The Ed Sullivan Show

Season 9 Episode 8

November 11, 1956: Life Magazine Tribute

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 1956 on CBS
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November 11, 1956: Life Magazine Tribute
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A 20th Anniversary Tribute to "Life" Magazine.
Music:
--Bing Crosby (talks with Ed and) sings "True Love."
--Julie Andrews sings a medley of "Wouldn't It be Lovely," "I'll Follow My Secret Heart" and "Someone to Watch over Me."
--Louis Armstrong and his band perform "Mahogany Hall Stomp" and "Blueberry Hill."
--Kate Smith sings "God Bless America."
Broadway:
--Michael Redgrave, Barbara Bel Geddes, and Cathleen Nesbitt (actors) - perform a scene from their Broadway play "The Sleeping Prince."
Also appearing:
--Phil Silvers (comedian) - routine includes a bit about the song "Old Man River."
--Henry Luce (publisher & creator of the weekly news magazine "Life").
Filmed segment:
--A short documentary on how magazine's staff races to beat the publication's deadlines, especially on late breaking stories such as the sinking of the Andrea Doria ocean liner.

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    Bern Bennett

    Bern Bennett

    Announcer (1948-1949)

    Ed Sullivan

    Ed Sullivan

    Host

    Ralph Paul

    Ralph Paul

    Announcer (1959-61, 1964-71)

    Art Hannes

    Art Hannes

    Announcer (1949-1964)

    Julie Andrews

    Julie Andrews

    Herself

    Guest Star

    Barbara Bel Geddes

    Barbara Bel Geddes

    Guest

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    Bing Crosby

    Bing Crosby

    Himself

    Guest Star

    Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong

    Himself

    Recurring Role

    Kate Smith

    Kate Smith

    Herself

    Recurring Role

    Phil Silvers

    Phil Silvers

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      • Thanks to Macfarlane for providing the song titles and this excerpt from "Variety":
        ". . . The big hoop-la, of course and a rarity in the area of 'live' tv, was the Bing Crosby appearance and soloing of his 'True Love', with an enforced reprise, hitched to a Sullivan wager that it'll register second only to 'White Christmas' in disc clicks. 'Love' was done to a Bing turn but it was in the banter division, chiefly with Phil Silvers, that the Crosby personality asserted itself as of old. Their by-play in the show's opening moments, set a pace for hilarity that was only topped when Silvers, in perhaps his most stand-out non-Bilko turn on tv, turned in a skit on 'Ol Man River' at a 'Show Boat' rehearsal that hit a peak in comedics. . ." ("Variety" 14th November 1956)

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