Red Skelton The Farewell Specials (1981,1983 1984) – By Jason S. Lockard

I was brought up on classic comedy films and TV and they don’t come any funnier than America’s Clown Red Skelton. Known for his pantomime, routines and zany character such as the loveable tramp Freddy the Freeloader, Cauliflower McPugg, Clem Kadiddlehopper. So when I received Red Skelton the Farwell Specials from Mill Creek Entertainment on DVD I tore into that one immediately! The Farewell Specials are a collection of four TV specials from Red Skelton. Let’s take a brief look at what is included.

Our Rating System:

****=Don’t Miss it!
***=Worth a look.
**=An ok way to spend an evening.
*=You haven’t missed anything.

Red Skelton’s Christmas Dinner: Freddie the Freeloader (Red) and his good friend The Professor (Vincent Price) sets out to have Xmas dinner in a very expensive New York restaurant. Along the way Freddie meets memorable characters such as Molly the bag lady (Imogene Coca) a drunken Santa (Jack Duffy) and he even stops by a hospital to entertain the children. This is one of my favorite Christmas specials and is worth the price alone. ****

More Funny Faces:
This is a comedy concert special recorded for HBO, Skelton is joined by world-renowned mime artist Marcel Marceau in recreating some of Red’s funniest routines and exciting new skits. ***

Funny Faces III: Another HBO special Packed with laughter and memorable characters, this special features Red in more hilarious sketches and pantomime. ***

A Royal Command Performance: Red Skelton America’s court jester finds himself in jolly old England to perform for the Britain’s royal family at London’s Royal Albert Hall. ***

This collection is well worth the price. Red Skelton is a comedy icon and you can sit down with grandma and grandpa and the kids and just have a good laugh! This is very rare to find a collection of comedy the whole family can enjoy! So by all means I highly suggest you go to or your local dvd provider and get a copy! You won’t regret it!

Moral Rating: Nothing offensive.
Audience: Family
Genre: Comedy
Length: 3 hours
DVD Released: 2013
Our DVD Rating: A+