Herbie J Pilato: Rose Marie’s “Laugh” Worth Its “Wait” in Gold

 by Herbie J Pilato

Wait for your laugh…your tears…your wonder…your amazement in anticipation before and after watching Wait For Your Laugh, the stunning new documentary about entertainment legend Rose Marie, best known as Sally Rogers on classic TV’s The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Carl Reiner, another TV icon, who created the Van Dyke Show (and has written, directed and been featured in countless classic television shows and films) has named Wait For Your Laugh one of the “best documentaries” he has ever seen.

Such praise is not unwarranted.

Every aspect of Marie’s lengthy and remarkable life and career is covered with professional and compassionate, yet objective precision in Wait For Your Laugh.Director Jason Wise and his co-writing wife Christina Wise have crafted a daring cinematic tale of truth with skill, care and unique perspective and technique rarely if ever seen in the documentary format.

Narrated by Peter Marshall, another still-vibrant performer, and the host of TV’s Hollywood Squares game show (on which Marie appeared for years), Wait For Your Laugh features never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage and images not only of the Van Dyke Show but from SquaresThe Doris Day Show (on which Marie also performed in a regular role), and her pre and post VanDorisSquares live performances, namely from her earliest live performances as 5-years-old as “Baby Rose Marie,” to much later in the hit senior pre-Golden Girls-esque-inspiring live show “Four Girls Four” (in which Marie starred along pal Rosemary Clooney, George’s aunt, Margaret Whiting, and Helen O’Connell, the latter with whom Marie notoriously and honestly clashed).

Delivered with dynamite details are, among other adventures, the tales of her truest love life with loyal husband Bobby Guy (the unheralded master trumpet player), and early career support from none other than Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel (who founded Las Vegas).

New on-screen interviews include those with Marie herself, Reiner, Van Dyke, Marshall, Tim Conway (who Marie discovered), writer/producer and Marie fan Dan Harmon (of TV’s Community fame), Georgia Marie Guy (Marie’s dedicated daughter with Bobby Guy), and Marie’s earnest publicist Harlon Boll (who also served as one of the film’s associate producers).

Each voice, face and unseen talent showcased behind and in front of the cameras of Laugh leaves the audience waiting for more of the film’s winning ways.

“Wait” unwavering celebrates the much-deserved Marie, who has brought so much love, energy, and talent to every aspect of not only her own personal and professional life, but every life she has ever touched or influenced, whether they were or remain close in her inner circle or the countless fans around the world who continue to be so inspired by her grand heart, humor, and persona.

So, until Wait For Your Laugh II hopefully, one day follows, don’t wait, but run to see the original Wait For Your Laugh…which holds at its center an original all of its own, in the guise of reining shining star Rose Marie.

For more information about “Wait For Your Laugh,” please visit: http://www.rosemariemovie.com/


Herbie J Pilato is the Founder and Executive Director of The Classic TV Preservation Society, and the author of several classic TV companion books.  He is practically a founding father of TVWriter™ and is a Contributing Editor Emeritus. This article first appeared on Herbie J’s blog. Learn more about Herbie J Pilato HERE.

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – November 20, 2017

Good morning! Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

‘Longmire’ Proves Hard to Kill

LB: First Thoughts on the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Competition Entries

Whatever Happened to…’Automan?’

And our most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest

The Logline

The Outline/Story

The Teleplay

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

When is a Kid Video not a Kid Video?

Creepy video indeed. From the TechCrunch article analyzing the first article below. (Don’t worry, it’ll all be clear if you stick with us.)

When is a Kid Video not a Kid Video?

When you’re watching many a giant “hit” kid video on YouTube!

What the !@#$ are we talking about? This:

Something is Wrong on the Internet
by James Bridle

As someone who grew up on the internet, I credit it as one of the most important influences on who I am today. I had a computer with internet access in my bedroom from the age of 13. It gave me access to a lot of things which were totally inappropriate for a young teenager, but it was OK. The culture, politics, and interpersonal relationships which I consider to be central to my identity were shaped by the internet, in ways that I have always considered to be beneficial to me personally. I have always been a critical proponent of the internet and everything it has brought, and broadly considered it to be emancipatory and beneficial. I state this at the outset because thinking through the implications of the problem I am going to describe troubles my own assumptions and prejudices in significant ways.

