The Mike Douglas Show (1963)
- Syndicated via Group W Television
- February 11-15, 1963
Mike Douglas was a daytime television legend. Rosie O'Donnell credited Mr. Douglas with having a huge influence on her talk show style. Mike Douglas' show began on KYW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1960's. He continued to broadcast entertaining shows which combined talk and songs well into the late 1970's.
Mike Douglas invited Barbra to be his co-host for an entire week on his nationally syndicated talk show in 1963, which taped in Cleveland, Ohio. “We gave her the first significant, prolonged, national TV exposure, that is, during hours when the majority of viewers were awake.”
Mike remembered in his memoire I'll Be Right Back: “She was brilliant. We kidded around, doing Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald duets* in costume. We got down on the floor and played a game she'd played as a child — kind of tiddlywinks with bottle caps. Those shows were classics.”
[* “Sweetheart, Sweatheart, Sweatheart”]
Like many early television shows, Douglas' episode tapes were erased or recorded over. In fact, he sued Westinghouse for the loss of the tapes.
Below is a set of photographs from one of the Douglas shows with Streisand. In the photos, an exercise instructor gets Douglas and Streisand to join her doing some calisthenics.
Below: Streisand with jazz trumpeter Jonah Jones, and Mike Douglas.
Finally, below is another animated set of photographs of several guests on the Douglas show, with Barbra sharing the microphone:
Please email me if you have audio recordings of these shows that you'd like to share!
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