The Spade Cooley Show (1953)

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The Spade Cooley Show

Broadcast 8:00pm, Saturday, October 31, 1953

Bela Lugosi guest-starred with comic musician Leo (Ukie) Sherin, who had worked as the dialogue director on Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, on the double Emmy award-winning show. Sherin was making the first of thirteen contracted appearances on the show, which featured him performing in the men’s room. Broadcast from the Santa Monica Pier Ballroom on KTLA, the show was estimated to have drawn 75% of all TV viewers in the Los Angeles area during its peak. Spade Cooley’s successful career came to a spectacular end in 1961 when he was sentenced to life in prison for beating his wife to death.

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