The Red Skelton Show - Season 19

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Episode Guide

  • Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make-- So They Added Iron Bars

    Red's guests are film star Cesar Romero, child actor Clint Howard, and singer-dancer Brenda Thompson.
    Comedy sketches:
    1. "Stone Walls Do Not A Prison Make-- So They Added Iron Bars." Cesar plays a convict who joins cellmate
    Bolivar Shagnasty in a revolt against lousy prison food.
    2. Willie Lump Lump accidentally spikes the stock when he takes over Clint Howard's lemonade stand.
    Silent Spot:
    "The Old School Crossing Guard" - Red pantomimes an elderly crossing-guard on his last day before retiring.
    Music:
    Brenda Thompson, assistant choreographer with the Tom Hansen Dancers, solos with "Little Girl Blue" and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again."

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  • Be It Ever So Crumbled, There is No Place Like Home

    Red's guests are comedian George Gobel, actress Barbara Bostock, and rock group The Original Caste.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Be It Ever So Crumbled, There is No Place Like Home." To escape his wife's nagging, a henpecked husband (Gobel) answers Freddie the Freeloader's ad for a roommate.
    Music:
    Original Caste perform "Mr. Monday" and "One Tin Soldier."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers do a "76 Trombones" production number.
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers & the Tom Hansen Dancers perform "I'm Your Puppet."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a practical joker who gets his comeuppance at a picnic.

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  • San Fernando Red's Spy School or How to Make a Possible Mission Impossible

    Red's guests are Tony Sandler & Ralph Young. Beverly Powers and Billy Barty also appear.
    Comedy sketch:
    "San Fernando Red's Spy School or How to Make a Possible Mission Impossible." Sandler and Young play foreign agents who infiltrate San Fernando Red's bogus spy school.
    Music:
    Tony Sandler and Ralph Young sing "The 59th Street Bridge Song" and "Love of the Common People."
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers and the Tom Hansen Dancers team up for "Shine on Your Shoes."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a convention goer suffering from a hangover.

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  • He Died With His Boots On Cause He Had Cold Feet to Start

    Red's guests are actor Fess Parker and singer-songwriter Mac Davis.
    Comedy sketch:
    "He Died With His Boots On, Cause He Had Cold Feet to Start" (a.k.a. "He Died With His Boots Off, That's Why He Stubbed His Toe When He Kicked The Bucket"). In a historical dream sequence set at the Alamo, Clem Kadiddlehopper teams up with Davy Crockett (Fess Parker) to spy on Mexican General Santa Ana.
    Music:
    Mac Davis sings "In the Ghetto" and "Memories."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red as a nervous realtor trying to evict a tenant who dabbles in spiritualism.

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  • Blood is Thicker Than Water and Harder to Shave With

    Red's guests are actor Vincent Price and musical group Kenny Rogers & The First Edition.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Blood is Thicker Than Water and Harder to Shave With." Attorney Clarence Narrow (Price) pleads for the prison parole of his brother Sheriff Deadeye.
    Music:
    Kenny Rogers and The First Edition perform "Something's Burning" and "Reuben James."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a born loser in a gambling casino.

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  • Bill Bailey Must Have Been Married That's Why He Never Came Home

    Red's guests are comedians Godfrey Cambridge and Pat Carroll, and singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Bill Bailey Must Have Been Married That's Why He Never Came Home" - When George (Skelton) and Clara (Carroll) Appleby's house becomes flooded, they make the mistake of calling a well-off plumber (Cambridge) who doesn't do house calls. So George has to bring his water heater to the plumber's office for consultation.
    Music:
    Jackie DeShannon sings "Love Is Blue" and "Jackie."
    Jackie DeShannon is joined by the Jimmy Joyce Singers and Tom Hansen Dancers on "Brighton Hill."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a hotel night clerk who struggles to handle a busy switchboard.

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  • The Three Musketeers Ride Again, Those Ding-Dong Daddies

    Red's guests are Mickey Rooney, Tiny Tim, Audrey Meadows, and Jackie Coogan. Jimmy Cross also appears.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Three Musketeers Ride Again, Those Ding-Dong Daddies from Dumas." The Three Musketeers (Skelton, Rooney, and Tiny Tim) try to protect the Queen (Meadows) from Pierre the kidnapper (Coogan).
    Sketch includes the songs "March of the Musketeers" (sung by Skelton, Rooney and Tim) and Tiny Tim's solo "A Bird in a Gilded Cage."
    The Silent Spot:
    Skelton mimics a meticulous street cleaner in a pantomime bit with Mickey Rooney.

