Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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A Visit from Lena Horne 

Fast-thinking Fred fools Lena Horne into visiting the Sanford home after he spins her a sob story about little lame Lamont who looks upon Lena as a second mother.


Jack Shea

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Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Lena Horne ... Lena Horne
John Amos ... Luther
Leroy Daniels Leroy Daniels ... Lucky Leroy
Ernest Mayhand Ernest Mayhand ... Slick Skillet (as Ernest Skillet Mayhand)
Joan Prather ... Tour Guide
Robert Munk Robert Munk ... Chauffeur
Arthur Matthews Arthur Matthews ... Art
Billy Allyn Billy Allyn ... Billy


Fast-thinking Fred fools Lena Horne into visiting the Sanford home after he spins her a sob story about little lame Lamont who looks upon Lena as a second mother.

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Release Date:

12 January 1973 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fred G. Sanford: See, Miss Horne, I'm a fan of yours, I mean a real big fan. I saw your movie "Stormy Weather" 38 times.
Lena Horne: You're joking. You mean to tell me you paid to see "Stormy Weather" 38 times?
Fred G. Sanford: No, I only paid once. I went in on a Saturday and came out on a Wednesday evening.
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References Stormy Weather (1943) See more »

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Lena Horne provides the favorite episode of Redd Foxx
15 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"A Visit from Lena Horne" was, not surprisingly, the favorite episode of Redd Foxx, his frequent mention of 'The Horne' and her signature song "Stormy Weather" a longtime staple of the series. Touring the NBC studios with Lamont, Fred becomes excited to learn that Lena Horne is somewhere in the building, searching until he finds himself alone in her dressing room. He naturally goes into heart attack mode when she walks in on him, receiving an autograph and a promise to visit his invalid son, 'little lame Lamont,' on her way to the airport. This is enough for Fred to bet all of his buddies at the pool hall $15 apiece to make a tidy profit at the expense of Lena's generosity. Once she finds out about the bet she goes off on Fred, until he offers her the money for her charity, and earns a big wet one on the lips. The funniest moment comes when the disbelieving Lamont lays eyes on Lena, and promptly suffers his first heart attack: "it's the big one, you hear that Mom? Your little boy's comin' to join you, with a mustache!" While John Amos as Luther and Art Matthews as Art never appeared again, Billy Allyn as Billy would pop up twice more in "The Big Party" and "Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle," the comedy duo of 'Slick Skillet' Mayhand and 'Lucky Leroy' Daniels teaming for another four episodes.

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