Famous Clowns

The Charm School [I Love Lucy]

The Charm SchoolI Love Lucy season 3, originally aired January 25, 1954

The Charm School begins at a dinner party at the Ricardos’ apartment. Lucy gets upset that the men are gathered in the kitchen, while the women are talking in the living room.  Lucy tries to get them all together, but in a funny moment, they quickly separate back into separate groups.  Until a latecomer arrives with his beautiful girlfriend, a model.  Naturally enough, the wives are soon jealous.

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Ringling Brothers clowns in the 1970's

The colors of my life – song lyrics

Song lyric to The Colors of My Life, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and music by Cy Coleman, from the musical Barnum

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Ricky Thinks He’s Going Bald

Ricky Thinks He’s Going Bald – I Love Lucy episode 34, season 1, originally aired 6/2/1952

Ricky thinks he's going bald - mirror scene

Ricky Thinks He’s Going Bald is a very good episode, highlighting Ricky’s vanity instead of Lucy’s foibles for a change.  After Lucy talks about crows feet, Ricky begins worrying about growing bald.  He goes the point of wearing a hat to the breakfast table.  Despite Lucy’s efforts to build up his ego, Ricky becomes more preoccupied with his imminent hair loss.  Lucy visits a shop that deals with men’s hair products, looking for products to soothe Ricky’s ego.

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Lucy goes to a rodeo

I Love Lucy – Lucy Goes to a Rodeo– season 5, originally aired November 28, 1955

Fred has a Western-themed show coming up at his lodge, and he asks Ricky to perform in it.  Ricky can’t; but Lucy and Ethel volunteer.  The reason that Ricky can’t perform? He has a radio show that night.  Or is it a rodeo show?

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McHale's Navy - Season Two

McHale’s Navy – Season Two

Editorial review of McHale’s Navy – Season Two courtesy of Amazon.com

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Santa Clown is coming to town

Something that I noticed this morning, is a large number of clowns dressed as Santa Claus, for a variety of things:

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Pat Valdo's famous whiteface clown on a Ringling Brothers poster

Pat Valdo

Pat Valdo (1881-1970)

Pat Valdo, in whiteface clown makeup, entertaining a group of children with a toy

Pat Valdo had a long career with the American circus.  He became one of the iconic clowns, and later became director of personnel at the Ringling Brothers circus. (more…)

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Ask Mr. Wise Guy - a clown ministry skit for multiple speaking clowns

Ask Mr. Wise Guy

Ask Mr. Wise Guy – a clown ministry skit for multiple speaking clowns

Props required:

Ladder (for the ‘wise guy’ to sit on, Bible, mutliple cards) (more…)

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That's My Boy (1951) starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

That’s My Boy

That’s My Boy (1951) starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

In That’s My Boy, Jerry Lewis plays the part of “Junior” Jackson, a non-athlete who lives in the shadow of his father’s college football days — and his father plans to relive his glory days through his son, Junior, whether Junior wants to or not. Dean Martin plays the part of  Bill Baker, a natural athlete who would likely be All-American.  If he could only afford to attend college(more…)

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Panama Hattie (1942) starring Red Skelton, Ann Sothern, Rags Ragland, Virginia O'Brien

Panama Hattie [Red Skelton]

Panama Hattie (1942) starring Red Skelton, Ann Sothern, Rags Ragland, Virginia O’Brien

Editorial review of  Panama Hattie courtesy of Amazon.com

Hattie Maloney (Ann Sothern) is a gaudy, good-hearted nightclub singer who tends to love above her station. This time, it’s pedigreed officer Dick Bulliet (Dan Dailey, Jr.), and it’s for real. But there’s one little problem: he’s got a small daughter so ladylike she makes Emily Post look like Tugboat Annie – and she’s not impressed with Hattie’s bangles and bows. And Hattie’s got a trio of protectors, three goofball gobs who think that maybe Hattie’s too good for Dick. (more…)

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