I can still remember watching this show with my family. Out of all the specials he ever made, it is my favorite; some of the troop shows were a little too sad for me.
Up until yesterday, I wasn't quite sure of the month and year of its airing. I thought it was November of 1989, but according to this site, it was February 17, 1990, which makes sense. During the commercial break, I saw the trailer for The Phantom of the Opera with Charles dance and Teri Polo, saying it would air on NBC in March. The reason they were coming out with POTO movies one right after the other was because people couldn't get in to see Michael Crawford; it was always sold out. I love those movies though. Morgan Fairchild played Mayor Karen Wilton in the film, "Phantom of the Mall: Erik's Revenge." This show marks my official start of being a Phantomaniac, after hearing Michael Crawford sing Music of the Night with Dale Kristen. He had just given up the role in 1989, and appeared on Bob Hope's show as a guest. I thought, "What a beautiful guy this is, without makeup! What a talent! I wonder what else he's done?" This and the "Founding Fathers at the signing of the Declaration of Independence" sketch were my favorites: Bob as George Washington said something to the effect of, "Sticking a feather in my cap and calling it macaroni." Michael Crawford as Ben Franklin? said, "That used to be one of my favorite freedoms!" Someone said, "Oh, well, at least we can have a guest President." Which lampooned Johnny Carson.
He lampooned The Dating game and The American Family Sweepstakes. Bob and Morgan Fairchild have just won the $50,000,000 sweepstakes, and are walking around, throwing money at people, like it's just paper. He throws some at John Forsythe, saying, "Go buy yourself a new name!" The Batman movie was also lampooned. Superman, Batman, the Joker, and Lois Lane meet in a bar. Something is said about if a man drinks a certain drink with a maraschino cherry in it, he's labeled a sissy, and the name gets thrown around. At the end, the joker sprays something on the clasped hands of Superman and Batman. It turns out to be super glue. He and Lois Lane walk off together.
I hope someone is really going to release at least this one. I hope they don't "go crazy" and release the whole series. My VHS copy of the show doesn't work anymore because it's too old, and it's not on ioffer anymore.
While we're on the subject of POTO, I found a website called, www.playbill.com while googling the phrase, "When will The Phantom of the Opera with Michael Crawford be released on DVD?" They gave a date of May 3 of this year. Keep your fingers crossed. You never know about these DVD companies; they say one thing, then do another. They were bootlegging POTO and Dance of the Vampires on ioffer.
I wonder who owns the rights to Bob Hope's shows? Last I heard, it was his daughter, Linda. I tried to get in touch with her, but couldn't.
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