The Ed Sullivan Show

Season 9 Episode 4

October 14, 1956: Dedication of the Henry & Edsel Ford Auditorium in Detroit

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 1956 on CBS
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October 14, 1956: Dedication of the Henry & Edsel Ford Auditorium in Detroit
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Broadcast from the Henry & Edsel Ford Memorial Auditorium in Detroit.
Music:
--Vivian Blaine (movie and Broadway actress) - sings a "Guys and Dolls" medley: "A Bushel and a Peck," "Sue Me," "Adelaide's Lament," and "Pet Me Papa."
--Rise Stevens (Metropolitan opera star) sings "I Could Have Danced All Night," and closes the show with an aria.
Comedy:
--Johnny Carson (comedian) - does an 8-minute salute to Sullivan's eight years on TV, with impersonations of Jack Benny, Edward R. Murrow, and Sullivan.
Also appearing:
--Nanci Crompton (ballerina) - dances the "Gallop" from Khatchaturian's "Masquerade."
--Takeo Usui (Japanese circus aerialist) - performs on a single wire high above the auditorium's stage.
--Jinx (performing monkey) - performs his own version of Usui's stunt.
--Richiardi (illusionist) - levitates a woman.
--William Clay Ford (Ford rep) delivers keys to the new theater.
--Audience bows: Mr. & Mrs. Marcus Winslow (James Dean's Aunt and Uncle, who raised the late actor); Albert E. Cobo (Detroit Mayor); Members of the Detroit Memorial Hall Commission; Ford family members; and Ford Dealer representatives (on-stage bows).
On film:
--The New York premiere of the movie "Giant" with Jack Warner, George Stevens, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson. Includes scene from "Giant."

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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)

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Herself, on film

Guest Star

Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson

Himself, on film

Guest Star

Jack Warner

Jack Warner

Himself, on film

Guest Star

Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson

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Recurring Role

Richiardi

Richiardi

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