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Top 1 Johnny Carson Comedy Movie


As a kid, I saw the first big screen appearance of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" host. I waited more than 40 years for a theatrical follow-up that never came (excepting a brief, uncredited cameo in Bob Hope's 1972 swan song, "Cancel My Reservation.") Carson was in movies via archival TV clips -- "Goodbye, Columbus" (1969) and "Pink Cadillac" (1989) jump to mind. As an actor, however, there is only one performance of any length, and that being a few minutes as joker Johnny Carson.

1. "Looking for Love" (1964)

Although MGM sprinkled this lightweight musical comedy with guest stars (George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, Danny Thomas, Paula Prentiss), what results is a faux Elvis Presley flick with a chick instead. Connie Francis, America's top pop queen of the day, finds herself coaxed by Carson to sing on "The Tonight Show." It's a Cinderella-like moment, but not for Johnny. He looks uncomfortable, makes a few quips, and, as I recall, smokes cigarettes. Connie gains a heady showbiz career and Jim Hutton.

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