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The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Colgate Comedy Hour
is an American comedy-musical variety series that aired live on the NBC
NBC
network from 1950 to 1955. The show featured many notable comedians and entertainers of the era as guest stars.Contents1 Synopsis 2 Color 3 Ratings 4 Episodes 5 References 6 External linksSynopsis[edit] The program evolved from NBC's first TV variety showcase, Four Star Revue, sponsored by Motorola. The "running gag" sketches were dropped in favor of more performing acts. The weekly show was proposed to be hosted by four comedians in a four-week rotation to provide competition for Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town
Toast of the Town
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Television Comedy
Television comedy had a presence from the earliest days of broadcasting. Among the earliest BBC
BBC
television programmes in the 1930s was Starlight, which offered a series of guests from the music hall era, which often included singers and comedians. Similarly, many early United States television programs were variety shows including the Texaco Star Theater
Texaco Star Theater
featuring Milton Berle; comedy acts often taken from vaudeville were staples of such shows. The range of television comedy is extremely broad to the extent that anything under the heading comedy can be put before an audience through the medium of television
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The Hollywood Palace
The Hollywood
Hollywood
Palace is an hour-long American television variety show that was broadcast weekly (generally on Saturday nights) on ABC from January 4, 1964, to February 7, 1970.[1] Originally titled The Saturday Night Hollywood
Hollywood
Palace, it began as a midseason replacement for The Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Show, another variety show, which had lasted only three months. It was staged in Hollywood
Hollywood
at the former Hollywood Playhouse (where Lewis' series had originated, temporarily renamed "The Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Theater" from September through December 1963) on Vine Street, which was renamed the Hollywood
Hollywood
Palace during the show's duration and is today known as Avalon Hollywood
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Peggy Webber
Peggy Webber
Peggy Webber
(born September 15, 1925) is a retired American actress who was active in film, television, and radio.Contents1 Early years 2 Film 3 Radio 4 Television 5 Writing, directing and producing 6 Recognition 7 References 8 External linksEarly years[edit] The daughter of a wildcat oil driller,[1] Webber was born in Laredo, Texas. In 1942, she graduated from Tucson High School, where she was active in dramatics.[2] Before she was 3 years old, she was entertaining audiences at intermission times in movie theaters.[3] Film[edit] Her screen debut came in the 1946 film Her Adventurous Night. She played Lady Macduff
Lady Macduff
in Orson Welles' adaptation of Macbeth. Other notable roles include Mrs
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Dragnet (franchise)
Dragnet was an American radio, television, and motion-picture series, enacting the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from the police term "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet is perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave audience members a feel for the danger and heroism of police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers.[1] Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting; he achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media
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Jack Webb
John Randolph Webb (April 2, 1920 – December 23, 1982) was an American actor, television producer, director, and screenwriter, who is most famous for his role as Sgt. Joe Friday
Joe Friday
in the Dragnet franchise (which he also created). He was the founder of his own production company, Mark VII Limited.[1][2]Contents1 Early life 2 Career2.1 Acting 2.2 Dragnet and stardom3 1960s3.1 1967: Dragnet returns4 1970s and 1980s 5 Personal life 6 Death 7 Selected filmography7.1 Film 7.2 Television8 Discography 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External linksEarly life[edit] Webb was born in Santa Monica, California, on April 2, 1920, son of Samuel Chester Webb and Margaret (née Smith) Webb.[3][4] He grew up in the Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles
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Your Show Of Shows
Your Show of Shows
Your Show of Shows
was a live 90-minute variety show that was broadcast weekly in the United States on NBC
NBC
from February 25, 1950 through June 5, 1954, featuring Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar
and Imogene Coca. Other featured performers were Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, Bill Hayes, Judy Johnson, The Hamilton Trio and the soprano Marguerite Piazza
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Sid Caesar
Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar (September 8, 1922 – February 12, 2014) was an American comic actor and writer, best known for two pioneering 1950s live television series: Your Show of Shows, which was a 90-minute weekly show watched by 60 million people, and its successor, Caesar's Hour, both of which influenced later generations of comedians.[1] Your Show of Shows
Your Show of Shows
and its cast received seven Emmy nominations between the years 1953 and 1954 and tallied two wins. He also acted in movies; he played Coach Calhoun in Grease (1978) and its sequel Grease 2
Grease 2
(1982) and appeared in the films It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Silent Movie
Silent Movie
(1976), History of the World, Part I (1981), and Cannonball Run II
Cannonball Run II
(1984). Caesar was considered a "sketch comic" and actor, as opposed to a stand-up comedian
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Imogene Coca
Imogene Coca
Imogene Coca
