Texaco Star Theater - Season 1

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Episode Guide

  • 6/14/1949
    6/14/1949
    Episode 54
    6/14/49
    0.0

    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.

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  • 6/7/1949
    6/7/1949
    Episode 53
    6/7/49
    0.0

    "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.   

  • 5/31/1949
    5/31/1949
    Episode 52
    5/31/49
    0.0

    Berle's guests include comics Bert Wheeler and Benny Fields.

  • 5/24/1949
    5/24/1949
    Episode 51
    5/24/49
    0.0

    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.

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  • 5/17/1949
    5/17/1949
    Episode 50
    5/17/49
    0.0

    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.

  • 5/10/1949
    5/10/1949
    Episode 49
    5/10/49
    0.0

    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.

  • 5/3/1949
    5/3/1949
    Episode 48
    5/3/49
    0.0
    Berle's scheduled guests include: film actor Walter Huston; vocalist Georgia Gibbs; and jugglers the Kanazawa Trio.
  • 4/26/1949
    4/26/1949
    Episode 47
    4/26/49
    0.0

    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.

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  • 4/19/1949
    4/19/1949
    Episode 46
    4/19/49
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    Uncle Miltie's scheduled guests include: Martha Raye; Dolores Gray; tap dancer trio the Rockets; and actor Basil Rathbone. Rathbone and Berle do a spoof of murder mysteries; Raye sings "It's a Good Day"; Berle and Raye perform in the sketch "The Sheik of Araby."
  • 4/12/1949
    4/12/1949
    Episode 45
    4/12/49
    0.0
    Berle's scheduled line-up features: film actor Boris Karloff; opera singer Richard Tucker; harmonica player Stan Fisher; dancers Merle, Duval and Lee; and actress Peggy Ryan. Karloff and Berle do a mad scientist skit; Ryan tap dances; Tucker sings "La Donna E Mobile"; Fisher plays "Rumanian Rhapsody"; the cast performs in a take-off of opera.moreless
  • 4/5/1949
    4/5/1949
    Episode 44
    4/5/49
    0.0
    Milton's scheduled guests for this week include: actor Victor Moore; singer Jean Sablon; Gloria Colbert; Gracie Fields; female acrobatic troupe The Wallabies; and a special appearance by Basil Rathbone.
    The episode featured a take-off on Sherlock Holmes, titled "The Mystery of the Sen Sen Murder." Miltie played Holmes, Moore was Watson, with a cameo by "Rathbone of Scotland Yard".moreless
  • 3/29/1949
    3/29/1949
    Episode 43
    3/29/49
    0.0
    Berle's scheduled guests on this show include: bandleader Desi Arnaz; the Beatrice Kraft Dancers; boxer Jack Dempsey; comedian Jackie Miles; and actress June Havoc. Berle opens the show dressed as an organ grinder with a monkey; Desi leads a South American production number to close the show.
  • 3/22/1949
    3/22/1949
    Episode 42
    3/22/49
    8.0

    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.

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  • 3/15/1949
    3/15/1949
    Episode 41
    3/15/49
    0.0
    Uncle Miltie's guests this week include: Peter Lorre; singer Phil Regan; the Stewart Morgan Dancers; Irish-American Celtic musicians the McNulty Family; and Broadway singer Joan Roberts.
    Roberts, from the original cast of Oklahoma! performs songs from the show; Lorre and Berle do a sketch about "The Cabinet of Dr. X"; Miltie spoofs musical recitals; and a St. Patrick's Day salute to Irish songs.moreless
  • 3/8/1949
    3/8/1949
    Episode 40
    3/8/49
    0.0

    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.

  • 3/1/1949
    3/1/1949
    Episode 39
    3/1/49
    0.0
    Milton Berle returns after an illness and exhaustion. His scheduled guests include: singer/comedienne Virginia O'Brien; acrobats The Gauchos; comic actor Billy Gilbert; Robert Alda; and musical/comedy performer Pat Rooney Sr. Alda sings and joins Berle for in a sketch about the foreign legion; Gilbert and Berle do a comedy routine; O'Brien performs "Go To Sleep My Baby" and joins in a parody of Hollywood movie-making; Berle joins Rooney for the closing song and dance.moreless
  • 2/22/1949
    2/22/1949
    Episode 38
    2/22/49
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    Uncle Miltie remains out with an illness. His guest host is Walter O'Keefe. Scheduled guests include: comedy actress Lucille Ball; ventriloquist Paul Winchell; vocal group the Ink Spots; the Mathes Duo; tap dancer Bobby Brandt; and comic Wally Brown.
    The Ink Spots perform "If I Didn't Care" and "Maybe."
  • 2/15/1949
    2/15/1949
    Episode 37
    2/15/49
    0.0
    Phil Baker guests hosts for Berle, who's recovering in Florida. His guests include: comics Herb Shriner and Benny Rubin; Sid Silvers; Marion Harris, Jr.; The Skating Mocks; Fred and Sledge; and comic actress Beatrice Kaye.
  • 2/8/1949
    2/8/1949
    Episode 36
    2/8/49
    0.0

    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. 

