Toast of the Town - Season 7

CBS (ended 1955)




Episode Guide

  • September 18, 1955: U.S. Navy Talent Show

    --Julius La Rosa, backed up by a Navy Band, sings "Suddenly There's A Valley."
    --Winners of the U.S. Navy's annual talent contest.

    Scheduled to appear:
    --Admiral Arleigh Albert Burke, the new Chief of Naval Operations, nicknamed "31-knot Burke."
    --Capt. Richard S. McCutchen, a contestant who recently won $64K on the TV quiz show "The $64,000 Question."
    --The Marquis Chimpanzees (trained animal act).

  • September 11, 1955: Jane Russell & Jeanne Crain, The Ames Brothers, Phil Silvers & the "Bilko" cast

    --The Ames Brothers sing "On Moonlight Bay" and "My Bonnie Lassie."
    --A preview of "You'll Never Get Rich"/"Sargent Bilko" with the show's cast (Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Herbie Faye, others) performing an abbreviated version of the "Bivouac" episode.
    --Live on stage, Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain enact a scene from their film "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes."
    --The 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers (individual players) are introduced by Happy Felton.
    --The winning couples in the Harvest Moon Ball dance contest demonstrate dances from different categories.
    --Audience bows: Maureen Connolly Brinker (tennis champion), Spring Byington (of TV's "December Bride"), and Michael Kidd (choreographer).
    --On film: The "Ain't Misbehavin'" production number from the film "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes," with Jane Russell, Jeanne Crain and Alan Young.

  • September 4, 1955
    September 4, 1955
    Episode 52

    --Georgia Gibbs (singer)
    --Scenes from the 1956 edition of the "Ice Capades" (from Atlantic City's Convention Hall)
    --Donna Atwood (ice skater) appears in "Peter Pan" (an extended segment scheduled to run a half-hour)
    --Karen Barclay (the "World's Most Beautiful Majorette")
    --Donna Grescoe (violinist)

    Note: Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish were scheduled to perform a scene from their new film, "Night of the Hunter." But Shelley Winters became ill. The director and producer of the movie (Charles Laughton and Paul Gregory) were also scheduled to appear. The "Night of the Hunter" cast and crew were re-scheduled for 25Sep55 show (listed on the "Ed Sullivan Show" guide).

  • August 28, 1955
    August 28, 1955
    Episode 51

    --Eartha Kitt sings "Hungry Raccoon" and "Looking for a Boy."
    --The Mariners (vocal group) -possibly "Yellow Rose of Texas" and "I Love You Fair Dinkum Dinky Di I Do."
    --Robert Nagy (male winner, Chicago Festival vocal contest) - "Come Back To Sorrento."
    --Dorothy Cole (female winner, Chicago Festival vocal contest) - "And This Is My Beloved."
    --Jay Lawrence (comedian-impressionist)
    Also appearing:
    --Audience bow: actress Margaret O'Brien - joins Ed Sullivan on stage.
    --"Little John" Seidel (14-year-old Danish acrobat, a.k.a. "Wonder Boy John") - balancing act.
    --Civil Air Patrol Unit (drill team)
    --On film: Ed Sullivan talks with boxers Rocky Marciano and Archie Moore.
    --Audience bows: Australian tennis team members and Little League baseball champions.

  • August 21, 1955
    August 21, 1955
    Episode 50

    A Salute to the movie "The Girl Rush."
    --Rosalind Russell and Eddie Albert - "Out of Doors."
    --Ella Mae Morse sings "Birmin'ham."
    --Tony Bennett sings "If You'll Only Take a Chance."
    --Gloria DeHaven sings "An Occasional Man."
    --Rosalind Russell & male chorus - "Homesick Hillbilly" (begins as a film clip).
    --The Girl Rush cast sings (lip-syncs?) "The Girl Rush" theme.
    --Songwriters Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane perform "The Trolley Song."
    --Marion Lorne plays a scatter-brained woman at a gambling table.
    Filmed segments (clips from the movie):
    --Nightclub revue with Gloria DeHaven & others singing "Champagne."
    --Rosalind Russell, Bob Fortier, Matt Maddox and Don Crichton - "If You'll Only Take a Chance" excerpt.

  • August 14, 1955
    August 14, 1955
    Episode 49

    --The Mills Brothers - "Basin Street Blues," "Opus One" and "Lazy River."
    --The Four Aces - "Should I?" and "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing."
    --Mexican Boys Town Choir - "Auld Lang Syne."
    Also appearing:
    --Max Bygraves (English comedian) - does stand-up routine with a goose and sings "Anyone Can Be A Millionaire."
    --The Cramerton Square Dancers from Burlington Mills, Greensboro, N.C
    --Marquis Chimps (animal act) - chimp rides bicycle, unicycle, toy pony, and jumps rope to music.
    --Audience bows: Rosalind Russell & her husband Frederick Brisson; Harry Phillips & Sindey James (publisher & managing editor of Sports Illustrated); Spencer Love (CEO of Burlington Industries, mentioned but not seen until later in show); and Marvie Mayor.
    Sports Illustrated tribute:
    --In celebration of Sports Illustrated magazine's first anniversary, Ed introduces sports stars Eddie Arcaro (jockey), Willie Shoemaker (jockey), Joe Lewis, Jack Dempsey, Ben Hogan (golfer), Maurice Richard (professional ice hockey player from Canada), George Welch (Navy football quaterback), Maurice Stokes, Reverend Bob Richards (pole vaulter), D. Walker, Briggs Cunningham, Bob Grimm, Don Newcombe (baseball star), Bob Cousy (Celtics basketball player); Steve Nagey, Arnold Sowell, and tennis stars Tony Trabert, Louise Brough, & Bill Talbert. [This segment might also include appearances by Arne Sowell (track star) and Ted Williams (baseball star).]
    Filmed segments:
    --Film clip from Santa Barbara Festival with Chief Justice Warren in attendance.
    --Film clip from the movie "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" starring William Holden & Jennifer Jones.

