Toast of the Town - Season 4

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Episode Guide

  • September 7, 1952
    September 7, 1952
    Episode 53
    9/7/52
    0.0

    Guests:
    --Mary Small (singer) - "Learn to Lose" and, later in show, "I've Got A Pocketful of Dreams" and "You Can Have Him (I Don't Want Him)"
    --The Ashtons (6 men & 1 woman acrobatic act)
    --George Prentis (or Prentiss) (puppeteer) - does a Punch and Judy act
    --The "Top Banana" Broadway cast (with Phil Silvers as Jerry Biffle, Jack Albertson as Vic Davis, and Lindy Doherty as Cliff Lane).
    Scene set in Bifle's dressing room.
    Songs:
    --Lindy Doherty - "You're So Beautiful That"
    --Phil Silvers - "Top Banana" (with Jack Albertson & Lindy Doherty)

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  • August 31, 1952
    August 31, 1952
    Episode 52
    8/31/52
    0.0

    Scheduled guests: --Hal Leroy (tap dancer) --The De Marco Sisters (vocal group) --Bobby Shantz (pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics) --Scotty Burbank (musical comedian)

  • August 24, 1952
    August 24, 1952
    Episode 51
    8/24/52
    0.0

    Comedy:
    --William Bendix (Hollywood actor) - in a comedy monologue, reminisces about his childhood.
    --Al Bernie (nightclub comedian)
    Music:
    --Patti Page sings "You Belong to Me" and "I Went to Your Wedding."
    --Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (operatic basso) sings Mussorgsky's "Song of the Flea" in Russian.
    --The Jackson Zouaves American Legion Chorus (from Jackson, Michigan)
    Also appearing:
    --The Jackson Zouaves American Legion Drill Team (from Jackson, Michigan)
    --Unus (acrobat) - balances all his weight on one finger.

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  • August 17, 1952
    August 17, 1952
    Episode 50
    8/17/52
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    Scheduled guests:
    --Victor Borge (pianist & humorist, appearing as guest host)
    --Artie Auerbach (comedian, played "Mr. Kitzel" on Jack Benny's radio program)
    --Rosemary O'Reilly (singer, from the Broadway revue "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952")
    --The Ashtons (acrobats, aka The Seven Ashtons) --Chandra Kali (or Chandra Kall) (Asian dancing trio)
    --Sorrecho
    --Ken Whitner (or Ken Whitmer) (pantomimist)

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  • August 10, 1952
    August 10, 1952
    Episode 49
    8/10/52
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    Scheduled guests:
    --Jack Carter (guest host)
    --Pearl Bailey (Broadway singer)
    --Anna Maria Alberghetti (concert singer)
    --The Dublin Players (acting troupe) - perform a scene from Bernard Shaw’s "Pygmalion"
    --The Maxwells (comedy ice skaters from "The Ice Capades")
    --Valentine's Trained Cockatoos

  • August 3, 1952
    August 3, 1952
    Episode 48
    8/3/52
    0.0

    Guest host:
    --Tony Martin (singer) -songs possibly "Kiss Of Fire," "Singing In The Rain" and "There's No Tomorrow."
    Dancers:
    --The Four Step Brothers (tap dancing quartet)
    --Joel Grey (Broadway performer & dancer) - dance performance.
    Comedy:
    --Ben Dova (contortionist) - plays an intoxicated man climbing atop a swaying lamppost.
    --Bob Gentry (comedian)
    Also appearing:
    --The Amin Brothers (acrobatic duo from Europe)

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  • July 27, 1952
    July 27, 1952
    Episode 47
    7/27/52
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    Music:
    --Ted Lewis (veteran song-and-dance man) performs two solo songs, then leads a five-man jazz combo on "St. Louis Blues."
    --Ving Merlin and his Violins (conductor with four female violinists) - "Blue Tango" and "Flight of the Bumblebee."
    --Mena Marucci (11-year-old concert pianist from Rome, New York) performs Chopin's "Minute Waltz."
    --The Naval Aviation Cadet Choir from Pensacola (60-man chorus) sing a medley of Spirituals and sea chanties.
    Comedy:
    --Roger Price (TV & nightclub comedian) - does a monologue about the recent political conventions.
    --Jimmy Nelson (ventriloquist with his puppets Danny O' Day and Farfel the Dog)
    Also appearing:
    --Maurice Colleano and his Troupe (family acrobatic act)

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  • July 20, 1952
    July 20, 1952
    Episode 46
    7/20/52
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    Music:
    --Rise Stevens (Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano) sings "Chanson Boheme" (an aria from "Carmen") and "One Night of Love."
    --Sonny Howard (singer-impressionist) does vocal impressions of Louis Armstrong, Billy Daniels, Mario Lanza, Frankie Laine and other singers.
    Also appearing:
    --Jack Carter (comedian) - topics include his recent visit to Europe.
    --Will Rogers Jr. (actor & politician) - talks about his father (whom he played in the 1952 movie "The Story of Will Rogers") and demonstrates a few rope spinning tricks.
    --Ben Hogan (professional golfer) - presents a golf lesson.

