The Colgate Comedy Hour - Season 4

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  • 9/5/1954
    9/5/1954
    Episode 48
    9/5/54
    0.0
    Scheduled guests are vocalist Nat "King" Cole, comedian Larry Storch, and actress/singer Dorothy Lamour. Lamour sings "Queen of the Hollywood Islands", performs in a sketch about sarongs, and in a bit set on the Hawaiian island of Luau. This is the final episode of the summer run of The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour. The fall season begins with the next episode.moreless
  • 8/29/1954
    8/29/1954
    Episode 47
    8/29/54
    0.0
    This episode is part of The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour.
    Performers include: comics Kaye Ballard and Ronny Graham; operatic soprano Mimi Benzell; singer Louis Prima; Dania Kropska; and dancer Peter Genaro.
  • 8/22/1954
    8/22/1954
    Episode 46
    8/22/54
    0.0
    This episode is part of The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour. Performers include: big band vocalist Margaret Whiting; The Hamilton Trio; accordionist Dick Contino; Gene Sheldon; and comedian Alan King.
  • 8/15/1954
    8/15/1954
    Episode 45
    8/15/54
    0.0
    This episode from New York is part of The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour.
    Performers include: comics Kaye Ballard and Ronny Graham; baseball player Willie Mays; Miss Universe Miriam Stevenson; and vocalists The Chords.
    Mays performs his novelty tune "Say Hey" and The Chords do "Sh-Boom".
  • 8/8/1954
    8/8/1954
    Episode 44
    8/8/54
    0.0
    This episode, telecast from Hollywood, is part of The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour. Performers include: The Will Mastin Trio (with Sammy Davis Jr.); singer Connie Russell; Gene Sheldon; comedian Jay Lawrence; singers The Gaylords; The Nita Bieber Dancers; announcer Don Wilson; and Vic Schoen and his Orchestra. Jay Lawrence performs a comedy routine. Sammy Davis,Jr. sings "Beause of You", "Hey, There" and "The Birth of the Blues". Russell performs "One Arabian Night" and "You've Changed". The Gaylords do "The Little Shoemaker" and "I Love You".moreless
  • 8/1/1954
    8/1/1954
    Episode 43
    8/1/54
    0.0
    This episode is part of The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour. Performers include: comic Kaye Ballard; singer/dancer Jules Munshin; actor Jeff Chandler; vocalist Mindy Carson; stand-up comedian and actor Buddy Lester; Jonathan Lucas; and the comedy duo Marshall and Farrell.
  • 7/25/1954
    7/25/1954
    Episode 42
    7/25/54
    0.0
    This episode is part of The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour. Performers include: Bobby Van; Pearl Bailey; actor (and at least on this show, singer) Jeff Chandler; Jack Prince; and Jay Lawrence. Bailey sings "Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye" and "He's Gone". Chander performs "That's All She's Waiting to Hear" and "A Girl, a Boy, a Lamplight".moreless
  • 7/18/1954 - Free and Easy
    7/18/54
    0.0
    This episode is part of the The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour. Performers include: singer/dancer Jules Munshin; comic Kaye Ballard; singer Betty Madigan; and dancer Jonathan Lucas.
  • 7/11/1954
    7/11/1954
    Episode 40
    7/11/54
    0.0
    This episode is part of The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour.
    Performers include: Bobby Van; Paul Lynde; Mary McCarty; and Martha Stewart (the singer, not the home expert).
  • 7/4/1954 - Holiday, U.S.A.
    7/4/54
    0.0
    This 4th of July show is an episode of The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour. Performers include: Comic actress Charlotte Rae; singer/dancer Jules Munshin; dancer Johnny Bachemin; tenor Dino Dante; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
  • 6/27/1954 - Away From It All
    6/27/54
    0.0
    This episode is part of The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour. Performers include: Bobby Van; Paul Lynde; Nat 'King' Cole; Mary McCarty; and Gene Sheldon.
  • 6/20/1954 - Continental Holiday
    6/20/54
    0.0
    This episode is part of The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour. Performers include: returning Kaye Ballard and singer/dancer Jules Munshin; and comedian Andy Griffith.
  • 6/13/1954 - Let's Go Places
    6/13/54
    0.0
    This show is part of the summer series The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour. Telecast from Hollywood, the performers include: Bobby Van; Paul Lynde; Mary McCarty; Paul Gilbert; Barbara Ruick; and Vic Schoen and his Orchestra.
  • 6/6/1954 - Holiday in New York
    6/6/54
    0.0
    This is the first episode to fall under the unbrella title The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour. Telecast from New York, the performers include: actor Jackie Cooper; comic Kaye Ballard; singer/dancer Jules Munshin; David Daniels; Elise Rhodes; Bart Mayo; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
  • 5/30/1954
    5/30/1954
    Episode 34
    5/30/54
    8.5

    Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host the season finale. Guests include: Cast includes; Byron Kane; Mary Ellen Kaye; Paul Power; and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra.
    M&L perform songs including "That's Entertainment". And from their forthcoming film Living It Up, "Every Street's a Boulevard" and "Money Burns a Hole in my Pocket". Jerry's a hotel bellhop who won't leave Dean and his bride alone on their honeymoon night; he destroys an expensive fur and tosses the groom out the window. At a lonely heart's club meeting, nerdy Jerry is the newest member.Â

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  • 5/23/1954
    Episode 33
    5/23/54
    0.0
    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello host this week. Their guests include: Peggy Lee; songwriter Hoagy Carmichael; actor Ricky Vera; Eddie Sauter & Bill Finegan with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra; The Pied Pipers; and Peter Leeds. Sauter-Finegan perform "Holiday" and "Midnight Sleigh Ride". Miss Lee does "Johnny Guitar" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered".moreless
  • 5/16/1954
    5/16/1954
    Episode 32
    5/16/54
    0.0
    Host Eddie Cantor is joined by guests including: "Mr. Television" Milton Berle; singers Connie Russell and Eddie Fisher; dance act Andre, Andree and Bonnie. This is Cantor's final Colgate show. He reminisces about his show biz career. Russell does the song "My Man". Fisher performs "Green Years" and "Young at Heart".moreless
  • 5/9/1954
    5/9/1954
    Episode 31
    5/9/54
    0.0
    Jimmy Durante's final Colgate show is a circus--literally. His guests include: Shelley Winters; Durante's old vaudeville partner Eddie Jackson; George Perkins and his crazy car; Linda the trapeze star; magician Kirkman; stilt walker Harold De Garro; Pansy the horse; juggler Wally Blair; and Art Larue and his dogs. In comedy, Durante is a clown in love with lion tamer Winters.moreless
  • 5/2/1954
    5/2/1954
    Episode 30
    5/5/54
    8.0

    Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host this week's show. Their guests include: Dick Humphreys;Â Gretchen Houser; The Treniers; Robert Carson; Henry Slate; Frances Farwell, Helen Eby-Rock; John Harmon; Bobby Fain; Charles Williams; and announcer Hal Sawyer.
    The boys mark their 8th anniversary as a comedy team on this show. They first meet in an Atlantic City nightclub where Jerry's arrival causes chaos and gets them both fired from their jobs waiter and busboy. They next meet at a music store where they're fired after destroying the store.  That's when they decide to team up as a show biz act. In the close, they dance with the Treniers.

