Toast of the Town

CBS (ended 1955)
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  • Welcome to the Toast of the Town guide at The Toast of the Town guide covers the first 7 seasons of Ed Sullivan's long-running variety series. (Seasons 8 through 23 are on the The Ed Sullivan Show guide.) In 1948, the fledgling CBS television network was planning a weekly variety series. Newpaper columnist Ed Sullivan was chosen as host. The series premiered on June 20, 1948. From the very first broadcast, Mr. Sullivan was criticized for his lack of charisma. He looked stiff, awkward and uncomfortable. But Sullivan had an understanding of show business and his show gradually gained a following. On September 18, 1955, the series was given its new title The Ed Sullivan Show Thanks to everyone who's helped on this guide, including: --Jim Brent (of Burbank, CA), who provided most of the guest lists from 1952 through 1960.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 8 : Ep 1

    Seasons 8 - 23 (26Sep55 through 28Mar71) are on the "Ed Sullivan Show" guide

    Aired 9/18/55

  • S 7 : Ep 54

    September 18, 1955: U.S. Navy Talent Show

    Aired 9/18/55

  • S 7 : Ep 53

    September 11, 1955: Jane Russell & Jeanne Crain, The Ames Brothers, Phil Silvers & the "Bilko" cast

    Aired 9/11/55

  • S 7 : Ep 52

    September 4, 1955

    Aired 9/4/55

  • S 7 : Ep 51

    August 28, 1955

    Aired 8/28/55

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ed Sullivan


  • Bern Bennett

    Announcer (1948-1949)

  • Ralph Paul

    Announcer (1964-1971)

  • Art Hannes

    Announcer (1949-1964)

  • Eartha Kitt


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  • TomAlger

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    User Score: 1837


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Phil Rizzuto was the 1950 American League MVP

    • Yogi Berra was voted the American League MVP in 1951.

    Notes (49)

    • The Show airs at 9:00-10:00pm on CBS-TV Sunday. This is Season 1 of "THE TOAST OF THE TOWN" on CBS-TV.

    • This is the 1st broadcast of "THE TOAST OF THE TOWN" on Sunday June 20, 1948 on the fledging CBS Television Network.

    • This is the Last Show of "The TOAST OF THE TOWN" at the 9:00-10:00pm Time Slot.

    • "The TOAST OF THE TOWN" moved to 9:30-10:30pm for the 1st time.

    • Only the audio from this episode is known to survive. According to Heritage Radio Classics no known kinescope exists.

    • The season break (start of 2nd season) has been estimated.

    • According to the Chicago Tribune, this was the first episode broadcast in Chicago. It aired on WGN, channel 9, Sunday, December 19 at 8:00pm. Because the coaxal cable between NYC and Chicago had not yet been completed, WGN-9 aired a kinescope (16mm film) of this episode.
      Apparently, WGN did not remain a CBS affiliate for very long. In September 1949, WBKB, channel 4 became Chicago's CBS affiliate. (WBKB changed its call letters to WBBM in Febuary 1953, and moved to channel 2 in July 1953).

    • Patsy Kelly and Roger Price were scheduled to appear on this show. But they're not listed on the above transcript.

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    Trivia (3)

    • Pert Kelton appears as Alice Kramden in the Honeymooners skit. This is the only time that Pert would appear as Alice other than on Gleason's Dumont show.

    • The Georgia Tech Glee Club appeared on a program with both Teresa Brewer and Harry Belafonte, either this week or the week following.

    • Keith E. Fisher, United States Air Force Tops In Blues, "Male Vocalist Winner", sings "That Old Black Magic" in this episode.

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