The Buick Circus Hour (1952-53)

John Raitt

John Raitt

One hour variety show with a circus theme. It tells a story throughout the show. It didn’t really work and soon disappeared.

October 7,1952 episode: John Raitt opens with a song about the circus. A number of circus acts perform. Comedian Joe E.Brown does a bit where he washes a dog. Dolores Grey comes out and waxes poetic to a poster with a Phrenologist. Then she tries to be one while reading the bumps on her head. Joe E.Brown returns and explains what a clown does. Then they both do a bit as she tries to read the bumps on his head. Joe E. leaves and she sings “Little Girl Blue.”

A tour of the midway. Dolores tries to get a job as a Phrenologist. John sings a song of the open road.  Joe E. is back now in clown makeup and does a mime act. More circus performers. Buick commercial.

Dancers perform to “Heat Wave.”  Joe E. is back with a bit about having a birthday party. He brings out Dolores to sing “How Deep Is The Ocean” for the circus owners.  John tells her she has to be diplomatic if she wants to be a Phrenologist. He tells her to come around tomorrow night when Ben Blue will be there.

Ben and Joe E. do a silent sketch called “It’s All In The Mind.” Dolores is hired and she and John sing “Isn’t This A Lovely Day.”  Joe E. joins them for  the closing circus song.

About vintage45

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