Ward Kimball on a 1970s Game Show Ward Kimball on a 1970s Game Show
Ward Kimball

Ward Kimball on a 1970s Game Show

The don’t-miss clip of the week: a 1970 appearance by “casting director” Ward Kimball on the NBC daytime game show Lohman and Barkley’s Namedroppers. Bob Cummings, Ruth Buzzi and Bob Newhart also appear. Ward’s appearance was in conjunction with his short It’s Tough to be a Bird and took place sixteen years after his appearance on You Bet Your Life:

(Thanks, Bill Storts)

  • Have you seen the clip of Ward on Groucho’s show? I cant remeber the name but it’s really good too.

  • ok, so youtube is blocked at my office so I couldnt see the groucho link….

  • I seem to remember seeing Daws Butler on a rerun of “You Bet Your Life” when I was a kid–or has that episode already been featured on Cartoon Brew?

  • Andy

    Ward Kimball AND Lohman & Barkley? This is a genuine treat! Thanks Amid!!

  • Jim Nasium

    Lohman and Barkley once tried to sell a cartoon show of their very own, for which they would have done major voice acting. Pity it never happened. It’s surprising how funny Roger Barkley, the usual straight man, is in this clip.

  • Neat watching how expressive Kimball’s face is.

  • Christopher Cook

    I am eagerly searching for a 1975 telecast of “To Tell The Truth,” in which Jack Mercer (Popeye) was among the team of challengers.

  • David Breneman

    Is announcer “Kenny” who breaks up during the prize announcement Ken Carpenter? He was a fixture at NBC from the 1930s on.

  • ward kimball is a genius–some smart young guy should do a book on him!

    • amid

      Some smart young and handsome guy, Craig! =)

  • The family still has the diary Ward kept during his many years at Disney. I’d sure like to read that book.

    • From seeing stuff like this and reading the Walt’s People volumes it’s amazing to see what wild, interesting and dramatic lives the Disney animators had.

      I know it’s the “thing” to say, but someone should really produce a dramatic TV mini-series about the Disney animation studio during the Walt years. Especially with the animator’s strike too—a perfect dramatic centerpiece.

      Shoot, I’d pay money to see that.

      If handled properly it would radically change people’s perspective on the Disney studio….but in a good way.

      (Or am I Johnny-come lately on this ? Has one been attempted and shot down?)

      • David Breneman

        The current generation of corporate suits at Disney would never allow it, because seeing real people (especially a cigarette-smokin’, Scotch drinkin’, cussin’ Walt) produce those films would “destroy the magic” [insert twinkling]. Too bad, because humanizing those people would actually work to the studio’s advantage, image-wise. But if they knew that, they wouldn’t be corporate suits, would they?

      • Maybe you’re right.

        But something tells me if there hasn’t been a dramatic story about Walt, 9 Old Men and the animation strike—there will be. The execs haven’t done anything about the “Walt’s People” volumes, so someone producing something outside the studio is still possible.

        A dramatic story like this if done right could be the testament to American animation as The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay was to American comics.

  • Bill Palombi

    Do you have the next episode with Bob Cummings, Ruth Buzzi and Bob Newhart? They play with my father Phil Palombi who is Bob Cumming’s barber.