The Ed Sullivan Show - Season 6

CBS (ended 1971)




Episode Guide

  • September 5, 1954
    September 5, 1954
    Episode 51

    Season 6 is on the "Toast of the Town" guide.

  • August 22, 1954: Eartha Kitt, John Raitt, Celeste Holm, Janis Paige, Nanci Crompton

    Episode originally in color.
    --Eartha Kitt sings "Mink, Schmink" and "Monotonous."
    --John Raitt - "Hey There" (from "The Pajama Game") & "My Boy Bill" (soliloquy from "Carousel").
    --Janis Paige - "Hernando's Hideaway" (from "The Pajama Game").

    Also appearing:
    --Celeste Holm with Hollywood director Michael Curtiz.
    --The Andrea Dancers (formal dancing, with double jointed girl).
    --Nanci Crompton (dancer)
    --The Bogdadis (four brothers, acrobatic-juggling act).
    --Miss Malta and Company (animal act) - dogs in costumes walking and dancing on their hind legs.

  • May 30, 1954: Patti Page, Liberace, Red Buttons, Hermione Gingold, Richard "Mr. Pastry" Hearne

    Music includes:
    --Liberace (pianist) - "Warsaw Concerto."
    --Patti Page sings "Steam Heat" and "Autumn In Rome."
    --Patti Page and Liberace (dressed as Hillbillies) perform "Hey Liberace."

    Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
    --Red Buttons (comedian-actor) - performs his novelty song "Buttons Bounce."
    --Hermione Gingold (comedienne) - does a "cello" sketch.
    --George Liberace (Liberace's brother) conducts the orchestra.
    --Richard "Mr. Pastry" Hearne (English comedian)
    --Johnny Farrell (golf pro, discusses the coming National Open which takes place at his course)
    --Bacone College Choir (30 American-Indian singers from Muskogee, Oklahoma, wearing Native American costumes) - sing choral songs.

  • May 23, 1954: David O. Selznick (on film), Betty and Jane Kean, Mindy Carson, Dickie Valentine

    Scheduled guests:
    --Mindy Carson sings "This Above All" and a medley of oldies.
    --Betty and Jane Kean (music and comedy team) sing "Cargo."
    --Dickie Valentine (English singing star) performs "Secret Love," "Because You're Mine" and "Glad Rag Doll."
    --Page and Bray (adagio dancers)
    --Richard "Mr. Pastry" Hearne (English comedian) - also scheduled for next week's show.
    --On film: Producer David O. Selznick discusses the theatrical re-release of "Gone With the Wind," and presents scenes from the film.

  • May 16, 1954: Nat "King" Cole, John Forsythe, David Wayne, Ted Lewis, Dick Contino

    Scheduled guests:
    --Nat "King" Cole sings a medley that includes "Answer Me My Love" and "Calypso Blues."
    --John Forsythe (as Capt. Fisby) and David Wayne (as the Japanese interpreter Sakini) perform a scene from John Patrick's Pulitzer prize-winning Broadway play "Teahouse of the August Moon."
    --Ted Lewis (entertainer known as the "Is Everybody Happy?" man) - performs "Me and My Shadow."
    --Dick Contino (accordionist) - "Lady of Spain."
    --Richard "Mr. Pastry" Hearne (English comedian)
    --Stan Musial (St. Louis Cardinal outfielder)
    --Byron Nelson (golfer)
    --Audience bows: General Claire Chennault and members of his "Flying Tiger" division.

  • May 9, 1954: The ASCAP Story, Part Two

    Part 2 of a 2-part tribute to The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

    Scheduled guests:
    --Julius LaRosa sings "Young At Heart" and "Three Coins in the Fountain."
    --Julius La Rosa and The Whiting Sisters (Barbara and Margaret) perform "Ain't We Got Fun?"
    --Barbara and Margaret Whiting do a medley of songs written by their father, Richard Whiting, including "Honey."
    --Margaret Whiting performs "My Ideal."
    --Dolores Gray sings "Melancholy Baby."
    --Nanci Crompton dances "The Bridal Veil Dance."

