Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 9 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Himself - Host 32 episodes, 1964-1970
...  Himself - Host / ... 17 episodes, 1965-1970
...  Himself - Host / ... 15 episodes, 1964-1970
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Popular, long-running Saturday night variety show of the mid-to-late 1960's, originating from the Hollywood Palace Theater (formerly the El Capitan) on Hollywood Boulevard. There was a revolving guest host, usually a singer or comedian, each week. Bing Crosby was the most frequent guest host (including, of course, the Christmas Week show), but other frequent guest hosts included Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimmy Durante, Don Adams, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland. The Rolling Stones made their first U.S. TV appearence on the show in 1964. The waning popularity of weekly variety shows contributed to "Hollywood Palace" being cancelled in early 1970, but it's still well-remembered by its many fans. Written by Bob Sorrentino

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From Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of the world. ABC-TV presents "The Hollywood Palace!"

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Comedy | Family | Music

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TV-G
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4 January 1964 (USA)  »

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(1964-1965)| (1965-1970)

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A Canadian film and television transplant, Carol Warrian became ABC TV's "The Hollywood Palace" variety show producers' Nick Vanoff and Bill Harbach personal secretary when the program's staff was originally organized and put into production in early December, 1963. Carol, also "uncredited" as an Assistant to the Producers, performing her job during the seven years of the prime-time broadcasting production series period; the program established as a TV music variety Saturday night broadcast at 9:30 P.M. with summer reruns of the previous Fall, Winter and Spring broadcast schedule. The musical variety show "The Hollywood Palace" was a mid season replacement for "The Jerry Lewis Show." The prime-time Saturday night premier broadcast of "The Hollywood Palace" was on January 4, 1964, broadcast weekly until the series was axed by ABC Programing during the seventh mid-season, ending the music variety series last final broadcast on a Saturday night, February 7, 1970, hosted by Bing Crosby featuring video-clips of the show's featured retrospective performances. Carol's office mate was with Associate Producer Rita Scott, who both maintained a disciplined production office management team. Susan Horowitz, the production accountant and talent coordinator assistant, worked with Elliott Alexander in production talent booking performers/entertainers and comedians. Henry Bollinger served as the agency talent coordinator. The only other female Zodiac Production staff member was the second floor office receptionist and telephone office specialist, Maxine Windendahl. The second floor Production staff offices were located above the Vine Street theater-studio lobby, across the street from Columbia Records Hollywood Tower. The shows art department team was located in the South end of the second floor, production designer Jim Trittipo and his assistant art director/designer Hub Braden. At the North end of the second floor, Jerry McPhie (1963-1968), the original unit production manager (UPM) shared his office with his assistant Dave Loring (1963-1964); Peter B. Sterne (1964); John Monarch (1969-1970); Dennis Doty (1968-1969) who had been an ABC Studio-Staff audience-page manager that Nick and Bill hired for their staff assignment. The UPM position frequently changed on television shows, the UPM jumping up and off the ship-board, because each individual performing the PM position would depart after a year or two, moving up in the ranks to a producing position for their own acquired television project. Adjacent the producers' office complex resided the show's writing staff: Joe Bigelow and Jay Burton (1963-1970); additional writers included George Bloom (1963-1966); Hal Collins (1964-1965); Gordon Farr (1966-1968); Bernie Orenstein (1967-1969). Downstairs behind the studio's control booth resided the show's video tape editor Nick Giordano (1963-1970). ABC Studio Guard Ray Hines maintained the show's building lobby, the upstairs office complex and backstage area, control of the audience lobby ticket box-office service area from the beginning of 1963 through 1975. Ray Hines was a valued member of the production, who saved the studio building from being destroyed by a back-stage electrical fire after the stage crew had departed the premises. Vanoff and Harbach's production staff functioned as a well oiled machine, united together in the production's daily, weekly operation. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) See more »

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Put On A Happy Face
Written by Gower and Margie Champion
Performed by the Les Brown Orchestra and then the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and the Mort Lindsey Orchestra
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Outperforming Expectations
19 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

AS WE RECALL, this series came to ABC TV Network's Saturday evening lineup as a "temporary replacement" for THE JERRY LEWIS; which was halted abruptly following poor ratings.* In spite of one misgivings from "the Suits" in ABC's boardroom, this Variety anthology was put on the airwaves. "Who wants a variety comedy-musical show on Saturdays?"; seemed to be the prevailing attitude.

PERFORMING OUTSTANDINGLY WELL, the show stayed for seven whole seasons; controlling the ratings and presenting just about everyone who was anyone in mid 60s showbiz.

IN MUCH THE same vein as ED SULLIVAN'S TOAST OF THE TOWN, the Palace became the gathering place of musical groups, singers, acrobats, jugglers, dancers, animal acts and whatever have you. We can't recall any celebs being seated in the audience and being "surprised" to be shown or interviewed, as was Ed Sullivan's modus operandi; but they probably did anyway.

THOSE WHO CAN recall those halcyon days of bygone network presentation fondly speak of THE Hollywood PALACE and how each and every week brought us a different treat, hosted by special guest stars. This included everyone; everyone, that is, except Jerry Lewis.


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