Put Cleopatra, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Paine, and Father Thomas Aquinas in a room together and what do you get? Steve Allen's Meeting of Minds, of course. In this first volume, Allen plays host to President Roosevelt's brash style (as played by Joseph Earley), Cleopatra's haughty authority (Jayne Meadows), Father Aquinas's intellectual rigor (Peter Bromilow), and the never-met-a-government-he-liked spirit of Thomas Paine (Joe Sirola).
"Does not translate well from television"
Ulysses S. Grant represented everything that Marie Antoinette disdained: he was for the people, democratically patriotic, and a loutish drunkard, to boot. A meeting with the 2 of them, and Sir Thomas More and Dr. Karl Marx, can only make for scintillating conversation, to say the least. Steve Allen masterminds this great gathering in the second volume of the classic PBS show, with Joseph Earley as Grant, Jayne Meadows as the Queen of France, Bernard Behrens as the pious More, and Leon Askin as Marx, the dogmatic revolutionary.