The Colgate Comedy Hour - Season 5

NBC (ended 1955)




Episode Guide

  • 9/4/1955
    Episode 39
    Charlton Heston hosts this final summer installment of The Colgate Variety Hour. His guests include: singers the Bob Hamilton Trio and The King Sisters; and Frank DeVol and his Orchestra.
  • 8/28/1955
    Episode 38
    Charlton Heston is back to host this summer edition of The Colgate Variety Hour. His guests include: Edgar Bergen and his pal Charlie McCarthy; Marjorie Fields Moppets; and comedy dog act Bob Williams and Red Dust. Clips from the current Heston movie The Private War of Major Benson are screened. Scenes are performed live on the show, with film co-stars Tim Hovey and Julia Adams.moreless
  • 8/21/1955
    Episode 37
    Edgar Bergen and his wooden pal Charlie McCarthy host this summer edition of The Colgate Variety Hour. Their guests include: Harry Belafonte; Carol Ohmart; guitarist Millard Thomas; dancers Augie and Margo. A clip from the current Kirk Douglas flick Ulysses is featured.
  • 8/7/1955
    Episode 36
    This summer edition of The Colgate Variety Hour is hosted by Edgar Bergen. His buddies Charlie McCarthy, Effie Klinker and Mortimer Snerd are on hand to assist. The show is telecast from the grand opening of Conrad Hilton's new Beverly Hilton Hotel. Guests include: gossip columnist Hedda Hopper; Bob Cummings; The Vagabonds; The Dorman Brothers; The Merriel Abbott Dancers; vocalist Paule Desjardims; and Conrad Hilton himself. Celebrites inverviewed include: Celeste Holme; Irene Dunne; Audie Murphy; Shelley Winters; Walt Disney and his wife; Merle Oberon; Charlton Heston; Conrad Hilton; and Earl Wilson. This hodgepodge program also includes a clip from the Cary Grant/Grace Kelly movie To Catch a Thief.moreless
  • 7/31/1955
    Episode 35
    Edgar Bergen and his wooden pal Charlie McCarthy host this summer edition of The Colgate Variety Hour. Guests include: Anna Maria Alberghetti and The Alberghetti Family; and comedian Mitzi McCall. Dean and Jerry are never far away; McCall shows a clip from the upcoming M&L movie You're Never Too Young. She then does a lip synch to a Lewis tune.moreless
  • 7/24/1955
    Episode 34
    This episode promotes the release of the 1955 Warner Brothers' film Pete Kelly's Blues with the stars of the film. Jack Webb hosts. The cast includes: Ella Fitzgerald; Ray Anthony; The Big Eight jazz combo; dancers Miriam Nelson and Jack Regis; and Ray Heindorf with the orchestra. Lee performs "Somebody Loves Me" and "He Needs Me"; Fitzgerald sings "What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry"; The Big Eight combo performs "Breezin' Along With the Breeze" and "Bye Bye Blackbird"; and Fitzgerald and Anthony sing "Pete Kelly's Blues".moreless
  • 7/10/1955
    Episode 33
    Broadway director George Abbott hosts this summer edition of The Colgate Variety Hour. The show is in honor of Jerry Ross, the songwriters responsible for Abbott's hit shows The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees. Cast members of from those two musicals are featured. The star-studded guest list includes: Gwen Verdon; John Raitt; Helen Gallagher; Eddie Foy, Jr.; Ray Walston; Jimmie Komack, The Four Aces; Fran Warren; Mary Stanton; The DeMarco Sisters; Abbe Lane; and Hal Hastings with the orchestra of Damn Yankees.moreless
  • 7/3/1955
    Episode 32
    Guy Lombardo hosts this summer edition of The Colgate Variety Hour from his restaurant Eastpoint House, in Freeport, Long Island and his water show Arabian Nights in Jones Beach. His guests include: actress Sheree North; singers The Fontane Sisters; and comedian Morey Amsterdam. Songs from The Fontane Sisters include "Royal Garden Blues".moreless
  • 6/26/1955
    Episode 31
    This summer edition of The Colgate Variety Hour is hosted by Charlton Heston. His guests include: Fred MacMurray; dancer team Chiquita and Johnson; singer Louis Prima; and impressionist Dick Kerr. A clip is shown from Heston and MacMurray's new film The Far Horizons.
  • 6/12/1955
    Episode 30
    Charlton Heston hosts this kick-off to the summer season. The series is now re-titled The Colgate Variety Hour. Heston's guests include: actress Vera-Ellen; Sarah Vaughan; comic Johnny O'Brien; rock band Billy Ward and his Dominoes; bagpiper players The Dagenham Pipers; cyclists The Chadulis; and Frank DeVol and his Orchestra. In a salute to aviation in the movies, a clip is shown from Wings, with the film's star Richard Arlen making an in-studio visit. A scene from the current film Strategic Air Command is shown, along with an interview filmed in London with it's co-star Jimmy Stewart. Stuntman Paul Mantz, who photographed the airborne scenes for the new movie, appears to discusses his craft.moreless
  • 6/5/1955
    Episode 29
    Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host this final show of the regular season. (The series summer title, The Colgate Variety Hour, begins with next week's episode.) Their guests include: drummer Buddy Rich; comic/entertainer Sonny King; B-movie actress Peggie Castle; Paula Voss; The Ebonaires; announcer Wendell Niles; and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra.moreless
  • 5/29/1955 - Highlights of Broadway 1955
    Eddie Fisher hosts this revue featuring big scenes from Palace, La Vie, Damn Yankees, Fanny and House of Flowers.
  • 5/15/1955
    Episode 27

