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Ford Startime "Talent Scouts"
Broadcast Information: February 23, 1960, on CBS. 120 mins.

Hosted by Dave Garroway, this program helped up-and-coming performers get their big break. Based on the recommendation of established celebrities, each hopeful performs a musical number or dramatic piece. Joan relates the story of how she travels frequently for Pepsi-Cola, leaving her little time for recreation. When she does have free time, she spends it in front "of a lovely, warm twenty-one inch screen!" Recently, she tuned into a local New York program called "Show of the Week," featuring Colleen Dewhurst. Joan then gives brief background info for Colleen and sets up what Colleen will be performing: the sleepwalking scene from Macbeth. Afterwards, Colleen and Joan admit they haven't met until that day's rehearsal and go backstage to talk.

   With Dave Garroway.   With Colleen Dewhurst and Dave Garroway.



 32nd Annual Academy Awards

Broadcast info: 1960. Joan appeared in audience.


The Bob Hope Buick Show
Broadcast Information: October 3, 1960, on NBC.
Joan taped her performance for this program on September 24, 1960.


What's My Line?
Broadcast Information: December 30, 1960, on CBS.
Joan was a guest and mentions her upcoming appearance on Zane Grey Theater. She also brings out daughters Cathy and Cindy.



With the twins and host John Daly.What's My Line?
Broadcast Information: January 8, 1961, on CBS.










Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater: "One Must Die"
Broadcast Information: January 12, 1961, on CBS. 30 mins.
Joan plays good/bad twins "Sarah/Melanie Davidson." Also appearing in this episode were Philip Carey and Carl Benton Reid. Joan taped her performance for this program in mid-October 1960.


See the 1961 Images page for more screen shots from the show.






 33rd Annual Academy Awards

Broadcast info:  1961. Joan appeared in the audience.


Miss America Pageant
Broadcast Information: September 9, 1961, on CBS.
Joan was a judge at this pageant held in Atlantic City.


The Foxes
Broadcast Information: September 21, 1961, on NBC. 80 mins.
Joan played "Millicent Fox." Also appearing in this episode were John Ireland, Steve Forrest, Colleen Dewhurst, Wesley Lau, Robert Sampson, Ellen Corby, John Baragrey, Liam Sullivan and J.Pat O'Malley. This was the pilot episode, directed by Howard Jaffe.


I've Got a Secret
Broadcast Information: October 23, 1961, on CBS.


Dupont Show of the Week: "The Ziegfeld Touch"
Broadcast Information: October 29, 1961, on NBC. 60 mins.


Joan narrates this program, the story of Florenz Ziegfeld (the master of the musical) and of his first wife, Anna Held, the girls he glorified and the songs he introduced. Performers taking part in this one-hour tribute include Barbara Cook, Marilynn Lovell, Danny Meehan and Jack Irwin, and the dancer Jayne Turner. Also included are film clips of performances by such Follies stars as Marilyn Miller, Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Will Rogers and W.C. Fields.

Click here to see more photos from the show.











Joan with Schell. Source: CORBIS34th Annual Academy Awards
Broadcast Information: April 9, 1962.
Joan presented the "Best Actor" Award to Maximilian Schell for "Judgement at Nuremberg."


 See the 1962 Images page for more photos.








Your First Impression
Broadcast Information: July 12, 1962, on NBC.



The Tonight Show
Broadcast Information: October 1, 1962, on NBC. 60 mins.
Joan is on the very first episode with host Johnny Carson. Other guests were Rudy Vallee, Mel Brooks, and Tony Bennett. The master reel for this episode was destroyed in a fire and only exists in an audio format.





With host John Daly.What's My Line?
Broadcast Information: October 14, 1962, on CBS.
On this game show, Joan promotes her appearance in
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?







Here's Hollywood

Broadcast info:  November 1962. Joan appears as herself.


Broadcast Information: December 16, 1962 on CBS.

From "For one word, [host Ludden] Allen had forgotten Joan was playing the word to her partner and asked 'Jim' to give the clue. Joan commented 'Jim? I couldn't pass THAT physical!' to a huge spontaneous audience laugh." Barry Nelson was the other celebrity on the program.


Lykke og krone

Broadcast info:  1962.  A Norwegian TV special on Hollywood.




The Merv Griffin Show
Broadcast Information: March 7, 1963, on NBC.


Car 54, Where Are You?

Broadcast Information: March 17, 1963.

The 26th episode of the show's second season is titled "Joan Crawford Didn't Say No." Joan doesn't appear on the show, but is mentioned throughout, since a Bronx matchmaker has set up a local elderly deli owner to be married to Joan! Joan's picture appears prominently displayed in the matchmaker's office.


