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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 - 5 of 13)
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)

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?

In addition to Howdy Doody, the cast of marionettes included: - Flub-a-Dub, a creature made up of seven animals in one, whose favorite food was meatballs and spaghetti; - Dilly Dally, a baseball-capped boy who could wiggle his ears; - Mister Bluster, villainous mayor of Doodyville (the fictional location of the show); - Inspector Fadoozle, forever peering through his magnifying glass, who billed himself as "America's number one private eye".See more »
Host:Say, kids, what time is it?
Peanut Gallery:It's Howdy Doody time!
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Referenced in Chillerama (2011)See more »


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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
At least you could see their faces., 18 April 2006
Author: wlaporte from United States

Back when Howdy Doody was aired at least you had characters that were not done up in costumes that disguise what the actors looked like as they are today.

I grew up during the early stages of children's programming on TV and watched Howdy Doody (Bob Smith), Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) and The Merry Mailman (Ray Heatherton). Now your children are watching Barney (a supposed stuffed toy who comes to life to play with the children). Does anyone know the actors name or know what he looks like?. You also are letting your children watch Bear in the Big Blue House (again, any idea who that is?). Our children, and in my case grandchildren, are watching Jim Henson-like characters in full body costumes and not seeing realistic characters who imparted the same moral standards (if not more so) on a daily basis!! I feel sorry for the person who thought that the characters on Howdy Doody were grotesque yet lets his children watch the Power Rangers and other shows that depict violence in every episode. At least those grotesque characters never threw lightning bolts, had to kick 15 ninja style characters into oblivion or otherwise teach children that violence is the only way to overcome evil.

Let me go back to the days when a children's TV host was seen as him/herself. I would be much more satisfied seeing the grandchildren learning lessons from a person rather than a purple dinosaur!!

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