(born Emogeane Coca; November 18, 1908 – June 2, 2001) was an American comic actress best known for her role opposite Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows. Starting out in vaudeville as a child acrobat, she studied ballet and wished to have a serious career in music and dance, graduating to decades of stage musical revues, cabaret and summer stock. In her 40s, she began a celebrated career as a comedian on television, starring in six series and guest starring on successful television programs from the 1940s to the 1990s. She was nominated for five Emmy Awards for Your Show of Shows, winning Best Actress in 1951 and singled out for a Peabody Award
Peabody Award
for excellence in broadcasting in 1953
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AT&T
AT&T Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered at Whitacre Tower
Whitacre Tower
in Downtown Dallas, Texas.[8] AT&T is the world's largest telecommunications company. AT&T is also the second largest provider of mobile telephone services and the largest provider of fixed telephone services in the United States. AT&T Inc. began its history as Southwestern Bell
Southwestern Bell
Telephone Company, which was a subsidiary of the Bell Telephone
Telephone
Company founded by Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell
in 1880. Bell Telephone
Telephone
Company evolved into American Telephone
Telephone
and Telegraph Company in 1885 which had since rebranded to AT&T Corporation
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Vic Schoen
Victor "Vic" Schoen (March 26, 1916 – January 5, 2000) was an American bandleader, arranger, and composer whose career spanned from the 1930s until his death in 2000
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Rosemary DeCamp
Rosemary DeCamp
Rosemary DeCamp
(November 14, 1910 – February 20, 2001) was an American radio, film, and television actress.[1]Contents1 Life and career1.1 Radio 1.2 Film and television2 Personal life and death 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External linksLife and career[edit] DeCamp was the elder of two children born to William Valentine and Margaret Elizabeth (née Hinman) DeCamp, both natives of Iowa. She was 14 years older than her brother Jerry (1924–1995). Radio[edit] DeCamp first came to fame in November 1937, when she took the role of Judy Price, the secretary/nurse of Dr. Christian
Dr. Christian
in the long-running radio series of the same name
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The Real McCoys
The Real McCoys
The Real McCoys
is an American sitcom co-produced by Danny Thomas's Marterto Productions in association with Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
and Irving Pincus's Westgate Company. The series aired for six seasons, five on the ABC-TV network from 1957 through 1962 and a final year, 1962 to 1963, on CBS. Set in the San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley
of California, the series was filmed in Hollywood
Hollywood
at Desilu
Desilu
studios.Contents1 Synopsis 2 Nielsen ratings 3 Cancellation 4 Syndication 5 DVD releases 6 References 7 External linksSynopsis[edit] The Real McCoys
The Real McCoys
revolves around the lives of a family from the Appalachian Mountains
Appalachian Mountains
who originally hailed from fictional Smokey Corners, West Virginia
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Hal March
Hal March
Hal March
(born Harold Mendelson;[1] April 22, 1920 – January 19, 1970) was an American comedian and actor.Contents1 Early career 2 The $64,000 Question 3 Death 4 Personal life 5 References 6 External linksEarly career[edit] In 1944, March first came to note as part of a comedy team with Bob Sweeney. The duo had their own radio show for a time and performed, in the early 1950s, as "Sweeney & March." He also partnered with actor/comic Tom D'Andrea in the early years of television in a series entitled The Soldiers.[2][3] March and Mary Jane Croft co-starred in Too Many Cooks, a summer replacement program on CBS
CBS
radio in 1950. The comedy centered on Douglas and Carrie Cook and their 10 children.[4] The $64,000 Question[edit] Earlier in his television career, he appeared on such shows as The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The Imogene Coca
Imogene Coca
Show and I Love Lucy
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William Bendix
William Bendix
William Bendix
(January 14, 1906 – December 14, 1964) was an American film, radio, and television actor, who typically played rough, blue-collar characters. He is best remembered in films for the title role in The Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth
Story. He also memorably portrayed the clumsily-earnest aircraft plant worker Chester A. Riley in radio and television's The Life of Riley. He received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Wake Island (1942).Contents1 Early life 2 Film 3 Radio and television 4 Politics 5 Death 6 Partial filmography 7 Dramatic radio appearances 8 References 9 External linksEarly life[edit] Bendix, named William after his paternal grandfather, was born in Manhattan, the only child of Oscar and Hilda (Carnell) Bendix
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The Life Of Riley
The Life of Riley
The Life of Riley
was an American radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film, a long-running 1950s television series (originally with Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
as Riley for one truncated season, then with Bendix for six seasons), and a 1958 comic book. William Bendix
William Bendix
played the title role. Irving Brecher created the radio series for friend Groucho Marx. Originally titled The Flotsam Family, the sponsor balked at what would have been essentially a straight head-of-household role for Groucho (Marx went on to host Blue Ribbon Town
Blue Ribbon Town
from 1943 to 1944 and then You Bet Your Life from 1947 to 1961). Creator and producer Brecher saw William Bendix
William Bendix
as taxicab company owner Tim McGuerin in Hal Roach's The McGuerins from Brooklyn (1942)
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