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Toast of the Town - Season 6

CBS (ended 1955)



User Score: 5533

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 (singer, appearing as guest host)
    --The American Legion's Jackson Zouaves drill team
    --Serenade of Strings (violinists)
    --Alice Riley and Raleigh Isaacs (winners of the Chicago Tribune's Chicagoland Musical Festival)
    --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

    (Verified) Guests:
    --Victor Borge (humorist-pianist, appearing as guest host) - repertoire includes Claude Debussy's Claire de Lune."
    --The Four Lads (vocal group)
    --Mata & Hari (dance team)
    --Roy Benson (comic magician)
    --Lita & Pepe (acrobats)
    --Jeanne Volk (mezzo soprano, female winner of a Baltimore singing contest)

    Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
    --Janis Paige (star of Broadway's "The Pajama Game")
    --"The Golden Mermaid" (novelty act from the Latin Quarter, New York)
    --Plus, the male winner in the Baltimore singing contest.

  • August 8, 1954
    August 8, 1954
    Episode 47

    Scheduled guests: 
    --Audrey Meadows & Jack Whiting - "I Still Get Jealous" (production number from Broadway's "High Button Shoes").
    --Professor Backwards (comedian)
    --Mary Small (singer) - "Take It Easy" and "Three Little Sisters."
    --Les Charlivels (acrobatic musicians)

  • 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

    "Tops in Blues" - Air force talent show, broadcast from Mitchel Field (in Uniondale, New York), with performers selected from U.S. Air Force bases throughout the world.
    Scheduled performers:
    --Air Four (quartet)
    --A/1c Roy Bolla (guitarist)
    --S/S Carl Gould (dancer)
    --A/2e Doris Johnson (singer)
    --A/3c Marlene Pisoni (singer)
    --Sandy Valley Boys (vocal group)

  • 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

    Guests (show broadcast from the USS Iowa docked at the Hudson River):
    --Dolores Gray (musical comedy star) - "Yankee Doodle Dandy" & "Harrigan" (dances with the Toastettes chorus girls)
    --Bill Kenny (from the Ink Spots) - "Mary" and a medley of hits: "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall," "To Each His Own," "If I Didn't Care" & "September Song"
    --The Step Brothers (tap dancers) - dance to "Give My Regards To Broadway"
    --Dolores Gray - "Grand Old Flag" (with the Marine Drill Team)
    --Les Marcellis (gymnasts, acrobat act) - acrobats using one table & two chairs in their performance.
    --Jay Marshall (stand-up comedy)
    --Eileen O'Dare (acrobatic dancer surrounded by Navy audience)
    --Jackie (acrobat)
    --Dolores Gray - "I Ought To Know More About You" & "Just One Of Those Things" (surrounded by sailors)
    --Navy Captain Wayne Loud - talks to Ed about his life and career. Then presents Ed with an Ed charactature drawn by Herb Hazelton, who also appears.
    --Ed reads telegram from Robert Carney, Chief Of Naval Operations.
    --Arthur Connell (Commander Of American Legion) - leads the "Pledge Of Allegiance"
    --The Step Brothers (tap dancers) - appear again at end of show, the two take turns tap dancing solo.

  • June 27, 1954
    June 27, 1954
    Episode 41

    Scheduled guests (live from New York):
    --Bert Lahr (comedian)
    --Joni James (singer)
    --Ben Hogan (golfer)
    --Pat Henning (comedian)
    --The Dancing Szonys

    On film:
    --European acts, including chanteuse Patachou, pay tribute to Sullivan.
    --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

    Scheduled: --Chester Gould ("Dick Tracy" creator and artist) --Victoria de Los Angeles (Metropolitan Opera star) --Korean Children's Choir (sent to the U.S. by South Korean president Syngman Rhee, under the patronage of the White House) --Moore and Lessey (comedy team) --Mata and Hari (dancers) --Joe Jackson, Jr. (circus clown) --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

