Friday, December 24, 2010

The Scrounger’s Cheapjack Christmas Special! #41: Liberace Part 2

Duck and cover, here comes another helping of the Velveeta of fine music…

The Christmas Episode: “Christmas Show”. Syndicated c. 1953-1955.

Everything that I said before Thanksgiving applies to the Christmas show: song, talk , song, talk, song, closing credits.  Simplest musical format in the world, so it’s all that, but with Christmas! There’s canned applause when Lee does a keyboard roll and conjures up fake snow. There’s a couple  of canned audible gasps when another trill cues the camera on the Christmas tree. It’s like those little keyboard doodles are magic! Liberace is a witch! Shall we burn him?

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I feel a little gypped that we don’t see the top of the tree.  It could be a trunk for all we know. Maybe they got a bargain by letting the guy at the lot sell the top to Charlie Brown and Linus.

Lee does read a Christmas poem, and he plays a number done up in white on a rotating pedestal, which must’ve blown the production budget for the rest of the year.

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And here’s something you probably didn’t expect to see.

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No no, not that.  We’re still not going there just now. It’s the whole Liberace family singing a chorus of “Jingle Bells”.

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Again, if this is the type of thing you like, you’ll definitely like this particular thing.

But Don’t Take My Word For It: Here we go again...

 

Whoo, just whipped right through that one, didn’t we?

Next: Long John Silver! Yay, pirates!

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