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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