Comedy/variety show co-hosted by the eponymous Lennon Sisters and Jimmy Durante. This family-oriented variety series tried hard, but high budgets, top-name guests, and the obviously sincere... See full summary »
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Comedy/variety show co-hosted by the eponymous Lennon Sisters and Jimmy Durante. This family-oriented variety series tried hard, but high budgets, top-name guests, and the obviously sincere efforts of everyone involved just couldn't overcome a poor concept. Durante's and the Lennons' styles just didn't mesh, and the show was cancelled after a single season. Written by Bob Sorrentino

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6 May 1969 (USA)  »

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Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour  »

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Bill Morris was hired as the Production Designer for the pilot and consequent series. Bill Morris was also the production designer/art director on the ABC TV late night "Joey Bishop Show". Bill asked Hub Braden to assist him, especially drawing stage set plans and elevations, as well as shop/stage set up. On the "Joey Bishop" show set, Bill discovered using "Lexan" framed with square 3/4" iron formed tubing as a scenic element. When the iron framed thin plastic "Lexan", which had been riveted to the 3/4" iron tube shaped into a silhouette framework, was heated with a blow torch, the plastic skin melted forming bubble dimensional shapes, creating the illusion of stained glass framed by leading. The opening "show curtain" was this giant art nouveau floral bubble shaped puzzle introducing Durante, introducing the Lennon Sisters. After opening introductions, this magic curtain traveled off camera, revealing a platform with French arm chairs for guests and hosts as a show home-base. Musical production areas occurred on the left side of the cove muslin cyclorama stage set. See more »

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Beautiful. Perfection. Pure entertainment.
8 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One would first have had to grow up watching the Lennon Sisters grow up on National Television every Saturday evening to fully appreciate the majesty of this production. Nostalgic then and now, but complete quality entertainment forever. You will never see the likes of this again.

Is it sweet? Yes. Sentimental? Yes. Sincere? Absolutely. Kathy, Diane, Janet and Peggy embrace every lyric and note with a perfection that can only be found in family four part harmony.

If the viewer wants to laugh, cry, smile, applaud and spend an hour feeling really good then it won't get better than this.

The costumes, hair, makeup, lighting, choreography, arrangements, production is top notch and a joy to watch unfold. The "groovy" set with the time stamped color palette and moves of the late psychedelic 60's is just plain fun. Think Laugh-in with class.

One might note that 6 weeks before the premier of the show their father, Bill Lennon was shot and killed at age 53 by a delusional stalker. The sisters were devastated and in the wake of the murder lasted only one season, and was canceled. But the show must go on and we are fortunate to have just one season of what would surely have brought as much joy as Sonny and Cher, Donny and Marie, Carol Burnett combined.


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