The Dick Cavett Show

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (3)

  • Dick Cavett: The fact is I don't have an opening monologue tonight because the subject of the show is quite serious, and I figured why make it more serious with one of my monologues, so I thought I would just start in. You know, I guess, who my two guests are tonight; John Kerry and John O'Neill, and they belong to Vietnam Veterans Against the War on the one hand and Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace on the other. Both of them have been on my shows in the past. Not together, however. We did two shows a couple of weeks back on Vietnam veterans, and we picked a group of Vietnam veterans to talk about their various problems. This is a very touchy subject, as you know. The whole subject of this incites people to extreme feelings. We had an unprecedented amount of mail about those two shows. We really did. You always say unprecedented, but it was finally in this case. And all kinds of opinions, and just to show you a sampling of some of the reaction to that – it has something to do with how we've done tonight's show.

  • George Burns: I make a lot of money by not singing popular songs. In fact, Irving Berlin pays me twenty-five dollars a week not to touch any of his songs. During the holidays I’m not even allowed to whistle White Christmas.

  • Dick Cavett: (reading audience member's question from a card) "My wife just lost a filling. We are tourists. Would you recommend a dentist?" Definitely.

Notes (88)

  • News item from the New York Times: Dick Cavett may be the only Yale man to graduate to a daytime television show of his own. The writer of some of Jack Paar's monologues, among other TV literary contributions, further advanced his performing career by making his bow as host on This Morning from 10:30 AM to Noon over the American Broadcasting Company network. Dick Cavett's daily opus for housewives looks very much like a trial run of what might eventually be a show for night people, a route followed by Mr. Paar and Johnny Carson. In construction, This Morning is a carbon copy of the burgeoning confusion of talk shows that combine flirtations with weighty matters and straight entertainment. Dick Cavett struck a bold note in unveiling his program. His first guest was R. Buckminster Fuller, the doyen of the geodesic dome, who is more commonly seen as part of some in-depth study on Channel 13. Mr. Cavett, with wit and manner held the 72-year-old design engineer to a few sentences at a time, apropos of a woman's keeping a man dangling on a line like a trout on the ultimate obsolescence of politicians by technological advance. The program was enlivened by Mr. Fuller's contention that a woman is a baby factory and that a man's role is merely to press the right button. Dick Cavett was unusually gracious in questioning Patricia Neal on her recovery from a stroke and learning how to speak again. Without pressing the issue, he allowed the camera to show Miss Neal's radiance and good humor. He also chatted with Jack Albertson and Pat McCormick, comedians and also finessed the monologue of Jack E. Leonard. Dick Cavett who purposely makes light of his intelligence, but who clearly is a quick ad libber, could carve a niche for himself if the ABC minions do not insist on too many stars and allow him the stimulus and fun of talking to people in all walks of life. He has the virtue of being a good listener before phrasing his next inquiry. Dick Cavett's show ended with a desultory display of handling poisonous snakes, something Johnny Carson covered on his show only a few nights ago. Dick Cavett has enough on the ball not to be a copy cat, which he can control. But he also had enough commercial interruptions, which he can't.

  • Title of the series changes from "This Morning" to "The Dick Cavett Show".

  • Richard Lorber (20) and his uncle Ernest Fladell (42) both New Yorkers wrote a book together about their experiences when Richard moved in with his uncle in 1967. Their story was a featured cover of LIFE magazine in May 17, 1968.

  • Network rerun September 19, 1968.

  • Network rerun September 30, 1968.

  • Folk group Cashman, Pistilli and West consisted of Terry Cashman, Gene Pistilli and Tommy West.

  • This episode featured the controversial attack by Steinem and Breslin on Chicago's handling of the riots in which police overreacted and clubbed newsmen and innocent bystanders during the hippie riots.

  • The Dick Cavett Show aired a repeat on September 30, 1968 of the episode guest starring Julie and Tricia Nixon, David Eisenhower, Wally Cox, Jack Vaughn and Patachou. Original airdate unknown.

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Trivia (3)

  • Paparazzi photog Ron Galella asked Brando to remove his sunglasses for just a few pictures when Brando uncorked a right hook that broke his right jaw. The run in occured on Manhattan Street as Cavett and Brando were walking towards a Chinatown restaurant after taping ABC-TV's The Dick Cavett Show.

  • This was Katharine Hepburn's first live television appearance.

  • This was Katharine Hepburn's first live television appearance.