The Red Skelton Show - Season 3

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Episode Guide

  • Season 3 Premiere (series moves to CBS)

    Red's guests are Phyllis Coates, James Flavin and Marjorie Bennett.
    Highlights:
    Red becomes a "man in the street" philosopher and explains the foibles of the characters he'll portray in the two skits "Freddie the Freeloader in the Park" and "Cauliflower McPugg's Last Fight."
    Red also depicts the various ways that people go to bed.

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  • September 29, 1953
    September 29, 1953
    Episode 2
    9/29/53
    0.0

    Opening:
    Red at a photography shop.
    Pantomime:
    Red demonstrates the various ways that people take photos.
    Sketches:
    "Clem at the Bank " - Clem Kadiddlehopper has trouble cashing a check.
    "The Bullheaded Mr. Bliss (and the Super-Highway)."

  • October 6, 1953
    October 6, 1953
    Episode 3
    10/6/53
    0.0

    Red's guest is Peggy King.
    Sketches:
    "Freddie in A Department Store" (Freddie the Freeloader)
    "Appleby's Cocktail Party" (George Appleby)

  • October 13, 1953
    October 13, 1953
    Episode 4
    10/13/53
    0.0

    Red's guests are the Berry Sisters.
    Sketches
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    1. "The Nervous Tenor’s Audition" - George Appleby, auditioning for David Rose, sings "Foggy Foggy Dew."
    2. San Fernando Red McGraft, running for re-election, tries to elicit support from both the Temperance League and the Bar Owners Association.
    Pantomime:
    The different types of people encountered at a movie theater.
    Musical highlight:
    The Barry Sisters sing "It's a Good Day."

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  • October 20, 1953
    October 20, 1953
    Episode 5
    10/20/53
    0.0

    Sketches:
    1. "The Hobo's Dilemma" - Freddy the Freeloader tries to discourage a young runaway from becoming a hobo.
    2. A crime boss wants boxer Cauliflower McPugg to throw his next fight.
    Pantomime:
    Red demonstrates how you can tell where a person hails from by the way they walk down the street.
    Opening monologue:
    Red does a Heathcliff and Gertrude (Seagull couple) routine.

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  • October 27, 1953
    October 27, 1953
    Episode 6
    10/27/53
    9.1

    Red's guests are The Sportsmen quartet and Nancy Wynne.
    Sketches:
    1. "Appleby the Dreamer" - George Appleby tells tall tales.
    2. "Deadeye The Gun Fighter" - sketch set in a saloon. The Sportsmen perform "Deadwood Stage."
    Musical highlight:
    Nancy Wynne sings "Boogie Woogie Bumble Bee."
    Pantomime:
    People listening to different types of music.
    Opening monologue:
    Red does a Heathcliff and Gertrude (Seagull couple) routine.

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  • November 3, 1953
    November 3, 1953
    Episode 7
    11/3/53
    0.0

    Sketch:
    "Freddie's Masquerade " - Freddie the Freeloader crashes a costume party.
    Pantomime:
    Red demonstrates the different ways that out-of-towners drive in LA.

  • November 10, 1953
    November 10, 1953
    Episode 8
    11/10/53
    0.0

    Sketches:
    1. "The Marriage Broker" - In the Old West, George Appleby seeks a mail-order bride.
    2. Clem Kadiddlehopper conducts the David Rose Orchestra.
    Pantomime:
    Red demonstrates the "lost" art of dunking doughnuts.

  • November 17, 1953
    November 17, 1953
    Episode 9
    11/17/53
    0.0

    Sketches:
    1. "How to be Happily Married" with Red as Wilbur the Happy Husband. Wilbur's loving home turns chaotic when everyone in the family takes up a hobby.
    2. "How To Stuff A Turkey" as demonstrated by Clem Kadiddlehopper.

  • November 24, 1953
    November 24, 1953
    Episode 10
    11/24/53
    0.0

    Red's guests are The Sportsmen, a vocal quartet.
    Sketches include "California Gold Rush."
    Music:
    The Sportsmen perform "Ricochet Romance."

