Howard Morris

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In his one-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Howard Morris (1919-2005) talks about his work as a regular with Sid Caesar on television's Admiral Broadway Revue, Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour. He briefly discusses his work as a director in features and commercials and speaks of his voice-over work in animation. He also speaks enthusiastically about one of his most well-known characters, "Ernest T. Bass" from The Andy Griffith Show. He recalls guest-starring in several other series, including The Dick Van Dyke Show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Twilight Zone, as well as directing The Lucy Show, Get Smart, The Patty Duke Show, Bewitched, and Hogan's Heroes. Jennifer Howard conducted the interview on February 27, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA.

"I'd like to be remembered as a guy who's been able to reveal humor and reality to the public, and also for my great gratitude to the fans who have always been there."

People Talking About ...
Highlights
Howard Morris on being cast as "Ernest T. Bass" on The Andy Griffith Show by show producer Aaron Ruben, and on the character
Howard Morris on producing The Corner Bar with Alan King
Howard Morris on joining the cast of Admiral Broadway Revue, starring Sid Caesar, on and meeting producer Max Liebman
Howard Morris on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows co-star Imogene Coca, and on Carl Reiner
Howard Morris on directing the features "Who's Minding the Mint?", "With Two You Get Eggroll," and "Don't Drink the Water"
Howard Morris on how he would like to be remembered
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences and on becoming interested in performing; on being in the cast of The Admiral Broadway Revue with Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, and Carl Reiner; on Admiral Broadway Revue transitioning to Your Show of Shows
On the chemistry of the ensemble on Your Show of Shows; on the writing staff of Your Show of Shows, including Mel Brooks and Larry Gelbart; on various sketches on the show, and on it going off the air
On appearing on Caesar's Hour; on various sketches of Caesar's Hour; on the end of Caesar's Hour, and on appearing on Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz and Kraft Television Theatre

Chapter 2

On appearing on Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz; on playing "Ernest T. Bass" on The Andy Griffith Show; on guest-starring as "Mr. Holdecker" on The Dick Van Dyke Show for the episode "The Masterpiece," and on directing episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle - USMC
On appearing on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone, and on appearing in "The Nutty Professor"; on guest-starring on The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball; on directing Get Smart, The Patty Duke Show,Bewitched, and Hogan's Heroes
On directing the features "Who's Minding the Mint?", "With Two You Get Eggroll", and "Don't Drink the Water"; on his directing style; on his voiceover work

Chapter 3

On doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones; on directing commercials, including one with George Burns; on producing The Corner Bar with Alan King
On directing Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, and The Beatrice Arthur Special; on acting in Ron Howard's movie "Splash"; on appearing on Baywatch, and on his longevity
On advice to aspiring actors and directors; on career regrets; on various people he's worked with in his career, and on how he would like to be remembered
On b-roll footage- pictures from his career- with the Three Stooges; with the cast of Your Show of Shows; with Sid Caesar; cast and crew of Your Show of Shows; the cover of "TV Week" with the Your Show of Shows cast; on the set of Your Show of Shows; from Your Show of Shows; winning an Emmy Award; from the set of The Andy Griffith Show; from the set of The Andy Griffith Show; from the set of The Andy Griffith Show with the cast; from The Andy Griffith Show "Mountain Wedding"; shot from The Dick Van Dyke Show; with Jackie Gleason; with James Garner; from the set of The Lucy Show; with Milton Berle; on the set of the feature "Call Me Mister"; with Carol Burnett; with George Burns; with Jonathan Winters; with Doris Day; with Jamie Faar; with Rock Hudson
Shows

Admiral Broadway Revue

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Howard Morris on joining the cast of Admiral Broadway Revue, starring Sid Caesar, on and meeting producer Max Liebman
Howard Morris on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows, co-starring Imogene Coca, and on Carl Reiner
Howard Morris on the format of Admiral Broadway Revue, and on working with Sid Caesar and Max Liebman

Alfred Hitchcock Presents aka The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

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Howard Morris on appearing on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone

Andy Griffith Show, The

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Howard Morris on being cast as "Ernest T. Bass" on The Andy Griffith Show by show producer Aaron Ruben, and on the character
Howard Morris on working with the cast of The Andy Griffith Show, including Griffith and Ron Howard
Howard Morris on specific episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, where he appeared as "Ernest T. Bass," and on the audience reaction to the character

Baywatch

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Howard Morris on appearing on Baywatch

Beatrice Arthur Special, The

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Howard Morris on directing The Beatrice Arthur Special

Bewitched

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Howard Morris on directing The Patty Duke Show, and on directing Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery

Caesar's Hour

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Howard Morris on various sketches of Caesar's Hour
Howard Morris on appearing on Caesar's Hour
Howard Morris on the end of Caesar's Hour

Corner Bar, The

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Howard Morris on producing The Corner Bar with Alan King

Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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Howard Morris on guest-starring as "Mr. Holdecker" on The Dick Van Dyke Show for the episode "The Masterpiece"

Flintstones, The

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Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones

Get Smart

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Howard Morris on directing the pilot for Get Smart, starring Don Adams, produced by Mel Brooks and Leonard Stern

Gomer Pyle - USMC

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Howard Morris on directing The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle - USMC

Hogan's Heroes

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Howard Morris on directing several episodes of Hogan's Heroes

Jetsons, The

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Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones

Kraft Television Theatre

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Howard Morris briefly on his appearance on Kraft Television Theatre's"Code of the Corner"

