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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.
#5899: LOUISIANA PURCHASE
1951-01-22, WNBC, 30 min.
Victor Moore, Irene Bordoni, Sandra Deel, Betty Brewer, Jerry Wayne

Presented on "MUSICAL COMEDY TIME." Victor Moore and Irene Bordoni reprise their roles in the television adaptation of this 1940 Broadway hit. Musical numbers only. Variations in sound quality.
#5964: TROUBLE IN TAHITI
1952-01-16, WNBC, 54 min.
Beverly Wolff, David Atkinson, Miriam Workman, Earl Rogers, Robert Bollinger

Presented on "NBC TELEVISION OPERA THEATER." A day in the life of Sam and Dinah, a typical suburban couple who bicker at breakfast and dinner, then go to see the movie "Trouble In Tahiti" together. A short 45 minute modern opera, libretto and music by Leonard Bernstein, who conducted the orchestra. A little TV musical gem, clever and timely. Performed with great spirit and an exceptional cast.
#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.                          
#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.
#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.                                                                
#5942*: BEST OF BROADWAY, THE: "PANAMA HATTIE"
1954-11-10, WCBS, 54 min.
N/A

September 15, 1954-May 4, 1955. An anthology series of nine live broadcasts presented every fourth Wednesday. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5942A: PANAMA HATTIE
1954-11-10, WCBS, 54 min.
Art Carney, Jack E. Leonard, Ethel Merman, Ray Middletown, Karin Wolfe, Neil Hamilton, Joseph Macauley, Betty O'Neill

Presented on "THE BEST OF BROADWAY." Ethel Merman reprises her Broadway role from the 1940 Cole Porter musical about a singer's efforts to impress the scion of Philadelphia society. Betty Furness contributes to the live commercials.
#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.
#5946: BEST FOOT FORWARD
1954-11-20, WNBC, 80 min.
Marilyn Maxwell, Arte Johnson, Jeannie Carson, Bob Cummings, Charlie Applewhite, Hope Holliday

Presented on "MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS." Based on the 1941 Broadway hit, set on a school campus. A few edits during the opening of the program.
#5910: LET'S FACE IT
1954-11-24, WNBC, 54 min.
Bert Lahr, Robert Strauss, Betty Furness, Joan Blondell, Vivian Blaine, Gene Nelson, Jimmy Gleason, Virginia Gibson, Gloria Jean

Presented on "COLGATE COMEDY HOUR." A group of married women invite soldiers from a nearby Army camp to their homes. Based on the 1941 Cole Porter musical. No close otherwise complete.
#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.                                                                 
#5924: ONE TOUCH OF VENUS
1955-08-27, WNBC, 80 min.
Janet Blair, Mort Marshall, Russell Nype, George Gaynes, Laurel Shelby, Iggie Wolfington, Adina Rice, Mildred Traces

Television Adaptation of the 1943 Kurt Weill, musical fantasy about the romantic life of a barber and the statue of Venus that pursues him. No television close is recorded.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#5955: BLOOMER GIRL
1956-05-28, WNBC, 80 min.
Barbara Cook, Keith Andes, Paula Stewart, Paul Ford, Carmen Matthews, Nydia Westman

Presented on "PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE." A romantic musical comedy about feminist and abolitionist Dolly Bloomer. This was the only adaptation of the 1944 Broadway hit to be presented on television. A proposed film version in the late 40's and early 50's never materialized due to the blacklist. Partial open, no end credits.
#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.               
#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.
#5991: HIGH BUTTON SHOES
1956-11-24, WNBC, 80 min.
Don Ameche, Hal March, Nanette Fabray, Joey Faye, Jack Collins, Janet Ward

Presented on "SATURDAY COLOR CARNIVAL." Nanette Fabray recreates her starring role in the 1947 musical about a charming con man and his attempt to convince a young couple that they will profit from the sale of their family property.
#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.
#5945: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
1957-11-27, WNBC, 96 min.
Mary Martin, John Raitt, Reta Shaw, William O'Neal

Mary Martin in the starring role of this television adaptation from the 1946 Broadway hit.
#5952: KISS ME KATE
1958-11-20, WNBC, 80 min.
Jack Klugman, Julie Wilson, Bill Hayes, Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Harvey Lembeck, Paul McGrath

Presented on "ARMSTRONG CIRCLE THEATER." Television adaptation of Cole Porter's 1948 Broadway musical comedy about the backstage and onstage conflict between a formerly married theatrical couple who are starring together in a production of "The Taming Of The Shrew."

