The Hollywood Palace

ABC (ended 1970)
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  • Welcome to The Hollywood Palace guide at The Hollywood Palace was an hour-long variety show that ran on the ABC-TV network from January 4, 1964 to February 7, 1970. Instead of a permanent host, guest hosts were used. Bing Crosby, a frequent guest host, hosted the first and last Hollywood Palace shows. Four of Bing's Christmas specials, featuring his wife Kathryn and their 3 children, were actually Hollywood Palace shows. The Hollywood Palace was a mid-season replacement for "The Jerry Lewis Show." ABC originally had high hopes for Lewis' live, two-hour variety series. They signed the comedian to a 5-year contract for a reported $35 million. The network also purchased the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles and re-christened it "The Jerry Lewis Theater." "The Jerry Lewis Show" premiered on September 21, 1963, but by Thanksgiving 1963 it was apparent that the show was a failure. ABC decided to replace it with a variety show. The network hired Nick Vanoff to produce the new show. Vanoff, in turn, hired William O. Harbach and Otto Harback to help him develop the series. They hurriedly came up with the concept of Hollywood Palace. The final "Jerry Lewis Show" aired on December 21, 1963, and The Hollywood Palace premiered on January 4, 1964. (ABC aired a special on 12/28/63.) The Hollywood Palace took over the first hour of Lewis' old time slot. The second hour was given to the local affiliates for their own local and syndicated programming. The old "El Capitan Theater" was once again re-named, this time as "The Hollywood Palace." The Hollywood Palace resembled a Vaudeville show. Raquel Welch, who was just a few years away from international stardom, was a regular on the 1964 shows. Welch appeared as the "billboard girl," who changed the large cards that introduced the guests. The first 2 seasons of The Hollywood Palace were in black and white. The Hollywood Palace switched to color at the start of its third season. The first color episode was broadcast on September 18, 1965. The "Hollywood Palace" theater became ABC's first color videotape studio. It was also the home of "The Lawrence Welk Show," which switched to color in the same month. Collectors of this series may notice that black and white copies of the color episodes are available on VHS. These copies were mastered from B&W 16mm kinescopes. (Kinescopes were a videotape-to-film transfer produced by aiming a 16mm film camera at a TV monitor.) The original color videotapes do exist but they are not as accessible as the b/w kinescopes. These 16mm kinescopes were originally used by local U.S. stations and by the AFRTS. In the 1960's, many local stations in smaller markets carried more than one network. And often it was the ABC programs that were bumped to other time slots. Instead of purchasing the then-expensive video tape recorders for time-shifting purposes, the stations opted to use 16mm kinescopes provided by the network. Kinescopes were also used by the AFRTS which operates TV stations on overseas military bases. The AFRTS prints usually do not have the original network commercials. Thanks to everyone who's helped on this guide, including: -- Gary Belich - -- Ben Chaput - editor of the RVSP (Rock Video 60s Project) website and the RVSP Message Board The Hollywood Palace Broadcast days/times Seasons 1 through 4 - Saturdays 9:30pm Eastern Season 5 (1967-68) Tuesdays 10:00pm Eastern (through 2-Jan-68) Season 5 - Saturdays 9:30pm Eastern (13-Jan-68 through end of season) Seasons 6 & 7 - Saturdays 9:30pm Easternmoreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 17

    Host: Bing Crosby (Final episode with highlights from past shows)

    Aired 2/7/70

  • S 7 : Ep 16

    Host: Don Knotts / Joey Heatherton & Lance Rentzel

    Aired 1/31/70

  • S 7 : Ep 15

    Hosts: Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme / Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca

    Aired 1/24/70

  • S 7 : Ep 14

    Co-hosts: Bobbie Gentry, John Hartford & Roy Clark / Brooklyn Bridge

    Aired 1/17/70

  • S 7 : Ep 13

    Hosts: Burt Bacharach & Angie Dickinson / Dusty Springfield / Sam & Dave

    Aired 1/10/70

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bing Crosby

    Host (1964-1970)

  • Raquel Welch

    billboard girl (1st season)

  • Mike Post

    Orchestra Leader (1969-1970)

  • Dick Tufeld

    Announcer (1964-1970)

  • Ernie Anderson

    Himself/Substitute Announcer (1968)

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  • TomAlger

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (72)

    • This episode was repeated 11-Jul-64.

