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launched his 12th year in television with this episode and an expanded version of his long-running comedy/variety series from thirty minutes to a full hour. Reflecting the fact that Red now had an extra half-hour to play with, his show was rechristened The Red Skelton Hour. In the main comedy sketch, guest Harpo Marx
plays a bumbling guardian angel who is sent down from "Up There" to help henpecked husband George Appleby (Skelton) escape the wrath of his nagging wife, Clara (Virginia Grey). Harpo also appears with Red in a new weekly segment, 'The Silent Spot', wherein the two master clowns enact a pantomime sketch about a German and American soldier forming a fast friendship on the battlefields of WWI. Musical highlights included Harpo's harp solo of his own composition 'Guardian Angel', Mahalia Jackson's rousing 'Come On, Children' and 'I Asked the Lord', The Modernaires' 'Clap Yo' Hands', and the ensemble production number '4:20 AM.' See more
References The Jack Benny Program