Toast of the Town

Season 5 Episode 9

November 9, 1952

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 1952 on CBS

Episode Recap

--Show begins with Ed Sullivan introducing Barry Fitzgerald, the "'Toast of the Town' comedian."
Ed reads fan letters to Fitzgerald. Sullivan then Sullivan talks about the upcomming Presidental election (as an introduction to the next segment).
--Political sketch with Pat Harrington, Jay Villa and Rob Chambers. The trio sings "I Like Ike"
--Barry Fitzgerald recites the final lines from Abe Lincoln's second inaugural speech.
--Sullivan introduces Bert Lahr (Broadway and movie star)
--Bert Lahr and Art Carney - do a comedy sketch with baseball coach Lahr interviewed by sportscaster Carney.
--Commercial: Lincoln Automobiles
--The Delta Ryhthm Boys (R&B group) - sing "Dem Bones"
--Sullivan introduces ballerina Nancy Crompton. Crompton appears on stage with Sullivan who shows a photo of the ballerina meeting Queen Elizabeth.
--Harry Mimmo (comedian, tap dancer) - tap-dances to "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," does an Spanish dancer impersonation, then imitates a receptionist at typewriter putting on her makeup.
--Bert Lahr - 2nd comedy sketch: "Schneider's Miracle" about a garbage man picking up litter in Central Park. He talks with nannies walking babies and a little girl eating popcorn.
--Mimi Benzell (Metropolitan Opera Star) - performs song (unknown title).
--Commercial spot for Lincoln Mercury dealers.
--Bert Lahr - 3rd sketch: "The Wood Chooper" in which Bert sings to his ax.
--Announcer Art Hannis announces next week's guests: Henry Fonda, Edith Piaf, the University Of Pennsylvania Mask & Wig Club, Leslie Randall, Harrison Fisher and Met opera singer Mario Del Monico.
--Show closes with ballet dancers on performing on stage (closing credits roll).

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