Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1970   1969   1968   1967   1966   1965   … See all »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 9 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host (32 episodes, 1964-1970)
...
 Himself - Host / ... (17 episodes, 1965-1970)
...
 Himself - Host / ... (15 episodes, 1964-1970)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

variety show | See All (1) »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Music

Certificate:

TV-G
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 January 1964 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(1964-1965)| (1965-1970)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The seventh show to air was the first one to be hosted by Dale Robertson. The finale featured the show's "Billboard Girl", Raquel Welch, joining Robertsonb with a billboard flier featuring the line-up for the next week show. The host would read the paper flier prior to the closing credits. During the dress "taped" show, Robertson handed the billboard flier back to Welch, telling her to read the performers. Unprepared, she tumbled through the reading. During the "actual" taping, Robertson--after receiving the flier--read the performers' and the show's host names. On his second hosting assignment (19th show), Robertson repeated his dress rehearsal reading of the billboard, handing the flier back to Welch. This time she read and expertly announced the performers names. Robertson turned to the audience and said in surprise, "They taught her how to read since I was last here!" It turned out that producer Nick Vanoff, in order to prevent a repeat of previous embarrassing incident, had Welch read the billboard for each show's dress rehearsal. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 2 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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."


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page