The Hollywood Palace

Season 3 Episode 17

Host: Fred Astaire / Barrie Chase / Petula Clark

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Jan 22, 1966 on ABC

Episode Recap

--Opening credits
Commercials (both in B&W): (1) Fact Toothpaste (from Bristol-Myers); (2) Ban Deodorant
--Fred Astaire - "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" and "They All Laughed" (Gershwin tunes)
--Fred Astaire monologue: He jokes about how people decide what's "in" or "out"
--The Rudy Lenz Chimps - routine ends with chimps playing musical instruments and wearing "Beatle" wigs.
--Ray Hastings (comedian) - does a comedy monologue about bachelors that centers around a conversation between two roomates (the bookworm asks the more popular roomate for details about his night on the town.)
Commercial: Admiral Color televisions.
--Barrie Chase dances to "St Louis Woman"
Commercial: Bayer Aspirin ("Bayer works wonders")
Fred Astaire introduces the Nitwits.
--The Nitwits (British comedy troupe) - orchestra conductor introduces the (mostly elderly) nine men who make up the band. The orchestra plays the second movement from "Heidens symphony #94 in C" and then "12th Street Rag."
--Fred Astaire joins the Nitwits for "Temptation." While Astaire sings, one man keeps blowing a whistle.
Station ID break
--Petula Clark - "My Love" & a medley of "My Fair Lady" tunes: "I've Grown Accustomed to His Face," "I'm Getting Married in the Morning" and "I Could Have Danced All Night"
--Fred Astaire asks Petula what's "In" in England.
Commercial: Dutch Masters Penetelas Cigars (sing-along-with the Dutch Masters).
The Black Theatre of Prague (A style of puppetry with people in blue costumes blending in with background.) - A bird (?) fights with an Ostrich over a house.
--Mickey Rooney and Bobby Van comedy sketch. Bobby Van interviews Horace B. Swindlegrafter (Rooney), a corrupt politician.
Commercial (in B&W): Wilkinson Sword shaving blades.
--Fred Astaire monologue: talks about his attempts to learn the latest dance steps.
Fred Astaire and Barrie Chase dance number. Takes place at the "end of a hard day in a fashion shop." Barrie Chase plays a mannequin who comes to life.
Clairol Loving Care Hair Color (gray-haired woman feels ignored by husband).
--Fred Astaire's closing comments, closing credits.
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