The Red Skelton Show - Season 18

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Episode Guide

  • He Who Steals My Robot Steals Trash
    9/24/68
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    Red rings in his 18th year on TV with a monster rally with Boris Karloff and Vincent Price performing a musical monster spoof. This episode also features a brief visit by Ed Sullivan and the network debut of songstress Spanky Wilson.
    A new feature, "The Olio Spot," with Red and guests performing classic Vaudeville comedy routines, is introduced.
    Comedy Sketch:
    "He Who Steals My Robot Steals Trash." Mad Scientists Boris & Vincent mistake Clem Kadiddlehopper for an experimental robot. Boris & Vincent sing "The Two of Us."
    Music:
    Spanky Wilson sings "Alfie" and "Apartment 101."
    The Singers and Dancers perform the ensemble number "Nola."
    Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a high-strung man unhinged by loud noises.

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  • Guess Whose Dinner Is Coming To Freddie?

    Red's guests are actor Van Johnson and vocal trio The Lettermen.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Guess Whose Dinner Is Coming to Freddie?" Hollywood director J. L. Van Freckle (Van Johnson) offers Freddie the Freeloader the role of a tramp in a movie filmed near Freddie's Park Bench.
    Music:
    The Lettermen sing a medley of "Goin' Out of My Head," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and "Never My Love."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers perform to David Roses’s "Waltz of the Bubbles."
    The Olio Spot:
    Van Johnson joins Red in a dance and "snappy patter" rendition of "Tea for Two."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red's Old Man character dances and duels when two figures in a wax museum come "alive."

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  • Cauliflower Fiddles While Bolivar Burns

    Red's guests are Shakespearean actor Maurice Evans and singer Shirley Bassey.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Cauliflower Fiddles While Bolivar Burns." Maurice Evans attempts to bring culture into Cauliflower McPugg's life by giving the boxer violin lessons.
    Music:
    Shirley Bassey sings "I Who Have Nothing" and "Walking Happy."
    Maurice Evans recites Robert W. Service's "The Shooting of Dan McGrew."
    The Olio Spot:
    Vaudeville routine with Red and starlet Beverly Hills being kidnapped by a desert Sheik.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays a camper battling a violent windstorm.

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  • The Revenge of Prudence Pennyfeather or Wide Saddles in the Old Corral

    Red's guests are comedienne Martha Raye and musical group Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Revenge of Prudence Pennyfeather or Wide Saddles in the Old Corral." Sheriff Deadeye finds himself the target of one booby trap after another—all triggered by Prudence Pennyfeather (Raye).
    Music:
    Kenny Rogers & The First Edition perform "If Wishes Were Horses" and "Listen to the Music."
    Martha Raye sings "How About Me?"
    The Olio Spot:
    Skelton, Jimmy Cross, and Sid Slate play Vaudeville hoofers.
    The Silent Spot:
    While parked on Lovers' Lane, Charlie the Swinger (Red) faces constant interruptions which prevent him from getting romantic with his dates (Chanin Hale and Joyce Horne).

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  • A Woman's A Rag, A Bone, And A Hank Of Mouth

    Red's guest is comedienne Pat Carroll.
    Comedy sketch:
    "A Woman's A Rag, A Bone, And A Hank Of Mouth." Clara Appleby (Pat Carroll) follows George to Miami where he's attending a lodge convention. Wearing a disguise, Clara tests her husband's fidelity by flirting with him.
    Music:
    Pat Carroll sings "When the World Was Young" and joins the singers and dancers with "The Other Man's Grass is Always Green."
    The Olio Spot:
    Red plays the auto-harp between pauses in the dialogue.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays an intoxicated piano-tuner.

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  • George Gobel / The Mills Brothers
    10/29/68
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    Red's guests are humorist George Gobel and vocal group The Mills Brothers.
    Comedy Sketch:
    With the help of San Fernando Red, wealthy Richard Cornwall III (Gobel) gains the confidence to propose to his childhood sweetheart (Jan Davis), now a tall beauty.
    Music:
    The Mills Brothers sing "Opus One" and "Shy Violet."
    Olio Sketch:
    Two men on a bridge (Skelton and Jimmy Cross) encounter a suicidal girl (Beverly Powers), a cop (Bob Duggan) and a hold-up man (Fred Villani).
    Silent Spot:
    Red plays twins - one nice, one nasty - who thoroughly confuse a group of Halloween trick-or-treaters.

