Sergio Franchi filmography

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Sergio Franchi in "The Secret of Santa Vittoria"

The following is Sergio Franchi's (April 6, 1926 – May 1, 1990) comprehensive filmography. Regarding his acting roles; these include two musical comedy performance DVDs (also included on his discography), several comedy skits, and the 1983 Tony Awards film. Also included is his 1969 dramatic role as Tufa in The Secret of Santa Vittoria—a film that won the 1970 Golden Globe Award for "Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy."[1] All of the sections are listed with earliest dates first. In addition to his extensive television performances (singing, dancing, comedy, and talk shows), there is a section on television commercials, and a section on archived films.

Feature and television films[edit]

Year/Date Title Production Information Performance Details
1963
  • Sing, aber spiel nicht mit mir, DVD Note 1
  • Producer, Kurt Nachman
  • Sergio Franchi, Carmela Corren, Audrey Arno, etc.
  • Himself - (Sings "Ich finde alle Frauen schön")
3-05-69
  • "The Kingdom of Iodine"
  • Sergio Franchi as The Black Night
4-22-69
  • "You Can Lead a Horse ..."
  • Sergio Franchi as The Black Knight
  • Himself - (Sings "L-O-V-E," "Non ti scordar di me")
1969
  • Sergio Franchi as Tufa
  • Himself - (sings Soundtrack Title Song "Stay")
1970
  • Philadelphia, With Love[4]
  • Producer, Bell Telephone
  • 26 Minute Tourism Promotional Film
  • Himself - (Sings title song, site appearances)
1970
  • Three Coins in the Fountain, (TV Movie)[5]
  • Himself - (sings Soundtrack Title Song)
n.d.
  • Producer, Andrew Solt
6-5-83
  • Himself - Presenter

Notes[edit]

1. ^ This DVD was part of a German TV serial, "Music Is in the Air" filmed at the Vienna music show "Rendezvous in Vienna."[7][8]

2. ^ Film was nominated for 1970 Academy Awards: Best Original Score, Best Film Editing[9] Distributed by United Artists, © MGM 1969.

  • Nominated 1970 Golden Globes: Best Director (Stanley Kramer), Best Actor (Anthony Quinn), Best Actress (Anna Magnani), Best Original Score (Ernest Gold), Best Original Song "Stay"
  • Won 1970 Golden Globe: Best Motion Picture - Comedy![1]
  • The film and its major stars were referenced nine separate weeks on Mr. Pop Culture[10]

3. ^ "The 37th Annual Tony Awards" was broadcast live from New York City's Uris Theater. The theme for the Awards show was "A Tribute to George and Ira Gershwin."[11][12]

Musical variety television specials[edit]

Year/Date Title Information Details
1-02-64
  • Himself - ("It's Now or Never" comedy sketch w/Victor Borge}
  • Himself - (sings "Mimi" accompanied with 3 pianos & chorus), "Ay, Ay Maria" accompanied by his guitar, & "Yours is My Heart Alone."
2-14-64
  • Bob Hope & Sergio Franchi comedy sketch: Two rival opera stars crash on Hollywood Freeway
  • Himself - (sings "Marta")
6-04-64
1-2-66
  • Himself - (sings songs from repertoire)
8-18-67
  • Celebrating The Canadian Centennial
  • Series of four specials
  • Starring Sergio Franchi (representing Italy)
  • Ivan Romanoff Orchestra & Chorus
April, 1967
  • 13 Stars For Channel 13, WNDT[18]
  • Annual Fund-Raiser
12-05-70
1972
  • Himself - (songs from repertoire)
6-03-74
  • 6th Annual Lions Sight and Hearing Telethon, WGNO[21]
  • Himself - featured performer
  • Also featuring Frank Sinatra, Jr., Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle
2-11-81
  • Producer, Sylvia Fine Kaye
  • This episode featured 4 Broadway musicals
3-20-82
  • All-Time American Songbook, WNDT[23]
  • Channel 13 Festival 100,000Note 3

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The military marching bands were composed of 500 California high school band members led by Willson in the production number.[24]
  2. ^ Telecast from the enormous Convention Hall in the Las Vegas Sahara Hotel[20]
  3. ^ All-Time American Songbook was a 3-hour special filmed live at the Grand Ballroom of the New York Statler Hotel. It featured songs intrinsic to American pop culture during period 1900-1950. Straight-up vocal performances..no production numbers. The show included works by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington. The special also featured historical film clips of the songwriters performing their own works.[25]

Television show appearances[edit]

London, England[edit]

American Television[edit]

