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July 22, 2007


jana brown

Is there a way to buy tapes of the Henry Morgan Variety TV show? I think I was on it in the 60's.

he was an unfunny jerk


I saw Henry on the Tom Snyder "Tomorrow" show in the late 1970s and he told some hysterical stories about his go-rounds with the advertisers. Apparently he once went on the air and said he wouldn't wear Adler Elevator Shoes to a dogfight, and got called into the GM's office. So the next night he apologized and took it back, saying he would, indeed, wear them to a dogfight.

Jack Morrow

I believe Ted Hering is correct when he says that Henry Morgan had another show in later years. I remember hearing him to a takeoff on Fantasy Island, with particularly nasty remarks about Tattoo. I heard this on an FM station in Edmonton, Alberta in 1979. This broadcast occurred in a time slot that was usually reserved for old time radio, but they ran Henry Morgan once in a while.

L Evans

You forgot to mention puppeteer Burr Tillstrom (Kukla, Fran and Ollie) as another of the cast of That Was the Week That Was. He won an Emmy and a Peabody for a "hand ballet" called "Berlin Wall" while on TW3. You can see it here:


Some lesser known Morgan endeavors: In the late 1950s, he had a short lived TV show shown in NY on Channel 13 WNTA. My favorite episode was one in which he parodied the Jack Paar Tonight Show (Henry played Hugh Downs who sat on the side and agreed with everything Jack said). I have never heard of anyone else who saw this show. Well, there was one: Jack Paar who went ballistic about it the next night on his show. I wonder if either show is around anywhere.

Also in the late 1950s, he was interviewed by the Realist magazine. He was asked about Jean Shepherd. He said "You mean the guy whose childhood went on forever?"

In the 1970s, he wrote a few satiric pieces for Hustler Magazine.

He wrote a book about dogs but did not promote it because his ex got all the royalties.

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@ Ken Burke:

"(Yes, I realize that all except Cullen had outside careers, but except for Francis's stage work, these were seldom mentioned.)"

Cullen certainly had an "outside career". He was the king of morning-drive radio in NYC for about a ten-year period from the mid-1950s into the early-1960s. Even after he no longer regularly topped local ratings, he continued to work in that capacity until shortly before his departure for California in the late-1970s.


Henry Morgan on the 1970s version of "Beat The Clock": (Part 2) (Part 3)

The panel of "I've Got A Secret" (with Henry Morgan) on "What's My Line?":

And at one time, there existed on YouTube a priceless clip of Henry Morgan on the panel of "What's My Line?". Bennett Cerf had just been introduced and was telling a longer than normal anecdote in introducing the moderator John Daly.

"What time does this show go on?" yelled Morgan. The audience and Arlene Francis laugh. The TV director quickly cut to a wide shot of the entire panel since Morgan interjected.

"May I continue, Henry?" asked Cerf. The TV director cuts back to Cerf.

"I wish you would!" answered Morgan. More snickers of derision from the audience. The closeup of an annoyed Cerf was priceless.

Cerf meekly introduces John Daly without finishing the anecdote. Daly walks out looking properly pissed off and walks to his desk.

"Thank you ladies and gentlemen - Bennett couldn't finish that story so I will - if that's okay with you Henry!" snorted Daly.

The TV director cuts to Morgan (who has the biggest Cheshire cat smile on his face).

"I've got all night..."

Thanks for this amazing writeup Kliph!


My family always watched I've Got A Secret and it was mainly due to Henry Morgan's wit and repartee. He appealed to people on every level from laborer to professional intellectual. I was searching for information on him and linked to this site. This is a brilliant article which filled in my knowledge of a great entertainer.


To see the Henry Morgan clip I described in a previous comment, skip ahead to the 2:15 mark:


It's the Henry Morgan Show?!

Leonard Balaban

Henry Morgan was one of the greatest humorists in my lifetime. I have recordings of some of his 1950 half hour Sunday shows with Art Carney, Arnold Stang and I believe Minerva Pious. Is local 15 minute show were replete with gems. He was better suited to radio, for which I heard him do voice overs in the l980s than, for TV


Henry Morgan was known for almost fantastic stories about his campaigns

Jeff Missinne

Re Ted Hering's comment: Henry Morgan appeared in the 1970's as host of at least 2 (maybe 3) episodes of Sears Radio Theatre, that aired as part of their rotating comedy night series. Unlike CBS Mystery Theatre, the Sears show offered a different type of play each weeknight; comedy, romance, Western, mystery, or adventure. I believe Elliott Lewis was in charge of the overall production, though Morgan's shows were "his own thing," and very funny. After their run on CBS, the Sears shows were rerun on the Mutual network as "Mutual Radio Theatre."

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