One of the thus-far hypothetical questions I ask myself frequently is how I would feel about my own children having the same kind of access to the internet today. And I find the question increasingly difficult to answer. I understand that this is a natural evolution of attitudes which happens with age, and at some point this question might be a lot less hypothetical. I don’t want to be a hypocrite about it. I would want my kids to have the same opportunities to explore and grow and express themselves as I did. I would like them to have that choice. And this belief broadens into attitudes about the role of the internet in public life as a whole.

I’ve also been aware for some time of the increasingly symbiotic relationship between younger children and YouTube. I see kids engrossed in screens all the time, in pushchairs and in restaurants, and there’s always a bit of a Luddite twinge there, but I am not a parent, and I’m not making parental judgments for or on anyone else. I’ve seen family members and friend’s children plugged into Peppa Pig and nursery rhyme videos, and it makes them happy and gives everyone a break, so OK.

But I don’t even have kids and right now I just want to burn the whole thing down.

Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level. Much of what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring.

To begin: Kid’s YouTube is definitely and markedly weird. I’ve been aware of its weirdness for some time. Last year, there were a number of articles posted about the Surprise Egg craze. Surprise Eggs videos depict, often at excruciating length, the process of unwrapping Kinder and other egg toys. That’s it, but kids are captivated by them. There are thousands and thousands of these videos and thousands and thousands, if not millions, of children watching them….

Read it all at Medium

Yeah, we know this is a pretty extreme sounding post. That’s why we’re also sending you to a place that treats the subject less angrily but comes to pretty much the same conclusions. Check out this article on TechCrunch by Natasha Lomas.

Whatever Happened to…’Automan?’

Yeppers, that’s Automan (Chuck Wagner) standing between his creator, Walter Nebbisher (Desi Arnaz, Jr.) and his very special – oh, you guessed it – Autocar. (He also had a little Tinkerbelle style sidekick named “Cursor.”

Once upon a time (1983, to be exact) there was a TV series called Automan, starring Desi Arnaz Jr. and Chuck Wagner, and Executive Produced and mostly written by none other than our favorite Beloved Leader, Larry Brody.

The show didn’t last all that long – twelve episodes, to be exact one more time – but over the years it’s become a cult classic because that’s what happens to shows that are way ahead of their time, especially shows that are the first to do something very, very special.

How do we know that Automan is a cult classic? Not from the residual checks that LB isn’t getting, that’s for sure. We know it because here and now, in the otherwise Not So Glorious Year of Our Lorde 2017, cool stuff video graphics software maker Red Giant is giving us – hehehe – this David Hewlett-starring parody:

It looked more like this, back in the day:

Have You Been Watching ‘The A Word?’

Christopher Eccleston is more than just a former Doctor on Doctor Who. He’s also one of the finest actors in the English speaking world today.

For the past year, he’s been one of the stars of BBC’s The A Word, a series about an autistic young boy and his family. The show, also available on the Sundance Channel, is, in a word that starts with ‘E’, enlightening. Here’s a clip:

Here’s the entire first episode (at least until it gets yanked off YouTube):

And, for the trifecta, here’s an interview with Chris by a Gerard Groves, a filmmaker and journalist at the BBC, who also is on the autism spectrum with Asperger’s:

Why are we devoting so much time to this show? Well, one reason is that somebody all of you TVWriter™ regulars know – or feel like you know – is also on the spectrum.

A certain LB.

Your thoughts about this series are most welcome. So let us know what they are!

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – November 13, 2017

Good morning! Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

LB: First Thoughts on the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Competition Entries

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

8 Tips for Writing for Children’s TV Shows

Peggy Bechko Ponders ‘High Concept’

And our most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Logline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest

The Teleplay

TVWriter™ Contact & Email List Info

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

A Meme for the Ages

You may not understand it right now, but when the time comes that you find yourself creating your own version of the note above by literary critic and essayist Edmund Wilson you’ll know that – finally! – you’re a writing success.

Which reminds us of the immortal words of Josh Olson, an Academy Award nominee for his A History of Violence script: “I will not read your fucking script.”

FTR, this TVWriter™ minion doesn’t think either of these distinguished gentlemen are/were overreacting. First World Problems, y’know?