Sunday, December 19, 2021

House of Windsor cigars and the many faces of Red Skelton (1978)

 Red Skelton had been off primetime television for seven years when he was hired by US Tobacco to do some commercials for House of Windsor cigars. Thanks to some video trickery of the day, Red appears in these three ads as himself, as well as Freddie the Freeloader, George Appleby, Sheriff Deadeye, and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

You just don't see tobacco product ads anymore, but you do see how anti-tobacco activists have been trying to educate viewers, extending to discouraging vaping.

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