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  • A Tribute to W.C. Fields
    11/12/68
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    Red's guests are vocal duo Tony Sandler and Ralph Young.
    Comedy sketch:
    In order to keep his job, Sheriff Deadeye has to catch a pair of tough desperadoes known as "The Singing Bandits" (Sandler & Young).
    Music:
    Sandler and Young perform "Wagon Wheels," "I Believe" and "Bill Bailey."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers perform to "What Does a Mink Think" and "Talk to the Animals."
    The Olio Spot:
    "A Tribute to W.C. Fields" - A candy-selling routine with Red impersonating W.C. Fields.
    The Silent Spot:
    Skelton as a creaky puppeteer entertaining at a rich girl's birthday party.

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  • Jackie Coogan / Sue Raney
    11/19/68
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    Red's guests are actor Jackie Coogan and singer Sue Raney.
    Comedy sketch:
    With help from his friend Muggsy (Coogan), Freddie the Freeloader opens a retirement home for deserving hobos.
    Music:
    Sue Raney sings "Holiday for Strings" (Skelton's longtime signature tune, written by David Rose).
    Sue Raney sings "Running Wild" while jogging with the Tom Hansen Dancers.
    The Alan Copeland Singers cover The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood."
    The Olio Spot:
    A Vaudeville fan dances spoof featuring Skelton, Coogan and Jimmy Cross.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays a Venetian glassblower with hiccups.

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  • Jane Wyman / The Vogues
    11/26/68
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    Red's guests are actress Jane Wyman and musical group The Vogues.
    Comedy sketch:
    Pretending they're not married, George and Clara Appleby hope to win a trip to Tahiti by appearing on the TV dating show "Find Your Mate."
    Music:
    The Vogues sing "Turn Around, Look At Me" and "Five O'clock World."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers perform to "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee."
    The Olio Spot:
    Red plays an eccentric French painter.
    The Silent Spot:
    A pantomime about an alcoholic who's spending a rainy Thanksgiving with his wife and mother-in-law.

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  • Love Is a Funny Thing
    12/3/68
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    Red's guest is actress-singer Jane Powell.
    Comedy:
    "Love Is a Funny Thing." A look at different kinds of love, with Jane Powell playing (1) the Fairy Godmother to a lovelorn Clem Kadiddlehopper; (2) a classmate of Junior Cavendish in a "Puppy Love" sketch; (3) a secretary to 'The Old Man'; (4) Mrs. Willie Lump Lump, who tries to get her husband to stop drinking; and (5) a Burlesque dancer in a pantomime bit with Red's character 'The Swinger'.
    Music:
    Jane Powell sings "Little Girl Blue" (during the Jr. Cavendish "Puppy Love" skit).
    Ms. Powell sings "Star" in a production number with the Tom Hansen Dancers (wearing Clem Kadiddlehopper costumes).

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  • Ozzie and Harriet Nelson / Jan Arvan
    12/10/68
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    Red's guests are Ozzie and Harriet Nelson.
    Comedy sketch:
    Con artist San Fernando Red talks the Nelsons into buying a rundown drive-in restaurant located in the middle of a desert.
    Music:
    Ozzie and Harriet sing "Blue Skies," "Dardanella" and "The Colonel Bogey March."
    The Olio Spot:
    A condemned prisoner (Red) trades one-liners with his executioner (Jan Arvan).
    The Silent Spot:
    A husband is snowed-in with his wife's overly talkative bridge companions.

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  • Two On The Isle
    Two On The Isle
    Episode 12
    12/17/68
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    Red's guest is actor Dale Robertson.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Two On the Isle." Robinson Crusoe (Dale Robertson) and his "Man Thursday" Forsooth (Red) are shipwrecked on a cannibal-inhabited island.
    Music:
    The Tom Hansen Dancers - "One Love" and "Chicken Reel" production numbers.
    The Olio Spot:
    A football coach (Red) gives a half-time pep talk to his dispirited losing team.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a sporting-goods salesman whose "customers" include holdup men.

