LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: THE GARRY MOORE SHOW: Behind the Scenes When TV Was New by Herb Sanford

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: THE GARRY MOORE SHOW: Behind the Scenes When TV Was New

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear--daytime TV in the early Fifties: improvised props, low budgets, dipsy comics, zany giveaways, and Garry Moore with his faithful sidekick Durward Kirby. Herb Sanford produced these frolics which ran for eight years, five days a week. Among the ""regulars"" were Carol Burnett, Don (""Would you believe?"") Adams, Morgan the doleful basset hound, Jonathan Winters, and British zoologist Ivan Sanderson. The irregulars--who somehow seem livelier--included Blondie the lady lioness, a chicken that played the shell game, an African marabou stork. The most memorable prize was Durward Kirby, crated and shipped via Railway Express. The critters were supplemented by such wonders as a pugilist, a stripper, a human canonball, a herpetologist. Jazz musicians like Marian McPartland and Hoagy Charmichael did the odd spot; from time to time gourmet dinners were held. A good time was had by all. Sanford, a genial sort, remembers the wholesome, unpredictable fun. Take it away, Herb.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Stein & Day