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    Frankie on "The Jackie Gleason Show" (1969)

    "And awaaay we go!"

    Four decades before widescreen high-definition televisions, DVDs, DVRs and streaming, TV viewers had three primary options: commercial networks ABC, CBS and NBC. On Saturday, April 5, 1969, these were the programs that kicked off that evening's national prime time schedule:

    7:30 PM
    ABC: The Dating Game
    CBS: The Jackie Gleason Show (60 min.)
    NBC: Adam-12 (final first-run episode of Season 1)

    8:00 PM
    ABC: The Newlywed Game
    NBC: Get Smart (repeat)

    As Ed Sullivan's show had been synonymous with Sunday night on CBS, so was The Jackie Gleason Show with Saturday night. In early 1969, Gleason's program was in the seventh season of its variety format that had begun in 1962, and the third season of its color incarnation. The April 5th broadcast featured The Honeymooners' sketch "Norton Moves In," Orson Bean, Victor Borge, Ray Milland (surprise guest), Sonny Sands, and Frankie.

    For his segment, Frankie opened with Lionel Bart's "Consider Yourself," a song from the hit stage musical Oliver! The film version had premiered six months earlier.

    Source: YouTube

    "Consider Yourself" was followed by brief banter during which Jackie complimented Frankie on the 10-week summer replacement TV series that he had co-hosted with Joey Heatherton in 1968: Dean Martin Presents The Golddiggers.

    The banter led to a parody of "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down On The Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?" as "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down On The Farm (After They've Seen TV)?" The song was originally written by Walter Donaldson, Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young.

    Quote Originally Posted by War And American Popular Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia by Paul Holsinger
    Though intended to be funny, the song, which appeared in 1919, only a few months after the conclusion of the war in Europe, ironically zeroed in on a very real problem facing the United States as it rushed hurriedly toward the so-called Roaring Twenties. American innocence was, in the aftermath of World War I, unquestionably gone, and the nation's youth, whether because they had seen "Paree" or not, were no longer content to stay "down on the farm." They demanded more, and the country was never the same again.
    The "After They've Seen TV" parody employed topical references to Zsa Zsa Gabor, Peyton Place, Tiny Tim, Lucille Ball, Dean Martin, and FS.

    Source: YouTube

    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewT View Post
    Frankie's April 5, 1969 episode of The Jackie Gleason Show was recently released as part of Time Life's The Jackie Gleason Show In Color: 10-DVD (20-hour) box set / 25-DVD (70-hour) deluxe edition.

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Life
    • 27 never-before-released episodes of The Jackie Gleason Show IN COLOR

    • Including Honeymooners sketches that haven’t been seen since they first aired!

    • Guest stars include Milton Berle, Jack Benny, George Burns, Lucille Ball, George Gobel, Bob Newhart, Tony Bennett, Gene Kelly, Martha Raye, Mickey Rooney, and many more!

    • The rare TV special with Jackie and Julie Andrews - Julie & Jackie: How Sweet It Is. Julie even plays Ed Norton in a Honeymooners sketch!

    • A Bonus DVD of Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roast of Jackie. His good friends team up to take him down and Jackie loves every minute of it.

    • And a 20-Page Collectible Book with rare photos and original scripts!

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    Thanks for the information. Jackie was a genius, and went back to the early days with Frank. A quote of his about those days is a great commercial for Jack Daniels: "Back when we were poor and wanted to get roaring drunk, Jack Daniels always got us where we wanted to go."

    Around the same time, Frankie and Nancy also appeared on the Smothers Brothers. Wonder if there's anything available on that episode.
    Out of the tree of life, I just picked me a plum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Szulczewski View Post
    Around the same time, Frankie and Nancy also appeared on the Smothers Brothers. Wonder if there's anything available on that episode.
    Nancy and Frankie collaborated on two Smothers Brothers episodes: April 30, 1967 and February 18, 1968. Neither one has been released on DVD yet, but here's the performance of "Somethin' Stupid" from their first show.

    Source: YouTube

    Last edited by AndrewT; 02-20-2019 at 08:26 AM.