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Red Skelton: America's Favorite Clown
Red Skelton America's Favorite Clown
Actor: Red Skelton
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2004     11hr 0min


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Actor: Red Skelton
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: Brentwood Home Video
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/24/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 11hr 0min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

"Goodnight... and may Gawd bless."
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 06/20/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"After a successful radio run, the RED SKELTON SHOW premiered on NBC-TV in September of 1951. In its twenty-one years on television, the program underwent many changes: switching to the CBS network in 1954, broadcasting in color a few years after and finally expanding from 30 minutes to an hour in 1962. When taken off the air a decade later, Skelton was in the Top 20 programs nationwide. CBS was on a "youth" kick that season, and many equally popular perennials also got the axe, including THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW and THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES.

One thing remained constant about Red's show over the years-- his characters: hen-pecked George Appleby, Clem Kadiddlehopper (a country bumpkin), Sheriff Deadeye, Cauliflower McPugg (a punchy boxer), Gertrude and Heathcliff (the two seagulls), Junior (the Mean Widdle Kid), Willie Lump-Lump (a drunkard), San Fernando Red (a con man), and his most popular creation of all, Freddie the Freeloader. Freddie was a clown-faced tramp who originally never spoke. Skelton's amazing skill at pantomime was best demonstrated with this hapless hobo.

Red Skelton's brand of clean humor is sorely lacking in a cynical world where nastiness seems to rule the airwaves. He will never be forgotten by those who saw him on TV in the 1950s and 60s. The twenty-odd examples presented on RED SKELTON - AMERICA'S FAVORITE CLOWN span both his NBC and CBS years. It's a wonderfully nostalgic trip back to a more innocent time and place.

The shows are often edited. There are a few duplications here, and a narrated Skelton bio created from snippets of these programs-- a mediocre piece.

DISC 1--
Side A:
(Jan. 65) "The Boxing Bear" - Archie Moore/Shani Wallace/George A. (CBS)
(1/1/63) "Of Mouth and Men" - Martha Raye/Tommy Noonan/Benny Rubin (CBS)

Side B:
(2/24/52) "How to Make a Salad" - Willie L.L./The Modernaires (NBC)
(?) "Wild West" - Ed Sullivan/King Sisters (CBS)
(?) "Smog Czar" - George Raft (season premiere) (CBS)
(1/25/55) "Trailer Park" -Mary McCarthy/Reginald Denny/George A. (CBS

DISC 2--
Side A:
(11/1/55) Halloween show "Topsy Turvy" - Virginia Grey/Willie L.L. (CBS)
(3/5/57) "Red Strikes Oil" - Carol Channing/Richard Deacon/Peter Lorre-cameo/Clem K. (CBS)
(12/20/55) "The Cop and the Anthem" - Allen Jenkins/Freddie F. (CBS)
(2/18/58) "Appleby's Garage" - Jackie Coogan/Mary Beth Hughes/Franklin Pangborn/George A. (CBS)

Side B:
(3/4/58) "Clem the Dentist" - Amanda Blake/Frank Wilcox/Clem K. (CBS)
(4/22/58) "Clem the Artist" - John Carradine/Franklin Pangborn/Clem K. (CBS)
(1/13/59) "Freddie and the Spies" - Edward Everett Horton/Richard Deacon/Freddie F. (CBS)
(3/15/60) "Freddie's Masterpiece" - Vincent Price/Jackie Coogan/Freddie F. (CBS)

DISC 3--
(12/10/63) "The Mouth Shall Rise Again" - Martha Raye/Melodye Condos/Deadeye (CBS)
(?) "Wild West" - Ed Sullivan/King Sisters (a repeat from disc 1) (CBS)
(1/13/59) "Freddie and the Spies" - Edw. E. Horton/Richard Deacon/Freddie F. (repeat) (CBS)

DISC 4--
(12/6/66) "Better Dead Than Wed" - Alan Funt/Abby Lane/George A. (CBS)
(4/22/69) "Clem the Knight" - Sergio Franchi/Clem K. (CBS-color)
(10/28/69) "Hominy and True Grits - John Wayne/Deadeye (CBS-color)

DISC 5--
(12/20/55) "The Cop and the Anthem" - Allen Jenkins/Freddie F. (a repeat from Disc 2) (CBS)
(11/20/56) "The First Thanksgiving" - Lola Albright (CBS)
Hollywood Hall of Fame - The Red Skelton Story (brief bio w/video clips)"