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#5897*: PULITZER PRIZE PLAYHOUSE: "KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY"
1950-11-17, WABC, 54 min.
N/A

October 6, 1950-June 29, 1951. January 2, 1952-June 4, 1952. An hour-long dramatic anthology series, adapting Pulitzer Prize-winning stories. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5920*: MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "HIT THE DECK"
1950-12-11, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5920: HIT THE DECK
1950-12-11, WNBC, 30 min.
Jack Gilford, John Beal, Iva Withers

Presented on "MUSICAL COMEDY TIME." Adaptation of the 1927 Broadway musical. Musical numbers only.
#5899*: MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "LOUISIANA PURCHASE"
1951-01-22, WNBT, 30 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5903*: MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "REVENGE WITH MUSIC"
1951-02-19, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5903: REVENGE WITH MUSIC
1951-02-19, WNBC, 30 min.
John Raitt, Billy Gilbert, Anne Jeffreys, Audrey Christie, Vicente Gomez

Presented on "MUSICAL COMEDY TIME." Dietz-Schwartz musical about the Governor of a Spanish colony in 1812 who cannot resist the ladies. Musical numbers only. A lost television broadcast.
#5898*: MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "NO NO NANETTE"
1951-03-05, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6000: 135TH STREET
1953-03-29, WCBS, 30 min.
N/A

Presented on "OMNIBUS." The second part of this Omnibus presentation is complete. An unstaged George Gershwin one-act opera with an all-Negro cast. Composed by Gershwin in 1922 when he was 23. It's primitive in construction and content, although "The Blue Monday Blues" and some other early Gershwin excursions into the Jazz idiom stand out.
#6960: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-08-31, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957...originally titled Tonight!) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. It was seen in only three states, New York, New Jersey, & Connecticut (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday only.  

 This is the oldest known broadcast record of Steve Allen's 14 month local  Pre-Tonight Show run, prior to National Tonight! broadcasts which premiered September 27, 1954.                          
#6961: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-01, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne, James Michner

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, only.  

This is the 27th broadcast in the series. Broadcast theme song, "Stay Just A Little While With Me," opens the show. Steve Allen, at the piano, sings "Cecilia." Jim Moran, who appears every Tuesday on the broadcast discusses with Allen "Oysters," as the Oyster season begins. Author James Mitchner joins in and also discusses his latest movie adaptation screenplay for the film "Return To Paradise," about to open in theaters nation wide. Incredible relaxed late night television from a bygone era as Steve offers a beer to Mitchner in-between anecdotes. Steve Lawrence, who just turned 18 years of age, sings "C'est si bon."   Bobby Byrne & his orchestra plays "Lover." Sign off, as Steve reminds viewers that this new late night series is on the air every weekday night for 40 minutes, 11:20pm to Midnight. Cast sings theme song "Stay Just A Little While With Me."                          
#6962: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-02, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne, Bobby Rosengarten

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday only.                                       
#6963: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-03, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.                          
#6964: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-04, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.   Note: SOME VARIATIONS IN SOUND QUALITY.                          
#6951: MARTIN AND LEWIS THANKSGIVING PARTY MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY TELETHON
1953-11-25, ABC, 110 min.
Jerry Lewis, Spike Jones, Danny Thomas, Jane Wyman, Phil Harris, Phil Silvers, Eddie Cantor, Dean Martin, Vic Damone, Carol Richards, Barbara Bates, Jule Styne, Dick Stabile, Anna Maria Alberghetti

Broadcast from 11pm, November 25th, to November 26th 1am, a two hour telethon special hosted by Martin and Lewis, their first major TV MD telethon together, which would become an annual signature event by Jerry Lewis every Labor Day during the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's,1990's, & 2000's.                                                                 
#5908: ANYTHING GOES
1954-02-28, WNBC, 54 min.
Frank Sinatra, Bert Lahr, Ethel Merman

September 10, 1950-December 25, 1955. Presented on "COLGATE COMEDY HOUR." A Sunday evening variety hour. Most shows were comedy variety hours with guest hosts. A few comedy plays and musicals were also televised.

