Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine - Season 1

CBS (ended 1966)




Episode Guide

  • 5/25/1963
    Episode 30
    For an episode titled "Gleason Gaities", Jackie features regulars and staff members in a talent review. Alice Ghostley sings "April in Fairbanks". Writer Snag Werris performs a rope trick and writer Hank Ladd delivers a monologue. The June Taylor Dancers perform to "I Love a Piano". The Dixieland Sextet performs "St. Louis Blues". The show's finale is a Coney Island sketch set as an old-time slapstick comedy, climaxing in a massive pie-throwing fight.moreless
  • 5/18/1963
    Episode 29
    Jackie Gleason's guests include comics Phil Foster, Bobby Seals, Jack Pearl and Cliff Hall and 20-year-old singer Jackie Deshannon in her national TV debut. Seals joins Gleason for his monologue. Foster does a stand-up about men, married vs. single. Pearl and Hall do a "Baron Munchausen" routine. Joe the Bartender chats with Crazy Guggenheim about a painting exhibit and sings "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight". Deshannon sings "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby" and "Just In Time".moreless
  • 5/11/1963
    Episode 28
    Jackie Gleason's guests include singer Jack Jones and comedian Pat Cooper. Crazy Guggenheim visits with Joe the Bartender to chats about Angelo's Barber Shop and the two duet on "Sweet Adeline". Cooper does celebrity impressions with a Spanish delivery.
  • 5/4/1963
    Episode 27
    Jackie Gleason's guests include Henny Youngman and jazz group the Don Francks Trio. During Gleason's monologue, bandleader Sammy Spear plays the trumpet. Crazy Guggenheim chats with Joe the Bartender about a neighborhood party, then sings "Shine On, Harvest Moon". Don Francks Trio performs "You Do Something To Me" and "Bye Bye Bluebird". Youngman instigates "Sing Along with Henny".moreless
  • 4/27/1963
    Episode 26
    Jackie Gleason's guest is comedian Jackie Miles. Miles performs a routine in the "Comedian's Classics" segment. Alice Ghostley returns to join Gleason in an "Arthur and Agnes" story; Crazy tells Joe the Bartender the "true" story of George Washington.
  • 4/20/1963
    Episode 25
    Jackie Gleason's guests include a new singer Bobbi Martin and Georgie Kaye in the "Comedian's Classics" segment doing his "psycho" routine. Crazy Guggenheim visits Joe the Bartender and sings "Let Me Call You Sweetheart". Marin sings "When You're Smilin'"
  • 4/13/1963
    Episode 24
    Jackie Gleason's guests are radio comedians Jack Pearl (aka Baron Munchausen) and Cliff Hall. In the "Comedian's Classics" segment, Pearl and Hall are joined by Don Saxon for the old shell game with lemons. Blackout subjects include teenagers on the phone, deep sea divers, secretaries' coffee breaks, reluctant burglars and baby sitters.moreless
  • 4/6/1963
    Episode 23
    Jackie Gleason's guests are comics Al Kelly and Johnny Morgan and San Francisco folk-gospel vocalists Joe Gilbert and Eddie Brown. Morgan appears in the "Comedian's Classics" segment. Crazy Guggenheim talks with Joe the Bartender about spring and sings "Girl of My Dreams". Double-talker Kelly gives Jackie grief about an award. Joe and Eddie perform "There Is a Meeting Here Tonight" and "Lonely Traveler".moreless
  • 3/30/1963
    Episode 22
    Jacie Gleason's guest include comedians Rip Taylor and Georgie Kaye and impressionist Laura Lane. Gleason and Alice Ghostley appear in a "Arthur and Agnes" sketch where Arthur gives his girl a gift he found on the subway: a wig. Lane does impressions of Della Reese, Roberta Sherwood and Ethel Merman; Rip does Louis Armstrong singing "Mack the Knife". The June Taylor Dancers do a production number to "The Lady Is a Tramp".moreless
  • 3/16/1963
    Episode 21
    Jackie Gleason's guests include comedians Rip Taylor and Jackie Miles and singer Jack Jones. Taylor joins Gleason in his opening monologue for another tearful account of his problems. Miles performs a monologue in the "Comedian's Classics" segment. Crazy Guggenheim gives Joe the Bartender a birthday gift before singing "Til We Meet Again". The June Taylor Dancers perform a production number to "Ridin' High". Jack Jones sings "Call Me Irresponsible" and "I Love Paris".moreless
  • 3/9/1963
    Episode 20
    Jackie Gleason's guests include comedian Rip Taylor and comedy team Cliff Hall and Jack Pearl. Pearl, known on 1930s radio as "Baron Munchausen", performs an old radio routine with Hall in the "Comedian's Classics" segment. Taylor tearfully recounts his recent car accident to Jackie. Gleason provides a dramatic reading of "Apology at Midnight". Crazy Guggenheim visits Joe the Bartender and performs "If I Had My Way".moreless
  • 2/23/1963
    Episode 19
    Jackie Gleason's guests include singer Kenny Karen and comedians Rip Taylor and Jackie Miles. In blackouts, lampoons of Fidel Castro, Las Vegas, "vanishing" cream, spring training, and a new method of growing hair. Rip Taylor joins Gleason for the opening monologue. Crazy Guggenheim talks with Joe the Bartender about butcher shops before singing "Have You Ever Been Lonely?" Gleason, as Arthur, delivers Agnes, Alice Ghostley, Japanese flowers in an "Arthur and Agnes" sketch. Jackie performs a reading of "To a Sleeping Beauty". Kenny Karen sings "What Kind of Fool Am I?" and "Cotton Fields".moreless
  • 2/16/1963
    Episode 18
    Jackie Gleason's guests are comedians Rip Taylor and Johnny Morgan. Taylor interrupts Jackie's opening monologue to cry about his problems. Johnny Morgan performs in the "Comedian's Classics" segment. Crazy Guggenheim discusses his son with Joe the Bartender before singing "I'll Get By". Also, Reggie Van Gleason III becomes a hot dog vendor in Central Park and serves only the classiest clientele.moreless
