Sunday, March 31, 2013


We're ending the month of March with a March.....


From Wikipedia:
Hal March (April 22, 1920 - January 19, 1970) was a Jewish-American comedian and actor.

Earlier in his television career, he appeared on such shows as 'Burns and Allen', 'The Imogene Coca Show' and 'I Love Lucy'. However, he was best known for being the host of 'The $64,000 Question', which he helmed from 1955 to 1958. In addition to his hosting duties, March also sang a version of the show's theme music in 1956, entitled "Love is the Sixty-Four Thousand Dollar Question."

As a result of the quiz show scandals, the show was canceled and, with the exception of a few film roles such as "Hear Me Good" and "Send Me No Flowers", March was out of work for nearly a decade.

To keep busy, he appeared on several sitcoms in 1966 that are still widely rerun today. He played the father of Gidget's boyfriend Jeff in the 'Gidget' episode "In and Out with the In-Laws" and the head of corrupt dance studio Renaldo's Dance Au Go Go in 'The Monkees' episode "Dance Monkee, Dance". He also made appearances on the sitcoms 'Hey, Landlord' and 'The Lucy Show' and in the movie "A Guide for the Married Man".

March also starred in a 1961 unsold television pilot for a comedy called 'I Married a Dog', in which his life was constantly upset by his wife's pooch. He was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for his radio work at 1560 Vine Street and another for his work in television at 6536 Hollywood Boulevard.

'The $64,000 Question'
'The Jack Benny Show'
"The Hal March Show"

A few months before, Jack Benny appeared as a contestant on 'The $64,000 Question'. He answered the first question correctly and was rewarded with 64 dollars. He then quit and walked away with his winnings.

So when Hal March later appeared on Jack's show, Hal was given the chance to win back his money. But the trials he had to go through with that old skinflint!

This counts as one of the very first crossovers in Toobworld.


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