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#7353: PLAYBOY'S PENTHOUSE
1961-06-18, SYND, 00 min.
Hugh Hefner, Dave Brubeck Quartet

October 24th,1959-1961. 

Playboy's Penthouse was an American talk/variety television program hosted by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. First broadcast on October 24th, 1959, it ran in syndication for two seasons.
The show was recorded at the studios of WBKB-TV in Chicago.                                     
#13821: KEYHOLE "PLAYBOY MAGAZINE AND THE PLAYBOY CLUB"
1962-10-08, WOR, min.
Hugh Hefner, Jack Douglas

1961 (Syndicated)
A series of half-hour documentaries and pseudo-documentaries filmed all over the world, produced and narrated by Jack Douglas. 

A documentary on Hugh Hefner, publisher of Playboy Magazine, who is profiled behind-the-scenes.                         
#13908: BARRY GRAY INTERVIEWS, THE
1962-12-12, , min.
Jackie Gleason, David Susskind, Hugh Hefner, Barry Gray

Barry Gray was an American radio personality, often referred to as "the father of talk radio." His late-night New York City radio talk show was carried by WOR radio and then later by WMCA. 

Barry Gray returned to WMCA in 1950, and stayed there for 39 years, refining the talk show format still utilized today. During the 1960s, he was in the odd position of having an 11 p.m.-1 a.m. late-night talk show on a station otherwise dominated by Top 40 music and the youth-targeted "Good Guys" disc jockey campaign. But for teenagers who kept their radios on into the night, Gray's show was a window into the high-brow New York culture of the 1940s and 1950s.

Today's topic: The Playboy Club opens in New York City. David Susskind, Hugh Hefner,(owner of the Playboy Club) Barry Gray, and Jackie Gleason discuss the opening.                                                                                         
#696: LES CRANE SHOW, THE NEW
1964-08-06, WABC, 47 min.
Shelley Berman, Mort Sahl, Les Crane, Rona Jaffe, Richard Burton, Mel Brooks, Hugh Hefner

"Morals in America Today" is discussed by guests Hugh Hefner, Rona Jaffe, Shelley Berman and Mort Sahl. Richard Burton discusses his career in a separate segment and Mel Brooks does an editorial recap of tonight's show.    

  
Television History of the LES CRANE SHOW

September 16, 1963 - July 31, 1964 (WABC N.Y.)
August 3 - 8, 1964 (ABC)
November 9, 1964 - February 26, 1965 (ABC)
June 28, 1965 - October 22, 1965 (Nightlife ABC)
January 15, 1968 - September 6, 1968 (WNEW N.Y.)

Debut of program was September 16, 1963. For the first month the title of the telecast was NIGHT LINE...LES CRANE. Beginning on October 22, 1963 the title was changed to THE LES CRANE SHOW. 

These late night LIVE broadcasts were aired Monday thru Friday. on local station WABC New York. Beginning December 6, 1963 late night broadcasts aired Tuesday thru Saturday. Also, another time slot opened for Crane with a similar format airing on WABC in the afternoon...a one hour version broadcast from 1:30-2:30pm, five days a week, and again returning to late night broadcasting usually 1am to 2:00am after the WABC late movie, THE BEST OF BROADWAY. This TALK SHOW / PHONE IN version of The Les Crane Show concluded its final broadcast  on July 31, 1964.

On August 3, 4, 5, 6, & 8, 1964 THE NEW LES CRANE SHOW premiered...a five program trial rivaling Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW.  It was Nationally televised and it is considered the FIRST network talk show program to compete with THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON. 

On November 9, 1964 THE LES CRANE SHOW premiered and aired regularly weeknights on the ABC network, opposite Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW.
After 14 weeks, and low ratings, this series ended with its last telecast airing on February 26, 1965. Les Crane's late night network career was over, as a solo host, and never to be resumed Nationally.

ABC renamed their late night time slot NIGHTLIFE, premiering on March 1, 1965.This one hour forty five minute weekly late night talk series showcased guest hosts. This series run  lasted four months, the last broadcast airing on June 25, 1965. Guest hosts included: Shelley Berman, Pat Boone, Jack Carter, Allan Sherman, Dave Garroway, Bill Cullen, William B. Williams (announcer of this series run), Eddy Arnold, Dale Robertson, Dick Shawn, Louis Nye, & Jan Murray. 

Form June 28 to October 22, 1965 Les Crane returned to this time slot...the series title remaining, NIGHTLIFE. Les Crane no longer was a solo host. He co-hosted with Dave Garroway, and Nipsy Russell.

Two years later, Les Crane returned to local late night television appearing for eight months on WNEW channel 5 in New York 11:15pm - 12:15am from January 15, 1968 changing time slots on July 8, 1968, 11:45pm - 12:45pm. Final show aired on September 6, 1968, and it was the last time Les Crane would host a late night television talk show.   

