Captain Kangaroo


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Captain Kangaroo is a children's television series which aired weekday mornings on the American television network CBS from 1955 until 1984. After a year of absence, in 1986 it moved to public television when the American Program Service (now American Public Television, Boston) distributed the program with some newly-produced segments which were integrated into reruns of past episodes. That version of the series ended in 1993.

The show was conceived and the title character played by Bob Keeshan, who based the show on "the warm relationship between grandparents and children." Keeshan was the original Clarabell the Clown on The Howdy Doody Show when it aired on NBC.

It had a loose structure, built around life in the "Treasure House" (later renamed "The Captain's Place"), where the Captain (whose name came from the big pockets in his coat) would tell stories, meet guests and indulge in silly stunts with regular characters, both humans and puppets. The show was live for its first four years, and was in black-and-white until 1968. In 1983, CBS shortened the hour-long show to a half-hour and moved it to an earlier time-slot. It was cancelled by CBS at the end of 1984.

In the TV season of 1997–1998, an All New Captain Kangaroo was attempted by Saban Entertainment. John McDonough played the Captain. It was shot in Tampa, Florida. Keeshan was invited to appear as a special guest called "The Admiral," but after seeing sample episodes, he declined to appear or have any association with the new incarnation. It ran for one season and inspired a spinoff, Mister Moose's Fun Time.

Highlights
Bob Keeshan on the origin of Captain Kangaroo
Bob Claver on writing early Captain Kangaroo and coming up with ideas for the show
John Moffitt on finally getting assigned to be a PA, for Captain Kangaroo, just as he got another opportunity to PA for The Ed Sullivan Show
Joan Ganz Cooney on hiring producers from Captain Kangaroo for Sesame Street
Who talked about this show

Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen on working on Captain Kangaroo

Sam Bobrick

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Sam Bobrick on writing for Captain Kangaroo

Ernest Borgnine

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Ernest Borgnine on meeting Captain Kangaroo's Bob Keeshan

Bob Claver

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Bob Claver on writing early Captain Kangaroo and coming up with ideas for the show
Bob Claver on how he came to write Captain Kangaroo
Bob Claver on the early Captain Kangaroo broadcasts
Bob Claver on Hugh Brannum as "Mr. Green Jeans" on Captain Kangaroo
Bob Claver on the puppets of Captain Kangaroo
Bob Claver on Alan Rafkin, stage manager for Captain Kangaroo
Bob Claver on a typical work week on Captain Kangaroo
Bob Claver on the cartoons of Captain Kangaroo
Bob Claver on Bob Keeshan on the set of Captain Kangaroo
Bob Claver on the guest stars of Captain Kangaroo
Bob Claver on the legacy of Captain Kangaroo
Bob Claver on leaving Captain Kangaroo

Chuck McCann with Emerson College

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Chuck McCann on appearing on Captain Kangaroo, with Bob Keeshan

Joan Ganz Cooney

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Joan Ganz Cooney on hiring producers from Captain Kangaroo for Sesame Street
Joan Ganz Cooney on Mike Dann helping her select executive producers from Captain Kangaroo

Skitch Henderson

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Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on working on Captain Kangaroo starring Bob Keeshan

Bob Keeshan

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Bob Keeshan on the origin of Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on the pilot of Captain Kangaroo and early critical reaction
Bob Keeshan on the character of "Captain Kangaroo"
Bob Keeshan on Hugh Brannum, "Mr. Green Jeans" on Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on Cosmo "Gus" Allegretti, who played "Mr. Moose", "Bunny Rabbit", and "Grandfather Clock" on Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on the writing of Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on the main elements of Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on the character of "Tom Terrific" on Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on the format of Captain Kangaroo, and reading stories on air to viewers
Bob Keeshan on the music in Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on the sponsorship of Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on the network and Captain Kangaroo and the Hollywood Blacklist
Bob Keeshan on Captain Kangaroo's switch from black and white to color
Bob Keeshan on how Captain Kangaroo changed over the years
Bob Keeshan on the end of Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on Captain Kangaroo's move to PBS
Bob Keeshan on the impact of Captain Kangaroo

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on finally getting assigned to be a PA, for Captain Kangaroo, just as he got another opportunity to PA for The Ed Sullivan Show

Robert Mott

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Robert Mott on doing sound effects for Captain Kangaroo with Bob Keeshan 
Robert Mott on a Captain Kangaroo blooper
Robert Mott on using the MacKenzie cart machine on Captain Kangaroo

Loretta Swit

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Loretta Swit on her television debut on Captain Kangaroo and working with Bob Keeshan

James Wall

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James Wall on Captain Kangaroo; on stage-managing the series
James Wall on being stage manager (from 1962 to 1968) on Captain Kangaroo; on playing Mr. Baxter on the series (from 1968 to 1980)

Dan Wilcox

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Dan Wilcox on going to work on Captain Kangaroo
Dan Wilcox on the writing process on Captain Kangaroo
Dan Wilcox on writing the characters of Captain Kangaroo
Dan Wilcox on leaving Captain Kangaroo for Sesame Street

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