Substitute host Hugh Downs chats with guests Lucille Ball and children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., Kay Thompson and Chester Morris.
NOTE: This peerless broadcast air check, recorded off the air by Phil Gries, was digitized and sent to Hugh Downs upon his request.
He said to me that this particular show, substituting for Jack Paar, interviewing Lucille Ball, was one of his most personal inspiring moments of his broadcasting career. He remembered doing the broadcast, but none of the content.
“Your interactive decision and ability to record history
a half century ago…without hard evidence such as you
have provided, what proof could there be that any of this really
happened?-that maybe it was all imagined. Malto Grazie.”
Television Co-Host “Jack Paar Tonight Show”…Host “Today Show,” “20/20.”
October 1st, 1962-March 29th, 1963-NBC Daytime
August 18th, 1969- February 11th, 1972- CBS
From August 18th, 1969- February 11th, 1972 Merv Griffin appeared in a late-night talk show format on CBS-TV. It's believed that all of his CBS talk shows were bulk-erased by the network. In 1972, Griffin returned to the syndication market where he remained until 1986.
On this program, Merv's guests are Sammy Davis Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. The program is interrupted by a CBS news bulletin regarding the latest in a series of plane hijackings.
A star-studded salute to a great lyricist-Oscar Hammerstein 11 (1895-1960). Taped in April 1971 at the University of Southern California.
Highlights and performers:
"A Cockeyed Optimist " Dinah Shore
"All The Things You Are" Helen Hayes
"I Am Going To Like It Here" Miyoshi Umeki
"Why Do I Love You?" Leslie Uggams
"Carefully Taught" Burt Lancaster
"If I Loved You" John Raitt
Medley:"I Whistle A Happy Tune" "The Folks Who Live On The Hill"
"Shall We Dance?" "I Won't Dance" "Stouthearted Men" "Getting To Know You" "Do Re Mi" ...Raitt, Uggams, Johnny Mercer, Janet Blair
"I Can't Say No" Celeste Holm
"The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" Harve Presnell
"The Desert Song" "Rose Marie" "Wanting You" Jean Fenn, Harve Presnell.
"It Might As Well Be Spring" Janet Blair
"There Is Nothing Like A Dame"
Desi Arnaz Jr, Milton Berle, Larry Hagman, Yaphet Kotto, Ryan O'Neal, Robert Stack, Ray Walston,
"A Puzzlement" Ricardo Montalban
"Climb Every Mountain" Jean Fenn