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Short summary

Red Skelton launched his 12th year in television with this episode and an expanded version of his long-running comedy/variety series from thirty minutes to a full hour. Reflecting the fact that Red now had an extra half-hour to play with, his show was rechristened The Red Skelton Hour. In the main comedy sketch, guest Harpo Marx plays a bumbling guardian angel who is sent down from "Up There" to help henpecked husband George Appleby (Skelton) escape the wrath of his nagging wife, Clara (Virginia Grey). Harpo also appears with Red in a new weekly segment, 'The Silent Spot', wherein the two master clowns enact a pantomime sketch about a German and American soldier forming a fast friendship on the battlefields of WWI. Musical highlights included Harpo's harp solo of his own composition 'Guardian Angel', Mahalia Jackson's rousing 'Come On, Children' and 'I Asked the Lord', The Modernaires' 'Clap Yo' Hands', and the ensemble production number '4:20 AM.'

The title is from the expression of gratitude upon receipt of good fortune: Somebody up there likes me.

This was the first episode co-produced by Red Skelton's company Van Bernard Productions.

Episode credited cast:
Red Skelton Red Skelton - Himself - Host / George Appleby / Gertrude and Heathcliffe
Harpo Marx Harpo Marx - Guardian Angel
Virginia Grey Virginia Grey - Clara Appleby
Billy Gray Billy Gray - Mr. Carmichael
Dyan Cannon Dyan Cannon - Clara The II
Jimmy Cross Jimmy Cross - American Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Benny Jack Benny - Himself
David Rose and His Orchestra David Rose and His Orchestra - Themselves
Art Gilmore Art Gilmore - Announcer
Mahalia Jackson Mahalia Jackson - Herself
The Modernaires The Modernaires - Themselves
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