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Release Date:
27 December 1947 (USA) See more »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 13)
Bob Smith ... Buffalo Bob / ... (24 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)

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Additional Details

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

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 »
Host:Say, kids, what time is it?
Peanut Gallery:It's Howdy Doody time!
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Referenced in Wag the Dog (1997)See more »


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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Television Program, 28 April 2005
Author: the_matman from United States

Howdy Doody went off the air fourteen years before I was born. Until today, I had never seen a single episode. Oh yes, I had seen the clip of Clarabell crying on the last episode, but it was not until today--at age 31--that I saw the show for the first time with my five year-old son.

I can't say that I have ever seen such a quality children's program. Maybe this is because Bob Smith & Co. were trained in radio and live television back in the 1940's, but there was something authentic about their performances. Their diction, their facial expressions, their chemistry, and their interaction with the kids... And then the story lines were not bad either. Plus, after seeing the live commercials, I was expecting my son to ask for Wonder bread.

All you have to do is compare their work product against any children's show today and you will see what I mean. They had a connection with the audience--something the Power Rangers don't have. Frankly, I feel sad for my son's generation, because there is nothing so real on television for him today. Instead of finding role models like Buffalo Bob on TV, all he has are impersonal cartoons; and if, God forbid, he should ever change the channel from these shows, he might find Jerry Springer and Maury Povich.

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