About Perry Como's Christmas In Austria
Honey voiced crooner Perry Como graced TV screens during the Christmas season for more than forty years, first as the host of a long-running weekly musical-variety series and later as the star (and producer) of ambitious holiday specials.
This Peabody Award-winning 1976 special, filmed entirely on location in Austria, has the look and feel of a movie. Perry shops in the Salzberg Christmas market, sings a medley of beloved songs from The Sound of Music in the Austrian Alps, and does a traditional rendition of “Silent Night” in the Central Bavarian church where Franz Gruber composed the carol in 1818.
In between, Perry welcomes actress Senta Berger, comedian Sid Caesar, Olympic skier Karl Schranz, the Vienna Boys Choir, the Salzburg Marionette Theater, and the Vienna Waltz Champions. There are also surprise cameos from Jose Ferrer, Lloyd Bridges, Alan Hale, Jr., and Cornel Wilde in costume for The Fifth Musketeer, which was filming in Austria at the time.
If it sounds like there’s a lot going on here, there is. And that’s one of the joys of these specials: they’re both jam packed and leisurely paced, as segments routinely play out for 10-12 minutes. It’s a format that works perfectly for the always-relaxed Como, whom Bing Crosby once described as ''the man who invented casual.''
Notable guest stars:
Jose Ferrer, Lloyd Bridges, Alan Hale, Jr., Cornel Wilde
Produced by Bob Banner, Stephen Pouliot