Saturday, May 5, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
A reader adds the details: "There was a parade of guest hosts on The Tonight Show between Paar and Carson. Jerry Lewis was scheduled for one week during the summer. It proved to be so wildly successful, he was held over for a second week, bumping Hugh Downs. That was that. I saw them all. Jerry's Tonight Show stint led directly to his five-year contract for the two-hour weekly The Jerry Lewis Show on ABC, live Saturdays in prime time, starting fall 1963. That program, unfortunately, was a dismal failure and the five years were reduced to only 13 weeks."
Dick Cavett, a stay over from Jack Paar, remained a Tonight Show writer during those limbo months, and when Carson was named permanent Tonight Show host in October, Cavett went with Lewis to work on his new show.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
According to the Leonard Maltin Guide: "Zotz! (1962) 87m. ** D: William Castle. Tom Poston, Julia Meade, Jim Backus, Fred Clark, Cecil Kellaway, Margaret Dumont. Goofy attempt at humorous chiller with Poston a teacher who finds strange coin that gives him mystical power over others." This footage contains three William Castle film trailers. The first is for Mr. Sardonicus (1961), the second is Tom Poston in Zotz! (appearing approximately three minutes in) and the last is for Homicidal (1961).
Peter Marshall, the host of The Hollywood Squares from 1966 through 1982, wrote in his autobiography that Bert Convy was the only man he truly hated. He found him to be an arrogant scumbag or something to that effect. He also had disdain for Dan Rowan of Rowan and Martin because he had apparently stolen comedy material from Peter in the 1950s when Rowan and Martin were first starting out. Peter Marshall had been in a modestly successful comedy team with Tommy Noonan. They even made a couple crap movies together like The Rookie (1960).
The female panel contains a woman Tom Poston was very familiar with, Jayne Meadows, the wife of Tom's one-time employer - Steve Allen.
Just go ahead and smack her, Tom! Below is Tom Poston sitting in his familiar panel seat on To Tell The Truth. He comes in at approximately the four minute mark.
And don't forget about Tom Poston together with David Letterman on this episode of Mork and Mindy.