Toast of the Town - Season 6

CBS (ended 1955)




Episode Guide

  • September 5, 1954
    September 5, 1954
    Episode 51

    Scheduled guests (broadcast from Atlantic City's Convention Hall):
    --John Harris' "Ice Capades of 1955" (40-minute segment planned) - starring Donna Atwood and Bobby Specht, with a cast of 110 skaters.
    Also scheduled:
    --Roberta Peters (opera singer)
    --Sonny Howard (impressionist)
    --The Harmonicaires (also listed as "The Harmonicats")

  • August 29, 1954
    August 29, 1954
    Episode 50

    --Eddie Fisher (guest host) sings "I Need You Now."
    --Eddie Fisher - medley of songs associated with other singers ("Someone Waits For Me," "Begin The Beguine," "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover," "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" and "Night and Day").
    --Serenade of Strings (group of 13 violinists)
    --Alice Riley (soprano, female winner in Chicago Tribune's Chicagoland Music Festival)
    --Raleigh Isaacs (tenor, male winner in Chicago Tribune's Chicagoland Music Festival)
    --Steve Evans (impressionist)
    Also appearing:
    --The American Legion Zouaves Drill Team of Jackson, Michigan (troupe of 12 Legionnaires).
    --Audience bow: Debbie Reynolds (movie actress)
    --Joyce's Camels (novelty act)

  • August 22, 1954: Eartha Kitt, John Raitt, Celeste Holm, Janis Paige, Nanci Crompton

    Episode originally in color.
    --Eartha Kitt sings "Mink, Schmink" and "Monotonous."
    --John Raitt - "Hey There" (from "The Pajama Game") & "My Boy Bill" (soliloquy from "Carousel").
    --Janis Paige - "Hernando's Hideaway" (from "The Pajama Game").

    Also appearing:
    --Celeste Holm with Hollywood director Michael Curtiz.
    --The Andrea Dancers (formal dancing, with double jointed girl).
    --Nanci Crompton (dancer)
    --The Bogdadis (four brothers, acrobatic-juggling act).
    --Miss Malta and Company (animal act) - dogs in costumes walking and dancing on their hind legs.

  • August 15, 1954
    August 15, 1954
    Episode 48

    Guest host:
    --Victor Borge (humorist-pianist) - repertoire includes Claude Debussy's "Claire de Lune."
    --The Four Lads (vocal group) perform "Skokiaan" and "Why Should I Love You?"
    --Jeanne Volk (mezzo soprano, winner of a Baltimore singing contest) - sings "My Hero."
    Also appearing:
    --Roy Benson (comic magician)
    --Mata & Hari (dance team)
    --Nita and Peppi Borza (young acrobats)
    --"The Golden Mermaid" (novelty act from the Latin Quarter New York nightclub)

  • August 8, 1954
    August 8, 1954
    Episode 47

    --Audrey Meadows & Jack Whiting - "I Still Get Jealous" song-and-dance (song from the 1947-49 Broadway musical "High Button Shoes").
    --Mary Small (singer) and her husband Vic Mizzy (on piano) - perform a medley of Mizzy's compositions including "I Had a Little Talk with the Lord."
    --Stan Fisher (harmonica player) - "Jungle Fantasy" and "Rumanian Rhapsody."
    --Professor Backwards (comedian Jimmy Edmondson) - gives a demonstration of backward writing.
    Also appearing:
    --Les Charlivels (acrobatic dance trio)
    --Nicky ReDavid (paddle-ball expert)
    --Paul Sydell and Susie (trained dog act)

  • August 1, 1954
    August 1, 1954
    Episode 46

    Scheduled guests:
    --Polly Bergen (actress) sings "What It This Thing Called Love?"
    --The Ames Brothers (vocal group) - "I Can't Believe That Your In Love With Me."
    --Smith and Dale (comedy team) perform their classic "Dr. Kronkite" sketch.
    --Lee Allen (singer-comedian)
    --The Szonys (dancers)
    --The Carsony Brothers (acrobats)
    --Audience bows: winners of the Women's National A.A.U. track meet.

  • July 25, 1954: U.S. Air Force Talent Show

    Air Force Talent Show a.k.a. "Tops in Blue"
    Broadcast from Mitchel Air Force Base in Hempstead, Long Island.
    --Jerry Van Dyke (comedian, then serving in the Air Force) - plays a failed Channel swimmer in a comedy bit.
    --Roy Bolla (comedian)
    --David Hunter (ventriloquist)
    --First Air Force Band, Mitchel Air Force Base Honor & Color Guard perform "The U.S. Air Force Song."
    --The Air Four sing "I Believe (For Every Drop Of Rain That Falls)."
    --Staff Sgt Carl Gould tap dances while The Aristocats sing.
    --Marlene Pizoni sings "The Nearness Of You."
    --Hap Arnold Honor Flight from Sampson Air Force Base - appears twice in show.
    --Tong Il Han (child prodigy from Korea, adopted by the 5th Air Force) - plays Chopin on piano.
    --Doris Johnson sings "Almost Like Being In Love."
    --Staff Sgt. Keith Fisher sings "That Old Black Magic"
    --Harmonica Rifts (harmonica trio) - "Bunny Hop."
    --The Sandy Valley Boys - "You Better Not Do That."
    Also appearing:
    --The Trojans (acrobats, from Reese Air Force Base Lubbock, Texas)
    --Cameo: Lt. General Leon W. Johnson (medal of Honor recipient and Mitchel Air Force Base commander)
    --Cameo: Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Arthur C. Carroll (Air Force reservist) appears with Major Martino.

