The Hollywood Palace (1964–1970)

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Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 9 nominations. See more awards »
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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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All the "acts" performing on the Hollywood Palace television show were video-recorded and performed on the HP stage, or in the adjacent parking lot, with only one exception. Converting the ABC TV stage-studio into a color facility during the summer of 1966 shut the stage down. Vanoff booked Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev for the third season, third show hosted by Fred Astaire. Only available during the month of June, 1966, the Proscenium was duplicated by ABC Scenic Services, and sets built for their performance of the Black Swan pas de deux, from the Swan Lake ballet. These scenic elements, including the stage's apron brass footlights, were shipped and set up at the CBS Television City Studios, Beverly Blvd at Fairfax in Hollywood. Rehearsing the dance on the CBS stage, Nureyev and Fonteyn found the standard shiny gray vinyl floor "impossible to perform upon". Hub Braden covering the taping, had the CBS construction/scenic shop replace the vinyl with a 4'x8' Masonite sheets, which were turned over, reversing the shiny finish to the material's backside pebble texture. Accepting this substituted dance floor, Fonteyn and Nureyev performed their segment with Astaire introducing them from his Hollywood Palace proscenium host area. The segment was placed in ABC's Bank Vault until the show was taped and edited, airing October 2, 1966. See more »


Referenced in Bewitched: Baby's First Paragraph (1966) See more »


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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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AS WE RECALL, this series came to ABC TV Network's Saturday evening lineup as a "temporary replacement" for THE JERRY LEWIS; which was halted abruptly following poor ratings.* In spite of one misgivings from "the Suits" in ABC's boardroom, this Variety anthology was put on the airwaves. "Who wants a variety comedy-musical show on Saturdays?"; seemed to be the prevailing attitude.

PERFORMING OUTSTANDINGLY WELL, the show stayed for seven whole seasons; controlling the ratings and presenting just about everyone who was anyone in mid 60s showbiz.

IN MUCH THE same vein as ED SULLIVAN'S TOAST OF THE TOWN, the Palace became the gathering place of musical groups, singers, acrobats, jugglers, dancers, animal acts and whatever have you. We can't recall any celebs being seated in the audience and being "surprised" to be shown or interviewed, as was Ed Sullivan's modus operandi; but they probably did anyway.

THOSE WHO CAN recall those halcyon days of bygone network presentation fondly speak of THE Hollywood PALACE and how each and every week brought us a different treat, hosted by special guest stars. This included everyone; everyone, that is, except Jerry Lewis.

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