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13 October 1947 (USA) See more »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Burr Tillstrom ... Puppeteer (1 episode, 1953)
Cecil Bill (1 episode, 1947-1957)
Colonel Richard Crackie (1 episode, 1947-1957)
Oliver J. Dragon (1 episode, 1947-1957)
Kukla (1 episode, 1947-1957)
Madame Ooglepuss (1 episode, 1947-1957)
Fletcher Rabbit (1 episode, 1947-1957)
Buelah Witch (1 episode, 1947-1957)
Doloras Dragon (1 episode, 1950-1957)

Fran Allison ... Fran (1 episode, 1953)
Jack Fascinato ... Himself (1 episode, 1953)

June Lockhart (1 episode, 1953)
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Series Directed by
Lewis Gomavitz (unknown episodes)
 
Series Produced by
Beulah Zachary .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Ted Drake (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Joseph Lockwood (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Larry Auerbach .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1949)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Berquist .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Jack Fascinato .... musical director (unknown episodes, 1948-1954)
Billy Goldenberg .... musical director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Russ Mayberry .... floor manager (unknown episodes)
John Natale .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Jack Snow .... publicist (unknown episodes)
 

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15 min
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On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. On the stamp honoring "Kukla, Fran and Ollie", human star Fran Allison appears between puppets Kukla the clown and Ollie the dragon. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952), "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955), "The Dinah Shore Show" (1951), "Dragnet" (1951), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948)), "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" (1950), "Hopalong Cassidy" (1952), "The Honeymooners" (1955), "The Howdy Doody Show" (original title: "The Howdy Doody Show" (1947)), "I Love Lucy" (1951), "Lassie" (1954), "The Lone Ranger" (1949), "Perry Mason" (1957), "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955), "The Red Skelton Hour" (1951), "Texaco Star Theater" (titled "Texaco Star Theatre" (1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as "Tonight!" (1953)), "Twilight Zone" (1959), and "You Bet Your Life" (1950).See more »
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Bringing Creativity And Imagination To The "Tube.", 4 June 2014
Author: John T. Ryan (redryan64@hotmail.com) from United States

Hearkening BACK TO the dawn of the Television Era, this most uncomplicated of series had originated in Chicago on NBC affiliate, WNBQ (later WMAQ) Channel 5. Puppeteer Burr Tilstrom, a Chicago native, had gotten his initial experience with puppeteering in the Chicago Park District's activities. His easy manners and low key personality were obvious elements that shaped the brand of humour that was the essence of KUKLA, FRAN & OLLIE.

THE FERTILE MIND of the puppeteer was responsible for what can only be described as the most eclectically diverse and wild a bunch of characters ever assembled. Starting with Kukla-a boy character with a high pitched voice and male pattern baldness, Ollie-a Dragon, Beulah Witch, Fletcher Rabbit-who starched his ears and employed pants stretchers on his ears, Madame Oglepus-who secretly wore a wig, Doloras Dragon-Ollie's niece, Colonel Craclie-Madame Oglepus' singing partner, Cecil Bill-who spoke only "Toowee to toowee toowee!" and others.

ACTING AS OUR guide and "straight man" was veteran stage entertainer, Fran Allison. Fran did her best in keeping the action moving and in making it all believable. Her's was a near perfect counter balance to the low key but zany activities of the puppet stage.

THE VERY FANCIFUL situations and antics of the puppets, all of whom had distinctive and very diverse personalities, combined to make KUKLA, FRAN & OLLIE a favourite with all. It was revived and continued many times, sometimes being relegated to a local show; but it never failed to entertain.

AND ISN'T THAT what the Network Execs refer to as: "The bottom line?"

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