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The first host of The Tonight Show , as well as an actor, radio personality and star in his own right, Jack Paar was an early TV pioneer who brought Americans many of the century's most fascinating guests: President John F. Kennedy, Judy Garland, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen and other entertainers and public figures who graced his stage. 3 DVDs. 1957-1965/color-b&w/6 hrs., 40 min/NR/fullscreen.
Jack Parr kept a low public profile after turning over the reigns of The Tonight Show to Johnny Carson in 1962. Thus, his passing in January 2004, did not receive nearly the attention it deserved. The Jack Paar Collection restores the legacy of the talk-show pioneer who brought the art of conversation to the barren landscape of late-night television. But, I kid you not, it is an indispensable time capsule that preserves appearances and performances by politicians, personalities, and entertainers who shaped the 20th century. And Robert Goulet, too. Disc 1 of this three-disc set is an appreciation of Paar that combines vintage clips with reminiscences and insights from the likes of Regis Philbin, Hugh Downs, who served as Paar's announcer, Dick Cavett, one of his writers, and the Smothers Brothers, who were among the legendary performers who made their earliest TV appearances on the Tonight Show stage (there are hilarious clips featuring Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, and, from 1964, Kermit the Frog, then just a tadpole in local television).
As Paar demonstrated when he quit The Tonight Show after one of his jokes was censored, anything could happen. In one hilarious clip, he fouls up a Goulet-Judy Garland duet by mixing up their cue cards. Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales observes that, unlike predecessor Steve Allen and successors Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Jack Parr's Tonight Show combined "the edge of journalism and sparkle of showbiz." Then-Sen. John F. Kennedy was one of the first politicians who ventured into this more informal, unpredictable setting. There is amazing footage of guest Richard M. Nixon playing piano. Discs 2 and 3 present the master at work. Disc 2 contains complete monologues and guest interviews with Nixon, the boxer formerly known as Cassius Clay, Liberace, Billy Graham, and Robert Kennedy. Disc 3 offers three complete broadcasts, including a 1964 program with Cosby and Richard Burton (an added bonus is an embedded clip of Burton's towering performance as Hamlet). Forgive the obvious pun, but to watch Jack in his prime is to see why today's hosts are just not up to Paar. --Donald LiebensonSee all Editorial Reviews
Disk 1 features JFK Q & A, Ali, Richard Nixon on the piano, Judy Garland, a 1959 Fidel Castro interview (in English). Read morePublished 13 months ago by ellison
This collection edited out the years that I had a half-hour of the show to do as I wanted to. >>>I<<< brought in the the 6000 live audience not Jack. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robert Dias
Jack Paar is before my time, but I have an old soul and I like shows from the past. This was really the first time I got to watch Jack Paar and I really enjoyed his candid approach... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Fillis
Love this DVD. You don't see Paar on TV so it was a treat to watch this 1950-60 iconic comedian.Published on March 10, 2013 by Judy Cabito
After ordering Jack Paar - As I Was Saying...And More!, I decided to go ahead and order this three-DVD collection (it was cheap). Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by steve_manassas
The reason this is such a sad collection is because it's the ONLY collection we have of Paar, and the visual and audio quality stinks. Read morePublished on April 12, 2010 by Robert Barker
This one could have been better. alot of the material is repeated from one disc to another. That said, it did contain some real gems and I do recommend it to anyone who likes... Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Julie N.
I think some of the reviewers who were disappointed in this DVD may not be approaching this collection in the correct way. It is a souvenir of another time... Read morePublished on May 12, 2008 by Richard Dinsmore
A 3-disc set sampling the work and influence of this intellectual & philosophical 1950s/1960s talk show host. Read morePublished on February 2, 2008 by Tony Polito