Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Atlantic City Holiday or Jayne Mansfield's From Venus



Found this one while digging through old TV GUIDES. Listed on IMDB as if it were a simple variety special with all of the stars playing themselves, this "Spectacular" ( as they called them waaaay back in the day) sounds much more interesting in this ad. Sex Symbol Jayne Mansfield had just done her breakthrough role in THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT and apparently appeared here as an alien from Venus protected by boxer Rocky Graziano as a fellow Venusian! Comic Jack Carter and singer Polly Bergen guide the pair through 90 minutes of full color (and that was a big selling point to those who could afford color sets!) acts from Atlantic City including Bill Haley and the Comets! I’m betting this show has never been seen again unless one of the Museums of Television and Radio has a copy. Carter was never a favorite of mine as a stand-up but always enjoyable as a character actor—often a villain—in sixties and seventies TV. He was a pretty good panel game show member also and is still around today. Polly Bergen is also still around having recently turned up on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES after a long and successful sideline career in cosmetics. Did anyone reading this ever actually SEE this intriguing show? Something tells me it was more about the Zanies and the diving horse than any of the potentially really cool stuff.

3 comments:

sam kujava said...

I've always thought of Jack Carter
as ubiquitous. He just seemed to
show up on any variety of programs,
no matter the decade! So after your
mention of him in this special that
I've never seen, I went to the IMDB
and looked Carter up. His resume
is staggering. He is listed as appearing in television as early as
1949(!) and as recently as in an
episode of ER from the 2005-2006
season! Is this some kind of record
for performing longevity? Even Betty White is a piker compared to
Jack Carter!
Wherever you are, JC, take a bow!
Being a working TV actor for almost
60 years is praiseworthy, indeed!

Rick said...
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lisa_mynx said...

um... is jack carter smoking a doobie?