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This is the premiere episode of Texaco Star Theater. Milton Berle is the first host (though he wouldn't become the official series star until the fall). His guests are Senor Wences, singer Pearl Bailey, flamenco dancers Rosario and Antonio, acrobatic act the Moroccans, double-talk comedian Al Kelly, harmonicist Stan Fisher, adagio dancers the Andreas, Betty Alexander (who welcomed the viewers), pitchman Sid Stone and the Russ Case orchestra. Bailey sings "Tired" and "Good Enough For Me." Berle becomes the lousy member of the Moroccans, Rosario and Antonio dance to "Capriccio Espagnol" and "Fire Dance."moreless
Harry Richman is the last-minute substitute host for a sick Berle. Guests are blonde female acrobatic dance duo the Costello Twins, comedy-musical quartet The Vagabonds, double-talk comedy team Willie Howard and Hal Gary, dancers Valerie Bettis and Duncan Noble, tap dance legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and singer Betty Reilly. With Texaco pitchman Sid Stone and Russ Case and his orchestra.moreless
Host is song and dance man of films and Broadway William Gaxton. Guests include singer Rose Murphy, Vaudevillian Jack Pearl, and the Beatrice Kraft dancers.
The host for this episode is Georgie Price. His guests include comedy acrobatic act The Acromaniacs, comedy musician/trumpeter Vic Hyde, Cuban dancers Raoul and Eva Reyes, comedian Jackie Miles, and dance team Buck & Bubbles (Ford L. "Buck" Washington & John W. Bubbles).
Comedian Henny Youngman, king of the one-liners, hosts this week's show. Guests are comedians Jean Carroll and Jack Carter, skating act The Whirlwinds, the Chandra Kaly Dancers, and Sharkey the Seal.
The scheduled host for this episode is Georgie Price with guests film comedian Bert Wheeler, comic performer Al Bernie, female juggler Trixie, and trick bicycle trio The Shyrettos.
Morey Amsterdam is the host. His guests include comedy team Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, comic/dancer Gil Lamb, child pianist "Sugar Chile" Robinson, vocalist Gracie Barrie, and acrobatic act The Emerald Sisters.
Comedian Jack Carter is the host of this episode. His guests include vaudeville comedy team Smith and Dale, acrobatic act the Winters Sisters, vaudeville comedians (Allan) Cross and (Henry) Dunn, ballroom dance team Landre and Verne and The Salici Puppets.
Smith and Dale perform their famed ""Dr. Kronkheit" routine.
Morey Amsterdam is the host for this week's show. Guests include singer Morton Downey, tap dancers Tip, Tap and Toe, comedian Jackie Miles, the Harmonicats, dancers Patricia Bowman and Rudy Kroelleur. and Jack Diamond.
Comedian Jack Carter is the host for this episode. His guests include comic actress Eve Arden, radio and stage comic Jack Pearl, comedian Herb Shriner, dancer Betty Bruce, and cycle act the Fredarrys Trio.
Peter Donald hosts. His guests are Broadway musical/comedy performer Willie Howard, comic performer Sid Caesar, Gil Maison and his dog act, dance team De Marios, and acrobatic act the Dewey Sisters. Milton Berle makes a cameo. Sid Caesar does his airplane bit (featured in 1946's Tars and Spars), and joins Peter Donald in a spoof of the United Nations.moreless
This show marks Milton Berle's "official" start as host of Texaco Star Theater, having been given the job earlier in the summer. His guests include big band singer Evelyn Knight, vaudeville comedy team Smith and Dale, roller skating act Four Carters, vaudevillians Park and Clifford, and Phil Silvers. Silvers teaches Berle how to sing, Smith and Dale perform their restaurant routine with Berle as the waiter, and Milton turns Sid Stone's Texaco pitch into a Chinese comedy bit.moreless
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include musical/comedy actress Mary McCarty, comic Lou Costello, tap dancers the Three Wiles, radio comedian Garry Moore, dancers the Szonys, and hillbilly music group the Ozark Mountaineers.
McCarty sings a song about a paid dance partner. Moore does a comic poem about a cow. Berle joins the Mountaineers as dopey Cousin Elmer. Berle also appears as a French dame in the Texaco commercial with Sid Stone.
Milton Berle's guests this week are entertainer Carmen Miranda, ballet dancers Paul Haakon and Barbara Carter, comics the Slate Brothers, vocal group the Charioteers, skating/acrobatic/dance act Ronnie and May Norman, and Chico Marx. Chico performs a piano number, Milton disrupts the Charioteers, and comes out dressed as Carmen to disrupt one of her numbers.moreless
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include: musical impersonator Florence Desmond, comic Joe Phillips, singer/comic entertainer Harry Richman, boxer-turned-actor "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, and drummer-in-blackface Jack Powell. Berle joins Desmond for a Tallulah Bankhead-Noel Coward takeoff on Private Lives.