  • July 18, 1954
    July 18, 1954
    Episode 44

    Broadcast from the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York
    --Vaughn Monroe (singer-bandleader)
    --Carol Haney (dancer from "The Pajama Game") - dances to "Steam Heat," one of the show's production numbers.
    --Doretta Morrow (singer from "Kismet")
    --Rafael Mendez & sons (trumpet player with his 17-year-old twin sons, Ralph and Robert)
    --The Gautier Steeplechasers (with ponies, dogs and a monkey)
    --Stan Kramer (puppeteer-pantomimist)

  • July 11, 1954
    July 11, 1954
    Episode 43

    Scheduled: --Rosemary Clooney (singer) --The Four Lads (vocal group) --Joan Holloway (dancer) --Romo Vincent (comedian) --Stan Kramer (puppeteer) --finalists in the Miss Universe beauty pageant

  • July 4, 1954
    July 4, 1954
    Episode 42

    Show broadcast from the USS Iowa, docked at the Hudson River.
    --Bill Kenny (formerly of the Ink Spots) sings "Mary" and a medley of Ink Spots' hits.
    --Dolores Gray sings "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and four other songs.
    --Jay Marshall (stand-up comedian)
    Also appearing:
    --The Step Brothers (tap dancers) - appear in two segments.
    --Eileen O'Dare (acrobatic dancer)
    --Les Marcellis (acrobatic duo)
    --Jackie (acrobat)
    --Navy Captain Wayne Loud - is interviewed by Ed.
    --Arthur Connell (American Legion commander) leads the "Pledge Of Allegiance."
    --Herb Hazelton (caricature artist)
    --Audience bows: Charles Vines (blind Marine hero) - appears with his mother.
    --Audience bows: Sgt. Leonard A. Funk, Jr. (Medal of Honor recipient); Lt. George Henry Gay, Jr. (WWII pilot); Donald Mackey (New York Navy League president), and Frank Lange.

  • June 27, 1954
    June 27, 1954
    Episode 41

    --Bert Lahr (comedian) - does an income tax sketch with Cliff Hall.
    --Joni James sings "In A Garden Of Roses" and a medley of her past hits.
    --Pat Henning (comedian) - imitates Bette Davis and participants in a small-town parade.
    --Willie Mays (of the NY Giants) talks briefly with Ed.
    --Audience bows: Shirley Booth (actress), Thomas Mitchell (actor), Robert Aldrich (director), and Karl Maiden (actor).
    Filmed segments:
    --Richard Hearne and Patachou perform at the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris.
    --French chanteuse Patachou sings "Je Suis Heureuse."
    --English comedian Richard "Mr. Pastry" Hearne dances "The Lancers."
    --Ed interviews Genevieve de Galard-Terraube, the French flight nurse known as the "Angel of Dien Bien Phu."

  • June 20, 1954: 6th Anniversary Show

    6th Anniversary Show
    --Rise Stevens - "Stars In My Eyes."
    --Harold Arlen - composer doing a medley of his hits ("Get Happy," "Let's Fall In Love," "I've Got The World On A String," "Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea," "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive," "Come Rain Or Come Shine (w/Rise Stevens)," "Stormy Weather," "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," "That Old Black Magic" & "The Man That Got Away.")
    --Jackie Gleason sketch: "The Poor Soul Visits a Cafeteria" (with Art Carney).
    --Will Jordan (comedian) - impersonations Ed Sullivan and other celebrities.
    Also appearing:
    --Rocky Marciano (boxer) - Sullivan interview, the two compare muscles.
    --Ezra Charles (boxer) & Ed Fergolt (golfer) join Rocky & Ed onstage.
    --Hal Leroy & Peg Leg Bates (tap dancers) - tap dance challenge between the two.
    --Darvas and Julia (dance team)
    --Eight beauty queens from Florida (present gifts to Ed on behalf of Florida civic groups.)
    --Audience bows: Debbie Reynolds (actress); Ray Jablonski (baseball player)

  • June 13, 1954
    June 13, 1954
    Episode 39

    --Janis Paige and John Raitt - "There Was A Man" (from "The Pajama Game")
    --John Raitt - "If I Loved You" (from "Carousel")
    --Victor Borge - plays music of famous composers, then does his interpretations of how they would play "Happy Birthday."
    --The Goofers (instrumental quartet, sing "When The Saints Go Marching In" & do celebrity impressions)
    --The Wichita Orphans (barbershop quartet) - "Wait 'Til The Sun Shines Nellie"
    --Mata And Hari (dance stylists doing a Carnegie Hall sketch)
    --Yokoi Trio (3 female cyclists from Japan)

  • June 6, 1954: U.S. Army Talent Show

    Scheduled guests:
    --Victor Borge (guest host) and 12 finalists from the Army Talent Championship. The finalists include Ezio D. Flagello, Emmanuel Lipman, Charles Malluzza, and Robert Brandstatter, all of the Bronx, Michael Domenico of North Collins, N.Y., Bernard Horowitz, of Brooklyn, Charles Reed, of Newark, and Cephus McGirt.
    --The 12 GI finalists were selected from among 75,000 men who auditioned from 12 worldwide Army command centers.
    --Victor Borge entertains while the judges (made up of prominent celebrities) tally their scores.

