Toast of the Town

Season 1 Episode 34

February 6, 1949: 218 Years of Tin Pan Alley / Luise Rainer, Jackie Gleason, Pat Henning

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 1949 on CBS
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February 6, 1949: 218 Years of Tin Pan Alley / Luise Rainer, Jackie Gleason, Pat Henning
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Music - 218 Years of Tin Pan Alley segment:
--William J. McKenna (songwriter) - "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?"
--W.C. Handy (songwriter) performs "St. Louis Blues."
--Harry Armstrong (songwriter) sings "Sweet Adeline."
--Cameo: Rudy Vallee (appears backstage)
Comedy:
--Jackie Gleason (comedian) - monologue includes a dramatic movie scene.
--Pat Henning (comedian) - stand up routine with celebrity imitations.
Also appearing:
--Luise Rainer (actress) talks about her career, then performs a scene from her 1935 film "Escapade."
--Marybeth Olds (dancer-contortionist) - acrobatic novelty act.
--Viola Essen and John "Johnny" Coy (dancers, from Broadway's "Along Fifth Avenue") - tap dance vs. ballet challenge dance.
Series regulars:
--The Toastettes (a.k.a. The June Taylor Girls) - open the show with a dance number.

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Bern Bennett

Bern Bennett

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Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan

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Ralph Paul

Ralph Paul

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Art Hannes

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