THE CONCLUDING CHAPTER OF CRAWFORD
"Art Linkletter's House Party"Duration: 30 minutes Premiered: January 22nd, 1968Episode Synopsis: Joan begins her appearance by talking with Linkletter about her career with Pepsi-Cola, and her film career. She also discusses her children.
Linkletter then moves on to his "Kids Say The Darnest Things" segment.
Webmaster's Note: After reviewing this appearance, Joan sounds nervous and inebriated.
This television appearance was made during a period of time when Joan was notorious for appearing in public and on television while under the influence of alcohol. This appearance, if recorded live, which was customary for "Art Linkletter's House Party", was two days following Joan having filmed her scenes for
"The Lucy Show". During Joan's filming of "The Lucy Show", she was reportedly drinking during rehearsals and appears inebriated at various points throughout the episode. According to Joan Crawford historian "Billie Cassin", this exists today only in audio format.
"The Bob Hope Show"Duration: 60 minutes
Premiered: October 15th, 1958
Premiered: October 3, 1960Episode Synopsis: This was the premiere episode of season 10. Also on this episode are singers Patti Page and Bobby Darin. During Joan's appearance, she and Bob Hope share a monologue where he compliments her glamour, and she mentions Pepsi-Cola and her most recent film "The Best of Everything". Joan also mentions her 'upcoming film' "Return To Peyton Place" (of which she later backed-out).
"Ceasar's Hour"Premiered: March 2nd, 1957
Episode Synopsis: This television show was hosted by Sid Ceaser. Joan makes a guest appearance on the show along with actress Ingrid Bergman and Rock Hudson.
Both Bergman and Hudson receive a "Look" magazine award.
"The Dupont Show Of The Week"Episode: "The Ziegfield Touch"Duration: 50 minutesPremiered: October 1961 (NBC)Episode Synopsis: Joan hosts this show, which details the history of the Ziegfield theater. Joan is shown throughout the show as she adds commentary between footage clips.
Production: In early July 1961, the show's producer. William Nichols. signed Joan to narrate and host “The Ziegfeld Touch” on the “Dupont Show Of The Week”.The episode was originally scheduled to air on Sunday, November 26, however, it airs on Sunday, October 28 1961. The program was originally slated to be filmed in color, however was filmed in black and white.
"The Hollywood Palace"Duration: 60 minutes
October 9, 1965 Appearance:Episode Synopsis:
Season 3, Episode 4: Joan greets the audience and she is shown throughout the episode introducing each act performing.
Among those performing is singer Jack Jones (Joan's godson), singer Joanie Sommers (who at the time was the 'voice' of Pepsi-Cola, with her singing voice featured in most of their television advertisements) and comedians Allen & Rossi.
The episode concludes with Joan reciting "A Prayer For Little Children", written by Milton Geiger.
Joan has four wardrobe changes during the episode.
Joan signed her contract for this episode on June 18th, 1965 (she was paid $10,000.00 for her appearance).
Click here to view Joan's contract for the episode.
Joan taped her appearance for the episode on September 24th, 1965.
April 22, 1967 Appearance:Episode Synopsis:
Season 7, Episode 29: Joan acts as the episode's host, and greets the audience at the show's opening.
Later in the episode, Joan performs a comedy skit with Tim Conway, and she concludes the episode by reading "The Dreamer" by Milton Geiger.
Joan recorded her scenes for this episode in early February 1967.
"The Lucy Show"
Character: Joan Crawford (A fictionalized version of herself)
Episode: "Lucy And The Lost Star" (a.k.a. "Lucy And Joan Crawford")
Duration: 30 minutes
Premiered: February 26, 1968 (CBS)
After Lucy and Vivian have car trouble and have to seek help at a nearby house, they discover Joan Crawford (portraying herself) in an empty house scrubbing the floors. Unbeknownst to Lucy and Vivian, Joan is happily cleaning her own house preparing for new furniture to be delivered, however they think she's broke and has had to sell all of her belongings.
Later that day, Lucy and Vivian go to see Lucy's boss Mr. Mooney (Gale Gorden) to ask for his help in assisting Joan become a star again. They decide to deliver to Joan a "Good Samaritan" package of groceries to her, and to pretend they don't know who she is as to not offend her with the gift of groceries. While delivering the groceries, they ask her to perform in a charity show at the local playhouse, thinking it will help her to get film work.
In the play, set in a 1920s speakeasy, Joan dances the Charleston before being shot by her rival "Rusty" played by Lucy.
The following morning, Lucy, Vivian and Mr. Mooney go to Joan's house after hearing how successful the play was with encouragement to her that she should now be able to get new film offers. Joan informs them she doesn't need to work and that she's not broke.
Cast & Crew:
Joan Crawford - Herself
Lucille Ball - "Lucille Carmichael"
Vivian Vance - "Vivian Bunson"
Gale Gordon - "Theodore Mooney"
Lew Parker - "Joan's Agent"
It's reported that Lucille Ball caused much distress to Joan during the show's production, and insisted on firing Joan and replacing her with Gloria Swanson.
According to Ball, she endured Joan arriving late to rehearsals, and drinking vodka on the set.
Webmaster's Note: Ball accused Joan of drinking alcohol excessively while on the set, which in the opinion of this Webmaster, Joan was most probably engaging in doing. Upon viewing of the episode, Joan slurs her speech in several scenes, and does appear inebriated throughout the episode.
"Startime"(a.k.a. "Ford's Startime")Episode: "The Talent Scouts Program"Duration: 60 minutesPremiered: February 23, 1960 (NBC)Episode Synopsis: Joan appears on the program as a "talent scout" sponsoring actress Colleen Dewhurst. Joan and Dewhurst had not previously met each other in person until this episode. Joan mentions during the episode that she had seen Dewhurst on television and was impressed with her acting. Other celebrities who appear on this episode are; Ethel Merman, Tommy Sands, Hugh Downs, composer Richard Rodgers (Of Rodgers & Hammerstein)
and Maureen O'Hara.
"The Tim Conway Show"Episode: Season 1. Episode 1Duration: 50 minutesPremiered: September 30, 1970 (ABC)Episode Synopsis: Joan Crawford guest stars along with Dick Martin in a variety of comedy sketches. Tim Conway opens the show by introducing Joan and his other guest star Dick Martin. In Joan's first sketch, she portrays "Lilian Abbot" a stage actress who is stuck with an enamored fan (Tim Conway) who doesn't want to leave her dressing room. After trying several tactics including signing his autograph book and telling him she needs to change clothing, she entices him to leave by having him follow a picture of herself out of the room. He sneaks back in for a moment to leave an autographed photo of himself. In Joan's next sketch, she's a passenger on the "Last ChooChoo To China". She, along with with her fellow passengers (Conway and Martin) are all attempting to find a passenger carrying either microfilm, the Klopman Diamond, or the Maltese Falcon. In closing, Tim Conway recites an antidote of when Joan sent him a congratulatory letter on the birth of his 6th child.
Production: This was the first episode of the show.
Joan filmed her scenes for this program during the week of September 7th, 1970.
Comedy & Variety Shows
(Listed In Alphabetical Order Due To Joan's Appearance On Some Programs Being More Than Once)
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