The Steve Allen Show

NBC (ended 1960)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 30

    Mort Sahl; Diana Dors

    Aired 6/6/60

  • S 5 : Ep 29

    Jonathan Winters; Phil Haris; Patrice Munsel

    Aired 5/30/60

  • S 5 : Ep 28

    Ginger Rogers; Tony Bennett; Erroll Garner; Henny Youngman

    Aired 5/16/60

  • S 5 : Ep 26

    Charles Laughton; Martha Raye; Mark Murphy

    Aired 4/18/60

  • S 5 : Ep 25

    Charlton Heston; Rise Stevens; Jerry Vale; Jackie Mason

    Aired 4/11/60

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steve Allen

    Host

  • Tom Poston

    Series Regular

  • Don Knotts

    Series Regular

  • Pat Harrington Jr.

    Series Regular

  • Joyce Jameson

    Series Regular

  • show Description
  • The Steve Allen Show premiered June 24, 1956. For most of the series' run, NBC scheduled The Steve Allen Show Sundays at 8:00pm opposite CBS's "Ed Sullivan Show."

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  • Notes (19)

    • The members of the All-American College Basketball Team include Wilt Chamberlain, Guy Rodgers, and Frank Howard.

    • Steve welcomes Johnson Wax Company of Racine, Wisconsin as their new alternate week sponsor.

    • This is the first episode of the series to be telecast in color. It opens with the now-famous NBC color peacock--laying an egg!

    • Walter Kennedy of the NBA does play-by-play commentary during the ballgame. Globetrotters owner Abe Saperstein introduces his team, which includes Roman Turmon, Clarence Wilson, Andy Johnson, Meadowlark Lemon, Leon Hillard, and Tom Spencer.

    • Gene Rayburn plugs Steve's new album Romantic Rendezvous.

    • Actor Charlie Ruggles was credited in this episode as Charles Ruggles.

    • The pitches leading into the Johnson Wax commercials, generally handled by Steve Allen and Gene Rayburn, are done in the New York studios by Cliff Norton.

    • Steve points out that this episode is not broadcast in color.

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    Trivia (29)

    • Gene Rayburn pitches "The Best of Steve Allen" album available only by mail from sponsor Woodbury Soap.

    • Chicago Bears appearing include Harlon Hill, William Wightkin, Herman Clark, Larry Strickland, Tom Roggeman, Ed Brown, Kline Gilbert, Bobby Watkins, Bill McColl, Gene Schroeder, John Hoffman, former Bears player Clyde "Bulldog" Turner, and head coach Paddy Driscoll.

    • Steve and Joe E. Brown plug the actor's 1956 autobiography Laughter Is a Wonderful Thing.

    • Steve wears a bathrobe with the name "Mr. Sullivan" on the back. (Ed Sullivan was his competition on CBS.)

    • This week's "Billboard Girl" (the beauty who came out with a photo album to help Steve promote next week's guests) was Gia Scala. The famously unstable Italian actress suddenly burst into tears and was quickly escorted from the stage as Steve forged ahead with the guest photos.

    • Celebrities seen during the live remote from Alberghetti's birthday party at the Coconut Grove: Anthony Perkins, Louella Parsons, Vic Damone and wife, Marie Wilson, Peter Potter, McGuire Sisters, Marie Wilson, Dorothy Malone, Wendell Corey and wife, and Hy Averback.

    • The name of the belligerent interviewee, played by Louis Nye, is Dwight Hemion. That's the name of the show's regular director.

    • Marilyn Johnson is this week's "Billboard Girl".

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    Allusions (1)

    • The Honeymooners are referenced in the sketch about the jealous wife. At the end of the sketch, Steve tells Audrey Meadows, "Baby, you're the greatest!", sweeps her into his arms and gives her a big kiss. When Steve returns to the stage, he's wearing a big cushy bathrobe as Jackie Gleason did in the close of the shows.

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