Toast of the Town - Season 5

CBS (ended 1955)




Episode Guide

  • September 14, 1952
    September 14, 1952
    Episode 1

    Scheduled guests:
    --Phil Silvers (comedian, from Broadway's "Top Banana")
    --Toni Arden (singer)
    --Hubert Castle (wire walker, trapeze comedian)
    --Lou Wills Jr. (tap dancer)
    --Walter Dare Wahl (comedian)
    --The Angeliers (or Angellers) (four women harpists)
    --The Harvest Moon Champions (winners of the dance contest)

  • September 21, 1952
    September 21, 1952
    Episode 2

    --Edith Piaf (French chanteuse) sings "Padam ... Padam" and "Jezebel."
    --Pat O'Brian (stage and movie actor) - does a dramatic reading of "What Is A Little Girl" then performs a pantomime titled "The Silent Poker Game."
    --Joe E. Lewis (comedian) - does a stand-up comedy routine and sings "Ghost Riders In The Sky."
    --All-American "Look" Baseball Team of 1952 is presented. The top players are Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Shantz, Allie Reynolds, Yogi Berra, Ferris Fain, Hank Bauer, and Mickey Mantle make up the team. Ed Weir joins the players on stage.
    --The Van De Veldes (acrobatic team of two men & two women).
    --Dancers Of Bali (Indonesian Balinese dancing troupe) - boy & girl dance to "The Bumblebee," and later in show, the entire troupe performs the "Monkey Dance."
    --Audience bows: Jacques Peel, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Harold Arlen.

  • September 28, 1952: The Story of ASCAP, Part 1

    The Story of ASCAP (Part 1)
    A salute to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, which was established in ASCAP was established in 1914.
    Guests (listed in a review of this episode):
    --Harold Arlen, Peter De Rose and Mabel Wayne (composers) - performed their compositions on the piano. Harold Arlen and Mabel Wayne also sang their songs.
    --Joe Howard (composer and vaudeville performer) - performed one of his songs.
    Additional guests (scheduled to appear, this week and next):
    --Les Compagnons de la Chanson
    --Clark Dennis
    --Dorothy Fields
    --W.C. Handy (79-year-old composer, known as the "Father of the Blues")
    --Ray Henderson
    --Alice Lawler
    --Patricia Marand (singer)
    --Lauritz Melchior
    --Vaughn Monroe
    --Jack Norworth
    --Maude Nugent
    --Ernie Rose
    --Fritzi Scheff
    --Harry Tierney

  • October 5, 1952: The Story of ASCAP, Part 2

    This is the conclusion of the 2-Part ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Story, with a look at the past 50 years of American music.
    Scheduled guests include:
    --W.C. Handy (79-year-old composer, known as the "Father of the Blues")
    --Ray Henderson
    --Vaughn Monroe
    --Fritzi Scheff
    Additional scheduled guests (appearing on this show or the previous week):
    --Les Compagnons de la Chanson
    --Clark Dennis
    --Dorothy Fields
    --Joe Howard
    --Alice Lawler
    --Patricia Marand (singer)
    --Lauritz Melchior
    --Jack Norworth
    --Maude Nugent
    --Ernie Rose
    --Harry Tierney
    --Mabel Wayne

  • October 12, 1952: A Night At Sophie Tucker's House

    "A Night At Sophie Tucker's House" (with the theater's stage designed to resemble Tucker's living room).
    --Bill Kenny and the Ink Spots perform "If I Didn't Care," "Java Jive" and "You Are Happiness."
    --Sophie Tucker sings "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover," "After You've Gone," "Nobody Loves a Fat Girl" and "Some of These Days."
    --Gloria Lesser (winner of a Sophie Tucker contest) sings "All of Me."
    --Ronny Graham does his "Dazz Rocco" routine from the Broadway revue "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952."
    --Harry Mimo (Italian comedian) - plays a nervous performer straightening his tie and coat, then does a comedic dancing bit.
    Also appearing:
    --Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer (husband-and-wife actors) reprise a scene from their movie "The Four Poster."
    Prior to the "Four Poster" scene, Harrison and Palmer are interviewed by Ed Sullivan and Sophie Tucker.
    --Ted Shapiro (songwriter & Tucker's accompanist and music director) appears at the beginning of the program.

  • October 19, 1952
    October 19, 1952
    Episode 6

    --Pearl Bailey and her brother Bill Bailey perform "Takes Two to Tango."
    --Bill Bailey does a tap-dance tribute to the late Bill Robinson.
    --Hilde Gueden (Metropolitan Opera soprano) sings "One Night of Love" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."
    --Harry Mimmo (comedian) - does a comedy sketch with Ed Sullivan.
    --Nanci Crompton (ballerina) and comedian Will Mahoney - do a "Cinderella" spoof.
    Also appearing:
    --Jay Marshall (magician-ventriloquist act)
    --Arnell & Brask (acrobatic unicycle duo)
    --Jay Sissler (trained dog act)

  • October 26, 1952
    October 26, 1952
    Episode 7

    Scheduled guests:
    --Joe E. Lewis (comedian & nightclub entertainer)
    --Connie Russell (entertainer, billed as "Connie Russel & The Boys")
    --Smith and Dale (comedy team)
    --Harry Mimmo (Italian comedian)
    --Vera McNary & Group (marimba quintet, xylophonists)
    --Lew Parker (comedian)
    --On film: a movie clip from "Happy Time" with Charles Boyer, Marsha Hunt, Louis Jourdan and Linda Christian.