35th Annual Academy Awards
Broadcast Information: April 8, 1963.
Joan presented the "Best Director" award to David Lean for "Lawrence of Arabia." Also accepted "Best Actress" award on behalf of Anne Bancroft.


I've Got a Secret

Broadcast info: May 27, 1963, on CBS.


Route 66: "Same Picture, Different Frame"
Broadcast Information: October 4, 1963, on CBS. 60 mins
Joan plays "Morgan Harper." Also appearing in this episode were Glenn Corbett, Martin Milner, Patrick O'Neal, Tom Bosley, Charles White, Jacqueline Courtney, Griff Evans, Arthur Anderson and George Lambert. The director was Philip Leacock. During filming in Maine, Joan became afraid of the crowds.




 Hollywood and the Stars

Broadcast info:  October 7, 1963.  Clip of Joan shown in the "Sirens, Symbols and Glamour Girls" episode.



Hollywood and the Stars

Broadcast info:  March 30, 1964.  Clip of Joan shown in "The Oscars - Moments of Greatness: Part 1" episode.


36th Annual Academy Awards

Broadcast info:  1964. Joan presented the "Best Director" award.


The Celebrity Game

Broadcast info: September 12, 1964. Joan appeared as "Herself."



What's My Line?
Broadcast info: December 13, 1964, on CBS. Joan appeared as a Mystery Guest. Panel: Arlene Francis, Victor Borge, Dorothy Kilgallen, and Bennett Cerf.

From "Joan Crawford showed her funny side during the mystery guest round when she answered the panel in a faux southern accent, a la Scarlett O'Hara. She wasn't promoting any appearance in particular, but had been in town for a U.S.O.benefit."


Joan's sign-in on the 12/13/64 What's My Line? chalkboard. In July 2020, appraised

 at $20,000 and auctioned on eBay starting at $8,900.




Della aka Fatal Confinement
Broadcast Information: 1964. Originally 60 minutes, broadcast as pilot "Royal Bay." Later released as 70-minute feature "Fatal Confinement." Co-stars Charles Bickford, Diane Baker, Paul Burke. Joan plays "Della Chappell."  See the
1964 Photos page for more photos.


Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Fatal Confinement originated as an hour-long TV pilot film titled Royal Bay. Joan Crawford stars as a reclusive woman living with her daughter in a California coastal town. A business firm, headed by Charles Bickford, wants to buy her property. The sudden intrusion of the outside world causes personal and emotional problems for Crawford and her daughter. When Royal Bay failed to sell as a series, it was rechristened Fatal Confinement and expanded to 70 minutes for theatrical showings.


Ed Guinea's review for this site (February 2009):

"Della" was unfortunately a missed opportunity for Joan Crawford. You may ask why as she was in the TV film and played the central character of the story. "Della" was packaged as a TV pilot titled "Royal Bay" in 1964 by Four-Star and Revue Television to star TV veteran Paul Burke ("Naked City") as a lawyer and movie veteran Charles Bickford ("The Song of Bernadette," "Duel In The Sun," among others) as his cantankerous, righteous father. The program was to be produced on location weekly and was seeking a commitment for 30 weeks. To ensure success, the producers needed a sure bet and the concept grew into a scant feature-length pilot when director Robert Gist secured the services of superstar Joan Crawford as guest star. The episode was to be labelled "Della," after the character that was offered to Miss Crawford.

Royal Bay is a California coastal town of means. Throughout the film, Joan Crawford commands attention as Della Chappel. She plays a reclusive woman of wealth, consumed by power and dedicated to protecting her daughter's future from apparent harm. Her home is her castle and her property is her daughter's future. Devoid of emotion, Della displays no smile, no laughter, no love except for her primary focus, Jenny - her daughter, who is battling an unusually fatal eye disease. There is no soft side to her, only the hint of one at the closure of the film as she realizes she has lost her fight to keep what was hers. Crawford's character holds the town of Royal Bay hostage to her will and her demands politically. This cloud of destiny hampers the towns growth and neglects necessary tax incentives. Lawyer Burke asks to meet Della at her home to discuss the possibilty of buying some - or all - of her vast holdings. Now the dark underside: she agrees to meet him after midnight in the dead of night. This weird quirk offers a clue to Della's reasons for being difficult to bargain with. When Burke arrives, it is a sudden intrusion into the Chappel domain and one that unsettles the unusually introverted Jenny. Jenny has never met a young man her age and is distraught over her feelings. The domineering Della states that her property is likely to remain so. Burke says he will fight her decision using the villagers as a rebellious contingent.

