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#13327: TEX AND JINX SHOW, THE
1956-02-06, WRCA, min.
Fidel Castro, Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary, Fulgencio Batista

Tex McCrary interviews movie director Elia Kazan. More on Fidel Castro from Havana. Castro in a press conference, says he is a Communist and a believer in "real democracy." Description of the scene at the Spots Palace where Batista's men are being tried for "war crimes."                                                                             
#9496: TONITE! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1956-02-29, NBC, 58 min.
Steve Allen, Andy Williams, Edward G. Robinson, Irving Caesar, George Gershwin, Victor Moore, Oscar Hammerstein,, William Gaxton

     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.  

A tribute to George Gershwin.  Steve Allen is joined by many admiring show business celebrities for this special broadcasts.       
#9498: TONITE! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1956-03-06, NBC, 20 min.
Steve Allen, Andy Williams, Hoagy Carmichael, Pat Kirby

   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. 

A segment Tribute to Hoagy Carmichael, who sings several of his songs and reminiscences with Steve Allen. Joining Steve are Pat Kirby and Andy Williams.           
#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.             
#13014A: HY GARDNER SHOW, THE
1956-07-01, WRCA, 10 min.
Hy Gardner, Milton Berle, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Boshnick

HY GARDNER CALLING - Sunday Night, half hour broadcast, weekly, WRCA Ch. 4 New York City - 11:30pm - 12:30am  April 29, 1956-January 13, 1957

HY GARDNER - Mon-Fri, weekdays, WRCA CH. 4 New York City 11:15-11:25pm, 11:20-11:30pm, 11:15-11:30pm September 10, 1956-January 25, 1957

TONIGHT: AMERICA AFTER DARK Hy Gardner ten minute segments "Face to Face" (New format replacing Steve Allen's TONIGHT!,
revised format series hosted by Jack Lescoulie.Last broadcast January 28, 1957 - July 26, 1958 (M-F 11:15pm - 1:00am).   

HY GARDNER CALLING - February 12, 1958 - September 3, 1958
WABD (Dumont). 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30-9:00pm.

HY GARDNER CALLING - September 10, 1958 - January 14, 1959 
WNEW. 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30 - 9:00pm

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 25, 1959-August 14, 1960 WNEW 45 minute and 60 minute broadcast, Sunday evenings 10-11pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 24, 1960 - September 29, 1962 WOR one hour weekly broadcast, Saturday evenings 12am-1am.

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 21, 1962 - April 4, 1964 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturdays or Sundays 7:00pm-8:00pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 26, 1964-January 10, 1965 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturday 11:30pm-12:30am or 12:00am-1:00am.


Hy Gardner was a well-known New York Herald-Tribune columnist.  He  appeared regularly on Tonight! and America After Dark, a short-term substitute for Tonight! after Steve Allen abandoned it early in 1957. Gardner specialized in profiling show business celebrities and other news makers, and he hosted a nightly ten-minute TV interview program in New York called Face to Face. His weekly Sunday-night show, Hy Gardner Calling!, also aired only in the New York area and consisted of interviews conducted by telephone, with the subject seemingly at home, but actually seated in one studio, while Gardner sat at his desk in another. The telephone hook-up was real, and there was no physical proximity between host and guest. The show premiered in 1954 ? on New York City’s NBC affiliate station WRCA-TV, Channel 4, and ran until 1965. 

Hy Gardner interviews Elvis Presley, hours after he appeared on The Sunday Night STEVE ALLEN SHOW, singing "HOUND DOG."
This short interview would be the only one that Presley would agree to do on television. Milton Berle was the catalyst for making this appearance happen.                                                                                                                   
#13014: HY GARDNER SHOW, THE
1956-10-09, WRCA, 4 min.
Hy Gardner, Henny Youngman

HY GARDNER CALLING - Sunday Night, half hour broadcast, weekly, WRCA Ch. 4 New York City - 11:30pm - 12:30am  April 29, 1956-January 13, 1957

HY GARDNER - Mon-Fri, weekdays, WRCA CH. 4 New York City 11:15-11:25pm, 11:20-11:30pm, 11:15-11:30pm September 10, 1956-January 25, 1957

TONIGHT: AMERICA AFTER DARK Hy Gardner ten minute segments "Face to Face" (New format replacing Steve Allen's TONIGHT!,
revised format series hosted by Jack Lescoulie.Last broadcast January 28, 1957 - July 26, 1958 (M-F 11:15pm - 1:00am).   

HY GARDNER CALLING - February 12, 1958 - September 3, 1958
WABD (Dumont). 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30-9:00pm.

HY GARDNER CALLING - September 10, 1958 - January 14, 1959 
WNEW. 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30 - 9:00pm

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 25, 1959-August 14, 1960 WNEW 45 minute and 60 minute broadcast, Sunday evenings 10-11pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 24, 1960 - September 29, 1962 WOR one hour weekly broadcast, Saturday evenings 12am-1am.

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 21, 1962 - April 4, 1964 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturdays or Sundays 7:00pm-8:00pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 26, 1964-January 10, 1965 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturday 11:30pm-12:30am or 12:00am-1:00am.


Hy Gardner was a well-known New York Herald-Tribune columnist.  He  appeared regularly on Tonight! and America After Dark, a short-term substitute for Tonight! after Steve Allen abandoned it early in 1957. Gardner specialized in profiling show business celebrities and other news makers, and he hosted a nightly ten-minute TV interview program in New York called Face to Face. His weekly Sunday-night show, Hy Gardner Calling!, also aired only in the New York area and consisted of interviews conducted by telephone, with the subject seemingly at home, but actually seated in one studio, while Gardner sat at his desk in another. The telephone hook-up was real, and there was no physical proximity between host and guest. The show premiered in 1954 ? on New York City’s NBC affiliate station WRCA-TV, Channel 4, and ran until 1965. 

