Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Although this is The Colgate Comedy Hour, this episode is sponsored by Frigidaire and the opening credits show The Comedy Hour.  And since this is one of the occasional episodes of the show hosted by Bob Hope, the YouTube clip is labelled The Bob Hope ShowThe Colgate Comedy Hour NBC, 1950-1955) had a roster of rotating hosts, such as Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Fred Allen, Eddie Cantor, and Abbott & Costello.

The November 26, 1950, show was the twelfth episode and the first hosted by Hope.  I chose this specific episode because one of the writers was Larry Gelbert (M*A*S*H, Tootsie, A funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), who was born on this day in 1928.  (Happy birthday, Larry!)

Guests in this episode include singer Jimmy Wakely (singing "Lonesome Train" and -- with Hope -- "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"), actress and eye candy Marilyn Maxwell (playing Mata Hari in a sketch), the Hi-Hatters (tap dancing to "Me and My Shadow"), vocalists The Taylor Maids (singing "Orange Colored Sky"), with Les Brown leading the orchestra.

Times were simpler then.  Enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. At least the polio scares were mostly in the summers...and the Red scare everywhere...I didn't realize Fred Allen headlined COLGATE.