Milton Berle's guests this week are Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard (aka, The Three Stooges), the Chee Heins Risley act, singer/dancer Jules Munshin, Borrah Minevitch's Harmonica Rascals featuring Johnny Puleo, 70-year-old dancer Emma Francis, and dancers Marge and Gower Champion. Munshin spoofs singers auditioning for the Met and the Champions spoof Broadway dancing styles. Berle disrupts the Chee Heins act and joins in with the Stooges. Francis does a soft shoe dance and joins with Berle for a big finish.moreless
Milton Berle's guests this week are child actress Verna Raymond, comic Sid Caesar, exotic Apache dance trio the Appletons, comic dancers/acrobats Dick and Dot Remy, radio actress Hope Miller, George M. Cohan Jr., and Three Maestros.
Berle opens the show with a corny flag-waving production featuring the song "Stay Away From the USA." He trades quips with precocious kid performer Raymond following her song-and-dance. Caesar does a routine about movie trailers and joins Berle and Miller in a sketch. Cohan closes the show with a medley of songs made famous by his father.
Uncle Miltie is the host of this election night episode. His guests are singer Gertrude Niesen, jugglers the Pierro Brothers, singer/musician Louis Prima, the comic Calgary Brothers, and the Cossack Quartet.
In the opening, Berle is carried onstage by impersonators of both Dewey and Truman. Prima sings "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and gags with Berle on trumpets for "Tiger Rag." The Cossack Quartet performs a Russian song before being joined by Berle for tomfoolery. The Calgary Brothers do their slow-motion drunk routine. Niesen sings "Wha' Hoppen, Baby" and joins Berle for "You're the Top." Milton stages an old vaudeville "Western Union" comedy sketch.
Milton Berle's guests are singer Luba Malina, dancers the Berry Brothers, comic Bert Wheeler, vocal group the Merry Macs, and child actress Verna Raymond. Malinda sings two songs (one a calypso number) and joins Berle and Wheeler in a sketch. Berle swaps insults with precocious Raymond and dances with the Berrys in a comedy encore.moreless
Milton Berle's guests include comic Red Buttons, guillotine act Russell Swan, comic act the Arnaut Brothers (brothers, dressed as birds, speak through whistling), singer Ella Logan, and acrobatic dancers the Crackerjacks.
Logan sings "Sunny Side of the Street" and "Little Bit of Heaven." Buttons is the customer in a loan shark sketch with Berle, and joins Stone in the Texaco commercial. Berle begs out of being victim to Swan's guillotine.
Uncle Miltie's scheduled guests include: Judy Canova, singers/comic brothers Dick and Gene (Wesson Brothers), dancers Mario and Florio, comic dance act Stump and Stumpy, and acrobatic act the Jansleys.
Milton Berle's guests are comic Jan Murray, vaudeville vocalist Joe Howard, singer/actress Janet Blair, comic tumbling act the Nonchalants, and dance team Five Cuban Diamonds.
Berle joins the Diamonds in a dance routine, and with Murray and Blair in a sketch lampoon of The Sea Wolf. Howard sings "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now," joined by Berle in drag. Murray does a monologue and Blair sings a couple of tunes.
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include: Vivian Blaine, comedian Buddy Lester, bandleader Ted Lewis, 7-year-old Danny Richards, Jr., singer/dancer Geraldine DuBois, and animal act Pallenberg's Bears.
Blaine sings a medley of songs from her films and Berle joins in for a song-and-dance finish. Lester does a stand-up routine. Milton trades quips with precocious child Danny. In the show's finale, Lewis is joined by singer DuBois and the rest of the cast in top hat and tails for "When My Baby Smiles at Me."
Milton's guests include: actor/vaudevillian James Barton, Metropolitan Opera star Lauritz Melchior. comedienne Lorraine Rognan, teeterboard act The Christians, and drummer Buddy Rich.
Melchior performs the song "Because". For his encore, he does "Figaro" in a Barber of Seville spoof. Set in a barbershop, he's giving customer Berle a shave. In another sketch, Berle and Barton are applying makeup on each other for a blackface routine; they're joined by Melchior for the number. Barton does a stand-up where he plays three drunks, and Rognan has Berle play straight man for her comedy routine.
Milton Berle's guests include comedian Henny Youngman, singer/actress Gracie Fields, boogie/woogie singer/pianist Maurice Rocco, child actress Verna Raymond, and actor/announcer Jack La Rue. Fields sings "Green-Up Time" and a comic version of "My Hero." She appears in a Western take-off with Berle and Youngman, and in a sentimental bit with Raymond. Youngman comes up through the audience as a concessioner and the two exchange insults; then, the two did a ballet send-up. LaRue plays a "tough guy" in a sketch.moreless
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include: dancers the Four Step Brothers, Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat, and Frank Marlowe.
