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- During rehearsals, the guest host usually stood on the left camera side of the proscenium, with a high stool for the host to be seated. The prop master provided water or a soda pop beverage.…
[show]During rehearsals, the guest host usually stood on the left camera side of the proscenium, with a high stool for the host to be seated. The prop master provided water or a soda pop beverage. When Joan Crawford hosted, she would carry her own "Pepsi Cola" which was already open, and spiked with vodka, onto the stage. The beverage relaxed Joan without any problems. During the taping of the show, the prop master provided the "spiked soda"! Joan Crawford was a very gracious lady. After each of Joan Crawford's Hollywood Palace appearances, every member of the crew and staff received a personally hand written thank you note, sent from her New York address. Kate Smith insisted that her "cola" be carried out by the prop master, unopened! Kate did not want any rumors that her can of soda was spiked! Kate Smith carried a Kodak brownie camera during her show engagement, snapping pictures throughout her rehearsal and the taping of the show. Upon completion of Kate's host assignment, each crew and staff member received a "Kodak moment" with their picture as they were performing their show assignment; included with the small photograph was Kate's personally signed thank you note. These two personalities were the only hosts during the six seasons to send a personal thank you to each member of the crew and staff of the Hollywood Palace.
- After the variety show had been on the air, Dale Robertson hosted his first Hollywood Palace (seventh show to air). The finale of the show featured the Hollywood Palace's "Billboard Girl -…
[show]After the variety show had been on the air, Dale Robertson hosted his first Hollywood Palace (seventh show to air). The finale of the show featured the Hollywood Palace's "Billboard Girl - Raquel Welch" joining the host with a billboard flier featuring the line-up for the next week show. The host would read the paper flier prior to the closing credits. During the dress "taped" show, Dale Robertson handed the billboard flier back to Raquel, telling her to read the performers. Raquel, unprepared, stumbled through the reading. Taping the air show, Dale, after receiving the flier, read the performer's and the show's host names. On Dale Robertson's second hosting assignment (19th show), he repeated his dress rehearsal reading of the billboard, handing the flier back to Raquel. This time, Raquel read and expertly announced the performers names. Dale turned to the audience and said in surprise "they taught her how to read since I was last here!" Nick Vanoff, preventing any future repeat of embarrassing situation, had made Raquel read the billboard for each show's dress rehearsal.
- Hosting four Hollywood Palace shows in the third (1965-1966) season, Fred Astaire, was featured in his unique dance style in each show. Barrie Chase was his partner in his third and fourth…
[show]Hosting four Hollywood Palace shows in the third (1965-1966) season, Fred Astaire, was featured in his unique dance style in each show. Barrie Chase was his partner in his third and fourth Hollywood Palace appearances. During the taping of Fred's production dance number, the director, Grey Lockwood, would stop the dance number, citing a technical problem, allowing Fred to catch his breath, while pausing for a rest stop. Grey Lockwood would resume the dance number after apologizing to Mr. Astaire for the "technical problem"! For four of the Astaire-host-shows, Fred Astaire's dance number was rehearsed on camera - allowing the pacing dictating how many "technical problems" should occur. Editing the dance number together, the finished dance seemed uninterrupted! Because of these Hollywood Palace appearances, Astaire produced his own Emmy NBC TV dance special in 1967-68, utilizing Jim Trittipo as his production designer.