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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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 »


Referenced in Bing Crosby Christmas Crooner (2009) See more »


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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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."

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