  • May 30, 1954
    May 30, 1954
    Episode 37

    --Liberace (pianist) - songs include "Warsaw Concerto."
    --Patti Page sings "Steam Heat" and "Autumn In Rome."
    --Patti Page and Liberace (dressed as Hillbillies) perform "Hey Liberace."
    --Bacone College Choir (30 American-Indian singers from Muskogee, Oklahoma, in Native American costumes) - sing choral songs (possibly "23rd Psalm" and "This Is My Country").
    --Hermione Gingold (comedienne) - sings a humorous song with a cello as a prop.
    --Red Buttons (comedian-actor) - does a prize fight sketch.
    --Richard "Mr. Pastry" Hearne (English comedian)

    Additional guests (tentatively scheduled):
    --George Liberace (Liberace's brother) conducts the orchestra.
    --Johnny Farrell (golf pro) - discusses the upcoming National Open which takes place at his golf course.

  • May 23, 1954
    May 23, 1954
    Episode 36

    --Dickie Valentine (English singing star) performs "Secret Love," "Because You're Mine" (Mario Lanza impression) and "Glad Rag Doll" (imitating Johnnie Ray).
    --Mindy Carson (vocalist) - sings a medley of Bert Williams songs.
    --Betty and Jane Kean (music and comedy team) - "Cargo" production number in a 'South Seas' setting.
    --Richard "Mr. Pastry" Hearne (English comedian)
    Also appearing:
    --Producer David O. Selznick discusses the theatrical re-release of "Gone With the Wind," and presents scenes from the film.
    --The Ghizzio Brothers (acrobats)

  • May 16, 1954
    May 16, 1954
    Episode 35

    --Nat "King" Cole sings "Answer Me, My Love" "This Can't Be Love," "It Happens To Be Me" and "Calypso Blues."
    --Ted Lewis (singer-entertainer) - "Me and My Shadow." Later in show, Ted Lewis performs "Count Your Blessings, Not Your Years" and "The Cop on the Beat, The Man In The Moon and Me."
    --Dick Contino (accordion player) - "Lady of Spain."
    --John Forsythe (as Capt. Fisby) and David Wayne (as the Japanese interpreter Sakini) perform a scene from John Patrick's Pulitzer prize-winning Broadway play "Teahouse of the August Moon."
    --Richard "Mr. Pastry" Hearne (English comedian) - "Lancers" routine.
    Also appearing:
    --Stan Musial (St. Louis Cardinal outfielder, via a remote from Philadelphia)
    --Byron Nelson (golfer) - does a golf instruction.
    --Audience bows: General Claire Chennault and members of his "Flying Tiger" division.

  • May 9, 1954: The ASCAP Story, Part 2

    Part Two of a 2-part tribute to The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
    --Julius LaRosa sings "Young At Heart" and "Three Coins in the Fountain."
    --Julius La Rosa and The Whiting Sisters (Barbara and Margaret) perform "Ain't We Got Fun?"
    --Barbara and Margaret Whiting - do a medley of songs written by their father, Richard Whiting, including "The Japanese Sandman," "Honey" and "Beyond the Blue Horizon."
    --Margaret Whiting sings "My Ideal."
    --Dolores Gray sings "Melancholy Baby" and "From This Moment On."
    --Jack Norworth sings his composition "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" with assistance by three members of the Philadelphia Athletics (probably Bobby Shantz, Bob Trice and Vic Powers).
    --Joe E. Howard (Vaudeville performer & songwriter) performs "Goodbye My Lady Love" and "Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now."
    --Audience bow: Grace Kahn (widow of lyricist Gus Kahn).

  • May 2, 1954: The ASCAP Story, Part 1

    Part One of a 2-part tribute to The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
    --Lillian Roth sings six songs she made famous: "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking," "Sing You Sinners," "I'm In Love with You Honey," "If I Could Be With You One Hour, Tonight," "Ain't She Sweet" and "Goody-Goody."
    --Lionel Hampton and his band perform "St. Louis Blues" (composed by W.C. Handy) and "Hamp's Boogie Woogie."
    --Bert Lahr (comedian) sings "I'm A Mountie Who Never Got His Man" (which he performed in the 1954 movie "Rose Marie").
    --Celeste Holm sings "It Might As Well Be Spring" and "June Is Bustin' Out All Over."
    --Maude Nugent-Jerome sings her composition "Sweet Rosie O'Grady."
    --Alice Lawlor performs her composition "Sidewalks of New York (East Side, West Side)."
    --Ed Sullivan talks with songwriter & ASCAP president Otto Harbach.
    --Mimi Benzell & Earl Wrightson sing a medley of Otto Harbach compositions: "Indian Love Call," "Let's Dream Together" and "The Night Was Made For Love."