Sound quality has some variations. Complete broadcast open and close. Originally produced on Broadway in 1948 with songs by Cole Porter. A classic American musical comedy.
#5949: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
1959-04-26, WCBS, 96 min.
Jane Powell, Ed Wynn, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Patty Duke, Kelly Brown, Reta Shaw, Tab Hunter, Jeanne Crain, Lois Nettleton, Donald Symington, Ginger McManus

Based on the book by Sally Benson, this classic 1945 Vincente Minelli movie musical is adapted for television.
#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.                                                                                                       
#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.             
#5912*: CHEVY SHOW, THE: "AROUND THE WORLD WITH NELLIE BLY"
1960-01-03, WRCA, 54 min.
N/A

December 8, 1957-June 18, 1961. Programs not hosted by Dinah Shore (every 4th week during the season of 1957-58 and 1958-59, more often thereafter until June 1961) were known as "The Chevy Show." SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6978: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1960-02-11, NBC, 68 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Shelley Berman, Jose Melis, Orson Bean

Jack Paar unexpectedly walks off the show during his opening monologue protesting NBC's censoring of a "Water Closet" joke he had told on last nights broadcast. After Paar walks off, Hugh Downs takes over and continues the show with guests who comment about what had just happened.

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 
 For four years and eight months Jack Paar reigned supreme as host of the Tonight Show with a crew of regulars, but only two stayed with him for the entire run; announcer Hugh Downs and band leader Jose Melis, a former army buddy. Familiar faces who appeared many times with Jack included Dody Goodman, Betty Johnson, Elsa Maxwell, Alexander King, Genevieve, Jack Douglas; and wife Reiko, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hans Conried, Peggy Cass, Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette, and Johnathan Winters. Hugh Downs substituted for Jack Paar 79 times, more than any other substitute host. There were 20 different substitute hosts for Paar over the period of the series run. Joey Bishop substituted for Paar 31 times. Arlene Francis, 30 times, Jonathan Winters, 26 times, Orson Bean, 21 times and Johnny Carson 15 times. All together there were 243 broadcasts which had substitute hosts filling in for Paar during Jack Paar's TONIGHT SHOW tenure. The title of the late night broadcast changed to THE JACK PAAR SHOW which took effect on February 3, 1958. The first video-taped broadcast aired on January 5, 1959. "Best of Paar " Re-runs began on July 10,1959. The first color broadcast aired on September 19, 1960.                                                                                                                                                            
#9: PROJECT 20: NOT SO LONG AGO
1960-02-19, WNBC, 52 min.
Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Donald B. Hyatt, Bob Hope

The post WWII period, 1945-1950 is recalled by narrator Bob Hope. Original msuic score by Robert Russell Bennett. Written by Richard Hanser. Produced and directed by Donald B. Hyatt.
#6957: TONY AWARDS
1960-04-24, CBS, 66 min.
Jackie Gleason, Carol Burnett, Mary Martin, Melvyn Douglas, Margaret Leighton, Robert Morse, George C. Scott, Anthony Perkins, Walter Pidgeon, Eddie Albert, Anne Bancroft, Sidney Poitier, Maureen Stapleton, Ethel Merman, Jason Robards, Bern Bennett, Geraldine Page, Lee Tracy, Claudia McNeil, Eileen Herlie, Irene Worth, Delores Gray

The Best of the Broadway Stage is honored with a Tony Award, founded in 1947. Eddie Albert is host. Announcer is Bern Bennett.  

                                   
#866: 1960 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, THE
1960-07-13, WCBS, 163 min.
Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Howard K. Smith, John F. Kennedy, Neil Strawser, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adlai E. Stevenson, Paul Butler, Orville L. Freeman, Bernie Eismann, Nancy Hanschman, Betty Furness, Lowell Thomas, Alexander Kendrick, Lyndon B. Johnson

Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow anchor convention coverage. A retrospective declaration of candidacy for President of the United States is announced by Senator John F. Kennedy. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, the majority leader of the senate, speaks. Back live on the convention floor, Bernie Eismann talks to Minnesota Governor Orville L. Freeman; it was he who put Kennedy's name into nomination. Edward R. Murrow talks to Lowell Thomas. Adlai Stevenson introduces Eleanor Roosevelt who speaks before the convention. Neil Strawser talks to the Democratic National Committee chairman Paul Butler. 3000 delegates are represented as roll call begins the 1500 vote procedure. It takes 761 votes to nominate the choice for president. We hear each state cast their votes. John Kennedy, 43, becomes the third youngest nominee in history. Nancy Hanschman reports from Johnson headquarters. Adlai Stevenson is interviewed. Kennedy speaks to the convention, thanking them for his nomination. Benedition and the National Anthem end the evening for July 13th. Cronkite and Murrow rap it up with final thoughts. Betty Furness does a Westinghouse Total Elective Home Commercial. July 14th & 15th coverage present the nomination for Vice President. Earlier coverage by Kennedy at a press conference confirms Lyndon B. Johnson as his choice for the Vice President running mate. Nancy Hanschman interviews Johnson. There is coverage of the LBJ press conference. John F. Kennedy gives a 22 minute acceptance speech to the convention. Alexander Kendrick, Howard K. Smith, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite evaluate the JFK speech. Spokeswoman for Westinghouse, Betty Furness, gives praise to Cronkite for his coverage of the National Democratic Convention.
#6979: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1960-07-19, NBC, 38 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Joey Bishop, Alexander King, Genevieve, H.V. Kaltenborn

H.V. Kaltenborn discusses the National Democratic Convention. He predicts that Richard Nixon will defeat John F. Kennedy for President of toe United States. Joey Bishop discusses the candidates and also mentions that in September 1960 The Tonight Show will be telecast in color.

