In 1961 The Price Is Right was a highly rated nighttime program. This episode aired on Christmas day of that year.
In 1968 Bing Crosby's annual Christmas special aired as an episode of The Hollywood Palace with guests the Lennon Sisters, another musical family that 1960s audiences embraced. Want to hear a wonderful version of Der Bingle's 'White Christmas'? It's here in this medley of Bing's most beloved Christmas tunes. Glen Campbell and Crosby's family also appeared on this show, a chance to show off his talentless kids. Those Crosby boys were lousy singers!
Here's the 1967 Hollywood Palace starring Bing with more classic Christmas melodies, this time with the King Family, another musical collection of relatives that were popular back in the day. You'll also see the original commercials!
A fixture on NBC during the Holidays was The Bob Hope Christmas Special - here's a clip from one of his 1970's outings. Lots of pretty girls on stage, natch! It didn't get any cornier than this but this was what families were used to watching together.
A Holiday commercial series that led to big sales for Polaroid in the Seventies featured James Garner ('Rockford Files') and Mariette Hartley as a bickering couple. They were very convincing together, Hartley used to wear a T-shirt that read: "Not James Garner's wife!" They filmed 250 Polaroid commercials before finally ending their battle of the sexes in the early-Eighties. (They were the 1970's equivalent to those Taster's Choice ads in the 1990s and the Radio Shack spots with Teri Hatcher and Howie Long in 2000. Remember those?)
This is one of the very best Polaroid spots the two actors did, from 1979:
Sonny & Cher did two Christmas episodes of their variety series - once before they were divorced and one after. That was weird!
But it sure was fun. On The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (the first series) there was lots of comedy and musical numbers centered around chilly snowy scenery with traditional garb from Dickensian days - like a Holiday card come to life.
After a two year break, the post-divorce Sonny & Cher Show Christmas episode was a glitzier affair and more subdued but still loads of fun and tinsel - and a nice ad lib from Cher in the monologue.
Rare clips from Christmas past:
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Highlights from the acclaimed 1957 broadcast of A Christmas Carol starring Fredrick Marsh as Scrooge. Seen as the Ghost of Christmas Past was Basil Rathbone.
Edd "Kookie" Byrnes from 77 Sunset Strip (1958-1963) was such a huge teen idol he even had several hit records. Here's his hilarious Christmas release from 1959, a hip rendition of "The Night Before Christmas" called Yulesville.
Here is a clip from the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969-1972) Christmas episode from 1969. It has the familiar opening with the band and Glen standing up in the audience ("Hi everybody, I'm Glen Campbell!") to sing the opening theme - this time with a holiday twist.
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