Howdy Doody: One of the most famous and longest-lasting kids shows from the era. Running from 1947 until 1960, the show featured a host, creator Buffalo Bob Smith, puppet Howdy Doody, and Clarabelle the Clown.
The one, the only, the original. I find it hard to believe that anyone hasn’t heard of, let alone seen, this legendary show featuring Buffalo Bob Smith operating a marionette that would entertain all the children. I can’t even imagine the anticipation children had when they screamed “It’s Howdy Doody time!” This particular show had a fun story involving Howdy in “marble” debt and making a deal with Mr. Bluster to do an act as compensation.
“The HOWDY DOODY Show” was the first network kids show to run 5 days a week, the first network show of the day (in the beginning it was preceded by the daily test pattern), the first television show ever broadcast in color, and the the first show ever to air more than 1,000 continuous episodes. In December of 1947, when Buffalo Bob Smith (born Robert Schmidt on 11/27/17) created and aired HOWDY DOODY, there were only 20,000 American homes that even had television sets. NBC only had six stations in the beginning, and HOWDY DOODY is credited as a major factor in the growth and popularity of that network. From the original show’s inception on December 27, 1947 until it’s final airing on NBC on December 30, 1960, HOWDY DOODY visited our homes 2,543 times.
Cast and Crew:
* Howdy Doody
Creator: E. Roger Muir
Production Company: National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
Release Date: 1947
Audio & Video: Mono – Black & White
Additional details in: IMDB
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