Mickie Finn's - Nightspot known
as "America's Number One Speakeasy" and the backdrop for the
half-hour musical variety series MICKIE FINN'S/NBC/1966 featuring Ragtime,
Dixieland and contemporary hit songs.
Hosted by club owners, Mr. & Mrs. Finn, the Thursday night
summer replacement series (for the sitcom MONA MCCLUSKEY) was
taped in a replica of the San Diego "Gay 90's" nightclub,
Fred. E. Finn played the piano and led the band while his wife,
Mickie Finn (Cathy Reilly) plucked on the banjo. The club's bartenders/bouncers
Harold "Hoot" Connors and Mickey Manners provided comic relief.
Regulars on the set included:
- The Fred Finn band (Tony "Spider" Marillo - drums, Stormy
Gormley - tuba/cello, "Dimples" Bobby Jensen - left-handed
trumpet, Owen Leinhard - trombone, "Cugar" Nelson - trombone)
- Banjolist Don Van Paulta - "The Flying Dutchman"
- The Mickie Finn Dancers
- The Dapper Dans (Jim Schamp, Ron Browne, Fred Frank, Tom
Knox - the group also appeared with
the Mickie Finn stage show, including performances at Caesar's
Palace in Las Vegas and The Cocoanut Grove).
Other performers seen on the show were: singers Buddy Greco
Joanie Sommers, Frankie Randall, Barbara McNair, Roberta Sherwood,
Keely Smith, Vic Damone, Shani Wallis. Johnny Rivers, Bobby Darin,
Frank Fontaine, a regular on "The Jackie Gleason Show," jazz
bagpiper John Haywood, song and dance man John Bubbles and Eddie
Foy Jr. and Reta Shaw.
The original Mickie Finn's (seated 600 people) opened on
October 28, 1960 on University Avenue in the Hillcrest section of
San Diego, California. The Finn's later opened a second nightclub
in Beverly Hills on Restaurant Row in the new Los Angeles
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