  • Flugelmeyer's Secret Formula
    12/1/53
    0.0

    Red's guest is actress-comedienne Ann Sothern.
    Sketches:
    1. Junior sings "The Fox Song."
    2. "Private Secretary" - Red, as a George Appleby type character, becomes Ann Sothern's secretary.
    3. "Flugelmeyer's Secret Formula" - Spies try to get a secret beer formula from Clem Kiddlehopper.

  • December 8, 1953
    December 8, 1953
    Episode 12
    12/8/53
    0.0

    Sketches:
    1. Freddie the Freeloader needs to find a new house.
    2. Mad Scientist Professor Schlepper transfers a human brain into a monkey's body.

  • December 15, 1953
    December 15, 1953
    Episode 13
    12/15/53
    0.0

    Sketch:
    "It Happened at the Station House"    
    Music:
    Clem Kadiddlehopper joins The Sportsmen for a performance of "Jimmy Crack Corn."

  • December 22, 1953
    December 22, 1953
    Episode 14
    12/22/53
    0.0

    "Christmas with the Skeltons" - Holiday episode featuring Red Skelton, his wife Georgia, their son Richard, and daughter Valentina.

  • December 29, 1953
    December 29, 1953
    Episode 15
    12/29/53
    0.0

    Opening:
    Red presents John Wayne with a Best Actor award from Modern Screen magazine.
    Sketches:
    1. "The Saga of Cauliflower McPugg."
    2. "The Great White Hunter" with Red as a jungle guide.

  • January 5, 1954
    January 5, 1954
    Episode 16
    1/5/54
    0.0

    Red's guests are Jackie Gleason and The Berry Sisters.
    Sketches:
    1. A Lord Beaverhead sketch with Reginald Van Gleason (Jackie Gleason) doing the weather.
    2. "Accidents Will Happen" - Freddie the Freeloader is hit by a car.

  • January 12, 1954
    January 12, 1954
    Episode 17
    1/12/54
    0.0

    Pantomime:
    Eating popcorn in a movie theater.
    Sketch:
    "Voyage to Paris" includes sea sickness and a fight in a Paris café.

  • January 19, 1954
    January 19, 1954
    Episode 18
    1/19/54
    0.0

    Sketches:
    1. "What Father Should Know" - Henpecked George Appleby attends a class for expectant fathers.
    2. Freddie the Freeloader displays a range of emotions upon finding a package containing a lady's negligee.

  • January 26, 1954
    January 26, 1954
    Episode 19
    1/26/54
    0.0

    Sketch:
    Clem Kadiddlehopper gets a job as a soda jerk at the Campus Sugar Bowl.
    Music:
    The Cheerleaders sing "This Must Be the Place."

  • San Fernando Red/Freddy
    2/2/54
    0.0
    Highlights: Politician San Fernando Red campaigns for re-election. In another sketch Red rides the rais to adventure as Freddie the Freeloader.
  • Deadeye and the Indians
    2/9/54
    7.6

    Red's guests are Ed Sullivan and The King Sisters.
    Opening:
    Ed Sullivan introduces celebrities sitting in the audience including Dick Powell, Harriet Parsons, Ken Murray, Marge and Gower Champion, and Tom Harmon.
    Sketch:
    "Deadeye and Indians" (aka "Deadeye At The Golden Nugget") - Deadeye visits his favorite hangout, The Golden Nugget Saloon. The King Sisters, as saloon girls, sing "I Don't Care." After an Indian attack, Deadeye is taken to an Indian camp where he winds up tied to the stake, ready for a burning.
    Earlier in the show:
    Ed Sullivan introduces Dick Powell in the audience and has him stand up and talks about his new film called "Susan Slept Here" as well as the producer of the film Harriet Parsons. Ed next introduces Ken Murray who is working with Bing Crosby Enterprises on "Where Were You?"
    Ed introduces Marge and Gower Champion renowned MGM dancers who are also in the audience as well as sportscaster Tom Harmon.
    Ed then introduces Cauliflower McPugg another all-around champion who trains down at the dump!

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  • February 16, 1954
    February 16, 1954
    Episode 22
    2/16/54
    0.0

    Red's guest is Tennessee Ernie Ford.
    Sketches:
    1. "Disc Jockey Clem"
    2. Red portrays "Captain Hook"
    Music:
    Tennessee Ernie Ford performs "Y'all Come."

