CBS (ended 1967)
Date: 26 May 2006
Subject: Steve Allen interview on TVgameshows.net
Steve Beverly has posted an unpublished interview with Steve Allen done in 1997. Steve talks about how he got on WML, the "breadbox" question, the tribute shows for both Dorothy and Fred, the end of the show, and lots of good stuff. - Rob
I wasn't sure I'd be a fan of Steve Allen hosting IGAS but I'm laughing even more than I was with Garry Moore. Now I love Garry Moore; he's one of the all time legends of this genre but a genuine wit like Steve Allen is perfect for this show.
I thought that his wit would overtake the show but it's perfectly in synch with the proceedings. The moment in the segment with the young Gilbert and Sullivan expert comes to mind. Steve is asking her to announce what song she hears being played by Norman Paris. During the third question, the piano begins to push into the little expert's body. She tells Steve that the piano's pushing. In a flash Steve speaks as if she's correctly guessed the next song by announcing, The Piano's Pushing by Norman Paris. The sustained laughter and applause by the audience and the panel in finding the quick witted humor of the moment is one of many reasons why Steve Allen was one of the greatest and fastest minds in the medium. I'm so delighted to see these rare broadcasts.
|When Steve Allen says, "Goodnight boys," who is he talking to? Is he talking about the troops, the men in the audience, a boy scout troop? Who? Does anyone know?|
He's talking to his three sons that he had with his first wife, Dorothy Goodman. It's sweet.
Dorothy Goodman (Married 23 August 1943 - divorced 1952) 3 children
Did anyone else notice Steve's distinct annoyance with Victor Borge and Wally Cox while Bennett was away the last few episodes? I noticed it especially during Victor Borge's second appearance; it was particularly evident towards the end, and in his goodbye comments ("good night boys, and hurry back, Bennett.")
Neither were particularly good at the game, and didn't seem like they were really trying that hard.