CAROL BURNETT SHOW, THE {KEN BERRY, RODDY MCDOWALL} (TV)

Summary

One in this series of comedy/variety programs starring Carol Burnett. This program features special guests Roddy McDowall and Ken Berry. The episode begins as Burnett takes the stage and chats with the audience, answering questions and greeting a fan who shares a birthday with Burnett's own husband. In the first sketch, a wife serenades her bumbling, pajama-wearing husband with "You Can't Turn Me Off (In the Middle Of Turning Me On)". Next, in an installment of "The Family," Eunice is excited by a visit from her successful writer brother Phillip, who is in town to receive an honorary degree and dine with the mayor. Thelma, however, is as unimpressed as ever with her son's significant accomplishments, and they soon descend into arguing as Eunice declares that her mother always favored her brother and ignored her own "pipe dreams." Next, an old-timey film clip depicts two billiards players' slapstick antics at a 1908 championship match, after which a soap-opera couple dramatically prepares to bid farewell to one another, though Alana grows annoyed when Claude nitpicks the "spontaneity" of his final glimpse of her.

Burnett then introduces "High Hat," a satirical homage to the Depression-era movie musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. In the story, the wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Travers arrive at the high-class Hotel Venice in 1935, preparing to introduce her "spunky" niece and his "devil-may-care playboy" nephew to one another, hoping that they will fall in love. When young Dale and Travis arrive and "bump into" one another, she mistakenly believes that he is her aunt's husband and immediately objects to his flirtatious nature, though he suspects that they will have "a swell romance" despite their dislike of one another. Elsewhere, the aunt and uncle have an overly-fragrant dinner by the canals, unaware that Dale and Travis have accidentally been sent to the same suite by the snooty concierge. Travis takes extra precautions to ensure that he does not "fall" for her, as per his doctor's orders, and though Dale is outraged to find him in "her" room, she privately admits that she is smitten by the "two-timing monster." Later, she informs her aunt that her husband is a "cad," though Hortense seems unconcerned, and Dale and Travis share a dance at their relatives' urging. Once they are all together, Dale realizes her mistake and declares her love for Travis, who immediately proposes. The busybody concierge quickly tells them about the hotel's marital services, and the movie concludes with a big dance number. Burnett then closes the show by singing her signature good-night song and adding McDowall and Berry's autographs to her guest book. Commercials deleted.

Details

  • NETWORK: CBS
  • DATE: January 8, 1978 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:50:43
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: B:59706
  • GENRE: Comedy/Variety
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Comedy/Variety
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1967-1978
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Joe Hamilton … Executive Producer
    • Ed Simmons … Producer
    • Robert Wright … Associate Producer
    • Dave Powers … Director
    • Roger Beatty … Writer
    • Rick Hawkins … Writer
    • Liz Sage … Writer
    • Robert Illes … Writer
    • James Stein … Writer
    • Franelle Silver … Writer
    • Larry Siegel … Writer
    • Tim Conway … Writer
    • Bill Richmond … Writer
    • Gene Perret … Writer
    • Dick Clair … Writer
    • Jenna McMahon … Writer
    • Artie Malvin … Music by
    • Stan Freeman … Music by
    • Ernest Flatt … Choreographer
    • Carol Burnett … Host, Cast
    • Ken Berry … Guest, Performer
    • Roddy McDowall … Guest, Performer
    • Vicki Lawrence … Cast
    • Tim Conway … Cast