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    • Author: Anardred
    As part of the Grade family, which so dominated television and theater in the mid-twentieth century, Michael Grade seems an ideal person to tell the story of the famous variety (vaudeville) theater in London, which played host to the biggest stars in Britain and the United States, and subsequently became the home for big-budget musicals such as BARNUM. The story is a familiar one, touching on the work done by British comedians such as Max Miller, the Hollywood invasion of the post-1945 era with stars such as Danny Kaye, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, the annual pantomime; and the gradual decline of variety and parallel growth of big-budget musicals. Perhaps there could have been fewer interviews with people who weren't really around during the Palladium's heyday, and more archive footage; but in general Grade tells an entertaining story of a great theater.
  • Credited cast:
    John Avery John Avery - Himself - General Manager 1974-1992
    Josephine Baker Josephine Baker - Herself (archive footage)
    Michael Ball Michael Ball - Himself
    Irving Berlin Irving Berlin - Himself (archive footage)
    Yul Brynner Yul Brynner - Himself (archive footage)
    Nat 'King' Cole Nat 'King' Cole - Himself (archive footage)
    Michael Crawford Michael Crawford - Himself
    The Crazy Gang The Crazy Gang - Themselves (archive footage)
    Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy Davis Jr. - Himself (archive footage)
    Ken Dodd Ken Dodd - Himself
    Jason Donovan Jason Donovan - Himself
    Val Doonican Val Doonican - Himself
    Adam Faith Adam Faith - Himself (archive footage)
    Bruce Forsyth Bruce Forsyth - Himself
    Mark Fox Mark Fox - Himself - Advertising Manager
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