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  • July 13, 1952
    July 13, 1952
    Episode 45
    7/13/52
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    Music:
    --Teresa Brewer - "I Hear The Bluebells Ring" and "Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now."
    --Rusty Draper (singer) - possibly "Bouncing on the Bayou."
    Comedy:
    --Orson Bean and Ed Sullivan spoof the recent GOP convention.
    --Sir Cedric Hardwicke (British actor) - reads a short story titled "Craziest Story Ever Written."
    Also appearing:
    --Bobbie Winters (comic juggler)
    --Joan Laste (ballet dancer from France)
    --Bob Feller (Cleveland Indians pitcher) is interviewed by Ed Sullivan.

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  • July 6, 1952
    July 6, 1952
    Episode 44
    7/6/52
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    Guests:
    --The Broadway cast of "Wish You Were Here" (Patricia Moran, Jack Cassidy, Sheila Bond and John Perkins) perform excerpts from the play.
    --Jack Cassidy and Patricia Moran - "Wish You Were Here" and "Where Did the Night Go?"
    --Sheila Bond - "Just Shopping Around"
    Also appearing:
    --Lonzo, Oscar & Cousin Jody (or Dody) (act from the Grand Ole Opry) - "Why Should I Cry Over You?"
    --Captain Leroy Anderson (composer of "Blue Tango") - plays "Blue Tango"
    --Billy Daniels (singer) - "Sunny Side of the Street," "My Yiddish Mother" and "Black Magic"
    --Jim Lynch (archery act)
    --The Wolfrett Dachsunds (or Woolford's Dachshunds) (trained animal act, circus act) - 5 Dachsunds perform.
    --Audience bows: The United States Olympic Boxing Team; Jimmy DeMaris (golfer); Josh Logan and Netta Harrigan; Harold Rome
    --On-stage bow: Corp. Vito Biondo

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  • June 29, 1952
    June 29, 1952
    Episode 43
    6/29/52
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    Scheduled guests:
    --Peter Lind Hayes & Mary Healy (husband and wife TV personalities, appearing as guest hosts)
    --Bill Lawrence (singer)
    --Roger Price (comedian)
    --Nanci Crompton (ballet dancer)
    --The Amin Brothers (European acrobats)
    --The Texas Tumbleweeds (instrumental-vocal group)

  • June 22, 1952: The Richard Rodgers Story, Part 2

    The Richard Rodgers Story, Part 2
    Guests:
    --Yul Brynner (guest host) - narrates the Richard Rodgers story through the program
    --John Raitt - "Oklahoma"
    --Celeste Holm and Ray Middleton - sing "People Will Say We're in Love"
    --Ray Malone, Diane Sinclair and Ken Spalding - "Whistle A Happy Tune," "Getting to Know You" and "Shall We Dance"
    --John Raitt - Soliloquy from "Carousel"
    --Yul Brynner interviews Richard Rodgers.
    --Richard Rodgers (piano duet) - "I'm In Love with a Wonderful Guy"
    --Richard Rodgers and Juanita Hall - "Bali Ha'i"
    --Martha Wright - "Cockeyed Optimist"
    --John Raitt - "If I Loved You"
    --Cloris Leachman - "It Might As Well Be Spring"
    --Celeste Holm - "June Is Busting Out All Over" (production number with dancers)
    --Richard Rodgers - "You'll Never Walk Alone" (with solos by Celeste Holm, John Raitt Martha Wright, Juanita Hall)
    --Yul Brynner closing comments

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  • June 15, 1952: The Richard Rodgers Story, Part 1

    "Toast of the Town" 4th Anniversary show:
    The Richard Rodgers Story, Part 1 (Rodgers & Hart tribute)
    Guests:
    --Bill Lawrence & Cindy Lord - "Manhattan"
    --Sinclair & Spaulding - dance to Rodgers & Hart song "Here In My Heart"
    --Richard Hayes - "Blue Room" (from "The Girlfriend") and "When Or Where" (from "Babes In Arms")
    --Toastettes, Pal Joey Chorus - "The Girlfriend" dance number
    --Jane Froman - "With A Song In My Heart" and "My Heart Stood Still" (2nd song from "A Connecticut Yankee")
    --William Gaxton & Jane Froman - "Thou Swell" (from "A Connecticut Yankee")
    --Lisa Kirk - "10 Cents A Dance" and "The Lady Is A Tramp" (2nd song from "Babes In Arms")
    --Bill Lawrence - "This Can't Be Love" (from "The Boys from Syracuse")
    --Cindy Lord - There's A Small Hotel" (from "On Your Toes")
    --Richard Rodgers (on piano) - "Lover"
    --Vivienne Segal - Bewitched" (from "Pal Joey")
    --Harold Lang & Norma Thorton - "Happy Hunting Horn" (from "Pal Joey")
    Audience bows: Sister Kenny, Bart Sullivan

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  • June 8, 1952
    June 8, 1952
    Episode 40
    6/8/52
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    Scheduled guests:
    --Jesse Owens (track star, famous for winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics)
    --Tony Martin (singer)
    --Blanche Thebom (mezzo-soprano, of the Metropolitan Opera)
    --Willie Hoppe (billiards player)
    --The Kilgore Rangerettes (girls' precision drill team from Texas)

  • June 1, 1952: Eartha Kitt, Orson Bean, Robert Merrill, Roberta Peters, Yehudi Menuhin

    Music:
    --Eartha Kitt sings "Bal Petit Bal" and "Love Is A Simple Thing."
    --Robert Merrill (baritone)- "I'm Falling In Love With Someone."
    --Roberta Peters (soprano)- "Kiss Me Again."
    --Roberta Peters & Robert Merrill (husband and wife, stars of the Metropolitan Opera) - "Will You Remember?"
    --Yehudi Menuhin (violin virtuoso & conductor) - "Caprice Viennois" (accompanied by Arthur Balsam) and "Ravel's Habanera."
    --The Harmonicats (harmonica playing musicians)- "Little Brown Jug"/"12th Street Rag" and "Peg O' My Heart."