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  • People Who Like People are Cannibals
    2/17/70
    0.0

    Red's guests are actress Barbara Feldon and vocal trio The Lettermen.
    Comedy sketch:
    "People Who Like People are Cannibals." Barbara Feldon plays a government scientist who tests an experimental chicken feed on "human guinea pig" Clem Kadiddlehopper.
    Music:
    The Lettermen sing "Traces" and "Memories."
    Barbara Feldon and The Lettermen perform "Sweet Georgia Brown" in a production number with the Tom Hansen Dancers.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays a father having to contend with uncooperative mechanical toys and appliances.

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  • When East Meets West, You've Sure Got a Skinny Country

    Red's guest is singer-actress Carol Lawrence. Also appearing are Jan Arvan and Brad Logan.
    Comedy sketch:
    "When East Meets West, You've Sure Got a Skinny Country." Saloon singer Carol Lawrence threatens Sheriff Deadeye’s saloon business when she goes to work for his his competitor Dusty (Arvan).
    Music:
    Carol Lawrence sings "Big Spendor" and, with the Tom Hansen Dancers, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head."
    Red sings "Tell Her You Love Her," a composition he wrote as a valentine to his wife Georgia.
    The Silent Spot:
    "Trying to Lose Weight" with Red as a hapless customer at a reducing salon.

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  • Is This the Way to Ruin an Airline
    2/3/70
    0.0

    Red's guests are actor Mike Connors, and Country & Western band Danny Davis and The Nashville Brass.
    Comedy sketches:
    1. "Is This Any Way To Ruin An Airline?" Airline pilots Skelton and Connors are torn between two hijackers—one wanting to go to Havana and
    the other insisting upon Moscow.
    2. "McPugg and the Plastic Surgeon." Boxer Cauliflower McPugg, hoping to have his battered face fixed, consults with plastic surgeon Connors.
    Music:
    Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass perform "Wabash Cannonball" and "Lonely Street."
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers join the Tom Hansen Dancers on "One-Two-Three."
    The Silent Spot:
    Charlie the Swinger has a harrowing time trying to pick up his date.

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  • Charity Begins at Home, But Nowadays Who Can Afford a Home

    Red's guest is Jane Powell.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Charity Begins at Home, But Nowadays Who Can Afford a Home?" The hostess of a charity masquerade party (Powell) mistakes Freddie the Freeloader for a playboy philanthropist.
    Music:
    Jane Powell sings "The Lady is a Tramp" and "Carnival."
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers join the Tom Hansen Dancers for "My Love."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes the hazards of waiting for a Hollywood Boulevard bus.

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  • There's No Business Like Show Business, When There Is No Business

    Red's guest is Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert Merrill.
    Comedy sketch:
    "There's No Business Like Show Business, But When There's No Business, Show Business Goes Out Of Business Like Any Other Business." The old-time vaudeville team of Bolivar Shagnasty (Skelton) and Charlie Kluck (Merrill) try to revive their song-and-dance act.
    Music:
    Robert Merrill sings "Largo al Factotum," aria from "The Barber of Seville."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red as a violin teacher competing in a battle of wits with a neighbor's barking dog.

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  • If Marriages Are Made in Heaven, Why Do They Call it Heaven
    Red's guests are Duke Ellington and his orchestra and comedienne Pat Carroll.

    Comedy Spot: Pat Carroll gives Red a big send off as he wraps up his 17th season on CBS. (Next fall, Red will be on NBC, where he began his first TV series back in 1951).

    Silent Spot: Red sees strange visions in a barroom mirror.

    Musical Highlights: Duke Ellington and his orchestra perform "I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good", "Satin Doll" and "Take the 'A' Train".

    In his monologue, Red recalls W.C. Fields and re-creates one of his routines.moreless
  • You Can Take the Boy Out of the Country, If You Promise Not To Bring Him Back

    Red's guests are actor Vincent Price and singer Frank Sinatra Jr. Also appearing are Chanin Hale, Jan Arvan and Bill Shannon.

    Musical Highlights: Frank Sinatra Jr. sings "All Of You" and takes part in an "On the Other Side of the Tracks" productions number.

    Comedy Sketch: "You Can Take the Boy Out of the Country, If You Promise Not To Bring Him Back" - During an inspection, clumsy trade school student Clem Kadiddlehopper and his buddy (Frank Sinatra Jr.) may cause their teacher (Vincent Price) to lose a federal subsidy.

    Silent Spot: Red and Chanin Hale play houseflies dodging the attempts by the homeowner (Jan Arvan) to trap them.

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  • Crime Doesn't Pay But It's Tax Free
    12/30/69
    0.0

    Red's guests are actress Barbara Bain (from "Mission: Impossible") and rock group Sweetwater.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Crime Doesn't Pay But It's Tax Free." A newspaper reporter (Bain) seeks to expose San Fernando Red's cooked midway show by becoming his assistant.
    Music:
    Sweetwater performs "Two Worlds."
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers and Tom Hansen Dancers perform "The Happening" and "Stanley Steamer."
    The Silent Spot:
    A husband and wife (Skelton & Helen Kleeb) prepare for a New Year's Eve party.