Like Moses coming down from the mountain, frustration edges the reclusive widow into downtown Royal Bay the next day to pay a personal visit on senior law partner Bickford, a man of her age and an old acquaintance. She connives to discredit Burke and bribe Bickford's son away from her idyllic privacy. Despite this, Burke engineers his return to Chappel House and Jenny. The dramatic exchanges between Crawford and Burke generate heightened dramatic tension and these are the highlights of the film. The basis of the struggle is Jenny, not the property but Della blames the sparks on the land issues to throw off suspicion. The secret to Della's commitment is revealed and in defiance of the mother's pressure, Jenny leaves the house with immediate disregard for her health and the "love" of a man.

Crawford is enthusiastic and compelling as Della Chappel. Force pours from her body with her rich voice and her vigorous strength. Diane Baker is Jenny, and plays her third role opposite star Crawford. Baker is gentle and subtle with a childlike quality that we don't yet understand.

The strength of many great films lie with its character actor co-stars and this is no exception. The great Charles Bickford, built like a brick warehouse and wearing his trademark mop on his head, played his role with humility and empathy for the characters. Otto Kruger provided strong support in his minor role. Paul Burke is bland, yet displays charisma enough to propel him further into stardom, but in his role he was harsh, demanding and decisive. He gives the impression he is corrupt and eager to buy the Chappel real estate to further his own initiatives. He wanted what he wanted and he was determined to get it. Of course, one look at Baker and Burke just might change his mind. 1950's star Richard Carlson plays a brother in his ample sized role as he tries to talk Burke out of his pursuit of the Chappel real estate. The pilot was directed by Crawford friend (she appears on The David Frost Show with him) Robert Gist.

Now back to why this was a missed opportunity for Joan Crawford: 1964 was a banner year for the star and Pepsi executive. She had a movie in the can (the successful "Strait-Jacket"), the scripts for "Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte" and "Sex and Mrs. Macado" on her desk, plus plans for a new book and an extended tour for the ever-growing Pepsi-Cola firm during their aggressive "For Those Who Think Young" campaign in the summer months. For a sixty year old actress, this is a strenuous schedule, but Crawford drew strength from extensive work and fan-based activity. "Della" was a misfire for her and a waste of time and energy because no one ever saw it. The TV pilot was rejected, unaired and scrapped with the footage released as "Della" to TV stations three years later as part of a Universal Pictures syndicated film package, with "Della" at the bottom of the list and showing on television at 1AM in the morning. What had started out as a year of possibly great achievement ended up as a less-than-stellar year.

As a sidenote, "Della" fell into the public domain and was rescued 16 years ago and released on video with the curious box title "Fatal Confinement." The title on the film remains to be "Della."




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The Tonight Show
Broadcast Information: February 16, 1965, on NBC. 60 mins.


37th Annual Academy Awards
Broadcast Information: April 5, 1965.
Joan presented the "Best Director" award to George Cukor for "My Fair Lady."


The Tonight Show
Broadcast Information: May 14, 1965, on NBC. 60 mins. [Editor's note on photos: Joan appeared on The Tonight Show 3 times in 1965. I couldn't determine which appearance in particular these shots taken by a fan of his television screen came from.]



Girl Talk

Broadcast info: May 14, 1965.


The Tonight Show

Broadcast info: May 22, 1965, on NBC. 60 mins. (It seems odd that she was on the show again only a week after her last appearance there. But the IMDb lists this date.)


The Merv Griffin Show

Broadcast info: July 19, 1965.


ABC's Nightlife

Broadcast info:  July 20, 1965.


Miss America Pageant
Broadcast Information: September 11, 1965, on CBS.
Joan was a judge at this pageant held in Atlantic City.


Joan with Melvyn Douglas and Ginger Rogers. Source: CORBISEmmy Awards
Broadcast Information: September 12, 1965, on NBC.
Joan was on hand to accept awards for Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne's performances in the Hallmark Hall of Fame's TV special "The Magnificent Yankee."







Joan reads 'A Prayer for Little Children.'Hollywood Palace

Broadcast Information: October 9, 1965, on ABC. 60 minutes. The show was in rehearsals from 9/22 to 9/24, and was pre-recorded on 9/24. Joan received $7500 for her appearance, plus a $2500 hostess fee. Page of contract.   More photos from the show.

Guests included singer Jack Jones (who performed "Just Yesterday" and "More" and a duet, "Call Me," with Joanie Summers), Joanie Summers ("Till There Was You"), Allen and Rossi (comedy team), Steve Rossi ("Al Di La" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic"), Godfrey Cambridge (comic), Lily Yokoi (Japanese bicyclist), The Rodos (West German acrobats), and Stebbings' Boxers (comic dogs from England). Joan read "A Prayer for Little Children" on this episode.