  • 2/2/1963
    Episode 17
    Jackie Gleason's guests are comedian Larry Storch and comedy writer/actress Selma Diamond. In sketches, Diamond plays a female reporter with the "American Scene Magazine"; Crazy tells Joe the Bartender about driving without a license, his stubborn Aunt Harriet, and sings "I'll be Loving You Always"; Rum Dum attempts to eat in an Automat; Storch performs a comedy monologue. Gleason is presented with an award from Christmas Seals.moreless
  • 1/26/1963
    Episode 16
    Jackie Gleason's guest is comedian Jackie Miles who performs in the "Comedian's Classics" segment. In blackouts, the targets include laundromats, space launches, Mona Lisa, and the Doublemint Twins from TV commercials. The cast joins Jackie for a spoof of Lolita. Crazy Guggenheim talks with Joe the Bartender about nightmares before singing "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles".moreless
  • 1/12/1963
    Episode 15
    Jackie Gleason's guests are brothers Wayne and Jerry Newton and comedian George Jessel. Gleason returns as oily TV pitchman Stanley R. Sogg hawking the Mother Fletcher home freezer. Crazy Googenheim chats with Joe the Bartender about television commercials and sings "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now". Jessel cracks quips with Gleason and performs "My Mother's Eyes". Gleason and Fontaine are destructive exterminators after a mouse. The June Taylor Dancers perform a production number featuring "But Not For Me". Wayne and Jerry Newton sing "Swanee" and "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You".moreless
  • 12/29/1962
    Episode 14
    Jackie Gleason's guests are Paul Anka and comedian George Jessel, who interrupts the monologue to sing "My Mother's Eyes". In sketches, Crazy Guggenheim discusses cold weather and past New Year's Eve parties with Joe the Bartender and sings "Auld Lang Syne". Gleason and Alice Ghostley appear as Arthur and his girlfriend Agnes. Arthur meets Agnes' father, played by Coley Worth. Fontaine and Gleason play the world's worst pair of linoleum layers. Anka performs "Love Makes the World Go Round" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love".moreless
  • 12/22/1962
    Episode 13
    The entire program displays the powers of prestidigitation belonging to that great magician Reginald Van Gleason III. Joining him is real magician Milbourne Christopher who performs various classics like sawing a woman in half and levitation. In a new trick, a cake is baked in Frank Fontaine's hat. Two big productions numbers revolve around magic, including one in which Jackie is playing with toy soldiers that turn into the June Taylor Dancers.moreless
  • 12/15/1962
    Episode 12
    Jackie Gleason guests include dialect expert Don Tannen and comic vocalist June Forrest who join Jackie in the monologue. Also featured are 7-year-old Diane Gardner who appeared with Gleason in Gigot and bird-whistling comics from vaudeville The Arnaut Brothers in the "Comedian's Classics" segment. Crazy Guggenheim discusses Christmas shopping with Joe the Bartender. In a change of pace, Gleason reads the poems "What Is a Boy?" and "What Is a Girl?".moreless
  • 12/8/1962
    Episode 11
    Jackie Gleason's guests are "King of the One-Liners" Henny Youngman and comic Stan Ross. In sketches, Run Dum goes grocery shopping and leave the store a disaster; Joe the Bartender talks with Crazy Guggenheim about teen marriages before Crazy sings "When Your Hair Has Turned to Silver". In the "Comedian's Classics" segment, Youngman performs a monologue about his mother-in-law. Subjects covered in blackouts include a military obstacle course, a soup dispensing machine, wallpapering, and an unusual monkey grinder.moreless
  • 12/1/1962
    Episode 10
    Jackie Gleason's guests include Phil Foster and Walter Dare Wahl performing in the "Comedian's Classic" segment.
    Crazy Guggenheim and Joe the Bartender discuss Crazy's cheap brother-in-law before performing the song "If You Were the Only Girl in the World". TV pitchman Stanley R. Sogg ("R" is for "Reliable") does a commercial for the Mother Fletcher Mail Order Company and her new do-it-yourself fur coat kit. Reggie Van Gleason III in a tag team match with professional wrestlers Lou Albano, "Skull" Murphy and Arnold Skoland.
    In blackouts, a kid version of Huntley/Brinkley, duck hunters, loan offices, and Russian rocket launches.moreless
  • 11/24/1962
    Episode 9
    Jackie Gleason's guest is comedian Harvey Stone.
    Stone performs his doughboy bit in the "Comedian's cs" segment; Joe the Bartender with Crazy Guggenheim's version of the first Thanksgiving. Crazy then performs "Heart of My Heart"; Jackie and Alice Ghostley perform an Arthur and Agnes sketch, and Gleason and Fontaine are destructive exterminators trying to get a mouse out of the house of Howard Freeman and Sybil Bowman.
    Blackout topics include a family at the White House, an angry writer, and a prison escape.moreless
  • 11/17/1962
    Episode 8
    Jackie Gleason's guests are Lucille Patton, Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus, and Jan Crockett. Sketches include lovebirds Arthur and Agnes on the doorstep with a visit from her father, and an "Overweights Anonymous" meeting with Jackie as a big eater and Frank Fontaine as the friend who conquered his battle of the bulge. Blackouts feature take-offs on flying saucers, Fidel Castro and from TV Ben Casey, Loretta Young, and Sing Along with Mitch (Miller).moreless
  • 11/10/1962
    Episode 7

