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The Hollywood Palace 

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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Bing Crosby ...  Himself - Host 32 episodes, 1964-1970
Milton Berle ...  Himself - Host / ... 17 episodes, 1965-1970
Jimmy Durante ...  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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (1964-1965)| Color (1965-1970)

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1.33 : 1
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Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach were both producers of the show, "Hollywood Palace", with Rita Scott as associate producer on the musical variety series. During the summer of 1963 Vanoff, Harbac, and Scott had produced a Bing Crosby special, taped at NBC-Burbank, with James Trittipo (production designer) and Hub Braden (art director) as part of the production team. ABC-TV wanted a prestige variety program on its schedule. The Jerry Lewis Show (1963) began the ABC 1963 fall schedule, moving into the Vine Street Theatre, completely renovating the theatre, stage and video facility at a cost of $400,000. After the network canceled "The Jerry Lewis Show", Vanoff and Harbach were hired to replace the time slot with a musical variety show. Part of the deal was tied with keeping Crosby as a semi-permanent host, alternating with Hollywood celebrity talents, agreeing to both host and perform as a special performance event. Other performers would fill the evening's bill of acts. The NBC (summer) Crosby Special production team was reassembled to prepare and renovate the stage for "The Hollywood Palace". This required the exterior "Jerry Lewis Show" marque to be replaced with a new "The Hollywood Palace" identification sign, as well as creating a new proscenium configuration for the new variety show's home-base format. Grey Lockwood was the director (he directed every program in the show's seven-year run). The theatre was turned around for the first show less than six weeks after the Lewis show was canceled. The proscenium's metal-framed chasing light configuration was built by an independent Hollywood metal sign company. The stage proscenium, drapery, footlights and scenery were built and installed by the studio's production services departments, which included construction, scenic, property, drapery and special effects. ABC Engineering provided all the technical camera crew and tape editors. Jack Denton was the lighting designer and James Trittipo was the production designer for the show's entire seven-year run. See more »


Soundtracks

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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Magnificent Television
14 August 2015 | by jlthornb51See all my reviews

This is one of television's finest variety shows and something that was a weekly viewing event. The performers and hosts were stellar and everything about the production was first rate. The biggest stars of a fast fading glamorous Hollywood appeared as well as some of the most acclaimed entertainers on the face of planet Earth. It was a remarkable extravaganza but retained much of the simple aspects of a stage show. This was not only Hollywood but all showbiz on display and it provided some of the truly wonderful moments in television history. A shining light in the sometimes dismal landscape of television, even in 1964, The Hollywood Palace was a big hunk of nostalgia. There has never been anything quite like it and it isn't likely to be duplicated.


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