The Merv Griffin Show.

Broadcast info: November 10, 1965.


To Tell the Truth

Broadcast info: November 10, 1965.  Joan appeared as "Herself."


The Merv Griffin Show

Broadcast info: November 16, 1965.




Every Day is Mother's Day
Broadcast Information:  Joan plays "Diane Miles." This was an un-filmed program by Hope Pictures, Inc. Joan signed the contract for this program on December 7, 1965. She was to be paid $7,500 for the 10 day shoot which was to begin on January 4, 1966.


The Merv Griffin Show

Broadcast info:  March 9, 1966.


38th Annual Academy Awards

Broadcast info:  1966. Joan appeared in the audience.


The Merv Griffin Show

Broadcast info:  April 5, 1966.



Girl Talk
Broadcast Information: April 20, 1966. Joan and Anita Colby are the guests. Show hosted by Virginia Graham.








What's My Line?
Broadcast Information: July 3, 1966, on CBS. Joan appeared as a Mystery Guest.
Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Suzy Knickerbocker, Bennett Cerf.


From "Joan Crawford, as always, was greeted by wild applause from the audience. She then stumped the panel, before Bennett guessed her identity after the last card was flipped. He asked if she sipped on Pepsi. Joan seemed to have fun tonight, and was relaxed and cheerful. She even did a spot-on imitation of Judy Holliday! She also mentioned her former husband, Franchot Tone, as part of a pun when Mr. Daly said, in reference to her disguised voice, "that tone comes through." Joan then said, "Franchot Tone?" When the pun dawned on Mr. Daly, he remarked, "Oh you! Don't be like Bennett, Joan, pleeeease! Heavenly days!" It was a cute moment! Crawford and Tone were married from 1935 until their divorce in 1939.

This was a pretty rough night for the panel. ...They were totally stumped by the second contestant as well as mystery guest Joan Crawford. After the final card was flipped, Bennett did guess Joan Crawford, but it was too late! Miss Crawford was able to stump the panel by using different tones for her voice, and this trick threw them off completely. At one point, Bennett asked Joan if two mystery guests were present. That showed how great an actress she was, even at the tail end of her career. She got big laughs and applause when Tony asked, "Are you a boy?" and she stood up to show off her womanly curves. During the post game chat, John mentioned that Joan is a vice-president of the USO, and heads up the women's activities for USO...."


Girl Talk

Broadcast info: August 28, 1966.




Crusade '67
Broadcast Information: 1967
Joan speaks on behalf of the American Cancer Society and recites the poem "Dirge Without Music," by Edna St. Vincent Millay.





Dirge Without Music

Edna St. Vincent Millay

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains, --- but the best is lost.

The answers quick & keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,
They are gone. They have gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.




Girl Talk

Broadcast info:  February 8, 1967.



The Man from U.N.C.L.E: "The Five Daughters Affair"
Broadcast Information: March 31 and April 7, 1967, on NBC, in Season 3 of the show. (
Filmed: February 17, 20-24, 27-28, March 1-3, 6-9, 1967)
Directed by Barry Shear, produced by MGM Television. Released in UK as feature film "The Karate Killers." Joan plays "Amanda True."

Plot: U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin travel around the globe in an effort to track down a secret formula that was divided into four parts and left by a dying scientist with his four daughters, all of whom live in different countries. Evil THRUSH agent Randolph, who has killed his wife, played by Joan, also wants the formula, and is aided by his karate-chopping henchmen.



39th Annual Academy Awards

Broadcast info:  1967. Joan appeared in the audience.


Girl Talk

Broadcast info: April 7, 1967.



Hollywood Palace
Broadcast Information: April 22, 1967, on ABC. 60 minutes.

Joan opens the program with a quick joke about Pepsi-Cola and then welcomes Halasis (an acrobatic act) followed by the band Cyrkle, who sing "Impressions." Next up is a comedy sketch titled "The Warden Gets a Word In" with Joan and Tim Conway. Joan plays a reporter interviewing Warden Conway about the lackluster security at his prison. Afterwards, The Flying Cavarettas (young trapeze artists) perform and then Nancy Ames sings a song. Magician Ralph Adams does some magic tricks. Julius LaRosa sings "Look Me Over." Finally, Joan performs a dramatic reading written by Milton Geiger called "The Dreamer" and closes the show.