Ethel Merman recreates her starring role in this loosely based adaptation of the 1934 Cole Porter musical.
#5908*: COLGATE COMEDY HOUR: "ANYTHING GOES"
1954-02-28, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

September 10, 1950-December 25, 1955. Most shows were comedy-variety hours with guest hosts Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello, Eddie Cantor, Donald O'Connor, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, & Gordon MacRae. Starting in the Fall of 1952, occasional revues and musicals were broadcast. In the summer of 1955, the name of the series was changed to "Colgate Variety Hour," and when Colgate dropped its sponsorship, the show continued in January 1956 for one half season as the "NBC Comedy Hour." Woody Allen was one of the writers. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5953*: MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS: "SATINS AND SPURS"
1954-09-12, WNBT, 78 min.
N/A

September 12, 1954-June 6, 1956. Max Liebman, producer of "Your Show of Shows," created lavish variety & musical programming spectaculars (later called specials), which aired on Saturday & Sunday nights once every four weeks. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6965: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-09-27, WRCA, 43 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Skitch Henderson, Gene Rayburn, Eydie Gorme, Pat Marshall

September 27,1954-January 25,1957 
Tonight! starring Steve Allen begins airing locally at 11:15pm, for 15 minutes, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer. From 11:30 to 1:00am the broadcast aired nationally. 

The basic format of The Tonight Show was established during Allen's tenure: an opening monologue, a segment involving the studio audience (through interviews or games such as "Stump the Band"), and a simple set (a desk and chair for the host, a couch for the guests) were all trademarks of the Allen era. Allen inaugurated the out-of-town broadcast (the first one was done from Miami), the one guest show (Carl Sandburg was the first solo guest), and the one topic show (entire programs were devoted to such subjects as narcotics, civil rights, and black music). Allen also established the practice of paying his guests only "scale," the minimum fee required by union-network contract (this practice led to a highly publicized  feud between Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan and later between Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan, as Sullivan paid top dollar for his guests). Though Allen's Tonight! show closely resembled the shows of his successors, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, it was a more musical show; Allen himself was an accomplished musician and composer (he wrote his theme, "This Could Be The Start of Something Big"), and he employed a nucleus of musical regulars on his show. In addition to announcer – sidekick Gene Rayburn, the show featured singers Steve Lawrence (who was only seventeen when he began singing on Allen's local show), Eydie Gormé (who subsequently married Steve Lawrence), Andy Williams (who later hosted several series of his own), and Pat Marshall (who was succeeded by Pat Kirby).  Skitch Henderson led the Orchestra. 

Steve Allen makes his network television Tonight! Show debut. The broadcast accents comedy, song & music. News & sports are handled by Gene Rayburn.                                                                
#5902: REVENGE WITH MUSIC
1954-10-24, WNBC, 54 min.
Edward Everett Horton, Jerry Colonna, Harpo Marx, Ray Middleton, Ilona Massey, Anna Maria Alberghetti

Presented on "COLGATE COMEDY HOUR." Dietz-Schwartz musical about the Governor of a Spanish colony in 1812 who cannot resist the ladies.             
#5902*: COLGATE COMEDY HOUR: "REVENGE WITH MUSIC"
1954-10-24, WRCA, 54 min.
N/A

September 10, 1950-December 25, 1955. Most shows were comedy-variety hours with guest hosts Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello, Eddie Cantor, Donald O'Connor, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, & Gordon MacRae. Starting in the Fall of 1952, occasional revues and musicals were broadcast. In the summer of 1955, the name of the series was changed to "Colgate Variety Hour," and when Colgate dropped its sponsorship, the show continued in January 1956 for one half season as the "NBC Comedy Hour." Woody Allen was one of the writers. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5946*: MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS: "BEST FOOT FORWARD"
1954-11-20, WRCA, 78 min.
N/A

September 12, 1954-June 6, 1956. Max Liebman, producer of "Your Show of Shows," created lavish variety & musical programming spectaculars (later called specials), which aired on Saturday & Sunday nights once every four weeks. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5910*: COLGATE COMEDY HOUR: "LET'S FACE IT"
1954-11-24, WRCA, 54 min.
N/A