    Rhonda Fleming and Gordon MacRae co-host this telecast from March Air Force Base in Riverside, Californiacommemorating the start of Armed Forces Week. Guests are: Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (making their final Colgate appearance); dancers The Clark Brothers; singer Jana Mason; Carmen Dragon and his Orchestra; and a filmed appearance by President Eisenhower. Abbott is a sergeant dealing with hapless soldier Costello, the Singing Sergeants of the Air Force perform, the Thunderbirds fly, and in a live stunt, an F-100 travels from Tuscon, Arizona to March Air Force base during the show.

  • 5/8/1955
    Episode 26
    Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host this episode. Their guests include: a cameo by Tony Curtis, Jimmy Durante, Janet Leigh and George Raft; the Ray Malone Dancers; announcer Wendell Niles; and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra. This episode features a take-off on their CBS competition, Toast of the Town (the soon to be re-titled The Ed Sullivan Show).moreless
  • 5/1/1955
    Episode 25
    Liberace hosts this episode from the stage of the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. Joining him is his ever-present brother: George Liberace with his Orchestra.
  • 4/17/1955
    Episode 24
    Gordon MacRae hosts this episode: His guests include: Edgar Bergen (with Charlie McCarthy); sexy starlet Leigh Snowden; comics Ronny Graham and Sue Carson; and The Treniers. A scene from the film Ain't Misbehavin' with Mamie Van Doren and Piper Laurie is shown.
  • 4/10/1955 - Roberta
    4/10/1955 - Roberta
    Episode 23
    This musical hour is an adaptation of the Broadway show by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach. The cast includes: Gordon MacRae; Reginald Denny; Nina Foch; Jack Carter; Lucille Norman; Agnes Moorehead; Luba Malina, Reginald Denny; and Fritz Feld.
  • 4/3/1955
    Episode 22

    Performers in this episode include: Tennessee Ernie Ford; singers Kitty Kallen and Phil Harris; jazz musician Dave Brubeck; and mantomime artist Harry Mimmo; and the Mazone Abbott Dancers.

