The Bell Telephone Hour - Season 7

NBC (ended 1968)




Episode Guide

  • The Many Facets of Cole Porter

    Hosted by Donald O'Connor with performances by Dolores Gray, Opera singers George London and Jean Fenn, pianist Erroll Garner, Nancy Dussault, John Davidson and Doug Crosley.

    Donald O'Connor sings "Just One of Those Things" and "Easy to Love".
    Donald, Dolores, Doug and Nancy perform "It's Delovely".
    George London and Jean Fenn perform "Wunderbar!".
    Erroll Garner plays "It's All Right With Me".
    Other songs include, "Night and Day", "Why Can't You Behave?", "Let's Face It, You Irritate Me", "So In Love", "Do I Love You?", "In the Still of the Night", "Supermarket in Old Peking", "Take Me Back to Manhattan", "Begin the Beguine", "You're the Top" and "Don't Fence Me In".
    Finale "Let's Say, It's Friendship".

  • A Musical Tour of Tin Pan Alley

    Hosted by Hoagy Carmichael with performances by singer Gordon MacRae, songstress Leslie Uggams, singer-actor Bill Hayes, singer-actress Carol Lawrence, pianist Peter Nero, choreographer-dancer Matt Mattox and his dancers with Donald Voorhees and the Bell Telephone Orchestra.

    A tour through the songs of Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, Berlin, Loesser and Carmichael.
    Songs performed include "Tea For Two” from No, No, Nanette (Youmans/Caesar), “Shall We Dance” (G. Gershwin/I. Gershwin), and “The Continental” (Conrad/Magidson).
    "Shine On, Harvest Moon, "Nora Bayes", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "He's My Bill", "The Girl of My Vagabond Dream", "I'd Rather Be Lonely" and "Someone Waits For Me" (Vincent Youmans).
    "You've Chosen Me", "Lady, Be Good!", "Fascinating Rhythm", "Girl crazy" and Embraceable You" (George Gershwin).
    "Always", "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Play a Simple Melody", "White Christmas", "Follow the Fleet" and "Let Yourself Go" (Irving Berlin)
    The company joins in for the finale with "There's No Business Like Show Business".

  • Great Moments
    Great Moments
    Episode 13

    Hosted by Mel Brandt & Donald Voorhees with performances by entertainer Maurice Chevalier, ballet dancers Rudolf Nureyev and Maria Tallchief, singer-actor Robert Preston, coloratura soprano Joan Sutherland, pianist Clifford Curzon and singer Harry Belafonte.

    Maurice Chevalier sings "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "Les Hommes".
    Robert Preston performs "76 Trombones" River City.
    Joan Sutherland performs an aria from Ophelia
    Clifford Curzon performs the final movement of "Beethoven's Piano Concerto #4".
    Harry Belafonte sings "Try to Remember", "Who's Gonna Be Your Man" and "Amen".

  • Festival of Spring
    Festival of Spring
    Episode 12

    Hosted by Olivia de Havilland with performances by tenor Richard Tucker, singer-actress Dorothy Collins, actor Ron Husmann, actress Anita Gillette, ballet dancers Patricia McBride and Edward Villella, The Sholom Secunda Chorale, Morman Tabernacle Choir and the Buster Davis Singers.

    Olivia de Havilland officiates over this ode to the varied faces of Spring brought to life by the talents of a host of stars.
    Ron Husmann and Anita Gillette sing love songs.
    A ballet from Edward Villella and Patricia McBride to the music by Debussy and Ravel.
    Dorothy Collins sings "Spring Is Here" from the Broadway musical "I Married An Angel" and "Button Up Your Overcoat" and an Easter Hat Medley.
    Selections from the Passover Service from opera tenor Richard Tucker
    and the Sholom Secunda Chorale.
    Songs celebrating the Easter service from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    and a filmed essay on the wonder of Spring written by author-columnist Jim Bishop.

  • Wayfarer on the Mississippi

    Hosted by Burl Ives with performances by actor James Daly, singer Patti Page, Metropolitan Opera stars Rosalind Elias and William Walker, dancer Matt Mattox, ragtime piano player Bob Darch and Red Nichols and the Five Pennies.

    John Daly reads tales of Mark Twain.
    Burl Ives sings "Fare Thee Well, My Honey".
    Patti Page sings "The Birth of the Blues".
    Rosalind Elias and William Walker sings "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life".
    Other songs include, "Timber", "I'm Going Down the Road", "Maple Leaf Rage", "Cake Walk", "Poor River Boy", "Soft Summer Day", "Hard Time Country Girls", "Goodbye Dixie Goodbye", "Old Careless Love", "Wake Up Little Girl" and "of the Blues".

