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.
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Specialty tiger, lion and panther acts were performed on the show's stage, videotaped and "banked" in the library of acts/performances for insertion into the show at particular dates. These live animal acts required a major stage setup because of the iron bar performance ring provided by the trainer's (circus performance presentation) act. The animals were released from their traveling cages at the exterior stage elephant door-ramp alley. They were directed through an iron bar tunnel leading to the stage performance ring. Usually their performance was without an audience present, but occasionally a small audience was allowed to watch the taping. Striking and removing the stage performance jail-bar cage, tunnel and equipment required additional man-hour labor. Special window (plastic) jail sections (built by ABC Special Effects) were inserted between the jail-bar ring for camera portholes. Only once was a lion, tiger and black panther act performed without this circus jail ring setup on stage. Four iron bar jail bar units were built to surround the video camera and the camera operators. The "audience" was composed of dummies, dressed by the costumer and placed in the seats. The stage crew and participating show personnel were in the theater's balcony to observe the performance. One time while one of the animal acts, consisting of lions, was being led through the iron bar tunnel, Ed Holland
, the head stage carpenter, was squeezing by the tunnel next to the stage proscenium bulkhead frame while the lions were being ushered into the stage ring. An old lion being pushed through the tunnel took advantage of the situation by peeing on Ed from head to toe. Ed's wife complained that the lion's "perfume" remained on him for weeks thereafter. See more
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