  • August 7, 1955: Bill Haley & his Comets / Jack Palance, Christopher Plummer, Roddy McDowall

    Show broadcast from the American Shakespeare Festival Theater in Stratford, Connecticut:
    --Scenes from Shakespeare's "The Tempest" with actors Raymond Massey, Roddy McDowall, Jack Palance, Jerry Stiller and Rex Eberhart.
    --Scene from "Julius Caesar" with Christopher Plummer performing "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech.
    Also appearing:
    Hurd Hatfield
    --Raymond Massey - Shakespeare speech

    Other guests:
    --Bill Haley and his Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"
    --Mindy Carson - "Wake The Town" and "My Heart Belongs To Daddy"
    --Max Bygraves (British comedian) - routine with singing and comic goose

    Audience bows: Joel McRea; John Kelly (Commissioner of State Police In Connecticut); Lawrence Langer (of the Shakespeare Festival Theater)

  • July 31, 1955: U.S. Air Force Talent Show


    "Tops in Blue" - the U. S. Air Force world-wide talent contest with featured acts: --the Harmonica Riffs --the Sunset Playboys (singers) --the Harmonettes (singers) --J.R. Berggren (billed as a "card manipulator")

  • July 24, 1955
    July 24, 1955
    Episode 46

    Scheduled guests: --Guy Mitchell (guest host) --Polly Bergen (singer-actress) --Arthur Worsley (English ventriloquist) --The Band and Color Guard of the First Infantry Division

  • July 17, 1955
    July 17, 1955
    Episode 45

    --Ethel Merman (guest host) sings "You Gotta Have Heart."
    --Russell Nype and Ethel Merman - "You're Just In Love, I Wonder Why" (duet from "Call Me Madam").
    --Russel Nype sings "It's A Lovely Day Today" (from "Call Me Madam").
    --Ethel Merman sings "That's The Kind Of Dame I Am."
    --Gloria Lane (operatic mezzo-soprano) sings "The Gypsy Song" (from "Carmen").
    Also appearing:
    --Professor Backwards (comedian Jimmy Edmonson dressed in a cap & gown) - comedy monologue.
    --Mrs. Catherine E. Kreitzer (Bible expert & "The $64,000 Question" contestant) - reads verses from The Bible.
    --De Lage and Shirley (magic act)
    --The Peiro Brothers (jugglers)
    --The Rhythmettes (Las Vegas High School dance group & drill band).

  • July 10, 1955
    July 10, 1955
    Episode 44

    --Marion Marlowe (guest host) sings "I'm in Love Again," "Midnight In Paris" and "My Man's Gone Now."
    --Eartha Kitt sings "Mambo De Paris" and "Sandy's Tune."
    --Joey Bishop (comedian) - topics include the heatwave (which was affecting the North-Eastern and Midwestern parts of the country).
    --Rolly Rolls (comic pianist)
    Also appearing:
    --Joan Holloway (dancer) performs the "Can-Can."
    --The Peiro Brothers (jugglers from Argentina) - juggle sticks, blocks and hats.
    --Evers & Dolores (tightrope duo) - dance on a high-wire.

  • July 3, 1955
    July 3, 1955
    Episode 43

    Show broadcast from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Antietam anchored in the Hudson River.
    Guests include:
    --The Chordettes (vocal group) - "Hummingbird" & "Dixie Danny."
    --The Step Brothers (acrobatic tap dancers)
    --Priscilla Wright (Canadian vocalist) sings "The Man in the Raincoat."
    --The Naval Aviation Cadet Choir (from Pensacola) - "Anchors Aweigh."
    --Rufe Davis (Western performer) - plays guitar and sings "Old Mac Donald" (makes animal noises).
    --The Gaudsmith Brothers (dog act) - 2 brothers with poodles clown around on deck & do acrobatics.
    --Jay Marshall (comedian doing stand-up in front of big navy guns) - Navy humor, does ring tricks.
    --Beginning of show: Ed is in Navy Helicopter flying over aircraft carrier. The Hudson River & Manhattan Skyline are seen from the harbor. Helicopter lands and Ed introduces his helicopter pilot Lt. Les Taylor.

    Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
    --The Mariners (vocal group)
    --The Piero Brothers (jugglers)
    --The Marcellos (Marcellas?) (acrobats)

  • June 26, 1955: 7th Anniversary Show

    7th Anniversary show
    --Bob Hope, who first appeared on "Talk of the Town" in 1948, does a little bit of a comedy routine. Then he performs "The Sand Dance" routine to music from "The Seven Little Foys." (Children from "The Seven Little Foys" appear with Hope later in the show.)
    --Pearl Bailey (singer) - "Nobody"
    --Will Jordan - impersonates Ed Sullivan.
    --Smith and Dale (comedians, perform their Dr. Kronkheit sketch)
    --Joe Howard (Vaudeville song-and-dance man) - sings "Hello My Baby," "Goodbye My Lady Love" and one other song (possibly "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now")
    --Famous athletes (introduced by Ed): Jack (Jim) Flick (golf champion), Archie Moore (boxer) , Charlie Johnson (Moore's manager)
    --Milton Caniff (cartoonist).

  • June 19, 1955: Mister Roberts Salute

    "Mister Roberts" Salute - A full-hour tribute to the stage drama (written by the late Thomas Heggen) and the recent film version.
    The guests include Henry Fonda, James Cagney and Jack Lemmon, the cast from the movie version.
    Also appearing are John Forsythe and David Wayne from the "Mr. Roberts" Broadway cast).
    Additional guests (scheduled to appear) were Leland Hayward, and Mervyn Le Roy.

