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Season 1 Episode 1

The Wonderful World of Entertainment

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Oct 06, 1959 on NBC
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The Wonderful World of Entertainment
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Musical variety episode revolving around the music of the 1930s through 1950s, in which the history of show business--including motion pictures, radio, television, and vaudeville--is used as a thread to hold together the songs, sketches, and dances. This series premiere was hosted by Rosalind Russell. Introduction by Rosalind Russell -- 1927 narration with film clips by Russell -- Vaudeville sketch / performed by Polly Bergen, Eddie Foy, and Eddie Hodges -- Talkies movie clips of Greta Garbo and Al Jolson -- Herbert Morrison's radio broadcast on the Hindenburg disaster -- Radio in the '30s / performed by Kate Smith ; with audio clips of Fred Allen, Joe Penner, Edgar Bergen as Charlie McCarthy, Rudy Vallée, and Bing Crosby -- Western ballet / performed by Tommy Rall and ensemble -- Career girl sketch / performed by Russell and Ernie Kovacs -- Hit songs of the '40s (medley) / performed by Smith, Bergen, Foy, and Hodges -- War years comedy monologue / performed by Jack Paar -- Scene from Picnic / performed by Russell and Arthur O'Connell -- Hit songs ('50s medley) / performed by Smith, Bergen, Foy, and Hodges -- Television (monologue) / performed by Kovacs and Bergen -- Maurice Chevalier medley -- Let Me Entertain You finale.moreless

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