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  • A Christmas Story - 1777
    12/24/68
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    1968 Christmas Eve Show
    with guests Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, ballerina Jillana, and Red's wife Georgia Skelton.
    Dramatic moments:
    Senator Dirksen recites Clement Clark Moore's poem "A Visit from Saint Nicholas."
    Everett Dirksen narrates "A Christmas Story-1777," a dramatic sketch written by Skelton about a lonely soldier (played by Red) at Valley Forge.
    Comedy sketch:
    Georgia Skelton accepts gifts from four of Red's characters (Willie Lump Lump, Sheriff Deadeye, Freddie the Freeloader, and Clem Kadiddlehopper).
    Music:
    Ballerina Jiliana dances to a medley of David Rose tunes.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red recreates his classic routine about a husband, dressed as Santa Claus, contending with a slippery rooftop.

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  • He Who Has A Heart Of Gold Should See A Doctor

    Red's guests are singer Dionne Warwick and actor Jan Arvan.
    Comedy sketch:
    "He Who Has a Heart of Gold Should See a Doctor." Freddie the Freeloader (Red) and Muggsy (Arvan) try to avoid a vagrancy charge by - gasp! - going to work.
    Music:
    Dionne Warwick sings "Promises Promises" and "Where Am I Going?"
    The Olio Spot:
    Red impersonates W.C. Fields, recreating the "breakfast table" scene from the Fields two-reeler 'The Barber Shop'.
    The Silent Spot:
    A man (Red) is squeezed out of his own house during a crowded New Year's Eve party.

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  • While Trying To Win The West, He Lost The East

    Red's guests are Lana Cantrell, Roland Winters and Beverly Powers.
    Comedy sketch:
    "While Trying To Win The West, He Lost The East." Diamond Jim Brady (Roland Winters) hires San Fernando Red (Skelton) to do a background check on Brady's new maid (Beverly Powers).
    Music:
    Lana Cantrell sings "When the World Was Young" and "Those Were the Days."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers perform to the tune "Don't Cry Now."
    The Olio Spot:
    Red as the lead singer of a musical quartet who fires the other group members in mid-performance.
    The Silent Spot:
    A male nurse (Red) is distracted by a pretty female nurse (Beverly Powers) to the discomfort of an elderly patient (Frankie Darro).

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  • Best Thing To Get Out Of Marriage Is To Get Out Of Marriage

    Red's guests are actress Audrey Meadows, TV personality Ted Mack, and vocal trio The Lettermen.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Best Thing To Get Out Of Marriage Is To Get Out Of Marriage." Clara and George Appleby look back on the night when George proposed, then they look forward (in a manner of speaking) to their 50th anniversary.
    Music:
    The Lettermen sing "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" and "More."
    The Tom Hanson Dancers perform to "Shades."
    The Olio Spot:
    Red plays a daffy contestant in a spoof of Ted Mack's TV series "The Original Amateur Hour."
    The Silent Spot:
    A mountain patrol ranger (Red) searches for a lost plane.
    Also:
    Red reprises his interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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  • Don't Look A Wooden Gift Horse In The Mouth

    Red's guests are actress-singer Carol Lawrence and singer Lou Rawls.
    Also appearing are Ross Ford, Tim Herbert and Ida May McKenzie.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Don't Look A Wooden Gift Horse In The Mouth." Bodyguard Clem Kadiddlehopper (Red) finds himself in the Trojan Horse after he fails to protect Helen of Troy (Carol Lawrence) from being abducted.
    Music:
    Lou Rawls sings "Down Here on the Ground" and "On Broadway" (2nd song with the Hanson Dancers)
    Carol Lawrence and The Tom Hansen Dancers perform "Cinderella Rockefella" production number.
    The Olio Spot:
    Vaudeville routine about a hayseed whose wife vanishes during a magic act.
    The Silent Spot:
    Jan Arvan and Red play rival lunch-wagon owners competing for customers.

