The Red Skelton Show (1952)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

This kinescope of Red Skelton's February 24, 1952 telecast is one of the few episodes extant from Red's NBC years. In his opening monologue, Red proudly displays his two Emmy awards, then thanks the audience and the entertainment industry for these honors. Sketches include a spoof of British television, with Skelton as newscaster "Lord Beaverhead," and a lengthy routine in which Red plays a clumsy Army cook. Because of its public-domain status, this episode is available from several video sources, though most prints are missing the orginal commercials for Tide laundry detergent.