With an early interest in amateur theatre, Baker gained some experience appearing in sketches on GTV9‘s In Melbourne Tonight. Share with: Link: Copy link. 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. 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! Late on Friday nights, the atrocious old science fiction and horror films became compulsory viewing, solely because of the gothic Master of Ceremonies. Q. I happen to know Deadly Earnest is not the only character you’ve played on television. But as Deadly, I just opened the bag, stuck my hand in there and pulled the snake out. Jan 28, 2004 28,319 3,015 Melbourne. 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. 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. 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. He was an assistant director and producer, known for Good Morning, Mr. Doubleday (1969), Aweful Movies with Deadly Earnest (1967) and The Go!! Not for me! Reactions: 1 user jb03 Tiger Legend. 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. Now, I would never do that, snakes are not my thing, but as Deadly I just did it without a second thought. 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. 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? The Age, 19 October 1967. Funeral Guide. 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. Ralph Baker was born 29 July 1939 in Melbourne. 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. 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). Toward the end of our twenty-five years together we slowed down somewhat. Show (1964). Fifi Bear was played by John Michael-Howson, and of course it was a bear costume and you couldn’t tell who was in the costume anyway, so I did have to stand-in for him once, because he had to dash off somewhere. A. 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. Q. But to accuse me of being Earnest would be as absurd as claiming that Mary Poppins is really Julie Andrews.”. 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. The exception to that, I guess, would be the time that I was actually on holidays way out to the south east of Melbourne, and they wanted me to make an appearance at the Ballarat Races during the Begonia Festival, so I actually had to drive down to Moorabin airport, they flew me from Moorabin up to Ballarat, and then I had to make-up there. Deadly Earnest — the character devised in Perth and adapted with different performers in each capital city — became a popular attraction, particularly for younger viewers. Royal Bliss)! Jul 24, 2020 #1,460 KnightersRevenge said: 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. Naomi Swart does not appear in this episode. These is from “Horror Host Tome” a segment from “The Professor’s Scary Movie Show”, originally aired 13 November 2015. Frank Zappa had him record two musical singles Dear Jeepers and Letter From Jeepers. Jul ^ Deadly Earnest was simultaneously portrayed by Ralph Baker in Victoria, Shane Porteous in Queensland, and Hedley Cullen in South Australia. A. Deadly Earnest Ralph Baker. Naomi Swart does not appear in this episode. He became so popular with teens and uni students that he … 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. 19 There were five of them all told, appearing between 1961 and 1978. 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. So we didn’t really base Deadly on any character we knew of. The tennis is on Channel Two! The Deadly I remember was Ian Bannerman who hosted the show in Sydney. Getting back to Deadly Earnest, how was the name chosen? Q. I was actually on In Melbourne Tonight and they sang Happy Birthday To Me on the show, so that’s something memorable, too. 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. A. Deadly Earnest to come out of retirement for Melbourne horror trailer night! Brisbane had one, we started one in Melbourne, there was one in Adelaide – and I think the Adelaide one also covered Perth. The Professor’s SF & Horror Host Tome. The Wax Museum in Queensland, Australia has a wax replica of Deadly Earnest, as played by Ralph Baker. 1238 days ago 2 posts Deadly Earnest to come out of retirement for Melbourne horror trailer night! Did you ever get fan mail saying what a complete bastard you were? Not many of you could say you’ve been driven around in your own coffin, I’m sure! 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! See 'Deadly Earnest/Aweful Movies' 13 November 2007 What other television work have you done? “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. NEW VIDEO ALERT! 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. Your email address will not be published. A. His wardrobe is not restricted to this single jacket. I was handed a dead rat another time at a university function that I attended. 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. One of the problems with working for community television is I have to do my own make-up – did you ever have that problem? 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. You could also do the opposite with him, and he also had the ability – because of the sort of character he was – of being able to tell the truth. Q. I get those sorts of letters all the time – which I sadly have to hand over to the ASIO profiling unit…. Sadly, Ralph passed away today 14 July 2020. But then, sadly, Laurie passed away and I continued on with my own puppet theatre which I’m still doing. 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. RALPH BAKER played the role of Deadly Earnest in Gothic style on ATV-0. He then created the Pinnacle Puppet Theatre, which continued through to the 1980s. I might have made a lot of money! 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. Ralph Baker Wiki: Salary, Married, Wedding, Spouse, Family Ralph Robert Baker (born August 25, 1942 in Lewistown, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football player.Baker was drafted in both the 1964 AFL and NFL drafts—the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him with their 3rd-round pick, while the New York Jets used their 6th-round pick to select him. The Deadly Earnest character was originated by TVW-7 Perth musical director Max Bostock. Who knows? – 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. 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. 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. Doubleday failed to make an impact with viewers. Q. 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. Check Out Late Night Savior’s NEW ALT-METAL Cover of Sam Smith’s hit, “How Do You Sleep?” (feat. The only other thing that I remember making an appearance was again In Melbourne Tonight, was my 21st birthday. Find Ralph Baker in the United States. I could hold up the lid a bit so I could breathe and so on. 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). But everything that was taped went to air, sometimes – as far as management was concerned – with disastrous results. A. A. There’s a funny thing with Deadly. Please share - nominations for THE HORROR HOST HALL OF FAME 2019 clo... se in a couple of days, and two Aussies are on the ballot: Melbourne's DEADLY EARNEST (Ralph Baker 1968-1972) and NIGEL HONEYBONE (2007-)! The name Ralph Baker has over 627 birth records, 305 death records, 123 criminal/court records, 1450 address records, 365 phone records and more. 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. 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. Ralph Baker played the role of Deadly Earnest in true Gothic style on ATV-0. 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. 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. 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. Watch Queue Queue 08/29/2010 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. Q. I believe you made a lot of public appearances, too? Ralph married Mariam in 1993 following the untimely death of his first wife in 1991. On Saturday night, Deadly Earnest lives again. All sorts of things I took in my stride as Deadly would absolutely horrify me as Ralph Baker. Share. and the Channel 10 boys – or Channel 0 boys as it was then – and I was going to make an appearance at the match. We just took it that they were complimentary, and that was that. 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. 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. With an early interest in amateur theatre, Baker gained some experience appearing in sketches on GTV9‘s In Melbourne Tonight. 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