    Comedy:
    --Orson Bean (comedian) - stand-up monologue.

    Also appearing:
    --Sinclair & Spaulding (dance team).
    --The Toastettes dance in a Paris scene production number.
    --Cameo appearance: The cast of "New Faces Of 1952."
    --Baudes Greyhounds and Monkeys - trained animal act with monkeys riding on top of Greyhounds.

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  • May 25, 1952
    May 25, 1952
    Episode 38
    5/25/52
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    Guests:
    --Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison (actors) - perform a scene from "Anne of a Thousand Days"
    --Jack Smith sings "Almost Like Being in Love" & "Horse Song"
    --Blanche and Alan Lund (dancers from Canada) - do "farm" dancing (on a farm set)
    --Ginny Smith (Simms?) - "It's Gonna be a Great Day"
    --Elliot Reid (comedian, from Broadway's "Two on the Aisle") - does a sketch that parodies the Kefauver Crime hearings
    --Ginny Simms - "Be Anything But be Mine"
    --Norm Dygon (ventriloquist act, aka "Dygon & Mr. Chips") - Dygon does a duet with his piano playing dummy.
    --Elton Hayes (singer-guitarist) - "Riddle De Diddle De Day" & "Whistle My Love" (from Disney's "Robin Hood")

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  • May 18, 1952
    May 18, 1952
    Episode 37
    5/18/52
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    Actors:
    --Errol Flynn & Paulette Goddard (movie stars) - do another parody of private eye TV shows in a sketch with Lew Parker and Art Carney.
    Music:
    --Dorothy Dandridge (actress-singer) sings "Do What You Wanna Do" (or "You Gotta Take Things Easy") and "Just One Of Those Things."
    --Moishe Oysher (singer-actor) sings the Yiddish song "Eli, Eli" and Cole Porter's "So In Love."
    Comedy:
    --Norman Evans (British comedian) - visit to the dentist routine.
    --Roger Price (humorist & Broadway performer) - draws pictures to illustrate his stories (in a bit with Ed Sullivan).
    Also appearing:
    --Sam Sneed (golf pro) - demonstrates his golf swing.
    --Audience bows: Ann Claire, Fred Corcoran (golf tournament promoter), Eddie Lowery (amateur golfer and businessman) and Elmer Ward (former football player).

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  • May 11, 1952
    May 11, 1952
    Episode 36
    5/11/52
    0.0

    Actors:
    --Errol Flynn and Paulette Goddard (movie stars) - spoof Private Eye TV shows in a comedy sketch.
    Music:
    --Georgia Gibbs sings "Kiss of Fire" and "Come Rain or Come Shine."
    --Richard Walker (baritone) and Helen Roberts (soprano), from the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, sing selections from "The Mikado."
    Comedy:
    --George Kirby (comedian-impersonator)
    Also appearing:
    --Jackie (British acrobat) - performs hand-balancing stunts.
    --Eddie Arcaro (jockey) - is interviewed by Ed Sullivan.
    --The Leon Destine Dancers - perform a "native dance."
    --Audience bow: Willie Hoppe (billiard champion).

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  • May 4, 1952
    May 4, 1952
    Episode 35
    5/4/52
    0.0

    Music:
    --Pearl Bailey sings "Nothin'" and "Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Good Bye)."
    --Luciano Tajoli (tenor) sings a Neapolitan ballad in Italian and English.
    Comedy:
    --Jackie Gleason pantomime: "The Poor Soul" visits a crowded movie theater with his girlfriend.
    --Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and Pert Kelton do a "Honeymooners" sketch: Alice and Ralph argue as they prepare for a formal dance.
    --Jackie Gleason, as Fenwick Babbitt, performs stunts on a game show titled "Can You Do This?" with Art Carney as the quiz-master.
    --Linon (European clown, wire-walker)
    Also appearing:
    --Ed Sullivan interviews Ringling Circus sideshow performers: Nate Eagle's troupe of Little People and the "Tallest Man in Britain" Ted Evans (at 7 feet - 8.5 inches tall).

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  • April 27, 1952
    April 27, 1952
    Episode 34
    4/27/52
    0.0

    Scheduled guests:
    --Jackie Gleason (comedian)
    --Jan Peerce (singer, from the Metropolitan Opera)
    --Dorothy Kirsten
    --Steve Gibson's Redcaps (or "Red Caps") (singing group)
    --Roger Price (comedian)
    --The Dublin Players (troupe of actors)
    --The Tong Brothers (acrobats)

  • April 20, 1952
    April 20, 1952
    Episode 33
    4/20/52
    0.0

    Scheduled guests:
    --Billy Eckstine (singer)
    --Nancy Walker (musical-comedy star)
    --Evelyn Knight (singer)
    --Beatrice Lillie (English comedian)

  • April 13, 1952: Easter Show
    4/13/52
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    1952 Easter show.
    Music:
    --Marian Anderson (opera contralto) sings "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and "Ave Maria."
    --Jane Morgan (singer)
    --The Notre Dame Glee Club (collegiate choral group)
    Broadway:
    --Cornelia Otis Skinner (actress-author) - performs an scene from her Broadway play "Paris 90" about a Jewish family in Paris whose lives are affected by the Alfred Dreyfus affair.
    Also appearing:
    --Senor Wences (comedian-ventriloquist)
    --Audience bow: Sol Hurok (impresario, Marian Anderson's manager).

