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Well now we know who was in the kitchen with Dinah, strummin' on the ol' banjo.
It's very odd to see Sinatra with that terrible wig on. At this point in his life he was wearing grey wigs to match his sideburns. He looks like he stuck his head in oil. I'm also waiting for him to start smacking Dinah for being ditzy. She just repeat everything he says. This could have made a great SNL sketch with Phil Hartman.
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
Dinah! was one of those great seventies shows, like Mike Douglas, where anything could happen. Every week, they had 7 and a half hours to fill, and there were no rules about who would come on. Have we all seen the clip of Gene Simmons on Mike Douglas with Totie Fields? Does PoeTV have the clip of Dinah with David Bowie and Iggy Pop? I'll check right after I post this, cause we need it.
Mike Douglas used to have guest co-hosts for the week, somebody incredible who would spend the whole five days, 90 minutes a day., hanging out with Mike. Rhino used to sell VHS of all five shows of Mike Douglas with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He spent a week with Louis Armstrong not long before he died, and on Friday, Louis sang a song thanking everybody. It felt like a conscious farewell, and a happy one. Amazing fucking stuff. We need a channel for these seventies talk/variety shows
But Dinah! was syndicated. This looks like a network show. I don't remember Dinah's Place, and I can't find it on her IMDB page.
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Dinah's Place was a 1970-74 NBC daytime series. This may have been a first-week episode:
The main problem with a seventies-era talk/variety show channel is wiping - Dinah!, being a syndicated show, might be easier to find, but networks tended to tape over shows to save money. I understand why networks did this, at the time - recording machines and broadcast-quality videotapes were expensive.
The networks also felt daytime/late-night programming was not worth archiving. Even if a complete run of Dinah's Place exists, the rights owners might not think there's enough of a market for it, and/or that it's not worth dealing with various union issues that might arise. It sucks, but those are the realities of commercial television.
John Holmes Motherfucker
It's not on her IMDB page! I just checked again! That's so weird!
I'm not that interested in the network show, anyway. It's the syndicated shows that were great in a way that you just don't see any more. They were freewheeling and relaxed at the same time.
Mike Douglas was Mr. No Personality, but his show was amazing. That may have been Louis Armstrong's last TV appearance, but either way, he was onstage for seven and a half hours during that week-long appearance, interviewing people and reacting to god knows what. Maybe that was the week Alice Cooper showed up? How could that possibly not be gold?
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