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McPugg the Babysitter

McPugg the Babysitter

McPugg the Babysitter babysits for a precocious child, Clem Kadiddlehopper sells shaving cream on a commercial, Red dances opera?

McPugg the Babysitter – The Red Skelton Show season 1

Red Skelton’s monologue is quite short tonight, to make room for the sketches. But he does tell the story of a young man who wants to eat a worm for dinner! Cook it first, I ain’t eating it raw! You try it first, Dad …

Clem Kaddiddlehopper’s Smoothola shaving cream commercial

Clem Kaddiddlehopper's Smoothola shaving cream commercial - the large economy size!

Clem Kadiddlehopper sells Smoothola Shaving Cream on a TV commercial. With the “help” of an audience volunteer, whom he lathers up — and leaves lathered! There’s a lot of prop comedy, as the “easy opening” tube won’t open, even with a sledge hammer! Which he hits himself in the head with. “It feels so good when it stops hurting!”

“Buy Smoothola. Look dull, fell dull, buy it and be stupid!”

The Babysitter

McPugg the Babysitter

Cauliflower McPugg‘s hired as a babysitter by the Jones family, so the parents can go out for an evening. And, of course, he’s warned that there are a lot of breakable valuables in the apartment …. “Too soon, too soon.” Which becomes a running joke. And he insists on giving the “baby” – a child roughly ten years old — a baby bottle. Then the child wants a story. Which is interrupted by the cuckoo clock. For once, Cauliflower actually hears a bird! So he sets it free, throwing out into the hallway with a “clunk!” sound. “What’s he been eating?” Finally, the young man distracts him into taking a bath, while goes out to the Paladium! Cauliflower comes out, in a towel — and the poor antique bust finally gets it!

Tide’s In

Tide's In commercial -- no, not me!

The commercial is called “Tide’s In” for obvious reasons. Red’s a salesclerk at a department store … Who has to man the counter when the new shipment of Tide comes in! And when they open the doors, a mob comes in and takes every box! Red’s a mess — but he’s kept one box for himself! Until a customer comes in and takes it!

Specter of the Rose

Prima ballerina Nana Gollner and Red perform a slapstick pantomime of the famous ballet. It begins with a spurned Lucy Knoch doctoring the rose prop — with pepper! Lots of pepper! Which leads to a fair amount of the comedy during the ballet number, as Red sneezes, Nana holding her finger under his nose, him doing the same for her, etc. And finally sneezing the flowers off his costume! A very funny routine.

Cast of characters

  • Red Skelton … Self – Host / Clem Kadiddlehopper / Cauliflower McPugg
  • David Rose and His Orchestra … Themselves
  • Nana Gollner … Self / Specter in Rose Skit
  • Lucille Knox … Ballerina / Specter in Rose Sketch (as Lucy Knoch)
  • Bob LeMond … Self – Announcer (voice)
  • Pat McGeehan Pat McGeehan … Self – Announcer
  • Edmund Penney … Mr. Jones / McPugg Sketch
  • Gil Perkins … Psychiatrist Making House Call
  • Buddy Piper … Man With Shaving Cream / Clem Skit
  • Marian Richman … Mrs. Jones / McPugg Skit
  • Jerome Sheldon … Store Manager / Tide Commercial
  • David Stollery … Rodney Jones / McPugg Sketch