In 1970, John Wayne hosted a variety show celebrating America’s history. Included in the cast were the following (some were uncredited): Ann Margret , Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Dan Blocker, Roscoe Lee Browne, George Burns, Owen Bush, James Caldwell, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Bing Crosby, Phyllis Diller, Edward Faulkner, Lorne Greene, Harry Hickox, Celeste Holm, Bob Hope, Kay E. Kuter, Michael Landon, Forrest Lewis, Dean Martin, Dick Martin, Ross Martin, Greg Morris, Ricky & David Nelson, Hugh O’Brian, Dan Rowan, William Shatner, Orville Sherman, Red Skelton, Tom Smothers, Leslie Uggams, Jesse Vint, John Wayne, Patrick Wayne, Dennis Weaver, Dan White, Hal Williams, The Doodletown Pipers.
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In spite of the turbulent times and John Wayne’s very conservative politics, it should be noted that the celebrities featured were of varying political views. That fact would have made a definite impression on the audiences of that time.
“Hoss” dressed up as a Native American is horrific.
Thank you for posting this, it reminds me of a time when it wasn’t fashionable to find fault with everything.
Great fun for an old lady to try to recognize all those faces. And remember how many are gone, now. Leslie Uggams could sing like an angel! I used to tune in to Mitch Miller just to watch her sing.
I can’t actually watch the video, but I just wanted to wish all Ehellions a happy Independence Day. I think it’s more than possible to love your country while not approving of everything it does. As a British citizen, I know that all too well. England has some truly awful blights on it’s history, but I’m proud and pleased to live here. I imagine it might be similar for some citizens of the US. For what it’s worth, I’ve been to the US a few times, and I’ve fallen in love with it more every time. You have an extraordinary country. Happy Independence Day!