The Sounds of Lost Merv with Jack Benny and Montgomery Clift
Original Airdates: June 28-30, 2019
TVC 455.1: Steve Randisi, author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, joins Phil Gries for Part 3 of our Sounds of Lost Television tribute to the critically acclaimed NBC daytime talk show that Merv Griffin hosted between October 1962 and March 1963. Highlights include a clip from Merv’s interviews with Montgomery Clift—one of the actor’s few appearances on a daytime talk/variety show—and Jack Benny. The latter segment reveals why the iconic comedian chose for his onscreen persona to remain age thirty-nine.
Why Merv Ended His Long-Running Daytime Show
TVC 455.2: As long as we’re in a Merv Griffin frame of mind, Ed plays a clip from longtime radio personality Sam Yates’ interview with Merv from the 1990s in which the talk show icon reveals why he left television in 1986 after twenty-four years.