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- Many Hollywood "stars" revived and expanded their careers by appearing on the Hollywood Palace television series. Dean Martin's hosting deal negotiated with Vanoff and Harbach allowed him to…
[show]Many Hollywood "stars" revived and expanded their careers by appearing on the Hollywood Palace television series. Dean Martin's hosting deal negotiated with Vanoff and Harbach allowed him to "sail into the theater" from the golf course, to tape the first (video-taped) rehearsal show, followed by the air show (video-taped) with an hour crew-cast break; allowing the audience to be turned around, the director Grey Lockwood to give pick-up notes, and Jack Denton to correct lighting and/or re-jelling lamp fixtures. Dean's musical material had previously been rehearsed by the orchestra, the night before, on the music rehearsal night. The show was rehearsed with full cast minus Dean's participation, with "Woody", the Stage Manager delivering the scripted introductions for the a show's guests. Because the show was so easy for Martin to perform, Dean and his producer Greg Garrison were able to pitch a Dean Martin Variety Series to rival NBC TV Network. Rowan and Martin repeated their hosting assignment by creating the "Laugh In" NBC TV Series. Repeated again with Phyllis Diller hosting her comedy NBC TV series. Fred Astaire and his production company taped a "second Special-Fred Astaire Show" in 1967-68 (his last [previous] EMMY AWARD NBC Fred Astaire Special was presented in the 1958-1959 season). The Hollywood Palace Production Designer Jim Trittipo divided his show responsibilities to design the Astaire Special's scenic requirements. Actually, Hub Braden, the Art Director, designed the Palace scenery while Jim was at NBC studios. Jerry McPhie (Production Manager) commented that the producer, Nick Vanoff, never knew that Jim was out of sight during the month of the special's production. Trittipo would show the day of taping and supervise in the control room booth.
- "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…
[show]"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.
- Specialty tiger, lion, panther acts were performed on The Hollywood Palace stage, video taped and "banked" in the library of acts/performances for insertion into the regular series hosted…
[show]Specialty tiger, lion, panther acts were performed on The Hollywood Palace stage, video taped and "banked" in the library of acts/performances for insertion into the regular series hosted show. These live animal acts required a major stage set up 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. The animals were directed through an iron bar tunnel leading to the stage performance ring. Usually, their performance was without an audience present. 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 port holes. Only once, was a lion, tiger and black panther act performed without this circus jail ring set up on stage. Four iron bar jail bar units were built to surround the video camera and the camera operators. The audience bodies were studio dummies, dressed by the costumer, and placed in the seats. The stage crew and participating show personnel were located in the theater's balcony to observe the performance. On one of the animal acts load in, 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 got his revenge, spraying Ed from head to toe! Ed's wife complained the lion perfume remained on him for weeks thereafter!