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The Jack Paar Tonight Show 

Tonight Starring Jack Paar (original title)
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1962   1961   1960   1959   1958   1957  
Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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 Himself - Announcer / ... (1,090 episodes, 1957-1962)
Jose Melis ...
 Himself - Bandleader / ... (1,026 episodes, 1957-1962)
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 Himself - Host (810 episodes, 1957-1962)
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29 July 1957 (USA)  »

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(1957-1960)| (1960-1962)

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Parr announced he was quitting the show in 1962. Possible successors had been rumored before because Parr was so often close to quitting. Johnny Carson's name would always come up because he had so smoothly filled in during occasional assignments as guest host. After a short winnowing process that included a tryout performance in which Carson's stand-up act electrified an audience of advertising executives at the Greenbrier resort in Virginia, NBC had a clear choice. Carson had already turned down the job once fearing following a figure of national fascination like Parr amounted to professional suicide. Carson did accept the job when NBC came back a second time, but a contract with ABC committed him to "Who Do You Trust" for 26 more weeks. NBC was willing to wait: the network was sure it had the right man. See more »

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Jack Paar: [Jack Paar's last words as host of The Tonight Show, calling to his dog sitting in the audience] Come on, Lika... we're going home.
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Timeless
23 December 2004 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

Today in late night Television we have so many choices. Its almost limitless when you consider digital cable and TIVO.

A long long time ago when late night TV might have consisted of an ever glaring, Indian Head test pattern along with a One Kilohertz Tone, there was The Jack Paar Show. This show evolved from the Steve Allen " Tonight" show which had its source from the Colgate Comedy Show in the early fifties.

Quite unlike any show now or then we have the eccentric character Mr Jack Paar himself. Mr Paar can be seen in a few films of the late forties and was really known for very little else. In 1957, however, Paar launched what was to become a staple of late night TV. He had a cast of regular characters along with some of the most brilliant and witty personalities of the 20th Century!

From authors like Alexander King to the bizarre and brilliant Oscar Levant, all payed visits and just talked with Paar and friends. A Truly amazing show with a sincere following that did not let up till the last show in 1962.

This DVD set show us how fascinating these times were and is a window in time for TV viewers to recall ( if they are old enough) how unique and entertaining one could be by being.....oneself.

Evocative, Timeless and Claustrophobic and when was the last time those three words were used to describe anything on television.

Charles Pope


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