One of the country’s most treasured comedians, Skelton kept TV audiences in stitches for 20 groundbreaking seasons on The Red Skelton Show. The son of a circus clown, Red always had a twinkle in his eye and a spring in his step (often accompanied by a cowbell sound effect); his heart was pure gold, his jokes were silly and his gifts for physical comedy were unparalleled. And from his inimitable comic mind also came a memorable lineup of zany characters including the country bumpkin Clem Kadiddlehopper, the lovable hobo Freddie the Freeloader, Sheriff Deadeye and more.
What We Thought:
I thought I had seen a lot of Red Skelton previously, but watching The Red Skelton Hour In Color: Unreleased Seasons, I wasn’t quite familiar with him/the show as I thought.
I thought it was a show like Hee-Haw or The Smothers Brothers that I watched at my grandmother’s. I know I’ve seen the show, but Skelton just wasn’t that familiar.
This collection is a 3 disc set of unreleased seasons. It has guest stars like John Wayne, Phyllis Diller, Mickey Rooney and others. I loved the Boris Karloff and Vincent Price stuff because I’m big fans of theirs. John Wayne as well.
There are nine hours of material consisting of 12 episodes of the classic The Red Skelton Show. It’s actually a nice little package. All 3 discs fit into one DVD box and there’s some new interviews as well.
Watching these unreleased seasons I can see why Skelton was around for years. It’s classic comedy styling with big named guests not afraid to make fun of themselves. If you liked the show, I highly recommend picking up The Red Skelton Hour In Color: Unreleased Seasons.
Cast & Crew:
- Red Skelton
- Vincent Price
- John Wayne
- Phyllis Diller
- Vicki Lawrence