The Mike Douglas Show

Season 15 Episode 190

Week of May 30, 1977

Aired Weekdays 12:30 PM May 30, 1977 on
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Week of May 30, 1977
From Dubuque, Iowa on the set of "F.I.S.T.", Mike's guests are actor Sylvester Stallone and his brother Frank Stallone, director Norman Jewison, actress Melina Dillon and actor Henry Wilcoxon.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • As Mike Douglas took a seat next to Sylvester Stallone and began an interview, Stallone hit the horn of the old car. The loud "a-oo-ga, a-oo-ga," that followed startled Douglas and brought more laughs. "That was funny," said Douglas. "We'll keep that in."

        Then Stallone explained to Douglas that he plays a character named Johnny Kovak who witnesses the injustices done to laborers and truck drivers and sets out to organize them into a powerful union. He said the film's major strike and fight scenes will be shot at the building.

        As the conversation droned on, so did the Ford's old motor - and it started to get hot. Stallone had been trying to shut it off unobtrusively for several minutes.

        Finally Stallone, who never seems to be able to deny an impulse, stood up in the car and yelled to crewmen: "Get me an elephant gun. We've got to kill this motor."

        "I used to have one of these," said Douglas. "Just put it in gear and step on the brake and the motor will die."

        Stallone did and the car lurched, then went silent. And the interview went on.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Mike Douglas: Can you really do pushups with one arm?

        Sylvester Stallone: At the risk of destroying my credibility as a serious actor ...

        (and got down on the dirty cement driveway and did a series of pushups with his right arm, then another series with his left. Then he did some more with both arms with a series of hand claps between.

        Mike Douglas: Sorry I doubted you. said Douglas.

    • NOTES (2)

      • This episode was rerun August 25th, 1977.

      • The taping for The Mike Douglas Show took place at the old downtown manufacturing building in Dubuque, Iowa where some of the film's principal scenes are being shot. The film follows the labor movement of the 30s, 40s and 50s.

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