  • 2/1/1949
    2/1/1949
    Episode 35
    2/1/49
    0.0

    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.

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  • 1/25/1949
    1/25/1949
    Episode 34
    1/25/49
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    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.

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  • 1/18/1949
    1/18/1949
    Episode 33
    1/18/49
    7.5
    Milton Berle's scheduled guests include: singer Tony Martin, singer Carmen Miranda, trampoline novelty act the Margo, Paul and Paulette Trio, singer/dancers the Unger Twins, and comedienne/impressionist Florence Desmond.
    Carmen Miranda performs several numbers and is joined by Berle in his infamous Carmen Miranda costume.
  • 1/11/1949
    1/11/1949
    Episode 32
    1/11/49
    0.0

    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.

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  • 1/4/1949
    1/4/1949
    Episode 31
    1/4/49
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    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."

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  • 12/28/1948
    12/28/1948
    Episode 30
    12/28/48
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    Milton Berle's scheduled guests include: dancers the Four Step Brothers, Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat, and Frank Marlowe.

  • 12/21/1948
    12/21/1948
    Episode 29
    12/21/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 12/14/1948
    12/14/1948
    Episode 28
    12/14/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 12/7/1948
    12/7/1948
    Episode 27
    12/7/48
    0.0

    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."

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  • 11/30/1948
    11/30/1948
    Episode 26
    11/30/48
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    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.

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  • 11/23/1948
    11/23/1948
    Episode 25
    11/23/48
    0.0

    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.

  • 11/16/1948
    11/16/1948
    Episode 24
    11/16/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 11/9/1948
    11/9/1948
    Episode 23
    11/9/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 11/2/1948
    11/2/1948
    Episode 22
    11/2/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 10/26/1948
    10/26/1948
    Episode 21
    10/26/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 10/19/1948
    10/19/1948
    Episode 20
    10/19/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 10/12/1948
    10/12/1948
    Episode 19
    10/12/48
    0.0

    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.

  • 10/5/1948
    10/5/1948
    Episode 18
    10/5/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 9/28/1948
    9/28/1948
    Episode 17
    9/28/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 9/21/1948
    9/21/1948
    Episode 16
    9/21/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 9/14/1948
    9/14/1948
    Episode 15
    9/14/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 9/7/1948
    9/7/1948
    Episode 14
    9/7/48
    0.0

    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.

  • 8/31/1948
    8/31/1948
    Episode 13
    8/31/48
    0.0

    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.

  • 8/24/1948
    8/24/1948
    Episode 12
    8/24/48
    0.0

    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.

  • 8/17/1948
    8/17/1948
    Episode 11
    8/17/48
    0.0
    Morey Amsterdam is the host for this week's show. His scheduled guests include: Broadway musical/comedy performer Willie Howard, comedian Herb Shriner and Sandra Barrett.
  • 8/10/1948
    8/10/1948
    Episode 10
    8/10/48
    0.0
    Henny Youngman is this week's host.
  • 8/3/1948
    8/3/1948
    Episode 9
    8/3/48
    0.0

    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. 

  • 7/27/1948
    7/27/1948
    Episode 8
    7/27/48
    0.0

    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.

  • 7/20/1948
    7/20/1948
    Episode 7
    7/20/48
    0.0

    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.

  • 7/13/1948
    7/13/1948
    Episode 6
    7/13/48
    0.0

    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).

  • 7/6/1948
    7/6/1948
    Episode 5
    7/6/48
    0.0

    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.

  • 6/29/1948
    6/29/1948
    Episode 4
    6/29/48
    0.0
    Milton Berle is the scheduled host with guests including: comedian Henny Youngman, Jack Collins, the Cavaliers, and juggling act the Three Swifts.
  • 6/22/1948
    6/22/1948
    Episode 3
    6/22/48
    0.0
    Milton Berle's guests include vaudeville/film comic Bert Wheeler performing one of his old routines; Harry Richman singing "Puttin' on the Ritz"; and a dog act. The finale featured Berle and Richman performing as Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson.
  • 6/15/1948
    6/15/1948
    Episode 2
    6/15/48
    0.0

    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.

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  • 6/8/1948
    6/8/1948
    Episode 1
    6/8/48
    0.0

    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."

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