    • This episode was repeated 01-Aug-64.

    • ABC repeated this show on Aug. 8, 1964.

    • This is believed to be Nat "King" Cole's last television appearance.

    • ABC repeated this show on August 15, 1964.

    • ABC repeated this show on July 18, 1964.

    • This is the infamous episode in which Dean Martin makes several jokes at the expense of the Rolling Stones. (Please see "Recap" for exact quotes.)
      Next week (20-Jun-64): Spring / Summer repeats begin.
      Spring / Summer repeats: 20-Jun-64 - repeat from 01-Feb-1964 (Donald O'Connor) 27-Jun-64 - pre-empted for All-America Game (4th Annual Football Coaches All-America Game) 04-Jul-64 - pre-empted for Olympic track and field Trials 11-Jul-64 - repeat from 15-Feb-64 (Dale Robertson) 18-Jul-64 - repeat from 23-May-64 (Victor Borge) 25-Jul-64 - pre-empted for sports: US - Russian track meet 01-Aug-64 - repeat from 14-Mar-1964 (Groucho Marx) 08-Aug-64 - repeat from 21-Mar-1964 (Nat 'King' Cole) 15-Aug-64 - repeat from 28-Mar-64 (George Burns) 22-Aug-64 - repeat from 04-Apr-1964 (Tony Martin & Cyd Charisse) 29-Aug-64 - pre-empted for a King Family special 05-Sep-64 - repeat from 02-May-1964 (Louis Jourdan) 12-Sep-64 - pre-empted for Olympic Trials coverage

      ABC re-numbered the re-runs with new production codes. (The above reruns were given the production codes 25-HP-64 through 32-HP-64).

    • Next week (17Oct64), "The Hollywood Palace" was pre-empted for a Dinah Shore special.

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    Trivia (4)

    • the great dino

    • After season 2 finished, Rudolf Neurev and Dame Margot Fonteyne were "booked" for a guest spot for Season 3. The Producers Nick Vanoff and Bill Harbach had to "bank" their dance segment of Swan Lake pas de deux. The Hollywood Palace stage and studio were undergoing renovation, turning the studio-stage facility into ABC TV's first West Coast "color" (electronic cameras) Studio; for this transition for Season 3, the studio-stage would not be ready until mid-August, 1965. ABC (Hollywood studio construction facilities) built duplicate stage scenery matching the Hollywood Palace permanent stage proscenium portals. The proscenium scenery, footlights, sheer curtains were set up at the CBS Television City studio in June, 1965, for their segment to be taped and held (on tape) as a "banked" performance segment, for insertion with Fred Astaire's first hosting assignment. The glossy CBS television stage floor, matching the grey vinyl (linoleum) tile floor of the Palace stage, turned out to be a major problem for Nureyev and Fonteyn to dance upon. Hub Braden, the art director, had the CBS construction and paint shop paint the backside of 4' x 8' Masonite panels the matching grey vinyl tile color. The masonite's backside finish had a rough tooth texture. These panels lay on the studio stage floor, substituted for the vinyl, which permitted the two "dancing stars" a satisfactory dance floor. The vinyl was too slippery for the ballet performance.

    • Here is some additional information. The asterisk means that Bing sang it. With Bill Dana, Tagora, the Gimma Brothers, Liliane Montevecchi, Vikki Carr, Sid Caesar and Dorothy Lamour. *Mame Bye, Bye, Blackbird Vikki Carr Cuando Caliente El Sol Vikki Carr *Comedy routine (b) with Bill Dana All Of You Dorothy Lamour Medley: with Dorothy Lamour *Road To Morocco (Parody) *Moonlight Becomes You *You Don't Have To Know The Language The Moon Of Manakoora Dorothy Lamour *But Beautiful *Apalachicola FLA. *Sunday, Monday Or Always *Road To Morocco I Wanna Be Loved By You Liliane Montevecchi *Sunrise, Sunset

    • Someone had the bright idea to let Diana Ross drag people's kids up on stage while singing "Love Child." Hmmmmmm, someone really didn't think that one through. The kids' parents looked like they were going to die!

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A tried and true concept of TV's earliest days, the video vaudeville show.

    By The1Factotum1i1, Aug 28, 2008