Pop Chronicles Interviews #130 - Milton Berle

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  1. Most vivid memory of the 1940s; starting movie career; Ziegfeld Follies; radio shows; television show and success of television; working before tape; Texaco show and lifetime contract with NBC 0:06:13
  2. Shows on Kinescope and problems with quality; first Texaco show; relying on Vaudeville background; cost of first show; why they don't revive the Texaco show; detailed description of first show; Smith and Dale, "Dr. Kronkheit" routine 0:07:51
  3. Smith and Dale continued; Damon Runyon, Jimmy Cannon, and Walter Winchell; first cancer telethon; being on the cover of Time and Newsweek in the same week; thoughts on looking back 0:04:01
  4. Influential comedians; Charlie Chaplin; different styles, comics versus comedians; Ted and Betty Healy; Jack Osterman; Willie and Eugene Howard; Ed Wynn; question about radio comedians 0:04:35
  5. Berle responds; Ed Wynn, Baron Munchausen; Jack Pearl; Cliff Hall; Fred Allen; Frank Fay; Eddie Cantor; Charlie Ruggles; Lynne Overman 0:03:43
  6. Question about difference between making a radio show and a TV show; Berle responds at length; setting up bad jokes for a funnier "saver" joke; "I never made it on radio" 0:05:20
  7. Fred Allen concealing his scripts; radio and television continued; importance of writers; question about Al Jolson 0:01:49
  8. Berle responds; long anecdote about Jolson 0:06:33
  9. Jolson's show Bombo; the Jolson Story on Berle's show in 1944; hits in late 1940s; songwriting; "Near You" 0:05:23
  10. Francis Craig; autobiography due out September 1973; memories of good days versus bad days; what drove him to go into show business; role of his mother; being a child model for Buster Brown; Pearl White; Elsie Janis; entertaining troops in World War I; George M. Cohan, Enrico Caruso; Terry McGovern; signing release; Jolson (fuller story); Gilliland asks for autograph 0:16:10


Recording of John Gilliland interviewing Milton Berle for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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Gilliland, John October 1972.


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Recording of John Gilliland interviewing Milton Berle for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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1 recording (61 min., 38 sec.)


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  • Accession or Local Control No: John_Gilliland_Collection_130_-_Milton_Berle
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1703860


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John Gilliland's Pop Chronicles

Conceptualized in 1967 after attending the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, John Gilliland's "The Pop Chronicles" traces the history of popular music from the 1950's through the 1960's. Mr. Gilliland wrote, narrated and produced these 55 hours of broadcasting first airing at KRLA Pasadena, California. in February 1969. The pop music history is told by an interleaving of Mr. Gilliland's narration, music, and comments from the interviews of the people directly involved in the music scene of the day.

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  • October 1972

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  • June 24, 2020, 12:50 p.m.

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  • June 25, 2020, 1:20 p.m.

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Gilliland, John. Pop Chronicles Interviews #130 - Milton Berle, audio recording, October 1972; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1703860/: accessed July 30, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.

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