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  Joe Franklin talking with Frank Sisco, Steve Serwatka and Tom Sullivan in Joe's Manhattan office on 9/5/2003.
  (Contact Fran(k) Sisco of the advertising firm for further information at 914.740.4422. All photos and videos (primarily uncut), including audio, taken by Frank Sisco on 9/5/2003 and protected by copyright. Copyright 2003 - 2015 Fran(k) Sisco. (Added to VideoVoom .com on 8/16/06)
  Click here to go to the main page on to see a horizontal list of the 12 videoclips (but without photos)
Spotlight Videoclip (#4 - B3) Entering Joe's office, Joe on phone, surveying interesting office contents, playing "12th Street Rag" (Joe's old theme song)
See the storyboard below of 12 VideoClips and then click on the links to go that subpages.
Photo taken by Joe's assistant Hector Lopez on 9/5/03 in Joe's office in Manhattan of Steve Serwatka, Joe Franklin, Frank Sisco and Tom Sullivan.
Following is summary info about Joe Franklin and this video interview

Joe Franklin reportedly has interviewed more people than anyone else, living or dead (over 500,000 people), has had the longest running TV show and radio show, pioneered many forms of entertainment including the television talk show, selling collectibles on radio, and becoming the center of celebrity and memorabilia. His encyclopedic recall of people and events is astounding, as you will glimpse from this extraordinary interview, rich in detail and good cheer, highlighting several of the reasons why Joe Franklin is loved by so many people. As you watch the videos, you will be interrupted by the many phone calls of people trying to get an audience with Joe or talking about a current deal that Joe is helping them with. During the day, Joe often says to callers "Call me back at 5:15" and you get to hear the call-backs. This entire uncut interview is being prepared for DVD and mass distribution. The best way to find out more info is through Frank Sisco at 914.740.4422 or email Frank at For a detailed biography of Joe Franklin, please see below.

Photos taken during the interview.
Joe in VideoClip 7 (B6).
Joe in VideoClip 9 (B8).




See more video clips below.

Storyboard of Videoclips #1 through # 12 (Click below to go to the subpage for each video and related text and photos)

Quick tour of Joe Franklin's Restaurant (located at the corner of 8th Avenue and 45th Street, NY, NY) before interview by Frank Sisco, Steve Serwatka, and Tom Sullivan

Walking to Joe's office, entering the office building, walking through hallways, and preparing to enter the office building of Joe's office at 300 West 43rd Street, Room 601, NY, NY 10036 VideoClip starts outside Joe's office door, as Frank Sisco, Steve Serwatka, and Tom Sullivan prepare to enter Joe's office (with Joe Franklin and his assistant Hector Lopez). Entering Joe's office, with "12th Street Rag" playing in the background, Joe on the phone, surveying the office contents including power strips and wires, and thousands of pages and memorabilia.

Settling in, talking with Joe, and a preview up the interview, laser pointer, interrupted by a phone call, Joe signing autographs.

Joe talking about his first job with Martin Bloch of the Make-Believe Ballroom, mention of William B. Williams, getting his first job at 18, selling records as collector items, getting first television show, his other pioneering ideas, Eddie Cantor, Kate Smith, Kim Novak, Jack Benny, Ann Margaret, Jack Carter, Calvacade of Stars. He gave first-time-ever exposure to Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Biill Cosby, Woody Allen, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Al Pacino, Liza Minelli. Joe talking about Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Ronald Reagan, George Raft, Tyrone Power, Charlie Chaplin, collectible, memorabilia, soothsayer, ebay, Johnny Carson, 43 years on TV, 500,000 people interviewed, reality show called "Camp Franklin," Billy Crystal, banquets, Georgie Jessel, phone call, eulogy joke, Groucho Marx, Abbot and Costello Joe talking about Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, Eddie Cantor, Vincent shows at the door, wrote radio show for Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Edward G. Robinson, Jimmy Cagney, Rudy Vallee, Frank Sinatra, Camel cigarettes, phone call, rewarding thing is that people learned Americana and entertainment info, proudest of being the only talk show that was unscripted, no talent coordinator, born in Bronx, Moss Hart, Kitty Carlyle, phone call

Joe talking about his age, George Burns, Block and Sully, Eddie Cantor, joke about Fanny Brice, Joe created the talk show, secret of longevity in his field - sincerity, Marvin Kitman and joke about toupee, George Jessel joke about Gideon Bible, phone call, he loves people, Hector taking photos of us, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Jose Ferrar, writers, Hector Lopez, nice man

Joe pointing to his song "Down Memory Lane with You," of Joe talking about Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton, Sammy Davis, Jr., Kate Smith, God Bless America, Midnight the Stars and You, Danny Stiles, Bachelor and Alexander, old movie lobby cards, camera crew.

