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was a short-lived TV show that debuted in 1951
on KNBH Los Angeles and aired nationally on ABC and CBS during the 1952-1953 TV season. Sponsored by Cameo Stockings
, the show featured Italian actor Renzo Cesana
(who got discovered when Robert Rossellini produced a play Cesana wrote when he was 16!) purring seductively into the camera, while offering "sham-pan-ya" to an offscreen lady friend. Best known for inspiring a series of Saturday Night Live sketches
starring Christopher Walken
, the show inspired parodies in its own era, such as this Popeye cartoon
(where Bluto tries to seduce Olive Oyl by posing as "The International"), a Jerry Lewis skit
on the Colgate Comedy Hour
that imagines the Continental as played by Marlon Brando, and a Pepe Le Pew cartoon where our amorous skunk attempts to seduce the feline object of his affection in The Cat's Bah
. Unfortunately, Internet footage of the real show appears to be nonexistent, although you can buy some love songs
recorded by the Continental off EBay.
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