Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Rat Pack Live at The Sands Hotel

The Rat Pack live at The Sands! What footage!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Phil Silvers Show and more ...

Here's an episode of The Phil Silvers Show from 1955 with special guest star Fred "Herman Munster" Gwynne. This was Fred's television debut and Nat Hiken would remember him when he cast Car 54 Where Are You? several years later.

Here's the opening for The New Phil Silvers Show that aired in the fall of 1963.

Nat Hiken wrote a made for tv sitcom-movie in 1960 called The Slowest Gun in the West. The send-up of the current western craze starred Phil Silvers and Jack Benny and also featured the great lazy-eyed character actor Jack Elam. Here we see Lee Van Cleef confront Silvers.

An episode of Dinah Shore's variety show, Dinah! with several guest stars including Phil Silvers.

Phil Silvers guest stars on The Dean Martin Show:

I couldn't find any other full episodes of Bilko on the internet so here are several random clips from The Phil Silvers Show that remain hilarious even out of context.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Password Plus (1979)

I love it when Allen Ludden talks about his "hole" and how women get stuck in it "all the time."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Joe Pyne Show (1966)

The beef box was a regular feature of The Joe Pyne Show in which beatniks and degenerates sitting in the audience could challenge the opinions of the all-American host, Joe Pyne. Sometimes the beef box simply consisted of old men complaining about the price of batteries, but many times it was old-fashioned Pyne versus the high-on-drugs youth of the sixties. If we needed to nominate the clips that qualify for "Best Ever" appearances here on Classic Television Showbiz, the previous Joe Pyne stuff would be right at the top of the list.

God, Pyne was such a dick. But so much more fun to watch than his descendents like Glenn Beck

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson with guest Ethel Merman (1979)

I don't know if it's true that "the older generation" despised Rock N' Roll when it became all the rage in nineteen fifties, but drive-in movies from that era seem to insist that it is so. If that was indeed the case ... how did the older generation justify the noise that was Ethel Merman? Here she appears with Johnny to promote her new disco album! The shrillest shrill that ever shrilled, Ethel Merman.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Password Plus (1979)

The password is ... LSD