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 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 15)
Spike Jones ... Prince Charming / ... (19 episodes, 1954)
Helen Grayco ... Singer / ... (19 episodes, 1954)
Earl Bennett ... Fortune Teller / ... (19 episodes, 1954)
Freddy Morgan ... Goofy / ... (19 episodes, 1954)
George Rock ... Blacksmith / ... (19 episodes, 1954)

Billy Barty ... Abdulla the Villain / ... (19 episodes, 1954)
Bill DePew (19 episodes, 1954)
Roger Donley (19 episodes, 1954)
Bill Hamilton ... Singer (19 episodes, 1954)
Bernie Jones (19 episodes, 1954)
Peter James ... Darryl Zanuck / ... (18 episodes, 1954)
Ray Heath (17 episodes, 1954)
Jad Paul (17 episodes, 1954)
Dick Shanahan (17 episodes, 1954)

Series Directed by
Bud Yorkin (1 episode, 1954)
Series Writing credits
Victor McLeod (2 episodes, 1954)

Eddie Brandt (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Ed Sobol .... producer (1 episode, 1954)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward F. Cline .... assistant director (unknown episodes)

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30 min
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While this show aired on NBC, CBS was airing Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners" (1955).See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Music with a Smith & Wesson, 14 February 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

John Milton Cage (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992), perhaps the most influential composer of the 20th century, taught that all sounds represent music. Bands such as Pink Floyd took him to heart and did their own experimentation along those lines. Before Pink Floyd there was Spike Jones and His City Slickers who used everything from a Smith & Wesson to a kitchen sink to make music. Spike also gained a reputation for parodying the music he loved. His hayseed appearance complemented his humor. He and the City Slickers looked the way they sounded.

His 1954 show for the new medium television showcased his talents and the talents of others such as Billy Barty and Spike's vivacious wife Helen Grayco. Although not listed in the credits, this viewer remembers that Spike's long time vocal associate Doodles Weaver, who was also a fine actor, appeared from time to time on the show.

One feature that made Spike's performances stand out was that he and his City Slickers were all exceptional musicians. Spike was a virtuoso on the drums but also played a mean Smith & Wesson. Today Spike is still one of the most requested songsters on the syndicated Dr. Demento radio program out of Culver City, California. The fun lives on.

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