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A Great Dick Cavett Show

June 15, 2016

A truly amazing Dick Cavett Show from 1972, I believe aired yesterday on Decades, the fine newer cable channel.

Mr. Cavett’s guests were William Holden, Sammy Davis Jr. and film critic Judith Crist.

Ms. Crist aired progressive views concerning the movie rating system at the time, calling for eased restrictions but certainly not in any way encouraging what might be inappropriate.

The conversation held so long ago especially in terms of attitudes illustrates how far the pendulum has swung the other way, perhaps and I believe too far the other way.

William Holden talked of the precious animals being senselessly hunted in Africa and told a great story illustrating Bob Hope’s great, quick wit.

Mr. Davis the consummate entertainer of course was a fabulous guest. His song “The Candy Man” was on the top hits music charts. Additionally he talked of how great the All In The Family cast and experience was for him and I add for us.

That was groundbreaking, great television and Sammy Davis’ legendary kiss to Carroll O’Connor’s “Archie Bunker” is a seminal moment in television history.



The great Sammy Davis Jr. pictured above.

Click below to view Sammy singing “The Candy Man” live in front of an audience in Germany. The song was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

Sammy Davis Jr The Candy Man


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