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27 December 1947 (USA) See more »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win See more »
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Cast

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Bob Smith ... Buffalo Bob (7 episodes, 1955-1960)
Nick Nicholson (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Bill LeCornec ... Chief Thunderthud (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Lew Anderson ... Clarabell the Clown (3 episodes, 1954-1960)
Rufus Rose (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
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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)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Puppet Playhouse" - USA (original title)
"Howdy Doody" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
30 min (2343 episodes)
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Black and White (1947-1955) | Color (1955-1960)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The series finale appears as a 'bonus' disc in the recently released DVD collection of 40 installments, and differs from all the other chapters (which are on kinescope), as it is the only one in color and on videotape. Tape technology was still in its infancy at the time of this 1960 broadcast (color tape was only two years old), and the network took the opportunity to make it a special event: expanding the normally 30-minute show to a full hour, and introducing the finale with the still new animated NBC peacock- with some original lyrics sung by the 'Howdy Doody' puppets for the 'NBC chimes' jingle.See more »
Quotes:
Host:Say, kids, what time is it?
Peanut Gallery:It's Howdy Doody time!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.60" (2005)See more »

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3 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Horrifying, 2 October 2002
Author: chris-594

This show is a good example of how children have changed since the halcyon haze of the 1950s. Back then, this show and its characters were beloved to seemingly most children, but now, children would be frightened by evil-looking puppets and clowns.

It's hard to believe that a children's show, much less one like this, could endure for nearly 2500 episodes. Oh well. I suppose children's television hasn't changed that much since the 1950s, after all -- Mr. Rogers is still around, as he was in the 50s, and modern children's shows have retained their simple, mindless guile, while at the same time keeping kids glued to their TVs for a few hours each day.

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