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4 January 1964 (USA) See more »
From Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of the world. ABC-TV presents "The Hollywood Palace!"
Various guest hosts present a musical variety show. Full summary »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 9 nominations See more »
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Outperforming Expectations See more (3 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 332)

Bing Crosby ... Himself - Host / ... (32 episodes, 1964-1970)

Milton Berle ... Himself - Host / ... (16 episodes, 1965-1969)

Jimmy Durante ... Himself - Host / ... (13 episodes, 1964-1969)

Series Directed by
Grey Lockwood (10 episodes, 1964-1970)
Series Writing credits
Joe Bigelow (190 episodes, 1964-1970)
Jay Burton (190 episodes, 1964-1970)
Bernie Orenstein (9 episodes, 1966-1968)
George Arthur Bloom (4 episodes, 1966-1969)

Series Produced by
Rita Scott .... associate producer / assistant producer (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
William O. Harbach .... producer (5 episodes, 1965-1970)
Nick Vanoff .... executive producer (5 episodes, 1965-1970)
Series Film Editing by
Nick Giordano (4 episodes, 1965-1970)
Series Production Design by
James Trittipo (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Art Direction by
James Trittipo (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Hub Braden (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Romain Johnston (3 episodes, 1964)
Series Costume Design by
Bill Campbell (68 episodes, 1964-1966)
Pete Menefee (42 episodes, 1968-1970)
Robert Fletcher (29 episodes, 1967-1969)
Ed Smith (24 episodes, 1964)
Series Makeup Department
Rudy Horvatich .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1965-1966)

Donna Barrett Gilbert .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Al Simon .... production manager / unit manager (103 episodes, 1966-1970)
Jerry McPhie .... production supervisor / production manager (94 episodes, 1964-1967)
Peter B. Sterne .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1964)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marjorie Rotunda .... associate director (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Robert Sheldon .... associate director (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Art Department
Pat Donaroma .... carpenter (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Pat Donnaroma .... stage carpenter (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Ed Habit .... scenic art department supervisor (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Edward Holland .... construction manager (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Bruce Kay .... assistant property master (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Jack Koehler .... construction coordinator (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Paul Shamroy .... scenic art supervisor (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Keaton S. Walker .... construction coordinator (170 episodes, 1964-1970)
Hub Braden .... assistant art director (164 episodes, 1964-1970)
Thomas Mayhew .... drapery designer (113 episodes, 1964-1969)
Harold Deino .... graphic arts (4 episodes, 1965-1969)
Series Sound Department
John Neal .... audio (7 episodes, 1964-1966)
Series Special Effects by
Bob Hughes .... special effects supervisor / special effects coordinator (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Denton .... lighting designer / lighting (193 episodes, 1964-1970)
Ernie Buttelman .... video (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Hugh Dilonardo .... senior video / senior video operator (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Mackie .... costume design (31 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ed Smith .... costumes (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Editorial Department
Nick Giordano .... video tape editor (1 episode, 1969)
Series Music Department
Mitchell Ayres .... musical director/conductor / musical director / ... (153 episodes, 1964-1969)
Les Brown .... musical director/conductor (24 episodes, 1964)
Nick Perito .... musical director/conductor (17 episodes, 1969-1970)
Joe Lipman .... arrangements / composer: original music / ... (4 episodes, 1965-1967)
Series Other crew
Elliott Alexander .... production coordinator (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Henry Bowllinger .... talent coordinator (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Marc Breaux .... choreographer (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Susanne Horowitz .... production accountant (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Carol Warrian .... production secretary (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Dee Dee Wood .... choreographer (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
James Woodworth .... stage manager (194 episodes, 1964-1970)
Walter Coblenz .... stage manager (177 episodes, 1964-1969)
Roy Gerber .... talent coordinator (161 episodes, 1964-1970)
Albert J. Simon .... unit manager (102 episodes, 1966-1970)
Gene Lukowski .... technical director (74 episodes, 1964-1970)
Rita Scott .... assistant to producers (4 episodes, 1965-1967)
Boris Vanoff .... production coordinator / talent coordinator (4 episodes, 1965-1967)
Hermes Pan .... choreographer / choreographer: number with Barrie Chase and Christopher Riordan (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Pat Denise .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Rod Alexander .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Irwin Stanton .... technical director (2 episodes, 1966)

Bruce Hanson .... dga stage manager (unknown episodes)
David Winters .... choreographer (unknown episodes)

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60 min
Black and White (1964-1965) | Color (1965-1970)
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During the 1966-1967 season, Nick Vanoff asked Jim Trittipo and Hub Braden, (his art department staff)), to put together an estimate and proposal to expand the stage facilities of the "Palace Stage"; which would create a swimming pool beneath the existing stage, two sliding floors on tracks which would be a hardwood stage to cover the pool, and a second tracking ice rink floor which would slide on top of the stage floor. The basement of the stage was an orchestra personnel dressing room, actors dressing rooms, and storage rooms. The original theater's orchestra pit had been filled with concrete for "The Jerry Lewis Show" extending the original stage foot light and proscenium edge forward for a camera and sound area, as a production area in front of the original house curtain line. The proposal included removing this front stage area for the swimming pool feature. A water proof video camera port at the front of the pool, underneath the fore-stage's camera area. Storage of the two tracking stage and ice floors, to video the swimming pool, required rebuilding the stage rear wall; acquiring the real estate behind the actual stage-theater property. The adjacent property behind the theater was owned by the Methodist Church, which had converted the former Knickerbocker Hotel into a Methodist retirement senior citizen care facility. ABC would not negotiate a purchase of the The Knickerbocker-Methodist Church property. Vanoff proposed, then, to move the "Hollywood Palace" to the "Culver City Studios" film sound stage. ABC axed Vanoff's proposal maintaining the "Palace" had to remain in Hollywood at their renovated TV stage. After the series was canceled in January, 1970, ten years later, Nick pitched the idea of a very "big variety show" to NBC Television in 1979-1980. "The Big Show" became a two hour special premiere, followed weekly with a one and a half hour program format with two celebrity hosts, for each weekly event. Ed Sullivan's original variety show introduction of a "really big show" was Vanoff's dream realized. Vanoff, during the ten years, had partnered and purchased the abandoned Columbia Studio lot at Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street in Hollywood, which was where the "Big Show" television program originated.See more »
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Outperforming Expectations, 19 July 2014
Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States

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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