After the multiple award winning(Emmys and Peabody Award) "Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall" it was obvious that Carol should leave the cast of The Garry Moore Show. She didn't want to, but as the unselfish Moore told interviewers, it was best for her to take advantage of her sky-rocketing popularity. She was simply too talented to be anyone's second banana.
This special was a fine follow-up to the Carnegie Hall triumph. Robert Preston was at the height of his "Music Man" fame, and was was terrific as her co-star. Her writers provided him with the hilarious song "I Died For A Living", about his lengthy career movie career playing the ill-fated rival to the likes of Gary Cooper. (His most memorable demise was via an octopus).
It's a disgrace that Carol Burnett's first TV specials, including her wonderful "Once Upon A Mattress" (with its original cast, especially her prince, Joe Bova) have never been released on DVD. Also, someone should produce a set of Carol's highlights from The Garry Moore Show.
Lovers of great comedy, including Carol's legion of admirers, should not have to travel to New York's Paley Center to be able to see them.
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