  • November 2, 1952
    November 2, 1952
    Episode 8

    --Frankie Laine sings "Jezebel," "High Noon" and "On The Sunny Side Of The Street."
    --Alec Templeton (singer & piano player) - performs "The Grandfather Clock," the Aria from "Samson & Delilah" and "Give Me The Name, Age, Height and S i z e."
    --Les Compagnons De La Chanson (9-man vocal group from France) - "The Three Bells."
    Also appearing:
    --Sugar Ray Robinson (middleweight boxing champion) - tap dances.
    --Barry Fitzgerald (movie actor, appearing live on-stage) - is interviewed by Ed. (Segment includes a film clip of Barry Fitzgerald & Maureen O'Hara in the movie "The Quiet Man.")
    --The Szonys (dance team) - perform a Pas de Deux.
    --Audience bows: Terry Moore and Joy Godbethere.

  • November 9, 1952
    November 9, 1952
    Episode 9

    "The Bert Lahr Story" with Lahr appearing in three sketches:
    --An interview skit with Lahr as a baseball coach and Art Carney as a reporter.
    --"Schneider's Miracle," a sketch from "Two on the Aisle," with Lahr as a "paper picker" collecting litter in Central Park.
    --Bert Lahr sings to his ax in "The Woodchopper's Song."

    --The Delta Rhythm Boys (R&B group) sing "Dry Bones."
    --Pat Harrington, Jay Villa and Rob Chambers - salute the upcoming Presidential election by singing "I Like Ike," a song written by Irving Berlin.
    --Mimi Benzell (opera soprano) sings "Sweethearts."
    Also appearing:
    --Barry Fitzgerald (comedian) - in a non-comic appearance, recites the final lines from Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural speech.
    --Harry Mimmo (Italian pantomime artist) - routine includes an imitation of a Spanish dancer.
    --Cameo: Nanci Crompton (ballerina) appears on stage with Ed.

  • November 16, 1952
    November 16, 1952
    Episode 10

    --Edith Piaf (French chanteuse) - "La Vie En Rose" & "La Cordianiste"
    --Henry Fonda (actor) - plays a scene from the play "Mr. Roberts"
    --Mario del Monaco (opera singer) - "Pagliacci"
    --University Of Pennsylvania Mask & Wig Club - 12 men (6 of them dressed as women) perform modern dances in Colonial costumes.
    --Leslie Randall (British comedian) - does a routine about smoking.
    --Harrison And Fisher (comic ballroom dancers) - mock serious dance with intentional blunders

  • November 23, 1952
    November 23, 1952
    Episode 11

    --Les Paul & Mary Ford perform "Lady Of Spain" and "My Baby's Coming Home."
    --Christopher Lynch (Irish tenor) - "Mighty Lak' a Rose."
    --The Dagenham Girls (10 woman Scottish Bagpipe Band) - play a Scottish jig.
    --Paul Lynde (comedian from the Broadway revue "New Faces") - stand-up routine as Carl Cankerin, an explorer just back from Africa (on crutches and with bandages on his head).
    --Clifford Guest (ventriloquist with puppet Lester) - routine: British Foxhound impression, Lester sings "How Dry We Are" and a "Won't Go In The Case" routine.
    --"My Darling Aida" cast - Forty cast members dance and do the Bull Run Victory Celebration scene from the play "My Darling Aida" (with music by Verde).
    Also appearing:
    --Johnny Mize (of the New York Yankees) - Ed Holds a baseball bat for the introduction, shows film clip of Mize at the 1952 World Series, Mize comes on stage for a demonstration of his batting technique.
    --On film: Henry Fonda does an announcement for Radio Free Europe.
    --The Toastettes (series regulars) - dance during Les Paul & Mary Ford's "Lady of Spain" performance and at end of show.