  • April 25, 1954
    April 25, 1954
    Episode 32

    --Ed Wynn (TV and movie comedian) - demonstrates a Rube Goldberg invention.
    --Patti Moore and Ben Lessy (nightclub comedy duo) - sing a parody of the tune "You'll Never Get Away."
    --Joe Jackson, Jr. (circus clown) - pantomime routine with props.
    --Victoria de Los Angeles (Metropolitan Opera star) - sings an aria.
    --The Korean Children's Choir - medley of American songs.
    Also appearing:
    --Chester Gould ("Dick Tracy" creator and artist) - does a few drawings while talking with Ed Sullivan.
    --Mata and Hari (dance team) - imitate the movements of marionettes.

    Scheduled guest:
    --Tom Packs and his elephant act

  • April 18, 1954
    April 18, 1954
    Episode 31

    1954 Easter Show.
    --Eddie Albert and Margo (husband-and-wife) sing "Man is For the Woman," "Never Marry an Actor," "May to December" (Eddie solo), and a medley of "Vaudeville," "Tea for Two" and "That's Entertainment."
    --The Notre Dame Glee Club (making their 6th annual Easter appearance) perform "Celestial Concepts" and "Notre Dame Fight Song (Onward to Victory)."
    'One God' segment:
    --A 20-minute excerpt from the LP "One God - The Ways We Worship Him" featuring narration by Eddie Albert and music by Columbia University’s Teachers College Choir. Eddie Albert and three children attend Protestant, Jewish, & Catholic services.
    --Audience bow: Florence Mary Fitch (author of the 1944 "One God" book, upon which the LP is based).
    Also appearing:
    --Sam Snead (golfer) - demonstrates his golf swing.
    --Audience bows: The Georgescu family, a Romanian family of four who were recently reunited. (The parents had not seen their two sons since 1947 after the father, Valeriu C. Georgescu, refused to spy for the Communists.)
    --Audience bows: Bill Fulton, Pier Angeli (actress), and Terry Brennen.
    --The Marquis Chimps (trained animal act) - chimps perform tricks.
    --On film: A clip from "Roman Holiday" with Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn and Eddie Albert.

  • April 11, 1954
    April 11, 1954
    Episode 30

    Scheduled: --On film: Ed visits with Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster. The three are in a projection room viewing scenes from the new movie "Vera Cruz" starring Cooper and Lancaster.

    Other scheduled guests: --Leonard Warren (Metropolitan Opera star) --The First Piano Quartet (composed of Adam Garner, Edward Edson, Frank Mittler, and Glauco D'Attili) --Pat D'Or (English juggler) --The Dancing Szonys --Patti Bross (singer, winner of a Frankie Laine contest)

  • April 4, 1954: Eartha Kitt; Hermione Gingold & Billy DeWolf; Roberta Peters

    --Eartha Kitt - "Somebody Bad Stole The Wedding Bell" (with the Bil Baird Puppets) and "Lovin' Spree."
    --Teresa Brewer sings a medley of "Music! Music! Music!," "Till I Waltz Again With You," "Ricochet" and "Jilted."
    --Roberta Peters and the "Three Musketeers" of the Metropolitan Opera, Cesare Siepi, Cesare Valletti, and Fernando Corena, perform "Viva De Compagnie," "The Barber Of Seville (Figaro)" and "March of the Musketeers."
    --Sophie Tucker recites "My Fifty Golden Years" and "Success" (in a remote from the ballroom of Miami's Saxony Hotel).
    --Hermione Gingold and Billy DeWolf play two old ladies getting drunk in the train sketch from John Murray Anderson's "Almanac."
    Also appearing:
    --Ben Hogan (golfer, in a remote from Atlanta) - demonstrates a golf stroke, does an impression of Ed playing golf and a fake slow-motion swing.
    --Cameos: Mary Garden (operatic soprano) and John Perona (owner of the El Morocco, a Manhanttan nightclub).
    --Audience bow: Janet Leigh.

  • March 21, 1954: Eddie Fisher, Betty and Jane Kean, The Harmonicats

    --Eddie Fisher sings "A Girl, A Girl (Zoom-Ba Di Alli Nella)" and a medley of hits ("Wish You Were Here," "I'm Yours," "Lady of Spain," "I'm Walking Behind You," and "Oh My Papa").
    --The Harmonicats (novelty music act) perform "Peg O' My Heart" and "The Harmonica Boogie."
    --Richard "Mr. Pastry" Hearne (English comedian) - does a pantomime dance.
    --Betty and Jane Kean (song and comedy act) - routine includes impressions of show business legends.
    Also appearing:
    --Gautier's Steeplechase (trained pony-and-dog act)
    --The winners of the Look Awards for press photographers.
    --On film: "A Night with Walt Disney's Artists" featuring the work of three Walt Disney illustrators. Plus, a scene from Walt Disney's "Pinocchio" (1940 film, re-released in 1954).

