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The Hollywood Palace

60 min
Comedy | Family | Music
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 9 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1964-01-04
Filming Locations: Hollywood Palace Theater - 1735 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Bing Crosby
Himself - Host (32 episodes, 1964-1970)
Milton Berle
Himself - Host / ... (16 episodes, 1965-1969)
Jimmy Durante
Himself - Host / ... (13 episodes, 1964-1969)
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All the "acts" performing on the Hollywood Palace television show were video-recorded and performed on the HP stage, or in the adjacent parking lot, with only one exception. Converting the ABC TV stage-studio into a color facility during the summer of 1966 shut the stage down. Vanoff booked Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev for the third season, third show hosted by Fred Astaire. Only available during the month of June, 1966, the Proscenium was duplicated by ABC Scenic Services, and sets built for their performance of the Black Swan pas de deux, from the Swan Lake ballet. These scenic elements, including the stage's apron brass footlights, were shipped and set up at the CBS Television City Studios, Beverly Blvd at Fairfax in Hollywood. Rehearsing the dance on the CBS stage, Nureyev and Fonteyn found the standard shiny gray vinyl floor "impossible to perform upon". Hub Braden covering the taping, had the CBS construction/scenic shop replace the vinyl with a 4'x8' Masonite sheets, which were turned over, reversing the shiny finish to the material's backside pebble texture. Accepting this substituted dance floor, Fonteyn and Nureyev performed their segment with Astaire introducing them from his Hollywood Palace proscenium host area. The segment was placed in ABC's Bank Vault until the show was taped and edited, airing October 2, 1966.
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The Hollywood Palace lobby box office was utilized by ABC to distribute show tickets for all the television shows on the ABC TV Main Lot at Prospect Avenue (Extension of Sunset Boulevard at the street's Y) and Talmadge Street, and for shows being taped at the ABC Stages, 1313 North Vine Street. From June through November 1965, "The Les Crane Show" interview program, produced by Nick Vanoff, aired from 1313 Vine Street. As well, later, "The Joey Bishop Show" was produced from this ABC stage.
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Peggy Lee appeared on the series once, with host Bing Crosby (5-#17-[1-13-68]) sitting on a center stage bench, singing a medley with Bing, including "the Doodle Song". Performing solo, Peggy sang "Only as a Woman" and "Seems Like Old Times", standing upon a raised ten foot diameter platform, surrounded by mirrored pedestals, ranging in heights from 18", 24", 36", and 42" high. Peggy Lee's weight gain had posed a problem, so Vanoff insisted her center stage solo be camouflaged for camera shots. Standing in the center of these mirrored pedestals, the camera focus was on Peggy Lee's upper torso, shoulders and head shots, with her waist and floor length gown masked by mirrored reflections.
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