The Red Skelton Show - Season 16

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Episode Guide

  • How To Succeed In Loafing Without Really Trying

    Red's guests are actor Gig Young and singer Johnny Rivers.

    Musical Highlights: Johnny Rivers performs "Secret Agent Man" & "Poor Side of Town."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers and the Alan Copeland Singers perform "Since I Met You."

    Comedy Sketch: "How To Succeed In Loafing Without Really Trying" - Gig guest stars as Paul Pusher, an old ate of Freddie the Freeloader, who offers him the job of vice president of his firm.

    Silent Spot: On the day of his wedding, a nervous groom (Red) is having problems with his tuxedo.

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  • Eenie Meenie Minee Schmo
    9/20/66
    0.0

    Red's guests are actor Mickey Rooney and the singing duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

    Musical Highlights:
    Simon and Garfunkel perform "I Am A Rock" and "The Dangling Conversation."

    Comedy Sketch: "Eenie Meenie Minee Schmo" - A Las Vegas entertainer (Mickey Rooney) with a perpetual run of bad luck at the gambling tables seeks the advice of fortune teller Clem Kadiddlehopper.

    Silent Spot:
    An long-time employee has difficulty retiring after 35 years of service.

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  • Chiseler On The Roof
    9/27/66
    0.0

    Red's guests are actor Jackie Coogan and singer Nancy Ames.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Chiseler On The Roof." Crooked marriage broker San Fernando Red (Skelton) arranges a match between Miss Needa Hubby (Ames) and guitar-twanging beatnik Sidney Sideburn (Coogan).
    Music:
    Nancy Ames sings "Michel" (her version of the Beatles' song "Michelle") and "Eso Beso (That Kiss)."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a boxing referee during a prizefight.

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  • Much Ado About Nagging
    10/4/66
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    Red's guests are comedian Godfrey Cambridge and the singing duo Jackie and Gayle.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Much Ado About Nagging." Looking for material on married life, nightclub comedian Laugh-a-Minute Louie (Cambridge) observes George and Clara Appleby.
    Music:
    Jackie and Gayle sing a medley of "The Mood I'm In" and "I'm In a Dancing Mood."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red mimes an inept swimmer attempting to impress a beautiful aquatic champion (Chanin Hale).

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  • Mother Knows Best (a.k.a. Mother Knows Pest)

    Red's guests are actress Audrey Meadows and singer Shirley Bassey.

    Musical Highlights: Shirley Bassey sings "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "The Shadow of Your Smile."

    Comedy Sketch: "Mother Knows Best" (a.k.a. "Mother Knows Pest") - Junior disrupts his widowed mother's (Audrey Meadows) vacation cruise.

  • The Land Of Bilk And Money
    10/18/66
    0.0

    Red's guests are actor Robert Vaughn and musical group Jay and the Americans.
    Music:
    Jay and the Americans perform "Chilly Winds" and "Come a Little Bit Closer."
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Land Of Bilk And Money." Sheriff Deadeye tangles with Victor Virtue (Vaughn), a crusader who wants to rid the West of all corruption and sin - beginning with wiggling saloon hostess Hip Van Winkle (Joyce Jameson).
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a clumsy husband helping with the housework.

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  • It Happened One Nut
    10/25/66
    0.0

    Red's guest is Polly Bergen.

    Musical Highlights: Polly sings "It's Today" and "What the World Needs Now".

    Comedy Sketch: "It Happened One Nut" - Clem Kadiddlehopper takes hog-calling lessons from a pretty teacher (Polly).

    Silent Spot: Red is a busy cafe owner.

  • What Did You Do In The Dump, Daddy?
    11/1/66
    0.0

    Red's guests are actor-impressionist Frank Gorshin and musical group The Baja Marimba Band.
    Comedy sketch:
    "What Did You Do In The Dump, Daddy?" After being elected "King of the Hobos," Freddie the Freeloader attends the international bums' convention where he encounters Nasty McMean (Gorshin).
    Music:
    The Baja Marimba Band performs "The Portuguese Washerwoman," "Comin' in the Back Door" and "Juarez."
    The Silent Spot:
    An old man (Red) battles a tough little old lady (David Sharpe) over a camping ground spot.

