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December 10, 2006

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Eugene

Nice write up on WW. One thing, though not actually a complaint; how can you run down the cast of For Those Who Think Young and not mention the positively luscious Pamela Tiffin? Any mention of Tiffin's name always leads me to recommend one of my all time favorite films: One Two Three (1961), directed by Billy Wilder. I don't understand why One Two Three seems so overlooked. It's hilarious. James Cagney is the man!

Andy Alexis

Woody Woodbury had a brief part (as himself) in one of the 1960s beach party/teen movies..anyone remember which one? I remember seeing a movie in which he is leading an audience in singing "It's woody weeding time..." which presumably involved him going through the audience and picking on someone to humiliate.

Listener Kliph

Andy Alexis, did you even bother to read my blog entry? Try again.

Dale Hazelton

Great post! I often see his records in the Salvay, but having more than enough wax in the attic, pass them up. It's nice to see the whole story on these guys. A 60's comic I like is Brother Dave Gardner
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brother_Dave_Gardner
very clean cut stuff, but funny still because his bits are more about universals, steering clear of politics etc. "The Button Down Mind....." is still very funy to me, too. Someone should just do a post on all those beach movies. As a 10 year old kid I still remember how risque it was to watch "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" with my mom and dad in the room, and weird too (Buster Keaton in a surf movie?)!
http://www.briansdriveintheater.com/beachparty/howtostuff2.jpg

Andy Alexis

No, I guess I missed that part, and you don't have to be rude about it.

Listener Kliph

Sorry, Andy, didn't mean to be a dick, just found it outrageous.

jon

"for those who think young" has been on cable tv recently and I've seen it a couple of times...it was just on March 20, 2007...keep your eyes open for it.

Woody Woodbury was not a big deal in my life. But I recalled that one pseudo stoner in my army unit (an army band in chicagoland) used to always sing: Its Woody Weeding time. Sung to the tune of "its howdy doody time".

It was featured in the film and appears to be a way of getting younger folks to go home before they were too drunk or unable to go to school the next day.


this man is really a unique character in American pop culture. He was a distinguished Marine Corps Jet fighter pilot during the Korean War. He has a current web site, just google his name.

I wish him the best if he reads this...from a fellow pilot.

Sandra

I've just spent my Sunday afternoon going from site to site reading. I came upon your blog and I too had forgotten about Woody Woodbury. I went to a taping of his show in the 60's with friends. We were given the front row seats - I guess because we seemed to be a fun group. Woody used to read a couple of cards the studio members had filled out while waiting in line. He read mine, had me stand up and asked all sorts of questions. Of course that would make our visit to the show more memorable than some. MacDonald Carey and Jackie Verson were the guests that night. Bob Ridgely was the announcer on the show and did the warm-ups, which is a little known fact. He must have been in his late 30's and was a very handsome man. I still have the card I filled out and Bob's signature. Fun remembering old memories.

Ron Stout

My family moved to Las Vegas,Nevada in 1949 and Woody was a big local star at the El Cortez hotel downtown.
In 1953-54 I was serving in the Marine Corps at K-3 (Pohang)South Korea with pilots who came back from the officers club to tell me about this screamingly funny guy named Woody Woodbury who played the piano and told jokes.Unfortunately I never got to see him perform.

Michael Powers

Johnny Carson actually guest-hosted (what a word) the Tonight Show during Paar's tenure and there's a fascinating episode that recently turned up at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York and LA (now renamed the "Paley Center for Media" as of last week). It's something to see since Carson hadn't yet figured out how to hide behind his desk all the nervous tics and gestures that people who've been on his show always talk about, and he's a show unto himself as a result. I never thought Carson had one percent of Paar's charisma and the nation was infinitely more fixated on the Tonight Show under Paar, when half the country would be talking about the host's latest antics the next day. Woodbury must have been devastated when Carson wound up with Paar's show and he got Carson's as more or less a booby prize.

As for Ralph Edwards idiotically taping over Woodbury's talk show night after night, there was a lot of that going around. The reason Carson's show visually looked so muddy in the 70s while Cavett's over on ABC appeared pristine was that NBC was reusing videotape over and over. The difference in picture quality as you flipped back and forth between channels was shocking. Carson himself had little regard for keeping his own work for years, although eventually he stored what episodes that exist in some underground bomb-proof atmosphere-controlled cave in Nevada or somewhere: some day that and ruins of places like the Empire State Building will be the only artifacts of our civilization, and even then it will be a shame that they're Carson's shows instead of Paar's.

Michael Powers

By the way, one of Carson's guests on that appearance during which he subbed for Paar that's available at the Museum of Television & Radio was Tom Poston of "Zots!" fame. Poston discusses some off-Broadway play he was doing at the time at length and Carson eventually interjects, "I feel like I've seen it." A surreally smashing-looking Eva Gabor sits in the main guest chair throughout the show without being interviewed, apparently there only to look ravishing and stop channel-changers in their tracks, a lost talk show tradition that I imagine began with Dagmar.

