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ARE THERE ANY ALAN KING FANS AMONGST US?
In the spring of 1976, little items started popping up in the papers. Here are two from Variety (weekly) 282 no 9, Wednesday, 7 April 1976, p 4, and 282 no 11, Wednesday, 21 April 1976, p 4:
That was the quiet beginning. Then things started to happen. Witness this little item from The Titusville [PA] Herald of Saturday, 24 April 1976 (TV Preview section, p 3):
On Monday, the 3rd of May 1976, there was a little more, for instance this tiny little excerpt from a press release that appeared from The Bee in Danville, Virginia (TV Showtime section, p 7):
Then the plans changed. King and his coproducer Rupert Hitzig did not head back out for Europe until September, as we see from this announcement in Variety (weekly) 284 no 8, Wednesday, 29 September 1976, p 4:
This special was probably shot in early October, for that is about when other reports started dribbling into the press. Let’s take a look at Earl Wilson’s syndicated column as it appeared in The Doylestown Daily Intelligencer of Wednesday, 13 October 1976, p 38:
The early/mid-October date is confirmed by a listing in the weekly Variety on Wednesday, 20 October 1976, p 4, from which we learn that Alan King must have just finished taping his special and had just returned to his Manhattan office:
So far this doesn’t seem to interest us too terribly much. But then wait a minute! What’s this that we read in Variety (weekly) 284 no 13, Wednesday, 3 November 1976, pp 39, 60?
Then there’s more in The Abilene Reporter-News of Friday, 26 November 1976, p 8B:
Of course, Alan King never just comes back. That would be too anticlimactic. He comes back with witticisms. Here is a syndicated quote as it appeared in The [Benton Harbor MI] Herald-Palladium on Friday, 3 December 1976, p 7:
This special was just a small piece of a much larger plan. See Daily Variety 173 no 63, Friday, 3 December 1976, pp 1, 8:
Then there was this strange little story,
but it doesn’t make any sense.
But did any of this bear fruit? Yes indeed! The morning before the première broadcast, Daily Variety (volume 175 number 14, Thursday, 24 March 1977, p 8), which had apparently gotten an advance screening or a screener, published its review:
Oh well. Here are some sample listings for the actual broadcast on Thursday, 24 March 1977. Here are two examples among countless other listings: The Sun in Lowell, Massachusetts (Sunday, 20 March 1976, TV Section’s Thursday listings, p 10), and The News in Lima, Ohio (Thursday, 24 March 1976, p 7):
Now doesn’t that begin to sound interesting? This special was called an ABC Wide World Special. A few stations (for instance, in Alaska) taped it and delayed the local broadcast by a week or more. One such station was in Canandaigua, New York, as we learn from The Daily Messenger of Thursday, 31 March 1977, p 10, which names yet another interviewee:
This ABC Wide World Special was given a single repeat broadcast toward the end of the year, on Thursday, 8 December 1977. Here is how the listing appeared in The Wisconsin State Journal in Madison (Sunday, 4 December 1977, TV section, Thursday listings, p 14) and in The Syracuse Herald-Journal (Thursday, 8 December 1977, p 48):
No mention of Malcolm or Tinto in these later listings.
Was this a
This program has never been issued on home video and is not available in any archive.
The Paley Center (Museum of Television and Radio) does not own a copy and has no record of the show.
The UCLA Film and Television Archive does not have a copy.
USC does not have a copy.
The Library of Congress does not have a copy.
The National Archive does not have a copy.
And of course it’s nowhere mentioned at IMDb.
ABC does not possess a copy of this program and has no record of it anywhere in its files.
So this was definitely a separate production that was licensed to ABC for a two-time broadcast.
The day after the second broadcast the master tapes were returned to the copyright owner,
and that would have been
Another lead might be
Rupert Hitzig, who is still active.
RAI TV maintained
Now, SOMEBODY must have taped this at home or at school.
I’ve been making discoveries.
I mean, did you know that the first consumer videotape recorder was put on the market in 1963?
Yup. The contraption was nine feet long, weighed 900 pounds, and could be purchased
So, we know when the production of this program was first announced, we know what companies coproduced it, we know the names of a number of the people involved. Now let’s find this bloody thing!!!!!!!
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