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Thursday, July 28th, 2016
35 Years Ago Today

Here are the opening moments of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson where the 1981 Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana was the main theme. Includes:

Excerpt of promo slide for upcoming outdoor "Shakespeare in the Park" presentation of "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Geneva Summer Theatre Festival, Thursday-Sunday through August 2nd (voiceover by Ed Grennan)

Opening of The Tonight Show, with guests Johnny Mathis and Robert Klein (voiceover by Ed McMahon)

Johnny comes out and does the usual greetings to Ed and bandleader Tommy Newsom. Then he makes references to the royal wedding through the course of his opening monologue (one example: "Too bad they had to spoil it and get married"), weaving in plugs for TV Guide; Tom Brokaw, Jane Pauley and the Today show; British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; and Benny Hill.

Other topics in Johnny's monologue include his pointers for off-the-wall tourist attractions in Southern California, and promising an appearance by House Speaker Tip O'Neill singing "The Party's Over."

Commercial: Kellogg's Special K - "Try the Special K Pinch"

Commercial: Glidden Paints - "Big Savings During Our Biggest Sale Ever"

Commercial: Jerold's Bridal Salon - Ultimate Bridal Sale (Sale ends Saturday, August 1st)

Commercial: American National Bank - "The Bank for Business"

"More to Come" bumper with drawing of Hollywood sign

Johnny at his desk, returning to the show and discussing the royal wedding with Ed. He explains Prince Charles' titles and the protocols for now-Princess Diana, leading in to royal wedding-themed ad tie-ins and the media coverage of the wedding, and reading some gag items about what was not covered there (from The Tonight Show's "special correspondent," "Sir Eaton Crumpet") (tape cuts out in middle of his reading :-( )

This aired on July 29, 1981.

NBC Network - The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - "The Royal Wedding" (Excerpt, 1981)

In commemoration of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, here are the opening moments of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson where the 1981 Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana was the main theme. Includes:

Excerpt of promo slide for upcoming outdoor "Shakespeare in the Park" presentation of "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Geneva Summer Theatre Festival, Thursday-Sunday through August 2nd (voiceover by Ed Grennan)

Opening of The Tonight Show, with guests Johnny Mathis and Robert Klein (voiceover by Ed McMahon)

Johnny comes out and does the usual greetings to Ed and bandleader Tommy Newsom. Then he makes references to the royal wedding through the course of his opening monologue (one example: "Too bad they had to spoil it and get married"), weaving in plugs for TV Guide; Tom Brokaw, Jane Pauley and the Today show; British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; and Benny Hill.

Other topics in Johnny's monologue include his pointers for off-the-wall tourist attractions in Southern California, and promising an appearance by House Speaker Tip O'Neill singing "The Party's Over."

Commercial: Kellogg's Special K - "Try the Special K Pinch"

Commercial: Glidden Paints - "Big Savings During Our Biggest Sale Ever"

Commercial: Jerold's Bridal Salon - Ultimate Bridal Sale (Sale ends Saturday, August 1st)

Commercial: American National Bank - "The Bank for Business"

"More to Come" bumper with drawing of Hollywood sign

Johnny at his desk, returning to the show and discussing the royal wedding with Ed. He explains Prince Charles' titles and the protocols for now-Princess Diana, leading in to royal wedding-themed ad tie-ins and the media coverage of the wedding, and reading some gag items about what was not covered there (from The Tonight Show's "special correspondent," "Sir Eaton Crumpet") (tape cuts out in middle of his reading :-( )

This aired on local Chicago TV on Wednesday, July 29th 1981 during the 10:30 to 10:45pm timeframe.

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I turned 9 that day...I was probably watching Benny Hill with my dad while this aired.
Comment posted by GHilbrich on Friday, April 29th 2011 at 5:25pm.

Great clip. In 1981, I was in college and didn't follow the royal wedding too closely then as I did now. For gosh sakes, you can't get away without hearing something about the recent royal wedding. In 1981, Johnny was at his best making jokes and satire about Prince Charles & Diana. Looking at this clip now was refreshing and funny. Rest In Peace, Johnny (and Ed for that matter).
Comment posted by GrandPrizeGamer2000 on Sunday, May 1st 2011 at 4:37am.

And also Tommy Newsom, R.I.P.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, May 1st 2011 at 5:37am.

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I've tried my best to make sure I have my transfers done with audio on both sides, and if there is a one-sided audio issue, I try to make sure the encoding of my video files have that issue corrected.

I am 99% successful in this regard, but I can't account for any occasion where which either side of my audio cables are either accidentally unplugged, not in tight, or just don't work at all, and having to find exactly which cable has the issue, as I have so many going both ways to/from multiple units, plus having multiple audio sources feeding to one of my computers via two switch boxes.


Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - Monstrous Movie - "The House of Fear" (Opening Excerpt, 1982) by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 10:25pm CT

GHilbrich - I'll bet if we told your nine year old self, right after you were done taping, how long this recording would live on, and how many people would see it, your little head would have exploded. ;-)

Szake - You're right, of course. This is just a very early DVD transfer done on a machine with audio only plugged into one channel. I'll fix it eventually. :-) (also, I know those recent clips are one channel audio - still learning how to fix that in Premiere)


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I doubt they needed to put her name under her picture. How could the viewer not know Phyllis Diller?


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GHilbrich: When I was younger, I prided myself on how I could trim commercial breaks from tapes. I wish I let them run longer. The reason I left the comment about the one channel of audio, is many of our recordings are mono, and we can just duplicate the same audio track on both left and right so someone on headphones doesn't think they are going deaf in one ear.


Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - Monstrous Movie - "The House of Fear" (Opening Excerpt, 1982) by GHilbrich on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 6:42pm CT

Szake...

The audio is my fault. That's how my original VHS was recorded...My 9 year old self was a little "pause happy" too...some of the opening is cut as you can tell.


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Upgraded the video file on this one.


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