  • 3/20/1955
    Episode 21
    Gordon MacRae hosts this week's show. His guests include: comic Kaye Ballard; actors Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace and Bert Lahr; French born singer and actress Caterina Valente (in her American debut); and The Marquis Family Chimps. Wilde and Wallace perform a scene from their current film The Big Combo. Valente's songs include "The Breeze and I" and "Malaguena".moreless
  • 3/13/1955
    Episode 20
    Gordon MacRae hosts this episode. His guests include; Bud Abbott and Lou Costello; actress Debra Paget; acrobats The Dassies; and middleweight champion Carl "Bobo" Olson.
    MacRae sings "You Go to My Head" and "It's Almost Like Being in Love." Olson challenges "Crusher Costello" to a match in the ring. Paget performs a dance from her nightclub act.moreless
  • 3/6/1955
    Episode 19
    Gordon MacRae hosts this episode from the ocean liner S.S. United States, docked on the scenic Hudson River. His guests include: comic Ronny Graham; singer Jaye P. Morgan; The glamorous Gabor sisters: Eva, Zsa Zsa, Magda and Jolie; The Wiere Brothers; and Carmen Dragon and his Orchestra. Songs include "Takin' a Chance on Love" from Morgan and "I've Got You Under My Skin" from MacRae.moreless
  • 2/20/1955
    Episode 18
    Gordon McCrae hosts this episode, telecast live from Mardi Gras in New Orlean's French Quarter. McCrae welcomes guests: Peggy Lee; Louis Armstrong; banjo-playing comedian Gene Sheldon; The New Orleans Jazz Saints; dancers Skeets and Pete; and Carmen Dragon and his Orchestra. Miss Lee performs "I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues" and "Come Rain or Come Shine"; she duets with McCrae on "The Birth of the Blues" and "Long Ago and Far Away". Locations for the show include the Court of the Two Sisters, Court of the Maison de Ville, Absinthe House, and Antoine's restaurant.moreless
  • 2/13/1955
    Episode 17

    Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host this episode. Their guests include: comic actor Franklin Pangborn; tap dancers The Four Step Brothers; singer Micki Marlow; Wick, Bird and Kaylick; and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra.
    Dean attempts to sing "Melancholy Baby" despite interruptions by Jerry's "brother," the car attendant. Backstage, Jerry abuses the show's sponsors with their own products. Dean and Jerry do "We Belong Together" with lyrics by Sammy Cahn. A sick Dean is supposed to get bed rest, but that's impossible with nurse maid Jerrytrying to kill fly in the room.Marlow performs "St. Louis Blues" and "Don't Go, Don't Go, Don't Go". M&L dance with The Four Step Brothers.