    Segments include:
    (1) A Film clip from the movie with Henry Fonda, William Powell and Jack Lemmon.
    (2) Live on stage, James Cagney and Jack Lemmon perform a scene from the movie: The Captain (Cagney) first meets Ensign Pulver (Lemmon).
    (3) John Forsythe and David Wayne, from the Broadway cast, do a scene that wasn't included in the movie.
    (4) The movie cast reenacts the scene in which The Captain won't grant shore leave to the crew unless Mr. Roberts promises to keep quiet about the Captain's faults.

  • June 12, 1955: U.S. Army Talent Show

    The second All-Army Talent Contest featuring performers selected from U.S. Army bases throughout the world.
    These performers, all finalists in the Fort Dix, NJ, competition held a week earlier, are competing in the categories of Vocal Soloist, Instrumental Soloist, Individual Novelty and Group Act.

    The finalists include:
    Cpl. Pat R. Daugherty of Hayward, California;
    Pvt. Roger Balph of Lexington, Kentucky (clarinet-saxophone player performing "The Twelfth Street Rag").

  • June 5, 1955
    June 5, 1955
    Episode 39

    --Julius LaRosa sings "Domani (Tomorrow)."
    --Marion Marlowe sings "The Man In The Raincoat."
    --Marion Marlowe & Julius La Rosa (former 'Arthur Godfrey Show' regulars) "Two Lost Souls" duet.

    Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
    --In scenes from the Broadway musical "Seventh Heaven," Gloria DeHaven and Ricardo Montalban sing "Sun at My Window, Love at My Door" and dancers perform the "Glove Dance."
    --Carol Haney (dancer from Broadway's 'The Pajama Game')
    --Ross & Ross (novelty punching-bag act)

  • May 29, 1955
    May 29, 1955
    Episode 38

    --Betty & Jane Kean, Lew Parker and Gabriel Dell, from the Broadway musical-comedy "Ankles Aweigh," perform "Walk Like a Sailor." The play's chorus line dances to "Ready Cash."
    --Andy Griffith (comedian-actor) - in a monologue, imitates a woman's voice and sings "Make Yourself Comfortable."
    --Pat Henning (comedian)
    Also appearing:
    --Stan Kramer and his puppets
    --Victor Julian and his performing dogs
    --The Baladinis (jugglers)
    --Audience bows: Ed Furgol and Patty Berg (golf champions)
    --Audience bow: Anthony Brady Farrell (owner of the Mark Hellinger Theatre, where "Ankles Away" was performed).

  • May 22, 1955
    May 22, 1955
    Episode 37

    Broadcast from the aboard the decks of the USS Wisconsin (docked in New York harbor at the Hudson River).
    --Burl Ives sings "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett" and "Jimmy Crack Corn (The Blue Tail Fly)."
    --Peg Leg Bates (tap dancer)

    Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
    --June Valli (singer) - "Love Me or Leave Me."
    --Nancy Walker (comedienne) sings "Down to the Sea," about middle-class Long Islanders who sail on weekends, which she performed in the Broadway revue "Phoenix '55."
    --Jack E. Leonard (comedian)
    --Richard Hearne (comedian, England's "Mr. Pastry")
    --The Balladinis (European jugglers)
    --The Arizona Boys Choir
    --The Marine Drill Team
    --The USS Wisconsin band.

  • May 15, 1955
    May 15, 1955
    Episode 36

    Scheduled guests: --Louis Armstrong --Will Mastin Trio (with Sammy Davis Jr.) --Gary Crosby --Senor Wences (ventriloquist) --Richard Hearne

  • May 8, 1955
    May 8, 1955
    Episode 35

    --Eddie Fisher sings "(You've Gotta Have) Heart" and "My Mom."
    --The Mariners (vocal group) perform "Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho" and do vocal impressions of Bing Crosby, Billy Kenny, Gene Autry and Johnnie Ray.
    --Eileen Barton (singer) - performs excerpts from her nightclub act.
    --Richard Hearne (comedian, England's "Mr. Pastry") - plays a salesman in a shoe store.
    --Robert Lamoret (ventriloquist with a talking duck)
    Also appearing:
    --"Little John" Seidel (14-year-old Danish acrobat, a.k.a. "Wonder Boy John") - balancing act.
    --On film: The premiere of the Fred Astaire-Leslie Caron movie "Daddy Long Legs." Celebrities interviewed at the premiere include Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Jennifer Jones, Jane Russell, Betty Grable with husband Harry James, Jeanne Crain, Maureen O'Hara, Victor Mature, Clifton Webb and Robert Cummings.

  • May 1, 1955
    May 1, 1955
    Episode 34

    --Eartha Kitt - "C'Est Si Bon."
    Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
    --Lionel Hampton
    --Georgia Gibbs
    --Phil Foster (comedian)
    --The combined choruses of New York University and Skidmore College
    --Victor Julian's performing French poodles
    On film: Greetings from Hollywood stars Robert Wagner, Irene Dunn, Dan Dailey, Arlene Dahl, and Richard Todd.

  • April 24, 1955
    April 24, 1955
    Episode 33

    --Harry Belafonte sings "Water Boy" and "Melba Massey."
    --Jack Buchanan, Jackie Miles, and Connie Brigham perform "Triplets."
    --Jack Buchanan (Scottish musical comedy star) sings "Josephine and Men" and "Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan."
    --Marion Marlowe sings "The Belle Of The Ball" and "The Story Of Sorrento."
    Also appearing:
    --Jackie Miles (comedian)
    --The Half Brothers (unicycle juggling act from Argentina)
    --Ted Atkinson (jockey)
    --Audience bows: Dick Tracy Creator Chester Gould ("Dick Tracy" artist and creator), Mervyn LeRoy (film producer), Colonel Henry Crown (owner of the Empire State Building), Ernest Borgnine (actor), Stanley Kramer (film director & producer), and Arnold Grant (attorney?).