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  • April 6, 1952
    April 6, 1952
    Episode 31
    4/6/52
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    Music:
    --Sophie Tucker (singer-entertainer) - songs include "My Yiddishe Mama" and "Some of These Days."
    --The Tuskegee University Choir (45-voice chorus from Tuskegee, Alabama)
    Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet:
    --Elaine Fifield and David Blair perform a pas de deux.
    --Svetlana Beriosova (ballerina) - excerpt from "Coppelia."
    Also appearing:
    --Mickey Deems (comedian)
    --Montes De Oca (Spanish circus acrobatic duo)

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  • March 30, 1952
    March 30, 1952
    Episode 30
    3/30/52
    0.0

    Comedy:
    --Jackie Gleason, as "The Poor Soul," does a skit titled "The Cafeteria."
    --Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and Pert Kelton do a "Honeymooners" sketch.
    --Jackie Gleason portrays Fenwick Babbitt in a bakery conveyor belt sketch (with Art Carney playing his supervisor).
    --Señor Wences (ventriloquist) - talks with hand puppet "Johnny" (who smokes a cigarette).
    Music:
    --Tony Bennett -possibly "Since My Love Has Gone."
    --Steve Gibson & The Red Caps perform "Cow Cow Boogie" and 2 other songs. (One song possibly with singer Damita Jo.)
    --Johnny Campbell sings "Too Young." (Campbell is introduced by actress Gloria Swanson as her protegee.)

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  • March 23, 1952
    March 23, 1952
    Episode 29
    3/23/52
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    Guests:
    --Rex Harrison & Lilli Palmer (actors, currently appearing in Broadway's "Venus Observed") - perform a scene from "Venus Observed"
    --Eddie Fisher sings "Anytime" & "Forgive Me."
    --Virginia Grey & Lew Parker (comedians, from "The Bickersons" radio series) - perform a "Bickerson" sketch about Blanche's sprained ankle.
    --Dick Button (ice-skating star) - appears on stage.
    --The Harmonicaires (2 man harmonica duet) - "Ghost Riders In The Sky," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Bicycle Built For Two," "Grand Old Flag" & "Give My Regards To Broadway"
    --Jackie (English acrobat) - performs a balancing act.
    --At beginning of show, Ed brings out miniature circus horse who does tricks.

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  • March 16, 1952: St. Patrick's Day Show

    1952 St. Patrick's Day Show.
    Music:
    --Ted Lewis (singer-entertainer) performs "McNamara's Band" and "In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town."
    --Natalie Evans (Irish singer) - "A Little Bit of Heaven."
    --Alan Dean (English singer) - "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)."
    Drama:
    --Ireland's Dublin Players, with Eddie Dowling as producer, perform a scene from the William Butler Yeats play "Cathleen Ní Houlihan."
    Also appearing:
    --Dorothy Hayden's Irish Steppers (Irish folk dancers)
    --Ed introduces members of the (UPI?) NCAA Men's All-American basketball team: Johnny O'Brien, Dick Groat, Walter Dukes, Chuck Darling, and Mark Workman.
    --Jane Froman makes an appeal on behalf of Easter Seals, and Ed introduces the Easter Seals Girl.

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  • March 9, 1952
    March 9, 1952
    Episode 27
    3/9/52
    0.0

    Scheduled guests:
    --Lew Parker & Virginia Grey (radio stars, from "The Bickersons" radio series)
    --Nancy Walker (comedian)
    --Romo Vincent
    --Giuseppe di Stefano (tenor)
    --Jeff Dane and Jerry Collins
    --Baudi's Greyhounds (trained animal act)

  • March 2, 1952: The Cole Porter Story, Part 2

    "Tribute To Cole Porter" Part 2
    Guests:
    --Dolores Gray sings "Blow Gabriel, Blow"
    --Lisa Kirk sings "Always True to You Darling"
    --Jane Froman sings "Just One of those Things"
    --Audience bow: Captain John Curtis Brown (Jane Froman's husband)
    --Nanci Crompton (ballerina), with dancing chorus, dances to a medley of Cole Porter's hits: "You Do Something to Me," "Let's Do It" and "I Get A Kick Out of You"
    --Dolores Gray and William Gaxton (joined by Ed) - sing "Friendship"
    --Roberta Peters (opera singer) - sings "I Love You" and "So In Love"
    --Jane Froman sings "Begin the Beguine" and "I've Got You Under My Skin"

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  • February 24, 1952: The Cole Porter Story, Part 1

    "Tribute To Cole Porter" Part 1
    Guests:
    --Mimi Benzell & Brian Sullivan (singers, from the Metropolitan Opera) - "Wunderbar"
    --Monty Wooley (Yale classmate of Cole Porter) - sings "Miss Otis Regrets"
    --Anna & Pierre D'Angelo - "Old Fashioned Garden"
    --Lisa Kirk (actress, from the Broadway cast of "Kiss Me Kate") - sings "My Heart Belongs To Daddy"
    --Pierre & Anna D'angelo - "Love for Sale"
    --Mimi Benzell (opera singer) - "In The Still Of The Night"
    --Helen Wood, William Gaxton & Delores Gray - "Anything Goes" & "You're The Top"
    --Dolores Gray (from Broadway's "Two on the Aisle") sings "Night and Day"
    Audience bows: the Notre Dame basketball team; Tom Sanders (Temple University student).
    Film clip: Yale Bowl football game.

