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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 Himself - Host (32 episodes, 1964-1970)
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 Himself - Host / ... (17 episodes, 1965-1970)
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 Himself - Host / ... (15 episodes, 1964-1970)
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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!"

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Comedy | Family | Music

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TV-G
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4 January 1964 (USA)  »

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(1964-1965)| (1965-1970)

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1.33 : 1
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Many Hollywood revived and expanded their careers by appearing on the show. Dean Martin's hosting deal negotiated with producers Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach allowed him to "sail into the theater" from the golf course, to tape the first (videotaped) rehearsal show, followed by the actual shows taping, with an hour crew-cast break; this allowed the audience to be turned around, director Grey Lockwood to give pick-up notes, and Jack Denton to correct lighting and/or re-jelling lamp fixtures. Martin's musical material had previously been rehearsed by the orchestra the night before,. The show was rehearsed with full cast minus Martin's participation, with "Woody", the Stage Manager, delivering the scripted introductions for the show's guests. Because the show was so easy for Martin to perform, he and his producer Greg Garrison were able to pitch a variety series starring Martin to rival NBC. Hosts Dan Rowan and Dick Martin later hosted Laugh-In (1967) on NBC. their hosting assignment by creating the "Laugh In" NBC TV Series. Fred Astaire and his production company taped a second special in 1967-68. The show's production designer, James Trittipo divided his responsibilities between the show and designing scenery for Astaire's special. Actually, Hub Braden, the Art Director, designed the Palace scenery while Trittipo was at NBC. Production manager Jerry McPhie commented that producer Nick Vanoff never knew that Trittipo was out of sight during the month of the special's production. He would show up on the day of taping and supervise in the control room booth. See more »

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

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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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Outperforming Expectations
19 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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