The Jack Paar Collection: Featuring the PBS Documentary Smart Television: The Best of Jack Paar & Two Bonus Discs. Jack Paar.
The Jack Paar Collection: Featuring the PBS Documentary Smart Television: The Best of Jack Paar & Two Bonus Discs

The Jack Paar Collection: Featuring the PBS Documentary Smart Television: The Best of Jack Paar & Two Bonus Discs

Shout! Factory, 2003. DVD, 3 disc Boxset. Item #900319

3 discs, 384 minutes of classic television entertainment, Introduction Paar Excellence by Tom Shales

Disc 1 - Jack Paar: Smart Television

Acclaimed 2003 PBS documentary profiling one of the most controversial and provocative personalities in the history of television: Jack Paar, the man who created the template for TV talk. Highlights include:

Fidel Castro Interview (February 2, 1959) – from Cuba shorty after the Cuban revolution and the only known interview in which Castro speaks in English

The Beatles (January 3, 1964) – The group is introduced on American television (a month before their appearance on Ed Sullivan)

Wood Allen Comedy Sketch (January 24, 1962) – “The Inferiority Complex”

Senator John F. Kennedy Interview (June 16, 1960) – A spontaneous and illuminating interview with JFK prior to the Democratic Convention and presented here in full for the first time since the original broadcast

Oscar Levant Montage – After a controversial comment on TV in 1960, Paar was the only host who would invite the irascible and erratic pianist/composer to appear

Judy Garland and Robert Goulet (December 6, 1962) – and the affair of the mixed cue cards

Jack Paar Says Goodbye (June 25, 1965) – the hosts complete farewell speech from the final program

With special clips featuring the Smother Brothers, Richard Kennedy, Dick Cavett, Jonathan Winters, Regis Philbin, Hugh Downs, Hal Gurnee, Ali & Liberace, Judy Garland, Bette Davis & Jonathan Winters

Bonus Disc 2 – Complete Interviews and Jack’s Favorite Monologues (1962-1965). Interviews with Richard Nixon (3/8/63), Cassius Clay/Liberace (11/29/63), Billy Graham (12/13/63), Barry Goldwater (1/31/64), Robert Kennedy (3/13/64

Bonus Disc 3 – Full Episodes

November 16, 1962 – with Bette Davis, Jonathan Winters & Gisele MacKenzie

May 8, 1964 – with Richard Burton, Bill Cosby and Arthur Godfrey.  Plus bonus footage of Burton’s famous performance as Hamlet on Broadway

December 11, 1963 – from London with Judy Garland, Robert Morley and Randolph Churchill

Fine set.

Price: $20.00

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