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  • "Tina, the baby elephant" circus performer was the only performer/act to have the most repeated performances on the seven year series. "Tina" was invited each season, sometimes returning two…
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    "Tina, the baby elephant" circus performer was the only performer/act to have the most repeated performances on the seven year series. "Tina" was invited each season, sometimes returning two to three times each season, for a return engagement. The trainer and Tina's crew would wash, bath, and groom Tina in the adjacent parking lot, where Tina's trailer-dressing room parked. Before each rehearsal and performance day, the crew would take a blow torch burning off any hair on the baby elephant's body. The blow torch flame did not damage, nor burn, the elephant's hide. "Shaved" was their terminology for the make-up preparation.
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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…
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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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  • Many Hollywood revived and expanded their careers by appearing on the show. Dean Martin's hosting deal negotiated with producers Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach allowed him to "sail into…
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    Many Hollywood revived and expanded their careers by appearing on the show. Dean Martin's hosting deal negotiated with producers Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach allowed him to "sail into the theater" from the golf course, to tape the first (videotaped) rehearsal show, followed by the actual shows taping, with an hour crew-cast break; this allowed the audience to be turned around, director Grey Lockwood to give pick-up notes, and Jack Denton (IV) to correct lighting and/or re-jelling lamp fixtures. Martin's musical material had previously been rehearsed by the orchestra the night before,. The show was rehearsed with full cast minus Martin's participation, with "Woody", the Stage Manager, delivering the scripted introductions for the show's guests. Because the show was so easy for Martin to perform, he and his producer Greg Garrison were able to pitch a variety series starring Martin to rival NBC. Hosts Dan Rowan and Dick Martin later hosted "Laugh-In" (1967) on NBC. their hosting assignment by creating the "Laugh In" NBC TV Series. Fred Astaire and his production company taped a second special in 1967-68. The show's production designer, James Trittipo divided his responsibilities between the show and designing scenery for Astaire's special. Actually, Hub Braden, the Art Director, designed the Palace scenery while Trittipo was at NBC. Production manager Jerry McPhie commented that producer Nick Vanoff never knew that Trittipo was out of sight during the month of the special's production. He would show up on the day of taping and supervise in the control room booth.
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