Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 107
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June 2, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 107

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Rickles wins spot with NBC By Jay Fredericks Who says failure doesn't pay? In spite of the fact that he has flopped badly with shows on both ABC and CBS, NBC now has undertaken an expensive d e v e l o p m e n t program to make Don Rickles a television star. NBC is convinced -- despite all evidence to the countrary -- t h a t Rickles can be as popular as "The Waltons" and just needs the right vehicle to showcase his talent. These flirtings with flops are not entirely unknown out there in the cloud cuckoo land of television programming. How many shows did how many networks try Jerry Lewis out on before.'final- Iy, it sank in that the American television audience just d i d n ' t want Jerry Lewis? Doris Day was foisted off on the public for a number of seasons with a constantly changing cast of second bananas and backgrounds before CBS gave up attempting to make her a household word. James Franciscus, who hasn't had a hit show since his long ago second lead in the "Naked City" series, comes along almost every season in a new show which expires quietly when the 13 weeks contract period is up. Tim Conway, while w i l d l y popular as a guest on the Carol Burnett and Flip Wilson shows, is unable to carry a program on his own, but the networks keep trying. Paul Lynde, another fine comic who can add immeasurably as a guest to any comedy show, has yet to find his proper niche as a star but ABC hasn't given up hope. I don't think Rickles' peculiar brand of humor can be *». fte 9 to 5 Daily · Greeting Cards FOR ALL OCCASIONS NEW and USED · Paperback Books · Popular Magazine* ·Novelty Items · Tapes and Players I ·CASH PAID- For Used Paperback Books CIGARETTES al DISCOUNT CALL 342-9794 Sunday Solo Don Rirkhs. successfully transferred to television on a c o n t i n u i n g basis. He's very funny for a s h o r t p e r i o d b u t a f t e r a while, insult comedy becomes wearing. And for him to do anything else, they'll have to change Rickle's entire image which means he'd have to give up lucrative night club and personal appearance work. »· Oh how have the mightyly fallen department: A r t h u r O'Connell. who won an Oscar several years back as best supporting actor, is now seen regularly on television hawking for toothpaste. And Margaret Hamilton, probably best remembered as the Wicked Witch who terrified Judy Garland in the " W i z a r d of Oz," seems to confine her talents to spieling for a brand of coffee. They're probably unhappy except on payday. Let me strew it on the record that the worst -- absolutely the most infuriating -radio commerical now extant is the "Mr. Know It All" ad for the Ford Motor Co. Every time I hear them I yearn to grasp Mr. Know It All's neck -- as well as that of the smarty pants car dealer who calls him -- between my h a n d s and ask. as I squeeze and their eyes bulge o u t : "Do you k n o w how many pounds of pressure it takes to strangle a couple of idiots?" And cackle madly a la Vincent Price as they expire, gasping: "I didn't know that." NEED A GARAGE? CALL NATIONAL FIRST 12 YEARS EXPERIENCE Custom-Built Garage FREE WORK BENCH PEG Anchor Bolts. All Framing conforms to Building Code. Fully wood sheathed prime siding wood or steel overhead door. Concrete floor ond apron. Windows that open Hurricane proof interlocking roof. Service door. 100% Insured policy. Plates creosoted and bolted to concrete with '/?" x 6" bolts. 16x20 foot Quality Buih GARAGE HALF '1995. COMPLETELY INSTALLED 10! LO! FINANCING BANK TERMS ARRANGED introductory prite! ANYWHfRUN THf STATE OF W. VA. OUT OF TOWNERS CALL COLLECT-925-2590 NATIONAL PHONE 925-2590 S,-,-n,- from "H : ,ppvl) ;t vs." 8 ,,.,,,.. Tti,-s,lay. June 4 on ABC/TY. Free. ... take one! FOR CARFREE COMMUTING JUNE 8TH SCHEDULES WILL CHANGE... so don't get caught without one of our new easy-to-read schedules. Stop by one of these locations and pick up yours FREE, KANAWHA VALLEY BANK NATIONAL BANK OF COMMERCE BANK OF WEST VIRGINIA CITY NATIONAL BANK CHARLESTON NATIONAL BANK KANAWHA BANKING TRUST BANKOFST.ALBANS BANKOFDUNBAR CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK OF ST. ALBANS GUARANTY BANK COMMUNITY BANKING SAVINGS FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF BELLE BANK OF CROSS LANES CHEMICAL BANKING TRUST COMPANY FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SOUTH CHARLESTON CHARLESTON CITY HALL STATE CAPITOL KANAWHA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF WELFARE WEST VIRGINIA STATE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE KANAWHA COUNTY COURT HOUSE KRT HEADQUARTERS S. SPENCER MOORE PUBLIC LIBRARY CALL 343-7586 FOR INFORMATION SHOWTIME, June 2; t l974\ f -VA,,. . 7X,,

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