with Andy Williams & Sacha Distel
with Ron Moody in London - Prince Albert Memorial

Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 1969

Portrait of Petula
by Bob Hull

Production values comparable to well-made commercials lifted this musical special into the extraordinary category. The "portrait" of the title evolved as a super-smooth film-tape montage similar to the sylvan beauties of a Newport or a Salem pitch located in the green-green countryside. Petula Clark is pretty without the gilding, but the addition of carefully executed background certainly did not detract.

For her second special with NBC, Miss Clark chose to hang the theme on England, France and the United States, countries where she was born, married and now spends most of her working time, respectively. She picked three guest stars, one from each country, including Ron Moody, Sacha Distal and Andy Williams. The selections were happy ones as each man performed counterpoint to the songstress according to his image.

Petula and Andy came up with a musical reply to the Beatles in a set of country-western tunes, including one featuring Pet on the washboard and Williams playing guitar-harmonica. Overhead shots of the pair lying head-to-head at a picnic site were effective. With Distel, the star swung to Paris for typically French songs and some incidental glances at street fashions. After soloing to "All the World Adores a Villain," Oliver! star Moody joined Miss Clark in a look about London town's Kings Road, and bounded through the old English music hall tune "Knees Up, Mother Brown."

Thankfully, Petula and her guests did not belabor comedy during the hour, wisely presuming the audience tuned in to hear the music. That the scenery also was watchable became a plus, due largely to the handling by vet special show manager Alan Handley, who co-produced with Bob Wynn and directed. Exec producer, Claude Wolff surrounded himself with a good team of musicians, including director Harper MacKay and arranger Michael Colombier, E. Jay Krause, art director, and tech boss Carl Messerschmidt could take bows, too. Good show.

April 9, 1969

Portrait of Petula

Two things were special about this Pet Clark hour. The powerful pipes and personality of the star, as always a genuine vaudeville treat, and the fact that a viewer could tell the blurbs from the programming.

Miss Clark is that kind of pro who can surmount a cliched format and soggy writing. How about a picnic basket to get into a country-and-western duet with Andy Williams, or a Paris fashion parade featuring the star that's not as well done as the fashion bit featuring Diana Ross a few months ago, or all that home movie footage in London, Paris, New York, etc.?

Same time, for certain purists, it is a pleasure to not see the artist pushing the sponsor's product - a job for Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.

Guest-shots were standard from Andy Williams and the syrupy Sacha Distel. Ron Moody's vigorous Fagin number hypoed the proceedings.

with Andy

Seattle Times
April 8, 1969

Cute Canary Scores Again
by C.J. Skreen

Petula Clark is a winsome British lass who projects the feeling that she really enjoys entertaining. The communication of this joyousness came through last night in her second special for American television on NBC.

The effervescent songstress who apparently has bridged the generation gap in audience appeal, pbserved at the outset that the program would have elements of three countries that have loomed large in her career: England, France and America, "my third home."

Thus, the show has a certain international flavor as Pet wandered about the streets of London, Paris and New York and at her home in Switzerland where she was seen on the slopes with her two young daughters. Most of the special, however, was taped on the soundstages at Burbank.

Miss Clark, stunningly gowned, was backstoppcd in this Portrait of Petals by Andy Williams; Sacha Distel, the French guitarist-singer; and Ron Moody, who appearedd in his Oliver guise as Fagin to do a rousing "All the World Adores a Villain."

The most novel segment involved Williams and the hostess doing a country-western parody in a picnic setting, complete witl1 harmonica, guitar and washboard. It was a virtual Roger Miller Festival.

Miss Clark traveled over pretty familiar ground in her song selections. They ranged from a pensive "My Funny Valentine" to her early hit, "I Know a Place." They were all delivered in taste and style in an easygoing show that, while not exactly inspired, was a rainless. enjoyable way to spend an hour

Portrait of Petula DVD
BR Music BD 3024-9
Anticipated release date: September 2007