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  • The Son of Oliver Twist or Junior is Just a Little Dickens

    Red's guests are Cyril Ritchard, Jack Wild and Radames Pera.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Son of Oliver Twist or Junior is Just a Little Dickens." A spoof of the musical "Oliver!" with The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) tutoring the "Mean Widdle Kid" (Red) on the art of picking pockets.
    Music:
    Jack Wild sings "Fish 'N' Chips" in a production number with the Tom Hansen Dancers.
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers and Hansen Dancers perform "My Favorite Things."
    The Silent Spot:
    "The Magic of Christmas" with Red as toy shop owner on Christmas Eve.

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  • He Wanted to be a Square-Shooter, But He Found That His Barrel Was Round

    Red's guests are actress Agnes Moorehead and singer Shirley Bassey.
    Comedy:
    1. "He Wanted to be a Square-Shooter, But He Found That His Barrel Was Round." Crusading temperance worker Bertha Bluenose (Moorehead) is determined to close down Sheriff Deadeye's saloon.
    2. Agnes Moorehead plays a witch in a series of blackout gags.
    Music:
    Shirley Bassey sings "We."
    Shirley Bassey - "Let's Misbehave" production number.
    The Tom Hansen dancers & Jimmy Joyce Singers perform "Be True to Your School."
    The Silent Spot:
    "Getting Rid of Mice." Red pantomimes an exterminator in a science laboratory.

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  • It is Better To Have Loved and Lost, Much Better
    Red's guests are Janet Leigh and the Mills Brothers.

    Comedy Spot: Janet plays country girl Daisy June (trying to coax Clem Kadiddlehopper into marriage); as Clara Appleby, she henpecks husband George into asking for a raise.

    Silent Spot: Red is an off-target house wrecker.

    Musical Highlights: The Mills Brothers perform, "Cab Driver" and "Nevertheless". The Mills Brothers with the Tom Hansen dancers & the Jimmy Joyce Singers perform "Paper Doll". Tom Hansen dancers & the Jimmy Joyce Singers perform "Happy Heart".moreless
  • There's One Thing Money Won't Buy, & Someday We'll Find Out"

    Red's guests are actor Walter Brennan and rock group Smith.
    Comedy sketch:
    "There's Only One Thing Money Won't Buy, And Some Day We'll Find Out What It Is." Hoping to con Freddie the Freeloader (Red) out of some valuable property, business tycoon Walter Briarcliff, Sr. (Brennan) disguises himself as a hobo.
    Music:
    Smith performs "Baby It's You" and "Tell Him No."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers perform "Unidentified Flying Object."
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers and The Tom Hansen Dancers - "Sunny" production number.
    The Silent Spot:
    Pilgrim Red pantomimes a Pilgrim scouring the countryside for a Thanksgiving turkey.

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  • Singing Waiters, Hillbilly Songwriters

    Red's guests are comedian George Gobel and singer Lou Rawls.
    Comedy:
    "Singing Waiters, Hillbilly Songwriters" with Gobel and Skelton playing songwriters in two segments:
    1. Back in the Tin Pan Alley era, Singing Waiters Bolivar Shagnasty and Alexander Ragtime compose an Irving Berlin-type tune.
    2. Hillbilly Songwriters Clem Kadiddlehopper and Jed Dinglejumper audition a song for the current music market.
    Music:
    Lou Rawls sings "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)" and "Cotton Fields."
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers and Tom Hansen Dancers perform "Games People Play" and "Summer Me, Winter Me."
    The Silent Spot:
    On "The Morning After the Big Snow," homeowner Red digs out after a massive snow storm.

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  • An Icicle Built For Two (aka "Alaska")

    Red's guests are actor Maurice Evans and pop singer Oliver. Beverly Powers also appears.
    Comedy sketch:
    "An Icicle Built for Two." An Alaskan policeman (Maurice) is determined to arrest San Fernando Red and his Eskimo cohort (Powers) for swindling oil prospectors at their desolate trading post.
    Music:
    Oliver sings "Who Will Buy?" and "Jean."
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers and Tom Hansen Dancers perform "Consider Yourself."
    The Silent Spot:
    A shy bookkeeper (Skelton) and a Plain Jane secretary (Powers) lose their inhibitions while working after-hours at a beach-ball company.