Hy Gardner interviews comedian Henny Youngman.                                                                                         
#13016: TEX AND JINX SHOW, THE
1956-10-20, WNBC, 12 min.
Jinx Falkenburg, Omar Bradley, Laurence Olivier, Tex McCrary, William Faulkner, Frank Lloyd Wright

Tex McCrary interviews William Faulkner who discusses Southern prejudice, Frank Lloyd Wright comments on the lack of women architects, General Omar Bradley discusses D-Day decisions, and actor Laurence Olivier talks about nose make-up. Also included is a Coca-Cola commercial.                                       
#13043: NIGHT BEAT WITH MIKE WALLACE
1956-10-31, WABD, 11 min.
Mike Wallace, Robert Wagner, Adlai Stevenson, Dwight Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, Max Lerner

October 90, 1956-May 31, 1957

Night beat was an hour-long talk/interview program hosted by Mike Wallace and broadcast on WABD-TV channel 5 in New York City. (Dumont). It was broadcast from 11 PM to 12 AM Tuesday through Friday evenings. Wallace served as host from October 1956 to May 1957. 

In this episode, Mike interviews Max Lerner of the NY Post who comments on the Middle East crises and makes a prediction that Adlai Stevenson will be elected the next President of the United States and New York City Mayor Robert Wagner will be a United States Senator from New York. He also predicts that John Foster Dulle's days as Secretary of State are over. Mike Wallace reviews current headlines.                                               
#13046: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1956-10-31, WRCA, 19 min.
Tallulah Bankhead, Jinx Falkenburg, Earl Wilson, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Tex McCrary, John Foster Dulles, James Wechsler

Guests are journalist James Wechsler who discusses the Middle East crisis and relationship to the coming presidential election, Tex McCrary with Tallulah Bankhead who comments on her dislike for Vice-President Richard Nixon, calls him "tricky Dickey." She also accuses President Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles of appeasement during the current Middle East crisis.                                                
#13092: NIGHT BEAT WITH MIKE WALLACE
1956-11-14, WABD, 14 min.
Mike Wallace, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Drew Pearson, Harry Truman, Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Night beat was an hour-long talk/interview program hosted by Mike Wallace and broadcast on WABD-TV channel 5 in New York City. (Dumont). It was broadcast from 11 PM to 12 AM Tuesday through Friday evenings. Wallace served as host from October 1956 to May 1957. 

Mike Wallace interviews Washington columnist Drew Pearson, who attacks Vice-President Nixon on his past actions, He discusses Eisenhower and Nixon, Harry Truman, and FDR.                                             
#13091: HY GARDNER CALLING
1956-11-14, WRCA, 8 min.
Hy Gardner, Hedda Hopper, Michael Todd

HY GARDNER CALLING - Sunday Night, half hour broadcasts, weekly, WRCA Ch. 4 New York City - 11:30pm - 12:30am  April 29, 1956-January 13, 1957

HY GARDNER - Mon-Fri, weekdays, WRCA CH. 4 New York City 11:15-11:25pm, 11:20-11:30pm, 11:15-11:30pm September 10, 1956-January 25, 1957

January 28, 1957 - ? Hy Gardner ten minute segments "Face to Face" on TONIGHT! (New format replacing Steve Allen)
revised format series hosted by Jack Lescoulie. 

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 25, 1959-August 14, 1960 WNEW 45 minute and 60 minute broadcasts, Sunday evenings 10-11pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 24, 1960 - September 29, 1962 WOR one hour weekly broadcasts, Saturday evenings 12am-1am.

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 21, 1962 - April 4, 1964 WOR one hour weekly broadcasts Saturdays or Sundays 7:00pm-8:00pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 26, 1964-January 10, 1965 WOR one hour weekly broadcasts Saturday 11:30pm-12:30am or 12:00am-1:00am.


Hy Gardner was a well-known New York Herald-Tribune columnist.  He  appeared regularly on Tonight! and America After Dark, a short-term substitute for Tonight! after Steve Allen abandoned it early in 1957. Gardner specialized in profiling show business celebrities and other news makers, and he hosted a nightly ten-minute TV interview program in New York called Face to Face. His weekly Sunday-night show, Hy Gardner Calling!, also aired only in the New York area and consisted of interviews conducted by telephone, with the subject seemingly at home, but actually seated in one studio, while Gardner sat at his desk in another. The telephone hook-up was real, and there was no physical proximity between host and guest. The show premiered in 1954 ? on New York City’s NBC affiliate station WRCA-TV, Channel 4, and ran until 1965. 

Hy Gardner interviews Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper who comments on such topics as unfavorable cleavage, her hats, increasing lengths of Hollywood movies, and Mike Todd's "Around The World in Eighty Days."                                                                           
#13098: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1956-11-18, WRCA, 26 min.
Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary, William ODwyer

Tex McCrary and his wife Jinx Falkenburg interview William O'Dwyer, former Mayor of New York City. O'Dwyer recalls the early days of the UN in New York City and some recollections of O'Dwyer's earlier life in New York.                         
#13104: HY GARDNER CALLING
1956-11-28, WRCA, 3 min.
Hy Gardner, Harry S. Truman, Irving Fisher

HY GARDNER CALLING - Sunday Night, half hour broadcast, weekly, WRCA Ch. 4 New York City - 11:30pm - 12:30am  April 29, 1956-January 13, 1957

HY GARDNER - Mon-Fri, weekdays, WRCA CH. 4 New York City 11:15-11:25pm, 11:20-11:30pm, 11:15-11:30pm September 10, 1956-January 25, 1957

TONIGHT: AMERICA AFTER DARK Hy Gardner ten minute segments "Face to Face" (New format replacing Steve Allen's TONIGHT!,
revised format series hosted by Jack Lescoulie.Last broadcast January 28, 1957 - July 26, 1958 (M-F 11:15pm - 1:00am).   

HY GARDNER CALLING - February 12, 1958 - September 3, 1958
WABD (Dumont). 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30-9:00pm.

HY GARDNER CALLING - September 10, 1958 - January 14, 1959 
WNEW. 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30 - 9:00pm

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 25, 1959-August 14, 1960 WNEW 45 minute and 60 minute broadcast, Sunday evenings 10-11pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 24, 1960 - September 29, 1962 WOR one hour weekly broadcast, Saturday evenings 12am-1am.

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 21, 1962 - April 4, 1964 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturdays or Sundays 7:00pm-8:00pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 26, 1964-January 10, 1965 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturday 11:30pm-12:30am or 12:00am-1:00am.

