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:: The Dick Cavett Show - Hollywood Greats

The Dick Cavett Show was “the show” to watch in the early 1970s as far as talk-back shows are concerned. Dick Cavett was the king of late night chat shows in the United States. He wasn't a name well known in Australia but he was able to attract the biggest stars possible. Here, in this special 4-DVD set, there are twelve episodes of his show.

The interesting thing about the interviews on this set is that he was able to have a “conversation” with the guest, something not often seen in recent years. Dick Cavett was able to have Marlon Brando as a guest - he hardly ever did talk shows but liked Cavett. Similarly, the Hollywood icons who normally shunned these kinds of shows were able to come on and open up to Cavett. Notables were Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis - they opened up in wonderfully unpredictable interviews. This was Hepburn's first television interview. Cavett was able to make each guest feel at ease. This, in turn, makes them feel comfortable enough to talk about their lives and careers.

The roll call includes stellar names that read like the perfect party guest list: Mel Brooks, Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball, The Smothers Brothers, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Groucho Marx, Debbie Reynolds, Kirk Douglas, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlon Brando, Mel Brooks, Frank Capra, Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Mitchum, John Huston and Orson Welles.

It's a highly recommended collection.

DVD Extras

Each episode features a newly-filmed introduction by Dick Cavett in which he reminisces about the shows' guests.

“Seeing Stars with Dick Cavett and Robert Osborne” (37:31), a chat between the talk show host and Turner Classic Movies' resident film expert, Robert Osborne. Cavett discusses his early career - including how he got a job writing for Jack Paar - but the bulk of the conversation is about the shows included here.