Sergio Franchi sings "Love is All" on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1970
Sergio Franchi on Bob Hope Comedy Special, 1964
Victor Borge & Sergio Franchi, 1964
Sergio Franchi & Caterina Valente Sing & Dance on Meredith Willson Show, 1964
Sergio Franchi on Dean Martin Show, 1966
Sergio Franchi on Danny Kaye Show, 1966
Peggy Lee, Sergio Franchi, & Nancy Sinatra on Ed Sullivan Show, 1967
Jerry Lewis Clowning Around with Sergio Franchi & Nanette Fabray, 1968
Sergio Franchi sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" with Welsh Choir on Ed Sullivan Show, 1968
Ed Sullivan & Sergio Franchi having fun on the set of "Santa Vittoria" in Italy, 1968
Sergio Franchi sings "Fiddler on Roof" Medley on Ed Sullivan Show, 1969
Sergio Franchi as Black Knight on Red Skelton Show, 1969
Sergio Franchi on Julie Andrews Show, 1973
Sergio Franchi & Dinah Shore, "Dinah's Place," 1973
Sergio Franchi with sister, Dana Valery on Mike Douglas Show, 1-15-74
Sergio Franchi Co-Hosts on Mike Douglas Show, 1974
Selected Sergio Franchi Television Appearances
  • Host: George Burns, Episode dated 3-28-64 - Himself - (sings "Summertime in Venice"
Himself - (Tap dances and duets w/George Burns to "Some of These Days")
  • Host: Donald O'Connor, Episode dated 10-10-64 - Himself - (sings "More," & "Core 'ngrato")
  • Host: Van Johnson, Episode dated 12-23-64 - Himself - (sings "In The Still of The Night," & "Al Di La")
The Jack Paar Show, NBC - Episode dated 4-24-64 - Himself - (sings "Chicago" in Italian
American Musical Theatre, (TV Series) WCBS - Episode dated 4-24-65 - Himself - Host Earl Wrightson interviews Richard Rodgers, Elizabeth Allen, and Franchi re musical Do I Hear a Waltz? Allen and Franchi sing songs from the Broadway show.[29]
The Merv Griffin Show, WNEW - Episode dated 5-11-65
Fanfare (1965)(TV Series) CBS - Episode 9 dated 8-21-65 - Himself - (sings "It Only Takes a Moment," "Chicago" in Italian, & "Take the Moment")
The Hollywood Palace, ABCNote 1
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show, NBC - Episode dates 4-14-66 - Himself - (sings "Be My Love," & "This Dream.")
The Mike Douglas Show, CBS:
  • Episode dated 5-11-66
  • Episode dated 6-29-66
  • Co-Host week of 12-26-66 through 12-30-66
The Merv Griffin Show, WNEW - Episode dated 6-14-66
The Danny Kaye Show, CBS - Show aired 12-14-66 - Himself - (sings; plays comedy sketch with Danny about odd opera lyrics)
The Dean Martin Show, NBC - Episode dated 12-29-66 - Himself - (sings "C'est Magnifique," & "Climb Every Mountain")
  • Episode dated 3-05-67 - Himself - Audience Bow
  • Episode dated 3-26-67
  • Episode dated 10-01-67 - Himself - (sings "Time Alone Will Tell," & "By Myself")(Medley of 5 songs with Peggy Lee & Nancy Sinatra)
The Joey Bishop Show (talk show), ABC - Episode dated 5-01-67
Gypsy Rose Lee (Morning Talk Show) KGO-TV - Episode dated July 4, 1967 - Himself - Discusses his background
The Hollywood Palace, ABCNote 1
The Mike Douglas Show, CBS - Episode dated 11-20-67
Himself - (sings "Time Alone Will Tell," & "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady")
The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS:
The Hollywood Palace, ABC
The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS:
"Serenata," & "For Once in My Life")
  • Episode dated 11-30-69 - Himself - (sings "Granada," & "The Song of Santa Vittoria (Stay)")
Ed shows filmed scene of Ed & Sergio passing wine bottles w/villagers in "Santa Vittoria"
The Mike Douglas Show, CBS:
  • Episode dated 2-14-69
  • Co-Host week of 5-26-69 through 5-30-69
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC:
  • Episode dated 4-08-69
  • Episode dated 6-29-69
  • Episode dated 9-22-69
The Joey Bishop Show (talk show), ABC:
  • Episode dated 3-11-69
