Johnny Carson - The Tonight Show: Return to Studio One, 3/6/69
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(Sep 10, 2002)
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This Classic "Lost" Episode of the Tonight Show is regarded as one of the most hilarious in television history. In March of 1969, Johnny Carson took the show on the road from its home in New York City to NBC's Studio One in Burbank, CA. When Bob Hope and Dean Martin decided to drop in unannounced, the antics that followed are now a part of show business legend!
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Sure, it would be great to have the full show transferred from the original videotape instead of film, but due to the network geniuses who made decisions back then, this is what's left of this show.
That being said, if you accept the fact that it is an imperfect version of this classic show, you will have a great time watching it. Not only is this the most complete Johnny Carson Tonight Show available to the public (hopefully that will change), but it really does leave today's talk shows in the dust. They were there to entertain, not just plug their latest projects. The legendary Bob Hope, Dean Martin, George Gobel segment is there in its entirety and is as funny as I had always heard it was.
I highly recommend this DVD. Keep an open mind and overlook its technical faults, and just sit back and enjoy what TV used to be.
The AFTRS kept all of their shows on half hour reels, so this show would have been on three reels. The trouble here is that the middle reel is still missing. 20 some minutes in you go to a commercial break while talking to Judy Carne, and then come back to Bob Hope sitting next to Johnny. Later Bob makes a quick reference to a "comedy sketch" which we never saw. Hopefully someday the missing reel will be found.
Another problem is the sound quality, it is so muffled at times that dialogue is hard to hear. Audio Engineers should have been able to clear this up some. I would suggest not listening to this from the small TV speakers.
Otherwise this is a MUST HAVE for any Johnny Carson - Tonight Show fan!
It IS the BEST show of the series, and it is even mentioned in the TV Guide Johnny Carson Tribute issue of 2/13/05.
George Gobel steals the show, and that's not easy with Bob Hope and Dean Martin on the sofa...
More and more TV shows previously thought to be "lost" are turning up in underground vaults around the country, so maybe there's still a little hope that we'll get more of Johnny from the 60's, but for the moment, this is a good start.