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  • A Gyp Off The Old Block
    11/15/66
    0.0

    Red's guests are comedian Tim Conway and soprano Jane Marsh.
    Comedy sketch:
    "A Gyp Off The Old Block." Con artist San Fernando Red sells a phony medical degree to janitor Phillip Fumble (Tim Conway).
    Music:
    Jane Marsh sings "One Fine Day" (from the opera "Madame Butterfly") and "Speak Low."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays a would-be Sorcerer's Apprentice to a wicked witch (Dorothy Neumann). Pantomime also features Joyce Reese.

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  • The Best Sheriff Money Can Buy
    11/22/66
    0.0

    Red's guest is singer-actor Jack Jones.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Best Sheriff Money Can Buy." Sheriff Deadeye and western dandy the Handkisser (Jack Jones) scheme to steal a gold statue that the sheriff's grafting cronies are planning to erect in honor of his 20th year in office.
    Music:
    Jack Jones sings "All I Need is the Girl," "A Day in the Life of a Fool" and "People Will Say We're in Love."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red reprises his routine about a drunk gentleman trying to get in his front door after a long evening of partying.

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  • Jerk be Nimble
    Jerk be Nimble
    Episode 11
    11/29/66
    0.0

    Red's guests are actress Janet Leigh and singer Dionne Warwick.
    Music:
    Dionne Warwick sings "Walk On By" and "People."
    Comedy sketch:
    "Jerk Be Nimble." Clem Kadiddlehopper's lighter-than-air cake recipe attracts the attention of foreign General Ruhakoff (Vito Scotti) who wants to use the recipe as rocket fuel for his country's space program. Janet Leigh appears as Clem's girlfriend, Daisy June.
    The Silent Spot:
    A burglar (Red) with a sweet tooth breaks into a drugstore soda fountain. Bill Shannon plays a policeman.

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  • Better Dead Than Wed
    12/6/66
    0.0

    Red's guests are singer Abbe Lane and "Candid Camera" host Allen Funt.

    Musical Highlights: Abbe Lane sings a "Strangers In The Night" And "Heat Wave" medley.

    Opening: Short order cook fixing his own lunch.

    Comedy Sketch: "Betty Dead Than Wed" - Appleby photographed by Allen & Abbe at a mini-skirt sales convention.

    Silent Spot - Red does a pantomime routine as a mountain climber.

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  • The Fastest Cuspidor In The West
    12/13/66
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    Red's guest is singer-actor Robert Goulet.

    Musical Highlights: Robert Goulet sings "Moment of Truth" and "Try to Remember."

    Comedy Sketch: "The Fastest Cuspidor In The West" - Goulet plays method actor Nathan Nothing in a Deadeye sketch.

    Silent Spot - During the Christmas shopping rush, an elderly salesman is transferred to the toy department.

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  • The Christmas Spirit
    12/20/66
    0.0

    1966 Christmas Show with guest star Greer Garson.
    Main sketch:
    "The Christmas Spirit." A show-business impresario (Garson) will lose her theatre if she breaks the terms of a will requiring that the building be used for a performance by Christmas Day. Freddie the Freeloader and his friends save the day by staging their annual Christmas show for orphans at the theatre.
    Music:
    Red and Greer Garson sing and dance to "Taking a Chance on Love."
    The Recruit Bluejacket Choir from the San Diego Naval Training Center sing a medley of Yuletide carols.

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  • The Taming Of The Screw-Loose
    12/27/66
    0.0

    Red's guests are actor Tony Randall and the 1966 Tournament of Roses Queen, Barbara Hewitt.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Taming Of The Screw-Loose." Forsooth (Red), a bumbling medieval servant, brings deadly bad luck to the Duke de Fromage and the Marquis de Swinger, the father and son (both played by Tony Randall) of a French aristocratic family.
    Music:
    Tony Randall performs a song-and-dance to "Winchester Cathedral."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red tries to be first in line for Rose Bowl tickets in a pantomime bit with Barbara Hewitt.

