Playhouse 90

Season 2 Episode 6

Around the World in 90 Minutes

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Oct 17, 1957 on CBS
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Around the World in 90 Minutes
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For this week only, Playhouse 90 suspends its usual dramatic format to telecast a remote from Madison Square Garden. There producer Michael Todd is throwing a big party for some 18,000 guests to celebrate the first anniversary of the Broadway opening of his film Around the world in 80 days. Elizabeth Taylor (Mrs. Todd) is hostess. Many celebrities are invited, and some entertainers will perform.moreless

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      • On the first anniversary of the release of his film Around the World in 80 Days, producer Mike Todd and his wife Elizabeth Taylor invited 18,000 of their "close friends" to a Madison Square Garden extravaganza. Boasting a long list of celebrities, an enormous cake and music from Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler, Todd conned the CBS program Playhouse 90 into covering the spectacle live. But when the crowd got out of control, a bland publicity stunt turned into a giant food fight. Cronkite recalls the disastrous night.

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