Show Business: Golden Silence

The show as originally written was just another pastiche of obvious jokes, carefully planted "ad libs" and situations more ridiculous than riotous. Then Writer Sherwood Schwartz had a radical notion: drop the dialogue entirely. Comedian Red Skelton, who has hankered for years to work in pantomime, leaped at the idea.

Pantomime, according to the brilliant French mime, Marcel Marceau, is "the art of expressing feelings by attitudes and not a means of expressing words through gestures." When Skelton this week shut his mouth for half an hour, he demonstrated Marceau's point better than any...

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