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The Red Skelton Show


Red Skelton started in radio during the 40s and was one of the brightest new stars to come along.  Red was a visual comedian, so unlike many of his counterparts, he made an easy transition to TV. He arrived on TV in 1951 and remained at the top for 20 years. The Red Skelton Show was a classic comedy show.

Most of his characters were developed on radio and worked so well and he continued to develop them on television. Some of his well known characters were; The Mean Widdle Kid, Clem Kadiddlehopper, Sheriff Deadeye, Cauliflower McPugg, San Fernando Red, the con man; the henpecked husband George Appleby,Willie Lump-Lump, the drunk, Ludwick von Humperdoo, the scientist and Bolivar Shagnasty. Freddie the Freeloader was a hobo that did not speak and was added for television. His character was pantomimed and Red Skelton was the best artist of pantomime that TV has ever known.

He opened each show with a monologue and did sketches with his guest stars that were hilarious. The humor was always broad and clean and many times heartwarming. He loved to perform and loved his audience as much as they loved him. He closed each show with these remarks:

"If not feeling well, and you should
remember some silly little thing someday you're  I've said or done,Red Skelton as Clem Kadiddlehopper in The Red Skelton Show
and if it brings a smile to your face or a chuckleRed Skelton as Freddie The Freeloader in The Red Skelton Show
to your heart, then my purpose has been fulfilled."

The time has come to say goodnight,Red Skelton as Sheriff Deadeye in The Red Skelton Show
My how time does fly.
We've had a laugh, perhaps a tear,
And now we hear good-bye.
I really hate to say goodnight,
For times like these are few.
I wish you love and happiness,
In everything you do.
The time has come to say goodnight,
I hope I've made a friend...
And so we'll say, "May God bless you, Until we meet again."



David Rose and his Orchestra, Carol Worthington,
Chanin Hale, Jan Arvan, Bob Duggan, Peggy Rea,
Brad Logan, Sheila Rogers, Helen Funai, Lloyd Kino,
Jan Davis, Billy Barty, Beverly Powers, Elaine Joyce,
Ida Moe McKenzie, Jimmie Cross, Lester Mathews,
Kathryn Cord, Stanley Adams, Mike Wagner,
Dorothy Love, Adam Kaufman, Stuart Lee,
Linda Sue Risk, Rod O'Connor, The Skeltones,
Tom Hanson Dancers, Alan Copeland Singers,
and The Burgundy Street Singers.













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