The Morey Amsterdam Show

CBS (ended 1950)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 79

    11/12/1950

    Aired 11/12/50

  • S 2 : Ep 78

    11/5/1950

    Aired 11/5/50

  • S 2 : Ep 77

    9/28/1950

    Aired 9/28/50

  • S 2 : Ep 76

    9/21/1950

    Aired 9/21/50

  • S 2 : Ep 75

    9/14/1950

    Aired 9/14/50

  • Cast & Crew
  • Art Carney

    Charlie, the Doorman/Newton, the Waiter

  • Morey Amsterdam

    Host

  • Jacqueline Susann

    Lola/Jackie, the Cigarette Girl

  • Johnny Guarnieri

    Pianist/Bandleader

  • Don Russell

    Announcer (on DuMont)

  • show Description
  • Morey Amsterdam, known as "the human joke machine" hosted this early TV series. It made the transition to television after six months on the CBS Radio Network. The setting was the fictional Golden Goose nightclub, a swanky spot in Times Square. Amsterdam was the club's emcee and introduced musical and comedy acts, as well as performing songs and monologues himself. Occasionally he'd break out his cello and play it in a comedy bit. (He was also the show's producer and writer.) Contributing to the onstage and "behind the scenes" comedy was Jacqueline Suzann as Lola, the hat check girl, and Art Carney as Charlie, the doorman (later to be changed to Newton, the waiter). CBS chose not to renew his contract, allowing it to run out and his show to end early in March 1949. In just a few weeks, the series was picked up by the DuMont network and telecast from the Adelphi Theatre. On the new network, the show, now set at the Silver Swan, aired for a year and a half. It was while the series was on DuMont that Jackie Gleason became impressed with Art Carney's work and hired him for his Saturday night series Cavalcade of Stars. You know the rest of that story.moreless

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  • Notes (7)

    • Next week's show (2/14/1949) is preempted, at least in New York City on WCBS, for coverage of the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show from madison Square Garden.

    • Next week's show (2/8/1949) is preempted for a basketball game between NYU and Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden. At least, that's the case in New York City on WCBS-TV.

    • This week's show ran a full hour, from 9-10pm. Arthur Godfrey cancelled that night's show as he was on vacation in Miami. Amsterdam's show help to fill the time period.

    • This is the final episode of The Morey Amsterdam Show for CBS. The series will soon be picked up by DuMont.

    • This is the premere episode of the series on the DuMont network. The series had ended its CBS run a month earlier on 3/7/1049.

    • Next week's show (6/23/1949) is preempted, at least in the New York City market on WABD, by a baseball game between Detroit and the NY Yankees.

    • Next week's show is pre-empted for baseball: Yankees vs. Cleveland.

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    • With this episode, the venue now becomes The Silver Swan Cafe, Jacqueline Suzann now plays Jackie, the cigarette girl, and Art Carney is Newton, the waiter (even though Morey calles him Charlie a couple of times).

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