are pictures of them. Deadly was a fun character to play, because he could play things in reverse so, if Deadly said something was horrible, you knew that it was really quite good. The Deadly Earnest character was originated by TVW-7 Perth musical director Max Bostock. Now, I would never do that, snakes are not my thing, but as Deadly I just did it without a second thought. This video is unavailable. NEW VIDEO ALERT! Doubleday failed to make an impact with viewers. So we didn’t really base Deadly on any character we knew of. Did you ever get fan mail saying what a complete bastard you were? One of the problems with working for community television is I have to do my own make-up – did you ever have that problem? But as Deadly, I just opened the bag, stuck my hand in there and pulled the snake out. Well, across Melbourne, it might be an hour away before you got there, and here we were, driving through suburban streets and city streets with me in full make-up and full kit, and got some very funny looks at stoplights at times. “You don’t spend time recommending people watch the other channels!” and as a joke – fortunately – when I went to collect my pay that week, there wasn’t any. Not for me! Baker, who’d made some minor appearances on shows like The Magic Circle Club, then found himself in the unlikely on-air role of playing the ghoulish character Deadly Earnest, introducing late night B-grade and horror movies on Friday nights. Were there any other problems with these personal appearances? Ralph Baker was born on July 29, 1939 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Ralph William Baker. These is from “Horror Host Tome” a segment from “The Professor’s Scary Movie Show”, originally aired 13 November 2015. His wardrobe is not restricted to this single jacket. Phantom Elite “Deliverance”, FRONTIERS Annouces the signing of ICON OF SIN, Film Review: The Mysterious Geographic Explorations Of Jasper Morello (2005), The Four Faces Of Deadly Earnest Late-Night Horror Host, White Zombie (1932) Indentured to Inhumanity, Too Much Horror Business! It is not known how long this version continued, but it was taken up by TEN Channel 10 in Sydney in 1966, with Ian Bannerman as the eponymous host. In all, five men portrayed Deadly Earnest ; Ralph Baker, Ian Bannerman, Max Bostock, Hedley Cullen, and Shane Porteous with Ian Bannerman being the most popular. Simply select up to FIVE hosts on the ballot & send your votes to mrhalloweenjack@gmail.com - voting ends 15th February. Tags Australia Deadly Earnest Horror Host Ralph Baker, my sister and i loved watching him when we were young every friday night and some times saturdays i wish he was still on instead of the rubbish there is now. There was one occasion when Deadly had a copy of the TV Times, and he was looking through the TV Times to see what was on at the same time-slot, and he said “There’s nothing really worth watching…oh, on Channel Two there’s the tennis. A. There’s a funny thing with Deadly. See 'Deadly Earnest/Aweful Movies' 13 November 2007 Baker was an ATV-0 floor manager on The Go! Learn how your comment data is processed. We used to do twelve-to-fifteen shows a week, which comes out to about three shows a day, and you really had to move to do that. There have been literally hundreds of American horror hosts, but Aussie horror hosts can be counted on the fingers of one hand, the most recent being Yours Truly hosting The Schlocky Horror Picture Show on community telly. Ralph Baker "Deadly Earnest" for those of you who remember the days of "Aweful Movies with Deadly Earnest" on channel O. Otherwise we might have started the whole ‘thug’ thing years before it really took place. But we arrived there, they unloaded the coffin out of the hearse, and I popped out of the coffin – so it was something quite different. Q. Toward the end of our twenty-five years together we slowed down somewhat. He started having elocution lessons at the age of twelve and through his early teens he was a contestant at Eistedfods and other functions. Share with: Link: Copy link. Ralph Baker is survived by son Davin Baker, daughter Naomi Miller and second wife Mariam and her daughter Melina Macdonald. Not many of you could say you’ve been driven around in your own coffin, I’m sure! Deadly was supported by the unforgettable characters of Claw (played by Ralph’s left hand), Igor (the devouring sound-effect), Hoof (played by Ralph’s foot) and Lily (the skeleton). Q. Thank you for joining me here tonight on The Schlocky Horror Picture Show. Even Claw, which came about because of that glove, and people said, “Oh, you took that from Peter Sellers’ character in that movie, where it just went off and did things all by itself.” Really, we did it purely and simply because of the glove and just carried the concept on from there. I’d walk into the make-up room as Ralph Baker, sit down in the make-up chair, and one hour later I’d emerge as Deadly Earnest, and there really was a change that took place. YouTube: Lushscreamqueen — Schlock Treatment, Source: TV Tonight. 