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  • In One Head And Out The Other
    1/3/67
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    Red's guests are actor Peter Falk and singer Jane Morgan.
    Comedy sketch:
    "In One Head And Out The Other." Colonel Hush-Hush (Peter Falk) is in charge of top-secret Pentagon project—a robot called "Roberta" who falls in love with janitor Clem Kadiddlehopper.
    Music:
    Jane Morgan sings "Monday Monday" and "Queen of the House."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red portrays a man whose New Year's Resolution is be a better husband.

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  • How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down In The Dump? (aka Freddie's Heroes)

    Red's guests are "Hogan's Heroes" regulars Bob Crane and John Banner.

    Musical Highlight: Bob Crane drums "These Boots are Made for Walking."

    Comedy Sketch: "How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down In The Dump?" (aka "Freddie's Heroes") - Colonel Hogan meets Freddie the Freeloader.

    Silent Spot - A man meets his fiancee's parents.

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  • The Fortune Crookie
    The Fortune Crookie
    Episode 18
    1/17/67
    0.0

    Red's guests are Ozzie & Harriet Nelson and singer Barbara McNair.

    Musical Highlights: Barbara sings "Hi-Lilli, Hi-Lo" and "Walking Happy."

    Comedy Sketch: "The Fortune Crookie" - San Fernando Red uses Darling and Dearie Lovebird (Ozzie & Harriet) in his scheme to win a contest.

    Silent Spot: Red mimes a bee battling a spider.

  • Absence Makes The Hate Grow Fonder
    1/24/67
    0.0

    Red's guests are actress Eve Arden and singer Marilyn Michaels.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Absence Make The Hate Grow Fonder." George Appleby's hopes for a relaxing vacation are diminished by the nagging of his wife, Clara (Eve Arden), and the hotel's overbearing social director (Marilyn Michaels).
    Music:
    Marilyn Michaels sings "You're Gonna Hear From Me" and "Queen of the Nile."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays an elderly small town garage mechanic.

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  • Sappiness Is Just A Thing Called Clem
    1/31/67
    0.0

    Red's guests are singer-talk show host Merv Griffin and musical group The Youngfolk.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Sappiness Is Just A Thing Called Clem." The owner of a diaper service (Merv Griffin) appears on a TV panel show to voice his opposition to Clem Kadiddlehopper's birth control campaign.
    Music:
    Merv Griffin sings "I Wanna Say Hello" and "Hello My Baby."
    The Youngfolk sing "Yesterday" and "The Lovin' Seed."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes girl-crazy sailor on leave in Paris.

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  • Better Living Through Chiseling
    2/7/67
    0.0

    Red's guest is singer-actress Edie Adams.

    Musical Highlights: Edie Adams sings "Come Back to Me."

    Comedy Sketch:  "Better Living Through Chiseling" - Edie Adams plays newspaper reporter Lulu Trueblue in a Sheriff Deadeye sketch.

  • Yo Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Dumb
    2/14/67
    0.0

    Red's guests are George Gobel and British balladeers Chad and Jeremy.

    Musical Highlights: Chad and Jeremy sing "It Was a Very Good Year."

    Comedy Sketch: "Yo Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Dumb" - Christopher Columbus (George) sets sail with Forsooth Fromkess (Red).

    Silent Spot: Red plays a star-struck car hop hoping to be discovered in Hollywood.

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  • Not With My Dump You Don't
    2/28/67
    0.0

    Red's guests are British comedian Terry-Thomas and singer Joanie Sommers.

    Musical Highlights: Joanie Sommers sings "Girl Talk" and "When I'm Not Near the Boy I Love."

    Comedy Sketch: "Not With My Dump You Don't" - Terry-Thomas appears in a Freddie the Freeloader" sketch.

  • Parlor, Bedroom & Wrath
    3/7/67
    0.0

    Red's guests are actor-comedian Mickey Rooney and comedienne-singer Martha Raye.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Parlor, Bedroom & Wrath." George Appleby arrives early for a high society party thrown by his old pals Mike and Pat Mahoney (Rooney and Raye), entertainers who have struck it rich. The three start drinking before the other guests arrive. The polite gathering soon escalates into a wild bash.
    Emmaline Henry plays George's wife Clara.
    Music:
    Martha Raye sings "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" and "Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe"
    The Silent Spot:
    Pierre the Beautician (Red) demonstrates some of the unusual beauty treatments that he gives his customers.

