MOVIE HOSTS: MOONA LISA

 My fellow movie host geeks and I need to seriously scour the world to find some better photographs of this lady. Moona Lisa (Lisa Clark in real life) was an active movie host for twelve years beginning in 1963. Though Moona Lisa is most often associated with San Diego’s Science Fiction Theater, her longest-lasting show, she also hosted Moona’s Midnight Madness in St Louis for over a year and for eighteen months had even stepped in to replace one of the legends of the Movie Host world, Seymour AKA Sinister Seymour AKA Larry Vincent as the host of Los Angeles’ iconic b-movie show Fright Night.

The slinky Moona Lisa hosted her programs from her personal Moon Base, often with the Earth seen in the lunar sky through a window, as in the above photo. When the Apollo astronauts landed on the moon in 1969 (yes, moon- hoaxers and 9-11 truthers, it REALLY happened) Lisa Clark  employed a gimmick pioneered by the legendary movie host Zacherley and inserted her Moona Lisa character into the footage, presenting her greeting the arriving astronauts.  

Other bits of Moona Lisa schtick included her greeting “Hello, Earthlings” and her farewell “Happy hallucinations, honeys” in every episode. During the show Lisa would offer commentary on the atrocious films being shown while sitting in various seductive poses on “moon stone” furniture, sometimes with a snake wrapped around her body. The movies our heroine showed were the usual bad movie show staples: things like The Hideous Sun Demon, The Day The Earth Caught Fire, The Giant Behemoth, etc. Like her sister movie host Karen Scioli AKA Stella, Lisa Clark wrote her own material.  One memorable bit aired during the British Invasion of the 1960’s when Moona Lisa added recurring sketches featuring the Roaches, who were a Beatles spoof.

Moona Lisa had a twin sister named Cosmosina, with both roles being played by Clark herself, but if she had ever needed anyone to pinch-hit she had her very own real-life twin sister Laura Elliot. For a time Lisa and Laura did a stint as the Doublemint Twins, giving them a secondary claim to Pop Icon status to rival Ghoulardi’s later stint introducing us to “the Loooooove Boat.”

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27 responses to “MOVIE HOSTS: MOONA LISA

  1. midaevalmaiden

    That bit at the end was a surprise. Doublemint twins.

    • Yeah, I love all the little bits of trivia that pop up in the world of movie hosts. Moona Lisa as a Doublemint Twin, the fact that all of us used to hear Ghoulardi in his later years saying “Stay tuned for the Loooooove Boat”, the fact that Bill O’Reilly of all people used to write for the movie host show called Uncle Ted and Nefu Ned, etc.

  2. Her name is hysterical. Don’t you think?

    • Yes! I also love the names of movie hosts like Dr Paul Bearer, Sammy Terry, Dr San Guinary and among the new crowd my favorite name is the woman who goes by Penny Dreadful.

  3. My personal favourite host – Maila Nurmi

  4. midaevalmaiden

    ooh ooh Jo, Have you then heard Vincent Price doing the intro story for the black widow? Song: devils food, welcome to my nightmare tour. Alice Cooper.

    I know it word for word, Its kind of a thing with me.

  5. Persephone

    Okay, sexy, you never mentioned this hostess back in the old days. She’s not even in your book. You better not have a crush on her! LOL

    • Ha! No crush, it’s just that you know I love the out of the way stuff. Besides, given the time period she was on the air she’s probably about thirty years older than I am so I don’t imagine we have much in common.

  6. My parents always told me about this woman and her show. MST3K looks like such a ripoff the more and more shows like this I find out about.

  7. Elyse Clark

    Moona Lisa is my grandmother! Love this article:)..

  8. Really nice read! These old horror hosts are beginning to grow on me the more and more of them you feature.

  9. Ida

    Wonderful read! I have a lower and lower opinion of creeps like Mike Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl the more I read about all the shows like this that were around long before their show was.

  10. Bob

    Where is Moona now?

  11. Zeke Motojokowski

    I was stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in 1967 training to be a radio operator. She was smoking hot and took my mind off the war for a couple of hours every Saturday. A guy in our class said she was Regis Philbin’s ex-wife.

  12. Zeke Motojokowski

    I did some checking and she is not Regis Philbin’s ex-wife.They both worked at KOGO-TV.His ex-wife was Catherine Faylin daughter of Frank Faylin who played Dobie Gillis father on the old Dobie Gillis tv show. He was the cab driver in It’s a Wonderful Life. Check out the book Creatures of the Night We Loved so Well, it is a history of horror hosts of southern California.There is nice section on Moona Lisa.

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