  • February 23, 1954
    February 23, 1954
    Episode 23
    2/23/54
    0.0

    Sketches:
    "Cave-Man Marriage"
    "A Night at the Theater"

  • March 2, 1954
    March 2, 1954
    Episode 24
    3/2/54
    0.0

    Broadcast from New York City:
    Red's guest is Toots Shor, owner of a famous Manhattan saloon and restaurant.
    Red plays Freddie the Freeloader.

  • March 9, 1954
    March 9, 1954
    Episode 25
    3/9/54
    0.0

    Red's guests are the Taylor Maids. Jackie Gleason makes a cameo appearance.
    Sketch:
    "Uncle Sam Wants You" - Upon joining the Army, Clem Kadiddlehopper is sent to an A-Bomb test site.

  • March 16, 1954
    March 16, 1954
    Episode 26
    3/16/54
    0.0

    Red's guest is actor Melville Cooper.
    Sketches:
    A Sherlock Holmes spoof.
    Willie Lump Lump looks for a gift.
    Opening:
    Red portrays his characters Little Richard, and the Seagull couple Heathcliff and Gertrude.

  • March 23, 1954
    March 23, 1954
    Episode 27
    3/23/54
    0.0

    Sketches:
    "Skelton Awards"
    "The Story of Deadeye" - A look at Deadeye's life including his school years and his wedding.

  • King Putt
    King Putt
    Episode 28
    3/30/54
    0.0

    Red's guest is Sheree North.
    Sketch:
    King Putt has his hands full when he meets Cleopatra. Each thinks the other is rich but, in truth, they don't have even a piece of mummy cloth between them.

  • April 6, 1954
    April 6, 1954
    Episode 29
    4/6/54
    0.0

    Sketches:
    1. Clem at the Barbershop - Clem Kadiddlehopper skit.
    2. "Freddie's Picnic" - Freddie the Freeloader

  • April 13, 1954
    April 13, 1954
    Episode 30
    4/13/54
    0.0

    Sketches (repeated from Skelton's NBC series):
    1. "Going to Work"
    2. "Parkin' & Sparkin'"
    Note:
    Two days prior to this broadcast, Red Skelton suffered a wrenched back in a near-fall on the stairs of his home.
    According to Variety magazine (April 22, 1954 issue), these filmed sketches were from Skelton's NBC series, provided to CBS courtesy of NBC executive John E. West.

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  • April 20, 1954
    April 20, 1954
    Episode 31
    4/20/54
    8.0

    Sketches:
    1. Red plays Lord Beaverhead, a British news commentator.
    2. "Clem in the Submarine" (aka "Clem in the South Pacific") - Sailor Clem Kadiddlehopper becomes shipwrecked somewhere in the Pacific.

  • Willie IQ -25 / Mounties
    4/27/54
    0.0

    Sketches:
    1. "Willie I.Q." - Willie Lump-Lump scores a 25 on his I.Q. test.
    2. Red plays Sergeant Strongheart, a Canadian Mountie who "always gets his man."

  • Beaverhead / McPugg
    Beaverhead / McPugg
    Episode 33
    5/4/54
    0.0

    Sketches:
    1. British radio commentator, Lord Beaverhead, gives some unusual slants on the news.
    2. "The Referee" - Boxer Cauliflower McPugg becomes a referee.

  • May 11, 1954
    May 11, 1954
    Episode 34
    5/11/54
    8.0

    Sketches:
    1. "Prince Valiant" - Prince Valiant (Red) takes part in a competition to join King Arthur's Knights.
    2. George Appleby tries to spend a quiet Sunday at home while his wife goes to visit her mother.

  • Freddie at a baseball game
    5/18/54
    0.0

    Sketches:
    1. "The Artist's Dilemma" - Clem Kadiddlehopper is a painter with a musician roommate.
    2. When "Freddie the Freeloader" goes to a baseball game, he winds up in the press box booth sitting next to sportscaster Tom Harmon.

  • Clem goes to Mexico
    Clem goes to Mexico
    Episode 36
    5/25/54
    0.0

    Red's guests are Lola Montes and Company, a Spanish-style dance troupe.
    Sketch:
    "Clem Goes to Mexico" - Clem Kadiddlehopper becomes a matador while visiting Mexico City.

