My mother passed away ten years ago this month, and along with many other people of her generation she loved watching CBS on Saturday nights. Especially the lineup that began in the 1973-74 season, with Mary Tyler Moore, followed by Bob Newhart and Carol Burnett. The color coding on this chart from Wikipedia shows that Burnett was only a top 30 show, but I think Mom enjoyed it more than anything else on television.
I was starting college at the time, and watched next to no television, but if I had I would have enjoyed seeing Petula Clark as a guest on the Carol Burnett Show. Pet makes her appearance at exactly 14 minutes into the show. She returns halfway through for a funny a soap opera parody (except Tim Conway’s bit is too long) and a duet with Carol.
Season 7, Episode 9
Airdate: Saturday, Nov 10, 1973, 10:00 PM
Just last night the SNL 40th anniversary show included this soap opera parody.
Petula Clark is in NYC, for a series of cabaret-style shows, like the ones she did in France fifty years ago. NPR has this interview with the lovely lady, who is now, if I’m not mistaken, entering her 70th year in showbiz. This evocative portrait of Petula at fifteen is from a 1947 issue of Vogue magazine.
Wednesday at 6:30 PM ET, Turner Classic Movies is showing The Runaway Bus, a nifty little caper comedy with Petula Clark, from her years in British film. No singing, just Pet being perfectly perky as Nikki, a resourceful stewardess.
And this coming Sunday night/Monday morning at 4 AM ET, TCM is showing Petula in one of her teen roles from the popular Huggetts series, The Huggetts Abroad. Thanks, TCM!