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  • Beauty is Only Skin Deep Unless You're a Banana

    Red's guests are comedienne Phyllis Diller and nightclub singer Grace Markay.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, Unless You're a Banana." Fraudulent beauty-spa owner San Fernando Red introduces his line of beauty cosmetics to his wealthy customer Bono Van Beacon (Diller).
    Music:
    Grace Markay sings "Maybe This Time."
    Markey and The Tom Hansen Dancers - "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" production number.
    The Tom Hansen Dancers perform to "Take Five."
    The Olio Spot:
    "The Musician" A musical act literally falls to pieces.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays an absent-minded professor.

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  • Why the Show Must Go On
    2/4/69
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    Red's guests include Jack Soo and Billy Barty.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Why The Show Must Go On." In a spoof of newspaper critics, Red plays several characters as he looks at how columnists might have critiqued historical events.
    Skelton also critiques dance numbers performed by the Tom Hason troupe.
    Music:
    Jan Arvan, Billy Barty, and the Tommy Hansen Dancers perform "Scheherazade."
    The Silent Spot:
    Skelton pantomimes an amorous Sultan.

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  • Beneath This Ragged Shirt Lies Ragged Underwear

    Red's guest is singer Bobby Rydell. The Alan Copeland Singers and Helen Kleeb also appear.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Beneath His Ragged Shirt Lies Ragged Underwear." Mistaken for a mysterious billionaire, Freddie the Freeloader tries to promote the fledgling singing career of busboy Bobby Rydell.
    Music:
    Bobby Rydell sings "Quiet Night," "Carnival" and "Meditation."
    Bobby Rydell and the Tom Hansen Dancers - "For Once in My Life" production number.
    The Olio Spot:
    Red (as W.C. Fields) and Helen Kleeb play a bickering couple.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red portrays a love-smitten caterpillar who's spurned by a pretty butterfly.

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  • Bathtub Gin Never Leaves A Ring
    2/18/69
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    Red's guests are actor Mickey Rooney and singer Hal Frazier.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Bathtub Gin Never Leaves A Ring." Gangster Big Louie (Rooney) doesn't know what he's in for when he tangles with Cauliflower McPugg and Bolivar Shagnasty (both played by Skelton).
    Music:
    Hal Frazier sings "Didn't We" and, with the dancers, "Don't Rain on My Parade."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers interpret "Look to the Rainbow."
    The Olio Spot:
    Red offers a tribute to his idol Ed Wynn.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a door-to-door salesman.

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  • Deadeye Goes to School or a Lemon for the Teacher

    Red's guests are singer Vikki Carr and actress Florence Lake.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Deadeye Goes to School or A Lemon for the Teacher." A visiting schoolmarm (Vikki Carr) tries to educate Sheriff Deadeye (Skelton) so he can keep his job.
    Music:
    Vikki Carr sings "Mirror," then joins the dancers for "Come Rain or Come Shine."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers perform "It's Today" in a circus setting.
    The Olio Spot:
    A recreation of "Sausages," a legendary vaudeville routine.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red and Florence Lake portray a pair of washed-up Hollywood stars.

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  • Give A Man Enough Rope And He'll Start A Rodeo

    Red's guests are Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Give a Man Enough Rope and He'll Start a Rodeo." Roy and Dale agree to host a charity rodeo, unaware that it's been rigged by San Fernando Red.
    Music:
    Roy Rogers and Dale Evans perform "In a Little Spanish Town" and "Granada."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers appear in a "Lazy Day" production number.
    The Olio Spot:
    Art Gilmore interviews a man (Red) who's about to jump from the ledge of a city skyscraper.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes the world's wealthiest bachelor.

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  • If At First You Don't Succeed, Forget It

    Red's guest is singer & TV personality Merv Griffin.
    Comedy sketch:
    "If At First You Don't Succeed, Forget It." In a spoof of his own TV talk show, Merv Griffin interviews three Red Skelton characters: Cauliflower McPugg, Bolivar Shagnasty and Willie Lump-Lump.
    Music:
    Merv Griffin performs a medley of British music-hall songs, including his own signature tune "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts."
    The Olio Spot:
    Red and Bern Hoffman play convicts in a series of crossover gags.
    The Silent Spot:
    A wagon-master holds an open audition for Indian guides.

