The premiere of this series of late-night talk/variety programs, hosted by Dick Cavett, featuring interviews with newsmakers and people in the political and cultural forefront. On this program, Cavett's guests include actor/comedian Woody Allen, opera star Beverly Sills, educator Jacqueline Wexler, and actor/playwright Robert Shaw. Cavett opens the program with a monologue in which he jokes about how peculiar it feels to be back on late-night television, why the network is privately worried about the show, and how nice the snowfall has been in New York City the last few days. Cavett then welcomes Woody Allen, who discusses the following topics: why he didn't wear his white sneakers for the program; how his work in the comedy "Play It Again Sam" has been going; whether he is bothered by the recognition he receives on the streets from fans; his feelings about nudity on the stage; his New Year's resolutions; and how he feels about the Nixon administration, particularly Vice President Spiro Agnew. Next, Beverly Sills performs a number from an opera. She then joins Cavett and Allen to discuss the following topics: what her upcoming career has in store; whether she feels that some people are born with naturally beautiful voices that need little training; her family life; and how she feels about the rock 'n' roll generation and some of the popular music groups. Cavett's next guest, Jacqueline Wexler, joins the group and discusses the following topics: her appointment as president of Hunter College in New York City; why she favors the controversial open admissions policy; the controversy over her educational position; how she would handle a student uprising; and her transition from being a nun to becoming a college president. Cavett's final guest is Robert Shaw, who comments on the following topics: the backlash over the most recent play he wrote, "The Man in the Glass Booth"; the difference between joking about people from America and joking about people from England; how he earned his reputation of being an "unruly" actor in his youth; how he feels about most of his performances; the difficulty of abandoning his English accent for certain roles; how alcohol has been a part of his professional life for many years; and the birth of his eighth child. Shaw then sings "Someone I've Already Found" from from the upcoming Broadway musical "Gantry." Includes commercials, promos, and a public service announcement.

(Cavett hosted several talk shows under the title "The Dick Cavett Show," which aired on ABC from 1969 to 1972, on PBS from 1977 to 1982, on the USA network from 1985 to 1986, and on CNBC from 1989 to 1995. During 1973 to 1975, the show aired irregularly as part of "ABC's Wide World of Entertainment." Other versions of "The Dick Cavett Show" include a variety series on CBS in 1975 and a talk show on ABC in 1986.)

Cataloging of this program was made possible by The Marc Haas and Helen Hotze Haas Foundation, 1998.


  • DATE: December 29, 1969 Monday 11:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:26:00
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:05854
  • GENRE: Talk/Interviews
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV series, 1969-1972
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    • Jack Rollins … Executive Producer
    • Tony Converse … Producer
    • Richard S. Kline … Associate Producer
    • Leonard Friedlander … Associate Producer
    • David Barnhizer … Director
    • Dixie Marquis … Researcher
    • David Axelrod … Writer
    • Tom Whedon … Writer
    • Bob Cunniff … Writer
    • Sandra Harmon … Writer
    • Raymond Siller … Writer
    • Bobby Rosengarden … Music by, Conductor
    • Dick Cavett … Host
    • Woody Allen … Guest
    • Robert Shaw … Guest
    • Beverly Sills … Guest
    • Jacqueline Grennan Wexler … Guest
    • Barney Martin … Talent, All laundry detergent commercial
    • Spiro Agnew