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  • The Schnook of Araby
    3/14/67
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    Red's guests are Cesar Romero and 14 Los Angeles youngsters who make up the Serenaders band.

    Musical Highlights: The Serenaders perform "Sunrise Serenade" and "Elmer's Tune."

    Comedy Sketch: "The Schnook of Araby" - Clem Kadiddlehopper takes a job as a bodyguard to Mustapha Dame, the dictator of Yugo-Crazia.

    Silent Spot: Red mimes a ham actor who's besieged by autograph hunters.

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  • It's a Treat to Beat a Cheat on the Mississippi Mud

    Red's guest is actor Richard Chamberlain.
    Comedy sketch:
    "It's A Treat To Beat A Cheat On The Mississippi Mud."
    A novice lawyer (Chamberlain) defends his first client, San Fernando Red, on an income tax evasion charge. Chanin Hale plays the lady judge.
    Music:
    Richard Chamberlain sings "Haven't We Met?" and "When I Fall in Love."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a light sleeper having a bizarre nightmare.

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  • A Bum For All Seasons
    3/28/67
    10

    Red's guests are actor Cliff Robertson and the singing duo of Tony Sandler and Ralph Young.
    Comedy sketch:
    "A Bum For All Seasons." Patron Arthur Artbuff (Cliff Robertson) believes he's found a new star in the pop art field when he discovers Freddie the Freeloader's junk art.
    Music:
    Sandler and Young perform "Sand and Sea" and "Put on a Happy Face."
    The Silent Spot:
    A Kentucky moonshiner (Red) clashes with a little old Italian winemaker.

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  • Next Time, Try The Brain
    4/4/67
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    Red's guest is singer-comedian Tennessee Ernie Ford.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Next Time, Try The Brain." With help from former champion Loser Lumpkin (Tennessee), Clem Kadiddlehopper trains for the chicken-plucking competition in the Olympics.
    Music:
    Tennessee Ernie Ford sings "I'll Remember You" and "Hey Look Me Over."
    The Alan Copeland Singers and The Tom Hansen Dancers join together on "Georgy Girl."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays an overbearing bridge player who's desperately looking for a partner.

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  • Fernando Lamas / Senator Everett M. Dirksen

    Red's guests are actor Fernando Lamas and Republican Illinois Senator Everett M. Dirksen.
    Main sketch:
    "The House That Junk Built" - Freddie the Freeloader finds himself the president of a corporation after he changes places with an eccentric millionaire (Lamas).
    Other Highlights:
    Via a split screen, Senator Dirksen, in Washington D.C., discusses politics and acting with Skelton.
    Senator Dirksen recites "Gallant Men" and "Man Is Not Alone" (the title tracks from his two spoken word record albums).

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  • Loused In Space
    Loused In Space
    Episode 30
    4/25/67
    0.0

    Red's guests are Vincent Price, "Lost in Space" actress June Lockhart, and singer Matt Monro.

    Musical Highlights: Matt sings "Born Free."

    Comedy Sketch: "Loused In Space" - San Fernando Red, Professor Super-Dope (Vincent) and their mechanic (June) fly to the moon.

    Silent Spot: Red mimes a stevedore of the Twenties who gets involved with flappers, gangsters and the police.

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  • Once Upon A Dunce
    Once Upon A Dunce
    Episode 31
    5/2/67
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    Red's guest is operatic soprano Patrice Munsel.

    Musical Highlight: Patrice sings "That's Life."

    Comedy Sketch: "Once Upon A Dunce" - Advice columnist Constance Cupid (Patrice) gives courting lessons to Clem Kadiddlehopper.

    Silent Spot: Red is cantankerous Mr. Haight who's bugged by trespassers.

  • The Nag And I
    The Nag And I
    Episode 32
    5/9/67
    0.0

    Red's guests are comedian Nipsey Russell and singer Lana Cantrell.

    Musical Highlights: Lana sings "I'm All Smiles" and "Let Yourself Go."

    Comedy Sketch: "The Nag And I" - An ex-policeman (Nipsey) and George Appleby (Red) form a dance team and try for a job on TV.

    Silent Spot: Red is a cricket catcher working for a magician.

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