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  • The Ice Capades of 1954
    4/25/54
    0.0
    This weeks program, "The Ice Capades of 1954", is telecast from Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Worth, Texas.
    The guest lineup includes: Ice Capades skating stars Donna Atwood and Bobby Specht; comic Herb Shriner; dance team the Old Smoothies (Orrin Markus and Irma Thomas); Paul Castle; comedy team (Larry) Jackson and (Bernie) Lynam; Rosemary and Bobby Maxson; Sonya Kaye; badminton comedy act (Hugh) Forgie and (Stig) Larson; and skater Helen Davidson.moreless
  • 4/18/1954
    Episode 28
    4/18/54
    8.0
    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello welcome guests including: Jane Russell; Rhonda Fleming; A&C stalwarts Connie Haines, actress Beryl Davis; singer Tony Martinez; Nestor Paiva; Benny Rubin, Jim Hayward; Baby Mistin; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
    The show is set in the fictional Latin American country of Bolamania. Lou is a dead ringer for their El Presidente and enjoys being mistaken for the leader, until he encounters the real one. He's drafted to double for El Presidente's because an assassins on the loose. Lou does battle with a mysterious hand that tries to poison all his food and an exploding cake.moreless
  • 4/11/1954
    4/11/1954
    Episode 27
    4/11/54
    0.0
    Jimmy Durante is back as host. His guests include: blonde bombshell Marilyn Maxwell; Liberace and his brother George Liberace; Durante's old vaudeville partner Eddie Jackson; and Ben Wrigley.
  • 4/4/1954
    4/4/1954
    Episode 26
    4/4/54
    0.0
    Eddie Cantor hosts this episode. His guests include: singer Connie Russell; Billy Daniel; dancers Chiquita and Johnson; tenor Manolo Mera; and actor Ricky Vera. In musical highlights, it's "The Eddie Cantor Follies of 1954".
  • 3/21/1954
    Episode 25
    3/21/54
    0.0
    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello welcome guests including: Les Paul and Mary Ford; actress Veola Vonn; exotic dancers Janik and Arnaut; singer/songwriter Fred Darian; actors Harry Mendoza and Danny Richards, Jr.; Norman Abbott; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra. In one sketch, there's confusion at the maternity ward when Lou thinks his wife is giving birth. As usual with Bud and Lou, there's trouble when a prop vase breaks too early in the sketch. In songs, Paul and Ford perform "No Place Like Home", "I Really Don't Want to Know" and "Tiger Rag".moreless
  • 3/14/1954
    3/14/1954
    Episode 24
    3/14/54
    0.0
    Jimmy Durante hosts this episode. His guests include: Eddie Cantor; actor Robert Montgomery; Metropolitan Opera singer Patrice Munsel; Marion Colby; Durante's old vaudeville partner Eddie Jackson; Jack Roth; Jules Buffano; Jack Roth; and Roy Bargy and his Orchestra. This week's show has the premiere of Durante's new opera "Inka Dinka Doo". In a switch on Cantor's "Maxi the Taxi" sketches, this time Durante's the driver.moreless
  • 3/7/1954
    3/7/1954
    Episode 23
    3/7/54
    0.0
    Eddie Cantor is back to host. His guests include: singer Eddie Fisher; Jack Palance; William Holden; Audrey Hepburn; Brandon de Wilde; dancer Billy Daniel; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra Movie stars Holden, Palance, Hepburn and de Wilde were there as winners of Look magazine's annual movie awards.
  • 2/28/1954 - Anything Goes
    2/28/54
    0.0
    This episode is an adaptation of Ethel Merman's hit Broadway musical from 1935. The cast includes: Ethel Merman; Frank Sinatra; Bert Lahr; Sheree North; Arthur Gould-Porter; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
  • 2/21/1954
    2/21/1954
    Episode 21
    2/21/54
    7.0

    Gene Wesson hosts this episode and his guests are: Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (making his first appearance after a long illness); singer/comic Keefe Braselle; skater Sonja Henie; withCarolyn Jones, Will J. White,Joyce Jameson, Norman Abbott, Michael Ross, Glen Stangle, the Jud Conlon Singers and announcer Hal Sawyer. Henie skates, Wesson and Braselle try to top each other with impressions, a sketch about a mob-run coffee shop, and A&C go to the Universal prop room and encounter Frankenstein's monster and theCreature from the Black Lagoon.