Laverne & Shirley

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Howard Morris on directing Laverne & Shirley

Love Boat, The

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Howard Morris on directing The Love Boat

Lucy Show, The

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Howard Morris on guest-starring on The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball

Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz aka Stump the Stars

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Howard Morris on appearing on Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz, and being "paid" with complementary visits to Sardi's
Howard Morris on appearing on Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz

Patty Duke Show, The

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Howard Morris on directing The Patty Duke Show, and on directing Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery

Return to Mayberry

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Howard Morris on appearing in The Andy Griffith Show reunion Return to Mayberry, and on thanking the fans of the show

Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special, The

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Howard Morris on appearing in The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special

Your Show of Shows

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Howard Morris on NBC executive Pat Weaver's launching of Your Show of Shows, and on how it differed in format from the previous show Admiral Broadway Revue
Howard Morris on the chemistry of the ensemble on Your Show of Shows
Howard Morris on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows co-star Imogene Coca, and on Carl Reiner
Howard Morris on various sketches on Your Show of Shows
Howard Morris on the writing staff of Your Show of Shows, including Mel Brooks and Larry Gelbart
Howard Morris on Your Show of Shows going off the air
Topics

Advice

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Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors

Comedy-Variety

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Howard Morris on co-starring on Admiral Broadway Revue, Your Show of Shows, and Caesar's Hour, along with Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, and Carl Reiner

Hollywood Blacklist

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Howard Morris on the Hollywood Blacklist

Industry Crossroads

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Howard Morris on the Hollywood Blacklist

TV's Golden Age (1940s & '50s)

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Howard Morris on co-starring on Admiral Broadway Revue, Your Show of Shows, and Caesar's Hour, along with Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, and Carl Reiner

Television Industry

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Howard Morris on the Hollywood Blacklist
Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors
Professions

Actor

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Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors

Directors

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Howard Morris on his directing style
Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors

Performers

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Howard Morris on his voiceover work
Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones
Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors

Voiceover

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Howard Morris on his voiceover work
Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones
Genres

Adventure/Espionage Series

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Howard Morris on appearing on Baywatch

Animation

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Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones

Classic Anthology Series

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Howard Morris on appearing on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone

Comedy Series

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Howard Morris on being cast as "Ernest T. Bass" on The Andy Griffith Show
Howard Morris on guest-starring as "Mr. Holdecker" on The Dick Van Dyke Show for the episode "The Masterpiece"
Howard Morris on directing The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle - USMC
Howard Morris on guest-starring on The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball
Howard Morris on directing the pilot for Get Smart
Howard Morris on producing The Corner Bar with Alan King
Howard Morris on directing Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, and The Beatrice Arthur Special

Commercials

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Howard Morris on directing commercials, including one with George Burns

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Howard Morris on co-starring on Admiral Broadway Revue
Howard Morris on co-starring on Your Show of Shows
Howard Morris on co-starring on Caesar's Hour
Howard Morris on The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special
Howard Morris on directing Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, and The Beatrice Arthur Special
People

Lucille Ball

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Howard Morris on guest-starring on The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball

Frances Bavier

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Frances Bavier

Mel Brooks

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Howard Morris on the writing staff of Your Show of Shows, including Mel Brooks and Larry Gelbart

Carol Burnett

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Carol Burnett

George Burns

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Howard Morris on directing commercials, including one with George Burns

Red Buttons

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Red Buttons

Sid Caesar

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Howard Morris on the format of Admiral Broadway Revue, and on working with Sid Caesar and Max Liebman

Imogene Coca

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Howard Morris on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows co-star Imogene Coca, and on Carl Reiner

Bill Dana

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Bill Dana

Patty Duke

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Howard Morris on directing The Patty Duke Show, and on directing Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery

Dick Van Dyke

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Howard Morris on guest-starring as "Mr. Holdecker" on The Dick Van Dyke Show for the episode "The Masterpiece"

Maurice Evans

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Howard Morris on appearing in a production of Twelfth Night with Maurice Evans

Larry Gelbart

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Howard Morris on the writing staff of Your Show of Shows, including Mel Brooks and Larry Gelbart

Andy Griffith

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Howard Morris on working with the cast of The Andy Griffith Show, including Griffith and Ron Howard
Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Andy Griffith

Jonathan Harris

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Jonathan Harris

Ron Howard

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Howard Morris on working with the cast of The Andy Griffith Show, including Griffith and Ron Howard
Howard Morris on acting in Ron Howard's movie "Splash"

Don Knotts

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Don Knotts

Sheldon Leonard

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Sheldon Leonard

Jerry Lewis

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Howard Morris on appearing in the Jerry Lewis feature film "The Nutty Professor"

Max Liebman

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Howard Morris on joining the cast of The Admiral Broadway Revue and meeting producer Max Liebman
Howard Morris on joining the cast of The Admiral Broadway Revue, starring Sid Caesar, and meeting producer Max Liebman
Howard Morris on the format of Admiral Broadway Revue, and on working with Sid Caesar and Max Liebman

Elizabeth Montgomery

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Howard Morris on directing The Patty Duke Show, and on directing Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery

Donny Osmond

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Donny Osmond

Marie Osmond

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Marie Osmond

Carl Reiner

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Howard Morris on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows co-star Imogene Coca, and on Carl Reiner

Aaron Ruben

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Howard Morris on being cast as "Ernest T. Bass" on The Andy Griffith Show by show producer Aaron Ruben, and on the character

Mike Stokey

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Howard Morris on appearing on Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz

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