Milton's guests this week are actors Jackie Cooper and Jackie Coogan, singer Cab Calloway, and singer/impressionist Mitzi Green. In a sketch, Berle plays Charlie Chaplin to Coogan's "The Kid," with Cooper. Green does celebrity impressions and appears as cabaret singer Hildegarde with Berle in drag as her sister Mud Garde. Calloway sings "St. James Infirmary" and "Minnie the Moocher."moreless
Milton Berle's guests are comedian Jack Carter, singing comedy act Ming and Ling, singer/actress Patricia Morison, and vocalist Benny Fields. Morrison sings "Beguine" and joins in a take-off of "Mr. and Mrs." radio shows. In the finale, Berle, Carter and Fatso Marco appear as three Jimmy Durantes. Fields, Berle and Carter perform in a corny minstrel show satire. Ming and Ling do hillbilly songs.moreless
Berle's guests are comedian Lou Costello, slapstick comics Low, Hite and Stanley, dancers the Unger Twins (Gustaf and Bertil), singer Frances Faye, dancers The Caites, and singer Julie Wilson.
Berle joins the Unger Twins in a mirror routine and teams with Costello for the old A&C "addition" routine. The finale was set at a turn of the century beer garden with all the guests contributing.
Comedian Jack Carter fills in as host for an ill Berle. His guests include comic actress Beatrice Lillie, the Borrah Minevitch Harmonica Rascals, comic Johnny Burke, the Gauthier Steeplechase dog and pony act, ballet dancer Kathryn Lee, and actor Cyril Ritchards.
Lillie sings several novelty songs with Ritchards as her foil. Burke does a routine from WWI.
Jack Carter returns to guest host. His guests are comedians Jack Durant and Gracie Fields, vocal group the Mills Brothers, unicyclists La Brach and Bernice, and dog act Gaudsmith Brothers.
Milton's guests this show include: movie cowboy star William Boyd, comic Henny Youngman, acrobatic team the Vanderbilt Boys, the Lane Brothers, child performer Verna Raymond, and singer Jane Froman. Comedy includes a take-off on Boyd's signature role, Hopalong Cassidy.
Milton Berle's guests include: Ethel Merman, actor Keye Luke, acrobat act Los Gattos, tap dancer Teddy Hale, and composers Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer, Charles Tobias, Maud Nugent and Lou Brown.
Berle makes his entrance dressed as a Roman riding in a chariot. Luke and Berle play the stars of China's version of Texaco Star Theater. Merman sings "Who Could Ask For Anything More" and "I Get a Kick Out of You." Berle joins her for "The Varsity Drag" and "Friendship." The finale, Songwriters on Parade, features composers Charles Tobias, Maud Nugent, Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer and Lou Brown performing their hits.
Uncle Miltie's guests include comedian/magician Carl Ballentine, Broadway star Ethel Merman, comic actors Lew Hearn and Louis Sorin, and vaudevillian/songwriter Jack Norworth.
"The Amazing Mr. Ballentine" performs a series of disastrous magic tricks. Berle and Hearn join Sorin in his old "Belt in the Back" sketch. Norworth performs a medley of his popular songs.
Milton's guests this week are opera baritone Robert Merrill, dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and comics Bill Lessy and Patti Moore, and dancers Tip, tap & Toe. Lessy and Moore clown on "Wait 'Till the Sun Shines, Nellie." The pair join Berle in a restaurant sketch.
Berle's guests this week include comedian Georgie Price; "mentalist" Dunninger (from TV's The Bigelow Show), dancer Pat Rooney, Jr., the Blackburn Twins, and actress/singer Janet Blair. Miltie opens dressed as Napoleon. Much of the program is devoted to the reopening of the famed vaudeville theater, the Palace.
Milton's guests this week include comedian Leo DeLyon, balancing act King Brothers, Catherine Mastice, Eugene Freeman, comic/vocalist George DeWit, singers Dick Haymes and Lillian Roth, and NYC disc jockey Jack Eigan.
Haymes performs "When You're Really in Love" and "Skyscraper Blues," and joins Berle for a medley about Broadway. Freeman sings "Caravan." Catherine Mastice does an aria from "La Traviata." DJ Eigan "spins tunes" from famous singers and cast members impersonate them (Haymes and Berle do the Mills Brothers). Roth sings "Goody Goody." In a sketch, Berle plays a piano-fixing plumber.
Berle's guests include comics Bert Wheeler and Benny Fields.
"Mr. Television's" guests include comic/actor "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, teeterboard act the Lange Acrobatic Troupe, double-talk comedian Al Kelly, and actor Horace McMahon. In sketches, Rosenbloom plays Romeo to Berle's Juliet in the balcony scene. Kelly, Berle and Rosenbloom do a slapstick courtroom scene.
For the season finale, Berle's guests are singer Tony Martin, comic actor Eddie Hanley, and singer Lina Romay. Martin sings "Tenement Symphony". Romay performs a Latin song, and joins Berle and Hanley in a Mexican café sketch. Also, a take-off on "Mutiny on the Bounty," a Rube Goldberg bit, and Milty appears in drag. The entire cast performs a production number about heading to California.moreless