    Composers scheduled to appear:
    --Ernie Burnett (performer and composer)
    --Jack Norworth (composer of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game")
    --Joe E. Howard (composer of "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now")
    --Rudolf Frimi (composer of "Rose Marie" and "Firefly")
    --Harry Tierney (composer of "Alice Blue Gown")

    Also scheduled:
    --Roy Smeck (ukulele player & guitarist)
    --Mrs. Gus Kahn (wife of musician, songwriter and lyricist Gus Kahn)
    --Bobby Shantz (Philadelphia Athletics pitcher).
    --Bob Trice (Philadelphia Athletics pitcher).
    --Vic Powers (of The Philadelphia Athletics).
    --Audience bow: Liberace

  • May 2, 1954: The ASCAP Story, Part One

    Part 1 of a 2-part tribute to The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

    Scheduled guests:
    --Lionel Hampton and his band perform "St. Louis Blues" (composed by W.C. Handy) and "Flyin' Home."
    --Bert Lahr (comedian) sings "I'm A Mountie Who Never Got His Man" (which he performed in the 1954 movie "Rose Marie").
    --Celeste Holm sings "June Is Bustin' Out All Over."
    --Lillian Roth (singer) - performs a medley that includes "Sing You Sinners" and "Ain't She Sweet."
    --Mimi Benzell (soprano)
    --Rudolph Friml (composer-pianist)
    --W.C. Handy (composer)
    --Otto Harbach (ASCAP president)
    --Joe Howard (song writer and Vaudeville entertainer)
    --Alice Lawlor (composer)
    --Jack Norworth (songwriter and singer)
    --Maude NugentJerome (singer and composer)
    --HarryTierney (musical theater composer)
    --Earl Wrightson (singer and actor)
    --Geoffrey O'Hara (composer of "K-K-K-Katy")
    --Roy Smeck (banjo player)

  • April 4, 1954: Eartha Kitt; Hermione Gingold & Billy DeWolf; Roberta Peters

    --Eartha Kitt - "Somebody Bad Stole The Wedding Bell" (with the Bil Baird Puppets) and "Lovin' Spree."
    --Roberta Peters and the "Three Musketeers" of the Metropolitan Opera, Cesare Siepi, Cesare Valletti, and Fernando Corena, perform "Viva De Compagnie," "The Barber Of Seville (Figero)" and "We Are The Musketeers."

    --Hermione Gingold and Billy DeWolf play two old ladies getting drunk in the train sketch from John Murray Anderson's "Almanac."

    Also appearing:
    --In a remote from Miami, Sophie Tucker recites "My Fifty Golden Years" and "Success."
    --In a remote from Atlanta, golfer Ben Hogan demonstrates a golf stroke, does his impression of Ed playing golf, and a fake slow-motion swing.
    --Audience bow: Janet Leigh.

  • January 10, 1954: Andy Griffith, Dolores Gray, Harry Mimmo, Larry Best

    --Andy Griffith (comedian, listed as "Deacon Andy Griffith").
    --Dolores Gray sings "I Got The Sun In The Morning (And The Moon At Night)," "Shrimp Boats" and "The Big Mamou."
    --Harry Mimmo (nightclub comedian)
    --Larry Best (comedian)
    --Willy, West and McGinty (comedy team)
    --The Copacabana Dancers (chorus girls)
    --Joyce's Camels (animal act)

  • September 27, 1953: Stan Freberg, Peter Lind Hayes & Mary Healy, Patachou, Walter Dare Wahl

    --Patachou (French chanteuse) sings "C'est Magnifique" (with a parody of vocalists who overact while singing) and 1 other song (title unknown).
    --Twelve (horse racing) jockeys, all dressed in top hat and tails, sing a version of "I Got Rhythm."
    --Ted Atkinson and Eddie Arcarro (jockeys) do a "Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean" song-and-dance bit.
    --Stan Freberg, Daws Butler and June Foray perform Freberg's comedy records "Little Blue Riding Hood" and "St. George and the Dragonet" (both records spoof the TV series "Dragnet").
    --Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy (husband-and-wife TV personalities) - do a song and comedy routine about people they encountered while visiting Europe (includes Mary singing "My Lost Melody").
    Also appearing:
    --Darvas and Julia (dance team with half-siblings Nicolas Darvas & Julia Darvas).
    --Audience bows: Rocky Marciano (World Heavyweight Champion) and Ted Williams (of the Boston Red Sox) - both athletes are later called up on stage to talk with Ed.
    --Audience bows: Sylvia Sullivan (Ed's wife), Bob Precht (Ed's son-in-law), and Betty Sullivan Precht (Ed's daughter).

  • September 20, 1953: The Gene Autry Story; John Raitt, Dolores Gray
  • September 13, 1953: Carmen Miranda, Joe Jackson Jr., Jerry Coleman, The Ice Capades of 1954

    Scheduled guests:
    --Carmen Miranda (singer & movie star) sings "Anna" and another song about the cost of living.
    --Joe Jackson Jr. (comedian, circus clown) - breakaway bicycle act.
    --Jerry Coleman (New York Yankees utility infielder & Korean War fighter pilot)
    --The Harvest Moon Ball Winners (dance champions)
    --In a remote pickup from Madison Square Garden, "The Ice Capades of 1954" featuring Donna Atwood and other world-famous skaters is presented.