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That Show With Joan Rivers: 1-3 [Import]

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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Film Chest Company
  • Release Date: Feb. 21 2012
  • ASIN: B006OT0TYS

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Time Capsule of 60s TV talk show with great River's monologues March 5 2012
By Steven I. Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Fans of 1960s TV and fans of Rivers' early days as a standup comic will find this "time capsule" fascinating, though there are some dull moments too.

As pointed out in an earlier review here by Terry Richard, Rivers had a daily 30-minute LOCAL TV "talk show" in New York in 1968, produced by her late-husband Edgard Rosenberg (who had sense to store copies of the videotapes for the future). Being in NYC, Rivers had access to many well known personalities who came through the City and each day she'd pair one of those "personalities" with an unknown expert on a subject that might interest the daytime audience. The "expert" was the focus of the discussion with the "personality" joining Rivers in asking questions. And the "personality" was not chosen as a "match" for the subject. It was just whoever was available that day.

Every show had the same format - not unlike what continues today on "Regis & Kelly" (now just Kelly) or "Ellen": Rivers would do a monologue (rarely on the day's "topic"), then introduce the "expert" and finally introduce the "personality". They would chat for maybe 15 minutes and then the audience (which looks a lot like Kelly's audience if she did her show 45 years ago). Commercials have been removed.

This set contains 18 episodes on three DVDS from a six-week period August - September 1968. Even though they are presented chronologically, you can see how Rivers changed her hair-do nearly daily.

The subjects covered are listed in Richard's review so I won't re-hash them. But the "guests" include Jerry Lewis - (arguing with a child psychologist about raising kids in show business - Lewis's son Gary was having a pop music career at that point)), Soupy Sales (with an "etiquette" expert) and Johnny Carson (with the head of a nudist retreat. Other "personalities" include Joel Grey, David Susskind, gossip columnist Earl Wilson, actresses, Kitty Carlisle, Carol Lawrence, and Nancy Walker plus many more).

The monologues are pure early Rivers and - at least for me - these were the highlights. But it was fun to go "back in time" and watch these COLOR episodes that are in pretty good shape visually too!

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Classic Time-Line of the Late Sixties" Jan. 30 2012
By Terrance Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Long before she became a houshold name as one of the funniest and most controversial comediennes of all-time and before she hosted her 1990's daytime chat fest, Joan Rivers had her very first daytime talk show in the 1968-1969 televison season which was syndicated to most NBC stations. Although only lasting one year "That Show with Joan Rivers" is available now in this 3-disc DVD set after being originally released in three different individual sets.

"That Show" featured some of the biggest names of the day in showbiz, everyone from Johnny Carson, Florence Henderson, ED Sullivan and Soupy Sales and Joan was her old self, the one with the mouth that wasn't afraid to say what was on her mind. Each episode covered a certain topic in which both Joan and her guest discussed.

The series was broadcast over most NBC-owned stations at 9:30 am Eastern for a half hour was became a huge success. However, half way through the season many stations began airing "That Show" at different times of the day to compete with soap operas, game shows and other afternoon fare. As a result "That Show's" ratings plummeted and Joan, fed up with the bad numbers and being exhuasted, decided to call it quits.

The episodes have never been seen on television since it went off the air in 1969. Since the shows themselves are being released in volumes I would suspect that if sales are good more volumes will be made available.

The following is a list of topics covered in each volume:

Volume 1 covered "Nudism", "Interior Decorating", "Natural Childbirth", "Children in Show Business", "Women's Hats" and "Social Director".

Volume 2 covers "Cosmetic Surgery", "Etiquette", "Are You In Shape?", "Hypnosis", "Catering", and "Teenagers Today".

Volume 3 has "Does Your Child Love You?", "The Jetset", "Do You Need A Maid", "Fan Magazines", "Speed Reading" and "Men's Furs".

"That Show..." has been cleaned from their original network prints, comes in full screen and has mono sound.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Time Capsule! May 29 2014
By Myster E - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't know this existed until I happened to see it here on Amazon. Joan's comedic skills were just getting honed on this talk show. The lineup of guests makes it worth it. Carol Lawrence (when she was married to Robert Goulet), Jerry Lewis, Johnny Carson and Soupy Sales just for starters. The topics of discussion weren't all that interesting but the old footage of these legends makes it worth it. Definitely recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 12 2014
By Todd Kimbrough - Published on Amazon.com
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This arrived today and I've been watching it all day! It's a must for any Joan fans.

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