September 10, 1950-December 25, 1955. Most shows were comedy-variety hours with guest hosts Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello, Eddie Cantor, Donald O'Connor, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, & Gordon MacRae. Starting in the Fall of 1952, occasional revues and musicals were broadcast. In the summer of 1955, the name of the series was changed to "Colgate Variety Hour," and when Colgate dropped its sponsorship, the show continued in January 1956 for one half season as the "NBC Comedy Hour." Woody Allen was one of the writers. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5893*: MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS: "BABES IN TOYLAND"
1954-12-18, WRCA, 78 min.
N/A

September 12, 1954-June 6, 1956. Max Liebman, producer of "Your Show of Shows," created lavish variety & musical programming spectaculars (later called specials), which aired on Saturday & Sunday nights once every four weeks. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5918*: MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS: "THE MERRY WIDOW"
1955-04-09, WRCA, 78 min.
N/A

September 12, 1954-June 6, 1956. Max Liebman, producer of "Your Show of Shows," created lavish variety & musical programming spectaculars (later called specials), which aired on Saturday & Sunday nights once every four weeks. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6966: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1955-08-26, WRCA, 87 min.
Steve Allen, Andy Williams, Debbie Reynolds, Milton Berle, Steve Lawrence, Skitch Henderson, Gene Rayburn, Erroll Garner, Micki Marlo, Pete Ruggilo, Hy Averback

September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957. This broadcast was the last from Hollywood which was the home of Tonight! Starring Steve Allen from June 27 to August 26, 1955. It was also the last time Hy Averback appeared as announcer.

The basic format of The Tonight Show was established during Allen's tenure: an opening monologue, a segment involving the studio audience (through interviews or games such as "Stump the Band"), and a simple set (a desk and chair for the host, a couch for the guests) were all trademarks of the Allen era. Allen inaugurated the out-of-town broadcast (the first one was done from Miami), the one guest show (Carl Sandburg was the first solo guest), and the one topic show (entire programs were devoted to such subjects as narcotics, civil rights, and black music). Allen also established the practice of paying his guests only "scale," the minimum fee required by union-network contract (this practice led to a highly publicized  feud between Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan and later between Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan, as Sullivan paid top dollar for his guests). Though Allen's Tonight! show closely resembled the shows of his successors, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, it was a more musical show; Allen himself was an accomplished musician and composer (he wrote his theme, "This Could Be The Start of Something"), and he employed a nucleus of musical regulars on his show. In addition to announcer – sidekick Gene Rayburn, the show featured singers Steve Lawrence (who was only seventeen when he began singing on Allen's local show), Eydie Gormé (who subsequently married Steve Lawrence), Andy Williams (who later hosted several series of his own), and Pat Marshall (who was succeeded by Pat Kirby).  Skitch Henderson led the Orchestra.                                                                 
#5905: OUR TOWN
1955-09-19, WNBC, 80 min.
Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ernest Truex, Sylvia Field, Peg Hilligs, Carol Venzie

October 18, 1954-June 24, 1957. Presented on "PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE." Some of television's most notable single programs were presented on this highly acclaimed series one of the most costly to be produced during the "Golden Age Of Television."

Frank Sinatra stars in this story of family life in the fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire.
#5905*: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "OUR TOWN"
1955-09-19, WNBT, 80 min.
N/A

October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957. Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5987: HIGH TOR
1956-03-10, WCBS, 90 min.
Everett Sloane, Bing Crosby, Hans Conreid, Julie Andrews, Nancy Olson, Lloyd Corrigan, John Picard

Presented on "FORD STAR JUBILEE." September 24, 1955-November 3, 1956. Broadcast entirely in color and sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, this series was a lavish presentation of monthly specials. The Judy Garland variety special launched the series to a rousing start on September 24, 1955. Based on a 1937 Broadway drama by Maxwell Anderson about the ghost of a 16th century Dutch girl, who aids a man struggling to keep his mountain from a group of people who are seeking to purchase it. At the end of the broadcast, the announcer states to viewers that the music from this production is available in stores on Decca Records.
#5987*: FORD STAR JUBILEE: "HIGH TOR"
1956-03-10, WCBS, 96 min.
N/A