    Additional guest (scheduled to appear):
    --Carol Haney (dancer) - scheduled to perform the "Steam Heat" number from Broadway's "Pajama Game."

  • April 17, 1955
    April 17, 1955
    Episode 32

    Scheduled: --James Stewart --Louis Armstrong --Joey Bishop (comedian) --Robert Merrill (opera singer) --Marguerite Piazza (night club performer) --David Whitfield (English singer)

  • April 10, 1955
    April 10, 1955
    Episode 31

    Scheduled guests:
    --James Cagney (shows a film clip from his latest movie, "Run for Cover")
    --Rosemary Clooney
    --The Ballet Theater of David Lichine's "Graduation Ball"
    --Los Chavales de Espana (with Trini Reyes)
    --sports stars: Willie Mays, Pee Wee Reese, Dusty Rhodes, Robin Roberts, Warren Spahn, Vic Wertz and Jerry Coleman
    --The Notre Dame Glee Club
    --David Whitfield (English singer)

  • April 3, 1955
    April 3, 1955
    Episode 30

    --Fred Astaire discusses his love of dancing and golf, then combines the two by dancing with a golf club.
    --Dorothy Dandridge (actress) sings "Good For Nothing Joe" and "I Got Rhythm."
    --Sammy Davis Jr. sings "Hey There" (imitating Nat King Cole, Frankie Lane, and other singers), then does a "That's Entertainment" song and tap dance.
    --The Will Mastin Trio (Sammy Davis Jr., Sammy Davis Sr. and Will Mastin) - perform a soft shoe dance to "Tea for Two."
    --Julius LaRosa - "Pass It On" & "Let's Stay Home Tonight."
    Also appearing:
    --Joan Rhodes (British strong-woman) - bends a piece of iron with her mouth.
    --Excess Baggage (trained dog act)
    --Audience bows: Tony DeMarco (world welterweight boxing champion) and Charlotte Brooks ("Look" magazine photographer).
    --On film: A clip from the movie "Daddy Longlegs" with Fred Astaire singing and dancing to "Something's Gotta Give" with co-star Leslie Caron.

  • March 27, 1955: Tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein

    Tribute to Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein
    --Celeste Holm - I Can't Say No" (from "Oklahoma") and "A Fellow Needs A Girl" (from "Allegro")
    --Florence Henderson & John Raitt - "People Will Say We're In Love."
    --Florence Henderson & Gary Wright - "Be Kind to Your Parents."
    --University Of Oklahoma Glee Club - "Oklahoma."
    --Robert S. Kerr - Senator From Oklahoma talks about the musical "Oklahoma," his state & America.
    --Barbara Cook - "Many A New Day" (from "Oklahoma" with dancers).
    --Richard Colett sings "Surry With Fringe On Top" in Swedish.
    --Augustana College Choir sings "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" in Swedish.
    --Ed Interviews Oscar Hammerstein & Richard Rodgers who discuss the song writing process.
    --Richard Rodgers conducts orchestra for "Oklahoma" with entire cast joining in vocals.
    --Emmett Kelly (cameo, wanders on stage towards end of show)

  • March 20, 1955
    March 20, 1955
    Episode 28

    --Sarah Vaughan - "S'wonderful" & "How Important Can It Be"
    --Xavier Cugat & Abbe Lane - "Brazil" & "Sway"
    --Tony & Sally DeMarco (dance team) - dance to "Easter Parade" & "Crazy Rhythm"
    --Frankie Marlowe (comedian) - does Brando impressions, closes with song "It All Depends On You"
    --Sam Levenson (stand-up comedian, topic: education)
    --Dartmouth Glee Club (led by Paul Zeller) --Sam Levenson (comedian)
    --The Dartmouth College Glee Club
    --Lottie's Doves (might be "Wlades Doves") - trained animal act

    Audience bows: Dahl H. Davis, Robert Baster

  • March 13, 1955
    March 13, 1955
    Episode 27

    Ice Capades of 1955 (broadcast from Chicago):

    --Victor Borge (skates out on ice) --Peg Leg Bates (tap dancer; dance routine, tap dance routine, tells leg jokes) --The Maxsons (ice skating pair) --The Old Smoothies (older couple dance to "Shine On Harvest Moon") --Ice Capades "Tropicana" production number. --Rudy Horn (unicyclist, tosses cups, saucers, etc on his head) --Donna Atwood (skater, skates to medley of Irish songs) --Irish Festival Singers - perform an Irish medley --Forgie And Larson ("Ice Capade" performers, do a badminton match) --Vernon & Bumpy (child acrobats)

  • March 6, 1955
    March 6, 1955
    Episode 26

    Musical guests:
    --Lillian Roth (singer) -possibly "Sing You Sinners"/"Honey" medley.
    --Roy Hamilton -possibly "I Believe."
    --The Fontane Sisters (vocal trio) -possibly "Rock Love" and "Heart of Stone."
    --Arnold Dover (impressionist) - imitates Ed Sullivan.
    --Joe Jackson Jr.
    Also appearing:
    --Alistair Cook presents the opera "The Mighty Casey," based on the classic poem "Casey At The Bat."
    --Mata & Hari (dance team)
    --Collier's All-American basketball team (five top players)
    --Paul Sidell and Susie (trainer with his dog)

