The Steve Allen Plymouth Show: Season 1, Episode 2

Episode #1.2 (1 Jul. 1956)
"The Steve Allen Show" Episode #1.2 (original title)

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Episode features include Elvis Presley, wearing a tuxedo and singing "Hound Dog" to a mournful basset hound; Andy Griffith explaining Shakespeare's Hamlet in a comedy monologue; Imogene ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Host
Herself - Guest Performer
Herself - Singer
Himself - Guest Performer
Himself - Conductor
Hugh Jarrett ...
Himself - Singer
Gene Rayburn ...
Himself - Announcer


Episode features include Elvis Presley, wearing a tuxedo and singing "Hound Dog" to a mournful basset hound; Andy Griffith explaining Shakespeare's Hamlet in a comedy monologue; Imogene Coca starring in a skit where she tries to tell her husband she's pregnant; Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme doing an opera spoof while wearing viking costumes and Imogene Coca, Andy Griffith and Elvis Presley doing a spoof of country music television programs. Written by David Bassler

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The song that Steve Allen once made fun of by reading it as though it was a poem was "Be Bop A Lula" by Gene Vincent. See more »


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Hound Dog
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Steve Allen degrades Elvis
24 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Steve Allen had Elvis on his Sunday night show which was on opposite the Ed Sullivan Show (Toast of The Town). Mr. Allen was no fan of Rock and Roll and for years continued to make fun of Rock and Roll singers and their songs. I believe it was Little Richard's "Tutti Fruitti" that Mr. Allen once read on his show, as if it were a poem and not song lyrics, much to his and his audiences humorous delight. Years late in the sixties Allen was still doing the same thing with the lyrics of The Beatles. While not certain I believe the song was "Hello, Goodbye". Anyone familiar with this song knows that the lyrics are simple, however, most people know that lyrics are meant to be sung and not read as poetry. Mr. Allen, a songwriter himself, should know better. With this background in mind Mr. Allen had Elvis come on the show and sing "Hound Dog" dressed in a Tuxedo singing to a real hound dog. Elvis was also part of a comedy skit that was embarrassingly bad. I assume Mr. Allen got his ratings that night and beat out Mr. Sullivan. But Mr. Sullivan and Elvis got the last laugh when Elvis made three appearances on the Toast of The Town and music has never been the same since. I gave this a five only because of its historical value. Toegether with the Sullivan shows and his appearances on Milton Berle show Elvis changed the musical landscape. Elvis first appeared on Milton Berle's show and if you want to see the Real Elvis catch the unedited hip grinding version of "Hound Dog" he performed for Mr. Television!

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