2 posts Deadly Earnest to come out of retirement for Melbourne horror trailer night! Yes, there was one particular case in the west of Melbourne and it was at a drive-in movie theatre, and I was giving my little spiel up on the little platform they’d put up there – a rostrum that I could stand on – and people started giving cheek from the back of the crowd, which I relied on for material, because I could answer them. Jul The station had run out of programmes to screen. Q. My wife and I have recently finished a five-month journey with a caravan on the back of the car, touring around the western half of Australia, and thoroughly enjoyed it, and we want to take twelve months and go around Australia with a caravan and take the puppet show with us, and do puppet shows on the way – I think it’d be a great experience. MELBOURNE RALPH BAKER played the role of Deadly Earnest in Gothic style on ATV-0. Veteran performer Ralph Baker, better known as horror movie host Deadly Earnest, has died, aged 80. This is floor manager Ralph Baker as Deadly Earnest, a wonderfully ghoulish character who introduced late night horror movies for Channel 0 in Melbourne, first appearing in 1966. Actors portraying Deadly Earnest were: Ralph Baker (ATV-0 Melbourne); Ian Bannerman (TEN-10 Sydney); Hedley Cullen (SAS-10 Adelaide); and Shane Porteous (TVQ-0 Brisbane). With an early interest in amateur theatre, Baker gained some experience appearing in sketches on GTV9 ‘s In Melbourne Tonight. Show, Kommotion and Uptight before he became a cult favourite playing Deadly Earnest from 1967 – 1973. "Ralph Baker as Deadly Earnest, ATV-0, 5 September 1969." Naomi Swart does not appear in this episode. Your email address will not be published. and it was a nice play on words that we could use, and it became Deadly’s signature line. I was handed a dead rat another time at a university function that I attended. Taking on the role after moving to Channel 0 from GTV-9, Ralph had previously worked in the props department as well as appearing in comedy sketches on the original In Melbourne Tonight with Graham Kennedy. 19 The following interview was conducted in October 2009 in Ralph’s home in Chirnside, Victoria. Nigel would often present the movies wearing a stylish blue jacket, but I do not think he wears any trousers. A. 2020. at the St Kilda Film Festival in 2011. Jul 24, 2020 #1,460 KnightersRevenge said: Well, normally I am, but it didn’t seem to bother me. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. With an early interest in amateur theatre, Baker gained some experience appearing in sketches on GTV9‘s In Melbourne Tonight. But we won’t be sharing for long. Ralph Baker was assistant producer on the Channel 10 comedy/drama/romance TV series Good Morning, Mr. Doubleday in 1969, and played Deadly Earnest in one episode with a haunted house plot. So they actually made my job easier, which was good. On Saturday night, Deadly Earnest lives again. A. But everything that was taped went to air, sometimes – as far as management was concerned – with disastrous results. 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Taking on the role after moving to Channel 0 from GTV-9, Ralph had previously worked in the props department as well as appearing in comedy sketches on the original In Melbourne Tonight with Graham Kennedy. I would generally get made-up and dressed at the studio, and then from there we’d drive to where ever the venue was. The Deadly I remember was Ian Bannerman who hosted the show in Sydney. So he was actually the first Deadly Earnest, and all the other channels throughout the 0-10 Network decided to follow suit, so there was one in almost every state. We went to Wardrobe and messed about with the clothes and coming up with the costume that I wore, which was the top hat, sort of like an Eighteenth Century funeral director’s hat with a ribbon tied around it, and a frock coat, a big exaggerated bow tie, and so on. There were five of them all told, appearing between 1961 and 1978. One perfect example was hosting a horror movie night at a local theatre, and I was sitting on the stage talking with the audience, and someone had placed a hessian bag on the stage beside me and said “That’s for you, Deadly.” I didn’t know what was in the bag, but I guessed there was a snake in there – and sure enough, there was. Baker subsequently became the original floor manager on 0-10's later pop show Uptight. I believe it was Ian Bannerman in Sydney who came up with the idea of having a horror host, and then presenting these as horror movies. and the Channel 10 boys – or Channel 0 boys as it was then – and I was going to make an appearance at the match. No, not at the moment, I haven’t got any future ones. 1238 days ago We worked in schools, kindergartens, some childcare work. Your email address will not be published. Other hosts couldn’t do that, they had to build-up their programs and say “This is a wonderful program, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it thoroughly!” and they’d say to me “I wish I could tell the truth the way you do.” So that was a side of Deadly that was fun, and I had great fun doing it over the years. Below is a menu for the Deadly in your area. Reactions: 1 user jb03 Tiger Legend. Ralph Baker played the role of Deadly Earnest in true Gothic style on ATV-0. Will we see him again any time soon? The first film he presented was The Beast With A Million Eyes, on Friday 20 October 1967. No, it wasn't a case of me making any decision on the matter. Ralph Baker, the TV producer and floor manager who became a late-night favourite as Melbourne’s Deadly Earnest, has died at the age of 80. I was actually on In Melbourne Tonight and they sang Happy Birthday To Me on the show, so that’s something memorable, too. But to accuse me of being Earnest would be as absurd as claiming that Mary Poppins is really Julie Andrews.”