The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

What Fathers Should Know 


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Episode credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Himself - Host / George Appleby / Freddie the Freeloader / Heathcliffe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Arvan ... Expectant Daddy - Father Skit
Marjorie Bennett ... Nurse - Fathers Sketch
David Rose and His Orchestra David Rose and His Orchestra ... Themselves
Jerry Hauser Jerry Hauser ... Supporting Role
Bob Jellison ... Rodney - Freddie Sketch
Ray Kellogg ... Expectant Daddy - Father Sketch
Bob Lamond Bob Lamond ... Announcer
Isabel Randolph ... Matronly Woman at Fashion Show - Freddie Skit
Randy Stuart ... Mrs. Appleby - Fathers Sketch / Young Bride - Freddie Skit


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Release Date:

19 January 1954 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening monologue, Red tells a seagull joke with Heathcliffe minus Gertrude. He also reads a funny letter from a viewer to Geritol (the sponsor). In the first sketch, titled "What Fathers Should Know", Mrs. Appleby tells husband George that he is going to be a daddy, then sends him to a school for expectant fathers, where he creates shambles learning how to hold and diaper an infant. The second sketch, called "It Happened at the Zoo", features a zookeeper entertaining children with a live elephant performing tricks, then dissolves into Freddie the Freeloader asleep inside a cage with two live bears. Once outside, Freddie finds a lost package containing a negligee on a bench and decides to take it back to the department store and claim a refund. Much to his embarrassment, he stumbles into a fashion show with the models displaying negligees. See more »

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