Popular, long-running Saturday night variety show of the mid-to-late 1960's, originating from the Hollywood Palace Theater (formerly the El Capitan) on Hollywood Boulevard. There was a revolving guest host, usually a singer or comedian, each week. Bing Crosby was the most frequent guest host (including, of course, the Christmas Week show), but other frequent guest hosts included Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimmy Durante, Don Adams, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland. The Rolling Stones made their first U.S. TV appearence on the show in 1964. The waning popularity of weekly variety shows contributed to "Hollywood Palace" being cancelled in early 1970, but it's still well-remembered by its many fans.
From Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of the world. ABC-TV presents "The Hollywood Palace!"
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Many Hollywood revived and expanded their careers by appearing on the show. Dean Martin
's hosting deal negotiated with producers Nick Vanoff
and William O. Harbach
allowed him to "sail into the theater" from the golf course, to tape the first (videotaped) rehearsal show, followed by the actual shows taping, with an hour crew-cast break; this allowed the audience to be turned around, director Grey Lockwood
to give pick-up notes, and Jack Denton
to correct lighting and/or re-jelling lamp fixtures. Martin's musical material had previously been rehearsed by the orchestra the night before,. The show was rehearsed with full cast minus Martin's participation, with "Woody", the Stage Manager, delivering the scripted introductions for the show's guests. Because the show was so easy for Martin to perform, he and his producer Greg Garrison
were able to pitch a variety series starring Martin to rival NBC. Hosts Dan Rowan
and Dick Martin
later hosted Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
(1967) on NBC. their hosting assignment by creating the "Laugh In" NBC TV Series. Fred Astaire
and his production company taped a second special in 1967-68. The show's production designer, James Trittipo
divided his responsibilities between the show and designing scenery for Astaire's special. Actually, Hub Braden
, the Art Director, designed the Palace scenery while Trittipo was at NBC. Production manager Jerry McPhie
commented that producer Nick Vanoff
never knew that Trittipo was out of sight during the month of the special's production. He would show up on the day of taping and supervise in the control room booth. See more
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Written by Gower and Margie Champion
Performed by the Les Brown Orchestra and then the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and the Mort Lindsey Orchestra See more