  • Episode dated 10-20-69 - Coverage of World Premiere of "Santa Vittoria" - Himself - Interviewed at premiere
  • Episode dated 11-04-69
Profiles, Larry King(TV Series) - Episode dated 1969 - Himself - Interviewed about life and career.[30]
That Show, Joan Rivers Note 2 - Episode Dated 10-18-69
  • Episode dated 2-01-70 - Himself - (sings "To Give," & "Noche de Ronde" w/guitar)
  • Episode date 4-12-70 - Himself - (sings "More Than Strangers," & "L-O-V-E")
  • Episode dated 5-24-70 - Himself - (sings "Love is All," & "Al Di La")
Ed introduces Yvonne Franchi, who takes audience bow)
Comedy sketches with Stiller and Meara
The Hollywood Palace, ABCNote 1
  • Host: Bing Crosby, Episode dated 1-03-70 - Himself (sings "The Song of Santa Vittoria (Stay)," & "To Give;"
Himself- duet w/Mary Costa.. "True Love"); Group sing medley of Bing Crosby hits
The David Frost Show
  • Episode dated 2-19-70
  • Episode dated 10-20-70
Della, Della Reese (talk show), Episode dated 1-27-1970
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC - Episode dated 3-09-70
The Merv Griffin Show, WNEW - Episode dated 3-29-70
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC - Episode dated 7-16-70
The Mike Douglas Show, CBS - Episode dated 7-17-70
The Real Tom Kennedy Show (1970) - Episode dated 9-6-70
The Linkletter Show - (Art Linkletter Series 1952-1970) - Episode dated 9-15-70 - Himself (with Dana Valery)
The Dick Cavett Show - Episode dated 10-06-70
  • Episode dated 1-03-71 - Himself - (sings medley of "Jean"/"Just Say I Love Her;" medley of "Mi Quando"/"All of My Life")
  • Episode dated 1-24-71 - Himself - (sings "Close to You;" & "No Man is an Island" w/Texas A&M Singing Cadets)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC:
  • Episode dated 4-08-71
  • Episode dated 5-10-71
  • Episode dated 7-16-71
The David Frost Show - Episode dated 5-12-71
The Mike Douglas Show, CBS:
  • Episode dated 5-31-71
  • Episode dated 11-26-71
The Merv Griffin Show, WNEW:
  • Episode dated 6-17-71
  • Episode dated 11-2-71
  • Episode dated 3-15-72
  • Episode dated 7-16-72
The Mike Douglas Show, CBS:
  • Episode dated 2-07-72
  • Episode dated 12-04-72
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC - Episode dated 6-22-72
Saturday Variety - Episode dated 7-08-72
The Merv Griffin Show, WNEW:
  • Episode dated 11-13-72 (From Las Vegas)
  • Episode dated 12-10-72 (International Music Theme)
The Julie Andrews Hour, ABC - Episode dated 12-20-72 (Christmas Special)
Himself - (Godfather medley: "Speak Softly Love" & "I Have But One Heart";); and "Ol' Man River;"
Duet with Julie Andrews, "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice;"
Duet with Julie Andrews, medley of "The Song is You"/"The Way You Look Tonight.")[31]
Jack Paar Tonite, Note 3 ABC:
  • Episode dated 4-04-73
  • Episode dated 9-19-73
Dinah's Place - Episode dated 4-24-73
The Mike Douglas Show, CBS:
  • Episode dated 8-17-73
  • Episode dated 8-31-73
The Merv Griffin Show, WNEW - Episode dated 5-27-73
  • Co-Hosts week of 1-14-74 through 1-18-74
  • Episode dated 4-16-74
  • Episode dated 7-26-74
  • Episode dated 12-27-74
The Merv Griffin Show, WNEW:
  • Episode dated 5-12-74
  • Episode dated 5-31-74 (From Las Vegas)
  • Episode dated 12-25-74 (From Las Vegas)
& "What I Did For Love")
The Mike Douglas Show, CBS:
  • Co-Hosts week of 6-21-76 through 6-25-76 - Himself - (sings "Let Me Try Again")
  • Episode dated 9-02-76 - Himself - (sings "I Only Have Eyes For You")
  • Episode dated 11-24-76
The Merv Griffin Show, WNEW - Episode dated 4-07-76
  • 1977 - 26th Annual Columbus Day Parade - Event Dated 10-10-77 – himself – grand marshal Note 4
  • 1978 - The Mike Douglas Show, CBS - Episode dated 3-28-78
The Merv Griffin Show, WNEW:
  • Episode dated 5-07-78 (From Las Vegas)
  • Episode dated 10-08-78
  • Episode dated 12-17-78

