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Sammy's Visit 

The classic tale about the time Sammy Davis Jr. stopped by to visit the Bunkers. It begins with a briefcase he left in Archie's cab ... and ends with the kiss of infamy.

Director:

John Rich

Writers:

Norman Lear (developed by), Bill Dana | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself
Mike Evans ... Lionel Jefferson
Allan Melvin ... Barney Hefner
Isabel Sanford ... Louise Jefferson
Fay DeWitt ... Mrs, Haskell
Keri Shuttleton Keri Shuttleton ... Clarissa Haskell
Billy Halop ... Bert Munson
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Storyline

Archie comes home excited because while he was out driving his cab, one of his passengers was the legendary 'Sammy Davis Jr.' It seems that Mr. Davis left his briefcase in the cab and wants to come by the house to pick it up. Archie tries to keep the singer's visit under wraps but Edith can't help blabbing. First Lionel comes over, then his mother, then Barney Hefner. Finally, Sammy requests a picture with he and Archie and at the last minute kisses him on the cheek. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Tandem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Louise Jefferson will meet up again with Sammy Davis Jr. 12 years later on the Jeffersons ("What Makes Sammy Run?"), only to appear to be meeting for the first time. See more »

Quotes

Sammy Davis Jr.: If you were prejudiced, Archie, when I came into your house, you would have called me a "coon" or a "nigger." But you didn't say that, I heard you clear as a bell, right straight out you said: "colored".
Archie Bunker: Yeah, that's what I done, all right.
Sammy Davis Jr.: And if you were prejudiced, you would, like some people, close their eyes to what's going on in this great country that we live in. But not you, Archie, your eyes are wide open. You can tell the difference between black and white. And I have a deep-rooted ...
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Soundtracks

Battle Hymn Of The Republic
Written by Julia Ward Howe and William Steffe
Chorus sung by Mike Evans, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers
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The most MEMORABLE episode!!!
23 July 2013 | by digitalbookworm5678See all my reviews

If not the best episode ever, this has to be the most memorable episode of All In The Family ever filmed. Archie comes home from his second job as a taxi driver to announce that none other than Sammy Davis Jr. rode in his cab. This episode probably holds the record for the amount of times Archie sticks his foot in his big(oted) mouth. Even before Sammy Davis makes his appearance, Archie proves that he will never understand black people, let alone black celebrities.

This episode was the only one written by the comic genius Bill Dana. For those old enough to remember, "My name... Jose Jimenez". It was the most popular comic character of the early 60s. I remember listening to the LPs "Live from The Hungry i" and "In Orbit" over and over when I was a kid. I'm sure Bill Dana and Sammy Davis Jr. were very good friends from their years of working in Las Vegas. Dana's writing and Davis's acting (as himself) made perfect use of Archie's character to make socially relevant statements.

There's good reason why this episode is consistently rated in TV Guide's "Top 100 Television Episodes of All Time."


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