Hy Gardner's guest is Irving Fisher, a double for President Harry S. Truman.
                                                                                                                          
#13107: TEX AND JINX SHOW, THE
1956-11-30, WRCA, 3 min.
Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary

Hosts Tex McCrary and his wife Jinx Falkenburg reminisce about Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th, 1941.                                       
#13111: HY GARDNER CALLING
1956-12-02, WRCA, 6 min.
Jimmy Durante, Hy Gardner, Salvatore Dali

HY GARDNER CALLING - Sunday Night, half hour broadcasts, weekly, WRCA Ch. 4 New York City -11:15pm - 11:45pm, 11:30pm - 12:00am  April 29, 1956-January 13, 1957

HY GARDNER - Mon-Fri, weekdays, WRCA CH. 4 New York City 11:15-11:25pm, 11:20-11:30pm, 11:15-11:30pm September 10, 1956-January 25, 1957

January 28, 1957 - ? Hy Gardner ten minute segments "Face to Face" on TONIGHT! (New format replacing Steve Allen)
revised format series hosted by Jack Lescoulie. 

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 25, 1959-August 14, 1960 WNEW 45 minute and 60 minute broadcasts, Sunday evenings 10-11pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 24, 1960 - September 29, 1962 WOR one hour weekly broadcasts, Saturday evenings 12am-1am.

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 21, 1962 - April 4, 1964 WOR one hour weekly broadcasts Saturdays or Sundays 7:00pm-8:00pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 26, 1964-January 10, 1965 WOR one hour weekly broadcasts Saturday 11:30pm-12:30am or 12:00am-1:00am.


Hy Gardner was a well-known New York Herald-Tribune columnist.  He  appeared regularly on Tonight! and America After Dark, a short-term substitute for Tonight! after Steve Allen abandoned it early in 1957. Gardner specialized in profiling show business celebrities and other news makers, and he hosted a nightly ten-minute TV interview program in New York called Face to Face. His weekly Sunday-night show, Hy Gardner Calling!, also aired only in the New York area and consisted of interviews conducted by telephone, with the subject seemingly at home, but actually seated in one studio, while Gardner sat at his desk in another. The telephone hook-up was real, and there was no physical proximity between host and guest. The show premiered in 1954 ? on New York City’s NBC affiliate station WRCA-TV, Channel 4, and ran until 1965. 

Hy Gardner interviews Jimmy Durante who recalls his early days in show business, Salvatore Dali explains his new technique using bullets.                                                                                                    
#13118: NIGHT BEAT WITH MIKE WALLACE
1956-12-12, WABD, 22 min.
Mike Wallace, HV Kaltenborn

October 9, 1956-May 31 1957

Night beat was an hour-long talk/interview program hosted by Mike Wallace and broadcast on WABD-TV channel 5 in New York City. (Dumont). It was broadcast from 11 PM to 12 AM Tuesday through Friday evenings. Wallace served as host from October 1956 to May 1957. 

Mike Wallace interviews journalist H.V. Kaltenborn, joined in progress.

NOTE: Phil Gries in conversation with Mike Wallace donated this "lost" much often sought after broadcast to Wallace. He had little recall related to what was talked about or subject matter, and was astonished when listening to the air check.                                                                       
#13121: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1956-12-18, WRCA, 40 min.
Jackie Robinson, Nelson Rockefeller, Marilyn Monroe, Elia Kazan, Jinx Falkenburg, Sol Hurok, Tex McCrary, Nelson Rockerfeller, Marion Anderson

Broadcast from 10:00pm to Midnight. Jackie Robinson is interviewed by Tex McCrary. Jackie discusses Branch Rickey

The guests are Jackie Robinson, Elia Kazan, and Marilyn Monroe.
Tex talks to Jackie about his recent trade from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the New York Giants and discusses the Dodgers acquisition of pitcher Sal "The Barber" Maglie who helped the team to win their final pennant in Brooklyn. Movie director Elia Kazan comments on the C-rating his latest movie "Baby Doll" received from the Catholic Church, Marilyn Monroe comments favorably on the film released on the day of this broadcast, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller comments on the Urban League community, Marion Anderson and Sol Hurok are the recipients of the 1956 Urban League awards.

NOTE: The Brooklyn Dodgers traded Jackie Robinson to rival New York Giants on Thursday, December 13, 1956, five days before this broadcast aired. At the time Jackie Robinson was 37 years old. He was traded for Giant pitcher Dick Littlefield and $30,000. ROBINSON REFUSED to report to the Giants, forcing a cancellation of the deal. Robinson would later say that he didin't spurn the Giants, but had planned to retire because of declining health and a desire to pursue business opportunities.

Breaking the major league league baseball's color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, he was a six-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year and won the MVP in 1949. In his tenth and final season, he hit .275 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs in 117 games. Jackie Robinson retired with a career .311 bating average, 947 runs scored and 197 stolen bases, the most memorable his steal of home in the first inning in game one of the 1955 World Series against the New York Yankees who had beaten the Brooklyn Dodgers the past five World Series they had played against one another (1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953).                                                                                         
#13120: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1956-12-18, WRCA, 40 min.
Jackie Robinson, Nelson Rockefeller, Marilyn Monroe, Elia Kazan, Jinx Falkenburg, Sol Hurok, Tex McCrary, Nelson Rockerfeller, Marion Anderson

Broadcast from 10:00pm to Midnight. Jackie Robinson is interviewed by Tex McCrary. Jackie discusses Branch Rickey

The guests are Jackie Robinson, Elia Kazan, and Marilyn Monroe.
Tex talks to Jackie about his recent trade, five days before on December 13th, from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the New York Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield, and $30,000. Robinson refused to report to the Giants forcing cancellation of the deal and his subsequent announcement of his retirement the following month. Robinson discusses the Dodgers acquisition of pitcher Sal "The Barber" Maglie who helped the team to win their final pennant in Brooklyn. 
Movie director Elia Kazan comments on the C-rating his latest movie "Baby Doll" received from the Catholic Church, Marilyn Monroe comments favorably on the film released on the day of this broadcast, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller comments on the Urban League community, Marion Anderson and Sol Hurok are the recipients of the 1956 Urban League awards. 

