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Frogs, a poem by Red Skelton, recited by Clem Kadiddlehopper

Frogs, a poem by Red Skelton, recited by Clem Kadiddlehopper




Frogs. Frogs. Frogs, they are everywhere.
Frogs. Frogs. Frogs croaking fill the air.
Louder. Louder. Louder is their blasting blare
and there’s no silence in the night. (more…)

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(the birth announcement of Red Skelton's daughter, Valentina, originally published in The Meriden Daily Journal on May 6, 1947)

Red Skelton quotes – quotes from America’s clown prince

Quotes from Red Skelton on clowns, laughter, children, and other topics.   Some quotes from Red Skelton’s TV show, others from interviews with Red

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Pledge of Allegiance mug - "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Pledge of Allegiance, performed by Red Skelton

From The Red Skelton Hour, CBS TV, January 14, 1969

copyright 1969 Richard Red Skelton

Red Skelton: “I remember this one teacher. To me, he was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time. He had such wisdom. We were all reciting the  Pledge Of Allegiance and he walked over. Mr. Lasswell was his name… He said”: “I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge Of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word: (more…)

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Red Skelton television debut 1951

Red Skelton’s farewell

The time has come to say good night,
My how time does fly.
We’ve had a laugh, perhaps a tear,
and now we hear goodbye.

I really hate to say good night,
for times like these are few.
I wish you love and happiness,
In everything you do.

The time has come to say good night,
I hope I’ve made a friend.
And so we’ll say “May God bless you,”
Until we meet again.

—  Red Skelton

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Red Skelton as his happy hobo clown character, Freddie the Freeloader

Red Skelton biography

Biography of Red Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997)

If some day you’re not feeling well, you should remember some little thing I have said or done and if it brings a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart then my purpose as a clown has been fulfilled.” — Red Skelton (more…)

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Red Skelton painting of Freddie the Freeloader, titled "Hold that Tiger"

The Circus – poem by Red Skelton

The Circus – poem by Red Skelton

Red Skelton wrote this poem in honor of his father, a former circus clown, whom Red never knew — Red’s father died two months before Red was born.  Years later, a young Red also clowned in the circus — at the very same circus where his father had performed years before. (more…)

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(the birth announcement of Red Skelton's daughter, Valentina, originally published in The Meriden Daily Journal on May 6, 1947)

Red Skelton, father of 7-pound daughter




(the birth announcement of Red Skelton’s daughter, Valentina, originally published in The Meriden Daily Journal on May 6, 1947)

Santa Monica, Calif. May 5. (AP)

Mrs. Red Skelton, wife of the comedian, gave birth to a baby girl weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces at St. John’s Hospital Monday. (more…)

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Red Skelton’s wife to seek divorce: continues to write his gags

Red Skelton’s wife to seek divorce: continues to write his gags

Red Skelton’s wife to seek divorce – an article first published in the Warsaw Daily Union on December 30, 1942, dealing with Red’s first wife, Edna, filing for divorce (more…)

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