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 series television, 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. Jennifer Howard conducted the interview in Los Angeles, California on February 27, 2004.

"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."

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'd 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 The Admiral Broadway Revue starring Sid Caesar, on and meeting producer Max Liebman
03:18
Howard Morris on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows co-staring Imogene Coca, and on Carl Reiner
01:09
Howard Morris on the format of Admiral Broadway Revue, and on working with Sid Caesar and Max Liebman
01:32

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

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Howard Morris on appearing on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone
01:54

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
01:18
Howard Morris on working with the cast of The Andy Griffith Show, including Griffith and Ron Howard
00:51
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
03:15
Howard Morris on appearing in The Andy Griffith Show reunion Return to Mayberry
00:25

Baywatch

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Howard Morris on appearing on Baywatch
00:54

Beatrice Arthur Special, The

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Howard Morris on directing The Beatrice Arthur Special
00:52

Bewitched

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Howard Morris on directing The Patty Duke Show, and on directing Bewitched starring Elizabeth Montgomery
01:52

Caesar's Hour

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Howard Morris on various sketches of Caesar's Hour
01:52
Howard Morris on appearing on Caesar's Hour
00:48
Howard Morris on the end of Caesar's Hour
00:38

Corner Bar, The

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Howard Morris on producing The Corner Bar with Alan King
01:13

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"
00:48

Flintstones, The

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Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones
05:00

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
02:55

Gomer Pyle - USMC

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Howard Morris on directing The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle - USMC
01:07

Hogan's Heroes

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Howard Morris on directing several episodes of Hogan's Heroes
01:07

Jetsons, The

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Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones
05:00

Kraft Television Theatre

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Howard Morris briefly on his appearance on Kraft Television Theatre's "Code of the Corner"
00:51

Laverne & Shirley

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Howard Morris on directing Laverne & Shirley
00:38

Love Boat, The

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Howard Morris on directing The Love Boat
00:47

Lucy Show, The

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Howard Morris on guest-starring on The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball
01:30

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 complimentary visits to Sardi's
00:26
Howard Morris on appearing on Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz
00:29

Patty Duke Show, The

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Howard Morris on directing The Patty Duke Show, and on directing Bewitched starring Elizabeth Montgomery
01:49

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
00:53

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
00:49

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
02:20
Howard Morris on the chemistry of the ensemble on Your Show of Shows
01:08
Howard Morris on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows co-star Imogene Coca, and on Carl Reiner
01:09
Howard Morris on various sketches on Your Show of Shows
01:16
Howard Morris on the writing staff of Your Show of Shows, including Mel Brooks and Larry Gelbart
02:04
Howard Morris on Your Show of Shows going off the air
00:43
Topics

Advice

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Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors
00:38

Comedy-Variety

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Howard Morris on co-starring on The Admiral Broadway Revue, Your Show of Shows, and Caesar's Hour along with Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, and Carl Reiner
16:48

Hollywood Blacklist

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Howard Morris on the Hollywood Blacklist
00:47

Industry Crossroads

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Howard Morris on the Hollywood Blacklist
00:47

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

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Howard Morris on co-starring on The Admiral Broadway Revue, Your Show of Shows, and Caesar's Hour along with Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, and Carl Reiner
16:48

Television Industry

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Howard Morris on the Hollywood Blacklist
00:47
Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors
00:38
Professions

Actor

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Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors
00:48

Directors

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Howard Morris on his directing style
01:11
Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors
00:48

Performers

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Howard Morris on his voiceover work
01:49
Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones
05:00
Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors
00:48

Voiceover

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Howard Morris on his voiceover work
01:49
Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones
05:00
Genres

Adventure/Espionage Series

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Howard Morris on appearing on Baywatch
00:54

Animation

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Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones
05:00

Classic Anthology Series

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Howard Morris on appearing on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone
02:04

Comedy Series

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Howard Morris on being cast as "Ernest T. Bass" on The Andy Griffith Show
05:00
Howard Morris on guest-starring as "Mr. Holdecker" on The Dick Van Dyke Show for the episode "The Masterpiece"
00:48
Howard Morris on directing The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle - USMC
00:57
Howard Morris on guest-starring on The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball
01:30
Howard Morris on directing the pilot for Get Smart, The Patty Duke Show, and Get Smart
05:57
Howard Morris on producing The Corner Bar with Alan King
01:13
Howard Morris on directing Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, and The Beatrice Arthur Special
00:38

Commercials

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Howard Morris on directing commercials, including one with George Burns
02:42

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Howard Morris on co-starring on The Admiral Broadway Revue
07:10
Howard Morris on co-starring on Your Show of Shows
08:40
Howard Morris on co-starring on Caesar's Hour
03:18
Howard Morris on The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special
00:49
Howard Morris on directing Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, and The Beatrice Arthur Special
00:38
People

Lucille Ball

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Howard Morris on guest-starring on The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball
01:30

Frances Bavier

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Frances Bavier
00:23

Mel Brooks

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Howard Morris on the writing staff of Your Show of Shows, including Mel Brooks and Larry Gelbart
02:04

Carol Burnett

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Carol Burnett
00:40

George Burns

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Howard Morris on directing commercials, including one with George Burns
02:42

Red Buttons

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Red Buttons
00:14

Sid Caesar

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Howard Morris on the format of Admiral Broadway Revue, and on working with Sid Caesar and Max Liebman
01:32

Imogene Coca

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Actor Howard Morris on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows co-star Imogene Coca
00:30
Howard Morris on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows co-star Imogene Coca, and on Carl Reiner
01:09

Bill Dana

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Bill Dana
00:33

Patty Duke

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Howard Morris on directing The Patty Duke Show, and on directing Bewitched starring Elizabeth Montgomery
01:49

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"
00:48

Maurice Evans

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Howard Morris on appearing in a production of Twelfth Night with Maurice Evans
00:49

Larry Gelbart

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Howard Morris on the writing staff of Your Show of Shows, including Mel Brooks and Larry Gelbart
02:04

Andy Griffith

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Howard Morris on working with the cast of The Andy Griffith Show, including Griffith and Ron Howard
00:51
Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Andy Griffith
00:15

Jonathan Harris

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Jonathan Harris
00:11

Ron Howard

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Howard Morris on working with the cast of The Andy Griffith Show, including Griffith and Ron Howard
00:51
Howard Morris on acting in Ron Howard's movie "Splash"
04:43

Don Knotts

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Don Knotts
00:21

Sheldon Leonard

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Sheldon Leonard
00:20

Jerry Lewis

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Howard Morris on appearing in the Jerry Lewis feature film "The Nutty Professor"
00:49

Max Liebman

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Actor Howard Morris on joining the cast of The Admiral Broadway Revue and meeting producer Max Liebman
03:09
Howard Morris on joining the cast of The Admiral Broadway Revue starring Sid Caesar, on and meeting producer Max Liebman
03:18
Howard Morris on the format of Admiral Broadway Revue, and on working with Sid Caesar and Max Liebman
01:32

Elizabeth Montgomery

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Howard Morris on directing The Patty Duke Show, and on directing Bewitched starring Elizabeth Montgomery
01:49

Donny Osmond

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Donny Osmond
00:44

Marie Osmond

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Marie Osmond
00:48

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
01:09

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
01:18

Mike Stokey

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Howard Morris on appearing on Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz
00:28

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