  • The American Girl
    The American Girl
    Episode 10

    Hosted by Robert Goulet with performances by singers Barbara Cook, Mildred Miller, Eydie Gorme and Susan Watson.

    Robert Goulet sings "Jumbo" and "Most Beautiful Girl in the World".
    Barbara Cook with Robert Goulet and The Bell Telephone Hour Chorus: "A Bird in a Gilded Cage", "It was Good Enough for Grandma", "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair" and "Housewife's Lament".
    Other songs include, "Nothing Is as I Wish It To Be", "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better", "Mr. Snow", "Try a Little Tenderness", "It Ain't Good Enough For Us", "I Wanna Be Bad", "A Brighter Day", "You Ought To Be", "My Quiet Girl", "I Feel Pretty", "Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm" and "A Enjoy Being a Girl".
    Robert Goulet performs the closing with "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody".

  • The Masques Of Music

    Hosted by Ray Bolger with performances by singer-actress Carol Lawrence, singer-actor Harve Presnell, Opera singer Régine Crespin, tenor Sandor Konya and pianist Lorin Hollander.

    Ray Bolger sings "If I Only Had a Brain".
    Carol Lawrence sings "Blow Wind Blow" and "Long Face".
    Lorin Hollander performs First Movement, Second Concerto from Rachmaninoff.
    Harve Presnell sings "I Love Thee" and "Skip To My Loo".
    Régine Crespin performs "Vissi d'arte" from Puccini's Tosca.
    Régine Crespin and Sándor Kónya perform "E lucevan le stelle" and "Amaro sol per te" from Puccini's Tosca.
    Ray Bolger and company conclude with "We're Off to See the Wizard".

  • The American Song
    The American Song
    Episode 8

    Hosted by Jane Powell with performances by Country star Roy Rogers and his wife singer-actress Dale Evans, singer Jack Haskell, Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars and Max Morath and His Original Rag Quartet.

    A melodic hour of American regional music.
    Jane Powell and Jack Haskell sing a passel of popular tunes like "Oklahoma", "I'm Alabamy Bound", "Ohio" and others.
    Roy Rogers and Dale Evans perform "Home on the Range" and a square dance call.
    Max Morath and his Original Rag Quartet perform "Hello My Baby".

  • The Sound Of Music
    The Sound Of Music
    Episode 7

    Hosted by Lena Horne with performances by baritone Robert Merrill, mezzo-soprano Regina Resnik, bandleader Guy Lombardo, singer Kenny Gardner, double bassist Gary Karr and Peter, Paul and Mary.

    Robert Merrill and Regina Resnik perform "Les tringles des sistres tintaient" (Gypsy Song) from Bizet's Carmen, "Votre toast" (Toreador Song) and "Si tu m'aimes, Carmen".
    Gary Kerr plays Bottesini's "Fantasy on Themes from La Sonnambula".
    Peter, Paul and Mary sing folksongs.
    Guy Lombardo and his orchestra perform "Sweet Georgia Brown".

  • Love Makes The World Go Round

    Hosted by Barbara Cook with performances by Metropolitan opera star Richard Tucker, singer-actress Dolores Gray, singer-actor Jack Cassidy, musician Duke Ellington, jazz artist Ethel Ennis and Soprano Lucine Amara.

    Barbara Cook with The Bell Telephone Hour Chorus perform "Love Makes the World Go" from Carnival.
    Jack Cassidy and Dolores Gray sing a medley of Gershwin love songs "Of Thee I Sing", "Somebody Loves Me", "They All Laughed", "Love Walked In" and "Love is Sweeping the Country".
    Duke Ellington and his Orchestra play a medley of his love songs "Satin Doll", "Sophisticated Lady", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" and "I'm Beginning to See the Light".
    Ethel Ennis sings "Almost Like Being in Love" and "Here's That Rainy Day" and joins Duke Ellington for "Love You Madly".
    The Ellington Orchestra plays "Mood Indigo".
    Richard Tucker performs excerpts from Leoncavallo's tragic opera, "I Pagliacci".
    Duke Ellington with a piano solo of "Dancers In Love".
    Barbara Cook does a spoof on American love songs.
    Barbara, Jack and Dolores close with a short medley "Buffalo Gals", "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair", "In My Merry Oldsmobile", "Come, Josephine, In My Flying Machine", "My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon"", "If I Had a Talking Picture of You", "Pettin' in the Park", "By a Waterfall", "Shuffle off to Buffalo" and "Indian Love Call".