  • November 30, 1952
    November 30, 1952
    Episode 12

    Scheduled guests:
    --Nelson Eddy (operatic singer & movie actor)
    --Roberta Peters (opera singer)
    --Ronny Graham (comedian, from the Broadway revue "New Faces" aka "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952")
    --Leslie Randall (British comedian)
    --Collier's All-American Football Team
    --Phil Moore's Flock (aka Phil Moore and His Orchestra)
    --The Princeton Triangle Club
    --The Pierro Brothers

  • December 7, 1952: The Samuel Goldwyn Story

    "The Samuel Goldwyn Story"
    featuring Samuel Goldwyn
    Also appearing (possibly film clips):
    --Dana Andrews
    --Vilma Banky
    --Eddie Cantor
    --Ronald Coleman
    --Gary Cooper (on film)
    --Geraldine Farrar
    --Frederic March
    --Merle Oberon
    --Lawrence Olivier
    --Will Rogers (on film)
    --Harold Russell
    --Babe Ruth (on film)
    --Teresa Wright
    Also, a film clip of Will Rogers.
    Clips from memorable Goldwyn movies:
    --Bob Hope, in a scene from "The Princess and the Pirate" (1944)
    --Danny Kaye, in a scene from "Hans Christian Andersen" (1952)
    --Eddie Cantor, in a scene from "Kid from Spain" (1932)

  • December 14, 1952
    December 14, 1952
    Episode 14

    Guest host:
    --Jackie Gleason (TV comedian) takes over as host (while Ed was hospitalized due to an ulcer attack).
    --Red Buttons (comedian) reprises his punch-drunk prizefighter character.
    --Lisa Kirk sings "Love Is A Boomerang" and "The Gentleman Is A Dope."
    --Gene Jimae (10-year-old harmonica prodigy) performs "Peg O' My Heart."
    Also appearing:
    --The Step Brothers (acrobatic tap dancers)
    --Jose Greco (dancer) performs with three male members of his Spanish dance troupe.
    --Baudy's Greyhounds (trained animal act with dogs and monkeys).
    --On film: A clip from Bob Hope's 1944 film "The Princess and the Pirate."

  • December 21, 1952
    December 21, 1952
    Episode 15

    1952 Christmas Show, broadcast from the Roxy Theatre.
    --Sonja Henie (ice skater & movie actress) performs four routines from the Roxy's ice rink stage.
    --Hume Cronyn & Jessica Tandy (actors) - perform a scene from "Alice in Wonderland" with Cronyn as Humpty Dumpty and Tandy playing Alice.
    --Lilli Palmer (stage and movie actress) reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
    --Victoria de Los Angeles (Metropolitan Opera lyric soprano, from Spain) sings Gounod's "Ave Maria" and a Spanish holiday song that she composed.
    --The Belles and Blades (16 male & 16 female skaters from the Roxy Theatre's ice show).
    --The Student Nurses Choir of New York City's Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital - sing two songs.
    --The 80-piece U. S. Marine Band, conducted by actor Clifton Webb, performs "Stars and Stripes Forever."
    (Clifton Webb's appearance was part of a salute to composer-conductor John Philip Sousa, whom Webb portrayed in the 1952 movie "Stars and Stripes Forever.")

  • December 28, 1952
    December 28, 1952
    Episode 16

    Scheduled guests:
    --Gloria DeHaven (singer)
    --Bobby Clark (aka Bobbie Clark) (comedian)
    --Ronnie Graham (aka Ronny Graham) (comedian, from the Broadway revue "New Faces")
    --The Phil Jones Group (dancers)
    --Tony and Sally DeMarco (dancers)
    --Gautier's Steeplechase (trained animal act)

  • January 4, 1953
    January 4, 1953
    Episode 17

    Scheduled guests:
    --Billy Eckstine (singer, billed as "the Great Mr. 'B'")
    --Bill Sears, Maria Riva and Mickey Deems appear in a comedy sketch.
    --Phil Spitalny with his all-girl orchestra.
    --The Phil Jones Dancers
    --Eileen O'Dare (French acrobat & Folies Bergere headliner)
    --Billy Spears (puppeteer)
    --Bobby Clark
    --Tony Despirito (jockey)

  • January 11, 1953
    January 11, 1953
    Episode 18

    --Margaret Sullavan, Alan Webb and James Hanley perform a scene from the Broadway drama "The Deep Blue Sea."
    --Guy Mitchell sings "She Wears Red Feathers."
    Also appearing:
    --Ogden Nash (poet, writer & lyricist) recites an excerpt from Saint-Saens' "Carnival of Animals" (with special effects from puppeteers Bil and Cora Baird).
    --Robert Taylor (actor) receives a citation of honor from the Air Force Association for his role as Colonel Paul Tibbets in "Above and Beyond."
    --On film: A clip from the movie "Above and Beyond" starring Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker.

  • January 18, 1953
    January 18, 1953
    Episode 19

    --Joni James (vocalist) - "Why Don't You Believe Me?"
    --Tony Martin sings "Tenement Symphony" and (possibly) "Your Broadway and Mine."
    --Ed Wynn does comedy bits while attired in wild costumes.
    --Sitting atop Ed Wynn's piano-on-wheels, Tony Martin sings excerpts from "Shine on Harvest Moon" and "Manhattan" while Wynn pedals him around the stage.
    Also appearing:
    --Margaret Brown (tap dancer) - mixes tap with flamenco- dancing.
    --The American Legion Zouaves Drill Team of Jackson, Michigan (led by drillmaster Carl Mayer) 16 men perform precision drilling and marching maneuvers.
    --Sullivan announces a fashion show featuring models wearing replicas of former First Ladies' Inaugural ball gowns.