. A. All sorts of things I took in my stride as Deadly would absolutely horrify me as Ralph Baker. A. I’d forgotten all about the tennis and he reminded me.” The General Manager wasn’t actually very impressed. Many other television presenters of the day were quite jealous because Deadly could say “Look, I don’t know why you want to watch this movie, it’s absolutely dreadful!” which was absolutely true. No, it didn’t go straight to air, we used to tape it a fortnight at a time, so we’d tape on a Friday afternoon and we’d do that Friday and the next Friday, so one would go to air that night, the other one the following week. Q. They got ahold of an old 1924 hearse and put my coffin in the back of the hearse and said “Right, well, you can hop in the car, and just before we get there we can open the back and you can get in the coffin.” Well, we found that didn’t work because as soon as you put the coffin inside the hearse there wasn’t enough room to open the lid, so the only thing I could do is hop in the coffin, then they put the coffin in the hearse, and I drove to the football match in the coffin. What other television work have you done? A. But generally, as I say, we went to the studio and did all the make-up and getting dressed there, and then just shocked the motorists on the road as we went. I guess the thing we missed out a little bit in those days – these days would be different – we didn’t have the merchandising to follow-up on it. We found 679 entries for Ralph Baker in the United States. Get full address, contact info, background report and more! When the character Deadly Earnest was finished in 1972, did you make the decision to stop or were there other circumstances that led to Deadly's demise? How to Get Your Book or Comic Reviewed on HNN. Deadly, aka Ralph Baker, was a cult figure in the late 1960s and early '70s who hosted a Friday night program of horror movies for what was then known as Melbourne's Channel 0 (now Ten). A. I do a lot of kid’s birthday parties, some work in kindergartens and primary schools, and during school holidays I get a lot of work in school holiday programs and even shopping centres on occasion. Baker, who also produced sitcom Good Morning Mr Doubleday, continued to play Deadly Earnest on screen until 1973. 7 Inevitably the episode (segments of which were filmed on location at Hanging Rock) concerned a haunted house. Deadly Earnest — the character devised in Perth and adapted with different performers in each capital city — became a popular attraction, particularly for younger viewers. Interviews, TV. Q. Brisbane had one, we started one in Melbourne, there was one in Adelaide – and I think the Adelaide one also covered Perth. No, generally we did it at the actual studio. The name Ralph Baker has over 627 birth records, 305 death records, 123 criminal/court records, 1450 address records, 365 phone records and more. Hedley Cullen as Deadly Earnest (with Yorick) in Adelaide, Australia. A hosted horror movie show with Ralph Baker as "Deadly Earnest" screened on ATV-0 between 20 October 1967 until 2 February 1973. Q. Yes, I did quite a lot of personal appearances. He … I guess I had to do my own on that occasion, which was a rarity because I always had a make-up artist do it. Now, for the last three decades you’ve still been ‘treading the boards’, so to speak, with your very own puppet theatre – tell us all about it. RALPH BAKER played the role of Deadly Earnest in Gothic style on ATV-0. !, Kommotion and Uptight. At first, it was quite by surprise – we had no idea the character was going to be so popular, and when the people starting contacting the station and saying “We’ve got something on, we’d like Deadly Earnest to make an appearance…” we had to start following them up and doing these personal appearances. Deadly Earnest came about because the 0-10 Network had bought a package of films – they were all B-grade horror films – and they didn’t know what to do with them. My theatre’s called The Pinnacle Puppet Theatre which began originally by a friend who asked me to do an event she was organising, so I made the whole show and put it all together, and just carried it on ever since. He’d say “When I say this movie is awful, I’m Deadly Earnest!” and that became his signature line each week introducing the movies. There was a local 'Earnest' in several capitals, with