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  • Vagrancy is Just Loitering that Takes a Little Longer

    Red's guests are Arthur Godfrey and The Young Americans.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Vagrancy Is Just Loitering That Takes A Little Longer." Freddie the Freeloader (Red Skelton) competes with Shifty Sam (Arthur Godfrey) for the coveted title 'King of the Hobos.'
    Music:
    The Young Americans sing "Here's That Rainy Day" and "Singin' in the Rain."
    Arthur Godfrey and the Young Americans - "Lay Some Happiness on Me."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers - "American Boys" production number.
    The Olio Spot:
    Tourists Red and Jan Arvan make goo-goo eyes at Parisian girls.
    The Silent Spot:
    A Gay '90s (1890s) bachelor goes on a picnic with his sweetheart.

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  • Uneasy Lies The Neck That Wears The Noose

    Red's guest is singer Jack Jones.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Uneasy Lies the Neck that Wears the Noose." The townspeople accuse greedy Sheriff Deadeye of robbing a stagecoach. To avoid the noose, Deadeye finds a scapegoat in the form of city-slicker Johnny Applecore (Jack Jones).
    Music:
    Jack Jones sings "You Made Me Love You" and "Light My Fire."
    The Alan Copeland Singers and The Tom Hansen Dancers join together on "When I Take My Sugar to Tea" and "How Insensitive."
    The Olio Spot:
    "At the Movies" with Red as a movie-goer who's distracted by other audience members.
    The Silent Spot:
    "I'll Remember April" about a lush (Red) who suffers from a hangover on April Fools' Day.

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  • Button Up Your Overcoat: You Forgot Your Pants

    Red's guests are actress June Lockhart and singer Gloria Loring.
    Reta Shaw and Jan Arvan also appear.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Button Up Your Overcoat: You Forgot Your Pants." When his snow contraption misfires, George Appleby becomes trapped in a snowstorm with his wife Clara (Lockhart), his mother-in-law (Shaw), and a grizzled old prospector (Arvan).
    Music:
    Gloria Loring sings "Until It's Time to Go," and joins the Tom Hansen Dancers for "Don't Tie Me Down."
    The Olio Spot:
    A hoofer (Red) tries to upstage a trio of chorus girls.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a country doctor delivering a baby.

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  • Will The Real Robin Hood Please Fall Out Of A Tree?

    Red's guest is operatic coloratura soprano Patrice Munsel.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Will The Real Robin Hood Please Fall Out Of A Tree?" Hoping to fool the Sheriff of Nottingham, Maid Marian (Munsel) chooses Forsooth (Skelton) to pose as Robin Hood.
    Music:
    Patrice Munsel sings You're Gonna Hear From Me" and "Mack the Black."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers, all dressed as 'Tiny Tim', do a "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" production number.
    The Olio Spot:
    Red joins Elaine Joyce and Jimmy Cross in the vintage vaudeville routine "The Right Number."
    The Silent Spot:
    Sign man Red disrupts the lives of tenants of an apartment building where he is hanging a billboard.

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  • You Can Lead A Horse To Water, But He'll Go By Himself To Scotch

    Red's guest is tenor Sergio Franchi.
    Comedy sketch:
    "You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But He'll Go by Himself to Scotch." The Black Knight (Sergio Franchi) challenges Clem Kadiddlehopper to a joust over the hand of a princess.
    Music:
    Sergio Franchi sings "L-O-V-E" and "Non Ti Scordor di Me."
    The Olio Spot:
    Jimmy Cross and Red play drunken tourists in Mexico.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red portrays an international spy caught in the act.
    Opening: A Woman and a Mirror

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  • The Boston Pops Show
    4/29/69
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    Red wraps up his 18th season with this special episode taped in Boston. His guests are operatic baritone Robert Merrill, and conductor Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops.
    Comedy sketch:
    Clem Kadiddlehopper (Red) leads the Boston Pops in a slapstick rendition of "The Poet and Peasant Overture."
    Music:
    Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops perform Skelton's compositions "My True Love" and "The Kadiddlehopper March."
    Fielder also leads the Boston Pops on "Farandole," "The William Tell Overture," "Holiday for Strings," "Love," and a Richard Rodgers medley.
    Robert Merrill sings "The Impossible Dream."

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