This Elizabeth Montgomery-hosted episode of "The Hollywood Palace" was very entertaining
Just watched on YouTube as linked from the Classic Television Showbiz blog, this episode of the ABC variety series "The Hollywood Palace". The guest host for this October 1, 1966 edition was the star of the network's very popular show of the time, "Bewitched": Elizabeth Montgomery. She comes on stage accompanied by four male dancers as we hear an offscreen chorus singing the words to her show's theme (which was never heard on the series itself). Ms. Montgomery then introduces the first act: The Reberte Trio-three male acrobatics. They were an okay amusement though it was nice to hear the late Neal Hefti's "Batman" theme here. Next up is The Baja Marimba Band, a wonderful Mexican music-styled band that performs two numbers. Then Jackie Mason comes on as he comments on George Murphy and Ronald Reagan just starting their political careers, how a plumber wouldn't make a good president (how ironic since McCain and Obama are now talking about "Joe the Plumber"!), and Nixon being picked for president again after so many losses! After a Sherwin-Williams commercial, Paul Lynde and Liz perform a scene from Shakespere's "MacBeth" with Mr. Lynde doing his part mostly straight while Ms. Montgomery gets hilarious as she tries fixing her hair, gets rid of her gum on the podium, and and flubs one line with the word "nightie" or "nightgown"! Then Vic Damone comes on and sings a couple of Rodgers-Hart's songs-"Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" and "Falling in Love with Love" as well as "I Cried for You". Liz then comes on as she and Damone reprise the "Bewitched" song in a more upbeat and humorous manner considering Ms. Montgomery's TV Show. After another commercial for Head and Shoulders, Liz and Paul appear as a married couple playing darts as "Harriet" asks "George" for a divorce. He refuses before leaving for an assignment for a nuclear product. Then Damone comes out from behind a sofa and asks "Harriet" to come to London with him. She refuses since she's still married. Then a bomb goes off... Then Liz says goodnight, mentions Adam West as the next guest host, and goes with the male dancers backstage as they ride on their brooms. Then after the ABC logo appears, there's one more commercial for Tareytown cigarettes. Obviously, this was way before the 1971 TV smoking products ban...The IMDb cast list for this episode mentions a couple of other acts that I didn't see on YouTube so this is probably not a review of the complete episode as it originally aired. Nonetheless, this was a very entertaining episode of "The Hollywood Palace" especially with Ms. Montgomery providing her comic and singing talents in full force here. Also was a treat to see her with Mr. Lynde outside of their "Bewitched" parts of "Samantha" and "Uncle Arthur". Mr. Mason was also funny here even with the dated references to past politicians since many of his comments of them actually could describe some of the ones in office today. He also made a little fun of Ed Sullivan and his hand gestures though he said here they were friends again. And what a treat to see and hear Mr. Damone since I only know him from a "Dick Van Dyke" episode as "Rick Vallone" there. So on that note, I highly recommend you go to YouTube and watch this vintage episode there.
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