Friday, November 9, 2012
The Merv Griffin Show with guests Dennis Hopper and WIllie Mays (1971)
This - like so much talk show footage of its era - is compelling as heck. I could watch talk show footage from 1965 through 1975, every day, all day and never get bored. Man, can you imagine a cable channel with nothing but Paar, Cavett, Douglas, Griffin and Carson reruns? Throw in some Tom Snyder, Les Crane and Joe Pyne for good measure? This footage is of particular interest for you adherents of Peter Bisskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (which should mean all of you). Dennis Hopper talks about the reception of his notorious The Last Movie and interacts awkwardly with a panel that includes James Brolin, Willie Mays and Diane Baker. What a trip, man.