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Don Mahoney and Jeanna Clare with Their Kiddie Troupers (1970)

Shawna Rodriguez

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  •  A group of children deliver a Carmen Miranda-inspired performance 
  •  Don Mahoney introduces actress Annette O’Toole. O’Toole, a Houston native, was allegedly discovered after appearing on the program as a small child.  
  •  O’Toole relives her first appearance on the show and talks about her upcoming role on The Partridge Family 
  •  O’Toole sings “Didn’t We” 
  •  O’Toole was not the only performer to get her start on Don Mahoney and Jeanna Clare with Their Kiddie Troupers. Musicians Johnny and Edgar Winter—brothers and Beaumont natives—also made their debut on the program 
  •  Children from the Niland School of Dance in Pearland perform a routine to “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”  
  •  A boy sings “Angels in the Sky” while accompanying himself on guitar 
  •  Mahoney asks O’Toole about her appearance in the television series The Men from Shiloh (originally known as The Virginian) 
  •  Mahoney’s daughter Claire performs a tap dance to “Sleigh Ride,” then her sister Maria sings “The Christmas Song” 
  •  Jeanna Clare sings a musical rendition of the Lord’s Prayer 
  •  Outtakes 
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Don Mahoney and Jeanna Clare with Their Kiddie Troupers was a weekly local television program first broadcast on KPRC-TV and then on KHTV Channel 39 in Houston. On the air for nearly 30 years, the program adopted a talent show format in order to showcase musical performances by local children. In this episode—broadcast on Channel 39 on December 20, 1970—hosts Mahoney and Clare welcome actress Annette O’Toole back to the “ranch.” O’Toole, a Houston native, made her first television appearance as a guest on the program at the age of two. After chatting with Mahoney about working in Hollywood, she sings “Didn’t We.” Given the proximity to Christmas, many of the other children’s performances come from holiday tunes like “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “The Christmas Song.” Clare also sings a musical rendition of the Lord’s Prayer. In between segments, a voice-over narrator promotes Mohoney and Clare’s branded Barrel O’ Chicken restaurant chain and color photo business.