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  • February 17, 1952: George White Tribute, Part 2

    Part 2 of "The Story of George White's Scandals," a tribute to Broadway producer George White.
    Music:
    --Toni Arden sings "Somebody Loves Me."
    --Frances Williams sings "Pickin' Cotton."
    --Richard Hayes (Broadway and movie actor) - "My Song."
    --Harry Richman performs "It Had to Be You" and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home."
    --Harry Richman, The Costello Twins and the Toastettes - perform a medley of songs written by Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson.
    --Finale: Toni Arden - "Charleston" production number, with George White demonstrating a few "Charleston" dance steps.
    Also appearing:
    --Smith and Dale (comedy team) perform "Lost Flyers" and "Ambulance Chaser" sketches.
    --Danny Hoctor - tap dance routine.
    --Audience bows: Bob Richards (Olympic pole vaulter) and Michael Vincent DiSalle (former Toledo mayor and ex-director of the Office of Price Stabilization).

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  • February 10, 1952
    February 10, 1952
    Episode 23
    2/10/52
    0.0

    Guests:
    --Audrey Hepburn (actress, in her TV debut) and Michael Evans - perform a scene from "Nine Days A Queen" (Note: At the time of this broadcast, Audrey Hepburn and Michael Evans were appearing on Broadway in "Gigi").
    --Ed Sullivan chats with Audrey Hepburn & Gilbert Miller ("Gigi" producer).
    --Roberta Peters (opera singer) - "The Bell Song" (aria from "Lakme")
    --Film clip: Baseball game at Polo Grounds, N. Y. - National League play off game, Bobby Thompson gets winning home run from Ralph Branca.
    --Bobby Thompson (of the New York Giants) sings "Because Of You" to poster of Brooklyn Dodger Branca.
    --Ralph Branca (of the Brooklyn Dodgers) sings "Because Of You" to poster of Thompson (with altered lyrics).
    --Steve Evans (comedian, does sound effects) - imitates audience laughter.
    --Hands of Joy (with Yves Joly) (also listed as "Les Marionettes Jolie," a Parisian "hand ballet") - troupe uses their hands to perform a water ballet, followed by a demonstration of street combat (they fight with their hands).
    --Evelyn Chandler (roller skater) - does Arabian cartwheels on roller skates.

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  • February 3, 1952: The Beatrice Lillie Story

    "The Beatrice Lillie Story," a salute to the Broadway performer & comedian.

    Bea Lillie and guests perform some of the comedy sketches that she made famous:
    (1) "The Hamlet Sketch" (a.k.a. "Mr. Gielgud Passes By") - A scene from "The Show Is On" about a temperamental stage actor (Reginald Gardiner) whose portrayal of Hamlet is disrupted by a talkative audience member (Beatrice Lillie).
    (2) Les Compagnons de la Chanson, conducted by 'choirmaster' Beatrice Lillie, sing "Come, Oh Come to Pittsburgh" (a song written by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz for the Broadway revue "Inside U.S.A").
    (3) In a tongue-twister from "At Home Aboard," society matron Lillie tries to buy "One Dozen Double Damask Dinner Napkins" from department store clerk Reginald Gardiner. (Hal Stone also appears?)
    (4) A backstage skit in which a catty woman (Lillie) visits her actress friend (Constance Carpenter) following the friend's opening night on Broadway.
    (5) Beatrice Lillie, as a concert diva, sings "There are Fairies at the Bottom of our Garden."
    Also:
    --Les Compagnons de la Chanson (male singing group from France) sing "The Three Bells" and a French-language song.
    --Audience bows: songwriters Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz.
    --Audience bows: two female nurses with the Army Nurses Corps.


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  • January 27, 1952: The Ted Lewis Story
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    "The Ted Lewis Story," a salute featuring entertainer Ted Lewis in a 15 minute segment.
    --Lewis' songs include "Me and My Shadow" with 6 Toastettes in the background miming his movements.
    Broadway:
    --Jessica Tandy & Hume Cronyn (actors) - perform a scene from their Broadway show "The Fourposter," in which a father realizes that his children are now adults.
    Also appearing:
    --Bert Wheeler (actor-comedian, formerly of the comedy team Wheeler & Woolsey) - does a Burlesque comedy sketch with Ed Sullivan.
    --Eddy Howard (vocalist and bandleader) sings "Sin (It's No Sin)" and "Stolen Love."
    --Nanci Crompton (dancer)
    --Nelson Sanchez Ruiz (top spinner)

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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.
    Guests:
    --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.

