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Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 12/13/54
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  • Episode Description
  • "Foreign correspondents and stars of show business present a 90-minute tribute to former colleagues. The Overseas Press Club Memorial Building in Manhattan is dedicated with a program saluting the men who have died serving the cause of a free press. Funds for the building were donated by organizations and individuals. Tonight's show was been arranged by Overseas Press Club members. John Daly will represent them as host. Bob Hope, who toured the world entertaining American troops, is featured in a scene depicting his overseas stints. Robert E. Sherwood, noted American playwright, contributes a dramatic vignette based on a scene of decision in the life of the great war correspondent, Ernie Pyle. Title: The making of an American correspondent. Richard Rodgers, the composer, conducts the orchestra in excerpts from Victory at sea, his score for the award-winning film series. No other love, drawn from a melody in this score, is sung by Perry Como. Sid Caesar, accompanied by thick accent, is the guest celebrity, just returned from Europe, on an extraordinary session of Meet the press. Carl Reiner, Sid's regular sidekick, presides as moderator, and sharp-tongued reporter Lawrence Spivak holds his customary chair on the panel. Milton Caniff has designed a comedy ballet based on his popular comic strip, Steve Canyon. In this thrilling episode, Steve tries to rescue Summer Smith from foreign forces. He falls into the clutches of the gorgeous but evil Copper Calhoon. Tony Charmoli, who creates the dances on Hit parade, has also choreographed this. Eddie Fisher, in Hollywood, addresses his brother, Alvin, in New York. Alvin is recently back from Korea, and Eddie brings him up to date on the songs he's missed with a medley of hits. Count your blessings, the presidential request number, is also sung by Eddie. Perry Como, accompanied by the Ray Charles Singers and the Mitch Ayres Orchestra, sing his current hit, Home for the holidays. Martha Raye is also scheduled to sing a number or two. Marian Anderson famed contralto, offers a spiritual. Carl Sandburg poet and biographer, dedicates the Memorial Building. Reporters: H.V. Kaltenborn, Bob Considine, Quentine Reynolds, Margaret Bourke-White and Hal Boyle will be among those to appear".moreless

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  • Bob Hope

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  • Perry Como

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  • Eddie Fisher

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  • Sid Caesar

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  • Ray Walston

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  • Notes (1)

    • On December 7, 1952, Edward R. Murrow appeared as a mystery guest on the game show What's My Line? At the time, he was soliciting donations and awareness for the Overseas Press Club Memorial Building Fund. John Daly presented a check to him.

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