  • March 14, 1954: St. Patrick's Day Salute

    1954 St. Patrick's Day Show.
    --Julius LaRosa (singer) - "Christmas In Killarney" and "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)."
    --Julius LaRosa (later in show) - "Foggy Day In London Town" & "El Compari."
    --Robert Maxwell (harp soloist) - medley: "Irish Jig" "Kerry Dancers" and "Londonderry Air."
    --Ed sings a few lines from "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling."
    --Victor Borge (pianist-comedian) - takes requests from audience, which he combines into a medley ("You're In Love," "I Love Paris," "National Emblem March" and "Tea For Two")
    --Hal Leroy (tap dancer) - dances to "Sunny Side of the Street."
    --Peg Leg Bates (one-legged tap dancer) - dances to "Sheik of Araby"
    --Hal Leroy and Peg-Leg Bates - perform a tribute tap dance to Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Julius La Rosa joins them.
    --Dorothy Hayden's Irish Steppers (step dance) - dance to "Rickett's Hornpipe" and do a St. Patrick's Day jig.
    Also appearing:
    --The Gaudsmith Brothers (two-brother acrobatic act with poodles)
    --Audience bow: Leslie Caron (with a clip from "Lili" of Caron singing "Hi Lili, Hi Lo").
    --Audience bow: Montgomery Cliff (with a clip from his movie "From Here to Eternity").
    --Audience bow: Osvald Helmuth (Danish actor & singer) is introduced by Victor Borge.
    --On-stage bow: The Holy Cross College Crusaders championship basketball team with manager Tom McGovern, assistant coach Jack Whalen, and others.

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

    --Janet Blair - "Our Fathers Played the Palace" (production number).
    --Nat King Cole sings a medley of hits ("Mona Lisa," "Too Young," "Pretend," "Nature Boy" and "Lover Come Back to Me").
    --Nat King Cole - "Answer Me, My Love."

     --Frank Fontaine (comedian) - does an impression of Ed Sullivan, then goes into his "Crazy Guggenheim" character.
    --Lane Brothers - sight gag, two men in big suit

    Also appearing:
    --Hurd Hatfield (actor) - presents a dramatic scene from the off-Broadway play "Bullfight" in which the matador is brought to shame.
    --Novellas (acrobats) - man balances on ladder, juggles and does tricks with a dog.
    --Channing Pollock (magician)
    --Ed introduces college basketball stars
    --Audience bows: Paddy DeMarco (boxing champ); Rita Gam (actress)

  • February 28, 1954
    February 28, 1954
    Episode 25

    Scheduled guests: --Betty and Jane Kean (comedians) --Hilde Gueden (soprano) --Eileen O'Dare (dancer) --Colette Marchand (premiere ballerina) --Les Compagnons de la Chanson (French singing group) --Mayo Brothers (novelty act)

  • February 21, 1954
    February 21, 1954
    Episode 24

    Scheduled guests:
    --Tony Martin (singer)
    --Maurice Evans (actor) - appears a scene from his Broaway play "Dial 'M' for Murder"
    --Mattiwilda Dobbs (opera singer)
    --Senor Wences (ventriloquist)
    --Myron Cohen (comedian-humorist)
    --The 4 Rumses

  • February 14, 1954: MGM's 30th Anniversary Tribute

    Ed salutes the 30th Anniversary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (broadcast from CBS's Television City in Hollywood).
    Guests include:
    --Fred Astaire (in his 1st TV appearance)
    Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
    Desi Arnaz, Pier Angeli, Lucille Ball, Lionel Barrymore, Ann Blyth, Louis Calhern, Cyd Charisse, Vera Ellen, Greer Garson, Van Johnson, Howard Keel, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Walter Pidgeon, Jane Powell, Edmund Purdom, Debbie Reynolds, Dore Schary (film producer & writer), Lana Turner, Esther Williams and Keenan Wynn.
    Also, Johnny Green conducts the orchestra.

  • February 7, 1954
    February 7, 1954
    Episode 22

    --Dorothy Lamour (actress) sings "What Is This Thing Called Love?" and "Road to Bali."
    --Yehudi Menuhin (violinist)
    --The University of Oklahoma Glee Club
    --Merle Oberon (movie actress) - in a comedy bit, gives an acceptance speech after receiving a TV award.
    --Ruth Draper (actress, then appearing on Broadway in a one-woman show) - does a monologue titled "At An Art Exhibition in Boston."
    Also appearing:
    --On film: Henry Ford II and Vice-President Richard Nixon talk about Radio Free Europe's crusade against Communism.
    --Audience bow: Phil Silvers, the star of the new movie "Top Banana." A clip from the film is shown.

  • January 31, 1954
    January 31, 1954
    Episode 21

    --Patti Page - "Crossover the Bridge," "Changing Partners" & "The Whole World Is Singing My Song"
    --West Point Glee Club - "Onward Christian Soldiers" (military men's choir)
    --Judith Anderson (actress) - comedy sketch set in psychiatrist's office
    --Andre (Andres?) Segovia - classical guitarist, plays 2 songs
    --Richard Tucker (tenor) - "Shere Pa Mach" (Israeli marching song) & an Italian Aria
    --Rudy Horn (juggler) --The Three Rudells (acrobats performing on trampoline)

    On film: St. Paul Winter Carnival (7 minute film narrated by Ed Sullivan).

  • January 24, 1954
    January 24, 1954
    Episode 20

    Sscheduled: --The Ames Brothers --Margot Fonteyn --Michael Somes --Cesare Siepi --Sadler's Wells corps de ballet

  • January 17, 1954
    January 17, 1954
    Episode 19

    --Tony Bennett sings a medley of hits: "Because Of You," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "Rags To Riches."
    --Tony Bennett sings "Stranger In Paradise."
    --Roberta Peters (Metropolitan Opera coloratura soprano) - "One Kiss" and "Sweetheart."
    --Franchot Tone, Betsy Von Furstenberg, and Gig Young (actors) - perform a scene from their Broadway comedy "Oh, Men! Oh, Women!"
    Also appearing:
    --Mitch Miller (Columbia Records executive) presents Tony Bennett with a gold record for "Rags To Riches."
    --Senor Wences (ventriloquist)
    --Ching the Magician - does card tricks with a miniature deck of cards.
    --The Four Ramses (acrobats)
    --Audience bow: Ben Alexander.

