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The Carol Burnett Show | 8 February 1974

Of all of Vincent Price’s many guest appearances on US comedy shows, I’ve always loved his turns on The Carol Burnett Show, the hilarious variety sketch show that also starred Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway, and which ran for 278 episodes on CBS from 11 September 1967 to 29 March 1978.

It was on the 19th episode of series seven, which screened on 9 February 1974, that Vincent had his third stint on the show (the others being 9 February 1972 (S5 E18), 22 November 1972 (S6 E11) and 4 January 1975 (S8 E14).

The Carol Burnett Show | 9 February 1974

First up, Vincent gives a humourous tribute to Abraham Lincoln commemorating the 165th anniversary of his birth, and takes the opportunity of highlighting the Declaration of American Independence’s most important phrase that, ‘All men are created equal… and have inalienable rights to… life, liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’ – something we so desperately need to remember these days (you can see that from 19:51 in the video below).

Vincent Price and Carol Burnett

This followed by a farcical sketch in which Carol plays a hotel switchboard operator listening in on the calls of various patrons including Vincent and the show’s other guest star Joel Grey, as well as Lyle and Vicki. Vincent then robs poor old Harvey of his clothes in a spy spoof, before showing off his baritone voice in a Commedia Dell’Arte in which Joel and Carol play Punch and Judy dolls.

Catch the entire episode here… Plus, a couple of other classic sketches from the official Carol Burnett YouTube Channel.

 

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9 thoughts on “The Carol Burnett Show (1974) | Vincent Price shows his funny side

  1. Dear Curator;Why are videos constantly being removed from your The Sound of Vincent Price webpage? Where there should be a video for a Carol Burnett show that he was on, there is a “Page not found ” message instead. Please respond to my question at margaretgarnto@gmail.com. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto.

  2. Dear Curator; There is still a “Page not found ” message where the video of the Carol Burnett show that you mentioned should be. I don’t think anyone else logging onto this webpage would want to watch “Page Not Found ” when they’re expecting to see the episode of The Carol Burnett Show that you described here. I would still like to know why the video was removed from this webpage. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto

  3. I have always remembered a Vincent Price appearance on Carol Burnett where they sang a song called the Transylvania Trot. I have never seen this episode since, and not clips are available on youtube at all.

    Was this my imagination, or did such an incident occur?

    1. Hi James. Although I have not seen it myself, IMDB has that particular episode listed as Season 6 Ep 11.

      Hope this helps.

      AIRED November 22, 1972
      A salute to horror movies, with Harvey Korman as Frankenstein’s monster and Lyle Waggoner as Count Dracula. In “Carol and Sis”, Carol thinks Chrissy is pregnant; in “George and Zelda”, George dreams he’s a riverboat gambler. Ray Charles and the Raelettes sing “Every Saturday Night” and Ray plays piano in a cocktail lounge, singing tunes for a sentimental customer (Carol). Price plays Fagin in a bit from “Oliver” and the cast concludes with a production number, “The Transylvania Trot”.

  4. I have just made a comment on your old MrPrice70 website,dated July 16, 2015, about a Carol Burnett show episode with Vincent Price and Joan Rivers that was unavailable on the webpage because of dispute between YouTube and the Warner Music Group. What did Warner Music Group have to do with the unavailability of the video of that episode of The Carol Burnett Show? When I posted my comment, it immediately went “poof”, meaning it disappeared. I wanted to see those videos posted on that webpage, even if it is an old one that Google hasn’t deleted, and I couldn’t delete it either, because I wouldn’t know how to do it. Please respond to my comment here. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto.

    1. Hello, again Margaret. I don’t work for either YouTube or Warner Music Group but I suspect there might be a licence issue with any music on the clip you mentioned. As for websites, please refer to this one and the official Vincent Price Channel for all things Vincent Price: https://bit.ly/3s8I3DP

      1. Dear Curator; Thank you very much for your response to my comment about the Carol Burnett show episode that was unavailable on your old MrPrice70 website. I know that you don’t work for either YouTube or the Warner Music Group or anyone else who owns licensing copyrights to videos shown on YouTube and other streaming apps., but when I see anything about Vincent Price, my favorite horror movie actor, no matter what website or webpage it’s on, old or new, it gets my attention because I have been a Vincent Price fan for a long time, ever since the 1970s and I’m still a fan of his to this day, some 24 years after his death in 1993. Thank you for the link to your Vincent Price Legacy video channel and for all your responses to my comments, and may God richly bless you and keep you safe. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto.

          1. Dear Peter (Curator); Thank you for your response to my comment and your kind words. All the best to you as well. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto

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