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  • 2/14/1954
    2/14/1954
    Episode 20
    2/14/54
    0.0
    Donald O'Connor hosts his final Colgate show this week. His guests include: George Prentice; Beatrice Kay; Scatman Crothers; and regular Sid Miller.
  • 2/7/1954
    2/7/1954
    Episode 19
    2/7/54
    0.0
    Jimmy Durante is this week's host. His guests include: Eddie Jackson; Carol Channing; and Tallulah Bankhead. Bankhead and Channing sing as Durante, in a wig, conducts the all-girl orchestra.
  • 1/31/1954
    1/31/1954
    Episode 18
    1/31/54
    0.0
    Host Eddie Cantor brings along his wife and daughter as he celebrates his 62nd birthday. His guests include: the one and only Groucho Marx; singer Connie Russell; comic actor Wally Cox; singer/dancer Billy Daniel; Ricky Vera; Ida Cantor (wife); Marilyn Cantor (daughter); Jesse, James and Cornell.
  • 1/24/1954
    1/24/1954
    Episode 17
    1/24/54
    0.0
    Broadway belter Ethel Merman hosts this episode. Her guests include: Colgate host Jimmy Durante; dancer Gene Nelson, pianists Decola and Rubini, Sid Marion (from the cast of Merman's movie Call Me Madam; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra. Merman's songs include "C'est Magnifique", "I Love Paris" and "Love is Sweeping the Country". Merman is presented with an award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the Golden Globe); she won Actress In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy, for 1953's film Call Me Madam.moreless
  • 1/17/1954
    1/17/1954
    Episode 16
    1/17/54
    0.0
    This oddly formatted program consists of roughly two seperate parts. The first features performers including: Frank Sinatra; comic actor Alan Young; comedian Stan Freberg; and acrobatic team Chiquita and Johnson. The second segment is telecast from Bing Crosby's Pro-Amateur Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach, California. The guest line-up from here includes: Dean Martin; Phil Harris; Don Sherry; Lloyd Mangrum; baseball players Lefty O'Doul, Ralph Kiner and Jerry Pretty; and golers Doug Ford, Bud Ward, Peter Haig, Jimmy Demeret and tournament winner Dutch Harrison.moreless
  • 1/10/1954
    1/10/1954
    Episode 15
    1/10/54
    0.0

    Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis return as hosts. Their guests include: comic actor Franklin Pangborn; actor Duke Art Jr.; Birdie Brickerbrack; The Modernaires; and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra. Jerry disrupts Dean's opening song by playing the trumpet (badly).A movie studio executive and his entourage come to the boys' dressing room; Jerry proceeds to cover them in food and water.The two go to a store's toy department and destroy everything, includingsales clerk Franklin Pangborn. Jerrymugs to Leroy Anderson's "The Typewriter." The Modernaires sing "Crazy Man, Crazy" and Martin performs "Pretty Baby." Jerry presents Dean with a gold record for one million copies sold of "That's Amore."

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  • 1/3/1954
    1/3/1954
    Episode 14
    1/3/54
    0.0
    Jimmy Durante hosts with guests including: Eartha Kitt and Paul Douglas.
  • 12/27/1953
    12/27/1953
    Episode 13
    12/27/53
    0.0
    Eddie Cantor hosts this year-end tribute to show business. His guests include: fellow Colgate hosts Donald O'Connor and Jimmy Durante; singer Connie Russell; comedian George Gobel; singer and Jack Benny Program regular Dennis Day; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
  • 12/20/1953
    12/20/1953
    Episode 12
    12/20/53
    0.0
    Donald O'Connor hosts the series' Holiday show. His guests include: actor Charles Coburn; Scatman Crothers; regular Sid Miller; singer Jana Mason; Donald's daugher Donna O'Connor; the Rose Bowl Queen and court; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
  • 12/13/1953
    12/13/1953
    Episode 11
    11/13/53
    0.0
    Perry Como fills in as host, with guests including: comics Martha Raye and Ben Blue; Mike Mazurki; and The Fontane Sisters.
  • 12/6/1953
    12/6/1953
    Episode 10
    12/6/53
    0.0
    Jimmy Durante is the host. His guests include: Ethel Merman; Keye Luke; and Eddie Jackson. Merman performs a selection from Call Me Madam. She also joins Durante for several duets.
  • 11/29/1953
    11/29/1953
    Episode 9
    11/28/53
    5.0

    Eddie Cantor hosts this music intensive program. His guests include: Frank Sinatra; actor Brian Donlevy; singer Eddie Fisher; songwriter Harold Arlen; Connie Russell backed by the Debonaires; comic actress Joan Shawlee; songwriter Harold Arlen; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
    Highlights include a take-off on TV westerns where all the characters speak in voice-overs and a salute to the songs of Harold Arlen. Maxi the Taxi picks up a woman he mistakes for an expectant mother. Harold Arlen joins the cast in a medley of his biggest songwriting hits.

