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Peter Strauss/Betty White/Victor Buono 

Peter Strauss (Broadway play "Einstein and the Polar Bear"); Betty White (The Best Place to Be (1979)); Victor Buono recites poetry about his unsuccessful weight struggles. Also: A look at Tarzan and Jane in their later years together.

Director:

Bobby Quinn

Writers:

Raymond Siller (writing supervisor), Raymond Siller | 7 more credits »

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host / Tarzan
Ed McMahon ... Himself - Announcer
Doc Severinsen ... Himself - Bandleader
Peter Strauss ... Himself
Betty White ... Herself / Jane
Victor Buono ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tommy Newsom Tommy Newsom ... Himself - The Tonight Show Band: Saxophone / Boy
Mighty Carson Art Players Mighty Carson Art Players ... Themselves
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Storyline

Betty White, in her first TV appearance after the death of her husband Allen Ludden some two months earlier, plays Jane to Carson's Tarzan (Tommy Newsom has a walk-on as Boy) in a comedy sketch directly parodying Bo Derek's version of "Tarzan the Ape Man", which has just been released and later became known as one of the worst movies of all time. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

poetry | gorilla suit | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy | Talk-Show

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Carson Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the tell-all book 'King of the Night', Carson's son, who was acting as a stage manager for this show, hated the feature sketch, showing his dad as an old Tarzan "with a wig that looked like a vacuum cleaner bag had been dumped on his head." During rehearsals, the son said: "You're my father and now I can't even look at you." Carson replied: "Son, the reason your father has to dress up like this is so you can sit under a tree and play your guitar." See more »

Quotes

Jane: I have an announcement I want to make to the entire family. Boy! Cheetah!... Boy!
[Boy and Cheetah walk onstage; Boy wears a leopard skin - and polished black shoes and gartered socks]
Tarzan: Boy never felt at home in jungle!
Jane: It just isn't going to work. I am a modern woman - but you are a macho, chauvinist, hopeless case! I am leaving you, and getting a divorce.
Tarzan: Woman stay with man! That law of jungle!
Jane: You may have a law of jungle; I have a lawyer of the jungle.
Tarzan: Don't know what Jane talk ab-
[...]
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Connections

References The Jericho Mile (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny's Theme
(uncredited)
Composed by Paul Anka
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