  • January 10, 1954: Andy Griffith, Dolores Gray, Harry Mimmo, Larry Best

    --Andy Griffith (comedian, listed as "Deacon Andy Griffith").
    --Dolores Gray sings "I Got The Sun In The Morning (And The Moon At Night)," "Shrimp Boats" and "The Big Mamou."
    --Harry Mimmo (nightclub comedian)
    --Larry Best (comedian)
    --Willy, West and McGinty (comedy team)
    --The Copacabana Dancers (chorus girls)
    --Joyce's Camels (animal act)

  • January 3, 1954
    January 3, 1954
    Episode 17

    Scheduled: --Ice Capades of '54 --Jose Greco --Richard Hayden --Robert Lamaret --Les Campagnons de la Chanson

  • December 27, 1953
    December 27, 1953
    Episode 16

    --Rosemary Clooney (guest host) sings "Winter Wonderland."
    --Rosemary and Betty Clooney (both former vocalists with the Tony Pastor Band) - sing a duet.
    --Julius LaRosa (singer)
    --Sam Levenson (comedian) - tells anecdotes about selecting gifts for children.
    --George Prentice (puppeteer) - does a Punch and Judy routine.
    Also appearing:
    --Johnny Mack (tap dancer) - dances with his "magic cane."
    --The Seven Ashtons (acrobatic troupe)
    --The Gaudsmith Brothers (Max and Henry Gaudsmith, with their two French poodles).

  • December 20, 1953: Christmas Show

    --Julius La Rosa sings "Jingle Bells," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)."
    --Rise Stevens recites "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
    --Rise Stevens and the Columbia Glee Club sing "Silent Night."
    --Robert Maxwell (harpist) plays "Ebb Tide" (his own composition), a medley of 1920s songs, and "Tea for Two."
    --The Columbia University Glee Club - "Marching Song," "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" and "I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)."
    --Nanci Crompton (ballerina wearing a costume rabbit head) does a solo dance.
    --The Calgary Brothers - pantomime act about two men exhausted from Christmas shopping.
    --The Salzburg Marionettes - puppets act out the Nativity Scene.
    --Audience bows: Miriam Hopkins (actress), Harold Russell (WWII hero & "Best Years of Our Lives" actor), Louis Alt (transit patrolman who risked his life to help save a man who fell on subway tracks), and Pat Crowley (actress).

  • December 13, 1953
    December 13, 1953
    Episode 14

    --The Nicholas Brothers (dancers) - tap dance to "Alligator Crawl" with six female dancers (led by the widow of Bill Robinson).
    --Frankie Laine sings a medley of "That's My Desire," "Cry of the Wild Goose," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Jezebel," "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)" & "I Believe."
    --Pat Henning (actor-comedian) - stand-up routine includes psychiatrist jokes and impressions of actors.
    --Jimmy Boyd sings "Santa Got Stuck In The Chimney" & "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."
    --Rabovsky & Kovach (Hungarian dance duo).
    --Pauline Di Maura (spelling?) - whistles "Beautiful Dreamer."
    --Ann Penelope Marston (champion archer)
    --Manu (juggler) - twirls knives to a native drum beat.
    --Eric Badicton (balancing act)
    --Ed appears outside on Broadway showing onlookers a tank which was converted from an English (or German) car, and used by a Czech family to escape from the Communists.
    --Frankie Laine introduces Patty Bross of Union City (or Newark), New Jersey, winner of the Columbia Records-Wurlitzer-Franki Laine national disk jocky contest.
    --Audience bows: Dorothy Houghton (U.S. diplomat), Terry Moore & Robert Wagner (actors, from the movie "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef"), Pamela Martin (aviatrix), Aldo Ray (actor), and Al Rosen (of the Cleveland Indians, later appears on stage to talk with Ed).

  • December 6, 1953
    December 6, 1953
    Episode 13

    --Charles Boyer recites the Reply to the Devil monologue from George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan In Hell."
    --Julius LaRosa sings "Stranger In Paradise," "That Old Black Magic" and "Eh Compari."
    --Roberta Peters sings the Bell Song from "Lakme."
    --Sam Levenson (comedian) - discusses marriage.
    --The Princeton Triangle Club (collegiate musical-comedy troupe) - men in drag perform a Can-Can dance (from their 1953-54 production "Malice in Wonderland").
    Also appearing:
    --Rafael Ruiz (flamenco dancer)
    --Viggo Jahn (magic act)

  • November 29, 1953
    November 29, 1953
    Episode 12

    Scheduled guests: --Sophie Tucker --Julius LaRosa --Joe E. Lewis --The Harmonicats --Dr. Ralph Bunche --"Colliers" All-American football team --The Six Frielanis

  • November 22, 1953
    November 22, 1953
    Episode 11

    --Dorothy Collins ("Your Hit Parade" regular) sings "Lover Come Back to Me" and "The Man I Love."
    --Kid Gavilan (world welterweight champion, a.k.a. Gerardo González) - makes his debut as a song-and-dance man (backed up by the Facundo Rivera Quintet).
    --Georgie Kaye - does a comedy bit about psychiatry.
    --Robert Lamouret (ventriloquist, with his duck puppet "Dudule")
    Also appearing:
    --Nora Kovach & Istvan Rabovsky (husband-and-wife ballet duo from Hungary)
    --A drill team from Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.

