The Bell Telephone Hour - Season 2

NBC (ended 1968)




Episode Guide

  • The Mikado
    The Mikado
    Episode 13

    The comic Gilbert and Sullivan operatic story about a man named Nanki-Poo who has fallen in love with Yum-Yum who is engaged to be married to her guardian Ko-Ko. Nanki-Poo banishes himself from the village but returns upon hearing that Ko-ko has been condemned to death for the capital crime of flirting.

  • Concert Hall
    Concert Hall
    Episode 12

    Hosted by Ralph Bellamy with performances by Alicia Alonso, Melissa Hayden, Nora Kaye, Mia Slavenska, Gregor Piatigorsky, Lucine Amara, Nicolai Gedda, Jerome Hines, Jose Iturbi, Warren Martin and The Westminster Choir.

    Music includes "Pax de quatre", "Elegy" / Gabriel Faure, "Allegro appassionato op. 43 / Camille Saint-Saens, "Faust Alerte! Alerte! / Charles Gounod, "Amor brujo, danza ritual del fuego / Manuel de Falla.
    Concertos, piano, orchestra, E minor, Finale / Franz Liszt.
    Medley of music for Easter & Spring.
    A prayer for Spring (reading) Robert Frost.
    Our Father / Albert Hay Malotte.

  • Main Street U.S.A.
    Main Street U.S.A.
    Episode 11

    Hosted by Howard Keel with performances by Connie Francis, Carol Lawrence, The Hi-Los, Eddie Hodges, Roger Williams, The American Ballet Theatre and The Clay Warnick Singers.

    Songs performed include "It’s a Most Unusual Day" (Adamson/ McHugh). "Have You Met Miss Jones" (Rodgers/Hart), "Let’s Be Buddies" (Porter), "Almost Like Being In Love" (Lerner/Loewe), "Lazy Afternoon" from "The Golden Apple" (Latouche/Moross), "What Say?", "Brigadoon", "Almost Like Being in Love" (Frederick Loewe) and "Isn’t This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)?" (Berlin).
    Other music includes "Ho-dee-I, Hoo-dee-A", "76 Trombones", "Warsaw concerto", "Tico-tico", "Time After Time", "Side By Side", "Yes Indeed", "Whoop-dee-doo". Ballroom dance music and "God of Our Fathers".

  • The Music Makers
    The Music Makers
    Episode 10

    Hosted by Polly Bergen with performances by Barbara Cook, John Raitt, Lorin Hollander, The Dukes of Dixieland, Bob Hamilton Trio (Bob Hamilton, Gloria Stevens, Katherine Damon), Buffalo Bills and Mel Pahl Singers.

    Barbara performs songs from Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" with the Buffalo Bills, "Till There Was You" "Lida Rose" and "Will I Ever Tell You".
    Other songs include, "Basin Street Blues", "Blacksmith Blues", "Mexican Rain Dance", "Mandy & Me", "Sweet & Low", "Oklahoma!", "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Carolina", "Jumbo, Little Girl Blue", "Just In Time", "All the Things You Are" and "You'll Never Walk Alone".

  • Portraits in Music
    Portraits in Music
    Episode 9

    Hosted by Carl Sandburg with performances by Julie Andrews, Larry Douglas, Nanette Fabray, Victoria de los Angeles, Brian Sullivan and The Buster Davis Singers.

    Julie Andrews and Larry Douglas perform Sigmund Romberg's "Operetta Miniatures".
    Victoria de los Angeles and Brian Sullivan perform an excerpt from "La Boheme" by Giacomo Puccini.
    In "Portrait of a Lady from 1860 to 1960", Nanette Fabray salutes one hundred years of the American woman.
    A celebration of President Abraham Lincoln, the orchestra performs Aaron Copeland's "A Lincoln Portrait" with poet Carl Sandburg reading from the President's writings.

  • The Four of Us
    The Four of Us
    Episode 8

    Showcasing the four varied talents of Ray Bolger, Ethel Merman, Beatrice Lillie and Benny Goodman.

    Ray Bolger sings and dances "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" from "On Your Toes".
    Clarinetist Benny Goodman plays Carl Maria von Weber's Concertino in E-flat Major.
    Beatrice Lillie sings ballads.
    Ethel Merman sings ragtime tunes.
    Songs include, "We're Off to See the Wizard", "Sad But True", "There's a Small Hotel", "Everything I've Got Belongs to You", "The Old Soft Shoe", "Oh, Tonight", "Please Be Kind".
    Other music performed "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Tweet, Tweet, Tweet", "After You've Gone Away", "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans", "Once In Love With Amy", "Girl Crazy", "I Got Rhythm" and "One O'Clock Jump".

  • We Two
    We Two
    Episode 7

    Hosted by Art Carney guests are Gordon MacRae & Sheila MacRae, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Marge & Gower Champion, Jose Iturbi and Amparo Iturbi and Dorothy Collins. Also The Raymond Scott Quintet.