  • February 27, 1955
    February 27, 1955
    Episode 25

    --Eartha Kitt sings "My Heart's Delight" and "The Heel."
    --The DeJohn Sisters (vocal duo) - "A Present For Bob" and "No More."
    --The Citadel College Glee Club (directed by Captain Nichols) sing "The Citadel Alma Mater" and "The Lord's Prayer."
    --Scenes from the play "Plain and Fancy": Gloria Marlowe and David Daniels (sing "Young and Foolish"); Shirl Conway, Nancy Andrews and others (perform a comic scene set in an Amish kitchen); Nancy Andrews & five others (sing "City Mouse, Country Mouse").
    --Billy De Wolfe (comedian) plays "Mrs. Murgatroyd" in a comedy sketch.
    --Carol Haney and Peter Gennaro dance to "On the Sunny Side of the Street."
    --Audience bows: Ann Miller (MGM dancing star), Robert Wagner (actor), Win Min Than (actress, a co-star in the Gregory Peck movie "The Purple Plain"), and General Mark Clark (WWII hero).
    --Audience bows: Victor Seixas and Tony Trabert (both from the 1955 US Davis Cup Team).

  • February 20, 1955: Tribute to Gertrude Lawrence

    Tribute to Gertrude Lawrence (1898 - 1952)

    --Film clip: Gertrude Lawrence sings "Getting to Know You" (1951 "Toast of the Town" clip)
    --Sarah Churchill talks about Gertrude Lawrence & her Cockney roots.
    --Mindy Carson - "Sunny Side of the Street" & "Someday I'll Find You Jenny."
    --Lily Pons - "The Bell Song" from "Lakme."
    --Gracie Fields (comedian, does a party routine & sings "Whistle A Happy Tune")
    --Judith Anderson - scene from "Medea."
    --Helen Hayes - talks about Gertrude Lawrence, does a Bible reading.
    --Dorothy Sarnoff - "Shall We Dance?" from "The King and I."
    --Audience bows: Richard Stoddard Aldridge (Gertrude Lawrence's husband); Grady Harris, Harry Ruggles.
    --On film: Beatrice Lillie on stage in London singing Life Is Sweet."

  • February 13, 1955
    February 13, 1955
    Episode 23

    --Les Paul and Mary Ford -possibly "Song In Blue."
    --Pearl Bailey sings "Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home" while her brother Bill tap dances.
    --Don Cossack Chorus (32-member choir & dancers) - "Song of the Volga Boatmen."
    --The University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club (a.k.a. The Singing Illini).
    --Willy West & Andy McGinty (comedians)
    Also appearing:
    --Richard Long and Suzan Ball (husband-and-wife actors)
    --Mata and Hari (dance team)

  • February 6, 1955: The Columbia Pictures Story

    "The Columbia Pictures Story"
    --Eddie Fisher sings a medley of Al Jolson songs: "April Showers" and "My Mammy."
    --Eddie Fisher - "A Man Chases A Girl (Until She Catches Him)" with backing vocals by an unseen Debbie Reynolds.
    --Teresa Brewer sings "I've Got A Crush On You" and "How Come You Do Me Like You Do?"
    --The West Point Glee Club - "America The Beautiful."
    Also appearing:
    --Marge & Gower Champion (dancers) - "Let's Dance" and "Meetin' Time" production numbers.
    --On-stage bows: Dianne Foster, Robert Francis, Kim Novak, Donald Crisp, Maureen O'Hara and Marty Maher.
    --Maureen O'Hara (actress) talks to Ed about her new movie "The Long Gray Line," followed by a clip from the film (which also stars Tyrone Power.)
    --General Jacob L. Devers makes a patriotic speech.
    --Audience bow: Marty Maher (writer of the book "Bring Up The Brass" and the subject of the movie "The Long Gray Line") is invited on stage by Maureen O'Hara.
    --Audience bows: Rod Steiger (actor), Jack Cohn (Columbia Pictures president), and Carol Haney (dancer).
    Filmed segments:
    --Clips from memorable "Columbia Pictures" movies: "It Happened One Night" (1934, with Claudette Colbert & Clark Gable), "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" (1936, with Gary Cooper & Jean Arthur), "Gilda" (1946, with Rita Hayworth singing and dancing), "Born Yesterday" (1950, with Judy Holliday & Broderick Crawford), "From Here To Eternity" (1953, scene with Burt Lancaster & Deborah Kerr rolling in the surf), "The Caine Mutiny" (1954, with Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer and Van Johnson) and "On The Waterfront" (1954, with Marlon Brando & Rod Steiger).

  • January 30, 1955: A Cavalcade of Radio

    "A Cavalcade of Radio, 1920 - 1955," broadcast from New York City and Hollywood.
    Stars of radio's Golden Age recreate past radio programs and historic radio moments.
    --Rudy Vallee sings "My Time Is Your Time," "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover" and the "Maine Stein Song."
    --Paul Whiteman's Orchestra, with pianist Vincent Lopez, perform "Nola."
    --The Pickens Sisters sing a medley of their greatest hits.
    --Radio soap opera stars sing "Happy Birthday."
    --In Hollywood, Jack Benny tells a few jokes, then is joined by George Burns.
    --Eve Arden and Gale Gordon do an "Our Miss Brooks" radio sketch.
    --Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy (ventriloquist act)
    Also appearing:
    --Edward R. Murrow recalls famous moments in radio news.
    --Radio veterans Norman Brokenshire, David Ross, H.V. Kaltenborn, and Milton Cross remember their biggest on-air blunders.
    --Harry Von Zell repeats his famous 1931 flub when he referred to President Herbert Hoover as "Hoobert Heever."
    --Audience bows (in Hollywood, introduced by Harry Von Zell): Ed Wynn, Bob "Bazooka" Burns, Jean Hersholt, Ken Murray and Art Linkletter.
    --Cameos: Don McNeill, Jack Bailey and Rubinoff.
    --Audience bows: Jimmy Wallingford, J. Carroll Naish, Hal Peary (the original "Gildersleeve"), George Givot, John Gambling, and Peter Potter.
    --Audience bow: Ben Gross, author of "I Looked and I Listened," a book which gave Ed Sullivan the idea for this episode.
    --Paul Whiteman leads his orchestra on "When Day Is Done."