  • January 25, 1953
    January 25, 1953
    Episode 20

    --Ed Wynn (comedian) - is still hanging around back stage from last week, waiting to do his trapeze act.
    --Patricia Marand & Jack Cassidy (actors) - perform scene from the Broadway musical "Wish You Were Here" & sing "So Young But A Moment Ago"
    --Eileen O'Dare (demonstrates a few dance steps for Ed Wynn)
    --Patachou (French chanteuse) - "Au Paris" & "Why Don't You Believe Me"
    --Robert E. Sherwood - introduces Black Watch Regiment to honor Scottish Poet Robert Burns.
    --The Black Watch Regiment Pipe & Drum Corp - unidentified music
    --Gae Foster Roxyettes (dance troupe) - "Take The High Road" & "Auld Lang Syne"
    --Mercedes McCambridge & Jim Nolan (actors) - perform a scene from the 1945 play "Hope for the Best."
    --Audience bows: Piper Laurie, Jeryl Johnson
    --On film: movie clip from "Mississippi Gambler" with Tyrone Power & Piper Laurie

  • February 1, 1953
    February 1, 1953
    Episode 21

    Scheduled guests:
    --Gary Cooper (actor) - introduces a film clip from his movie "High Noon"
    --Ted Lewis
    --Myron Cohen (comedian, story teller)
    --The Harmonicats
    --Mario Del Monico (opera singer)
    --Monica Lewis and Bert Nagle
    --Gae Foster Roxyettes

  • February 8, 1953: The Walt Disney Story

    Ed Sullivan narrates "The Life Story of Walt Disney." To prepare for this show, Ed flew to the West Coast and spent 3 days on the Disney lot gathering material including audio recordings and films.
    --Walt Disney guest stars. With help from Donald Duck, Disney tells his life story. Walt demonstrates how he created some of his beloved characters. All of Disney's characters from Mickey Mouse (1928) to "Peter Pan" (1953), his latest production, were to be covered on this show. Also, a look at the filming of his famous productions "Steamboat Willie," "The Three Little Pigs," "Snow White" and "Peter Pan" with behind the scene footage.
    Also scheduled to appear:
    --The Step Brothers (aka The Four Step Brothers) (dance team)

  • February 15, 1953: The Record Industry Story

    "The Record Industry Story" - A Salute to the Recording Industry's 75th Anniversary.
    --Jimmy Boyd (14-year-old singer) - "Early Bird."
    --Joni James, Toni Arden, Sunny Gale, Eileen Barton and Teresa Brewer - each singer performs a song.
    --Gene Autry, accompanied by the Cass County Boys, sings "Down Yonder" and "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine."
    --Roberta Peters (coloratura soprano) sings an aria from "La Traviata" (probably "Sempre Libera").
    --Helen Kane (1920's Jazz-era singer) - "I Wanna Be Loved By You."
    --Will Oakland (counter-tenor) sings "Danny Boy."
    --Finale: George M. Cohan Jr. is featured in a production number of his father's song "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
    --Plus, a 9-minute portion of the NBC opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors" is presented.
    Filmed segment:
    --Bing Crosby sings "Silent Night" with a boys' choir in a scene from the 1944 movie "Going My Way."

  • February 22, 1953
    February 22, 1953
    Episode 24

    --Frankie Laine sings "I Believe."
    --Frankie Laine and Jimmy Boyd sing "Tell Me a Story."
    --Andrés Segovia (Spanish guitarist)
    --John Forsythe and Maria Riva (actors) present the honeymoon cruise scene from Noel Coward's "Cavalcade."
    --Sheree North (from the Broadway cast of "Hazel Flagg") - dance performance.
    Also appearing:
    --George Gobel (comedian-humorist) - talks about his mischievous son.
    --Artie James (roller skater) - act includes acrobatic spinning on one skate.
    --Jack Sharkey (retired heavyweight boxing champion) demonstrates some of his fly fishing techniques to Mickey Mantle.

  • March 1, 1953
    March 1, 1953
    Episode 25

    --Johnnie Ray sings "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," "The Little White Cloud That Cried" and "I'm Gonna Walk and Talk With My Lord."
    --Helen Gallagher, John Brascia, and the Robert Alton dancers perform "You're Gonna Dance With Me, Willie," the jitterbug number from the Broadway musical "Hazel Flagg."
    --Betty and Jane Kean (nightclub comedy team) - act combining singing with comedy dialogue.
    --Joe Termini (pantomimist & musician) - performs at end of show (act was cut short due to time constraints).
    Also appearing:
    --The Carzoni Brothers (acrobatic trio)
    --Audience bow: Leslie Caron (movie actress)
    --Audience bow: Bevo Francis (high scoring basketball player from Rio Grande College, Ohio).
    --On film: Scenes from the movie "Battle Circus" starring Humphrey Bogart and June Allyson.

