The Colgate Comedy Hour

Season 1 Episode 16

12/24/1950

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 24, 1950 on NBC
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12/24/1950
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Bob Hope hosts this Christmas episode sponsored by Frigidaire. His guests include: opera star Lily Pons; Elanor Roosevelt; Bob Cummings; harpist Robert Maxwell; New York Mayor Vincent Impellitteri; dancer Betty Bruce; and the Choir of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. In bits: Bob and Robert are department store Santas comparing horror stories on the subway; Lily, Rob and Robert sing about an odd gift under the tree, based on the novelty tune "The Thing"; Mrs. Roosevelt delivers a speech about peace and the American way; Lily performs the "Bell Song" from Lakme; the Choir performs two songs.moreless

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  • Sloppy episode crawls along with no sense of pacing

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    Even by the relatively primitive standards of 1950 television, this program is a dud. For a change, the issues weren't of a technical nature; there were no lousy camera shots or unexpected audio foul-ups. It's simply that the show being televised reeked of an amateur Christmas pageant. The show was clearly under-rehearsed, as though everyone were going through their paces for the first time. No one seemed comfortable with the material, especially in the comedy bits. The pacing was snail-slow in the comedy sketches. Any laughs that might have been in the material, especially the Santa sketch, were squandered by the plodding pacing and dropped lines.

    Who thought politicians giving speeches was a good idea for a comedy show? The mayor of New York gives one which, thankfully, was short. But then, Eleanor Roosevelt flatly delivered a long one directly off the cue cards (it was very obvious) about life, liberty, and the American way. What it had to do with Christmas or entertainment is beyond me. Perhaps the dear woman though she was at a Rotary Club meeting. It was so long there wasn't even time for Bob to say goodnight at the close of the show.

    As was the case with all the Bob Hope-hosted TV shows to this point, Bob was visibly nervous and ill at ease. For a man who was born to perform, it seems very unusual he would be jittery under any circumstance, but he was again thrown off balance by this new medium. His opening monologue had a few second-rate jokes and Bob delivered them tentatively and apologetically. The audience applauded liberally (as they always do at a Bob Hope monologue), but without the canned laughs added in, the crowd wasn't amused.

    If you're ever in the position of putting on a show for your church, school assembly, or cable access, you should screen this episode. You'll see how important it is to 1)rehearse your material, 2)not included sincere, pompous speeches, 3)have a host who's comfortable who can pull the whole thing together, and 4)pacing is everything.moreless
Robert Cummings

Robert Cummings

Himself

Guest Star

Lily Pons

Lily Pons

Herself

Guest Star

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Herself (as Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Guest Star

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    • Goofs: This episode was riddled with performer mistakes. In the sketch set on the subway, one of the Santas starts a joke but forgets the punchline. Bob announces he's been sent out to kill time while the next act sets up behind the curtain.

    • This program was performed live Christmas Eve on the inter-connected NBC network. For the non-connected stations which aired the kinescope a week or two later, Bob filmed an introduction informing viewers about when the show was performed and asks them to get themselves back in the holiday spirit for the program.

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