Show Type: Comedy/Variety
First Telecast: October 14, 1952
Last Telecast: May 13, 1955
Dorothy Jolliffe (1952)
Pat Carroll (1952-1953)
Beverly Dennis (1952-1953)
Allan Walker (1952-1953)
Betty Ann Grove (1953-1954)
Phyllis Kirk (1955)
Paul Lynde (1955)
Bobby Sherwood (1955)
The Elliot Lawrence Orchestra
A memorable part of The Red Buttons Show was a little song that Red sang called the "Ho-Ho" song. He would put his hands together in what appeared to be a gesture of supplication, lean his head against them at a funny angle and hop around the stage singing "Ho! Ho!... He! He!... Ha! Ha!... Strange things are happening." For a long time, that song became a fad that touched millions of children around the country. The show itself featured monologues and dance numbers by Red, and sketches with his regulars and guest stars.
Some of the recurring characters played by Red were: the Sad Sack; the Kupke Kid, a lovable little boy; Rocky Buttons, a punchy boxer and Keeglefarven, a dumb, blundering German. There were also regular sketches about Red and his wife with Dorothy Jolliffe as his wife when the show first appeared. She was replaced in October by Beverly Dennis and Miss Dennis was replaced by Betty Ann Grove at the start of the 53-54' season.
A smash hit in its first season, The Red Buttons Show began to fade in its second year on CBS and was picked up by NBC after it had been cancelled. The NBC series started as a variety show with guests but no regulars. When that didn't work, the format was changed to a sitcom at the end of January.
Red played himself as a TV comic who was always getting into trouble of one sort or another. Phyllis Kirk was his new wife, Bobby Sherwood was his best friend and director of the TV show and Paul Lynde played Mr. Standish, a network vice-president who Red had constant run-ins with. This too, however, was soon cancelled.
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