Getting photos and videos taken by Hector Lopez, laser pointer. Steve Serwatka doing an impersonation of Marlon Brando as the Godfather, talking about Tom Sullivan, signing Steve's hat, Joe on phone, Gaylords, 12th Street Rag, naming names as we left, listening for announcer of 12th Street Rag, leaving, Henry Kissinger, people outside Joe's office door, in elevator, leaving building.
Biography of Joe Franklin (per bio at on 8/14/2006)
Other items of interest
Joe Franklin (born 3/9/1926 according to is a radio and television personality from New York City who hosted the first television talk show. The show began in 1950 on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV) and moved to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) from 1962 to 1993.
Known as the "King of Nostalgia", Franklin's highly-rated show focused on old-time show business personalities. Franklin would delight his audience with trivia about the most obscure entertainers from out of the past, and equally unknown up-and-comers from the present. His guests ranged from novelty performers like Tiny Tim to popular entertainers like Bill Cosby. This show was often parodied by Billy Crystal during the 1984–1985 season of Saturday Night Live.
Franklin interviewed over 100,000 guests during his 43 year TV run. These included five U.S. Presidents, and screen legends such as Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant.
An author, Franklin has written 23 books, although his popular "Classics of the Silent Screen" is rumored to have been ghost-written by William K. Everson. He has starred as himself in countless films, notably Ghostbusters and Broadway Danny Rose.

From (International Movie Data Base) on 8/14/06

Actor - filmography
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s)

The Boys Behind the Desk (2000)

Tracey Takes on New York (1993) (TV)
Ghoul School (1990) (V)

Invisible Thread (1987) (TV)
... aka Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread

Filmography as: Actor, Producer, Miscellaneous Crew, Self, Archive Footage

Producer - filmography

The Boys Behind the Desk (2000) (executive producer)

Filmography as: Actor, Producer, Miscellaneous Crew, Self, Archive Footage

Miscellaneous Crew - filmography

Andy Kaufman's Really Big Show (1999) (TV) (footage courtesy of)

Filmography as: Actor, Producer, Miscellaneous Crew, Self, Archive Footage

Self - filmography
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1960s) (1950s)

All Bookies Wear Speedos (2005) .... Himself
The Signs of the Cross (2005) .... Himself
The Aristocrats (2005) .... Himself
... aka The @r!$t*(r@t$ (USA)
Superstar in a Housedress (2004) .... Himself
Space Spawns (2002) (V) .... Himself
Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002) .... Himself
Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) (TV) (uncredited) .... Himself

Terror Firmer (1999) .... Himself
Unauthorized Biography: Milo, Death of a Supermodel (1997) (TV)
50,000,000 Joe Franklin Fans Can't Be Wrong (1997) .... Himself
"Space Ghost Coast to Coast"
... aka SGC2C (USA: short title)
- CHiPs (1994) TV Episode .... Himself
Al Lewis in the Flesh (1993) .... Himself
The Troma System (1993) .... Himself
29th Street (1991) .... Himself
"The Howard Stern Show"
- Episode dated 27 April 1991 (1991) TV Episode .... Himself

That's Adequate (1989) .... Himself
Bum Rap (1988) .... Himself
Ghost Busters (1984) .... Himself
Broadway Danny Rose (1984) .... Himself
The Comeback Trail (1982) .... Himself

"The Mike Douglas Show"
- Episode dated 26 January 1968 (1968) TV Episode .... Himself

"The Joe Franklin Show" (1950) TV Series .... Host

Filmography as: Actor, Producer, Miscellaneous Crew, Self, Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Andy Kaufman's Really Big Show (1999) (TV) .... Himself

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