Texaco Star Theater

12/25/1951

Season 4, Ep 15, Aired 12/25/51
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  • Episode Description
  • Miltie's Christmas guests include: opera star Rise Stevens; pioneering radio vocalist Jessica Dragonette; Cab Calloway; and Rudy Vallee. Berle plays Father Time in a grocery store during the Christmas rush; The finale is a recreation of Vallee's old radio show featuring Dragonette and Calloway.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Milton Berle

    Star

  • Alan Roth

    Bandleader

  • Sid Stone

    Texaco Pitchman

  • Fatso Marco

    Series Regular

  • Cab Calloway

    Himself

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  • Notes (2)

    • Texaco's two-year contract with Milton Berle ends 6/30/1952, at which point he becomes exclusive property of NBC (under that whopping 30-year contract he signed with the network). According to Billboard magazine (12/22/1951), Texaco is undecided about continuing to sponsor the show. The talent and time charges will increase considerably at that point, so NBC is considering selling a shared sponsorship for next season. In Pittsburgh, the only TV station in the city is WDTV owned by Dumont. To keep the series on the air in that market, Texaco was forced to agree to their demand to air Berle only every other week. The alternate weeks, WDTV will air DuMont's Keep Posted and half of Frank Sinatra's CBS series. it is the only station in the country not carrying the weekly show every week.

    • This show was Sid Stone's final appearance as Texaco's fast-talking pitchman.

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