Time for Beany (1949–1954)

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Time for Beany was an American television series, with puppets for characters, which aired locally in Los Angeles starting in 1949 and nationally (via kinescope) on the improvised Paramount... See full summary »

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Time for Beany was an American television series, with puppets for characters, which aired locally in Los Angeles starting in 1949 and nationally (via kinescope) on the improvised Paramount Television Network from 1950 to 1955. It was created by animator Bob Clampett, who later reused its core characters in the animated Beany and Cecil series. The principal characters were Beany, a plucky young boy who wears a beanie; the brave but dimwitted Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent, who claimed to be 300 years old and 35 feet 3 inches tall; Beany's uncle, the pigheaded Captain Horatio Huffenpuff (whose name is a play on Horatio Hornblower), familiarly called Uncle Captain; Dishonest John, whose cape and handlebar mustache clearly identified him as the villain. Written by Randall Robinson

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"Time For Beany" originated from Paramount's KTLA-TV studio and did fifteen minute shows, five days a week, fifty-two weeks a year for six years. During that time winning three Emmys for Best Children's Program in 1949, 1950 and 1952. The show also nominated in 1954 but didn't win, winning the Peabody award. Stan Freberg was nominated, as Cecil, for a Best Actor Emmy in 1950 but didn't win.

Clampet won the first of his three Emmys for the Beany show, At the dinner he presented his Emmy to his mother in thanks for helping make the first Cecil puppet. See more »

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Beany Cap
16 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nobody mentioned the beany cap with the propeller on top.

I never watched the cartoon version, which evidently the boomers liked, but to us war-time babys, the puppet version was a daily must in Los Angeles. Too bad it wasn't Nationwide.

The Beany cap was manufactured and sold in Los Angeles. Kids wore them much the same as the coonskin cap from Davy Crockett show later in the 50's.

I have often wondered if Jim Henson was inspired by this show, especially with his creation of the Cookie Monster, which used the same expressions as Cecil.


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