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.
Charles Darwin and Galileo may have some things to talk about. But Emily Dickinson and Attila the Hun? Surprisingly, they all get their say, and Attila turns out to be more astute than you'd think...even when he has an ax to grind. Steve Allen hosts these historic figures in this third volume of the classic PBS television series, featuring Murray Matheson (Darwin), Katherine Helmond (Dickinson), Alexander Scourby (Galileo), and Khigh Dhiegh (Attila).
A mystery thriller as refreshing and entertaining as its amazingly talented author, Murder on the Glitter Box is a one-of-a-kind story of murder. This time the author finds himself in the middle of the story when he decides to stand in for late-night talk show host, Terry Cole. Easy enough to be a substitute, he thinks, but little does he know that the Cajun vodka in the on-stage refrigerator is poisoned. Allen is not harmed, but his guest drops dead on the stage. Was the intended target Terry Cole or Steve Allen?
It's hard to believe there's only one Steve Allen! This same person has: created the Tonight show, written 28 books, composed over 4,000 songs, made some 40 record albums, starred on Broadway and in motion pictures, composed Broadway, television, and film scores, starred in his own television series, and created, written, and hosted the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Meeting of Minds.
The greed and glamour of Vegas are nothing new for comedian Steve Allen, until his show at the famous Colosseum ends in murder. Allen's wife, Jayne Meadows, rushes in with the horrifying news that crooner Buddy Hamilton's wife, Christie, was strangled in the sauna. Of all people, it's Buddy who looks like he cashed in his wife's chips, and even Steve thinks he did it. However, the facts don't add up, and Allen figures out there's more to the case than meets the eye.
"Murder in Vegas"
When the network decides to revive its old show The Murder Game, Steve Allen's wife Jayne Meadows is willing to try her hand at solving imaginary homicides on prime-time television. The game turns deadly, however, as one by one the stars actually get killed. The program's ratings soar with each new victim, but Steve and Jayne must take it upon themselves to find out who the killer is...before their bodies can cause an increase in viewership!