  • November 15, 1953
    November 15, 1953
    Episode 10

    Scheduled guests:
    --Gordon MacRae
    --Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healey
    --Zizi Jeanmarie (ballet dancer who appeared in the film "Hans Christian Andersen")
    --Gayla Peevey (child star) sings "Are My Ears On Straight"
    --Rudy Horn (juggler)
    --Mask and Wig Club of the University of Pennsylvania
    --Minneapolis Lakers (champion pro basketball team)
    --Mrs. Alice Thompson (editor and publisher of Seventeen Magazine)
    --The participants in the Seventeen Magazine doll contest

  • November 8, 1953: Toast to the Met

    "Toast to the Met" - broadcast live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in celebration of the Metropolitan Opera's 70th anniversary.
    --Rise Stevens and Richard Tucker - the finale from "Carmen"
    --Rise Stevens, Roberta Peters; Robert Merrill, Richard Tucker - Quartet (from "Rigoletto")
    --Robert Merrill - "Some Enchanted Evening" (from "South Pacific")
    --Cesare Siepi and Paul Franke - "Death of Boris" (from "Boris Godunov"
    --Victor Borge - "Dressing down Mozart" routine

    Additional guest (scheduled to appear):
    --Hilda Gueden

  • November 1, 1953
    November 1, 1953
    Episode 8

    --Julius La Rosa sings "Tea For Two" (soft shoe routine with two women), "Ebb Tide" & "I'll See You In My Dreams."
    --Patachou (French chanteuse) - "C'Est Si Bon" and "Why Don't You Believe Me?"
    --Bert Lahr & Art Carney - sketch about an overbearing sports announcer (Carney) interviewing an old-time football player (Lahr).
    --Senor Wences (ventriloquist) - talks with Pedro (head in box) and Johnny (hand puppet), and does a telephone routine.
    Also appearing:
    --Cornelia Otis Skinner (author and actress) - performs "Being Presented," a monologue about a Nebraskan woman meeting the Queen of England.
    --Cameo: Ann Miller (movie actress-dancer) - joins La Rosa on stage to show him a few dance steps.
    --Bronco Majurski - All American Minnesota football player
    --Georgie Tapps and other dancers - do a tap and Spanish dance interpretation of Ravel's "Bolero."
    --Audience bows: Grace Kahn (widow of songwriter Gus Kahn); Hank Morino Marino (jockey); Louise Suggs (golfer); and Col. John McNutly.

  • October 25, 1953
    October 25, 1953
    Episode 7

    --Patti Page sings "Father, Father" (a.k.a. "Eli, Eli").
    --Patti Page - medley of hits ("With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming," "I Went To Your Wedding," "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?," "Tennessee Waltz," and "Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)").
    --Julius LaRosa sings "Eh Cumpari," "Rolling Along" and "Anywhere I Wander."
    --The Pensacola Naval Aviation Cadet Choir (aka The Pensacola Naval Air Station Cadet Choir) sing "Anchors Aweigh" and 1 other song.
    Also appearing:
    --The Step Brothers (acrobatic tap dancers)
    --Sam Levenson (comedian-humorist) - does a commentary on "Schnooks and Schlemiels."
    --The Szonys (dance team) - perform a dance from the movie "So This Is Love."
    --Elaine Browning (marimba player & puppeteer) - plays xylophone with a doll puppet.
    --Audience bows: Captain Jack Bergen, Greer Garson (actress, with her mother), Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore LaRosa (Julius' parents).
    --Audience bows: Otto Graham (football quarterback), Val Parnell (show-business impresario).
    --Audience bows: Joe Louis (retired boxing champion), Coley Wallace (boxer & actor who played Lewis in "The Joe Lewis Story").
    --Audience bows: Maria Carmela La Vecchia (9-year-old Italian girl who was "adopted" by the crew of the destroyer USS George E. Davis), and three of the USS George E. Davis sailors who adopted La Vecchia. (The three sailors might be Walter Pfctsch of Poughkeepsie, NY, Gene Goldberg of Baltimore, Md., and Clifford Chapman of Guadalupe, CA).

  • October 18, 1953
    October 18, 1953
    Episode 6

    --David Wayne, John Forsythe, and Paul Ford enact a scene from the Broadway production of "Teahouse of the August Moon."
    --Grace Kelly and Ralph Meeker perform "The French Lesson," a song and dance routine originally seen in the 1947 movie "Good News."
    --Gayla Peevey (10-year-old singer) - "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas."
    --The Herman McCoy Singers (chorus consisting of University of Southern California and UCLA students) - medley including "Alexander's Ragtime Band."
    --In a remote from Carnegie Hall: In honor of Steinway & Sons' centennial, ten pianists (Ethel Bartlett, Alexander Brailowsky, Gaby Casadesus, Sidney Foster, Rudolph Ganz, Eugene List, Moura Lympany, Guiomar Novaes, Rae Robertson and Beveridge Webster) simultaneously play Chopin's "Polonaise in A Major." Dimitri Mitropoulos is the conductor.
    Also appearing:
    --Clifford Guest (ventriloquist from Australia) - routine with puppet "Lester" and a Kangaroo puppet named "Katie."
    --Jackie (acrobat act from England) - balances on bricks.
    --Audience bow: Theodore Steinway of the Steinway Piano family.
    --Audience bow: Florence Chadwick (champion swimmer, first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions).
    --Audience bow: Chuck Dressen (ex-manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers).

