Show Business: Kentucky Fried Cash

A stock gag line of young comedians is that they would like to host a fund-raising telethon, but by the time they got into the business "all the diseases were taken." Not quite. There is still the financial anemia that attacks many U.S. institutions, including political parties. The Democrats, for example, are heading into the 1972 campaign carrying a debt of $9.3 million. In hopes of easing that burden, the party this weekend will stage the most ambitious telethon ever put on the screen.

Broadcast live from Hollywood, Miami Beach and Las Vegas, with various taped inserts, the 23-hour extravaganza will be...