NOTE: A two hour radio broadcast profiling Les Crane, including TV Audio Air Check Crane highlights from the ATA archive can be listened to in its entirety. It appears on the ATA website under the link TV CONFIDENTIAL. The segment (SOUNDS OF LOST TELEVISION) was recorded in Pasadena California and aired in 2014 with host Ed Robertson, and guest Phil Gries. 

NOTE: Most all of Les Crane's cumulative 26 months of broadcasting as a talk show host is today non-existent. Tapes were destroyed, erased and whereabouts unknown. The 27 LES CRANE SHOW television air checks archived in the Archival Television Audio, Inc. library is the largest collection known to  exist of extant Les Crane broadcasts in the country.
 
Extant examples existing elsewhere include two broadcast kinescopes archived by The Paley Center for Media (one from 1967, and the other, a broadcast from January 31, 1968 titled "Rich Jews." There is archived at UCLA FILM & TV ARCHIVE four extant examples related to Les Crane, including a preserved 41:36 minute compilation demo/presentation kinescope reel with clips from the New Les Crane Show five night trial run (August 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 1964).

The content of what the UCLA Film & TV Archive's has related to the above programs include the first show with Les Crane introducing his show and  Robert Preston (2:53), a bullfighting segment with Ricardo Montalbaum (6:32), a Jackie Robinson segment debating William F. Buckley with Shelley Winters on the panel (5:40),a Pamela Mason and Artie Shaw segment (3:50), a segment related to New York City cab drivers with Les Crane interviewing a number of them (5:59), guest Irving Schulmen, Adela Rogers St.John and two other guests discussing the legendary actress Jean Harlow (4:18), a segment related to "Deathtraps related to playgrounds in New York" and interviewed comments from women on the street (3:11), an in studio interview segment with Marguerite Oswald, mother of Lee Harvey Oswald 4:14), and an in studio interview with Richard Burton and Les Crane sign off (6:03).

Of interest, as to the quality of the video and audio, it is noted many variations exist including tinny sound reproduction, at times, poor audio clarity, at times, echo effect, tinny effect, at times, occasional video glitches, dark, high contrast segments at times, overexposed ("milky") segments. at times.    

NOTE: The Les Crane Show  late night talk program on ABC during the 1964-65 television season pioneered a format of television later embraced by icon Phil Donahue, Crane fell to NBC’s The Tonight Show, a national brand with a decade of broadcasting tenure, proved its dominance.  Donahue began his legendary career in Dayton in 1967, evolving into a daytime programming staple for nearly 30 years.

Les Crane’s daughter Caprice points out that her father used journalism to cover topics and people that others feared to explore.  “He created the shotgun mike,” says Crane of her dad, who passed away in 2008.  “He had guests who did not provide the typical fluff, for example, Malcolm X, Bob Dylan, and the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald.  He had the first publicly gay man on his show.  He was also an amazing listener who helped create a new television format that demanded more information for the listener.  

The Les Crane Show didn’t last long because the person who tries the new thing always gets penalized.  People are afraid of the unknown until it becomes mainstream.”

A renaissance media man for the second half of the 20th century, Crane held interests and influences beyond journalism.  “My dad gave The Mamas and the Papas group its name,” reminds Caprice Crane.  “Casey Kasem credited him with inventing the Top 40 radio format at KRLA.  He also got into the computer business before it was big.  His company was Software Tool Works, which produced the Chess Master computer program.  He was always before his time.”

Crane’s innovative format allowed one of baseball’s biggest heroes, Jackie Robinson, to debate one of conservatism’s biggest allies, William F. Buckley.  Nowhere on television in the mid-1960s could audiences see this type of television fodder.  Unfortunately, The Les Crane Show fell victim to a common policy of television networks destroying tapes because of the shortsighted view that future generations would not be interested.  How wrong they were.                     
#6218: PURSUIT OF PLEASURE
1967-05-08, NBC, 60 min.
Jonathan Miller, William F. Buckley Jr., Hugh Hefner, Ray Anthony, Timothy Leary, Ralph Ginzburg, Harvey Cox

American morality is changing, especially among the young. Is the trend toward pleasure and kicks for kicks sake? Among those interviewed: Timothy Leary, Ralph Ginzburg, Ray Anthony, Jonathan Miller, Hugh Hefner, William F. Buckley Jr., and Dr. Harvey Cox discuss freedom in society without destroying itself.
#7323: PLAYBOY AFTER DARK
1970-07-21, KTLA, 00 min.
Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Medley, Hugh Hefner, Billy Preston, Moms Mabley, Nanci Roberts, Chris Cranston, Joanne Vent

