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

Episode Recap

February 6, 1949 "Toast of the Town" (a.k.a. "The Emerson Show")
--Program begins with voice-over announcing the show as "The Emerson Show" (the program's sponsor)
--Show opens with female dancers (probably The Toastettes)
--Marybeth Olds (dancer-contortionist) - acrobatic novelty act.
--Commercial: Emerson portable radios
--Viola Essen and John "Johnny" Coy (dancers, from Broadway's "Along Fifth Avenue") - tap dance vs. ballet challenge dance.
--Pat Henning (comedian) - handkerchief tricks, bald jokes, and does impersonations of Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson.
--Luise Rainer (actress) talks with Sullivan about her career. She then performs a scene from her 1935 film "Escapade."
--Jackie Gleason (comedian) - in a monologue, talks about his first love, followed by a reenactment of a dramatic movie scene.
--Commercial: Emerson TV set ad with Jackie Gleason.

Showcase: 218 Years of Tin Pan Alley segment
--William J. McKenna (songwriter) sings "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly" (with audience sing along).
--Sullivan announces "Negro History Week"
--W.C. Handy (75 years old) performs "St. Louis Blues."
--Harry Armstrong (70 years old) sings "Sweet Adeline."
--Audience bows: Guy Tibby (tenor); Ambassador George (head of the Alfred Sloan Cancer Foundation); Ray Block.
--Cameo: Rudy Vallee (appears backstage)
--Ed's says goodbye.
--Show ends with slate reading "Emerson Radio and Television"

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