September 24, 1955-November 3, 1956. Monthly specials all broadcast in color. A variety of dramas, musicals, and for its final broadcast the TV premiere of the motion picture classic "The Wizard of Oz." Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli and Bert Lahr introduce the film live. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5955*: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "BLOOMER GIRL"
1956-05-28, WNBT, 80 min.
N/A

October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957. Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5984*: FORD STAR JUBILEE: "A BELL FOR ADANO"
1956-06-02, WCBS, 96 min.
N/A

September 24, 1955-November 3, 1956. Monthly specials all broadcast in color. A variety of dramas, musicals, and for its final broadcast the TV premiere of the motion picture classic "The Wizard of Oz." Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli and Bert Lahr introduce the film live. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6968: STEVE ALLEN SHOW
1956-06-24, NBC, 59 min.
Steve Allen, Jerry Lewis, Kim Novak, Bob Hope, Vincent Price, Wally Cox, Gene Rayburn, Sammy Davis Jr, Will Mastin, Dane Clark, Bambi Linn, Rod Alexander

 Commercials included in this TV Audio Air Check are, Jergens Woodbury beauty bar, Crosley and Bandix Home Appliances, Crosley radio and Television, and Viceroy Cigarettes.

 Premiere broadcast.

 June 24,1956-December 27,1961.
The multi-talented Steve Allen- musician, composer, singer, comedian,author- was the star of this live weekly variety series that bore a strong resemblance to his informal, late-night Tonight! Show. Although the program had elements of music and serious aspects, comedy was far and away its major component. Steve had with him one of the most versatile and talented collections of improvisational comics ever assembled. Among the features that were used at one time or another on a semi-regular basis were: "Letters to the Editor," "The Allen Report to the Nation," "Mad-Libs," "Crazy Shots," "Where Are They Now," "The Question Man," "The Allen Bureau of Standards," and "The Allen All Stars." The most frequently used feature, and by far the most memorable, was the "Man on the Street Interview." It was here that the comics on the show developed their  best-remembered characters: Louis Nye as suave, smug Gordon Hathaway, Tom Poston as the man who can't remember his own name, Skitch Henderson as Sidney Ferguson, Don Knotts as the extremely nervous and fidgety Mr Morrison, Pat Harrington as Italian golf pro Guido Panzini, and Bill Dana as shy Jose Jimenez.               
#6974: TODAY SHOW, THE
1956-06-24, NBC, 17 min.
Jerry Lewis, Jack Lescoulie, Dean Martin, Fay Emerson

Broadcast from Atlantic City at Paul D'Amato's 500 Club where Martin and Lewis were originally booked as singles and started to clown together to form a history-making combination. This live telecast would be the next to last broadcast for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis before they would split for good. Their last telecast came five days later when they hosted an MD    telethon from Carnegie Hall, June 29th and 30th.             
#5907*: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "ROSALINDA"
1956-07-23, WNBT, 80 min.
N/A

October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957. Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5951*: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "JACK AND THE BEANSTALK"
1956-07-23, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957. Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5901*: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "THE LORD DON'T PLAY FAVORITES"
1956-09-17, WNBT, 84 min.
N/A

October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957. Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5936*: US STEEL HOUR: "TOM SAWYER"
1956-11-21, WCBS, 54 min.
N/A

October 27, 1953-June 21, 1955 (ABC). July 6, 1955-June 12, 1963 (CBS). Broadcast live from New York, this dramatic anthology series was telecast biweekly. It became the last hold-out representing anthology "Golden Age" television programming. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5991*: SATURDAY COLOR CARNIVAL: "HIGH BUTTON SHOES"
1956-11-24, WNBT, 80 min.
N/A

