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#693: LES CRANE SHOW, THE NEW
1964-08-03, WABC, 62 min.
Robert Preston, Les Crane, Celeste Holm, Harry Belafonte, Ricardo Montalban, Mel Brooks

The Premiere Pilot show on National Nighttime ABC Television is broadcast. Les Crane's guests include Harry Belafonte, Ricardo Montalban, Robert Preston, Celeste Holm and Mel Brooks, who does a satirical recap of tonight's broadcast. 

   
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.                       
#1009: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
1966-11-06, WNBC, 78 min.
Jimmy Durante, The Smothers Brothers, Lewis Carroll, Nanette Fabray, Judy Rolin, Roy Castle, Robert Coote, Richard Denning, Ricardo Montalban, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Palance, Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers

This special musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic stars Judy Rolin, Roy Castle, Robert Coote, Richard Denning, Nanette Fabray, Ricardo Montalban, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Palance, Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, and Jimmy Durante as "Humpty Dumpty."
#5189: DANNY THOMAS HOUR, THE: BLOCK PARTY
1967-04-12, WNBC, 52 min.
Jimmy Durante, Jane Powell, Danny Thomas, Lawrence Welk, Vic Damone, Sammy Davis Jr., Ricardo Montalban, Dennis Day, Myron Floren

September 11, 1967-June 10, 1968. An all-purpose hour hosted by Danny Thomas. Presentations include musical programs, comedy and variety hours, and filmed dramas. Of the series' 22 shows, only 6 were taped and devoted to variety, comedy or musical specials.

A variety program recreating the old fashioned block party, with various ethnic groups represented.
#4606: SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR, THE
1967-11-05, WCBS, 52 min.
Diahann Carroll, Ricardo Montalban, Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, The First Edition

February 5, 1967-June 8, 1969. "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" was a breath of fresh air, but to CBS the Smothers Brothers seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong things to say.
#15903: 'BEAUTIFUL PHYLLIS DILLER SHOW, THE "
1968-10-20, CBS, min.
Phyllis Diller, Ricardo Montalban, Kate Smith, Glen Campbell

Hostess: Phyllis Diller.                                                              
#1311: BEAUTIFUL PHYLLIS DILLER SHOW, THE
1968-10-20, WCBS, 45 min.
Kate Smith, Rip Taylor, Ricardo Montalban, Phyllis Diller, Glen Campbell, Jacikie Kennedy, Jackie Onasis

September 15, 1968-December 22, 1968. This program was interrupted by a news bulletin announcing the wedding of Jackie Kennedy. Variety hour hosted by Phyllis Diller, featuring Norm Crosby and Rip Taylor. 

NOTE: Program interrupted for news bulletin and report of Jackie Kennedy Onasis' wedding. The Phyllis Diller Show does not return.            
#5438: SINGERS, THE
1969-09-08, WABC, 52 min.
Jonathan Winters, Edward G. Robinson, Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Dick Martin, Ricardo Montalban, Phyllis Diller, Frankie Laine, Michele Lee, James Farentino, Cliff Robinson

A music & comedy special which includes 14 performers, wild visual interpretations of perfectly normal tunes and the producing talents of Mel Torme.
#1649: CAROL BURNETT SHOW, THE
1971-02-08, WCBS, 52 min.
Carol Burnett, Ricardo Montalban, Mama Cass Elliot

September 11, 1967-August 9, 1978. Popular variety hour hosted by Carol Burnett. On her own show, she brought together a group of talented supporting players: Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, and Dick Van Dyke.
#5472: A SALUTE TO OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
1972-07-03, WCBS, 52 min.
Desi Arnaz Jr., Robert Stack, Milton Berle, Dinah Shore, Leslie Uggams, John Raitt, Burt Lancaster, Helen Hayes, Celeste Holm, Johnny Mercer, Harve Presnell, Jean Fenn, Ricardo Montalban, Ray Walston, Janet Blair, Miyoshi Umeki, Larry Hagman, Yaphet Kotto, Ryan O'Neal

A star-studded salute to a great lyricist - Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960). Originally taped in April 1971 at the University of Southern California.
#5971: SALUTE TO A COCKEYED OPTIMIST
1972-07-03, WCBS, 54 min.
Desi Arnaz Jr., Robert Stack, Milton Berle, Dinah Shore, Leslie Uggams, John Raitt, Burt Lancaster, Helen Hayes, Celeste Holm, Johnny Mercer, Harve Presnell, Jean Fenn, Ricardo Montalban, Ray Walston, Janet Blair, Miyoshi Umeki, Larry Hagman, Yaphet Kotto, Ryan O'Neal, Oscar Hammerstein II

