A Critical History of Television's The Red Skelton Show, 1951-1971

A Critical History of Television's The Red Skelton Show, 1951-1971

by Wesley Hyatt

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ISBN-13: 9780786446865
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/11/2010
Series: Performing Arts/Television
Pages: 215
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Wesley Hyatt, a senior writer with MMI Public Relations, has also served as a television historian and consultant for several media sources. He is the author of several McFarland titles and lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1



1. Events Leading Up to Red’s Television Series 5

2. 1951–1953: You’re the Top, Now You’re Not 18

3. 1953–1956: From the Bottom to the Top 20 34

4. 1956–1962: “I’m Just Lucky”? 51

5. 1962–1967: The Glory Years 71

6. 1967–1970: “We Had No Concept of That Show Being Cancelled” 100

7. 1970–1971: “It Would Be Presumptuous to Change, Modernize or Innovate Skelton” 122

8. 1971–Present: “It Should Be ‘Red Skelton, Red Skelton, Red Skelton’” 140



Appendix A: The Red Skelton Show Cast and Crew Credits 161

Appendix B: The Red Skelton Show Guests by Season 162

Appendix C: Whatever Happened to…? A Select List of

The Red Skeleton Show Principals 175

Bibliography 177

Index 179

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