Archive for the ‘"Hollywood Palace"’ Category

Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner for Tax Day

Thursday, April 15th, 2010


Today is tax day, luckily there’s classic TV to cheer us up. On a February 1965 episode of The Hollywood Palace, Carl Reiner interviews “tax expert” Mel Brooks’ “Philip J. Heinker,” who discusses his methods for filing, which includes claiming Romania (“I send them cottage cheese and Life magazine”). Look for newly Mrs. Mel Brooks- Anne Bancroft- cracking up in the studio audience.

“I don’t sing, I don’t dance, but if you’ve been watching my show, you know I’m one heck of a runner.” – Hollywood Palace guest host, The Fugitive’s David Janssen

This episode, too, features an admittedly out-of-his-element guest host, David Janssen (then lead of The Fugitive), who nonetheless manages his duties as emcee. The only moment where he trips up, is in playing straight man to Tim Conway- probably not the first person to fail in this task. Conway, who was appearing as Ensign Charles Parker on McHale’s Navy at the time, performs his sketch “The Warden.” Also among the show’s guest stars are Edie Adams and Vic Damone. And don’t miss the show’s finale with the Harlem Globetrotters versus the Palace Dribblers (Janssen, Brooks [above, right, getting a little help with his dunk], Reiner, Conway, and Damone).

Click here for the Archive’s Hollywood Palace page to watch this February 6, 1965 episode of The Hollywood Palace (embedded from the Internet Archive) and hear Archive interviewees including Tim Conway talk about guesting on the series.

Legendary Dancer Cyd Charisse Has Died

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008


Archive interviewee Cyd Charisse, who appeared in such classic MGM musicals as Singin’ in the Rain and The Band Wagon, and hosted her own NBC variety series Meet Cyd Charisse, has died at age 87.

Charisse and husband Tony Martin also appeared on many variety series on television including The Hollywood Palace.

Link to Cyd Charisse’s Reuters obituary.

Link to official Cyd Charisse site with biographical information and lots of photos from her life and career.

Cyd Charisse’s full Archive interview can be viewed at Archive headquarters and will be online soon. Click here to see Part 2 of the four-part interview:

Interview Description:
Charisse talked about her start as a dancer for the Ballet Russe. She described in detail her 14 year tenure under contract at MGM studios, appearing as a dancer in such film classics as Ziegfeld Follies, Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon, and Silk Stockings. Charisse described the fertile training ground MGM offered for nurturing the talents they had under contract. She talked about her many television appearances including the specials Meet Cyd Charisse, Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall, and the Bob Hope Specials, as well as her multiple appearances with her husband Tony Martin on the variety series The Hollywood Palace.