This episode (# 29) was taped on February 10, 1967. Joan has 7 wardrobe changes throughout the program. The executive producer was Nicholas Vanoff; the producer was William O. Harbach; the director was Grey Lockwood; and it was written by Joe Bigelow, Bernie Orenstein and Jay Burton.




The Merv Griffin Show
Broadcast Information:  April 26, 1967


A Film Profile: Joan Crawford
Broadcast Information: June 6, 1967, on BBC. 30 mins.
BBC interview with Joan on the set of "Berserk!" She discusses her long career and makes comments on clips of her films that are shown.
She reminisces about working with John Barrymore, Clark Gable, Bette Davis. She talks about how Barrymore was rude to her and about how Confidential magazine tried to do a story on her troubles with Christina. She also relates stories about George Cukor and Elizabeth Taylor and speaks of Greta Garbo with great fondness.


The Merv Griffin Show
Broadcast Information: June 28, 1967


The Merv Griffin Show
Broadcast Information: September 11, 1967



House Party

Broadcast info:  January 22, 1968.


The Joey Bishop Show

Broadcast info: January 26, 1968.


The Lucy Show: "Lucy and the Lost Star"
Broadcast Information: February 26, 1968, on CBS. 30 minutes.

Plot: When Lucy's car breaks down, she goes to a nearby home to phone for a mechanic. The home belongs to Joan Crawford, who is in the process of cleaning. Lucy mistakenly believes Joan has lost all of her money and decides to do what she can to help the "ailing" star.


Visit the 1968 Images page for more photos from the show.








The Merv Griffin Show
Broadcast Information: February 27, 1968


Girl Talk

Broadcast info:  April 12, 1968


The Merv Griffin Show
Broadcast Information: May 6, 1968


The Merv Griffin Show
Broadcast Information: September 17, 1968


The Mike Douglas Show
Broadcast Information: September 23 - 27, 1968.
Joan appeared on one of this week's shows with Christina to promote the new
Films of Joan Crawford book.
After the show's taping on 9/18, Joan was informed that Franchot Tone had passed away.


On the set of 'Secret Storm.' Source: CORBISThe Secret Storm
Broadcast Information: Friday, October 15; Monday, October 28; Wednesday, October 30; and Thursday, October 31, 1968, on CBS. Each episode was 30 mins.
Joan played "Joan Borman Kane," substituting for her sick daughter Christina. Joan was paid $585 for her work, which she gave to her hairdresser. (Soap Opera Encyclopedia)


See the 1968 Images page for other photos from the show.


Joan's adopted daughter Christina was hospitalized for an abdominal operation and could not perform. Joan contacted Gloria Monty, director and offered to step in for her. Gloria accepted, delighting Fred Silverman, chief of daytime programming at CBS. He cleared the use of a studio for rehearsals. On the night before rehearsal, Gloria visited Joan at her apartment; Joan was excited about the role she was to play, comparing it to "Mildred Pierce". Joan asked that no publicity be issued for her appearance but the network couldn't resist the temptation. On the first day of rehearsals, Joan was greeted by the press which added to her nervousness. During rehearsal, Silverman visited the set and thanked Joan for her help. On the day of taping, Joan brought a Pepsi-Cola cooler of vodka. Monty attempted to keep her away from the alcohol during taping but Joan's performance was poor. Afterwards, the director pieced together what he could of the performance into the series. When asked to comment, Christina said "I couldn't exactly jump and down in bed about it, but it was fantastic she would care that much." --Joan Crawford: A Biography by Bob Thomas




Girl Talk

Broadcast info:  November 1, 1969.


The Merv Griffin Show

Broadcast info:  November 4, 1969.



Night Gallery
Broadcast Information: November 8, 1969, on NBC. 30 minutes.


Pilot episode for series. Joan plays "Claudia Menlo" in a segment (the second of three) called "Eyes." Steven Spielberg makes his directorial debut here. Barry Sullivan and Tom Bosley co-star.


Click here to see more photos from the show.


Plot: Claudia Menlo is a rich recluse who lives alone in an apartment building on 5th Avenue in New York City. She has been blind since birth and blackmails her physician into performing an illegal operation on her that will give her the healthy optic nerves from a man desperate for cash, despite the fact that she will only be able to see for 12 hours. On the night of the operation, Claudia's joy at having her eyesight returned is destroyed when the city experiences a blackout.




Broadcast Information: November 6, 1969, on BBC; November 8, 1969, on PBS. 65 mins. Produced by Fred Burnley; written by later Garbo (and Crawford) biographer Alexander Walker.

Filmed in the summer of '69, Joan narrated this documentary about legendary screen actress Greta Garbo.

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