Toast of the Town

Season 6 Episode 26

March 7, 1954: Nat King Cole, Janet Blair, Hurd Hatfield, Frank Fontaine

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 07, 1954 on CBS

Episode Recap

--Janet Blair - sings "Our Fathers Played the Palace" (big production number, a musical tribute to the Palace Theatre)
--Novellas (acrobats) - man balances on ladder, juggles and dog tricks.
--Audience bow: Paddy DeMarco (lightweight boxing champ)
--Audience bow: Rita Gam (actress)
--Frank Fontaine (comedian) - does an Ed Sullivan impression, then does his "Crazy Guggenheim" character (that he made famous on "The Jackie Gleason Show."
--Hurd Hatfield (actor) - does a scene from the off-Broadway drama "Bullfight" where the matador is brought to shame. ("Bullfight" was written by Leslie Stevens.)
--Channing Pollock (magician)
--Ed Sullivan introduces the All-Star College basketball team including Frank Selvey, Tom Marshall, Dick Ricketts, Sy Green, Ed Conlon, Larry Costello, Togo Pulazzi.
--Audience bows: the University of Wichita basketball team
--Nat King Cole - medley of hits ("Mona Lisa," "Too Young," "Pretend," "Nature Boy," "Lover Come Back to Me" & "Answer Me, My Love") 11-minute medley
--Lane Brothers (novelty act) - sight gag, two men in big suit

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