Popular, long-running Saturday night variety show of the mid-to-late 1960's, originating from the Hollywood Palace Theater (formerly the El Capitan) on Hollywood Boulevard. There was a revolving guest host, usually a singer or comedian, each week. Bing Crosby was the most frequent guest host (including, of course, the Christmas Week show), but other frequent guest hosts included Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimmy Durante, Don Adams, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland. The Rolling Stones made their first U.S. TV appearence on the show in 1964. The waning popularity of weekly variety shows contributed to "Hollywood Palace" being cancelled in early 1970, but it's still well-remembered by its many fans. Written by
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Many Hollywood "stars" revived and expanded their careers by appearing on the Hollywood Palace television series. Dean Martin's hosting deal negotiated with Vanoff and Harbach allowed him to "sail into the theater" from the golf course, to tape the first (video-taped) rehearsal show, followed by the air show (video-taped) with an hour crew-cast break; allowing the audience to be turned around, the director Grey Lockwood to give pick-up notes, and Jack Denton to correct lighting and/or re-jelling lamp fixtures. Dean's musical material had previously been rehearsed by the orchestra, the night before, on the music rehearsal night. The show was rehearsed with full cast minus Dean's participation, with "Woody", the Stage Manager delivering the scripted introductions for the a show's guests. Because the show was so easy for Martin to perform, Dean and his producer Greg Garrison were able to pitch a Dean Martin Variety Series to rival NBC TV Network. Rowan and Martin repeated their hosting assignment by creating the "Laugh In" NBC TV Series. Repeated again with Phyllis Diller hosting her comedy NBC TV series. Fred Astaire and his production company taped a "second Special-Fred Astaire Show" in 1967-68 (his last [previous] EMMY AWARD NBC Fred Astaire Special was presented in the 1958-1959 season). The Hollywood Palace Production Designer Jim Trittipo divided his show responsibilities to design the Astaire Special's scenic requirements. Actually, Hub Braden, the Art Director, designed the Palace scenery while Jim was at NBC studios. Jerry McPhie (Production Manager) commented that the producer, Nick Vanoff, never knew that Jim was out of sight during the month of the special's production. Trittipo would show the day of taping and supervise in the control room booth. See more
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