October 27, 1956-April 13, 1957. A series of specials which lasted one season, sponsored by Oldsmobile. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6967: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1957-01-25, WRCA, 87 min.
Steve Allen, Hy Gardner, Milt Kamen, Jack Lescoulie, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Hackett, Bob Considine, Jayne Meadows, Peter Lawford, Earl Wilson, Micki Marlo, John Crosby, Sammy Davis, Sally Powers, Maggie Pierce, Dorothy Miller, Joe Interleggi, Vic Marcell, Jim Moran, Mrs. Sterling

September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957. This evenings telecast is the final TONIGHT! show starring Steve Allen. A farewell party is staged. All the regular singers are featured in musical numbers and Steve uses some of the 'gimmicks which found great popularity on show during the 2 1/2 years on air, including the big salami, and goo goo dolls. Steve speaks briefly to some of the men on the new "Tonight" show which starts next week. They include Jack Lescoulie, Earl Wilson, Hy Gardner, & Bob Considine. 

The basic format of The Tonight! Show was established during Allen's tenure: an opening monologue, a segment involving the studio audience (through interviews or games such as "Stump the Band"), and a simple set (a desk and chair for the host, a couch for the guests), all trademarks of the Allen era. Allen inaugurated the out-of-town broadcast (the first one was done from Miami), the one guest show (Carl Sandburg was the first solo guest), and the one topic show (entire programs devoted to such subjects as narcotics, civil rights, and black music). Allen also established the practice of paying his guests only "scale," the minimum fee required by union-network contract (this practice led to a highly publicized  feud between Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan and later between Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan, as Sullivan paid top dollar for his guests). Though Allen's Tonight! show closely resembled the shows of his successors, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, it was more a musical show; Allen himself was an accomplished musician and composer (he wrote his theme, "This Could Be The Start of Something Big"), and he employed a nucleus of musical regulars on his show. In addition to announcer – sidekick Gene Rayburn, the show featured singers Steve Lawrence (who was only seventeen when he began singing on Allen's local show), Eydie Gormé (who subsequently married Steve Lawrence), Andy Williams (who later hosted several series of his own), and Pat Marshall (who was succeeded by Pat Kirby).  Skitch Henderson led the Orchestra.                                       
#5894*: LUX VIDEO THEATRE: "EILEEN"
1957-03-14, WNBC, 54 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-June 24, 1954 (CBS). August 26, 1954-September 12, 1957 (NBC). A dramatic anthology series in a half-hour format on CBS and in a one-hour format on NBC. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5919*: US STEEL HOUR: "A DRUM IS A WOMAN"
1957-05-08, WCBS, 54 min.
N/A

October 27, 1953-June 21, 1955 (ABC). July 6, 1955-June 12, 1963 (CBS). Broadcast live from New York, this dramatic anthology series was telecast biweekly. It became the last hold-out representing anthology "Golden Age" television programming. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5900*: DUPONT SHOW OF THE MONTH: "JUNIOR MISS"
1957-12-20, WCBS, 80 min.
N/A

September 29, 1957-March 21, 1961. An irregularly scheduled collection of culturally outstanding dramas usually presented monthly. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5917*: DUPONT SHOW OF THE MONTH: "THE RED MILL"
1958-04-19, WCBS, 80 min.
N/A

September 29, 1957-March 21, 1961. An irregularly scheduled collection of culturally outstanding dramas usually presented monthly. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5942: ROBERTA
1958-09-19, WNBC, 68 min.
Bob Hope, Janis Paige, Howard Keel, Sara Dillon, Anna Maria Alberghetti

Presented on "BOB HOPE BUICK SHOW." Bob Hope stars in a 90 minute adaptation of the big 1933 musical comedy hit of 25 years ago, Jerome Kern's "Roberta."                          
#5952*: ARMSTRONG CIRCLE THEATER: "KISS ME KATE"
1958-11-20, WRCA, 54 min.
N/A

June 6, 1950-June 25, 1957 (NBC). October 2, 1957-August 28, 1963 (CBS). Anthology series which specialized in dramatizations of actual events. One hour format began in 1955 when the series began a biweekly run. John Cameron Swayze hosted the show on NBC. Douglas Edwards, Ron Cochran and Henry Hamilton hosted the show on CBS. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5934*: OMNIBUS: "FORTY FIVE MINUTES FROM BROADWAY"
1959-03-15, WRCA, 80 min.
N/A

