Toast of the Town

Season 4 Episode 20

January 20, 1952: New York Critics Awards of 1951

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 20, 1952 on CBS
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January 20, 1952: New York Critics Awards of 1951

New York Critics Awards of 1951
--Ed Announces the names in the Annual N.Y. Film Critics Awards. Ed talks about the Italian film "Miracle In Milan" followed by a clip from that movie with people flying away on brooms.
--Ed introduces Bosley Crowther of the N.Y. Times, the head of the N.Y. Film Critics presenting award.
--On film: a clip from "Bright Victory" with Arthur Kennedy.
--Mahalia Jackson (Gospel singer) - "These Are They"
--Ed introduces dancers Elaine Dunn, Danny Scholl, Helen Wood and Hal Leroy, who dance to George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" & "S'wonderful"
--Phil Spitalny & the Hour Of Charm Orchestra (aka Phil Spitalny and His All-Girl Orchestra) - "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (all female orchestra & chorus) and "You and the Night and the Music" (2nd song features a couple dancing)
--John Tio's Talking Parrot (trained animal act) - parrot does imitations: train, kiss, opening bottle pop, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante.
--Audience Bows: Paul Henri, Pat Malurky (Maid of Cotton)
Scheduled guests (not mentioned on episode transcript):
--Kirkwood and Goodman (comedy team)
--The LeRoy Brothers (puppeteers)
--Also, the Kay Francis tribute, with photo highlights, was cancelled.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

Bern Bennett

Bern Bennett

Announcer (1948-1949)

Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan


Ralph Paul

Ralph Paul

Announcer (1964-1971)

Art Hannes

Art Hannes

Announcer (1949-1964)

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