The Ed Sullivan Show

Season 8 Episode 40

June 24, 1956: 8th Anniversary Show

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jun 24, 1956 on CBS

Episode Recap

Episode playlist:
--Ethel Merman, Shelly Winters, Ruth Gordon, and Sam Levy sing "Sullivan For Me."
--Teresa Brewer sings a medley of "Music! Music! Music!" "Till I Waltz Again With You," "Ricochet" and "A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl."
--In Hollywood, Ronald Reagan, Natalie Wood, Robert Walker, Walt Disney, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz sing "Happy Anniversary" to Sullivan.
--Klauson's Bears (trained animal act) - bear rides bike.
--Commercial: Mercury automobiles.
--Kate Smith sings a medley of "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die," "I Hear a Rhapsody" and "I've Got the World On a String."
--Jack Paar (TV personality) - stand-up monologue topics include mail order companies (pants advertised as "half off" turn out to be shorts).
--In Chicago, Phil Silvers with the Sgt. Bilko cast - sing a tribute to Ed.
--Harry Belafonte sings "Take My Mother Home."
--Commercial: Mercury Montclair Phaeton automobile. Ed displays an Elgin American Signet cigarette lighter, one of the prizes in a Mercury contest.
--Teresa Brewer sings the "Take Me Away" Mercury jingle.
--On film: On the campus of UCLA, Ed talks with Mr. Knutsen, Dean of Graduate Studies. Ed appears with UCLA athletes: Don Long (football), Bill Foote (golf), Mike Franks (tennis), Bob Seaman (track & field), Rafer Johnson (track), Jim Matheny (football), Conrad Burke (basketball), Don Vick (track).
--The UCLA Choir lip-syncs "Whistle A Happy Tune." Actors in choir include Anita Louise, Debra Paget, Margaret Whiting, Rhonda Fleming, Dorothy Kirsten, Robert Stack, Michael Rennie, Walter Pidgeon, and Gregory Peck. (Includes intro by Susan Hayworth?)
--Ed presents the June 25, 1956 issue of Life magazine which features a 2-page photo spread of Sullivan sitting among 97 unique cakes sent in by CBS affiliates and other well-wishers.
--Gregory Peck talks about "Moby Dick" and its director, John Huston, as part of a preview for next week's show ("The John Huston Story").
--Harry Belafonte sings "Jamaica Farewell."
--Louis Armstrong, making a surprise appearance, sings "Happy Birthday."

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