November 9, 1952-April 16, 1961. Hosted by Alistair Cooke, the aptly titled series presented everything from dramas to musicals to documentaries. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5925: PERRY COMO SHOW, THE: SALUTE TO BILLY ROSE
1959-03-21, WNBC, 25 min.
Nanette Fabray, Perry Como, The Everly Brothers, Billy Rose

September 12, 1955-June 12, 1963. In the fall of 1955 Perry Como returned to NBC where he hosted a weekly hour show. From 1955 to 1959 it was seen Saturday evenings and was titled "The Perry Como Show." From 1959 to 1963 it was seen Wednesday evenings and was titled "The Kraft Music Hall." Regulars included Frank Gallop and the Ray Charles Singers. After his final weekly June 12, 1963 broadcast Perry Como appeared in scores of specials, beginning October 3, 1963, airing on NBC, CBS & ABC, and concluding on December 6, 1986.

Perry welcomes his guests: Nanette Fabray, The Everly Brothers and songwriter Billy Rose.
#859A: ZACHERLEY AT 12:00
1959-11-20, WOR, 30 min.
John Zacherley

October 9, 1959 - December 26, 1959 &
April 8, 1960 - July 1, 1960

John Zacherley, who became famous introducing horror films,and satirizing them on SHOCK THEATER / ZACHERLEY AT LARGE, on WABC TV, found a new home at WOR TV in October of 1959 and hosted "Zacherley at 12:00," a series initially lasting a little more  than two months, totaling 12 broadcasts from October 9 - December 25, 1959, and then returning for another 13 broadcasts in the Spring of 1960.

These WOR TV channel 9 ninety minute programs were presented on Friday Nights at Midnight, re-run (video tape) Saturday at noon, and re-run again, Saturday Night at Midnight, thru November 28, 1959.  

At his new WOR Ch. 9 berth, Zacherley remained a suave ghoulish monster from Cloud Transylvania, adding offbeat crazy humor to old "B" films which were edited to 60 minutes running time. The remaining 30 minutes of broadcast time was pure Zacherley. On this classic show Zacherley and the symphonic orchestra and Gypsy Band perform the opera "All Quiet On The Balkan Front." It celebrates the Victory of Transylvania over Bohemia in 1332. In tongue and cheek fashion, Zacherley sings and explains the story as it progresses in six minute segments, between commercials and the showing of the 1944 feature film, "Cry of the Warewolf," presented that evening. Songs include: "Transylvania We Do Or Die," "A Passivist I Will Always Be," "Oh Where Oh Where Has My Hairy Friend Gone?," "I Am A Vampire Now," and "You Are The One Dear For Me Dear." 

No video tapes and only a handful of excerpt kinescope clips from this WOR TV series of 25 programs survive (total of 12 & 1/2 hours of Zacherley 30 minute sketches broadcast), making this audio presentation a very rare retrospective, as well as the five other air checks, from this series, preserved in the Archival Television Audio collection.                                                                                                       
#5927: GENE KELLY SPECIAL
1959-11-21, WNBC, 54 min.
N/A

See program #5926.
#859B: ZACHERLEY AT 12:00
1959-11-27, WOR, 30 min.
John Zacherley

A complete episode with Zacherley entitled: "The Cardiff Giant."  The show 
opens with Zacherley's signature ghoulish cry, yelling "Let Me Out Of Here." He discusses newspaper reviews, regarding last weeks live performance of the opera "All Quiet On The Balkan Front" by Ben Gross and Brooks Atkinson. Zacherley reminds his transfixed audience that he will be performing the project of the year-a "brain" transplant on the Cardiff Giant. Assembled are 14 brains (13 from men and 1 from a woman). Aided by quips and props, his on camera screen time is chillingly entertaining. There are songs, descriptive lectures and phone calls. This extremely rare soundtrack allows us to revisit "Zacherley at 12:00" and again enjoy what made him so unique on this local New York WOR Ch. 9 television late night series which lasted for only eleven episodes.             
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