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.
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.moreless
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.