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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Nick Vanoff and Bill Harbach were both producers of the "Hollywood Palace", with Rita Scott as associate producer on the musical variety series. During the Summer of 1963, Nick Vanoff, Bill Harbach, and Rita Scott had produced a Bing Crosby Music Special, taped at NBC-Burbank, with Jim Trittipo (production designer) and Hub Braden (art director) as part of the production team. ABC-TV wanted a prestige variety program on their schedule. The "Jerry Lewis Variety Show" began the ABC 1963 fall schedule, moving into the Vine Street Theatre, completely renovating the theatre, stage and video facility at a cost of $400,000.00! After canceling the "Jerry Lewis Show", Vanoff and Harbach were hired to replace the time slot with a musical variety show as a replacement. Part of the package, was tied with Bing Crosby as a semi-permanent host, alternating with Hollywood celebrity talents, agreeing to both host and perform as a special performance event. Other vaudeville performers would fill the evening's bill of acts. The NBC TV (Summer) Crosby Special production team were reassembled to prepare and renovate the stage for "The Hollywood Palace". This required the exterior Jerry Lewis Show marque to be replaced with new theatre sign "The Hollywood Palace" identification, as well as creating a new proscenium configuration for the new variety show's home-base format. Grey Lockwood was the director, who directed every program in the seven year program's series of shows. The theatre was turned around for the first show in less than six weeks after the Lewis Show was canceled. The proscenium's metal framed chasing light configuration was built by an independent Hollywood metal sign company. The stage proscenium, drapery, footlights, and scenery were built and installed by the studios' production services departments, which included construction, scenic, property, drapery, and special effects. ABC Engineering provided all the technical camera crew and tape editors. Jack Denton was the lighting designer for the entire seven year series run. Jim Trittipo was the production designer for the entire seven year series. See more
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