NOTE: Jackie Robinson would later say that he didn't spurn the New York Giants, but had planned to retire because of declining health, and a desire to pursue business opportunities. Robinson retired with a career .311 batting average, 947 runs scored and 197 stolen bases, the most notable his steal of home in game one of the 1955 World Series.                                                                                                      
#13122B: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1956-12-26, WRCA, 00 min.
Joe Louis, Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary, John Foster Dulles

Guest Joe Louis ex-heavyweight champion, talks about his song, "He Can Run, But He Can't Hide," sung by Billy Eckstine. Louis also recalls his past ring career and his tax problems with the United States Government, Jinx comments on the future of color television. John Foster Dulles, Time Magazine's Man Of The Year for 1954.                                       
#13123: TEX AND JINX SHOW, THE
1956-12-28, WRCA, 60 min.
Dag Hammarskjold, Mickey Mantle, Grace Kelly, Nikita Khrushchev, Jinx Falkenburg, Adlai Stevenson, Richard Nixon, Martin Luther King, Tex McCrary, John Foster Dulles, Imre Nagy, Jawaharlal Nehru, Prince Rainier, John Burns, Ben Gurian, Josip Tito, Gamal Nasser

Broadcast from "Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria" from the NBC studios in New York City, The MAN OF THE YEAR show, which originated in 1947 by Time Magazine. 

Highlights: "Man Of The Year" search for 1956, a review of 1956 personalities featuring the voices of Imre Nagy of Hungary, Nikita Khrushchev, General Josip Tito, Gamal Nassar, Ben Gurian, Dag  Hammarskjold, Jawaharlal Nehru, General John Burns (commander of the UN police force in Egypt), Prince Rainier of Monaco, Grace Kelly, Mickey Mantle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Adlai Stevenson, John Foster Dulles, Richard Nixon. Jinx Falkenburg previews color television for 1957 and its future, and Stereophonic Sound. 
Man of the year is President Dwight D. Eisenhower. We hear excerpts from his June 12, 1945 speech in London, 1952 & 1956 acceptance speech at Republican convention, and comments he made related to Anglo-French-Israel invasion.                                                     
#13144: NIGHTBEAT WITH MIKE WALLACE
1957-03-21, WABD, 7 min.
Mike Wallace, William F. Buckley, Jr.

October 30, 1956-May 31, 1957

Night beat was an hour-long talk/interview program hosted by Mike Wallace and broadcast on WABD-TV channel 5 in New York City. (Dumont). It was broadcast from 11 PM to 12 AM Tuesday through Friday evenings. Wallace served as host from October 1956 to May 1957. 

In this episode, Mike Wallace interviews William F. Buckley, Jr.                                                                                               
#13147: HY GARDNER CALLING
1957-03-23, WRCA, 13 min.
Hy Gardner, Gino Prato, Vivian Nearing

HY GARDNER CALLING - Sunday Night, half hour broadcast, weekly, WRCA Ch. 4 New York City - 11:30pm - 12:30am  April 29, 1956-January 13, 1957

HY GARDNER - Mon-Fri, weekdays, WRCA CH. 4 New York City 11:15-11:25pm, 11:20-11:30pm, 11:15-11:30pm September 10, 1956-January 25, 1957

TONIGHT: AMERICA AFTER DARK Hy Gardner ten minute segments "Face to Face" (New format replacing Steve Allen's TONIGHT!,
revised format series hosted by Jack Lescoulie.Last broadcast January 28, 1957 - July 26, 1958 (M-F 11:15pm - 1:00am).   

HY GARDNER CALLING - February 12, 1958 - September 3, 1958
WABD (Dumont). 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30-9:00pm.

HY GARDNER CALLING - September 10, 1958 - January 14, 1959 
WNEW. 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30 - 9:00pm

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 25, 1959-August 14, 1960 WNEW 45 minute and 60 minute broadcast, Sunday evenings 10-11pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 24, 1960 - September 29, 1962 WOR one hour weekly broadcast, Saturday evenings 12am-1am.

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 21, 1962 - April 4, 1964 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturdays or Sundays 7:00pm-8:00pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 26, 1964-January 10, 1965 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturday 11:30pm-12:30am or 12:00am-1:00am.


Hy Gardner was a well-known New York Herald-Tribune columnist.  He  appeared regularly on Tonight! and America After Dark, a short-term substitute for Tonight! after Steve Allen abandoned it early in 1957. Gardner specialized in profiling show business celebrities and other news makers, and he hosted a nightly ten-minute TV interview program in New York called Face to Face. His weekly Sunday-night show, Hy Gardner Calling!, also aired only in the New York area and consisted of interviews conducted by telephone, with the subject seemingly at home, but actually seated in one studio, while Gardner sat at his desk in another. The telephone hook-up was real, and there was no physical proximity between host and guest. The show premiered in 1954 ? on New York City’s NBC affiliate station WRCA-TV, Channel 4, and ran until 1965. 

Hy Gardner interviews Mrs. Vivian Nearing, who dethroned champion Charles Van Doren on the "Twenty-One" quiz show, and Gino Prato, opera expert and the first winner on the "64,000 Question" quiz show.                                                                                                                               
#13153: PERSON TO PERSON WITH EDWARD R. MURROW
1957-04-05, CBS, 8 min.
Elizabeth Taylor, Edward R. Murrow, Michael Todd

 

PERSON TO PERSON hosted by Edward R. Murrow - Oct. 2, 1953, through June 29, 1959. Charles Collingwood hosted from Oct. 16, 1959, through Sept. 15, 1961. 

When Collingwood took over as host about half of the series' programs originated from foreign locations and were pre-recorded on videotape. While many of the Murrow segments exist on kinescope and can be accessed, most of the Collingwood segments are not available. 

Edward R. Murrow interviews Elizabeth Taylor and husband Michael Todd.                      
#13161: TONIGHT! AMERICA AFTER DARK
1957-04-19, NBC, 7 min.
Jack Lescoulie, Fifi DOrsay

After the departure of the Tonight Show's first host, Steve Allen, Jack Lescoulie served as host from January 28th to June 21st, 1957. NBC renamed the show "Tonight! America After Dark."

Host Jack Lescoulie interviews old-time vaudevillian Fifi D'Orsay who sings a song.                                                               
#13168: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-04-28, ABC, 22 min.
Mike Wallace, Gloria Swanson

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.
On this debut show, Mike interviews actress Gloria Swanson.

Series Premiere.                                     
#13177: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-05-05, ABC, 26 min.
Mike Wallace, Eldon Edwards

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

The Guest is Eldon Edwards, the "Imperial Wizard" of the Klu Klux Klan.

