Ford Startime

Season 1 Episode 13

Meet Cyd Charisse

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Dec 29, 1959 on NBC
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Meet Cyd Charisse
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Musical variety episode starring dancer Cyd Charisse, with guest stars comedienne Eve Arden; dancer James Mitchell; Charisse's husband, singer Tony Martin, and a company of over twenty dancers. Includes Charisse and Mitchell in a dramatic ballet set on the Hong Kong waterfront, involving an ill-fated romance between an Oriental entertainer and a thief; Charisse and Mitchell in a romantic dance story set to Gershwin's Love Walked In; Martin in song and dance numbers with wife Charisse and two featured dancers; and Arden and dancer Ray Kellogg educating coffeehouse beatniks on the dance and music of the flapper generation. Come Away With Me / performed by Cyd Charisse -- Cocktail party/Love Walked In (sketch) / performed by Charisse, James Mitchell, Eve Arden, and dance ensemble -- Tres Chic / performed by Tony Martin, Dana Lorenson, and Diane Frederick -- Baubles, Bangles, and Beads / performed by Charisse and Arden -- For the Very First Time / performed by Charisse and Martin -- Hong Kong Ballet / performed by Charisse, Mitchell, and ensemble -- Coffee house sketch / performed by Arden, Ray Kellogg, and ensemble -- Arrivederci Roma / performed by Martin -- Tropical Rhythms / performed by Charisse and dance ensemble -- The Last Dance / performed by Charisse, Arden, Mitchell, Martin, and ensemble.moreless

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      • The "Love Walked In" dance by Charisse and James Mitchell is included in the "Let's Dance" episode of the third season of the PBS series "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" that premiered in April 2013.

      • The opening number "Come Away with Me" can be viewed at this page for the Michael Feinstein American Songbook PBS TV show: http://www.pbs.org/arts/work/michael-feinstein-cyd-charisse/

      • Sections from the program with Eve Arden are included as extras on the DVD set for Arden's TV show "The Mothers-In-Law," released in July 2010.

      • The original 2" color videotape for this program has been used as a test case for the restoration of old television videotape recordings by the Association of Moving Image Archivists. Restored segments were shown at AMIA gatherings in 2009 and 2010.

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