Here’s a video of the “excruciating” September 18, 1970 episode of The Dick Cavett Show, in which guests John Cassavetes, Peter Falk, and Ben Gazzara appeared to promote Husbands but were completely sloshed and ignored all of Cavett’s questions. In a new piece for The New Yorker, Cavett reflects on the episode as “one of the most interesting evenings of my life” and his worst show ever:
Joan Rivers would’ve killed them. There was a kind of a sad aspect to it, really. I like all those guys. I knew them, each and all, individually. Not that we hung out a lot. But I was very fond of John, I knew him, and Ben I got to know more later. But anytime any of them saw me, they were cowed and sheepish afterwards for years.