  • March 8, 1953
    March 8, 1953
    Episode 26

    --Patachou (French chanteuse) sings "I'm in Love With A Wonderful Guy" and a medley of French songs.
    --Vaughn Monroe (baritone singer, bandleader)
    Also appearing:
    --Sam Levenson (comedian-humorist)
    --Victor Moore (Broadway & movie actor) was scheduled to perform the "fly catching scene" from his then-current Broadway play "On Borrowed Time" (according to the "TV Key" newspaper column). But, in its review of this episode, Variety magazine listed Moore performing a scene from "Our Town."
    --The Gae Foster Toastettes (series regulars) - perform a Marine precision drill dance.
    --On film: A scene from the movie "Destination Gobi" starring Richard Widmark and Don Taylor.

  • March 15, 1953: St. Patrick's Day Show

    1953 St. Patrick's Day show
    --Harry James (trumpeter & bandleader) performs "Flight of the Bumble Bee.
    --Gracie Fields sings "Bridgit" (correct title?), "How Are Things In Glocca Morra?" and "At the End of the Day."
    --Helen Kane (1920's vocalist) sings a medley of oldies.
    --The West Point Cadet Glee Club (95-voice choir) - perform three songs.
    Also appearing:
    --Peg Leg Bates (tap dancer with wooden peg leg)
    --Bill Sears and the Ritts Puppets (from the CBS-TV children's series "In the Park," featuring puppeteers Paul Ritts and Mary Holliday) do a St. Patrick's Day sketch.
    Also appearing:
    --The Gae Foster Toastettes (series regulars) dance to "Peg O' My Heart."

  • March 22, 1953
    March 22, 1953
    Episode 28

    --Burl Ives (folk singer) performs "Foggy Foggy Dew," "Blue Tail Fly" and "Big Rock Candy Mountain."
    --Roberta Peters (Metropolitan Opera coloratura soprano) sings "Caro Nome."
    --The Vienna Boys Choir sing "Hallelujah."
    --David Burns and Michael Mann present "And a Little Child," a scene from the Broadway revue "Two's Company," about a stage star who tries to upstage a scene-stealing child actor.
    --Lilli Palmer and David Burns perform "Jealousy," also from the "Two's Company" revue, about a overly-suspicious husband who believes his dowdy wife is cheating on him.
    Also appearing:
    --Movie actresses Rita Hayworth and Debbie Reynolds promote their new motion pictures. Hayworth's new release is the Biblical epic "Salome," and Reynold's latest picture is the musical-comedy "I Love Melvin."
    --Audience bow: Shirley Booth (actress, then appearing in the Broadway play "The Time of the Cuckoo").
    --On film: A scene from "I Love Melvin," a motion picture featuring Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor.

  • March 29, 1953
    March 29, 1953
    Episode 29

    Rodgers & Hammerstein segments:
    A salute to Rodgers & Hammerstein on the 10th Anniversary of their first collaboration ("Oklahoma" which opened March 31, 1943 on Broadway).
    --Rise Stevens (operatic mezzo-soprano) sings "It Might As Well Be Spring" and "If I Loved You."
    --Mario Del Monaco (operatic tenor) performs "Some Enchanted Evening."
    --On film: Gertrude Lawrence sings "Getting to Know You" and "Whistle a Happy Tune" in kinescope excerpts from Ed Sullivan's Sept. 16, 1951 show (when Lawrence was starring on Broadway in "The King & I.")

    --Will Jordan - does impressions of Ed Sullivan.
    --The Harlem Globetrotters (comic basketball players)
    Also appearing:
    --Georgie Tapps (tap dancer) - "Birth of the Blues" song-and-dance routine.
    --University of Indiana basketball coach Branch McCracken talks with Ed.
    --On film: Excerpts from the movie "Call Me Madam" with Ethel Merman singing Irving Berlin's "Hostess With the Mostest on the Ball" and "International Rag."
    Series regulars:
    --The Gae Foster Toastettes do a precision dance to the song "American Patrol."

  • April 5, 1953
    April 5, 1953
    Episode 30

    --Cab Calloway sings "There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York" (from "Porgy and Bess") and "That Old Black Magic."
    --Gracie Fields (English music-hall star) sings a medley of "All For One and One For All," "Don't Be Angry With Me Sergeant," "Christopher Robin Is Saying His Prayers," "Walter, Walter (Lead Me To The Altar)" and "Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye)."
    --The Notre Dame Glee Club (choral singers) sing "Hallelujah, Amen," "When Johnny Comes Marchin' Home," "Home Sweet Home" and "Notre Dame Fight Song (Onward To Victory)."
    Also appearing:
    --The Szonys (dance duo of Francois and Giselle Szony)
    --Cavalcade of Clowns (approx. 25 clowns from Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circus)
    --Burton's Birds (trained animal act)
    --The Gae Foster Toastettes (regular cast members) dance to an Easter song medley.

