Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.




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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 9 nominations. See more awards »


Complete series cast summary:
 Himself - Host (32 episodes, 1964-1970)
 Himself - Host / ... (17 episodes, 1965-1970)
 Himself - Host / ... (14 episodes, 1964-1970)


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 Bob Sorrentino

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From Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of the world. ABC-TV presents "The Hollywood Palace!"


Comedy | Family | Music






Release Date:

4 January 1964 (USA)  »

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(1964-1965)| (1965-1970)

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1.33 : 1
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During the first two (televised in black and white) seasons, Liberace performed as a guest with Jimmy Durante (host [1]-#16-4/18/64) and with Milton Berle (host [2]-#11-12/4/66). Liberace performed as host (during the second mid-season B&W [2]-#15-1/9/65) with Edward G. Robinson in a dance routine of "Me And My Shadow"; Shani Wallace, and Rowan and Martin (comedy team) were guests. In the third "color season", Vanoff built Liberace's second host assignment as a "Liberace Special Appearance" (season [3]-#22-2/26/66); featuring a different piano from Liberace's piano collection in each of his keyboard segments. The art department design team met with Liberace at his Hollywood Boulevard Sunset Strip home to review the collection. Liberace's Louis XIV style concert grand piano case instrument was the show's opening showcase, featured on a 2-step (12" high) semi-circular platform, with double (framed) doors featured at the platform back edge. After the first opening piano number, the double doors snapped closed, revealing a mirrored double door setting. A musical dance number featuring Hollywood Palace Showgirls concluded the show's opening number. A honky-tonk upright featured Liberace performing New Orleans' piano jazz. Liberace also performed on his Ebony Black Baldwin Concert Grand with the 1" thick plastic-glass raised on the clear glass stick. This Baldwin was Liberace's West Coast performance grand piano with his crystal candelabra, which had a duplicate twin piano, located on the East Coast (in storage, used on his Eastern Coast appearances, Candelabra included). The HP design team rented four other candelabras for the other instruments used during the show's segments. Lee considered pulling his pipe organ, to use on the show as well, but Jim Trittipo convinced Liberace the show would need another TV musical hour. The honky-tonk upright piano was stored in the residence's subterranean hillside-garage. Liberace, conducting the seek-the-piano-house tour, explained to the design team his leisure past time home decorating hobby; gluing gold tassel fringe to all the pieces of furniture, to the ceilings crown molding, to the window draped lambrican headers, as well as painting moldings with gold paint. The afternoon house tour was memorable. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bloodlust! (1994) See more »


Put On A Happy Face
Written by Gower and Margie Champion
Performed by the Les Brown Orchestra and then the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and the Mort Lindsey Orchestra
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Great long-running variety show
22 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whatever happened to the variety show? Where today can you see acts like Senior Wences ('sawrrright? 'SAWRRRIGHT!); the guy who spun plates on fiber-glass poles to the tune of Khachaturian's "Neighbor's Dance"; the harmonica group who dressed in liederhosen and the midget went around biting everyone in the knee when he got kneed out by the other performers; the guy who tried to get his dog to jump through the hoop and the dog, instead, would slowly droop to the floor anemically; Carl Ballantine, the magician who had everything go wrong in his magic act; all those comedians and impressionists; the juggling acts; the acrobat acts; and a plethora of other folks who did acts in nightclubs and show rooms all over America? This was the place. We didn't get Ed Sullivan in our town during my early years, but we DID get the Hollywood Palace

  • on Saturday nights at 9 p.m. - just before "The Outer Limits" aired

at 10 p.m.

The theme song was "Put On a Happy Face," played brightly by an off-stage orchestra (originally led by Les Brown). It was a pre-recorded show with a live audience, much like Ed Sullivan, except it had several guest hosts, largely consisting of Bing Crosby and Don Adams.

I remember it as the introduction of Raquel Welch to America. Raquel would come out each week and place a placard on an easel introducing the next act. If I'm not mistaken, she began on the show coming out in something akin to a Bunny suit (as in Playboy Bunny outfit minus the ears) with dark stockings? Anyway, I miss these types of shows. Steve Harvey is the closest thing to this type of show and it's a shame. It's just not "all that" in comparison to "The Hollywood Palace."

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