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  • January 13, 1952: George White Tribute, Part 1

    George White tribute: "The Story of George White's Scandals" (Part 1)
    Music:
    --Peggy Lee - "Are You Having Any Fun?"
    --Rudy Vallee - "My Song" and "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries."
    --Rudy Vallee - "This Is The Mrs." (duet with Peggy Lee?).
    --Harry Richman (Broadway performer, appeared in four George White Broadway productions from 1929-32) - "Birth of the Blues."
    --Richard Hayes (Broadway and movie actor) sings "The Thrill Is Gone."
    --Finale: Richard Hayes, Peggy Lee, Hal Leroy and Betty Bruce sing "Thank Your Mother."
    Comedy:
    --Rudy Vallee and Horace McMahon reprise "The Man of the Hour."
    --Smith and Dale (comedy team) - "I Can Get it for You Wholesale" routine.
    Dance:
    --Betty Bruce (singer-dancer) dances "The Charleston."
    --Helen Wood and Hal LeRoy reprise the 1920s dance the "Black Bottom."

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  • January 6, 1952: Johnnie Ray, Margaret O'Brien, Joe E. Lewis, Eddie Dowling, Willie Mosconi

    Music:
    --Johnnie Ray - "Cry" and "The Little White Cloud That Cried."
    --Les Compagnons De La Chanson - "Appassionatamente."
    --Les Compagnons De La Chanson - "Les Trois Cloches" ("The Three Bells").

    Broadway:
    --Scene from the play "Angel in the Pawnshop" with Eddie Dowling and Margaret O'Brien.

    Also appearing:
    --Joe E. Lewis (comedian) - talks about Sophie Tucker in his stand-up routine, sings "Poor Little February."
    --Willie Mosconi (champion billiard player) - demonstrates pool & Billiards trick shots.
    --The D'Andreas (European adagio dancers) - woman & men do acrobatic dancing.
    --Cameo: Major Jim Jabara, WWII Jet flying ace.

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  • December 30, 1951: Top Stars of 1951
    12/30/51
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    "Toasts" of the Year (Top Stars of 1951)
    Verified guests:
    --Joe E. Brown (comedian)
    --Oscar Hammerstein II (Broadway producer & composer)
    --Helen Hayes (actress)
    --Jeanette MacDonald (singer-actress)
    --Gene Raymond (actor & husband of Jeanette MacDonald)
    --Alfred Lunt (actor)
    --Robert E. Sherwood (playwright & screenwriter)
    --Hilde Gueden (operatic soprano)

    Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
    --Sugar Ray Robinson
    --Pat Rooney, Sr. (actor, from Broadway's "Guys and Dolls")
    --Jersey Joe Walcott (Heavyweight champion boxer)

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  • December 23, 1951
    December 23, 1951
    Episode 16
    12/23/51
    0.0

    1951 Christmas show:
    --Julie Harris (Broadway actress) - recites "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (aka " ' Twas the Night Before Christmas").
    --Gloria Swanson (movie & stage actress) - talks to Ed about her New Years resolutions.
    --Ramon Novarro (movie actor) sings a Mexican Christmas carol.
    --Billy DeWolfe (comedian, in character as "Mrs. Murgatroyd") - the seemingly straight-laced Murgatroyd visits a nightclub for a few quick drinks.
    --Roger Price (TV personality & comedy writer) - draws pictures as he talks with Ed.
    --St. Vincent Ferrer Boys Choir (chorus directed by the Rev. Paul C. McKenna)
    --Fedi-Fedi (novelty contortionist-dancer) - imitates the movements of a mechanical dancing doll.

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  • December 16, 1951
    December 16, 1951
    Episode 15
    12/16/51
    0.0

    Music:
    --Sophie Tucker (singer-entertainer) performs "If I Had My Life To Live Over," "The Curse of an Aching Heart," "What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?" “Alabamy Bound,” "Some Of These Days" and "White Christmas."
    --Ferruccio Tagliavini (Italian operatic tenor) sings "Ave Maria."
    Broadway:
    --Harold Lang and Helen Gallagher (song-and-dance team) perform "Suits Me Fine" (a song from their Broadway musical "Make A Wish," which closed on July 14, 1951).
    Comedy:
    --Noonan & Marshall (comedy team of Tommy Noonan & Peter Marshall)
    --The Bernard Brothers (comedy duo of George & Burt Bernard) - in drag, lip-sync to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Hungarian Rhapsody."
    Also appearing:
    --Cameo: Burt Lancaster appears on stage at beginning of show.
    --The Armandis (5-man acrobatic team) - tumbling & teeter board act.
    --Ed Bang, sports editor of The Cleveland News, presents a posthumous award to "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (retired baseball player who died on Dec. 5, 1951).