  • April 12, 1953
    April 12, 1953
    Episode 31

    Scheduled guests:
    --Lilli Palmer and Rex Harrison (actors) - perform a scene from George Bernard Shaw's play "Caesar and Cleopatra"
    --Elaine Dunne (dancer)
    --Charles Coburn and Sherry Jackson (actors) - appear on stage to talk with Ed about their new film "Trouble Along the Way." On film: Clips are shown from "Trouble Along the Way" starring John Wayne, Donna Reed, Charles Coburn and Sherry Jackson.
    --Billy De Wolfe (comedian)
    --Billy Ward's Dominoes (singers-instrumentalists)
    --The University of Michigan Glee Club (choral group)
    --Giuseppe Baggi
    --On film: A scene from the movie "Small Town Girl" with Jane Powell.
    Also appearing:
    --The Gae Foster Toastettes (dancers, regular cast members)

  • April 19, 1953
    April 19, 1953
    Episode 32

    Scheduled Guests:
    --Nanette Fabray (actress-singer)
    --Senor Wences (ventriloquist)
    --Bobby Clark (actor, appeared in several Broadway musical comedies)
    --Fisk University Jubilee Singers (from Nashville, TN)
    --The Dunhills (tap dancers)
    --On film: A scene from the movie "Small Town Girl" starring Jane Powell & Farley Granger. --The Gae Foster Toastettes

  • April 26, 1953
    April 26, 1953
    Episode 33

    Scheduled guests:
    --Roberta Peters (singer, of the Metropolitan Opera)
    --Jan Peerce (singer)
    --Jimmie McHugh (lyricist-composer, wrote "Sunny Side of the Street," "Don't Blame Me" and "South American Way")
    --Jose Greco (Spanish Flamenco dancer)
    --Mickey Mantle and Johnny Mize (of the New York Yankees)
    --Wally Boag (comedian-ventriloquist)
    --Willie West and McGinty (comedy team)
    --The Maequis Monkeys
    --On film: A scene from the movie "Never Let Me Go" starring Clark Gable and Gene Tierney.

  • May 3, 1953
    May 3, 1953
    Episode 34

    --Joe Louis (boxer) appears in an extended segment. Leonard Reed, Louis' secretary (and producer of his nightclub act) introduces Louis, who then jokes about his career. Segment ends with Louis tap dancing to the "Joe Louis Shuffle"
    --Mercedes McCambridge (actress) - does a scene from "The First Smile"
    --Dany Dauberson sings "Autumn Leaves" (in French) & "Stormy Weather"
    --Dieter Tasso (tightrope walker & juggler) - while walking on a tightrope, Tasso juggles hats and balances cups.
    --Dr. Runyun talks about cancer research and treatment.
    --Joe Tremini (might be spelled "Joe Termini") (billed as a "pantomime comedy act) - plays the violin.
    --Audience bows: General David Sarnoff (radio pioneer); Private Joe Persuno (former Korean War POW)
    On film: a Also, a film clip from the movie "Titanic" with Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb

  • May 10, 1953
    May 10, 1953
    Episode 35

    --Dorothy Lamour (movie actress, accompanied by the Hawaiian band and dancers from her nightclub act) sings "The Laughing Song" and "For You a Lei."
    --Dorothy Lamour also performs "Kiss, Kiss Me."
    --To prove that he's qualified to guest-host "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends," Ed Sullivan sings "Where Is Your Heart?" while playing a zither-like instrument.
    --Lou Seiler - comedy monologue includes a spoof of the movie "High Noon."
    --The Goofers (novelty-musical act)
    Also appearing:
    --Byron Nelson (golf champion) - gives a golf demonstration.
    --Nitta & Peppi (balancing-acrobatic team)
    --Nicky ReDavid (paddle-ball expert)
    --Cameos: Audience members William ("Hopalong Cassidy") Boyd and his wife Grace Bradley are presented with leis by Lamour during her (previously mentioned) performance of "For You a Lei."

  • May 17, 1953: The Josh Logan Story

    "The Josh Logan Story" with guests:
    --Gary Merrill, Paul Newman & others - scene from "This Is Paris"
    --Jimmy Stewart - a scene from Princeton Triangle show. Jimmy dressed In Princeton garb recreates song & dance with guy in drag. (probably on film, not live)
    --Ralph Meeker & Eileen Heckert - dramatic scene from "The Picnic" (TV Guide listed a different cast for "Picnic": Kim Stanley, Janice Rule, Scott Jackson)
    --Josh Logan (brief interview with Ed)
    --Janet Blair - "Wonderful Guy" & "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" (from "South Pacific")
    --Gary Merrill & Ralph Meeker - scene from "This Is the Army" ("What's The Name Of The Game") Paul Newman makes a cameo.
    --Juanita Hall - "Happy Talk" (from "South Pacific")
    --Pat Moran - "Could Be?" (from "Wish You Were Here")
    --Sheila Bond - dance number from "Wish You Were Here" (Jack Cassidy was scheduled to appear in this scene)
    --Josh Logan talks about suffering a nervous breakdown.
    Audience bow: Mrs. Josh Logan (Netta Harrigan)
    Scheduled to appear (but not on transcript):
    Scene from "Mr. Roberts" with Gary Merrill, Ralph Meeker, Paul Newman