A star-studded salute to a great lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960). Taped in April 1971, at the University Of Southern California.
#16951: SALUTE TO OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN 11
1972-07-03, CBS, min.
Robert Stack, Milton Berle, Celeste Holm, Leslie Uggams, Burt Lancaster, Ricardo Montalban, Dinah Shore, Ryan ONeal, Helen Hayes, Oscar Hammerstein 11, John Raitt, Miyoshi Umeki, Johnny Mercer, Jean Fenn, Janet Blair, Harve Presnell, Larry Hagman, Desi Arnaz Jr, Yaphet Kotto, Ray Walston

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 
                                                  
#7524: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
1973-11-22, NBC, min.
Jimmy Durante, Roy Castle, Robert Coote, Richard Denning, Ricardo Montalban, Jack Palance, Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Judi Rolin, Nannette Fabray, Agmes Moorhead

Musical adaptation of the classic by Lewis Carroll. Alice attempts to become the queen of Wonderland by making a visit to the Royal Castle.     

Originally broadcast on November 6th, 1966.                  
#4725: SONNY & CHER COMEDY HOUR, THE
1974-02-13, WCBS, 52 min.
Ricardo Montalban, Sonny & Cher, Teri Garr, Billy Van, Ted Zeigler, Peter Cullen, Freeman King, Murray Langston, Jeanette Nolan, 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.
#4713: SONNY & CHER COMEDY HOUR, THE
1974-03-06, WCBS, 52 min.
Sally Struthers, Ricardo Montalban, Sonny & Cher, Jim Nabors, Teri Garr, Billy Van, Ted Zeigler, Peter Cullen, Freeman King, Murray Langston, Jeanette Nolan, 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.
#8837: MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW, THE
1976-03-08, SYN, 54 min.
Mike Douglas, Ricardo Montalban, The Hudson Brothers, Alexander Golitsyn, Norman Dell, Jerry Green

1963-1982 (SYNDICATED). Mike Douglas hosted one of television's longest-running talk shows (19 years). Each week Douglas was joined by a different co-host. In 1967, "The Mike Douglas Show" became the first syndicated talk show to win an Emmy Award.

Broadcast from 1963-1978 in Philadelphia Broadcast from 1978-1982 in Los Angeles Guests are The Hudson Brothers and Ricardo Montalban. Mike Douglas in Hollywood, broadcasting from Universal Studios. Mike and co-host Ricardo Mantalban take the Universal Studios Tour which includes passing by many iconic motion picuture sights including the "Psycho," house and a Mexican village. The Hudson Brothers joins the group and burst into song. Special effects artist, Alexander Golitsyn describes examples of films using special effects. The most popular attraction on the tour is the parting of the Red Sea from the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille film "The Ten Commandments." Norman Dell explains how special effects are done. Jerry Green describes how movies are scripted providing Mike Douglas a scenario which he follows along as an actor. A Tour Of Universal Studios. NOTE: This broadcast, airing in New York, was broadcast as a 60 minute program. Depending where in the country the syndicated MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW broadcast the program was aired unedited, running 90 minutes, or edited airing 60 minutes. The ending of this television audio air check including commercials ends abruptly omitting three commercials and Mike Douglas' closing remarks.
#10131: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1976-11-24, NBC, 90 min.
Liberace, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Leo Durocher, Don Rickles, Ricardo Montalban, Dr Joyce Brothers

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

Guest Host: Don Rickles.
#9693: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1977-01-13, NBC, 90 min.
Johnny Carson, Buddy Rich, Ricardo Montalban, Doc Severinsen, Penny Marshall

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970s, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

Johnny's guests are Ricardo Montalban, Buddy Rich, and Penny Marshall, who talks about growing up in the Bronx in the 1950's and her current hit TV series, "Laverne and Shirley." Doc Severinsen fills in for Ed McMahon.
#10034: ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO JIMMY STEWART
1978-12-07, CBS, 60 min.
Carol Burnett, Shirley Jones, James Stewart, John Wayne, Fred MacMurray, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, Angie Dickinson, Elizabeth Taylor, Ricardo Montalban, Rich Little, Robin Williams, Farrah Fawcett

An all-star cast pays tribute to actor Jimmy Stewart.            
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