January 18th, 1969-1970

Playboy magazine publisher Hugh Hefner hosts a party at his home with celebrity guests in this syndicated television series. 
Regulars are Nanci Roberts and Chris Cranston.           
#4717: SONNY & CHER COMEDY HOUR, THE
1973-02-14, WCBS, 52 min.
Joe Namath, Sonny & Cher, Teri Garr, Hugh Hefner, Billy Van, Ted Zeigler, Peter Cullen, Freeman King, Murray Langston, Twelve Playmates, Chastity Bono

August 1, 1971-September 5, 1971; December 27, 1971-May 29, 1974. "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" was introduced as a summer variety show and found a place in the network's schedule in midseason. By the 1973-1974 season it was television's top-rated variety series. Regulars included their daughter Chastity Bono, Peter Cullen, Freeman King, Teri Garr, Ted Zeigler, Billy Van, and Murray Langston.
#2079: DEAN MARTIN SHOW, THE
1973-09-21, WNBC, 52 min.
Joey Bishop, Howard Cosell, Audrey Meadows, Dean Martin, Dick Martin, Jackie Gayle, Hugh Hefner, Billy Baxton, Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall

Celebrity roasting of Hugh Hefner by: Dean Martin, Dick Martin, Howard Cosell, Joey Bishop, Audrey Meadows, Jackie Gayle, Billy Baxton, Loretta Lynn and Tom T. Hall.
#2897: HEE HAW
1974-03-23, WCBS, 52 min.
Roy Clark, Hugh Hefner, Buck Owens, Lester Flatt

June 15, 1969-September 7, 1969; December 17, 1969-July 13, 1971 (CBS); 1971-1992 (Syndicated). "Hee Haw" was a fast-paced mixture of songs, skits, blackouts, and corny jokes. A syndicated version of the show appeared; by 1977 it was the nation's number-one-rated non-network show. The series was co-hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark (by the late 1980s, Owens and Clark appeared only occasionally, having made room for various guest hosts). A large stable of regular performers have been featured, including Louis M. ("Grandpa") Jones, Junior Samples, Jeannine Riley, Lulu Roman, David Akeman ("Stringbean"), Sherry Miles, Lisa Todd, Minnie Pearl, Gordie Tapp, Diana Scott, Cathy Baker and Barbi Benton.
#2919: HEE HAW
1974-09-07, WCBS, 52 min.
Roy Clark, Hugh Hefner, Buck Owens, Lester Flatt

June 15, 1969-September 7, 1969; December 17, 1969-July 13, 1971 (CBS); 1971-1992 (Syndicated). "Hee Haw" was a fast-paced mixture of songs, skits, blackouts, and corny jokes. A syndicated version of the show appeared; by 1977 it was the nation's number-one-rated non-network show. The series was co-hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark (by the late 1980s, Owens and Clark appeared only occasionally, having made room for various guest hosts). A large stable of regular performers have been featured, including Louis M. ("Grandpa") Jones, Junior Samples, Jeannine Riley, Lulu Roman, David Akeman ("Stringbean"), Sherry Miles, Lisa Todd, Minnie Pearl, Gordie Tapp, Diana Scott, Cathy Baker and Barbi Benton.
#2929: HEE HAW
1974-11-09, WCBS, 52 min.
Roy Clark, Barbi Benton, Hugh Hefner, Boots Randolph, Buck Owens, Mickey Gilley

June 15, 1969-September 7, 1969; December 17, 1969-July 13, 1971 (CBS); 1971-1992 (Syndicated). "Hee Haw" was a fast-paced mixture of songs, skits, blackouts, and corny jokes. A syndicated version of the show appeared; by 1977 it was the nation's number-one-rated non-network show. The series was co-hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark (by the late 1980s, Owens and Clark appeared only occasionally, having made room for various guest hosts). A large stable of regular performers have been featured, including Louis M. ("Grandpa") Jones, Junior Samples, Jeannine Riley, Lulu Roman, David Akeman ("Stringbean"), Sherry Miles, Lisa Todd, Minnie Pearl, Gordie Tapp, Diana Scott, Cathy Baker and Barbi Benton.
#5436: SENSATIONAL, SHOCKING, WONDERFUL, WACKY '70S, THE
1980-01-04, WNBC, 104 min.
Carol Burnett, Woody Allen, Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Kenny Rogers, Donna Summer, Steve Martin, Ted Knight, Olivia Newton-John, Hugh Hefner, Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Barry Manilow, Crystal Gayle, O.J. Simpson, Sonny Bono, The Captain & Tennille, Bill Bixby, Leif Garrett, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Evel Knievel, Brandon Cruz, David Sheehan, Kate Jackson

A retrospect of the people, events, music, and trends of the last 10 years. Dick Clark and Sonny Bono co-host.
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