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Fun but short. Sound quality is poor.
on February 16, 2005
In 1974 Johnny claimed this episode as his favorite show, the trouble was that the tapes of pre 1972 shows had been erased by NBC. Because of that, this was never included in his anniversary specials. Then a color kino-scope 16mm print was discovered at the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service archives. This was great news!
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.