Sept. 18, 1967: Sid Caesar, Liza Minnelli
The edited version of this one is really heartbreaking. It's the second aired episode and a very young Liza Minnelli is one of the guests. Carol announces she will be on and says "I don't know where she
|Liza Minnelli with Carol|
Fortunately, while looking for pictures of Liza and Carol on Google, I found YouTube clips of four of Liza's appearances on Carol's show. From deductive reasoning, I figured which segments went with which shows, so this really was a reconstruction--the original intention of this series of posts. During this episode, Liza solos on Randy Newman's "The Debutante's Ball," which she sang on her first album. She also does a beautiful medley of songs containing the word "time" in the title with Carol.
Jan. 1, 1968: Lynn Redgrave, Mike Douglas
This was actually the first taped episode of the entire series, but it did not air until New Year's Day, 1968, perhaps so that the company could have a Christmas holiday. Redgrave stars in a hilarious
|Carol, Lynn Redgrave, and Harvey|
Feb. 5, 1968: Liza Minnelli, Jack Palance
This is Liza's second appearance on the show and once again she is cut out of the MeTV version. Palance plays a gangster and Carol is his efficient secretary, taking dictation while rival hoods are beaten up ("Was that UGHH! or AAHH?," she asks as she takes notes.) YouTube clips reveal Liza's musical contributions, both really entertaining and showing her amazing vocals just as she's coming into her own and developing her own style separate from her mother's. She sings two contrasting numbers the comic, retro "Ballad of Butterfly McHart" and the nostalgic "The Happy Time" from the Broadway musical of the same name. For the finale, Carol and Liza are decked out in clown costumes and sing "A Big Beautiful Ball" by John Williams and Johnny Mercer while the chorus jumps around with hula hoops. This marvelous number is reminiscent of Liza's duet in clown gear and white face makeup with her mother on the latter's short-lived variety series.
Feb. 3, 1969: Vince Edwards, Chita Rivera
|Carol and Vince Edwards sing the title song from|
"To Each Her Own Tears"
|Chita, Vince and Carol in a musical number cut |
from the MeTV/Amazon version
In the second act, Vicki takes Carol's baby and Carol becomes the mistress of Lyle, leading to endless heartache and misery for Carol. The fake movie ends with Vince as Carol's son seeming to acknowledge her as his mother (shades of To Each His Own, The Big Lie, The Old Maid) and then ignoring her and kissing Vicki. Carol kicks Chita's cane in anger.
March 10, 1969: John Davidson, Ross Martin
|The first Alice Portnoy sketch|
|Ross Martin and Carol in The Helen Feidelbaum Story|
More reviews and commentary to come.