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General Hospital's 50th Anniversary Opening Sequence! – Which Was Your Favorite Of All-Time?

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This coming Monday, April 1st and Tuesday, April 2nd to honor General Hospital’s 50th anniversary over these two special episodes, ABC will air a very special version of the opening credits with a composite of the show opens from the 50 years history of this iconic show!

ET Online had the first look preview yesterday, and now everyone is checking out one of the surprises that GH has in store for long time fans!

For many watching these sequences, it brings us back to a time and a place in our lives and in the historic history of General Hospital! Whether it be the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000, and on, GH has survived more than its fare share of cancellation threats to bring you over the course of 5 decades, characters you love, and unforgettable stories!

Stroll down memory lane when watching the clip after the jump, and then let us know, which is your favorite General Hospital opening of all-time? 

 

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heidi
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heidi

Very cool!!! I like it!

lisa
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lisa

2 and 3 rd combined, like the Michael Easton/Kelly Monaco in the last one too!!

Marcia
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Marcia

Yes…I like it too!

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

My favorite GH moment of all time will always be when Tracy withholds Edward’s heart medicine.

ces
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ces

that was an Awesome episode!!

Michele
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Michele

The ambulance is my fav!

ces
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ces

me too! It actually gives me chills when I hear it watching these old eppies.

Andrew
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Andrew

The ambulance is GH, that is always what I think of no matter how they change it.

liz
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liz

I love-love-love it …the ambulance – the old background of GH – Dr. Hardy and the theme song!!! Really what were they thinking of changing the theme – it’s like changing the music (ALS) when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. The original theme song is something fans all over the world know and share regardless of language. I’m 62 and I have watched GH since day 1. Love what the new folks in charge are doing but go back to the orig. theme. The shorter opening does nothing but allow for more advertising.

Ces
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Ces

I totally agree Liz, would love it if from here on out they used the original theme. Wouldn’t that be awesome?? Then they wouldn’t have to change all the pictures of actors that are gone all the time. That original theme sends chills down my spine because it takes me back to 78′ when I started watching the show!
I appreciate how DAYS kept their original hourglass and only enhanced it. GH Should do the same from here on out.

susan M.
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susan M.

The ambulance is my favorite also!

jim
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jim

Couldnt get video to work…but i always liked the part were it shows the ambulance rushing up to the hospital…always thought it made the show feel more dramatic!

jim
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jim

The current opening is my second favorite

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with you jim.

ray schichtel
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ray schichtel

The first one is always the best but once they added the faces with Dave Koz music.. I thought they nailed it with that..

Gillian
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Gillian

I agree with you. #1, 2,3 & 5 are great. 4 is my least favorite. Still miss the Dave Koz music, though.

Heath
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Heath

Faces of the heart

Phil
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Phil

I like the last two!

Amber
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Amber

Don’t like how they have it now. Would rather have any of the ones before !!!!!

Lisa
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Lisa

agreed

10261991des
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10261991des

TSecound and Third one..The new one…Not so much 🙁

gloria
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gloria

I love them all!

Jake
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Jake

The original is what I remember as a kid…the current opening is the best

Lin
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Lin

I liked the one with the Dave Koz music. Both the music and the pictures etc. It put me into the perfect mood to enjoy the show. I never liked any other music they put with the GH opening. The futuristic opening they have now is too cold. I like the combo opening, but I think they should go back to the Dave koz opening and show people from different times of GH (like Steve and Jessie, and Lila and Edward, etc.) for the rest of the year. Keep the dave koz music always.

Jared
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Jared

Faces of the Heart, no contest. I wish they would bring that one back.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

There were 1 or 2 earlier openings, I seem to recall when I was a kid.
The new one would be better if it was longer.

Michael
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Michael

Wow- they should keep if for the year. Can’t get over how good GH is. Two years ago it was barely watchable. It’s amazing what two guys- Frank & Ron- can do, simply because they love the soap opera medium. Think of the ratings that ABC could have garnered over the yeas if they had done something like this years ago. btw- Kristina Wagner looks amazing. While all my favorite vets look a little bit worse for the wear (but I stil love ’em), Wagner looks like time stood still. Awesome.