  • Show #5
    Show #5
    Episode 5

    Hosted by Maureen O'Hara with performances by singers Howard Keel and Martha Wright, Opera singer Phyllis Curtin, ballet dancers Sonia Arova, Violette Verdy and Edmund Novak and The Columbus Boys' Choir.

    Maureen O'Hara narrates the story of the Nativity as told in the Gospel according to St. Luke.
    Sonia Arova and Edmund Novak perform a Pas De Deux from the toy shop scene of the ballet "Coppelia".
    Phyllis Curtin and the Columbus Boys' Choir sing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing?", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Now We Come A-Wassailing".
    Other songs include, "White Christmas", "Be A Santa" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

  • Show #4
    Show #4
    Episode 4

    Hosted by Maurice Chevalier with performances by musical-comdey star Stanley Holloway, jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain, Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza and the puppet cast of "Les Poupees de Paris".

    Chevalier reminisces about some of the songs and the performers he has known in his long career.
    Holloway offers a medley of British music-hall tunes.
    Teresa Berganza sings "Nacqui all'affanno, al Pianto" from Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola".
    Maurice Chevalier performs "Hello Dolly!", "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me", "Mimi", "I Remember It Well", "Under the Bridges of Paris", "C'est Si Bon", "Poor People of Paris", "Valentine" and "Au Revoir".
    "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" .... Chevalier, Poupees
    Maurice & Stanley duet on "Teasin'".
    Pete Fountain performs "Dixie" and "Swing Low, Sweet Clarinet".
    Maurice and Pete do "When You're Smiling".

  • Show #3
    Show #3
    Episode 3

    Hosted by Robert Young with performances by pianist André Previn, singers Lainie Kazan, Earl Wrightson and Lois Hunt, ballet dancers Edward Villella and Patricia McBride and The Brothers Four.

    Andre Previn performs overture to Bernstein's "West Side Story" with a jazz group and his performance of Gershwin's "Concerto in F".
    Ballet dancers Edward Villella and Patricia McBride perform "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue".
    Earl Wrightson and Lois Hunt sing love songs.
    Lainie Kazan sings "People".
    The Brothers Four sing a medley from "Porgy and Bess".
    Robert Young reads "The First Thanksgiving".

  • Lyrics By Oscar Hammerstein II

    Hosted by Henry Fonda with performances by Florence Henderson, John Raitt, John Reardon, Gretchen Wyler, Barbara McNair, Susan Watson and Johnny Harmon.

    Henry Fonda speaks the lyrics of "Old Man River" and "The Last Time I Saw Paris".
    The company sings "A Cockeyed Optimist". The chorus performs "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'".
    Susan Watson and Johnny Harmon sing "June Is Bustin' Out All Over".
    Florence Henderson sings "Something Wonderful".
    Barbara McNair sings "What's the Use of Wonderin'.
    John Raitt, John Reardon, Johnny Harmon and the male chorus perform "There Is Nothing Like a Dame".
    Barbara McNair sings "The Last Time I Saw Paris".
    Susan Watson and Johnny Harmon sing and dance to "Happy Talk".
    John Raitt sings "If I Loved You".
    John Reardon and Florence Henderson sing "Make Believe".
    John Raitt performs "Soliloquy" from Carousel.
    Gretchen Wyler sings and dances to "Life Upon the Wicked Stage".
    John Raitt sings "Some Enchanted Evening".
    John Reardon does "The Folks Who Live on the Hill".
    Florence Henderson sings "We Kiss in a Shadow".
    John Raitt sings "Rose-Marie".
    John Reardon does "Younger Than Springtime".
    John Raitt and Florence Henderson duet on "When I Grow Too Old to Dream".
    The program closes with a tape of Hammerstein receiting the lines of "Hello Young Lovers"
    and the company singing "This Was a Real Nice Clambake".

  • Show #1
    Show #1
    Episode 1

    Hosted by Burl Ives with performances by Bing Crosby, The McGuire Sisters, pianist Grant Johannesen and the Buddy Cole Group.

    Burl Ives performs "Old Blue", "Leather Winged Bat", "Go Tell Aunt Rhody", "Little White Duck", "Funny Way of Laughing" and "A Little Bitty Tear".
    The McGuire Sisters perform "All My Love", "Do Re Mi", "Alphabet Song", "I Love You", "Alabama Jubilee" and "One Fine Day".
    Grant Johannesen plays Greig's Piano Concerto in A Minor.
    Bing Crosby sings "I'm Confessin'", "Grey Day", "Avalon", "Chicago" and "Alabama Bound".

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