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  • The Emergency Case
    The Emergency Case
    Episode 7
    11/4/69
    0.0

    Red's guests are actress Audrey Meadows, ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (with his puppet Charlie McCarthy), and rock group Three Dog Night.
    Comedy sketch:
    "See Your Doctor Once A Year Even If It Kills You." Accident victim Freddie the Freeloader has trouble getting past an irascible emergency room admitting nurse (Meadows).
    Music:
    Three Dog Night perform "Easy to be Hard."
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers and the Tom Hansen Dancers - "I Hear Music" production number.
    The Olio Spot:
    A vaudeville routine with hospital patients W.C. Fields (portrayed by Red) and puppet Charlie McCarthy vying for the attention of Dr. Edgar Bergen's pretty nurse (Beverly Powers).

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  • Autograph Hounds
    Autograph Hounds
    Episode 6
    10/28/69
    0.0

    Red's guests are actor John Wayne (celebrating his 40th year in the movies) and musical group Julius Wechter & The Baja Marimba Band.
    Comedy sketches:
    1. "Autograph Hounds." Red demonstrates the various techniques used by fans seeking John Wayne's autograph.
    2. "Hominy and True Grits." Rooster Cogburn (Wayne) heads for a showdown with Sheriff Deadeye (Skelton).
    Music:
    Julius Wechter and the Baja Marimba Band perform "Brazilia," "Coming Through the Back Door" and "Fresh Air."
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers and Tom Hansen Dancers - "Tonight" and "To the Movies We Go" production numbers.
    Silent Spot:
    "The Irish Pub" with Red as an Irish rogue in a satire of John Wayne's classic "The Quiet Man."
    Opening:
    Little Boy watching a monster movie.

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  • Willie Lump Lump's Birthday
    10/21/69
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    Red's guests are comedienne Kaye Ballard and rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Willie Lump Lump's Birthday." A Motor Vehicle Bureau employee (Ballard) gives a driving test to an inebriated Willie Lump Lump.
    Music:
    Paul Revere and the Raiders perform "Good Thing" and "We Gotta All Get Together."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red tries to catch his own fish dinner at a seafood restaurant.
    Opening:
    Ed Sullivan, making a cameo appearance, introduces Red Skelton in the audience.

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  • The Traveling Saleslady and the Farmer's Son

    Red's guests are comedienne Martha Raye and musical group The Vogues.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Traveling Saleslady and the Farmer's Son." Clem Kadiddlehopper is swept off his feet by a traveling saleslady (Raye), segueing into a dream sequence that spoofs the Nelson Eddy/Jeannette MacDonald musical "Rose Marie."
    Music:
    The Vogues perform "See That Girl" and "Time After Time."
    The Silent Spot:
    In "The Process Server," a quick-change artist (Red) tries to deliver a summons to an elusive lawbreaker (Brad Logan).

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  • The Subject Was Painters
    10/7/69
    0.0

    Red's guests are actor Jack Albertson, actress Emmaline Henry, and musical group Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Subject Was Painters." Hoping to coax a loan from his banker (Albertson), George Appleby tries to prove that he's a good risk by posing as his entire household staff.
    Music:
    Gary Puckett and the Union Gap perform "This Girl is a Woman Now."
    Gary Puckett solos on "Home."
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers and The Tom Hansen Dancers - "Spinning Wheel" production number.
    Red Skelton plays a few bars on his auto-harp.
    The Silent Spot:
    At a summer resort, a 97-pound weakling tries to impress a beauty by showing off.

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  • A Happening That Happened In Texas
    9/30/69
    0.0

    Red's guests are actor Walter Brennan and vocal group The Lettermen.

    Musical Highlights: The Lettermen sing "Hurt So Bad" and "Shangri-La."
    Tom Hansen Dancers and Jimmy Joyce Singers do two Baroque numbers with "I Know a Place" and "Baroque-A-Nova".

    Comedy Sketch: "A Happening That Happened In Texas" - Sheriff Walter (Brennan) and Sheriff Deadeye (Skelton) are hoping to settle their rivalry for the hand of a wealthy widow (Peggy Rhea). Both sheriffs hire the same gunslinger (Bern Hoffman) to eliminate the other.

    Silent Spot: A big game hunter (Red) is pestered by a playful gorilla.

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  • Pop, The Astronaut
    Pop, The Astronaut
    Episode 1
    9/23/69
    0.0

    Red kicks off his 19th season with guests Peter Graves and rock group Iron Butterfly. Graves' "Mission Impossible" co-stars Greg Morris and Leonard Nimoy make cameo appearances.

    Musical Highlights: Iron Butterfly performs "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" & "Soul Experience."
    The Jimmy Joyce Singers and the Tom Hansen Dancers team up for an "Up Up and Away" for the production number.

    Comedy Sketch: "Pop, The Astronaut" - Red plays Pop, a stowaway janitor on a Jupiter-bound spaceship commanded by astronaut Peter Graves.

    Silent Spot: 'The Silent Movie Kop" - Skelton plays a silent movie cop frantically chasing a bank robber.

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