Panhandle Pete - The life-sized prospector
dummy star of PANHANDLE PETE & JENNIFER/NBC/1950-51, a 15-mimute afternoon
children's program set on a western ranch in Chickamoochie Country. Based in Chicago, the
series aired weekdays at 4:30 on WNBQ Channel 5.
The PANHANDLE PETE AND JENNIFER series won a 1951 Peabody Award.
Co-host Jennifer Holt (the daughter of western star Jack Holt and
brother of actor Tim Holt) was a leading lady in B westerns in the
1940s. She also made guest appearances on several TV shows,
including THE GABBY HAYES SHOW (1956), TALES OF WELLS FARGO
(1957-1959) and PERRY MASON (1958).
Johnny Coons who played an old codger who spun yarns that
appeared as cartoons on the show later starred in UNCLE JOHNNY
COONS/CBS/NBC/1955-56 with his own ventriloquist dummy George and
his invisible dog, Blackie.
Uncle Johnny Coons
died in July 1975. Jennifer Holt died September 21, 1997 in
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