                                                
#13190: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-05-19, ABC, 25 min.
Mike Wallace, Mickey Cohen, William H. Parker, Oliver Treyz

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958 (ABC)

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews gangster Mickey Cohen. Cohen discusses the rackets and calls the Los Angeles police chief William H. Parker "a sadistic degenerate."   

NOTE: The vast majority of the 72 episodes of ABC’s The Mike Wallace Interview are collected (and have been digitized) at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Several of those episodes exist solely on audio. However, one of the most controversial episodes–in which Wallace interviewed Mickey Cohen–is not part of the Ransom collection. Nor can it be found at any of the other big four television archives.

It can, however, be found at Archival Television Audio, Inc. ATA has the complete Mickey Cohen episode (originally broadcast May 19th, 1957). It also has the retraction read by ABC’s Oliver Treyz the following week, October 26, 1957; Ransom has this episode (with Senator Wayne Morse) but the retraction by Treyz is not included nor is a brief retraction by Wallace himself. 
                                                                                 
#13193: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-05-26, ABC, 19 min.
Mike Wallace, Mickey Cohen, Wayne Morse, William H. Parker, Oliver Treyz

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Host Mike Wallace issues an apology and retracts the statements made by Mickey Cohen, the week before, that adversely reflected the character of Los Angeles police chief William H.Parker and others.

Vice President of ABC TV Oliver Treys appears and retracts all statements Mickey Cohen made adversely reflecting the character of the Los Angeles  Police Chief William H. Parker,  and others.

Wallace interviews Wayne Morse, Democratic Senator from Oregon.

                                                                                         
#13201: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-06-30, ABC, 25 min.
Mike Wallace, Chuck Kelly

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews "Commando" Chuck Kelly, a World War 11 hero. He discusses his misfortunes in civilian life, his business failures, Pollyanna attitudes, wartime experiences, his feelings about killing Germans, the Red Cross, the American Legion, and WACS.                                                                
#13203: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-07-07, ABC, 25 min.
Steve Allen, Mike Wallace

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews Steve Allen. Topics include his feud with Ed Sullivan, ratings, and programming. He comments on American journalist Westbrook Pegler, and Eddie Cantor. 
                                                               
#13206: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-07-14, ABC, 12 min.
Mike Wallace, Diana Barrymore

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews actress Diana Barrymore.                                                
#13207: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-07-28, ABC, 26 min.
Mike Wallace, James Eastland

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews Senator James Eastland of Mississippi.
Eastland, a violent segregationist talks about civil rights.                                                          
#13208: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-07-28, ABC, 11 min.
Mike Wallace, Frank Lloyd Wright

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews architect and writer Frank Lloyd Wright. 

                                                                       
#9404: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1957-09-30, WRCA, 61 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Diahann Carroll, Jose Melis, Hans Conreid, Jack Haskell, Dody Goodman, Tubby Boots

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Diahann Carroll's first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar. First Afro American to appear with Jack Paar on The Tonight Show.

Announcer Hugh Downs opens the show stating, "The National Broadcasting Company Presents TONIGHT starring Jack Paar."
Jack Paar gives his customary 5 minute monologue, and introduces panel consisting of Dody Goodman, and Hans Conreid. Jack Haskell sings, "Darn That Green." Paar reminisces about a an old buddy he met from World War Two whom he had not seen in years. Orchestra leader, Jose Melies plays a piano medley. Dody Goodman reads her fan mail and answers questions. Jack introduces "New Discovery," Diahann Carroll who sings "Out of This World." She would be invited back by Jack appearing Oct. 2, 4, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. Stand-up comedian Tubby Boots appears...his first TV show appearance. Paar talks to Hugh Downs about a ten year old boy, John Redding, who wanted to be on the show very badly and relates about his experience when coming to the show. Hugh tells anecdotal story about his son. Hans Conreid relates a story about his 3 year old son. Jack tells story about his eight year old daughter, Randy, who reacted to her mother Mirium, who said to her that "when two people love one another they become one." Randy replied, "YIKES, no wonder half the people in the world are disappearing." Dody Goodman recalls how she spends her day...dinner at Horn & Hardart. Paar, Goodman, Conreid check out the latest design in beds. Downs signs off, stating tomorrow's guests. 

*Most of this series does not survive in any broadcast form. Kinescopes were discarded, burned, decomposed...whereabouts unknown. 2" Quadruplex Video Tape was expensive ($300 for a one hour reel), weighting 26 pounds, requiring great storage space. Video Tape could easily be erased and was used for new program recordings...retained briefly for a re-run and then erased or discarded. Legend has it that even Jack Paar himself hired a junk man to come to his home garage and paid to have JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW recordings discarded (reels of kinescopes and video tapes) that were now cluttering up his space. 

During this era in television history archiving television programming was not a primary concern or vision, and considered an arcane pursuit. 

ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. retains over 70 complete and excerpt JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW air checks (34 hours), including the complete Jack Paar's first anniversary telecast which was broadcast live from Havana Cuba (June 28, 1958). These originally recorded off the air pristine sound direct line 1/4" reel to reel audio tracks, recorded at the time of the original broadcasts, represent the only broadcast record of a "lost" visual telecast. ATA is the largest single repository (one collection), in the United Sates of Jack Paar Tonight Shows recordings. The combined archives of The Library of Congress, Paley Center for Media, and UCLA Film & Television retain a composite total of 13 hours of representative JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts excerpts...none complete. 



 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 Conreid, Peggy Cass, Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette, and Jonathan 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. The final LIVE broadcast aired on July 3, 1959. "Best of Paar " Re-runs began on July 10,1959. Beginning July 20, 1959 Jack Paar began taking off Monday nights & guest hosts would substitute for him (approximately on alternate Mondays). The first color broadcast aired on September 19, 1960.
Theme music, "Everything is Coming Up Roses" was first used beginning in the Fall of 1959. 

Location broadcast telecasts of the program telecast away from the Hudson Theater in New York City occurred 14 times during this series run. 

