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The Milton Berle Show 

Amidst a huge publicity blitz by ABC-TV (including an iron-clad, long term contract) and considerable speculation as to whether he could win over the Baby Boomers as he had their parents, ... See full summary »
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Milton Berle ...  Self - Host 9 episodes, 1966
Irving Benson Irving Benson ...  Self / ... 5 episodes, 1966
Donna Loren ...  Self / ... 4 episodes, 1966
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Amidst a huge publicity blitz by ABC-TV (including an iron-clad, long term contract) and considerable speculation as to whether he could win over the Baby Boomers as he had their parents, entertainment legend Milton Berle attempted a prime-time TV comeback with this comedy-variety series taped at the Hollywood Palace theater. Unfortunately, high budgets and big-name guest stars couldn't lure viewers away from competing shows, primarily the hugely successful "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." The program was cancelled after one season, and Berle, despite numerous guest appearences on other shows over the ensuing three decades, never had a regular series again. Written by Bob Sorrentino

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The first episode of this program featured Richard Harris' singing debut, even before the release of the film version of Camelot (1967). Harris was a guest on the program, and he sang "The Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha". See more »

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Not really a bad comeback attempt for Uncle Miltie
12 June 2020 | by bpatrick-8See all my reviews

Maybe "The Milton Berle Show" wasn't "Texaco Star Theater," but then again, television was new in 1948 and Berle was about the most "visual" thing on it, what with his physical brand of comedy. Eighteen years later, variety shows were a dime a dozen but Berle's show wasn't any worse than the others of the time. In one show I've seen, acerbic talk-show host Joe Pyne confronts Berle as a motorcycle type straight out of Marlon Brando's "The Wild One"; on the same show, Adam West as Batman, and Van Williams and Bruce Lee as the Green Hornet and Kato, appear in a sketch in which Berle is cast as a bad guy on both their shows (he had played Louie the Lilac on "Batman") and goes back and forth from set to set, getting pummeled every time. I can't say the guest list is so bad; yes, many of the guests, such as West, Williams, and Lee, are stars of ABC shows, as are Phyllis Diller and David Janssen, but there are also top names like Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. And there's a place for popular rock acts of the mid-'60s, such as regulars Bobby Rydell and Donna Loren, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. If there is a problem it's the same one Ed Sullivan was having by this time, trying to appeal to both sides of the generation gap. Still, you can't fault Uncle Miltie for trying to keep up with the times.


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9 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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