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  • December 9, 1951
    December 9, 1951
    Episode 14
    12/9/51
    0.0

    Scheduled guests:
    --Dolores Gray (actress-singer, from the Broadway musical "Two on the Aisle")
    --Michael Bentine (comedian)
    --Nino Martini (tenor, movie actor)
    --Ben Blue (pantomimist)
    --The Princeton Triangle Club - song and dance routine
    --The Salzburg Marionettes

  • December 2, 1951
    December 2, 1951
    Episode 13
    12/2/51
    0.0

    Scheduled guests:
    --Joe E. Lewis (nightclub comedian-entertainer, making his TV debut)
    --Roberta Peters (opera singer)
    --Robert Merrill (opera singer)
    --Jimmy Nelson (R&B singer)
    --Mae Murray (actress from the silent movie era)
    --Andre Eglevsky & Melissa Hayden (ballet dancers)

  • November 25, 1951
    November 25, 1951
    Episode 12
    11/25/51
    0.0

    Scheduled guests:
    --Evelyn Knight (singer)
    --James Barton (actor, from the Broadway play "Paint Your Wagon")
    --Bob Scherrer (dancer)
    --Brani & Valenti (Italian comedy team)
    --Texas Tommie and Baby Doll (trained pony act)

  • November 18, 1951: The Robert E. Sherwood Story

    "The Robert E. Sherwood Story" with actors performing scenes from Sherwood's plays.
    Scheduled guests:
    --Robert E. Sherwood (Broadway playwright and producer)
    --Humphrey Bogart (actor)
    --James Mason and Pamela Kellino-Mason (husband-and-wife actors)
    --Helen Hayes (actress)
    --Alfred Lunt (actor, making his TV debut)
    --Raymond Massey (actor)

  • November 11, 1951
    November 11, 1951
    Episode 10
    11/11/51
    0.0

    Scheduled guests:
    --Dane Clark and Martha Scott (actors from the Broadway play "The Number")
    --Peter Lind Hayes & Mary Healy (husband and wife TV personalities)
    --Billy Daniels (singer)
    --Norman Wisdom (comedian)
    --Harold Lang and Helen Gallagher (dance team)
    --Renee Strange (puppeteer)

  • November 4, 1951
    November 4, 1951
    Episode 9
    11/4/51
    0.0

    Music:
    --The Will Mastin Trio (nightclub act comprised of Will Mastin, Sammy Davis Sr. and Sammy Davis Jr.) - do a portion of their song-and-dance act.
    --Dorothy Sarnoff (operatic soprano) sings "Something Wonderful" and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm."
    --Nino Martini (operatic tenor) - sings one song (possibly "The World Is Mine Tonight").
    Comedy:
    --Michael Bentine (British comedian)
    --Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss (British music hall team)
    --William Gaxton and Victor Moore (comedy duo) - do a sketch about a music teacher's attempts to snag a prospective student.
    Also appearing:
    --The Three Bassis (French acrobatic trio)

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  • October 28, 1951
    October 28, 1951
    Episode 8
    10/28/51
    0.0

    Guests:
    --Morton Downey Sr. sings "Rose Of Tralee," "Long Way To Tipparary" and "My Father's House" (with the Downey Irish Club cast)
    --Anne Jeffreys sings "Dance My Darling" (production number with 'Gypsy' dancers)
    --Rocky Marciano comes on stage (following audience bow) & talks with Ed about his fight with Joe Lewis.
    --Mickey Deems (comedian) - stand-up routine about a father/son conversation
    --Carmen Cavallaro (piano player and orchestra leader) - "Deep Night" (with dancers & chorus) and "Tea for Two"
    --Harold Barnes (tightrope walker)
    --Howell & Bowser (comedy team, listed as 'Harlem comics') - sing "Passing By" & "It's Delovely"
    --The Toastettes (dancers, series regulars) - appear at beginning of show.
    Audience bow: Rocky Marciano; Mrs. Al Jolson; Mayor Clifford (mayor of Brockton, Massachusetts)

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  • October 21, 1951
    October 21, 1951
    Episode 7
    10/21/51
    0.0

    --Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (actor) recites "The Risen Soldier," a poem written by Cardinal Francis Joseph Spellman in 1944.
    Music:
    --Guy Mitchell sings "There's Always Room At Our House."
    --April Stevens sings "I'm In Love Again."
    Comedy:
    --Constance Bennett and Eddie Mayehoff - do a comedy routine about baseball and Phil Rizzuto.
    --Jack Pearl and Charlie Hill (comedians) - do a comedy sketch.
    Also appearing:
    --Broderick Crawford (actor) - introduces a clip from his 1949 film "All the King's Men."
    --Bill Wade (ice skater) - does an ice skating routine.
    --Cameo: Jim Thorpe (athlete, sports star)
    --Cameo: Phil Lepar (Head of letter carriers)

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  • October 14, 1951
    October 14, 1951
    Episode 6
    10/14/51
    9.6

    Guests:
    --Jose Greco (Flamenco dancer) - "La Petenava"
    --Michael Bentine (hyper British comedian, listed as "England's number 1 comic")
    --Yul Brynner (actor) sings "Puzzlement" (from the Broadway musical "The King And I" in which he played The King of Siam. Unlike the play, Brynner is not in costume for this performance.)
    --Bobby Winters (comic juggler)
    --Gil McDougald, Yogi Berra & Phil Rizzuto (three baseball greats) - are interviewed by Ed, with film highlights.
    --Humphrey Bogart (movie actor) - in an interview conducted by Ed, talks about his life.
    --Audience bow: Lauren Bacall (actress & Bogart's wife)
    --Annette Warren - "Along Came Bill"

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  • October 7, 1951
    October 7, 1951
    Episode 5
    10/7/51
    0.0

    Music:
    --Dick Haymes sings "Because of You" and "September Song."
    --Roberta Peters (Met opera coloratura soprano) - "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls."
    Comedy:
    Jack E. Leonard - comedy stand-up with a song-and-dance.
    1951 World Series tribute:
    --New York Giants Sal Maglie (pitcher), Eddie Stanky (second baseman) and Bobby Thomson (outfielder).
    --New York Yankees Allie Reynolds (pitcher) and Phil Rizzuto (shortstop).
    Also appearing:
    --Peggy Ryan & Ray McDonald (dance team) - tap dance to "Blue Skies."
    --Los Gatos (acrobatic trio)
    --The Salzburg Marionettes - "The Dying Swan" ballet performed by a 3 1/2-foot-figure.
    --Audience bows: Connie Mack and Charles Comiskey II.