  • Willie Plays Golf
    Willie Plays Golf
    Episode 37
    6/1/54
    0.0

    Sketches:
    1. "Willie Plays Golf" - Willie Lump-Lump spends a day on the golf course with his boss.
    2. "Mississippi Showboat" with Red as Col. Hemhock.

  • Freddie's Laundromat
    6/8/54
    0.0

    Red's guests include actor Hy Averback and the Lester Horton Dancers.
    Sketches:
    "Freddie at the Laundromat" (aka "Freddie Goes To The Cleaners") - Freddie the Freeloader washes his clothes.
    "Skelton the Legionnaire" - Red plays a French Foreign Legion Army investigator who is attempting to capture a female spy.

  • Mad Scientist
    Mad Scientist
    Episode 39
    6/15/54
    0.0

    Red's guests are Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., and Vampira (Maila Nurmi).
    Sketch:
    "The Mad Scientist" (a.k.a. "Clem Kadiddlehopper, Boy Monster") - Prof. Lugosi needs Clem’s unused brain.

  • Premiere of The Red Skelton Review (Summer Series)
    Red's guests are Alan Ladd, Liberace, George Liberace, The Mary Kaye Trio and the Amin Brothers. Highlights: Sketches include "Freddie's Birthday." Screen star Alan Ladd makes his TV debut in a comic satire on the Old West with Red as Deadeye. Liberace and his violin playing brother George, will also participate in a comedy sketch. The chorus line from the Sahara Hotel at Las Vegas will dance, the Mary Kaye Trio will sing, and there will be an act by the Amin Brothers, an Egyptian acrobatic duo. Also cameo appearance by Tony Curtis and the Redettes.moreless
  • Burt Lancaster / Anna Maria Alberghetti
    Red's guests are Burt Lancaster and Anna Maria Alberghetti. Highlights: Burt Lancaster appears in a skit with Red as Deadeye based on the role he plays in Apache. Anna Maria Alberghetti plays Bizet's Carmen with Red Skelton in full matador costume. Also appearing are eleven members of the young Spanish singing and instrumental group, Chavales de Espana. Flamenco dancer Trini Reyes also guests.moreless
  • Rosemary Clooney / Hi-Los
    8/4/54
    0.0
    Red's guests are Rosemary Clooney and The Hi-Los. Highlights: Rosemary Clooney plays Sadie, the owner of a rough nightclub who calls on Red Skelton in his role of private detective "Mike Chisel" to solve a series of murders. Rosemary and Red sing a duet. Red also presents Willie Lump Lump in another comedy sketch.moreless
  • African Safari
    African Safari
    Episode 43
    8/11/54
    0.0
    Red's guests are Gloria DeHaven, The Mary Kaye Trio and the entire traveling troupe of the New York City Ballet.
  • August 18, 1954
    August 18, 1954
    Episode 44
    8/18/54
    8.0
    Johnny Carson is the substitute host while Red recovers from a concussion. The guests are Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway and dancer Georgia Tapps. Highlights: Frank Sinatra will be showcased vocalizing "The Gal That Got Away." "Foggy Day" and "Half as Lovely." Cab Calloway orchestra leader and star of the current version of "Porgy and Bess." will be featured in two production numbers. Georgia Tapps dancing star, will be spotlighted in a fast-paced rhythm number and in ballet sequence with the Redettes.moreless
  • Helen Traubel / The Kids from Spain
    8/25/54
    0.0
    Red's guests Helen Traubel, Leo Durocher and The Kids from Spain. Highlights: Helen sings a couple of songs and appears in a sketch with Red. Sketch: "Willie goes to The Dentist"
  • Ed Wynn
    Ed Wynn
    Episode 46
    9/1/54
    0.0
    Red's guests are Ed Wynn and singer Betty Jones making her television debut. Highlights: A long-standing friendship, embracing Red Skelton's boyhood and his early years in show business will be renewed when "the grand old man of comedy," Ed Wynn. Wynn, the inimitable "perfect fool" now in his 52nd year as a professional performer, win join the red-headed comic for the first professional teaming of the two irrepresisble wits.moreless
  • Last show of The Red Skelton Revue
    9/8/54
    0.0
    Red's guests are Peggy Lee, dancer Earl Barton and the Georgia Tapps Dancers. Highlights: Sketches: Willie at the Dentist. Freddie and the Gun Moll.
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