  • January 23, 1955
    January 23, 1955
    Episode 20

    Jerome Kern salute:
    --William Warfield (concert bass-baritone) sings "Old Man River."
    --Roberta Peters (coloratura soprano) - "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "All The Things You Are" and "I've Told Every Little Star."
    --Eugenie Leontovich and Viveca Lindfors perform a scene from Broadway's "Anastasia."
    Also appearing:
    --Robert Taylor introduces scenes from his film "Many Rivers To Cross."
    --The Vargas Brothers

    Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
    --Tony & Sally De Marco (dancers)
    --Sybil Bowen (comedian)
    --Alfredi's All-Accordion Symphony (30-piece band consisting of young people).

  • January 16, 1955
    January 16, 1955
    Episode 19

    Scheduled guests:
    --Esther Williams (actress) introduces scenes from her film "Jupiter's Darling"
    --Hermione Gingold (comedian)
    --Alice Pearce (comedian)
    --The Broadway cast of "The Saint of Bleecker Street," including David Poleri and Gloria Lane, perform scenes from the musical/opera. Also appearing are the show's composer Gian-Carlo Menotti and producer Chandler Cowles.
    --Arthur Worsley (listed as Arthur Wardsley) (ventriloquist)
    --Olivette Miller & Gibson (dance team)
    --Ganjou Brothers and Juanita (adagio dancers)

  • January 9, 1955
    January 9, 1955
    Episode 18

    Guest (verified):
    --Jim Reeves (country and western singer)

    Additional guests (scheduled):
    --Guy Mitchell (singer)
    --The USO Hollywood Troupe, headed by actor Forrest Tucker.
    --Elaine Malbin (operatic soprano) - "Strangers in Paradise."
    --Jose Greco (Spanish dancer) and his dance troupe.
    --The Trio Gypsies (an adagio dance team)
    --Via a remote from Philadelphia: The 1955 edition of Shipstad & Johnson's "Ice Follies" with Marie Crimmins (the show's star), Richard Dwyer (skater), "Mr. Frick" (trick skater Werner Groebli), the Kermond Brothers (comedy team) and a production number featuring a cast of 100.

  • January 2, 1955
    January 2, 1955
    Episode 17

    Scheduled guests:
    --Pearl Bailey (singer)
    --Francis L. Sullivan and Patricia Jessel (actors) - perform a scene from their Broadway play "Witness for the Prosecution."
    --Ted Lewis (singer)
    --June Valli (singer)
    --Sam Levenson (comedian)
    --Maria Neglia (violinist, opera star)
    --Also, a salute to the Associated Press.

  • December 26, 1954
    December 26, 1954
    Episode 16

    --Cab Calloway sings "Birth of the Blues." Later in show, Calloway sings the Spiritual song "Let My People Go" (and possibly "Go Down Moses")
    --Tun Tun (entertainer from Mexico) - sings and dances "Che Bonito Mambo" & does impressions of Nat King Cole singing "Too Young"
    --Joan Weber (singer) - "Let Me Go Lover" and "I'm Sitting on Top of the World"
    --The Dunhills (tap dancers) - 3 men do a tap medley
    --Hermione Gingold & Billy DeWolfe (British comedians)
    --The Bryants (clown troupe) - does a pantomime act
    --Carl Ballantine (comic magician, aka "The Amazing Mr. Ballantine") - his magic tricks fail
    --The Harmonicaires (harmonica duet)
    --On film: A clip from the movie "Not As A Stranger" starring Robert Mitchum, Olivia De Havilland and Frank Sinatra.

  • December 19, 1954
    December 19, 1954
    Episode 15

    Guests (appearing live):
    --The Chordettes (vocal group) - "Mr. Sandman."
    --Patti Page sings "Let Me Go, Lover!"
    --Patti Page and Julius LaRosa - "Winter Wonderland" and "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)" duets.
    --Mata & Hari (dance team)
    --Audience bow: Johnnie Ray (singer)
    Filmed segments:
    --Ed talks with Olivia De Havilland, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Grahame, Charles Bickford, and Robert Mitchum, the stars of the movie "Not As A Stranger," along with Stanley Kramer, the movie's director.
    --James Mason presents "Star of Bethlehem," a 15-minute Nativity film featuring an all-child cast. This cast includes Mason's six-year-old daughter Portland as the Virgin Mary.
    --In a segment filmed at an English orphanage, actress Jane Russell offers a Christmas greeting.