  • May 24, 1953
    May 24, 1953
    Episode 37

    Scheduled guests:
    --Harry James (band leader)
    --Nanette Fabray (singer-actress)
    --Richard Greene and Viveca Lindfors (actors) perform a scene from "Henry V."
    --Millard Hopper (checker champion)
    --The Zippy Monkeys (trained animal act)
    --Kajar (magician)

  • May 31, 1953
    May 31, 1953
    Episode 38

    Scheduled guests:
    --Tony Martin (singer)
    --Joey Forman (comedian)
    --Myron Cohen (comedian-humorist)
    --Jose Greco (Spanish dancer)
    --Phil Rizzuto and Tommy Henrich (of the Yankees)
    --Ralph Branca and Roy Campanella (of the Dodgers)
    --The Crack Drill Squad from St. Thomas Military Academy of St. Paul, Minnesota

  • June 7, 1953: The Marge and Gower Champion Story

    "The Marge and Gower Champion Story" - A tribute to Marge and Gower Champion.
    Scheduled guests:
    --Marge and Gower Champion (dancers)
    --Lisa Kirk (singer, who made her night-club debut with Marge and Gower at the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel).

  • June 14, 1953: 5th Anniversary Show

    5th Anniversary Show - aka "Double Birthday Show" - divided into 2 parts:
    Part I with guests:
    The cast of "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" featuring performances by Janette Davis, Frank Parker, Julius La Rosa, and tap-dancer Hal LeRoy.
    Plus, cameos by The McGuire Sisters, Harry Roag, and Tony Martin.
    Part II with guests:
    --Smith and Dale (Vaudeville comedy team)
    --Joe E. Howard (singer and songwriter) - performs a medley of some of his compositions.
    --Gracie Fields sings "The Biggest Aspidistra In The World."
    --Will Oakland (tenor) - "Give Me Your Smile."

  • June 21, 1953
    June 21, 1953
    Episode 41

    Scheduled guests:
    --Gracie Fields (guest host)
    --Kay Starr
    --Jan Peerce (opera tenor)
    --Jimmy Nelson
    --Ben Hardesty (champion fly caster)
    --The Arnaut Brothers (acrobats)

  • June 28, 1953
    June 28, 1953
    Episode 42

    Guest host:
    --Tony Martin sings "Hallelujah!" "The Song from Moulin Rouge," "I Believe" and "Manhattan."
    --Roberta Peters (coloratura soprano) sings "Nightingale."
    --Richard Hayman (harmonica player) - "Ruby."
    --Joey Forman (comedian) - does impressions of politicians in a bit about the Kefauver Committee.
    --The Wiere Brothers (comedy trio) - play violins as part of their routine.
    --Elsa and Waldo (comedy dance duo)
    Also appearing:
    --The Geraldos (acrobatic trapeze act)

  • July 5, 1953
    July 5, 1953
    Episode 43

    --Victor Borge (guest host)
    --Monica Lewis (vocalist)
    --Nip Nelson (vocal impressionist)
    Also appearing:
    --Renald and Rudy ("hand to hand" acrobatic team)  
    --Larry Thompson (roller-skating juggler)
    --Contestants in the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant.

  • July 12, 1953
    July 12, 1953
    Episode 44

    Scheduled guests:
    --Gordon MacRae (guest host)
    --Jack Carter (comedian)
    --Baudy's Greyhounds (a dog act)
    --Ben Dova (comic contortionist)
    --Murat Chanters (Shriners chorus from Indianapolis)

  • July 19, 1953
    July 19, 1953
    Episode 45

    --Ralph Meeker (singer & actor, from Broadway's "Picnic") - scheduled to sing "Cecilia'' and "Gee, but I'd Like to be a G-Man" (according to the TV Key newspaper column).
    --Ted Lewis (song-and-dance man) performs "Be Yourself," "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "When My Baby Smiles At Me."
    --Helen Gallagher (singer & Broadway performer) sings "Blow Gabriel Blow."
    Also appearing:
    --Professor Backwards (comedian)
    --Saveen (ventriloquist Albert Saveen)
    --The Amin Brothers (acrobats)

    Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
    --The Spanishtown Dons (drill team) perform "Half Moon Bay."

  • July 26, 1953
    July 26, 1953
    Episode 46

    --Rosemary Clooney sings "Boy Wanted" and "Stick With Me."
    --Farley Granger, Ray Walston, and Hilde Parks in a scene from "John Loves Mary."
    --Van Heflin and Isabel Bonner perform a scene from "The Shrike."
    --Cast & songs from Rogers and Hammerstein's musical "Me and Juliet": Bill Hayes ("The Big, Black Giant"), Isabel Bigley & Bill Hayes ("No Other Love"), Isabel Bigley ("I'm Your Girl"), and Joan McCracken ("Keep It Gay" production number).
    Filmed segment:
    --U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Erwin Wilson gives a speech in Quantico, Virginia.

