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The Peter Lind Hayes Show ( a.k.a. Peter and Mary Show) aired from November 1950 until March 1951 on NBC.
The set for this live series was a replica of the New Rochelle, New York home of it's stars, Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy. At the start of each episode, a guest star would be seen apologizing over the phone to someone with whom he could not have dinner that evening because of a previous commitment to have dinner with Peter and Mary. The guest star (s) then went to Peter and Mary's " house" for dinner where the talents they possesed-singing, dancing, comedy, etc.-were worked into the script. The series had actually premiered as The Peter And Mary Show but was changed to The Peter Lind Hayes Show on December 14th. Mary Wickes was their housekeeper and Claude Stroud, an unemployed comedian who had come for a visit and became a permanent member of the household. Both of them were last seen in the December 28th telecast.
Peter Lind Hayes and his wife Mary Healy had several shows on both daytime and primetime during the 1950's.
Here are the Lyrics to the 1958-1959 ABC Daytime Version of The Peter Lind Hayes Show.
My Blue Heaven, music by Walter Donaldson & lyrics by George Whiting
When whippoorwills call and evening is nigh,
I hurry to my Blue Heaven.
A turn to the right, a little white light,
Will lead me to my Blue Heaven.
I'll see a smiling face, a fireplace, a cozy room,
A little nest that nestles where the roses bloom;
Just Molly and me, and baby makes three,
We're happy in my Blue Heaven.
A Short Article from Time Magazine
Monday, May. 10, 1948
After gossip columnists haughtily cried "Bad taste!" Ciro's nightclub in Hollywood banned Comic Peter Lind Hayes's newest skit. Hayes and his wife had been imitating President Truman and daughter Margaret. Hayes played the Missouri Waltz and pretended to sell neckties. His wife kept crying, "You're living in the past!" Said Hayes, answering his critics: "We tried it at the hardware convention in Cincinnati and they kept coming back night after night."
An Article from Time Magazine
New Comic in Manhattan
Monday, Jun. 24, 1946 Article
Broadway columnists were busy as swizzlesticks, mixing a fresh batch of superlatives. The comedian they sweated to honor was a young (31) ex-G.I. named Peter Lind Hayes.
Last week, besides his three-a-night routine at the Copacabana supper club, Peter Hayes also: 1) began a four-a-day run at the Roxy Theater (thereby upping his weekly take to $4,000); 2) quit radio writing, acting and singing (because he wanted time to sleep); 3) landed a principal comedy role in the Nunnally Johnson-George Kaufman fall play Park Avenue; 4) was offered, but had to refuse because of previous commitments, the serious Eddie Dowling role in The Glass Menagerie road company; 5) received a $30,000 offer to do one movie for International Pictures.
Old Chestnut. The hub of this hubbub has a soft speaking voice, crew-cut brown hair, a shy smile and stands 5 ft. 10 in a Brooks Brothers suit. He traces his comic ancestry to Frank Fay (for sharpness and restraint) and Bing Crosby (for relaxation and affability). But his thoughtful, economical comedy style is probably more aptly compared with Chaplin's.
"I guess comedy begins with sadness," Hayes says. "Well, with reality, and that's usually pretty sad. I don't want to pull the old chestnut about the fine line between comedy and tragedy but, well, I think the more serious you are, the funnier you are."
Hayes thinks his comedy ideas are best expressed in his characterization of "Punchy Callahan"—a hilarious but touching portrait of an ex-pug, as shapeless, scuffed and unwanted as a worn-out boxing glove. Even after three weeks, busy Copacabana waiters still stop, look & listen to Punchy.
New Ambition. Success was a long time coming. At 16, he ran away from the Irish-Christian Brothers School in New Rochelle, N.Y. to join his mother, oldtime Actress Grace Hayes, in a Broadway variety act. All through the '30s he played theaters and saloons, had parts in 15 movies (13 B, two A). In 1940 he married Actress Mary Healy, now starring in Orson Welles's Broadway extravaganza, Around the World (TIME, June 10).
When war came, he joined the Air Corps, played in Winged Victory, then toured the Pacific with the "Winged Pigeons," an eleven-man entertainment unit ("we played close to a million men and were never fired on once"). He also wrote a G.I. song hit, Why Do They Call a Private, Private? and most of the material for the 27 impressions and seven character studies that make up his present repertory.
Having shrunk from 183 lbs. to 158, he received his discharge last Christmas Day, and was back on Broadway (at the Strand) a month later. When he moved over to the Copa May 30, the boom was on.
"I've got a sneaking feeling this thing may be just an illusion," he says. If the "illusion" lasts until fall, he wants to try serious acting on radio, stage & screen. Like many another comic, Hayes is a frustrated "heavy."
Here is Peter Lind Hayes' Obituary from The New York Times
Peter Lind Hayes, 82, of Radio, TV and Films
By BILL CARTER
Published: April 23, 1998
Peter Lind Hayes, an affable, appealing entertainer whose career included work in everything from vaudeville to films, Broadway, nightclubs, radio and television, died on Tuesday in Las Vegas. He was 82.
Mr. Hayes had been in failing health and died at the Nathan Adelson Hospice from vascular problems, family members said.
Known mostly for teaming in various ventures with his wife, the actress Mary Healy, Mr. Hayes had a wide range of talents, including comic impressions, singing, songwriting and storytelling. He starred in several television series, including ''The Peter Lind Hayes Show,'' on ABC in 1958, and ''Peter Loves Mary,'' on NBC in 1960.
For several years in the early 1960's the couple were hosts of a daily program on WOR radio in New York from the basement of their home in New Rochelle, N.Y. Mr. Hayes also starred with his wife in the 1958 Broadway comedy ''Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?''
''More than anything else he loved to perform for a live audience,'' Ms. Healy said yesterday.
Born in San Francisco as Joseph Conrad Lind, Mr. Hayes made his vaudeville debut at age 6, paired with his mother, Grace Hayes. At 16, he made it to New York's famed Palace Theater, appearing with his mother in a skit he wrote.
When his mother opened the Grace Hayes Lodge in Los Angeles in 1939, Mr. Hayes took his talent for singing, dancing and comedy into the nightclub arena.
That led to work in Hollywood, including such films as ''Million Dollar Legs'' with Betty Grable, ''These Glamour Girls'' with Lana Turner, and ''Seven Days Leave'' with Lucille Ball.
The nightclub work also led to a meeting with a young actress named Mary Healy, whom Mr. Hayes married in 1940.
He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II, and appeared in shows throughout the Pacific Theater. He was awarded a bronze star and two battle stars for his service.
Mr. Hayes returned to film work and appeared in ''The Senator Was Indiscreet'' with William Powell in 1947. But it was in television and radio that Mr. Hayes gained his widest popularity. For several years in the early 1950's, he and his wife became the regular substitute hosts for Arthur Godfrey on his television programs.
At the same time Mr. Hayes continued his work in nightclubs, appearing in places ranging from the Copacabana in New York to the Frontier and Sands Hotels in Las Vegas.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Peter Michael Hayes; a daughter, Cathy Lind Hayes, and a grandchild.
In his later years, Mr. Hayes always referred to himself as ''an out-of-work actor,'' his daughter said, never considering himself retired. Asked when he had last performed, Ms. Healy said, ''Two or three days ago, when he sang to me, 'Does Your Mother Know You're Out?' ''
For more on Peter Lind Hayes go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Lind_Hayes
For more on Mary Healy go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Healy
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