IMDb > "The Howdy Doody Show" (1947)

"The Howdy Doody Show" (1947) More at IMDbPro »"Puppet Playhouse" (original title), TV series 1947-1960

Photos (See all 16 | slideshow)


User Rating:
8.1/10   115 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for The Howdy Doody Show on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
27 December 1947 (USA) See more »
Plot Keywords:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win See more »
(17 articles)
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story – The Review
 (From 14 May 2015, 4:10 PM, PDT)

Review: The Mad Genius of 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' (Now on Netflix)
 (From Thompson on Hollywood. 18 December 2014, 11:33 AM, PST)

 (From Variety - TV News. 20 October 2014, 4:30 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Anatomy Of A Kiddie Icon See more (10 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 13)
Bob Smith ... Buffalo Bob / ... (20 episodes, 1955-1960)

Series Directed by
Bob Hultgren (3 episodes, 1958-1960)

Sandy Howard (unknown episodes, 1947-1959)
Series Writing credits
Willie Gilbert (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Jack Weinstock (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
E. Roger Muir (1 episode, 1955)

Series Produced by
E. Roger Muir .... producer (4 episodes, 1958-1960)

Edward Kean .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Hal Schaffel .... producer (unknown episodes)
Martin Stone .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Paul Jacobson .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eleanor Tarshis .... associate director (1 episode, 1960)
Series Art Department
Norman Davidson .... scenic designer (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Series Sound Department
Tom McNamara .... audio (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Aaron Stephenson .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Other crew
Carl Cabasin .... technical director (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
William Simmons .... technical director (2 episodes, 1958)

Dayton Allen .... puppeteer (unknown episodes)

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Puppet Playhouse" - USA (original title)
"Howdy Doody" - USA (alternative title)
See more »
30 min (2343 episodes)
Black and White (1947-1955) | Color (1955-1960)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The first show ever to air more than 1,000 continuous episodes.See more »
[final episode. Clarabell speaks for the only time in the show's history]
Clarabell the Clown:Goodbye, kids.
See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Anatomy Of A Kiddie Icon, 31 July 2014
Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States

MIGOSH! WHERE DO we begin? It's truly incredible to think of how much we really do recall about a series of so long ago. It is even more unbelievable when one considers that when we viewed much of this, the age was about 4 or 5 years old!

IT WAS AN important part of the afternoon routine at the Ryan household of 1950 (when we got our first TV set) to 1952 (we moved into our won house) and beyond. Because of this early and elementary introduction, the show and its characters had a very profound effect on our development.

ODDLY ENOUGH, DUE to our family's explanation of things, we understood that all we saw on the show was make believe. Our Mom and Dad, as well as older Sister Joanne, clued us in as to the fact that the people we saw were Actors, who portrayed the participants of the festivities on the show.

AND WHAT A GRAND cast of characters it truly was! In addition to the marionette main character, Howdy Doody, himself, there were a number of other supporting puppets. The action was provided by: Mr. Phineas T. Bluster (Howdy's elderly nemesis), Flubadub (a crazy-quilt of an animal*), Dilly Dally (a lackadaisical boy), Captain Scuttlebutt (Dilly Dally's uncle and Tugboat Operator) and others.

LIVE ACTION REAL actors who were featured mainly consisted of some whom portrayed multiple roles. For example, we have: Judy Tyler** as Indian Princess Summerfall Winterspring, Robert Keeshin (Future Captain Kangaroo) as the original Clarabelle the Clown and Chief Featherman of the Tinka-Tonka tribe (the Princess'father), with Bill Le Cornec taking the versatility honors with a triple assignment of renegade Chief Thunderthud (of the Ooragnak tribe & often ally of Mr. Bluster), Dr. Singasong (visiting 'trubador' and look alike for Mandrake the Magician) as well as Oil Well Willie (old coot of a Prospector).

THERE ARE CERTAIN incidents that we well remember, without benefit of any refresher. There was a continuity called "The Search for the Golden Goat" (a treasure hunt).

THE SHOW'S MOVING from the original Howdy Doody Circus setting to "Doodyville" was particularly memorable, if mean spirited. In it, Howdy said that Mr. Bluster could have the Circus for his own. But as that day's show was closing, a wrecking crew was "tearing down" the set! Can you say "CRUELTY?"

THE CREATOR, ONE 'Buffalo Bob' Smith served as host and did have some time off for recuperation from a heart attack (when he was temporarily replaced with one 'Bison Bill') Although Bob (born Robert Schmidt) sported a costume that was patterned after a buckskin outfit, he was not truly a man of the Old West. He derived the name from having been born and raised in Buffalo, NY!

THE ENTERPRISING AND versatile Mr. Smith also provided the voice for the wooden-headed Howdy!

NOTE: * The "Flubadub" was a combination of many animals; having the ears of a cocker spaniel, flippers of a turtle, etc. It was sort of like a fictional version of a Platypus!

NOTE ** Judy Tyler was killed in a car accident in 1957. At age 24 she was just embarking on a promising career; having just co-starred with Elvis in JAILHOUSE ROCK!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (10 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "The Howdy Doody Show" (1947)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Space Coast The Regard of Flight Killer Klowns from Outer Space The Tragedy of Maria Macabre Donald's Snow Fight
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Episode guide Full cast and crew Company credits
External reviews News articles IMDb TV section
IMDb Family section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.

You may add a new episode for this TV series by clicking the 'add episode' button