Howdy Doody was a puppet show that starred him, Howdy Doody, best friend Buffalo Bob and Clarabell the Clown. It was a long-running variety show for children that was very loved. It came ...
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Howdy Doody was a puppet show that starred him, Howdy Doody, best friend Buffalo Bob and Clarabell the Clown. It was a long-running variety show for children that was very loved. It came along just in time for all the Baby Boomers and became one of their fondest childhood memories.
James Doohan was originally cast as Timber Tom but wanted more money than the CBC was prepared to pay and so was replaced by Mews, who couldn't appear for the first week of the show and was temporarily replaced as host by William Shatner as Ranger Bob. See more »
Several have made comments here that pertain to the US version, which is listed in the IMDb as "Puppet Playhouse," though I do not recall it ever being called that.
Its host, Robert Goulet, passed away this week, and according to "Buffalo Bob" Smith, before his passing 1998, they had remained good friends although their careers took different paths.
It is interesting to see that other stars sprung from the series, on both sides of the border.
The original Clarabell, the clown, on the US side was, of course, Bob Keeshan, who moved on to become the beloved, "Captain Kangaroo."
Upon Keeshan's passing a few years ago, the one remaining recognizable star from the franchise, is, of course, William Shatner.
He seemed to have made his television debut in this series, playing to the "peanut gallery," but soon became established as a "serious" actor from the "Golden Age" of live television in the 50's, through, of course, the Star Trek series, until his award-winning, though not-so-serious, performances on "Boston Legal," today.
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