Sydney's Ian Bannerman being the original. Nigel Honeybone A. I did do a bit in The Magic Circle Club once as another character, just a small character, in part of their show, and I also stood-in once for Fifi Bear in The Magic Circle Club. Deadly Earnest Ralph Baker. Baker reprised the role of Deadly Earnest to present Horrorpalooza! He told the paymaster “Take Ralph’s envelope out and tell him he’s not going to get paid.” They did come good, fortunately, but that was his little joke to get back at me. Deadly Earnest to come out of retirement for Melbourne horror trailer night! They’d write poems and all sorts of things that I was able to read and use on-air. Taking on the role after moving to Channel 0 from GTV-9, Ralph had previously worked in the props department as well as appearing in comedy sketches on the original In Melbourne Tonight with Graham Kennedy. I don’t know why you’re watching me, you should be watching the tennis!” Evidently, the next day the General Manager had a phone call from a friend of his who said “Very grateful to that host of yours. Q. But Deadly himself was played by different people in different states because back in those days there was no satellite link to beam the show across the land. Check Out Late Night Savior’s NEW ALT-METAL Cover of Sam Smith’s hit, “How Do You Sleep?” (feat. Each differed widely from Bostock's original character, leading to some confusion amongst fans as to who was the 'real' Earnest in later years. He died on July 14, having been diagnosed with myeloma in 2014. The Age, 19 October 1967. Laurie was in her seventies and I was getting into my late sixties, so we did slow down to only a couple of days a week. But then it got a bit more than that, and a tomato or something came from the back of the crowd and hit me, and I made some comment like “You’d better cut that out or I’ll come and get you!” and then another one got me and I sort of did my block a bit, and I jumped off this rostrum straight at the audience who then parted like the Red Sea and the people who were throwing things were at one end, and I started to charge down toward them – goodness knows what might have happened – fortunately there was security on hand and they grabbed me and bustled me away out of harm’s way. Royal Bliss)! The only other thing that I remember making an appearance was again In Melbourne Tonight, was my 21st birthday. Ralph Baker, the TV producer and floor manager who became a late-night favourite as Melbourne’s Deadly Earnest, has died at the age of 80. The Wax Museum in Queensland, Australia has a wax replica of Deadly Earnest, as played by Ralph Baker. Find Ralph Baker in the United States. When was the last time you appeared as Deadly? People, as they do at stoplights, just sort of looking around, they’d suddenly see you and say “Ooh, that’s Deadly!” We got all sorts of funny reactions. In appearances in later years – and I have done some since he finished on television – my daughter has done a make-up course, and she’s able to do it, and my wife has been able to do it, so we’ve managed to get by. 08/29/2010 Well, people would write and say that, and he took it as a compliment, of course, it’s what I was supposed to be so it was very hard to know in that case, if they were really meaning to be nasty or if, in their nastiness, they were being complimentary. The Professor’s SF & Horror Host Tome. He then gained a job … TV Times, 15 November 1967, Permanent link to this article: https://televisionau.com/2020/07/obituary-ralph-baker.html. With an early interest in amateur theatre, Baker gained some experience appearing in sketches on GTV9‘s In Melbourne Tonight. Q. He then created the Pinnacle Puppet Theatre, which continued through to the 1980s. The program was evidently successful enough to spawn local versions on each of the TEN affiliate stations in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. – The Impact of Horror on Rock Music, My Top 10 Horror Movies of 2020: Quarantine Edition, An Appreciation of Roger Spottiswoode’s Terror Train, The 3 Best, and Only, Thanksgiving Themed Horror Movies. He then gained a job in the props department and became a floor manager and producer at ATV0, working on shows including Go! My producer’s either giving me the wind-up signal, or he’s demonstrating how to pleasure a very large lady – do you have any final comments concerning your time with Deadly Earnest before we wrap-up this interview? Q. A. They asked me if I’d like to do it, showed me footage of Ian Bannerman’s work in Sydney and then we set about writing and producing our own version. He was an assistant director and producer, known for Good Morning, Mr. Doubleday (1969), Aweful Movies with Deadly Earnest (1967) and The Go!! Q. I happen to know Deadly Earnest is not the only character you’ve played on television. He was diagnosed with myeloma in 2014. These separate versions existed because, in this pre-satellite era, the capital-city TV stations of t… – Ralph Baker as “Deadly Earnest” 6 months ago xsrom . One of the funniest ones that I did – fortunately it wasn’t far from the