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  • 11/22/1953
    11/22/1953
    Episode 8
    11/22/53
    0.0
    An historic television event! Donald O'Connor hosts this first commercial network color telecast using NBC's electronic color system. His guests include: Ralph Bellamy; Dorothy Dandridge; Sid Miller; actress Corinne Calvet; Jack Albertson; comedy writer Snag Werris; Phil Carris; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
  • 11/15/1953
    11/15/1953
    Episode 7
    10/15/53
    0.0
    Martha Raye hosts this episode. Her guests include: film star Irene Dunne; and from her Saturday night series Cesar Romero and Rocky Graziano.
  • 11/8/1953
    11/8/1953
    Episode 6
    11/8/53
    0.0
    Jimmy Durante hosts this week's show. His guests include: Frank Sinatra; Danny Thomas; dancers The Gay Tyroliers; Jackie Barnett; Jan Arvan; actor Hy Averback; Wanda Smith's Cover Girls; Charles Smith; Allen Henderson; The Mad Hatters; Regulars Jack Roth, Eddie Jackson; Jules Buffano; and Roy Bargy and his Orchestra. Sinatra tries to sing "From Here to Eternity" but Durante thwarts his attempts. In comedy, the stars appear on a panel show and have to drink the sponsor's lousy-tasting product.moreless
  • 11/1/1953
    11/1/1953
    Episode 5
    11/1/53
    0.0
    Bud Abbott hosts solo as Lou Costello is ill this week. (He says its the first time he's performed alone in eighteen years.) His guests include: Peggy Lee; Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis; actor Jimmy Thompson; dancers Pat Horn and Gene Nelson; The Pied Pipers; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra. Miss Lee performs "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" in a smoke filled production number and sings a commercial for Halo shampoo! Nelson performs a dance titled "Off Center". Kinescoped clips from A&C's previous appearances are shown, including one involving a rubdown, another featuring diamonds.moreless
  • 10/25/1953
    10/25/1953
    Episode 4
    10/25/53
    0.0
    Donald O'Connor hosts this episode. His guests include: film star Lauren Bacall; Joanne Gilbert; Elaine Stewart, comedy duo Tom D'Andrea and Hal March; regular Sid Miller; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
  • 10/18/1953
    10/18/1953
    Episode 3
    10/18/53
    0.0
    Eddie Cantor hosts this episode. The theme is the upcoming opening of the flick The Eddie Cantor Story. His guests include: Jack Benny; singer Connie Russell; singer/Broadway performer Billy Daniel; comic actors Sheldon Leonard, Peter Leeds and Sandra Gould; Rex Ramer, Jack Boyle, Mike Ross, Al Goodman and his Orchestra. Featured is a tribute to recently-deceased comedian Willie Shore who was scheduled to be in the Cantor Story .moreless
  • 10/11/1953
    10/11/1953
    Episode 2
    10/11/53
    0.0
    Jimmy Durante makes his first appearance as host. His guests include: John Wayne; jazz drummer Jack Roth; Eddie Jackson; voice and film actor Candy Candido; Jules Buffano; and Roy Bargy and his Orchestra. Durante and Wayne do a take-off on Canadian Mountie movies.
  • 10/4/1953
    10/4/1953
    Episode 1
    10/4/53
    8.0
    Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host the fourth season opener. Their guests include: Burt Lancaster; Eddie Ryder; Sidney Sillman; Fay McKenzie; actors Peter Leeds, Marc Platt and Byron Kane; Irving Kaye; Frankie Branda; actresses Suzanne Ames and Dona Cole; announcer Hal Sawyer; The Skylarks; and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra
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