  • December 12, 1954
    December 12, 1954
    Episode 14

    --The Crew-Cuts perform "Dance, Mr. Snowman, Dance," "Sh-boom" and "Crazy 'Bout You, Baby." (The group is also presented with a gold record for "Sh-boom.")
    --Sophie Tucker (singer-entertainer) - songs include "I Don't Want To Get Thin" and "Some Of The Days."
    --David Whitfield (English operatic tenor) sings "Cara Mia" and "Santo Natale."
    --Sam Levenson - in a comedy monologue talks about gift-giving when he was a child.
    Also appearing:
    --Virginia Mayo (actress, appearing live on stage) - introduces a film clip from her movie "The Silver Chalice."
    --Channing Pollock (magician)
    --The Rudells (acrobats, trampoline act)

    Scheduled guest:
    --Angna Enters (dance impressionist)

  • December 5, 1954
    December 5, 1954
    Episode 13

    --Kirk Douglas (actor) plays guitar and sings "Whale of a Tail" from his new film "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
    --Eartha Kitt (singer-actress) - "Hey Jacque" and "(If I Love Ya Then I Need Ya Then) I Wantcha Around."
    --The Ames Brothers sing "Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane," then do vocal impressions of other pop singers.
    Also appearing:
    --Carol Haney (dancer) - performs a mambo dance number with a male partner.
    --Jackie Miles (comedian)
    --The Wassan Troupe (acrobats) - tumbling routine.
    --Cameo: Mitzi Gaynor (actress) makes a bow, followed by a clip from her upcoming movie "There's No Business Like Show Business" (which also stars Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey, Johnnie Ray and Donald O'Connor).
    --Cameo: the teenage winner of an International Livestock prize.

  • November 28, 1954
    November 28, 1954
    Episode 12

    --Teresa Brewer - "My Sweetie Went Away" and "Let Me Go, Lover."
    --The cast of "Fanny" perform songs from the play:
    --Florence Henderson and Lloyd Reese - "Be Kind to Your Parents."
    --Florence Henderson and William Tabbert - duet from "Fanny."
    --Tabbert, Henderson and Ezio Pinza - "Why Be Afraid to Dance?"
    --Harold Rome ("Fanny" songwriter) also appears.
    --Jay Marshall (comedian)
    Also appearing:
    --Cameos: Members of the Colliers All-American Football Team.
    --Audience bow: Paul Young (who coached two All-American football teams).
    --Princeton Triangle Club perform scenes from their latest production. The troupe (including men in drag) does a Charleston dance number.
    --Cameos: Members of the Little All-American Football Team.
    --Filmed segment: A movie clip from "Moby Dick" featuring Gregory Peck.

  • November 21, 1954
    November 21, 1954
    Episode 11

    Scheduled guests:
    --Victor Borge
    --Roberta Peters (Metropolitan opera soprano) appears with Cesare Siepi, Cesare Valletti and Fernando Corena (known as the Met's "Three Musketeers")
    --Jimmy Boyd (young singer of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" fame)
    --The Ballets Espagnols with Terese & Luisillo (dancing company that appeared on Broadway, authentic Spanish dancing)
    --Rudi Horn (balancer)
    --On film: Ed visits the London set of the John Huston movie "Moby Dick." Included is an interview with Gregory Peck, who plays Captain Ahab.

  • November 14, 1954
    November 14, 1954
    Episode 10

    --Elizabeth Taylor & Van Johnson (talk about their new movie "The Last Time I Saw Paris" & clip from the movie)
    --Elaine Stritch - "You Took Advantage Of Me" (Richard Rodgers song)
    --Harlem Globetrotters
    --Julius LaRosa - "My Baby Cares For Me," "Mobile" and "The Gal That Got Away"
    --Richard Hearn (England's Mr. Pastry) - gets Ed to sing, causes confusion in the bandstand.
    --The Farias (acrobats)
    --The University of Pennsylvania Mask And Wig Club (men in drag do a production number with colonial dress and Spanish costumes).
    --Rosanna Carteri (soprano) - "Mi Chiamno Mimi" (Mimi's aria from "La Boheme")
    --Contest winners from Seventeen magazine's Save The Children doll contest.

  • November 7, 1954
    November 7, 1954
    Episode 9

    --The Mills Brothers (vocal group) - perform a medley of "Tiger Rag (Hold That Tiger)," "Paper Doll" "The Jones Boy" and "Up A Lazy River."
    --Kitty Kallen sings "Don't Let the Kitty Geddin" and "In the Chapel in the Moonlight."
    --Eddie Fisher - "Swanee," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Hey There" and "Fanny."
    --Eddie Fisher - "Count Your Blessings (instead Of Sheep)."
    --Dane Clark, Don Taylor and Andrew Duggan - perform a scene from their Broadway drama "The Fragile Fox" set in WWII.
    --Richard Hearne (British comedian, a.k.a. "Mr. Pastry") does his "The Lancers" pantomime bit and demonstrates the Passing Out Ceremony (to Kitty Kallen and Julia Meade).

  • October 31, 1954: Grantland Rice Tribute

    Grantland Rice tribute (a salute to the late sportscaster):
    --Ed Sullivan reads passage from Grantland Rice's book "The Tumult & The Shouting"
    --Audience bows: Notre Dame's "Four Horsemen" (Harry Stuhldreher Don Miller, Jim Crowley & Elmer Layden)
    --Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - reads "The Ghost Of The Argonne" written by Grantland Rice.
    --Audience bows: Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Mrs. Babe Ruth, Earle Sande, Vincent Richards, Doc Blanchard, Johnny Weissmuller, Gene Sarazin, Col. Eddie Egan.
    Additional guests:
    --Nat King Cole - "It's Crazy," "Smile," "Hajii Baba" and "Lover Come Back To Me."
    --Bert Lahr & Art Carney (comedy sketch) - sports announcer interviews an old time baseball player.
    --Genevieve (French singer) - "Les Marins" & "A La Bastille."
    --Andres Segovia (Spanish guitarist, performs Menuet & Venezuelan dance songs)
    --Audience bow: Dorothy Dandridge (followed by film clip from "Carmen Jones")

  • October 24, 1954
    October 24, 1954
    Episode 7

    --Pearl Bailey sings "I'm Tired."
    --The Treniers (seven-man jazz combo) - "Go, Go, Go."
    --Robert Merrill (operatic baritone) sings "Vesti La Giubba" (aria from the opera "Pagliacci") and "You'll Never Walk Alone."
    --Pearl Bailey and Robert Merrill do a jazz-opera challenge routine with Bailey singing "Habinera" and Merill performing "Honeysuckle Rose.'
    Also appearing:
    --Carol Haney (dancer from the Broadway musical "Pajama Game") - "Mamie Is Mimi" production number with two male dancers.
    --Dancers from the off-Broadway play "I Feel Wonderful" perform the show's Charleston dance number.
    --Vivian and Tassie (juggling team).
    --Tobey Anderson (of the US Navy WAVES) - pantomimes (lip-syncs) to records.
    --During his plug for the movie "Phffft," Ed mentions that rival columnist Walter Winchell coined the word "phfft."

