Variety series hosted by country/pop singer Glen Campbell.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1  
1972   1971   1970   1969  
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety that would become notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a string of successful hit records, Sonny and Cher attempted to take the movie world by storm. After they failed in that attempt, they regrouped and refashioned, blossoming into a ... See full summary »

Stars: Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Experimental sketch comedy.

Stars: Pat Paulsen, Billy Sands, Venetta Rogers
The Monkees (1966–1968)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The misadventures of a struggling rock band.

Stars: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork
Baretta (1975–1978)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The cases of maverick undercover New York detective Tony Baretta.

Stars: Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts
True Grit (1969)
Certificate: M Adventure | Western | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell
All in the Family (1971–1979)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner
The Jerk (1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis.

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading ... See full summary »

Director: Jessie Nelson
Stars: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, John Goodman
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Glen Campbell, Gerald Campbell, Shorty Campbell
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Himself / ... (30 episodes, 1969-1972)
Roger Carroll ...
 Himself - Announcer (21 episodes, 1969-1972)
John Hartford ...
 Himself - Backup Musician (21 episodes, 1969-1972)
Edit

Storyline

Former session guitarist Glen Campbell, who had shot to fame following a series of hit singles including "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Gentle On My Mind", hosted this easy-going musical variety series that aired on Sunday evenings on CBS. From Delight, Arkansas, Campbell was very congenial, and performed most of his hits when he wasn't picking his guitar or engaging in comedy sketches with his guest stars. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The delight of Delight, Arkansas - and all America - returns with more wonderful songs and fabulous guests. (season 2)

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 January 1969 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1971 John Wayne displayed a sense of humor when he appeared on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969) in his usual western screen costume, flashing the peace sign to the show's other guests that week, the then-hot rock band Three Dog Night. See more »

Connections

Featured in Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Ungentle on my mind.
30 September 2005 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

Glen Campbell was born a seventh son, but not otherwise lucky. Raised in grinding poverty in rural Arkansas, he parlayed his good looks and singing talent (and some hard work) into a formidable career. By 1969 it seemed as if Glen Campbell was everywhere, even giving an impressive dramatic performance opposite John Wayne in 'True Grit'.

'The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour' was originally packaged as a summer replacement for 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'. I saw the promo for this at a press screening in London, where the show's U.S. producers were hoping to sell the U.K. television rights. Campbell launched his series by making a guest appearance on the Smothers Brothers show: standing on their Television City stage, Campbell promised Tom and Dick Smothers that his new series would be unpredictable. This was the cue for several dozen pigs to rush out of the wings (pigs have wings?) and scurry onto the stage, bowling over both of the Smothers siblings and Campbell. Unfortunately, nothing this unpredictable happened on Campbell's series itself.

The transition was smooth enough, with the Smothers' writers Steve Martin and Rob Reiner -- not yet famous themselves -- doing script duties for Campbell's variety hour, the usual mixture of music and comedy. Campbell's ingratiating manner and fine singing voice took care of the musical aspects, but the comedy was rather dire. In one episode, Campbell wanted to plug his starring role in the forthcoming movie 'Norwood' (based on a novel by the same guy who wrote 'True Grit'). This was the excuse for an unfunny skit in a screening room, where Campbell intends to show us a clip from the movie but he's abruptly interrupted by Dom DeLuise, carrying the world's largest bag of popcorn. It turns out that DeLuise has a bit role in 'Norwood' (thanks for warning us!), and he wants Campbell to show us that clip. Then some terrible footage unspools, notable only for offering a brief glimpse of veteran actor Jack Haley.

The opening credits of 'Goodtime Hour' showed several travelling shots of rustic exteriors, over a vocal of Campbell singing his hit song 'Gentle on My Mind'. This sounds like a warmly romantic ballad until you pay attention to the lyric: 'It's knowing I'm not shackled by forgotten words and bonds, and the ink stains that have dried upon some line.' Those 'forgotten words and bonds' are the wedding vows, and those 'ink stains' are the signatures on a marriage license. This is a song about a guy who wants all the advantages of marriage without the commitment.

John Hartford, who wrote 'Gentle on My Mind', was among the house musicians for this series, and made occasional guest appearances here: in one of these, he demonstrated his ability to play tunes on his face by slapping himself in the cheeks while altering the aperture of his mouth.

I still cringe at memories of the *really* bad comedy on this series. One alleged skit depicted a female kangaroo (played by a male actor in a roo cozzy) singing 'Gentle on My Mind'. When she (he? it?) got to the line about the sleeping bag behind the couch, the kangaroo's joey (played by another actor in costume) popped his head out of the roo's pouch and said 'pouch'. Geddit? 'Pouch' instead of 'couch'? Ouch! Stick to singing, Campbell, and leave the comedy to others.


6 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
John Hartford and the Washing Machine Song coxj11
Western videos raney4
Closing Song udaman19
Didn't Stevie Wonder appear on episode 2.15 with Roger Miller? landry_john
Discuss The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page