The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976)

TV Special  -   -  Comedy
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Witchipoo and the Wicked Witch of the West give Paul Lynde three wishes for Halloween. KISS performs three songs. Florence Henderson sings a disco version of "That Old Black Magic."

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Himself / Big Ruby Red / Sheik
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Dynamite Dan / Long Haul Howard / Seymore
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Herself / Hinky Pinky (as Roz 'Pinky Tuscadero' Kelly)
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Paul Lynde attempts to celebrate Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day before his housekeeper, Margaret, gives him the bad news. It's Halloween: the time of the year when a kid can carve up a pumpkin and Lynde's sports car at the same time. Lynde is no fan of ignorant youngsters, who seem to know more about Alice Cooper than Alice Faye. Margaret drives her employer to her sister's house, so he can escape the little pranksters. Unluckily, the sister turns out to be Witchipoo; and Margaret herself is the Wicked Witch of the West. The two witches believe witches in general have a bad rap. And so they want Lynde to be their spokes-human. In return, they give him three wishes. Lynde uses two of them to become a rhinestone trucker and a romantic sheik. Meanwhile, KISS performs three songs and Florence Henderson sings a disco version of "That Old Black Magic." Written by J. Spurlin

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What better place to spend Halloween than in a haunted house with Paul Lynde?

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29 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This TV special marked the network television debut of the band KISS. See more »

Goofs

Cut to a different angle as the closing credits roll and everyone on the dance floor is differently positioned. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Paul Lynde: [singing] # We wish you a Merry Christmas, / We we wish you a Merry Christmas. #
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Crazy Credits

Donnie and Marie Osmond are given verbal credit only. In his closing speech, Paul Lynde mentions them among his guest stars, the rest of whom are credited in the opening titles. See more »

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References Baretta (1975) See more »

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Deck the Halls
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Traditional
Sung by Paul Lynde
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Words fail me.
21 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me start out saying that I am a fan of both Paul Lynde and Halloween. A Special that features both seemed like mixing your chocolate with my peanut butter. I was really looking forward to it. It is indeed an exercise in the campy surreal.

This is the premise: Margaret Hamilton playing herself as Paul Lynde's housekeeper (?) asks Paul to give her a ride to her sister's house, her sister being Witchiepoo from H.R. Puffnstuff. When they get there it turns out Paul was brought with an ulterior motive in mind. It turns out the winner of the witches Miss Halloween contest was promised a date with Paul Newman as her prize by Hamilton and Witchiepoo. Since they can't deliver Paul Newman they deliver Paul Lynde, because he is the only famous Paul who is available. Miss Halloween takes a rain check and Lynde is left feeling dejected. The witch sisters decide to cheer him up by giving him 3 wishes. The fulfillment of those wishes forms the body of the Special.

Paul's first wish is to be a trucker, and not just any trucker but The Rhinestone Trucker, a bedazzled fella who goes by the handle Ruby Red. He later wishes to be a red-hot desert sheik ala Rudolph Valentino. It was funny watching Paul romance the smoking hot Roz Kelly, who should have had her own special.

Finally he wishes to take the witch sisters to a disco. This is wear he meets KISS. Wow, what a moment! I especially like the idea of Paul Lynde playing a famous performer who lives a pretty normal lifestyle. The show's almost written like an episode of the old Jack Benny or Burns& Allen shows, where they were also famous performers who lived normal lives in quiet little neighborhoods like normal folk. This show was reminded me of those shows if they had been dipped in the 70's and rolled in campiness. It's not always as funny as I think it could have been, but it is always very astonishing to say the least.


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