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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!

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GH’s Michael Easton and Finola Hughes Deliver the ‘Power Performances of the Week’

It was an emotional week of episodes on General Hospital as the double-wedding of Finn (Michael Easton) and Anna (Finola Hughes), and Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) took a double nose-dive.

Each installment left us wondering if either couple would actually get hitched, but when Finn and Anna were the first to combust and not Peter and Maxie, it set the stage for two beloved soap veterans to once again, remind us all, why they are always at the top of the game when required to play high drama that tugs at the heartstrings.

In story, Finn is gut-punched, (and no one can play that better than Michael Easton), when Anna reveals that she knew that Peter was not her biological son and had done all the horrific deeds he has been hiding, in an effort to stop Maxie from marrying Peter.  When Finn realizes Anna confided in Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and they were working together to bring Peter down it was too much for him to take.

Finn walks out on their wedding.  Alone and with tears welling up in his eyes, Finn feels his chance at love is dashed again.  Add to the fact, he has DNA results to prove if he is Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father and not his brother, or not, and the guy has been through the wringer of late.

As for Anna, she has literally imploded her own life, while trying to save others, after realizing the error of her ways; constantly putting her faith in Peter.  When she comes to visit Finn, she knows no matter what she says to Finn it looks bad.  She sees how she has hurt him, and hopes they can still repair their now fractured relationship, but she has to stop Peter and help her God-daughter, Maxie from making the biggest mistake of her life, so she leaves him to go back to the scene of the double-wedding.

Later in the week, Anna shares a heartfelt scene with her ex Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), whom she knows she can have an honest conversation knowing her life of espionage and their shared history.  Meanwhile, Jackie (Kim Delaney) and Finn’s pull is there as well, as it appears Jackie’s attraction to Finn still remains all these years later when he visits her shortly after being blindsided by Anna at the nuptials.

Throughout the week, Easton and Hughes played all the nuances of their character’s emotional life, as the audience witnessed which just might be the end of the line for Finn and Anna.

For all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV names Michael and Finola’s work, The Power Performances of the Week.

So, let us know, what did you think of what happened to Finn and Anna? The double-wedding fiasco? Did you enjoy Michael and Finola’s scenes? Comment below.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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WATCH: Maurice Benard & Friends In ‘The Birthday Bash’ – The Movie

Now here’s a way to celebrate your birthday! Having lots of fun with your friends filming a project and making your directorial debut! That’s just what two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) has done.

On his “State of Mind” You Tube Channel, Benard dropped the birthday video which includes many of his friends and family members.

Benard shared: “You’ve probably heard me say that this year I wanted to do something for the fans on my birthday. Well now the time has come to reveal my special project. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I want to thank each of them for being so willing to join me in this adventure no questions asked.”

Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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