The Red Skelton Hour

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The Red Skelton Show is an American television comedy/variety show that, from 1951 to 1971, was an entertainment staple and an institution to a generation of viewers. It was second to Gunsmoke (1955–1975) and third to The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)... read more
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The Red Skelton Show is an American television comedy/variety show that, from 1951 to 1971, was an entertainment staple and an institution to a generation of viewers. It was second to Gunsmoke (1955–1975) and third to The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971) in the ratings during that time. In the decade prior to hosting the show, Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton had a successful career as a radio and motion pictures star. Although his television series is largely associated with CBS, where it appeared for more than sixteen years, it actually began and ended on NBC. During its run, the program received three Emmy Awards, for Skelton as best comedian and the program as best comedy show during its initial season, and an award for comedy writing in 1961. In 1959 Skelton also received a Golden Globe for Best TV Show.

Original Release

09/30/1951 on NBC

US Release

09/30/1951

Cast

David Rose and His Orchestra Themselves
Art Gilmore Announcer
Red Skelton Himself - Host
Tom Hansen Dancers Themselves
Bob LeMond Announcer
Red Skelton Self - Host / Clem Kadiddlehopper
The Alan Copeland Singers Themselves
Red Skelton Self - Host / Freddie the Freeloader
Red Skelton Self - Host / George Appleby
The Skelton Dancers Themselves
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 The Magic Act Monday, 14 September 1970
2 Freddie's Desperate Hour Monday, 21 September 1970
3 The Family Business Monday, 28 September 1970
4 The Private Detective Monday, 05 October 1970
5 Bad Guys and Good Girls Monday, 12 October 1970
6 Census Taker Monday, 19 October 1970
7 Hiring the Secretary Monday, 26 October 1970
8 The Dan Blocker Show Monday, 09 November 1970
9 San Fernando Red and the Football Star Monday, 16 November 1970
10 Humperdoo's Secret Invention Monday, 23 November 1970
11 The Yacht Club Monday, 07 December 1970
12 Stagecoach Hijack Monday, 14 December 1970
13 Red Skelton Christmas Show Monday, 21 December 1970
14 Junior and Sunday Morning Monday, 04 January 1971
15 Humperdoo's Little Prescription Monday, 11 January 1971
16 Instant Marriage Mill Monday, 18 January 1971
17 The Auction Monday, 25 January 1971
18 Freddie's Country Home Monday, 01 February 1971
19 The Castaways Monday, 08 February 1971
20 Appleby's Garage Sale Saturday, 13 February 1971
21 Humperdoo's Magic Tire Monday, 22 February 1971
22 Sheriff Hater Monday, 01 March 1971
23 The Candidate's Director Monday, 08 March 1971
24 Ironside Spoof Monday, 15 March 1971
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Directors

Seymour Berns, Bill Hobin, John Gaunt, Terry Kyne, Martin Rackin, Jack Donohue, Howard A. Quinn, Frank Bunetta

Writers

Red Skelton, Dave O'Brien, Sherwood Schwartz, Arthur Phillips, Mort Greene, Jesse Goldstein, Martin Ragaway, Al Schwartz, Larry Rhine, Robert Orben, Ed Simmons, Seaman Jacobs, Fred S. Fox, Benedict Freedman, John Fenton Murray, Buster Keaton, Hugh Wedlock Jr., Bruce Howard, Rick Mittleman, Pat McCormick, Jack Douglas, Will Fowler, Tony Webster, Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf, Robert Mott, George Balzer, Mike Settle, Hal Goodman, Larry Klein, Charles Isaacs, Lionel Burt, Mort Green, Jack Lloyd, Jeffrey Barron, Lou Meltzer, Stan Dreben, Jay Sommers, Joe Bigelow, Arthur Julian, Arthur A. Ross, Howard Leeds, Arthur Stander, Bob Ross, Paul West, David R. Schwartz, O. Henry, Michael Morris, Robert O'Brien, Jack Barron

Cast

David Rose and His Orchestra Themselves
Art Gilmore Announcer
Red Skelton Himself - Host
Tom Hansen Dancers Themselves
Bob LeMond Announcer
Red Skelton Self - Host / Clem Kadiddlehopper
The Alan Copeland Singers Themselves
Red Skelton Self - Host / Freddie the Freeloader
Red Skelton Self - Host / George Appleby
The Skelton Dancers Themselves
Pat McGeehan Self - Announcer
Red Skelton Self - Host
Red Skelton Self - Host / San Fernando Red
Red Skelton Host
The Jimmy Joyce Singers Themselves
Jan Arvan Paw Kadiddlehopper
The Redettes Themselves
The Burgundy Street Singers Themselves
Red Skelton Self - Host / Sheriff Deadeye
Art Gilmore Self - Announcer

Producers

Guy Della-Cioppa Executive Producer
Cecil Barker Executive Producer
Charles Luftig Executive Producer
Nat Perrin Executive Producer
Seymour Berns Executive Producer
Cecil Barker Producer
Howard A. Quinn Producer
Red Skelton Producer
Seymour Berns Producer
Erskine Beverly Barton Producer
Bill Martin Producer
Ben Brady Producer
Perry Cross Producer
Douglas Whitney Producer
Jack Donohue Producer
James Loren Producer
Sue Canter Producer
Bill Hobin Producer
Gerald Gardner Producer
Dee Caruso Producer
Robert B. Hoag Producer
Bob Hoag Producer
Guy Della-Cioppa Producer
Bill Martin Producer

Editors

Larry Brisson, Ken Denisoff, Lewis W. Smith, Kenneth G. Crane, Sam E. Waxman, Jack Killifer, Ralph Davis Jr., Jean DeCrais, Tucker Wiard

1970 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Nominated
1967 Emmy Individual Achievements in Electronic Production - Video Tape Editing Nominated
1966 Emmy Outstanding Variety Series Nominated
1965 Golden Globe Best TV Show Nominated
1965 Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and Performers Nominated
1964 Golden Globe Best TV Show - Comedy Nominated
1963 Emmy Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Variety Nominated
1963 Emmy Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Nominated
1963 Emmy Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy Nominated
1962 Emmy Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Humor Nominated
1962 Emmy Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Nominated
1962 Emmy Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy Nominated
1961 Emmy Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy Won
1960 Emmy Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Humor Nominated
1960 Emmy Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Nominated
1959 Golden Globe Television Achievement Won
1959 Emmy Best Comedy Series Nominated
1952 Emmy Best Comedy Show Won
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