Cast: Stanley Adams; Emmaline Henry; Maudie Prickett
Producer: Cecil Barker
Director: Seymour Berns
Writer: Ed Simmons; Dave O'Brien; Martin A. Ragaway; Arthur Phillips; Red Skelton
by Hal Erickson
On September 26, 1961, Red Skelton began his 11th year on television in a new Tuesday-night timeslot: 9:00 PM EST instead of his customary 9:30 (which was now occupied by a filmed sitcom, Ichabod and Me. Red's guest for his opening program was Jayne Mansfield, who appeared in the comedy sketch "Will Success Spoil Clem Kadiddlehopper?" The plot: Clem (Red) wins a raffle, the first prize of which is a kiss from a buxom movie queen (Jayne). Alas, Clem is too shy to collect, so Jayne is forced to turn on the charm-and she does! Also appearing are several recent Miss USA contestants, every bit as attractive (if not quite so well developed) as Ms. Mansfield.
Singer Bobby Rydell makes another amusing Red Skelton Show appearance on this broadcast from October 24, 1961. This time, Bobby plays a young naif who is talked into buying a piece of washed-up prizefighter Cauliflower McPugg (Red). Somewhere along the way, Rydell not only gets to sing, but also offers his stunningly accurate impersonation of Skelton's rubeish "alter ego" Clem Kadiddlehopper.
Two of America's greatest clowns-Red Skelton and Ed Wynn-were teamed on this Thanksgiving show, which first aired November 21, 1961. In the comedy sketch "Once Upon a Turkey," hoboes Freddie the Freeloader (Red) and Muggsy (Ed) arrive at their favorite skid-row mission just in time to be late for a turkey dinner. They then scheme to steal a meal, but are dissuaded by the plight of a starving orphan. Though contemporary TV listings insisted that this was a "dramatic" episode, the humorous tone is set early on when Skelton and Wynn are prevented from entering the mission door by a sign reading "Th-Th-Th-That's All, Folks!"
11.10 "The Great Brain Robbery" GS: Marie Windsor, John Carradine
11.11 12/05/1961 "Mr. K Goes to College " Cast: Ernest Truex - Dean Whitney (not Hardwycke), Ronnie Burns, Harry Ellerbe - Pomerantz, Jamie Farr
by Hal Erickson
Red Skelton's guests on this episode from December 12, 1961 are Gunsmoke costar Amanda Blake and former Phil Silvers Show regular Maurice Gosfield (aka "Doberman"). In a "San Fernando Red" sketch, con artists San Fernando (Skelton) and Ruby (Amanda) are selling phony deeds for tropical islands. A self-made millionaire (Gosfield) is one of their suckers-and he wants to see what he's purchased.
Dick Foran and Phyllis Avery join Red Skelton in the comedy sketch "Nothing But the Tooth." Hillbilly Clem Kadiddlehopper is hired to give a public testimonial for the breakfast food manufactured by Mr. Crankie (Foran). Unfortunately, Clem is suddenly stricken with a toothache, and his career as a commercial spokesman may be over before it even begins. Phyllis Avery plays Elaine in this episode from January 2, 1962.
by Hal Erickson
Two of Red Skelton's most frequent guest stars, Jackie Coogan and Edward Everett Horton, appear in this episode from January 9, 1962. In a "Freddie the Freeloader" sketch, hoboes Freddie and Muggsy arrive in Palm Springs, hoping to collect their unemployment insurance. There is, however, one little technicality: Freddie has never beenemployed. His efforts to remedy this situation by going to work consume the rest of the half hour
by Hal Erickson
Tonight's comedy sketch is titled "Appleby's Anniversary." Newly employed at Warwick's Jewelry store, George Appleby celebrates by bringing home a ring as an anniversary present for wife Clara (Virginia Grey). Alas, George has made a boo-boo; the inexpensive bauble he purchased for Clara is still back at the store, while the ring she presently wears on her finger contains a valuable and priceless gem! Best bit: An injured George trying to suppressing his howls of pain by shouting into a paper bag. This episode aired January 16, 1962.
by Hal Erickson
On this telecast from January 23, 1962, Li'l Abner star Leslie Parrish appears with Red Skelton in the comedy sketch "Clem and the Kadiddlehopper Hop." Mountain gal Daisy June (Leslie) teaches her boyfrined Clem how to dance the Twist. They then enter a dance contest, little realizing that Clem's pet termites have come along for the ride. By the end of the contest, the joint is reallyjumping!
Veteran burlesque and nightclub comedian Joey Faye is Red Skelton's guest on this episode from February 13, 1962. In the comedy sketch "Freddie the Landlord," hoboes Freddie the Freeloader (Red) and Muggsy (Joey) try to raise money for their annual winter trip to Florida. As a means of accumulating a lot of cash in a hurry, Freddie begins renting out his shack in the City Dump. Not surprisingly, things don't quite go according to plan.
The main comedy sketch on this episode from February 27, 1962 is titled "Calling Dr. Kadiddlehopper." The story opens at Major General Hospital, where chief surgeon Dr. Wilcox (Charles Ruggles) is under pressure to collect all overdues bills lest the hospital be demolished. Wilcox's first stop: The farm of Clem Kadiddlehopper (Red Skelton), who has been delinquent in his payments for 35 years-ever since Clem was born!
Dorothy Provine, then the star of TV's The Roaring 20s, is Red Skelton's guest star. In the comedy sketch "Bride of Bolivar", much-married movie queen Piper Novak (Dorothy) throws a fit when she learns that her biggest Hollywood rival has matched her record of 23 husbands. There is only one solution: Piper must wed husband #24, then arrange for a quickie divorce. Unfortunately, her groom-of-convenience is opportunistic handyman Bolivar Shagnasty (Skelton)--and he refuses to leave the comfort of Piper's Beverly Hills mansion. This episode aired March 20, 1962.
1962/03/27 Repeat of episode 09.31 but McPugg part was edited due the death of boxer Benny "Kid" Paret.
Red Skelton presents a rare all-pantomime edition of his popular CBS TV series on this telecast from April 17, 1962. Skelton plays resourceful vagabone Freddie the Freeloader, who spends virtually the entire program looking for breakfast. Also appearing are Roy Jenson and Bob Duggan as policemen at odds with Freddie, and Ruthie Robinson as The Girl.
Tonight's comedy sketch is "Freddie and the Daily Freeloader." It all begins when hoboes Freddie the Freeloader and Muggsy decide to go into the newspaper business. When the boys decide to use their rag to attack the current political administration, Boss O'Bigg (guest star Mickey Rooney) tries to buy Freddie off. This episode was first shown on June 12, 1962.