Fred Allen makes his hosting debut. His guests include actors Monte Woolley and Peter Donald, Risë Stevens from the Metropolitan Opera, ballet stars Sono Osato, Hugh Laing and Zachary Solov, Tony Award winner David Burns, Fred Allen's radio co-horts Kenny Delmar, Minerva Pious, Parker Fennelly, (in a puppet show interpretation of "Allen's Alley" from radio), with Al Goodman and his Orchestra. Rise Stevens joins with Allen and others for a "Middletown U.S.A." version of "Carmen." Burns plays Allen's pre-tester of material. Wooley and Allen do a department store sketch.moreless
In this episode sponsored by Frigidaire, Bobby Clark makes his debut as host. His guests include actress Joan Blondell and Broadway composer Sigmund Romberg. In sketches, Clark entertains stuffy matrons at a Boston tea party, and a judge with a pea shooter. Romberg does a medley of songs he wrote.
Fred Allen hosts and welcomes guests Broadway actress/singer Ella Logan, dancers Anthony, Allyn and Hodges, comedians Mort and Art Havel, and from Allen's radio program comedian (and Allen's wife) Portland Hoffa, Parker Fennelly and Peter Donald. Logan sings "Sunny Side of the Street." The big production number is a take-off on "Brigadoon". Parker Fennelley plays his radio character Titus Moody in a sketch.moreless
Vaudeville and film comedian Bobby Clark hosts this "Micheal Todd's Revue" sponsored by Frigidaire. Clark welcomes baseball announcer Mel Allen, singer/actress Frances Langford, tennis player Gussie Moran, Argentinian jugglers Atilio and Hector (Peiro Brothers), and comedy act The Albins. Clark performs a comedy rendition of the poem "The Shooting of Dan McGrew." Clark plays judge in a courtroom sketch with Moran complaining someone had stolen her lacy underwear. His attempt to rest in a hospital room is thwarted by a parade of crazy characters.moreless
Eddie Cantor hosts and is joined by his wife, Ida Cantor, actor Robert Gari, comedian Charlie Cantor (no relation), dancers Fred and Sledge, Leslie Scott, Bil and Cora Baird's Marionettes, show's choreographer Dick Barstow (filling in for an injured dancer) and Al Goodman and his Orchestra. Cantor picks up another passenger as he plays taxi driver Maxie. Eddie and Charlie are in drag as a couple of housewives at a laundromat. Scott sings "Basin Street Blues" with dancing by Fred and Sledge. Gari portrays the recently deceased Al Jolson by singing "Swanee" in a tribute to the performer.moreless
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis return with guests singer/actress Kitty Kallen, future Jackie Gleason Show co-star Joyce Randoph, comic dancers Leonard Barr and Virginia Estes (as Barr and Estes), comic actor Sammy Petrillo, the ballroom dance team of De May and Moore, singers The Skylarks, and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra.
In one sketch about babysitting, Joyce Randolph plays the mom, Jerry the dad, and Sammy Petrillo, a Jerry Lewis look/sound alike, the baby. Another skit involves a dancing school. In songs, Kitty Kallen sings "Please Take Me Home" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love."
A nervous-looking Bob Hope makes his debut as host in this Frigidaire-sponsored episode. His guests include are Marilyn Maxwell, country singer Jimmy Wakely, vocalists The Taylor Maids, dance troupe The High Hatters, dancer Judy Kelly, Nelson Case, and Les Brown and his Band of Renown. This show is performed before an all-military audience.
Hope launches the show with his usual topical monologue. In comedy sketches, Hope plays a show-off test pilot. He and Maxwell, as Mata Hari, perform a skit about spying, featuring Hitler and Stalin doubles. The two later duet on "Darn It, Baby, That's Love." The High Hatters perform a tap routine to "Me and My Shadow". Wakely performs "Lonesome Train" and a duet with Hope on "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." Taylor Maids sing "Orange Colored Sky." Les Brown's band plays "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."
Eddie Cantor hosts and welcomes guests jazz pianist Joe Bushkin, actor Jack Albertson, young Dick Van Patten, actress Connie Sawyer, acrobats The Armandis, teen singer June Keegan, and comic dancers Les Zoris (Robert Gross and Claudine Baudin). Cantor performs another "Maxi the Taxi" sketch with Albertson and van Patten. He's joined by pianist Bushkin for "Ballin' the Jack" and "Dust Off That Old Piano." Cantor and Sawyer play a nearsighted couple stumbling hopelessly around in a sketch. The finale, based on "Babes in Toyland," features the Armandis as clowns and Keegan singing a yuletide song.moreless
Fred Allen makes his final appearance as host. His guests include comic Doc Rockwell, opera singer Eileen Farrell, The Christianis acrobat act, and from Allen's radio show Kenny Delmar, Minerva Pious, Peter Donald, and Parker Fennelly. Music is provided by Al Goodman and his orchestra. Eileen Farrell performs a song from "Madame Butterfly". One sketch portrays a murder trail set in the backwater of Maine. Another has Fred as Santa refusing to make his yearly rounds. Also, a skit about a nine-year-old who's gotten everything he knows from television.moreless
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello make their television debut hosting this episode. The boys' guests include: singer Evelyn Knight; actor/dancer Hal Le Roy; specialty act Paul Remos and his Toy Boys (dwarves in suitcases); Jimmy Ford Four; comedians Art and Mort Havel; Patricia Shea; Valerie de Cadenet; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
The boys do their "Hot dog and Mustard" routine.Â Hal Leroy daces as a sailor in the number "Liberty Pass."Â At aÂ carnival midway, Abbott fleeces Costello in their "Shell Game" routine.Â The Jimmy Ford Four, a lip sync comedy ,does "Cocktails for Two."Â Lou checks into Dr. Abbott's sanitarium for some rest; instead he's driven insane by a parade of lunatics.
Jerry Lester, then starring on NBC's first late night series Broadway Open House, made his only appearance as host. He brought with him his series regulars Dagmar, David Street, The Mello-Larks, Milton DeLugg, and Wayne Howell. Guests include Fred Allen, Joan Bennett, Kukla, Fran & Ollie, and actor Pat O'Brien. Lester does a sendup of radio giveaway programs, and he joins Allen in one of Dagmar's "plays."moreless
Bobby Clark makes his final appearance as host in this episode based on the 1946 Broadway show Would-Be Gentleman in which he appeared. The cast includes Basil Rathbone, Sarah Churchill, Fran Warren, Walter Abel, Mary Boland, Danny Scholl, and Nelson Case.
Eddie Cantor is back as host as he spotlights new talent. His celebrity guests include singers Eddie Fisher (days before joining the Army) and Marion Colby. New performers:opera singer Evelyn Gould; a very young singer/dancer Joel Grey; actor and vocalist William Warfield; comics who lip sync to records Tony and Eddie; French classical violinistMiche'le Auclair; dancers (Phyllis) Gehrig and (Don) Weismuller.moreless