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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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4 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”.

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