    Jackie Gleason's guests are comedian Steve Evans and singer Teresa Brewer. Teresa sang 'You Came a Long Way From St. Louis' and 'Take Love Easy'. Sketches include Gleason and Frank Fontaine playing incompetent linoleum layers and Arthur and Alice with a bag of broken cookies. Blackout topics include "The Twist", defacing subway posters, and laundromats. Joe the Bartender listens to Crazy Guggenheim lament his old neighborhood being torn down. Crazy then sings "That Old Gang of Mine." The June Taylor Dancers perform a waltz.

  • 11/3/1962
    Episode 6
    Jackie Gleason's guests are Ken Whitmore and vaudeville comedy team Smith and Dale (who perform their famous "Dr. Kronkite" routine) in a segment called "Comedians Classics".
    Whitmore, "Professor of Music Comedy," plays his wacky musical instruments; Joe the Bartender hears from Crazy Guggenheim about his cousin the dog catcher and elections; Fontaine performs "Always"; "Arthur and Agnes" sketch featuring Gleason and Alice Ghostley; Jackie as a matador in a bullring production number.
    Blackout topics include bakery automation, fathers buying balloons in the park, and a pianist with very heavy hands.moreless
  • 10/27/1962
    Episode 5
    Jackie Gleason's guests are comic actress Cara Williams and dancer Jan Crockett. A pantomime sketch involves Cara and Jackie as a couple in the morning, doing battle with a coffee pot, a baby and a dog. Crazy talks with Joe the Bartender about Halloween and sings "When Your Heart Turns to Silver". Blackouts include bits on recovering space capsules, judo, washing a wig, and television weather reports.moreless
  • 10/20/1962
    Episode 4
    Jackie Gleason's guests include Art Carney and Tony Bennett and Sue Ann Langdon (as Alice Kramden). Tony Bennett sings "From This Moment On" and his signature tune "I Left My Heart in San Francisco". In The Honeymooners, Ralph and Ed attempt to watch a Harvard/yale football game on television. At the shows conclusion, Gleason pays tribute to his longtime friend and co-star Carney.moreless
  • 10/13/1962
    Episode 3
    Jackie Gleason's guests include impressionist Elliot Reid. Elliot Reid impersonates President John F. Kennedy in a debate with Reggie Van Gleason III. Also, an "Arthur and Agnes" sketch featuring Alice Ghostley.
  • 10/6/1962
    Episode 2
    Jackie Gleason welcomes back Jerry and Wayne Newton and comic Paul Lynde. Joe the Bartender and Crazy Guggenheim discuss Christopher Columbus. Gleason plays a golf match against Gary Snead (Lynde). The American Scene blackouts take on political conventions, evading a parking ticket, and getting one for littering. Lynde and Gleason run amuck at a friendship club for those over 38. The Newton Brothers perform "Bill Bailey".moreless
  • 9/29/1962
    Episode 1
    This is the premiere episode of Jackie Gleason's new variety series. Guests include Art Carney, who joins Jackie for a reprise of The Honeymooners, and brothers Wayne and Jerry Newton in their national TV debut.
    Joe the Bartender and Crazy Guggenheim talk about pay-TV and that really fat comedian Jackie Gleason. A musical take-off on The Untouchables called The Retouchables featuring Jackie as crime fighter "Elliott Flesh". In The Honeymooners, Ralph wants Ed to get serious about civil defense and spend a week in the basement/air raid shelter. They consider this better than taking their wives on a trip to Atlantic City. Trouble reaches a peak when Ralph & Ed attempt to sleep in bunk beds and Ed bursts a pipe.moreless