Friday, November 27, 2015

Countdown to Christmas: Christmas night on The Hollywood Palace (1965)

Christmas is 4 weeks away, so we'll start our annual Countdown with a Christmas night episode of The Hollywood Palace, emceed by Der Bingle himself, Bing Crosby. The guests include Dorothy Collins, Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians, and the cast of Hogan's Heroes, which was in its freshman season, as the Palace was in its 3rd.

We told you before about how Heroes cast members Werner Klemperer & John Banner dueted on an Austrian version of "Silent Night". That's immediately followed by Robert Clary performing a French carol, both numbers coming during the 2nd half of the show. Commercials are included, but, sadly, part of the audio goes missing when Crosby is introduced by announcer Dick Tufeld (Lost in Space).

Back in those days, weekends were really appointment television if you were into variety shows like this and The Ed Sullivan Show, which aired Sundays on CBS.

Rating: A.

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