The Bell Telephone Hour

NBC (ended 1968)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 10 : Ep 9

    Jazz -- The Intimate Art

    Aired 4/26/68

  • S 10 : Ep 8

    Going to Bethlehem

    Aired 4/14/68

  • S 10 : Ep 7

    Opera: Two to Six

    Aired 3/22/68

  • S 10 : Ep 6

    The Man Who Dances: Edward Villella

    Aired 3/8/68

  • S 10 : Ep 5

    Casals at Marlboro

    Aired 12/29/67

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mel Brandt


  • The Bell Telephone Orchestra

  • Donald Voorhees


  • Carol Lawrence


  • James Daly


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  • show Description
  • The Bell Telephone Hour was a musical show which aired on NBC from 1959 to 1968. Adapted from the radio series of the same name which ran on the NBC radio network from 1940 to 1958, The Bell Telephone Hour showcased the best in classical and Broadway music each week. Featuring The Bell Telephone Orchestra, conducted by Donald Voorhees. The show's announcer was Mel Brandt. From Ballet to Broadway, from stage to screen, the talent was the biggest and best. Award winning series the for 10 years held a captive audience.moreless

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    • Harry Belafonte's illness *he was hospitalized due to a respiratory infection) precluded his appearance "live", but a repeat of his taped visit from January 1959.

    • Rosemary Clooney who was scheduled to be on the program, refused to go on because of a song. At the time Rosemary likely quit because of her pending divorce from Jose Ferrer.

    • News item: Liza Minnelli was originally announced to appear but was hospitalized due to illness. Susan Watson took her place.

    • Title also listed as "An Almanac for February". (New York Public Library copy)

    • This episode salutes the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln and other February anniversaries.

    • The program features artists in the fields of classical, concert, opera, jazz, and popular music and ballet and interpretative dance. This episode marks the 1,000th performance of the combined radio and television The Bell Telephone Hour series. The opening of the first radio program is presented. Host Shirley Jones shows still photographs of some of the artists who have appeared on the program. The Bell Telephone Hour was on radio for 18 years.

    • Due to Gwen Verdon's last-minute withdrawal from the program, the emphasis of the Telephone Hour's 1,001st broadcast switches from musical comedy to classics. The replacements are the noted Russian violinists, David Oistrakh and his son Igor, making their debut on U.S. television.

    • Title listed as "The Finest in Music and Dance".

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    Trivia (1)

    • In less than three years since his graduation. Husmann has a long list of credits. He has appeared on Broadway in "Fiorello", "Tenderloin" and as an understudy to Anthony Perkins in the short-lived "Greenwillow". He also toured with the "Tenderloin" company and played in "Brigadoon" in Dallas.

      At Northwestern Ron Husmann starred in Waa-Mu. University Theatre and Party of Six, a group of student entertainers sponsored by the university.

      In December 1959, he married a Northwestern coed, the former Patsy Peterson. They have a six-month-old son, Mark and make their home in New York City.

      In tonight's show, Ron will be featured with Howard Keel, Martha Wright and Ray Bolger, in a show dedicated to the music of Rodgers and Hart.

      Later this year, Ron will appear on The Jack Paar Show and in December will go into rehearsal for Josh Logan's new musical, "All American", a spoof on college life.
      After out-of-town tryouts, the show will open in the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway February 21.

      To spotlight Ron's current musical successes, Capitol records has released an album featuring him in a selection of songs done in the Frank Sinatra

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