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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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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Many Hollywood "stars" revived and expanded their careers by appearing on the Hollywood Palace television series. Dean Martin's hosting deal negotiated with Vanoff and Harbach allowed him to "sail into the theater" from the golf course, to tape the first (video-taped) rehearsal show, followed by the air show (video-taped) with an hour crew-cast break; allowing the audience to be turned around, the director Grey Lockwood to give pick-up notes, and Jack Denton to correct lighting and/or re-jelling lamp fixtures. Dean's musical material had previously been rehearsed by the orchestra, the night before, on the music rehearsal night. The show was rehearsed with full cast minus Dean's participation, with "Woody", the Stage Manager delivering the scripted introductions for the a show's guests. Because the show was so easy for Martin to perform, Dean and his producer Greg Garrison were able to pitch a Dean Martin Variety Series to rival NBC TV Network. Rowan and Martin repeated their hosting assignment by creating the "Laugh In" NBC TV Series. Repeated again with Phyllis Diller hosting her comedy NBC TV series. Fred Astaire and his production company taped a "second Special-Fred Astaire Show" in 1967-68 (his last [previous] EMMY AWARD NBC Fred Astaire Special was presented in the 1958-1959 season). The Hollywood Palace Production Designer Jim Trittipo divided his show responsibilities to design the Astaire Special's scenic requirements. Actually, Hub Braden, the Art Director, designed the Palace scenery while Jim was at NBC studios. Jerry McPhie (Production Manager) commented that the producer, Nick Vanoff, never knew that Jim was out of sight during the month of the special's production. Trittipo would show the day of taping and supervise in the control room booth. 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
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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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