Friday, December 12, 2014

Red Skelton Revue 1954

About a month after is last 1/2 hour show Red returned to television in a hour long variety show for the summer. The Red Skelton Revue had a mix of Red Skelton characters, nightclub acts, tap dancing, ballet and opera singers. On his first show he had Liberace and brother George, Tony Curtis, Alan Ladd, Egyptian Acrobats, the Amin Brothers and Sahara Hotel chorus line. Other guest on the Revue were Burt Lancaster and Rosemary Clooney. One show had Frank Sinatra and helped the career of Johnny Carson.

Johnny Carson appeared on local television and was a writer for the show. He wrote the seagulls jokes. Red Skelton was injured during a rehearsal of the show. Red could not perform. Johnny Carson hosted the show. This gave Carson national attention. On another episode Red's guess was Ed Wynn. During the show Red tells the story of meeting Ed Wynn in Vincennes. More about the Ed Wynn story in a future blog. 
Red Skelton returned to a half hour show for the Season 4.

Will Rogers Jr. and Deadeye
Freddie with Peggy Lee

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