Toast of the Town

October 31, 1954: Grantland Rice Tribute

Season 7, Ep 8, Aired 10/31/54
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  • Episode Description
  • Grantland Rice tribute (a salute to the late sportscaster): --Ed Sullivan reads passage from Grantland Rice's book "The Tumult & The Shouting" --Audience bows: Notre Dame's "Four Horsemen" (Harry Stuhldreher Don Miller, Jim Crowley & Elmer Layden) --Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - reads "The Ghost Of The Argonne" written by Grantland Rice. --Audience bows: Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Mrs. Babe Ruth, Earle Sande, Vincent Richards, Doc Blanchard, Johnny Weissmuller, Gene Sarazin, Col. Eddie Egan. Additional guests: --Nat King Cole - "It's Crazy," "Smile," "Hajii Baba" and "Lover Come Back To Me." --Bert Lahr & Art Carney (comedy sketch) - sports announcer interviews an old time baseball player. --Genevieve (French singer) - "Les Marins" & "A La Bastille." --Andres Segovia (Spanish guitarist, performs Menuet & Venezuelan dance songs) --Audience bow: Dorothy Dandridge (followed by film clip from "Carmen Jones")moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bern Bennett

    Announcer (1948-1949)

  • Ed Sullivan

    Host

  • Ralph Paul

    Announcer (1964-1971)

  • Art Hannes

    Announcer (1949-1964)

  • Nat King Cole

    Himself

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