This episode of "The Hollywood Palace" should be of great interest to fans of Groucho Marx and Margaret Dumont
Just watched on YouTube this special episode of "The Hollywood Palace" hosted by Groucho Marx. What was so special about it? Well, besides his 18-year-old daughter Melinda singing her Petulia Clark-like number called "The East Side of Town" as well as a duet with her father, this particular show marked the last appearance of Groucho's frequent movie and stage co-star-not to mention "The fifth Marx Brother"-Margaret Dumont who died not long after this show was taped and a few weeks before this aired. It's the "Hooray for Captain Spalding" number and despite Groucho's claim that Ms. Dumont never got any of his or his brothers' jokes, the real-life wealthy dowager cracks up every time he opens his mouth. By the way, loved the "Peyton Place" reference! There was also a unicycle act called The Four Kents, a Scottish comedian who plays the piano named Don Saunders, African singer Miriam Makeba, flamenco dancer Lydia Torea, and husband-and-wife singing team Gordon and Sheila MacRae (I did not see other scheduled guest Shecky Greene so I must have watched an edited version online). Mr. Marx was entertainingly witty the whole time and hardly seemed old compared to ten years later. If you're a die-hard Marx Brothers fan and are curious about the last team-up of Groucho and Dumont, I highly recommend this episode of "The Hollywood Palace". Update: 10/1/13-I just saw the Shecky Greene segment in which he makes fun of some Chinese restaurateurs and then does a Jolson impersonation. The Chinese segment was amusing at first but threatened to get uncomfortable before he segued to the next thing.
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