    The Raymond Scott Quintet perform a medley with "Lute Song", "Mountain High, Valley Low" and "Power House".
    Emmanuel Chabrier performs Valses romantiques "Danses andaluses nos. 2 & 3."
    Morgan Lewis does a medley of nursery rhyme tunes.
    Other songs include, "We're in Love with New York", "Take Me Along", "Small World", "Till Tomorrow", "The Sound of Music", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "My Heart is Calling You", "All Night Long" and "How High the Moon".

  • Our Musical Ambassadors

    Hosted by Dave Garroway with performances by Louis Armstrong, Jack Cassidy, Shirley Jones, Jacques d'Amboise, Taina Elg, Jane Froman, Grant Johannesen, Allegra Kent and Gene Nelson who have all performed overseas.

    Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones sing "Around the World in 80 Days", "If I Had a Talking Picture of You" and "Forty Second Street".
    Shirley Jones solos with "As Time Goes By".
    Grant Johannesen performs Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor.
    Jane Froman does "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'," "I Loves You, Porgy" and "It Ain't Necessarily So".
    Louis Armstrong All Stars perform "Tiger Rag", "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen", "12th Street Rag" and "West End Blues".

  • The Gift of Music
    The Gift of Music
    Episode 5
    Hosted by Thomas Mitchell with performance for Christmas by Rosemary Clooney, Lisa della Casa, Giorgio Tozzi, Penny Ambrose, The Lennon Sisters, Harry Simeone Chorale, Little Singers of Paris and the Agnes DeMille Dance Theatre. Highlights: The "Little Singers of Paris" sing delighful French songs. Georgio Tozzi and Lisa Della Casa ring out with old English standards like "Deck the Halls" and "Greensleeves". Rosemary Clooney and the Lennon Sisters do justice to a group of popular American Christmas standbys from "Jingle Bells", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", to "Silver Bells". One of Ihe loveliest segments is a sensitive little dance-pantomime about the Nativity, based on an English 14th century legend by the Agnes De Mille dance group, that's played against the voice of Tozzi and the choir.moreless
  • The Music of Gershwin

    The Bell Telephone Hour presents "All Gershwin Music" sung and performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Polly Bergen, Vic Damone, Marge and Gower Champion, Andre Previn, Teddy Wilson, Earl Wild and Ira Gershwin.

    Ella sings "Lady Be Good" and "S'Wonderful".
    Marge and Gower Champion dance to "I Got Rhythm".
    Polly Bergen and Vic Damone duet with "Embraceable You" and "Our Love Is Here to Stay".
    Pianist Andre Previn performs "Concerto in F".

  • On Stage with Music

    Hosted by Burgess Meredith with performances by John Raitt, Jaye P. Morgan, Gene Nelson, Taina Elg, Johnny Desmond, Lorin Hollander, The Four Lads, Allegra Kent, Jacques d'Amboise and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Choir.

    Hollander plays a Chopin waltz and a Saint-Saens concerto.
    "Girl That I Marry" ....... Nelson
    "What'll I Do?" ........... Elg
    "Always" .................. Raitt
    "Remember" ................ Morgan
    "Lovely Day" .............. Desmond, Nelson, Morgan, Elg
    "They Say It's Wonderful" . Raitt
    "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Heat Wave" ..... Morgan
    "I Never Knew", "Simple Melody" ........ Morgan, Desmond
    "No Strings" .............. Nelson
    "Let's Face the Music and Dance" ....... Nelson, Elg
    "Song Is Ended" ........... Raitt

  • Music of the West
    Music of the West
    Episode 2

    Hosted by Burl Ives with performances by singer-actress-comedienne Edie Adams, Country performer Johnny Cash, coloratura soprano Patrice Munsel, tenor Brian Sullivan, Walter Cassel, Edmond Karlsrud, Dolores Gray, Art Lund, The American Ballet Theatre with ballet dancers John Kriza, Ruth Ann Koesun, Fernand Nault, Scott Douglas.

    Patrice Munsel and Brian Sullivan perform "La Fanciulla del West" (Puccini): Final Scene (sung in English)
    Johnny Cash sings "Camptown Races".
    The American Ballet Theatre dances Eugene Loring's ballet "Billy the Kid" with music by Aaron Copland.
    Dolores Gray sings songs from Harold Rome's "Destry Rides Again" and the song "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" with Art Lund and he Broadway cast of the show.

  • A Night of Music
    A Night of Music
    Episode 1

    Performances by singer-actor Alfred Drake, actress Sally Ann Howes, actor Alan Howard, vocalist Connee Boswell, violinist Zino Francescatti, the Kingston Trio, Red Nichols & His 5 Pennies, ballerina Nina Novak, Ballet dancer George Zoritch of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

    Sally Ann Howes and Alfred Drake sing "Tonight", "Wunderbar", "Thou Swell" and "I Could Have Danced All Night".
    Violin virtuoso Zino Francescatti plays Debussy and Sarasate solos.
    Red Nichols and His 5 Pennies perform "Basin Street Blues", "Georgia On My Mind" and "Chicago".
    The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo perform two dances from Offenbach's "Gaite Parisienne".