Notes[edit]

1. ^ Eight of the nine episodes of "The Hollywood Palace" in which Sergio Franchi appeared have been digitalized and sold as DVDs in the past. It is unknown if the 2-17-68 episode co-hosted by Jimmy Durante & The Temptations was digitalized. His appearance was verified by a photograph with The Temptations. These video episodes are hard to find today, but constitute a valuable visual resource for Franchi performances.

2. ^ Commonly referred to as "The Joan Rivers Show" during its airing dates, this was her (1968–1969) syndicated daytime talk show.[33] Franchi's appearance on this show was prior to their successful concert appearances together in Chicago (1970) and Las Vegas (1974–1976).

3. ^ The "Jack Paar Tonite Show" was part of "ABC Wide World of Entertainment," and monthly segments lasted one-and-half hours.[34]

4. ^ Broadcast live from New York City Channel 11 - Joe Caputo, commentator[35]

Television commercials[edit]

Archived films[edit]

Produced by Alessandro Rota
Jerome Schulman conductiong SABC Orchestra
Sergio Franci Galli, Bob Borowsky, Nellie du Toit, Rita Roberts
  • 1963 - Producers Library Service[39]
Himself - 1963 Coconut Grove Debut w/Juliet Prowse (no audio)
Himself - (sings "A Man Without Love")
Himself - Interview (no details)
Himself - (sings "Senorita")
Himself - (sings "The Impossible Dream")
Himself - (sings "To Life" from Fiddler on the Roof)
* Himself - (sings "Love Is All" - live)
* Himself - (sings "A Woman in Love" - live)
* Himself - (interviews fan from audience)
* Himself - (sings "Speak Softly Love," theme from The Godfather - live)
* Himself - (sings "I Have But One Heart" - live)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 1970 Golden Globe Awards Retrieved January 6, 2012
  2. ^ Red Skelton Hour on IMDb Retrieved January 12, 2012
  3. ^ Red Skelton Hour on IMDb Retrieved January 22, 2012
  4. ^ Film Archive on The Secret Cinema Retrieved January 22, 2012
  5. ^ Soundtrack for Three Coins in the Fountain Retrieved January 13, 2012
  6. ^ Sergio Franchi on The Ed Sullivan Show Retrieved January 25, 1912
  7. ^ "Billboard Music Week." (December 15, 1962). Billboard, New York.
  8. ^ Sing, aber spiel nicht mit mir Retrieved January 22, 2012
  9. ^ 1970 Academy Awards Nominations Retrieved January 6, 2012
  10. ^ At the Movies by Mr. Pop History Retrieved April 13, 2012
  11. ^ Hickey, George. (October 6, 1983). "Tony show boasts stellar track record." The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH
  12. ^ 37th Annual Tony Awards Retrieved January 9, 2012
  13. ^ Gould, Jack (January 3, 1964). "When the Pianist and Gag Writer Meet." The New York Times. New York.
  14. ^ "Television Listings." (February 14, 1964). The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA
  15. ^ Meredith Willson Special Retrieved January 9, 2012
  16. ^ "TV Listings." (January 2, 1966). Seattle Daily Times, Seattle, WA
  17. ^ Corcelli, John (May 2005). "Centennial International". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Channel 13 Benefit to be Aired Monday." (April 15, 1967) The New York Times.
  19. ^ "TV Key: Best Bets." (December 5, 1970). Wisconsin State Journal.
  20. ^ a b Hall, Monty & Libby, Bill (1973). Emcee Monty Hall. (Grosset & Dunlap) ISBN 0-448-01551-X
  21. ^ "6th Annual Lions Sight & Hearing Telethon." (June 3, 1974). The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA
  22. ^ Musical Comedy Tonight-II Retrieved January 9, 2012
  23. ^ Fraser, G. Gerald (March 14, 1982). "Television Weekly," The New York Times.
  24. ^ Freeman, Donald (June 8, 1964). "Willson Musical Wins Top Praise." The San Diego Union, San Diego, CA
  25. ^ Reich, Howard. (March 20, 1982). "Composers' classics make 'Songbook' sing." Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL.
  26. ^ Steinman, Sam'l (July 25, 1970). "International Music: Italian Newsnotes.: Billboard. New York
  27. ^ a b Rex Features Film Library Retrieved January 26, 2012
  28. ^ a b Sergio Franchi Souvenir Program. (Raydell, New York, 1974)
  29. ^ Franchi & Allen sing on WCBS-TV American Musical Theatre Retrieved May 19, 2013
  30. ^ Franchi interviewed by Larry King Retrieved May 19, 2013
  31. ^ Blog for Julie Andrews Hour
  32. ^ Sergio Franchi on the Merv Griffin Show
  33. ^ "TV Selections." (October 17, 1969). The Plain Dealer, Cincinnati, OH
  34. ^ "TV Listings." (April 4, 1973). Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA
  35. ^ "Television This Week." (October 9, 1977). The New York Times, New York
  36. ^ Cooper, Pat (2011). "The Yankee Franchi," in How Dare You Say How Dare Me? As told to Rich Hereschlag and Steve Garrin, pp163-177. (Square One Publishers, Garden City Park, NY)
  37. ^ "Who's Who at The Music Fair." (August 10–15, 1976). Westbury Music Fair Program: Sergio Franchi. (Melvin A. Hoffman, New York)
  38. ^ Bob Borowsky Biography Retrieved January 6, 2012
  39. ^ Juliet Prowse & Sergio Franchi at The Coconut Grove Retrieved February 6, 2012
  40. ^ a b Historic Film Archives Retrieved January 8, 2012

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