  • October 17, 1954
    October 17, 1954
    Episode 6

    --Liberace (pianist) - songs include "Rhapsody By Candlelight" (and possibly "Candelabra Rhapsody").
    --Orson Bean (comedian) - routine about a droll announcer at a Yale-Harvard football game.
    --Will Jordan (comedian-impressionist) - does his Ed Sullivan imitation and pokes fun at Liberace.
    Also appearing:
    --Hal Leroy & Peg-Leg Bates (tap dancers) - appear together in a "Challenge Dance" segment.
    --On film: Bing Crosby talks with Ed in a segment filmed at a Pebble Beach, California golf course. Bing sings a few bars from "White Christmas" (the title song of his new movie), "Mandy" and, with accompaniment, "Gee, I Wish I Was Back In The Army."

  • October 10, 1954
    October 10, 1954
    Episode 5

    --Patti Page sings "Oklahoma Blues," "The Mama Doll Song" and "I Cried."
    --Xavier Cugat & his Orchestra - "My Shawl" and "Alma Llanera."
    --Abbe Lane and Xavier Cugat & orchestra - "Bim Bam Boom."
    --Harold Arlen (composer) - performs a medley of his songs: "The Man That Got Away," "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," "Come Rain Or Come Shine" and "Stormy Weather."
    Also appearing:
    --The Step Brothers (four tap dancers)
    --Rudy Cardenas (juggler)
    --Les Marcellis (two-man acrobatic team)
    --Audience bows: Robert Q. Lewis, Janet Kern, Bob Strauss & Elaine Stewart.
    --Audience bows: Bobby Jones, Homer Johnson, and Claude Harmon.
    --On film: Scenes from the Judy Garland movie "A Star is Born." (This is believed to be the first preview of the movie.)

  • October 3, 1954: Salute to Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz

    Salute to Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz (entire 60-minute show dedicated to Lucy & Desi).
    Live segments:
    In a comedy sketch, Ed Sullivan pays an unexpected visit to Lucy and Desi's home. Vivian Vance and William Frawley do a vaudeville number.
    Desi Arnaz performs "Babalu."
    A celebrity testimonial luncheon honoring Lucy & Desi with speeches by Tex O'Rourke, Dusty Rhodes, and Ed Sullivan. Harry Chesney, William Frawley, Howard Dietz, Vivian Vance, John Hodiak, and Don Dixon also appear. Ed reads letter from Bernard Barauch. Segment concludes with speeches by Lucy & Desi.
    Filmed segments include excerpts from two 'I Love Lucy' episodes; and clips from the movies "Bataan" and "The Long Long Trailer."

  • September 26, 1954
    September 26, 1954
    Episode 3

    --Harry Belafonte sings "Hold 'Em Joe" and "Mark Twain."
    --Los Chavales De Espana (aka "The Kids from Spain," an 11-man musical group) - appear with flamingo dancer Trini Reyes.
    --The Obernkirchen Children's Choir - 'The Happy Wanderer" and "The Spangled Banner."
    Also appearing:
    --Sam Levenson (stand-up) - talks about teaching children about money.
    --Augie & Margo (adagio dance team of Augie and Margo Rodriguez) - perform a Mambo dance.
    --Audience bows: Warren Brown (Chicago-based sportswriter), Sarita Montiel (Spanish actress and singer), Lew Fonseca (former baseball player & manager), Michael Benthall (director of London's Old Vic Theatre), and Sol Hurok (show business impresario, agent & manager).

    Salute to the Cleveland Indians (on the eve of the 1954 World Series):
    --Via a remote from Cleveland: Ed Bang, sports editor of the "Cleveland News," introduces Cleveland Indians pitchers Early Wynn, Bob Lemon, Mike Garcia and Bob Feller. The rest of the team is then introduced.
    --Using a split-screen, Cleveland Indians manager Al Lopez (in Cleveland) talks with Ed & Willie Mays.

  • September 19, 1954: U.S. Navy Talent Show

    Scheduled: "A Salute to the U.S. Navy"
    --All performers on this show will be made up of Navy personnel. (This is similar to previous programs showcasing Army and Air Force talent.)

  • September 12, 1954: The Darryl F. Zanuck Story

    Broadcast from Hollywood:
    A tribute to movie producer and 20th Century Fox executive Darryl F. Zanuck.
    Filmed segments include highlights from some of 20th Century Fox's biggest movies, along with Marilyn Monroe's screen test.

    Verified guests:
    --Darryl F. Zanuck is interviewed by Ed Sullivan.
    --Tony Martin (singer) performs a selection of songs from Fox musicals: "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (from the movie 'There's No Business Like Show Business'), "Mademoiselle" (from 'What Price Glory'), "Three Coins In The Fountain," "It Might As Well Be Spring" (from 'State Fair'), "It's a Woman's World" (from the movie 'Woman's World'), and "Thanks A Million."

    Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
    Jack Benny, Dan Dailey, Shirley Temple, Gloria DeHaven, Ruby Keeler, Sheree North, Dick Powell, Tyrone Power, Clifton Webb, and The Ken Darby Choir.