The David Frost Show

CBS (ended 1972)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 209

    July 7, 1972

    Aired 7/7/72

  • S 4 : Ep 208

    July 6, 1972

    Aired 7/6/72

  • S 4 : Ep 207

    July 5, 1972

    Aired 7/5/72

  • S 4 : Ep 206

    July 4, 1972

    Aired 7/4/72

  • S 4 : Ep 205

    July 3, 1972

    Aired 7/2/72

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Frost


  • Billy Taylor Orchestra


  • Julie Christie


  • Tiny Tim

    Guest Host

  • Dr. Joyce Brothers


  • show Description
  • The David Frost Show was hosted by British political satirist David Frost. The show originated in New York and ran 90 minutes (depending on the local stations, it was sometimes cut to one hour). His guests ranged from actors and musicians to lawyers, doctors and politicians. Critics thought the acerbic Frost had sold out, but soon realized that wasn't the case. His manner of interviewing, while sometimes off-putting gave an edge and an insight to the interviewee which was lacking on other talk shows. In the words of Peter Heller, "He is like a bemused and slightly undernourished bird of prey transfixed by a being it finds too fascinating to attack". His catch-phrases ranged from Marvelous! Smashing! Terrific! and It's been a joy having you here! The show ran for three years and during this time David also had a weekly variety program in England and jetted back and forth between shows. This became a great storyline and was used in Here's Lucy television show as an episode, starring David Frost himself, with the Billy Taylor Orchestra providing music. Produced by the Westinghouse Group, The David Frost Show, got its start when Merv Griffin left the afternoon and evening syndication for a late-night network run on CBS, making room for Frost's program to fill the gap. When Merv returned, Frost's program folded.moreless

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  • Notes (24)

    • After a series of successful specials called David Frost Presents earlier in 1969, David takes over Merv Griffin's afternoon slot on July 7th, 1969.

    • David Frost's entire approach is different, he is more of a reporter than is Merv. He is a bit tougher with his guests. Adam Clayton Powell was not too happy when the 45-minute interview was over. Frost's" first interview with Steele was fun. Steele is well known as a practical joker and he described in some detail some of his more elaborate jokes. Following a song by Cleo Laine who was hardly identified, Frost introduced his second and final guest, Adam Clayton Powell. For nearly 45 minutes Frost and Powell jousted, with the sharp-tongued and sharp-witted Frost backing Powell up against the wall over and over again.

    • Patrick Gordon Campbell was an Irish journalist, humorist and television personality who had a serious speech impediment which enhanced his comedic appeal to the public.

    • Bat McGrath and Don Potter was more a folk roots duo, their one album was unsuccessful and each pursued an individual career.

    • Other site lists March 17, 1970 as the airdate.

    • Repeat programs of The David Frost Show aired on July 1st (guests Rod McKuen, Jim Brown and Henny Youngman), on July 2nd (64 sets of identical twins) and on July 3rd (Tony Bennett, Dyan Cannon, Gilbert Price, Clement Freud).

    • Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley was a jazz alto saxophonist, his brother Nat was a jazz cornetist, pianist Bobby Timmons and bass Walter Booker.

    • Last program of Season 2.

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    Trivia (8)

    • On September 14th 1969 a special aired called, David Frost Presents: The London Theatre. The 60 minute special spotlights such performers as Sir Laurence Olivier, Nicol Williamson, Sir Alec Guinness, Lynn Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Frank Finlay, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Robert Stephens and Georgia Brown in scenes from the dramas, comedies and musicals that have brought new meaning to the legitimate theatre. Highlighting the program is a rare guest appearance by Lord Snowdon.

    • Actor Harve Presnell was a co-star of Clint's in the movie Paint Your Wagon, he played the character 'Rotten Luck Willie'.

    • World boxing Champion Ali (Clint often tells the story of Ali taking him down to the basement area of a chat show they were once both on and asking him to 'Give him that look and tell him he's got 24 hours to get out of town') This was that show.

    • Frankie Laine who also appeared on this program was the singer of Clint's tv series Rawhide.

    • Mrs. Welthy Honsinger Fisher was born in Rome, New York in 1879, she devoted her life to teaching overseas after learning that nearly 90% of the children in India were illerate. She founded Literacy House and served as its Honorary President from 1959 until her retirement in 1978 at the age of 99.

    • WAC Brigadier General Elizabeth P. Hoisington, became the first Women's Army Corps (WAC) officer promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and one of two women to be the first to reach that status.

    • Bobby Bloom had one hit song in 1970 "Montego Bay", he died in 1974 from depression and an accidental shooting.

    • Apollo 14 was the eighth manned mission in the Apollo program and the third mission to land on the Moon. Launching on January 31, 1971 over 100 pounds of moon rock was collected for seismic studies. Module pilot Stuart Roosa took several hundred seeds on the mission and many were germinated on return resulting in the so-called "Moon Trees".

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Creepy Host.

    By crazyrhythm, Sep 28, 2005