“THE RED SKELTON HOUR IN COLOR: DELUXE COLLECTION”
The Ultimate Vintage Comedy
During the Golden Age of television and variety shows, Red Skelton held a very special place. Now we can revisit his show in a unique DVD set of 22 discs with more than 65 hours of comedy, guest stars.
Red Skelton was a man who performed with class, style and brilliance and was referred to as America’s Clown Prince. “The Red Skelton” ran for twenty seasons on television and each week we would see memorable creations that Skelton brought to life and these included his alter personalities of “country bumpkin” Clem Kadiddlehopper, Sheriff Deadeye and lovable hobo Freddie the Freeloader. Skelton’s guests read like Who’s Who in the entertainment industry—- John Wayne, Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Milton Berle, Jackie Cooper, Tim Conway, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Simon and Garfunkel, Phyllis Diller, Merv Griffin, Audrey Meadows, Mickey Rooney, Nipsey Russell, Robert Goulet, Audrey Meadows to name just a few.
Among the programs we see here are 130 remastered and hours of extras, a full-length biography of Red with rare home movies and intimate interviews and a bonus DVD of Skelton’s Farewell Specials along with a memory that shows how Red brought his characters to life. In effect there are three distinct DVD collections:
- THE RED SKELTON SHOW: THE EARLY YEARS (8 Discs) — The beginning of Red’s legendary two-decade television journey is celebrated in this 72-episode set. Many of Red’s best characters and classic bits can be found in these episodes, providing a sidesplitting look at a true pioneer of television’s Golden Age.
- THE RED SKELTON HOUR: IN COLOR (10 Discs) — This deluxe set features 31 rarely seen episodes in their original, brilliant color; highlights include Red’s famous recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, musical performances by Simon & Garfunkel, Frankie Valli, The 5th Dimension and more, plus a bonus Skelton biography, America’s Clown.
- THE COMPLETE 20TH SEASON: IN COLOR (3 Discs) — Twenty years after The Red Skelton Showfirst aired on NBC in 1951, the extraordinary Red appeared in his last season, bringing all his wonderful characters to life for the last time on network television. An incredible group of guest stars includes Jerry Lewis, Vincent Price, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John and many more!
- BONUS DVD: RED SKELTON: THE FAREWELL SPECIALS (1 Disc) –Red’s zany, unexpected and classically hilarious crowning performances are celebrated in this compilation of farewell specials, featuring, “Red Skelton’s Christmas Dinner,” “More Funny Faces,” “Funny Faces III,” and “A Royal Command Performance”- America’s wackiest court jester gets silly with Britain’s Royal Family at London’s Royal Albert Hall. There is a lot to see here and once we see it all, we understand a lot more about the world of comedy.