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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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The very first TV program I ever saw. See more (7 total) »

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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Color:
Black and White (1947-1955) | Color (1955-1960)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Clarabell the Clown never spoke on camera until the very last episode. While large amounts of money were offered by advertisers to have him say the sponsor's name or product, all offers were refused. After the closing credits of the very last episode, a drumroll was played, and Clarabell, holding back tears, softly said, "Goodbye, kids."See more »
Quotes:
[final episode. Clarabell speaks for the only time in the show's history]
Clarabell the Clown:Goodbye, kids.
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The very first TV program I ever saw., 19 October 2005
Author: tom walters from Cleveland, Ohio

I first saw "Puppet Playhouse" at the age of 5 on a neighbor's 5-inch GE TV (with a magnifying glass over the screen so that we could all see it). At that time, I lived near Buffalo, NY. Buffalo Bob's constant references to places around Buffalo brought the context a little closer. Then there were the old time movies, featuring Mickey McGuire and the Tons of Fun.

I also watched The Camel News Caravan, I Remember Mama, Milton Berle and all sorts of programs which stimulated my curiosity and imagination. And all this without the benefit of special effects that are now available. And, more importantly, a lot more imagination at play, than one would find in later years.

Years later when I'm watching my children watch cartoon characters flying around with devastating rays coming from their bare hands, I quickly devise ways to get the kids away from this stuff. My opinion is that (like another commenter) is that my kids missed some pretty neat stuff.

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