channel – and it was a football match, believe it or not, between the cast of Hair! It didn’t worry me, or perhaps I’ve just become paranoid in my older years, or something. I don’t do an enormous amount of work now. Ralph Baker played the role of Deadly Earnest in true Gothic style on ATV-0. I’ve done things like an appearance for The Sixties Appreciation Society, who celebrate all things sixties and Deadly, of course, was toward the end of the sixties and into the seventies, so I did that. Way, way, back in the 1960's, way before Elvira, a favourite amongst Australian students was Deadly Earnest, the TV schlock horror host.Late on Friday nights, the atrocious old sci-fi and horror films became compulsory viewing, solely because of the gothic master of ceremonies. Deadly Earnest - Ralph Baker; Deadly Earnest - Ian Bannerman; Deadly Earnest - Roland Barnes; Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille; Deadly Earnest - Hedley Cullen; Ghoulardi; Bob Guy, host of Jeepers' Creepers Theater (1962-1966) on Channel 13. Frank Zappa had him record two musical singles Dear Jeepers and Letter From Jeepers. Deadly Earnest’s Awful Movies were a weekly event and audiences loved the zombie undertaker’s black humor, especially when taking liberties with local commercials. RALPH BAKER played the role of Deadly Earnest in true Gothic style on ATV-0 Melbourne. Were there any Jekyll and Hyde problems separating the character from your own real life? Q. Late on Friday nights, the atrocious old science fiction and horror films became compulsory viewing, solely because of the gothic Master of Ceremonies. As Deadly, I did things that I would never do as myself. NEW VIDEO ALERT! Assistant Producer Ralph Baker appeared in one episode as 'Deadly Earnest', a character he portrayed as host of the ATV-0 late-night Aweful Movies horror flicks. Getting back to Deadly Earnest, how was the name chosen? I worked for twenty-five years with a lady and her puppet theatre, Laurie Gardner. Sadly, Ralph passed away today 14 July 2020. The tennis is on Channel Two! Share. Deadly Earnest was a late-night horror host active on Australian television between 1961–78. Although in a TV Times interview in November 1967, Baker feigned ignorance at any connection between him and the on-screen character: “I don’t know where people get the idea that I’m Earnest. Q. I believe you made a lot of public appearances, too? Supporting Deadly were the unforgettable characters of We just took it that they were complimentary, and that was that. I could hold up the lid a bit so I could breathe and so on. Occasional he would conduct interviews, which included Shane Porteus and Ralph Baker, who had both played the horror host Deadly Earnest in the 1960-1970's. Show was Ralph Baker, who became well known in Melbourne in the late 1960s as Melbourne's version of "Deadly Earnest", the late night horror movie presenter. Uptight Ralph’s alter ego, the cult phenomenon, Deadly Earnest, first appeared. Way back in the sixties, way before Elvira, a favourite amongst Australian students was Deadly Earnest, the television schlock horror host on the 0-10 Network. A. Naomi Swart does not appear in this episode. I made a few very minor appearances in my earlier days in television – In Melbourne Tonight, doing comedy sketches with Graham Kennedy. Ralph married Mariam in 1993 following the untimely death of his first wife in 1991. He became so popular with teens and uni students that he … Later he was to perform in the Gardiner Puppet Theatre before establishing his own puppet group. As regular viewers already know, we do our show live and direct every Friday night – was your show prerecorded or did it go straight to air? I might have made a lot of money! Show (1964). https://televisionau.com/2020/07/obituary-ralph-baker.html, Seven Tasmania newsreader’s late farewell, TV At 60: TCN9, Australia’s first channel. Because of the number of fan letters you get, again something that took us by surprise, I didn’t really have to write much of a script because the fan letters gave it to me. Q. Well, we didn’t have to choose the name, it came to us all ready, saying “We want you to do this character called Deadly Earnest,” and we looked at the spelling of it, where Earnest was spelled E.A.R.N.E.S.T. He was diagnosed with myeloma in 2014. He’ll soon have his own dressing room with a scar on the door.”, “It is true, also, that coffin from which he comperes the show fits me like a pinewood glove. Now, the obvious first question is how exactly did the character of Deadly Earnest come about? I put the right-hand glove on then I put on the left-hand glove, except it was two right-handed gloves, and as soon as I put my right glove on my left hand, it immediately looked grotesque, so we kept it. Who knows? We developed things like Claw, that was Deadly’s left hand, and that came about because, as we messed about in Wardrobe, I put the costume on and said “My hands don’t look right – they look too clean and it doesn’t look right.” They gave me some gloves. A. 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