Texaco Star Theater - Season 8

NBC (ended 1953)




Episode Guide

  • 6/6/1956
    Episode 13
    In color from Hollywood, Milton's guests include: actresses Debra Paget and Irish McCalla; and Elvis Presley. This is the final episode of the original Milton Berle Show on NBC.
  • 5/15/1956
    Episode 12

    The Milton Berle Show This color telecast from California features guests Mickey Rooney and Peggy King.
    Miltie's psychiatrist suggests he hire an understudy to relieve the pressure of carrying the show alone. Mickey Rooney takes the job, sending Miltie back to the doctor because Rooney's too good. Berle and King star in a production number saluting New York; Rooney has a tiny part, but weasels his way into the lead. Peggy sings "I Could Have Danced All Night." Rooney steals the scene in a dramatic boxing sketch; Berle recasts it so that he plays the boxer himself.

  • 4/24/1956
    Episode 11
    The Milton Berle Show In this telecast from "Color City in Burbank", Milton Berle hosts this abridged version of Olsen and Johnson's Hellzapoppin'. The cast includes Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson, Karen Scott, Shirley Russell, Jeanette Williams, The Covan Kids, Marty May, June Johnson, The Concords, Britt Wood, Connie Van, Ken Mayer and the Johnathan Lucas Dancers.moreless
  • 4/3/1956
    Episode 10

    The Milton Berle Show Broadcast live in color from USS Hancock stationed at San Diego, CA. Milton's guests include Elvis Presley, Esther Williams, Buddy Rich, regular Arnold Stang and the Harry James Orchestra. Berle does a monologue and then is joined by Esther Williams for some banter. The two sing "Memories Are Made of This" with new lyrics about sailors. Elvis and his band perform "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes." Presley introduces his "twin brother Melvin," a hick dufus played by Berle. The two launch into a reprise of "Blue Suede Shoes" with Berle destroying his guitar and dancing Elvis-style like a lunatic. Francis (Arnold Stang), now a sailor, is the winner of the date with Ester Williams contest; the two exchange their usual insults. Harry James leads his band in "You Made Me Love You" followed by Buddy Rich joining for "Two O'Clock Jump." As James, Rich, and the orchestra play "Tiger Rag," Berle attempts to join them on trumpet, with little success. Berle performs a musical number with Esther Williams as a wave who gets doused with water.

  • 3/13/1956
    Episode 9
    The Milton Berle Show In this color telecast from Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, NV, Milton welcomes dancers The Step Brothers, French singer/actress Denise Darcel, Zsa Zsa Gabor, acrobatic act the Seven Ashtons, the Copa Girls from the Sands Hotel, and Ray Anthony and his Orchestra.
  • 2/21/1956
    Episode 8
    The Milton Berle Show In this color telecast from the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Milton's scheduled guests include: Jimmy Durante and Eddie Jackson; singer/dancer Dan Dailey; the Four Aces; Peggy Lee; Eddie Cantor; and dancer Cyd Charisse. The show salutes the new Charisse/Dailey movie Meet Me in Las Vegas which has its premier in the city that night. Clips will be shown and cameras will capture various stars assembling in the Copa Room.moreless
  • 1/31/1956
    Episode 7
    The Milton Berle Show In this color telecast from California, Milton's guests include actress Betty Hutton and actor Sir Cedric Hardwicke. Hutton performs "The Tender Trap" in a production number.
  • 1/10/1956
    Episode 6
    The Milton Berle Show In this color telecast from Hollywood, Milton welcomes comedian George Jessel and comic film actress Judy Holliday.
  • 12/20/1955
    Episode 5
    The Milton Berle Show In this holiday show telecast in color from Hollywood, Miltie welcomes Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, singers The Four Lads, dancers The Dunhills, and comedian George Jessel.
  • 11/29/1955
    Episode 4

    The Milton Berle Show Comedian Jan Murray fills in for Berle who fell ill during this week's rehearsals. Murray's guests include singer Vic Damone, Gale Storm, comic Ben Blue, and accordionist Dick Contino.
    Murray jokes about his move to the very dull suburbs. Blue performs a pantomime sketch set in the park where he makes friends with an attractive young lady. Damone sings "Autumn Leaves" and Storm performs "I Hear You Knockin'." A dramatic sketch about a down on their luck couple is shown from the 9/29/1953 episode of The Buick-Berle Show featuring Frank Sinatra and Tallulah Bankhead.

  • 11/8/1955
    Episode 3
    The Milton Berle Show Milton's guests in this color telecast include Kay Thompson, singer Gogi Grant, and The Will Mastin Trio (starring Sammy Davis, Jr.). With Mary Beth Hughes and Casey Adams.
    Berle plays a dense janitor who swallows a minature bomb devised by scientists. Grant performs "Suddenly There's a Valley". Milton and Kay do a take-off on the recent Noel Coward/Mary Martin TV special Together with Music. Davis performs "That Old Black Magic" and joins Miltie for the finale where they impersonate great show biz teams. Jerry Lewis makes a cameo to pitch for his MD fund.moreless
  • 10/18/1955
    Episode 2
    The Milton Berle Show This episode is an original comedy written by Gore Vidal titled "State of Confusion". It tells the story of a shady bookie and his wife who are forced from Chicago by Cement Jackson. They hit the road, change their names, and settle in a southwestern state. Eventually, Berle gets himself elected governor and is succeeded in office by his wife. All is well until Jackson tracks the two down and opens up an office next to the governor's mansion.moreless
  • 9/27/1955
    Episode 1
    This is the first episode under the simple title The Milton Berle Show, telecast in color from California. Uncle Miltie's guests include swimmer/actress Esther Williams and John Wayne. Williams and Berle do a satire of the movie Summertime.