7 Nov 1963 CBS special

Posted by Steven Lewis on August 07, 1999 at 12:17:45:

This weekend I viewed the latest release from Festival Films, the Nov. 7, 1963, CBS Bing Crosby special with Buddy Ebsen and Caterina Valente. Bing participated in a couple of the commercials, including a Pepsodent commercial with Jerry Colonna. OTR fans might remember that Pepsodent was for many years the radio sponsor of Bob Hope. Bob was nowhere to be seen in Bing's commercial. Quite the contrary, the commercial promoted a special "Bing Crosby Pepsodent Display" that featured Bing's photo on the Pepsodent box. Does anyone out there have any of these special boxes or did Hope manage to burn them all?

Posted by Greg Van Beek on August 07, 1999 at 15:07:55:

In Reply to: 7 Nov 1963 CBS special posted by Steven Lewis on August 07, 1999 at 12:17:45:

I have never seen a Bing Pepsodent box, but did find a similar box with Bob Hope pictured on it. It dates from around the same time as this show (1963), as it had "star of NBC-tv" printed on the box showing a middle-aged Hope. It even had the original full tube of toothpaste inside (after close to 40 years, guaranteed to turn your teeth yellow rather than leave you wondering where it went I'm sure!) I sent it to Bob's daughter Linda, the Vice-President of Hope Enterprises, who was delighted with it and will eventually put it on display in the planned Bob Hope Comedy Museum.

While we're at it, anyone have a Chesterfield carton with Bing pictured on it? I'm sure these are just as hard to find.

Happy Hunting!


Posted by Jane FitzGerald on August 07, 1999 at 15:17:35:

In Reply to: 7 Nov 1963 CBS special posted by Steven Lewis on August 07, 1999 at 12:17:45:

Ohmygosh! I've got one of those Pepsodent boxes. It's the family size, marked, "Bing's Bargain...10 Off". (It cost 79 then). It's one of the little collectibles I'm putting together for a Crosby exhibit at the Cincinnati Celtic Festival. Michael O'Toole is putting together some of the Crosby Irish connections he has for the exhibit. But since we're talking Crosby in the early 1960's, I never expected when Bing's sitcom was on that he would respond if I wrote to him, so I wrote to Carol Faylen who played his teenage daughter instead. Received a nice note from her in '64 about how much fun it was working with Bing on the show. That's definitely going in the exhibit. Guess now I'll also have to get a copy of this video! Thanks, Steven, for the review - and reminding me to dig out the Pepsodent package! Bing Go Bragh, Jane

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