The Colgate Comedy Hour

NBC (ended 1955)




Episode Guide

  • Season 6
    • 12/25/1955
      Episode 12
      Robert Paige hosts this Christmas night episode featuring holiday music by Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians. A clip from the previous year's movie White Christmas is shown.
      This is the final episode of the series.
    • 12/18/1955
      Episode 11
      Robert Paige hosts this episode. His guests include: George Raft; Mickey Rooney; Ben Alexander (from Dragnet; Richard Carlson; from Highway Patrol Broderick Crawford; from Artists and Models actor Eddie Mayehoff; singer/actress Anna Maria Alberghetti and The Alberghetti Family.
      A clip is featured from the just-released Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis flick Artists and Models.moreless
    • 12/11/1955 - Salute to George Abbott
      This week's show is a salute to producer/director/occasional actor George Abbott. The hour's guests are from his various shows and include: Gwen Verdon; Pat Stanley; Helen Hayes; Eddie Albert; Elaine Stritch; Bob Fosse; Edith (Edie) Adams; Nancy Walker; Jack Straw; John Raitt; Russell Nype; Sam Levene; and Peter Gennaro.
      Abbott and Hayes perform a scene from The Skin of Our Teeth , the Thornton Wilder play that the two had starred in on Broadway just two months earlier.moreless
    • 11/27/1955
      Episode 9
      This week's program is an awards presentation telecast from the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Hollywood. Presenters include: Bob Hope; Kirk Douglas; Rock Hudson; Debbie Reynolds; Claudette Colbert; gossip columnist Louella Parsons and John Wayne, among many.
    • 11/20/1955
      Episode 8
      Robert Paige hosts this episode from Palmer House in Chicago. His guests include: Gordon MacRae; Harry Belafonte; Jonathan Winters; Ray Anthony; singer and musical theatre performer Fran Warren; The Bob Hamilton Trio; The Norman Luboff Choir; The Merriel Abbott Dancers; and Frank DeVol and his Orchestra
      The finalists for the Harvest Moon Talent Contest are annouced by writer Irv Kupcinet.moreless
    • 11/13/1955
      Episode 7
      Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host this hour, their final appearance on Colgate. Their guests are The Norman Luboff Choir who drown out Dean on "Sometimes I'm Happy". Jerry, as pest Sidney, destroys Dean's high society engagement party. Dean sings "By a Shady Nook", "Memories Are Made of This", and joins Jerry for "Two Lost Souls". As host of "Martin's Mighty Midnight Matinee Movie", Dean shows Eggroll is a Many Splendored Dish featuring Jerry in a subtitled Japanese film. Also appearing are Isobel Elsom, Evelyn Lovequist, Milton Frome, Byron Kane, Patty Petersen, Terry Lee, Torben Meyer, and Frank Mitchell; and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra.
    • 10/30/1955
      Episode 6
      Perfomers include: Anna Maria Alberghetti; The Bob Hamilton Trio; and appearances by Jack Webb, Spike Jones and Robert Cummings.
    • 10/23/1955
      Episode 5
      From Hollywood, Jack Carson hosts this salute to football. His guests include: Jack Haley; Mickey Rooney; Rudy Vallee; Ray Milland; Stan Freberg; singer Helen Grayco; The Compton College Comets (a girls' cheerleading squad); Roger Williams; and The Bob Hamilton Trio. Also appearing live are UCLA's Ronnie Knox and his coach, Henry "Red" Sanders. Sportscaster Mel Allen goes into the dressing room of the Los Angeles Rams for filmed interviews with some of the team members. Ray Milland shows a scene from his new film.moreless
    • 10/16/1955
      Episode 4
      This program, telecast from the Hollywood Bowl, salutes the release of the film Oklahoma! Robert Paige is the host and guests include: from the movie Gordon MacRae; Shirley Jones; Gene Nelson; Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis; and Bambi Linn (and her dance partner Rod Alexander); Yul Brynner; Will Rogers Jr.; and Jan Clayton.
      The show includes an interview (on film) with composer Oscar Hammerstein, director Fred Zinneman, and footage from the movie's premiere in New York.
      Scheduled songs include "People Will Say We're in Love" and "If I Loved You" sung by Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae; "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" from Shirley Jones; and Yul Brenner with "A Puzzlement".moreless
    • 10/2/1955
      Episode 3
      Jack Carson is this week's host. His guests include: Harry Belafonte; actress Martha Scott; sportscaster Mel Allen; from the Yankees Yogi Berra, White Ford and Hank Bauer; and from the Dogers Duke Snider, Carl Erskine and Pee Wee Reese. Belafonte peforms "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)", "The Jack-Ass Song", "Come Back Liza" and "Hosanna." A filmed song from Xavier Cugat and Abbe Lane ("Bim Bam Boom") is shown. Also, Scott screens clips from her film Desperate Hours.
    • 9/25/1955
      Episode 2
      Jack Carson hosts this installment of the series now known as The Colgate Variety Hour. This episode highlights the Alberghetti Family: Anna Maria and her sister Carla sing; brother Paolo and father Daniel conduct; mother Vittoria plays piano. Other guests include: comic actress Thelma Ritter; actor Frank Cady; dancers The Cabots; character actor Byron Foulger; and Emory Parnell.
      Clips are shown shown from the current Charlton Heston/Jane Wyman flick Lucy Gallant.moreless
    • 9/18/1955
      Episode 1
      Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host the season premiere of the series now titled The Colgate Variety Hour. Their guests include: Freddie Bell and the Bellhops; announcer Wendell Niles; and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra.
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