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Wally Cox appeared in this Smirnoff print ad in 1957, three or four years after his emmy-winning role as Mr. Peepers.
It's a treat to watch the DVDs of Mr. Peepers now, but it can be hard to avoid the distractions of seeing the TV era in its infancy. The show could be a little clunky, and the average human's attention span is just different from what it was decades ago.
The part that still comes through crystal clear however, is what a great talent Wally Cox was.
Here's a record that Cox made in 1953, while he was still playing Peepers on TV. His singing and yodeling had apparently been a part of his stage act, prior to television.
Listen to: Wally Cox - There is a Tavern in the Town (click for audio)
It's a very jolly song, until you notice some pretty dark lyrics. What were they drinking in that tavern?