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  • September 30, 1951
    September 30, 1951
    Episode 4
    9/30/51
    0.0

    "The Helen Hayes Story"
    Broadway:
    --Helen Hayes sings "Froggie Went A-Courtin'" in a scene from her 1950 play "The Wisteria Trees," about a Southern belle who returns to her family's crumbling Southern plantation.
    --Martha Scott recreates Hayes' 1927-28 role as Norma Besant in a scene from "Coquette."
    --Mary McCarty and Raymond Boyle perform a scene from "Happy Birthday" (with McCartney playing "Addie," a role originated by Ms. Hayes).
    --In a specially filmed segment, Helen Hayes recreates her role as "Victoria Regina."
    Other segments:
    --Jenny Hecht (young daughter of Ben Hecht) portrays 6-year-old Helen Hayes as a Gibson girl.
    --On film: Scenes from Hayes' 1931 movie "Arrowsmith" co-starring Ronald Colman and Myrna Loy.

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  • September 23, 1951
    September 23, 1951
    Episode 3
    9/23/51
    0.0

    Guests:
    --Sugar Ray Robinson (boxer) - skips rope to "Anchor's Aweigh"
    --Audience bow: Ruby Goldstein (boxing referee)
    --Wally Cox (comedian) - talks with Sugar Ray about fighting.
    --Later in show, Roger Simon sings a song about Sugar Ray Robinson, who comes out on stage.
    --Tony Bennett - sings "Because of You" and "Sing You Singers"
    --Elsa Lanchester (actress) - talks about pin-up girls, then sings a song.
    --Robert Merrill (singer) - performs one of his own compositions and "America the Beautiful"
    --Winners of the Harvest Moon Dance contest appear. Different catagories: the Fox Trot, Polka, Rumba, Waltz, Jitterbug and the tango.
    On film(?): Herbert Hoover (Former President) - talks about the Crusade for Freedom.
    --All-Star baseball players (presented prizes by Ed):
    --Sal Maglie
    --Roy Campanella (of the the Brooklyn Dodgers)
    --Gil Hodges (of the Brooklyn Dodgers) and Don Newcombe.
    Note: The following baseball players were also scheduled to appear (but are not mentioned on the transcript): Jackie Robinson (of the Brooklyn Dodgers) and Ted Williams (of the Boston Red Sox).
    Additional guests (scheduled, but not listed on transcript):
    --Evelyn Knight
    --Susan Meyer
    --Alfred Dowling

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  • September 16, 1951: Salute to Oscar Hammerstein, Part 2

    Oscar Hammerstein II Story, Part 2 (covering Hammerstein's collaborations with Richard Rodgers).

    Songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musicals:
    --Choral sings "Oklahoma."
    --Robert Merrill & Sandra Deel - "People Will Say We're In Love" (from "Oklahoma").
    --Murial Rahn sings "That's Love" (from "Carmen Jones").
    --Dolores Gray sings "It Might as Well Be Spring" (from "State Fair").
    --Dolores Gray - "June Is Busting Out All Over" (from "Carousel").
    --Lisa Kirk - "The Gentleman Is A Dope" (from "Allegro").
    --Robert Merrill - "Some Enchanted Evening" (from "South Pacific").
    --Bill Tabbert sings "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught" (from "South Pacific").
    --Robert Merrill and chorus - "You'll Never Walk Alone" (from "Carousel").
    --Gertrude Lawrence sings "Whistle A Happy Tune" & "Getting To Know You" (from "The King and I").

    Non-musical segments:
    --Oscar Hammerstein talks about how one must respect the audience. Hammerstein also discusses his partnership with Richard Rodgers, who walks on stage.
    --Audience bow: Otto Harbach (Broadway writer, lyricist and composer)

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  • September 9, 1951: Salute to Oscar Hammerstein, Part 1

    Ed Sullivan narrates part one of the Oscar Hammerstein story.
    Guests:
    --Lena Horne sings "Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine" (from the musical "Showboat").
    --Bill Tabbert sings "One Alone" (from the 1926 Broadway operetta "Desert Song") with vintage newsreel footage of mobs at Rudolph Valentino's funeral.
    --Robert Merrill and Mimi Benzell - "Indian Love Call" duet (from the 1926-28 Broadway musical "Rose Marie").
    --Robert Merrill sings "Ol' Man River."
    --Mimi Benzell sings "Lover, Come Back to Me."
    --Nanci Crompton (dancer) recreates the late Marilyn Miller's dancing to the song "Who?" (from the 1925 Broadway musical "Sunny").
    --Wally Cox and a straight man act out "The Salt Scene," a comedy sketch scripted by Hammerstein for 1929 Broadway musical-comedy "Sweet Adeline."
    --Oscar Hammerstein recites the lyrics to "The Last Time I Saw Paris."

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