    Scheduled guests:
    --Eddie Fisher sings a medley of hits including "Any Time," "Maybe," "Wish You Were Here" and "Bring Back the Thrill."
    --Betty and Jane Kean (comedians) - act includes impressions of Lena Home and Sophie Tucker.
    --The Harmonicats (novelty music act)
    --Richard Hearne (English comedian)
    --Gautier's Steeplechase animal act
    --On film: "A Night with Walt Disney's Artists" with a scene from Walt Disney's "Plnocchio" (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

    Scheduled: --Dorothy Lamour --Orson Bean (comedian, from "John Murray Anderson's Almanac") --Ruth Draper (had a one-woman show on Broadway at the time of this broadcast) --Yehudi Menuhin (violinist) --The Oklahoma University Glee Club

  • 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

    Scheduled guests: --Rosemary Clooney (guest host, singer) --Julius LaRosa (singer) --Sam Levenson --The Ashtons (acrobatic troupe)

  • 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

    Scheduled: --Charles Boyer (in a scene from "Don Juan in Hell") --Roberta Peters --Julius LaRosa --Sam Levenson --members of the Princeton Triangle Club

    Regulars: The Jack Cole Dancers

  • 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

    Scheduled guests:
    --Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer (actors) - perform a scene from S.N. Behrman's "No Time for Comedy"
    --Charles Boyer (actor) - appears in a scene from the Broadway play "Don Juan in Hell"
    --Nora Kovach & Istan Rabovsky (husband-and-wife ballet team)
    --Norman Evans (British comedian)
    --Vigo Jahn (novelty act)

  • 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 Larossa - "Tea For Two" (soft shoe routine with two women), "Ebb Tide" & "I'll See You In My Dreams."
    --Ann Miller - shows Julius a dance step
    --Bert Lahr & Art Carney - sketch: sports announcer interviews old time football player
    --Patachou (French chanteuse)
    --Senor Wences (ventriloquist) - talks with Pedro (head in box) and Johnny (hand puppet); and does a telephone routine.
    --Bronco Majurski - All American Minnesota football player
    --Cornelia Otis Skinner - recites monologue titled "Being Presented"
    --Georgie Tapps - tap dances to "Ravel's Bolero" with other dancers

    Audience bows: Mrs. Gus Kahn (songwriter's widow); Hank Morino Marino (jockey); Louise Suggs (golfer); 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

    Verified guests:
    --Harry Belafonte sings "Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)" and "Matilda."
    --Gwen Verdon (dancer, from the Broadway musical "Can-Can").
    --The Georgia Tech Glee Club - "(I'm a) Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech" (a.k.a. "Georgia Tech Fight Song").

    Additional guests (scheduled):
    --Dewey 'Pigmeat' Markham (comedian)
    --Linon (tightrope walker)
    --The Des Moines Rope Skippers (seven high school girls)

  • October 4, 1953
    October 4, 1953
    Episode 4

    Scheduled guests:
    --Lauren Bacall (movie actress, in her television debut)
    --Teresa Brewer and Guy Mitchell (singers) - perform songs from their new movie "Those Redheads from Seattle." Plus, clips from the film are shown.
    --Joe Louis
    --Peter Lawford
    --Sam Levenson (comedian-humorist)
    --Helen Wood
    --Toba Mazaroff
    --Bil and Cora Baird's Marionettes
    --Charlie Dressen (manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers)
    --The Talbot Brothers

  • September 27, 1953
    September 27, 1953
    Episode 3

    Scheduled guests:
    --Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy (husband-and-wife TV personalities) - do a routine mixing music with comedy.
    --Patachou (French chanteuse)
    --Darvas and Julia (dance team)
    --Walter Dare Wahl (comedian)

  • 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

    Scheduled guests:
    --Carmen Miranda (singer & movie star)
    --Joe Jackson Jr. (comedian, circus clown)
    --Jerry Coleman (of the New York Yankees)
    --The Harvest Moon Ball Winners (dance champions)
    Also: "The Ice Capades of 1954" in a remote pickup from Madison Square Garden.

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