  • August 2, 1953
    August 2, 1953
    Episode 47

    --Henry Fonda, Eileen Heckart and Darren McGavin perform a scene from the 1938 Broadway play "Missouri Legend."
    --Jack Whiting sings "Every Street's A Boulevard In Old New York" (from the Broadway musical "Hazel Flagg").
    --The Dell Staton Trio (instrumental group)
    Also appearing:
    --Jay Lawrence (comedian-actor) - does a boxing announcer routine.
    --Zippy the Chimp (trained animal act)
    --Performers from "Elliott Murphy's Aquashow," including The Aquadorables and The Aquamaniacs, appear via a remote from the N.Y. Athletic Club.

  • August 9, 1953
    August 9, 1953
    Episode 48

    --Polly Bergen sings "That Old Black Magic" and "S Wonderful."
    --Fritzi Scheff sings "Kiss Me Again."
    --Brucie Weil (6-year-old singer) sings "God Bless Us All."
    --Jimmy Boyd then sings his version of "God Bless Us All."
    Also appearing:
    --Burt Lancaster talks to Ed about "From Here to Eternity."
    --Bobby Brandt (dancer) - does a solo dance. (Segment begins with 6 couples dancing.)
    --Ching (magician)
    --The Pierro Brothers (jugglers from South America) - perform balancing tricks.
    --Nicky Re David (paddle-ball artist)
    --Howard and Wanda Bell (acrobatic team)
    --Audience bows: Civil Air Cadets from 17 countries.
    --Audience bow: Clarence Dozier (pro-golfer)

  • August 16, 1953
    August 16, 1953
    Episode 49

    --Frankie Laine - "Hey Joe" & "New Orleans"
    --Frankie Laine & Jimmy Boyd - "Poor Little Piggy Bank"
    --Mitch Miller, of Columbia Records, presents Frankie Laine with a Gold Record (one million records sold).
    --Betty Dodd - "Don't the Moon Look Lonesome" (sings & plays guitar)
    --Babe, Betty Dodd & Jimmy Boyd - "Little Train A Chuggin'"
    --Nanci Crompton (ballet dancer) - does a waltz with the Toastettes and a ballet solo.
    --Gene Nelson (Hollywood dancer) - dances to "St. Louis Blues" in a production number (with ballroom set & extras)
    --Babe Didrikson Zaharias (female golfer) - does a golf demo, then plays "Begin The Beguine" on harmonica
    --The Romano Brothers - perform acrobatic stunts & Italian medley
    --Carl Ballantine (comic magician, aka "The Amazing Mr. Ballantine") - none of his tricks work)
    --Zippy the Monkey (plays tic tac toe with trainer cleans chalkboard & dances)
    Audience bows: Jerome Thome & wife; Ward Morehouse (newspaperman); General Brandon Burns

  • August 23, 1953
    August 23, 1953
    Episode 50

    --Roberta Peters (Metropolitan Opera soprano)
    --Ray Anthony and his orchestra - "Dragnet" theme and "When the Saints Go Marching In."
    --The Five DeMarco Sisters sing "When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along," "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," and "Get Happy."
    --Joe E. Brown tells the "Tortoise Story," about 3 turtles in a bar.
    --Mickey Deems (comedian) - talks about the woes of a father on Sunday morning.
    --Marshall Issan (spelling?) (pianist with his Maestro puppet)
    Also appearing:
    --Larry Lynn (unicyclist)
    --Verna and Landry (dance duo)
    --Six couples dance to a Latin American song (possibly "Brazil").
    --Audience bows: Wally Pipp and Joe Dugan (both formerly of the NY Yankees).
    --Audience bow: Commander John O'Hara (29th Division, Manhattan Post 90).
    --Ed introduces a baseball team from Fairmont, West Virginia, champions of the Pony League Baseball World Series.
    --Audience bow: Joe E. Brown (comedian & President of the Pony League).

  • August 30, 1953
    August 30, 1953
    Episode 51

    --Nanette Fabray (musical comedy star) - sings "That's Entertainment" and, later in show, does a musical-comedy salute to Texas.
    --Chiquita and Johnson (dance team)
    --Trudie Tache (winner in the Chicago Tribune Musical Festival, best woman singer) sings "My Hero" (scheduled song).
    --McHenry Boatwright (baritone, winner in the Chicago Tribune Musical Festival, best man singer) sings "Because" (scheduled song).
    --Ed introduces the following members of the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Team: Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Carl Furillo, Carl Erskine
    --Al Bernie (stand-up comedian)
    --Wally Boag (comedian, novelty act)
    --The Great Rolando (balancing act)

  • September 6, 1953
    September 6, 1953
    Episode 52

    Scheduled guests:
    --Vaughn Monroe (singer)
    --Brandon de Wilde (young actor)
    --Anna Maria Alberghetti (coloratura soprano)
    --Peg Leg Bates (dancer)
    --Jay Lawrence (comedian)
    --Bobby Winters (juggler)
    --Sharkie the Seal (aka Sharky the Seal)
    --Chris Cross