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 
 For four years and eight months Jack Paar reigned supreme as host of the Tonight Show with a crew of regulars, but only two stayed with him for the entire run; announcer Hugh Downs and band leader Jose Melies, a former army buddy. Familiar faces who appeared many times with Jack included Dody Goodman, Betty Johnson, Elsa Maxwell, Alexander King, Genevieve, Jack Douglas; and wife Reiko, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hans Conried, Peggy Cass, Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette, and Johnathan Winters. Hugh Downs substituted for Jack Paar 79 times, more than any other substitute host there were 20 different performers over the period of the series run. Joey Bishop substituted for Paar 31 times. Arlene Francis, 30 times, Jonathan Winters, 26 times, Orson Bean, 21 times and Johnny Carson 15 times. All together there were 243 broadcasts which had substitute hosts filling in for Paar during Jack Paar's TONIGHT SHOW tenure. The title of the late night broadcast changed to THE JACK PAAR SHOW which took effect on February 3, 1958. The first video-taped broadcast aired on January 5, 1959. "Best of Paar " Re-runs began on July 10,1959. The first color broadcast aired on September 19, 1960.                                                                                  
#871: MEET THE PRESS
1960-10-11, WNBC, 25 min.
John F. Kennedy, Elie Abel, Laurence E. Spivak, Ned Brooks

November 20, 1947-September 5, 1965 (primetime NBC); September 19, 1965-present (non-primetime NBC). Public affairs program which is the longest running series on network television.

Presidential Candidate, Senator John F. Kennedy answers questions from panel members Elie Abel, John Chancellor, and Laurence E. Spivak. Ned Brooks is the moderator.
#44: 1960 WORLD SERIES: PITTSBURGH PIRATES VS. N.Y. YANKEES, THE
1960-10-13, WNBC, 61 min.
Warren Giles, Ford Frick, Mel Allen, Hal Smith, Bill Mazeroski, Bob Prince, Joe Brown, Don Hoak, Tom Johnson, Dick Groat, Vernon Law, Bill Virdon, Harvey Haddix, Smokey Burgess, Bob Skinner, Roy Face, Rocky Nelson, Gino Cimoli, Danny Murtaugh, John Galbreath, Joe Barr

Mel Allen announces the play-by-play in this classic 7th and final game from the 6th inning, at which time N.Y. was ahead 5 to 4. Allen calls the memorable Hal Smith 8th inning home run and Bill Mazeroski's series winning 9th inning home run. From a victorious Pirates clubhouse, Bob Prince interviews Warren Giles, Hal Smith, Bill Mazeroski, Joe Brown, Don Hoak, Tom Johnson, Dick Groat, Vernon Law, Bill Virdon, Harvey Haddix, Smokey Burgess, Bob Skinner, Roy Face, Gino Cimoli, Mayor Joe Barr, John Galbreath, Commissioner Ford Frick, Rocky Nelson and manager Danny Murtaugh.
#5923*: CHEVY SHOW, THE: "ARABIAN NIGHTS"
1960-11-27, WNBC, 54 min.
N/A

December 8, 1957-June 18, 1961. Programs not hosted by Dinah Shore (every 4th week during the season of 1957-58 and 1958-59, more often thereafter until June 1961) were known as "The Chevy Show." SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#59: PROJECT 20: THE TWISTED CROSS
1961-01-03, WNBC, 57 min.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Alexander Scourby, Adolf Hitler, Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Wilson Hall, Henry Salomon, Fidel Castro

Alexander Scourby narrates this documentary showing the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler. Produced by Henry Salomon and Richard Hanser. Musical score by Robert Russell Bennett. NBC news bulletins with Wilson Hall interrupts programming, stating that "President Eisenhower has broken off U.S. relations with Castro's Cuba." This program originally aired on March 14, 1956.
#63: INAUGURATION CEREMONIES OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
1961-01-20, WCBS, 57 min.
Walter Cronkite, Charles Collingwood, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Edward R. Murrow, Howard K. Smith, John F. Kennedy, Nancy Hodgeman, Lynda Bird Johnson, Lucy Johnson, Averell W. Harriman, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Robert F. Kennedy

CBS coverage with Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Charles Collingwood, Howard K. Smith and others provide commentary on this eventful day. We hear the last 14 minutes of President John F. Kennedy's 15 minute inauguration speech. In addition, Nancy Hodgeman interviews Lynda Bird Johnson and Lucy Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and Gov. Averell Harriman. Charles Collingwood reports from the Mayflower Hotel where the inaugural luncheon is covered. There are retrospective original audios heard of Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower being sworn into office plus the oath of office taken today by President John F. Kennedy. Howard K. Smith commentary and analysis follows.
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