Jan. 13-17, 1958                     Miami Beach, Florida
July 28, 1958                        Havana,Cuba           
Nov. 3-21, 1958                      Hollywood, California
March 2-20, 1959                     Hollywood, California
Nov. 10-12, 1959                  Nassau, Bahamas (Video Tape)
Nov. 30- Dec. 10, 1959               Hollywood, California
March 28-April 1, 1960            London, England (Video Tape)
Nov.9-11, 1960                    Hawaii (Video Tape) - b&w
Nov.14-24, 1960                     Hollywood, California
March 21-24, 1961                 London, England (Video Tape)
Sept. 12-14, 1961                 West Berlin (Video Tape)
Nov. 14-17, 1961                  Hollywood, California (Tape)
Nov. 21-24, 1961                  Hollywood, California (Tape)
March 13-16, 1962                 London, England (Video Tape)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
#13236: MARIE TORRE INTERVIEW SHOW, THE
1957-10-26, , 6 min.
Elsa Maxwell, Marie Torre

This talk/interview program was originally titled "Contact" and was later renamed "The Marie Torre Show." Torre was a newscaster at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1962-1977 and was the station's first female anchor. 

On this program, Marie Torre interviews Elsa Maxwell.             
#13240: PUBLIC ARTS, THE
1957-11-02, , 5 min.
Gilbert Seldes

Writer Gilbert Seldes comments on current US values of education, he emphasizes the layman's contempt for educated man, all this in light of current Russian scientific feats, recent quiz program contestants.              
#13247: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-11-16, ABC, 24 min.
Jayne Mansfield, Mike Wallace, Elvis Presley, Elsa Maxwell, Cleveland Amory, Maria Callas

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews Elsa Maxwell. Topics include her opinions on international party makers, personalities such as Khrushchev, Jayne Mansfield, Elvis Presley, Maria Callas, Cleveland Amory, the immorality in high society, and divorce. 



                                                                          
#13251: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-11-30, ABC, 12 min.
Mike Wallace, Bennett Cerf

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews Bennett Cerf. The topics include the current state of television.

                                                             
#13256: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-12-07, ABC, 22 min.
Mike Wallace, Drew Pearson

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews columnist Drew Pearson. The topics include the current crisis resulting from Sputnick and Vanguard, President Eisenhower illness, he predicts Richard Nixon will be the President of the United States within a year (following Eisenhower's resignation), he speaks of Senator John F. Kennedy and his "synthetic public relations buildup," he claims that Kennedy's book "Profiles in Courage" was ghost-written, he also comments on former President Truman and Eisenhower's press secretary James Hagerty.

                                                                                       
#13267: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1958-01-31, NBC, 10 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Jonathan Winters

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Brief excerpt beginning with Jack Paar setting the record straight, stating "...the only way to kill a lie is to reveal the truth," referring to what he believes have been miss-truths said about him over and over again by columnist Walter Winchell. 

Elsa Maxwell joins the conversation updating Jack about her gay card games, Belgium pavilion, and appreciation of South Pacific play.  

 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. Altogether there were 243 broadcasts that 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 videotaped 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.  

The guest host is Jonathan Winters. Includes a five-minute news bulletin on the "Explorer I"  satellite, launched today.                                                                                                                                                                         
#9409: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1958-02-04, WRCA, 76 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Jonathan Winters, Cliff Arquette, Charlie Weaver, Betty Johnson, Tim Moore, Jose Melies, Elsa Maxwell, Marge Green, Ann Bancroft

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Hugh Downs opens he broadcast announcing guests on the show, 
Cliff Arquette as Charlie Weaver, Betty Johnson, Marge Green and Elsa Maxwell. Jack Paar does his monologue, second day back from vacation. Orchestra leader Jose Melies plays a piano medley. Guest Ralph Jacobs who is a bartender a a Bohemian Restaurant in the Village discusses the concept "I want you, I  love you, I need you." He recites poetry, and praises those who write sayings on walls. 

Jack states that what makes The Tonight Show so popular is how charming a person can be perceived when sitting in a chair.

Now has 102 Stations. Introduction of Marge Green former writer for Ernie Kovacs. Jack relates true story. Recently, he and family was staying at a hotel when he was told that his daughter Randy was downstairs in the restaurant having breakfast with Rev. Billy Graham. Jack goes down to confirm. Graham mentions to Paar he had better shave if he wanted to be on time for Sunday services which Jack had no intention of going but now felt committed.  

Jack introduces Betty Johnson who sings, "Sleepy Time Down South." Jack introduces Charley Weaver who began appearing on the show a month ago. Jonathan Winters comes up in conversation. Elsa Maxwell is introduced. She discusses topics such as the Sack Dress, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and her intentions to fly to the moon. Maxwell praises rising talent Ann Bancroft and new play she just viewed starring Henry Fonda. Other names are talked about including Jayne Mansfield, & Gina Lollobrigida. Jack, who confides that he likes to rest admires Elsa for being so much on the go. Other topics on Maxwell's mind...juvenile delinquency, Mothers and Fathers running the country, importance of being gay and happy. 

Charlie Weaver and Marge Green talk about Jonathan Winters.

Jack Paar reminds his audience that on tomorrow's Tonight Show they are flying in from the West Coast, Tim Moore who played "The Kingfish" on TV's AMOS 'N' ANDY. Recent shooting incident is now resolved and Moore is back with his wife again.

Betty Johnson sings, "All The Way." Jack talks with Marge Green and Charlie Weaver. Introduction of comedian Bernie West who does a seven minute stand-up routine. Later he would go on to be a prolific TV writer responsible for shows such as The Ropers, Three's Company and The Jeffersons. Jose Melies plays the piano ("Love Nest"). Jack says, "Good Night." Hugh Downs closes the show by reminding viewers of guests who will be on tomorrow's night show.

*Most of this series does not survive in any broadcast form. Kinescopes were discarded, burned, decomposed...whereabouts unknown. 2" Quadruplex Video Tape was expensive ($300 for a one hour reel), weighting 26 pounds, requiring great storage space. Video Tape could easily be erased and was used for new program recordings...retained briefly for a re-run and then erased or discarded. Legend has it that even Jack Paar himself hired a junk man to come to his home garage and paid to have JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW recordings discarded (reels of kinescopes and video tapes) that were now cluttering up his space. 

During this era in television history archiving television programming was not a primary concern or vision, and considered an arcane pursuit. 

ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. retains over 70 complete and excerpt JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW air checks (34 hours), including the complete Jack Paar's first anniversary telecast which was broadcast live from Havana Cuba (June 28, 1958). These originally recorded off the air pristine sound direct line 1/4" reel to reel audio tracks, recorded at the time of the original broadcasts, represent the only broadcast record of a "lost" visual telecast. ATA is the largest single repository (one collection), in the United Sates of Jack Paar Tonight Shows recordings. The combined archives of The Library of Congress, Paley Center for Media, and UCLA Film & Television retain a composite total of 13 hours of representative JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts excerpts, all KINESCOPES (sound quality inferior to originally direct line 1/4" reel to reel home recordings at the time of the broadcast). No COMPLETE intact visual and audio broadcasts survive. There are no extant video taped surviving RECORDINGS of the JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW...not even an excerpt. 

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 Conreid, Peggy Cass, Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette, and Jonathan 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. The LAST LIVE broadcast was aired July 3, 1959. "Best of Paar " Re-runs began on July 10,1959. Beginning July 20, 1959 Jack Paar began taking off Monday nights & guest hosts would substitute for him (approximately on alternate Mondays). The first color broadcast aired on September 19, 1960.
Theme music, "Everything is Coming Up Roses" was first used beginning in the Fall of 1959. 

Location broadcast telecasts of the program telecast away from the Hudson Theater in New York City occurred 14 times during this series run. 

Jan. 13-17, 1958                     Miami Beach, Florida
July 28, 1958                        Havana,Cuba           
Nov. 3-21, 1958                      Hollywood, California
March 2-20, 1959                     Hollywood, California
Nov. 10-12, 1959                  Nassau, Bahamas (Video Tape)
Nov. 30- Dec. 10, 1959               Hollywood, California
March 28-April 1, 1960            London, England (Video Tape)
Nov.9-11, 1960                    Hawaii (Video Tape) - b&w
Nov.14-24, 1960                     Hollywood, California
March 21-24, 1961                 London, England (Video Tape)
Sept. 12-14, 1961                 West Berlin (Video Tape)
Nov. 14-17, 1961                  Hollywood, California (Tape)
Nov. 21-24, 1961                  Hollywood, California (Tape)
March 13-16, 1962                 London, England (Video Tape)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
#13014B: HY GARDNER SHOW, THE
1958-02-26, WABD, 20 min.
Hy Gardner, Maria Callas, Marilyn Boshnick, George Callas

HY GARDNER CALLING - Sunday Night, half hour broadcast, weekly, WRCA Ch. 4 New York City - 11:30pm - 12:30am  April 29, 1956-January 13, 1957

HY GARDNER - Mon-Fri, weekdays, WRCA CH. 4 New York City 11:15-11:25pm, 11:20-11:30pm, 11:15-11:30pm September 10, 1956-January 25, 1957

TONIGHT: AMERICA AFTER DARK Hy Gardner ten minute segments "Face to Face" (New format replacing Steve Allen's TONIGHT!,
revised format series hosted by Jack Lescoulie.Last broadcast January 28, 1957 - July 26, 1958 (M-F 11:15pm - 1:00am).   

HY GARDNER CALLING - February 12, 1958 - September 3, 1958
WABD (Dumont). 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30-9:00pm.

HY GARDNER CALLING - September 10, 1958 - January 14, 1959 
WNEW. 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30 - 9:00pm

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 25, 1959-August 14, 1960 WNEW 45 minute and 60 minute broadcast, Sunday evenings 10-11pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 24, 1960 - September 29, 1962 WOR one hour weekly broadcast, Saturday evenings 12am-1am.

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 21, 1962 - April 4, 1964 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturdays or Sundays 7:00pm-8:00pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 26, 1964-January 10, 1965 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturday 11:30pm-12:30am or 12:00am-1:00am.


Hy Gardner was a well-known New York Herald-Tribune columnist.  He  appeared regularly on Tonight! and America After Dark, a short-term substitute for Tonight! after Steve Allen abandoned it early in 1957. Gardner specialized in profiling show business celebrities and other news makers, and he hosted a nightly ten-minute TV interview program in New York called Face to Face. His weekly Sunday-night show, Hy Gardner Calling!, also aired only in the New York area and consisted of interviews conducted by telephone, with the subject seemingly at home, but actually seated in one studio, while Gardner sat at his desk in another. The telephone hook-up was real, and there was no physical proximity between host and guest. The show premiered in 1954 ? on New York City’s NBC affiliate station WRCA-TV, Channel 4, and ran until 1965. 

Hy Gardner interviews operatic star Maria Callas and her father, George Callas.                                                                                                                              
#13276: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1958-03-26, WRCA, 5 min.
Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary, Mike Todd

Tex McCrary comments on the recent death of Mike Todd. Also, interviews with Todd.

Hosts: Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenburg.                         
#13278: INTERVIEW WITH NATHAN LEOPOLD
1958-03-26, , min.
Nathan Leopold, Richard Loeb

Nathan Leopold measures his thirty three years in prison for the "thrill" murder of fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks and seeks mercy in a release. Leopold along with Richard Loeb kidnapped and murdered young Franks in May 1924 in Chicago. They called the murder a demonstration of their intellectual superiority. Both men were sentenced to life plus 99 years in prison, with Loeb being murdered by a fellow prisoner in 1936. Leopold was released on parole in 1958.                     
#13280: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1958-04-22, NBC, 3 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Walter Winchell, Elsa Maxwell

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Brief excerpt beginning with Jack Paar setting the record straight, stating "...the only way to kill a lie is to reveal the truth," referring to what he believes have been miss-truths said about him over and over again by columnist Walter Winchell. 



 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. Altogether there were 243 broadcasts that 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 videotaped broadcast aired on January 5, 1959. "Best of Paar " Re-runs began on July 10, 1959. The first color broadcast aired on September 19, news bulletin on the "Explorer I"  satellite, launched today. 

In this episode of the show, Jack accuses columnist Walter Winchell of lying.

Guest is Elsa Maxwell.                                                                                                                                                                                                        
#9426: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1958-04-22, NBC, 3 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Walter Winchell, Al Fanelli, Elsa Maxwell

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Brief excerpt beginning with Jack Paar setting the record straight, stating "...the only way to kill a lie is to reveal the truth," referring to what he believes have been miss-truths said about him over and over again by columnist Walter Winchell. 

Elsa Maxwell joins the conversation updating Jack about her gay card games, Belgium pavilion, and appreciation of South Pacific play.  