  • October 11, 1953
    October 11, 1953
    Episode 5

    --Harry Belafonte sings "Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)" and "Matilda."
    --Gwen Verdon (dancer, from the Broadway musical "Can-Can").
    --Teresa Brewer sings "Baby Baby Baby" and "Ricochet (Rick-O-Shay)."
    --The Georgia Tech Glee Club - "(I'm a) Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech" (a.k.a. "Georgia Tech Fight Song").

    Scheduled guests (need to verify):
    --Dewey 'Pigmeat' Markham (comedian)
    --Linon (tightrope walker)
    --The Des Moines Rope Skippers (seven high school girls)

  • October 4, 1953
    October 4, 1953
    Episode 4

    --Lauren Bacall (movie actress) recites "Casey At The Bat" (with Bil & Cora Baird's puppets acting out the story).
    --Guy Mitchell sings "Chick-A-Boom" (production number set in a saloon) and "My Heart Cries For You."
    --The Talbot Brothers (instrumental-vocal group from Bermuda) perform a Calypso song and "Hello Young Lovers."
    --Sam Levenson (comedian-humorist)
    --Walter Dare Wahl and Johnny Trama - do a comedy acrobatic act.
    Also appearing:
    --Jock Mahoney (actor, played the "Range Rider" on TV) and Dickie Jones (played "Dick West," the Range Rider's sidekick) perform a Western-saloon brawl.
    --Helen Wood (dancer) - does a modern dance performance.
    --Phyllis Kinzer and Jimmy McDermott (young winners in a Cincinnati Times-Star dance contest) - perform a jitterbug dance.
    --Charlie Dressen (Brooklyn Dodgers manager) is interviewed by Ed Sullivan.
    --Audience bows: Billy Martin (New York Yankees infielder), Carl Erskine (Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher), and Connie Mack (former baseball player & retired Philadelphia Athletics manager).

  • September 27, 1953
    September 27, 1953
    Episode 3

    --Patachou (French chanteuse) sings "C'est Magnifique" (with a parody of vocalists who overact while singing) and 1 other song (title unknown).
    --Twelve (horse racing) jockeys, all dressed in top hat and tails, sing a version of "I Got Rhythm."
    --Ted Atkinson and Eddie Arcarro (jockeys) do a "Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean" song-and-dance bit.
    --Stan Freberg, Daws Butler and June Foray perform Freberg's comedy records "Little Blue Riding Hood" and "St. George and the Dragonet" (both records spoof the TV series "Dragnet").
    --Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy (husband-and-wife TV personalities) - do a song and comedy routine about people they encountered while visiting Europe (includes Mary singing "My Lost Melody").
    Also appearing:
    --Darvas and Julia (dance team with half-siblings Nicolas Darvas & Julia Darvas).
    --Audience bows: Rocky Marciano (World Heavyweight Champion) and Ted Williams (of the Boston Red Sox) - both athletes are later called up on stage to talk with Ed.
    --Audience bows: Sylvia Sullivan (Ed's wife), Bob Precht (Ed's son-in-law), and Betty Sullivan Precht (Ed's daughter).

  • September 20, 1953: The Gene Autry Story, John Raitt, Dolores Gray, Anna Russell

    Tribute to Gene Autry
    --Gene Autry sings "Rancho Grande" (atop his horse Champion), "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," "Your Cheatin' Heart" & "Back In The Saddle Again."

    Also appearing:
    --Dolores Gray & John Raitt sing an "Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain)?" and "Till the Clouds Roll By" medley.
    --John Raitt - "You'll Never Walk Alone."
    --Dolores Gray - "I've Got The World On A String."
    --Street carnival scene from the Broadway play "Carnival in Flanders" with three male Flamenco dancers.
    --Anna Russell (comedienne) - portrays a snooty women's club chairwoman & imitates different types of piano players.

  • September 13, 1953
    September 13, 1953
    Episode 1

    --Carmen Miranda (movie actress, dancer and singer) performs "Song from Anna" in a production number with a choral and dance troupe.
    --Joe Jackson Jr. (circus clown) - does a bicycle routine.
    Also appearing:
    --Jerry Coleman (New York Yankees player who served in Korea as a Marine Corps. aviator)
    --A U.S. Marine drill team
    --The Harvest Moon Ball Winners (dance champions from various categories)
    --Audience bows: Marge and Gower Champion (dance duo)
    --Audience bow: Adolph Zukor (founder and chairman of Paramount Pictures).
    Ice Capades Skaters (via a remote from Madison Square Garden):
    --Donna Atwood - does a solo skating exhibition.
    --Hugh Forgie and Stig Larson - play a badminton game on ice.
    --Also, the "Jingle Polka" and "Little Foxes" ice-skating production numbers.