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

I like the second one the most, Dave Koz’s Faces of the Heart with the orange hue. I don’t like the Faces of the Heart in blue hue version, during the Sonny&Jason era. The last one is my second favorite,,, just wish they would introduce the characters one by one instead of grouping them

curacaoman
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curacaoman

I thought Michael Easton was not allowed to appear on GH. This says it all, hehehehhe

Susan
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Susan

Yep noticed that too with ME and KM luv it!!

andrea proscia
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andrea proscia

Rick Springfield got me into gh and Luke.Laura so happy

Lisa
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Lisa

well, i like it better than the new one its nice. Just should have added the ambulance sirens from the 70’s.

Gillian
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Gillian

Why did they change from the Dave Koz music? Was it a cost cutting measure?

Rodd
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Rodd

I always love looking at the old openings and hearing the old themes. It shows what a rich depth of history the soaps have that no other tv show has. Viva GH!

Aria
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Aria

I can’t believe that the new one has grown on me. I remember hating it so much when it came out, but I like it now.

Tristan
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Tristan

Um, no! There is no tribute to GH’s early years. It DID, believe it or not, have not only an opening in the 1960s, but FANS, as well. Hate that the first decade of the series has been SO TOTALLY ignored. This montage should have segued from the first black and white opening through to the others. If GH had not prospered during its first pivotal decade, we would NOT be celebrating it now!!! All that being said, the ambulance opening is the most iconic, to me. But, come on, people. Don’t say you are celebrating 50 years of history… Read more »

jim
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jim

I couldnt agree more…they shouldve at least got Roy Thinnes(the original Phil Brewer) back for a cameo as a nod to the shows first decade. After the nurses ball he couldve played a janitor at the Metro Court who is seen cleaning up the ballrooms mess after everyone leaves. He finds an old photo of Jessie Brewer(the late Emily Mcloughlin) laying on the floor that Audrey accidentally dropped. And with a wink and a smile to the viewing audience, he puts the picture in his pocket, and without a word he walks off the set with GHs 1960s theme playing… Read more »

Georgia
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Georgia

I love the one with Kelly Monaco/Michael Easton

Maria
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Maria

My favorites: Sonny & Brenda holding hands, Sonny & Carly side by side in the credits, as well as Michael Easton & Kelly Monaco still together in the credits. 🙂

susan M.
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susan M.

Seeing Dr. Hardy & Audry ! Blast from the past!

susan M.
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susan M.

I also like the second one!

utah
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utah

i love autumn breeze which was the first one and of course faces of the heart!!! I wish they would have the ambulance siren and faces of the heart combined for the new shows coming up the theme they have now is not long enough and its not a theme its background music

Judith
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Judith

The ambulance takes me back to being in the 6th grade, poised at my homeroom desk with books and purse in hand, waiting for the dismissal bell then running all the way home not to miss a single minute of GH! Like all of the openings. It’s all good!

Charles E.
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Charles E.

The classic 1975-93 version. Much as I like “Faces of the Heart”, the classic entrance of the ambulance to the hospital gates is iconic, like DAYS’ hourglass, AMC’s album, and ATWT’s globe. BRING BACK the “Autumn Breeze” theme and classic intro- the current theme stinks by comparison and is a OLTL ripoff!

Darlene Ford
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Darlene Ford

#1 — The Ambulance opener. That IS the classic GH opener.

Heather Barnes
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Heather Barnes

I have to give GH creative team kudos. I loved the opening credits. Good job GH!!!!!!

Don
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Don

It’s a shame they don’t keep in from now on. I like that Jack Urbant theme from the early days. Hey, it only runs 33 secs. Surely it wouldn’t kill ABC to run that.

annette
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annette

I was so excited to see the new theme – how sad to hear it’s only for two days (albeit two glorious days!)
I would prefer this new theme to be the theme ongoing as it honors the past and present. My problem with the new theme was always that it felt too rushed, and, that the groupings were odd. Suddenly we have the hospital, families, action, passion, adventure, and characters…all fitting within the opening. What’s not to love!

General Hospital

Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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