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Classic Minnesota children's shows

Clancy the Keystone Cop

In August 1959, John Gallos premiered as a new character: Clancy the Cop. This first version of Clancy is now often referred to as Clancy the Keystone Cop, to distinguish him from the later better-known Clancy. Gallos borrowed some of the vocal mannerisms of Bob Hope’s foil Jerry Colonna for this character (“Aahhh, yes!”).

This shot of Clancy the Cop, Smokey the Bear, and a huge mob of kids in the “Peanut Gallery” shows how popular such local kids’ programs were with young baby boomers in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The program continued for two years and then became Clancy the Space Cop in 1961

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