Steve's guests are Tony Bennett, Jonathan Winters, and Clara Ward and Her Gospel Singers. Ingrid Bergman and Curt Jurgens appear on film.
--Tony Bennett sings "Love, Look Away" and "By Myself."
--Clara Ward and Her Gospel Singers sing a medley: "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen," "Glory Hallelujah" and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot."
Finale: Tony Bennett sings "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Steve Allen and the series regulars sing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
--Jonathan Winters (comedian) - interviews the "Unidentified Flying Objects," a (phony) beatnik band consisting of Allen, Knotts, Harrington, and Nye.
--On film, Ingrid Bergman and Curt Jurgens are interviewed on the UK set of their movie The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. From the studio, Steve replaces the original interview questions with new questions that make Bergman's and Jurgens' replies sound ridiculous.
--Steve appears as "The Answer Man."
--Harrington plays a barber who shaves Knotts with a straight razor to classical music.
--Steve sings "A Yule That's Cool" with sexy female "reindeer."
--Charles Laughton (actor) - customer at nightclub who has to constantly tip for everything and is called onstage to be a magician's assistant
--Martha Raye (comedian) - sings "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm",
--Mark Murphy (singer) - "Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana Tree"
Also: The cast breaks up frequently in a sketch with Raye performing at lousy nightclub; she falls through stage, is hit with boom mike, and bandleader is Fats Banana (Knotts).
In a remote from the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles:
--Anna Maria Alberghetti's birthday party (singer) - does medley of Jimmy McHugh songs: "I Feel A Song Coming On" (with McHugh on piano), "Lovely To Look At," "I'm In The Mood For Love," "Leave Your Worries On The Doorstep," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "It's A Most Unusual Day."
Also: "The Man on the Street" asks Knotts, Nye and Poston how they handle their budgets. Real kid Benny Hooper who was rescued from a well (with his family).moreless
--An advance preview of "Jack and the Beanstalk," a "Producers' Showcase" spectacular airing the next day. Shown rehearsing are cast members Joel Grey (as Jack); Peggy King (as Tillie, the girl next door); Celeste Holm (as Mad Meggie); Cyril Ritchard (as the Peddler) and Arnold Stang (as Mr. Fum, the Little Giant).moreless