Michael Powers

Yesterday I happened to drop by the "Paley Center for Media" here in New York and watched the last episode of "Who Do You Trust" that Johnny Carson hosted before moving on to "The Tonight Show." He's more entertaining to watch during this particular half hour than he ever was before or since to my knowledge, probably because he was so euphorically happy to be leaving a schlocky game show for the most important job in show business. He mentions Woodbury and at one point says, "Woody will have days like this and worse." I don't think the show lasted long after Carson left. One thing I'd entirely forgotten that brought back horrified memories was the insipid organ music that ran relentlessly all through the show. God, that damned organ was so awful. If you think daytime programming is bad now, people have mercifully forgotten that practically all of daytime television was awash in organ music, it was the oppressive background to all the soap operas and apparently many game shows (or at least this one) and even some children's shows.

It was also good to see the real Emmett Kelly (instead of his son) in a commercial. When Kelly did a commercial, it was more entertaining than the show itself. I wonder why the companies involved (in this case French's Mustard) don't dust off some of their most arresting celebrity commercials, colorize them (much as I hate colorization), and run them again today. It would certainly make most of the celebrities' heirs happy.

Albert Rein

He is a great comedian, I would like to have a DVD of his shows

Devin Kelly

I've always been fascinated with how Woody ended up in Italian comedies, working with Sergio Corbucci - also a legendary director of some classic Spaghetti Westerns. I've managed to get my hands on one of Woodbury's Italian, Florida-lensed comedies, SUPER FUZZ (1980) and am on the hunt for Corbucci's CAT AND DOG (1982) next, in which Woody also pops up in. Very intriguing how he found himself in these though. Quite rare films a collector of Italian cult cinema like me will certainly make a huge effort to get my hands on. Wonder how fondly Woody remembers them?

Mushroom

I have all of his albums, including the "Booze Is The Only Answer" fanclub record. He was not dirty, he was just risque', with plenty of doctor (as psychiatrist) and golf jokes mixed in with all the drunk jokes. Awesome guy.
Picture of the albums: flickr.com/photos/thedamnmushroom/510165255/

Linda

Just sitting here listening to Booze Is The Only Answer album. I was lucky to see Woody in person at Diamond Jim's Supper Club, years ago, in St. Paul. I was pregnant at the time and seemed to draw a few jokes about that. My parents owned a record store, and I am going through some of the best records that I remember hearing when I was growing up. You just can't beat these old records!

diane

i just love those oldie not so 'moldie' beach movies. i loved them when i was 18 and still love them now that i'm way older than 18. see what turned you on. it keeps you young. maybe not in body but certainly in spirit. three cheers, and then some, for woody, et al. you made my youth and now you are making my older youth! bravo!

Vikki DeArment Buss

LISTEN, FOLKS:

I met Mr. Woodbury in Evansville Indiana during a performance...I don't give a rat's rear end what anyone thinks negative about him; I was incredibly young and very vulnerable; he was an absolute gentleman and we did many things together; never once did he show me anything but ultimate respect...in face, he kinda wanted to date; however, I told him I was too young for him...that was fine, we were "best friends" for the week I was in IN -- and, the reason I even went to his show, in the beginning, was because of the movies he was in and how much I admired him for his "impressions" he had on young lady!

HE IS/WAS THE BEST....I STILL REGRET NOT KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH HIM!

J.G. Herringshaw

When I was a teenage girl, I listened to my father's Woody Woodbury albums. I thought they were hilarious and still remember some of the bits - the lion tamer, and the scuba diver, and I'm 65 now. The other day I was wearing a low cut blouse and my mother quoted Woody, I love a woman who shows so much heart! I will now try to find some of his albums.

Mike G

Woody weeding time was from the beach film, "For those Who Think Young," also starring Paul Lynde, James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Tina Louise, Bob Denver, and in a small role Nancy Sinatra.
Woody Weeding time was to weed out those who could not be served alchohol and also had a curfew to send them home. The hand was stamped with a UV light sensitive ink for those who could drink and stay past curfew--it was not about humiliating anyone

Marty Moran

Woody You're the greatest. I remember popping my head into your club when you were finished with the act and asking "hey Woody are you aturtle ?" and got the sweet "you bet your sweet ass I am" It don't get any better than that. Marty Moran

Mike

I Saw Woody Woodbury doing a stand up routine in Florida back in the 1970's......The man is funny.

MrsKessler

"For Those Who Think Young" was on Turner Classic Movies recently, so I taped it and watched it this weekend. It's...well, "dreadful" is perhaps a bit too strong. Simply captioning it "a period piece" may be most appropriate. Woody has several extended nightclub sequences, garnering far more screen time than Paul Lynde. The most memorable sequence is Bob Denver doing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8jUFC4dsd8

Sara

I recently saw "For Those Who Think YOung" again on TV and loved it now as
much as I did when I was a teenager. It may not be a sophisticated movie but it was fun and lively and reminds us of better times.

Sara October 7 2009

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When pop singer Eileen Barton died, I got many pieces of memorabilia she had stored from her career. 16 boxes full. Including two reels of 2" quad videotape.

I just had them transferred - and one is in poor condition, but the second is her appearance on "The Woody Woodbury Show".

I plan to put it up on YouTube and I'll let you know when that happens. I haven't received the transfer yet from the engineer who did it. But it might give a peek at this lost show.

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