  • 2/6/1955
    Episode 16
    This unusual show is telecast from San Diego, Hollywood and Tijuana, Mexico. The cast includes: Bobby Van; Spike Jones and the City Slickers; Paul Gilbert, Nat "King" Cole; Bobby Van; Billy Barty; Paul Gilbert; Senor Wences; (Spike' wife) singer Helen Grayco; Gil Lee; John Halvorson; and announcer Wendell Niles.
  • 1/23/1955
    Episode 15
    Gordon MacRae hosts this episode. His guests include: ventriloquist Paul Winchell; comic Ronny Graham; Joyce Bryant; singers The DeMarco Sisters; high-speed dancers The Mayo Brothers; 1955 Maid of Cotton De Lois Faulkner; Plus, Franchot Tone and Gloria Vanderbilt in "In the French Style".
  • 1/16/1955
    Episode 14
    Gordon MacRae hosts this episode from the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. His guests include: comic Jack Carter; singer Patti Page; The Vagabonds; The Lecuona Cuban Boys with Neil Castell; banjo-playing comedian Gene Sheldon; The Aquaclowns; The 1955 Orange Bowl Queen; Cypress Gardens Aqua-Maids; and Carmen Dragon and his Orchestra.
  • 1/9/1955
    Episode 13
    Bob Hope makes his final appearance on Colgate in this outing, filmed at Goose Air Base in Labrador and Thule Air Base in Greenland. His guests include: William Holden and his wife Brenda Marshall; gossip columnist Hedda Hopper; big band vocalist Margaret Whiting; sexy actress Anita Ekberg; Robert Strauss; comic Jerry Colonna; and The Nick Castle Dancers.moreless
  • 12/26/1954 - Hollywood Ice Revue
    Gordon MacRae hosts this special skating program telecast from Chicago Stadium. Skaters include: Gundi Busch, Skippy Baxter, Andra McLaughlin, Freddie Trenkler, The Bruises, Jimmy Grogan, and Bobby Blake.
  • 12/19/1954
    Episode 11
    Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host. Their guests include: actresses Vera Miles and Margery Maud; Hanke Mann; Marvin Middlebird; comic actor Milton Frome; Sylvia Hickle; dancers Gretchen House and Dick Humphries; special guest Phil Abrams (Jack Benny in a cameo); The Nick Castle Dancers; announcer George Putnam; and Dick Stabile and his Orchestra.moreless
  • 12/12/1954
    Episode 10
    Gordon MacRae returns as host. His guests include: from the new movie So This Is Paris Tony Curtis, Gloria De Haven, Gene Nelson, Paul Gilbert, and Mara Corday; Notre Dame Coach Terry Brennan; the 1955 Rose Bowl Queen; banjo-playing comedian Gene Sheldon; appearances by Rock Hudson and Jeff Chandler; and Carmen Dragon and his Orchestra. Clips from So This Is Paris are shown.moreless
  • 11/28/1954
    Episode 9
    Actor/singer Gordon MacRae hosts this installment. His guests include: singer/actress Gale Storm; comedian Jack Carter; Meredith MacRae; actress Debra Paget; and banjo-playing comedian Gene Sheldon. Debra Paget performs a dance number with a convertible; MacRae sings "Old Man River" and "It's a Woman's World" with her daughter Meredith MacRae; Jack Carter performs a salute to old time vaudevillians doing impressions of Louis Armstrong and Al Jolson.moreless
  • 11/21/1954 - Let's Face It
    This production was adaptated from Cole Porter's Broadway musical. Suspicious of their husbands' hunting trips, Maggie, Nancy, and Cornelia decide to turn the tables and invite three young Army inductees to Maggie's summer home at Southampton. The inductees' girlfriends get wind of the scheme and decide to crash the party. Adding to the complications, the husbands also return home. Songs include: "It's De-lovely" (Vivian Blaine); "You Irritate Me" (Gene Nelson); "Ev'rything I Love" (Nelson & Blaine); "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Blaine); "Ev'rything I Love" (Nelson); "Ace in the Hole" (Blaine); and "Ev'rything I Love/Finale" (Cast).moreless
  • 11/14/1954
    Episode 7
    Gordon MacRae makes his debut as host. His guests include: Metropolitan opera star Dorothy Kirsten; The Will Mastin Trio (with Sammy Davis Jr.); comedian Larry Storch; banjo-playing comic Gene Sheldon; French bombshell Josanne Mariani; and Carmen Dragon and his Orchestra.
  • 10/31/1954
    Episode 6
    Actress Terry Moore is this week's host. Her guests include: Ventriloquist Paul Winchell; vocalists Don Cornell and Connee Boswell; The Minevitch Harmonia Rascals; dancers Giselle and Francois Szony; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.
  • 10/24/1954 - Revenge with Music
    This adaptation of the Howard Dietz-Arthur Schwartz Broadway show involves a romantic triangle with a jealous husband, his attractive wife and the older elected official who's infatuated with her. The cast includes: Anna Maria Alberghetti; Harpo Marx; Ray Middleton; Ilona Massey; Jerry Colonna; and Edward Everett Horton.
  • 10/17/1954 - Friar's Frolics
    Milton Berle is the host of the Friar's Club's 50th anniversary celebration. Among the guests are: actresses Janis Paige and Mitzi Green; vaudevillians Smith and Dale, and Georgie Price; Joel Grey; Beau Jenkins; Marilyn Ross; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra
  • 10/3/1954
    Episode 3
    Performers include: singers Dinah Shore and Phil Harris; actor William Bendix; comedy team Tom D'Andrea and Hal March; and The Charlivel Trio.
  • 9/26/1954 - Lou Walters' Latin Quarter Revue: Made in France
    Performers include: singers Johnnie Ray and Jane Morgan; comedian Joe E. Lewis; acrobat act The Seven Ashtons; Art Maner; Leo Durocher and the New York Giants; Look magazine's "All America" baseball team; The Debonairs; and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.

  • 9/19/1954
    Episode 1
    Eddie Fisher hosts the season premiere. His guest include: Louis Armstrong; Peggy Lee; violinist Mischa Elman; The Vagabonds, ballet stars Maria Tallchief and Frederic Franklin; Rocky Marciano and his manager Al Weill; and Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra. Miss Lee's songs include "Lover", "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" and "From This Moment On". Satchmo does "The Whiffenpoof Song" and teams with Fisher for "Birth of the Blues".moreless