Anyway, here is a rundown of the edited segments running on both platforms. Episodes already reviewed in the previous seven Carol Burnett blogs are not included, nor are those which can be found on the large DVD collections which will be reviewed later since there is access to the complete show on the DVD.
Oct. 23, 1967: The Smothers Brothers, Diahann Carroll, Richard Kiley
|Carol with Tommy Smothers|
Nov. 13, 1967: Richard Chamberlain, Gloria Loring, Kay Medford
|Richard Chamberlain as Rat Butler and |
Carol as Scarlett O'Fever in "Gone with the Breeze"
The only other sketch in this shortened edition is a Carol and Sis scene with Kay Medford as Roger's nasty sister visiting to care for her injured brother and insulting Carol. The exact same sketch was performed a few seasons later with Pat Carroll as the sister. Medford was best known for playing Barbra Streisand's mother in the film Funny Girl and embodying meddling Jewish mamas on numerous TV series such as The Dean Martin Show and Barney Miller.
Nov. 20, 1967: Martha Raye, Juliet Prowse
|Martha Raye in a tasteful, understated outfit|
Dec. 25, 1967: Sid Caesar, Ella Fitzgerald, Jonathan Winters
Jonathan Winters appears briefly at the top of this segment, pretending to stand in for Carol during the Q&A. Actually, it's a plug for his own CBS variety series. The actual guests were the legendary Sid Caesar and Ella Fitzgerald, the greatest singer of the 20th century, who is only seen at the end.
|Two comedy legends, Carol with Sid Caesar|
Caesar and Fitzgerald would be the guests again on a show in 1968. This segment is available in its entirety on The Best of the Carol Burnett Show DVD collection, another reason to get it.
April 29, 1968: Sid Caesar, Barbara McNair
Musical guest Barbara McNair at least gets to be seen in a brief sketch in this chopped-up episode. (I still don't understand why some shows have been split into two parts and we get most of the original, while others only preserve 22 minutes. Wouldn't they be getting more half-hours that way?) Anyway, McNair, an African-American songstress who replaced Diahann Carroll in No Strings and starred opposite Hal Linden in a revival of The Pajama Game, is featured in a spoof of I Spy called I Try. McNair and Burnett play female versions of Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, TV's first racially integrated espionage agent team. This short sketch was actually pretty daring for its time. The gag is this mixed duo is in more trouble in the segregated deep South than in the Middle East or Communist Russia. Lyle as a thug attempts to shoot McNair. After she has subdued him with karate, she asks, "All right, how did you know I was a spy?" He replies with a Southern accent, "A spy? I thought you was here to vote."
Caesar and Carol play broken-down silent-film stars with Caesar reprising the joke of having a high-pitched, unsexy voice and failing to understand why he didn't make it in talkies. The 22-min. segment is rounded out with Carol and Harvey as actors on a live TV melodrama tormented by drunken sound-effects man Lyle. This is another instance of a sketch being recycled. The same one shows up in a later season. Before endless reruns and streaming, I suppose the writers thought no one would remember a bit from a few years ago. The goodbyes feature Carol as the charwoman on a United Nations set which piques my curiosity.
More reviews to follow.