 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.                                                                                                                                                                
#13281: NEW YORK CLOSE-UP WITH TEX AND JINX
1958-04-23, WRCA, min.
Jinx Falkenburg, Jack Barry, Tex McCrary

The guest is quiz show host Jack Barry. Barry discusses how people get on his quiz show.

Hosts: Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenburg.                                      
#13292: NEW YORK CLOSE-UP WITH TEX MCCRARY AND JINX FALKENBURG
1958-07-11, WRCA, min.
Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary, Eric Browder

A daily morning radio talk show heard at 8:30 AM weekdays on the NBC radio network. It was hosted by Tex McCrary and his wife Jinx Falkenburg. Although officially titled "New York Close-Up, it was often billed in newspaper radio listings as Tex and Jinx. 

Tex McCrary interviews columnist Eric Browder.  

Hosts: Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenburg.   

Debut show.                                 
#9410: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1958-07-28, WRCA, 87 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Genevieve, Miklos Rosa, Betty Johnson, Cesar Romero, Jose Melies, Gina Romand, Freddy and Gladys, Havana Symphony Orchestra

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 
 
 LIVE from Havana Cuba, on the eve of the program's first anniversary, Jack Paar originates his show in Havana Cuba, where actor Cesar Romero and songstress Genevieve are guests. Three production numbers come from the Tropicana night club, including Miss TV of Cuba, 1958 Gina Romand; Freddy and Gladys, Cuban dance team; Jack Paar and Jose Melis doing "Cino Cino" with a troupe of girl dancers. Part of the show will originate from the new Habana Hilton Hotel where the Orchestra Symphonic Albinuera has allowed Jose Melis to return to his native country and conduct the entire symphony in the "Spellbound Concerto" by Miklos Rosa. It is a ten minute masterful rendition. 

Singer Betty Johnson and Hugh Downs host this ambitious TONIGHT SHOW from New York during the 11:15pm to 11:30pm opening broadcast segment. 

Hugh Downs opens the show from New York with co-host Betty Johnson. Films taken in Cuba narrated by Downs are heard. At 11:30pm EST the show switches live from Havana Cuba. Cesar Romero introduces the show in Spanish (poor reception but much better during the Midnight repeat announcement). Jack Paar's monologue is heard. He then introduces a musical number. Jack states that this is his third trip to Cuba. Transition to Mambo and Cha Cha dancing music. Jack introduces film actor, Cesar Romero, grandson of Jose Marti, the George Washington of Cuba. Romero explains that this is the first International Broadcast seen in Cuba and the USA at the same time. Jack Paar takes pride in introducing his good friend and conductor Jose Melies who conducts the Havana Orchestra in "The Spellbound Concerto." Cuban Star Pumereo, the most popular and revered in Cuba is interviewed by Paar. Jack states that this broadcast is not a typical Tonight Show. Jose Melies and Jack do a Lipton Tea Commercial...Jose in English, and Jack in Spanish. The Havana Symphonic Habanero plays the Cuban Concerto. Jack, Genevieve and Melies all converse with one another. Heard is the finale. Jack bids all "Thank You." He states he will be back doing tomorrow's show from New York. Sign off. 

This complete TV Audio Air Check is one of the jewels representing over 20,000 hours of archived sound in the Archival Television Audio, Inc. collection.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
#9411: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1958-07-29, WRCA, 67 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Cliff Arquette, Mrs. Miller, Jose Melis, Genevieve, Charlie Weaver, Dody Goodman, Betty Johnson, Baird Puppets, Bill Baird

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

This broadcast marks the FIRST ANNIVERSARY of
"TONIGHT SHOW WITH JACK PAAR." 

Dody Goodman makes a surprise guest appearance.
Jack plays some clips representing past programs during the the first year. 

Opening of the broadcast by announcer Hugh Downs. Jack, in his monologue states, "...well, we've been on a year...looked in the mirror and saw a few brown hairs." Paar discusses last night's broadcast live from Havana Cuba. Ten Cameras. Nobody could speak English. Pandemonium. It was like the opening of a Super Market. Everyone gracious...one of the few pro American countries. Jack reminisces that only five years ago life was much different and challenging for him. Jack introduces Mrs. Miller who has not missed a show. 

Betty Johnson sings, "Deed I Do." Jack shows kinescopes of past year (Classic Boo Boo $7,000 a minute commercials that went wrong)...Jockey Brand Briefs...Jerry Lewis breaking up a Polaroid commercial...Bufferin bottle blow up, etc. 

Further remembrances regarding past year...Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bob Hope, Jack E. Leonard, Jerry Lewis...
Jack introduces Genevieve who sings a song in French. She discusses with Jack trip to Cuba...gambling...Cuban language (double meanings) upon which Jack Paar tells of incident where he goes to a restaurant and requests a "hot chicken." The manager brings to Jack's table a woman of the night. 

Jack introduces Charlie Weaver (Cliff Arquette). Mount Idy letters from home, and Mama...Leonard Box...

Bill Baird Marionettes appear. Midnight Open again announced by Hugh Downs. Jack states that it is good to be home. "Last night it was so hot there. Everyone there pinches other people. Jose Melies plays the theme from Moulin Rougue. 

A very emotional Jack Paar welcomes back Dody Goodman who has not appeared on the show for four months after Jack "fired" her (last appearance was on March 4). Dody and Jack reminisce. 
Jack reads congratulatory card from Jonathan Winters. Jack, Genevieve and Dody in conversation. Jack sign off. 

*Most of this series does not survive in any broadcast form. Kinescopes were discarded, burned, decomposed...whereabouts unknown. 2" Quadruplex Video Tape was expensive ($300 for a one hour reel), weighting 26 pounds, requiring great storage space. Video Tape could easily be erased and was used for new program recordings...retained briefly for a re-run and then erased or discarded. Legend has it that even Jack Paar himself hired a junk man to come to his home garage and paid to have JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW recordings discarded (reels of kinescopes and video tapes) that were now cluttering up his space. 

During this era in television history archiving television programming was not a primary concern or vision, and considered an arcane pursuit. 

ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. retains over 70 complete and excerpt JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW air checks (34 hours), including the complete Jack Paar's first anniversary telecast which was broadcast live from Havana Cuba (June 28, 1958). These originally recorded off the air pristine sound direct line 1/4" reel to reel audio tracks, recorded at the time of the original broadcasts, represent the only broadcast record of a "lost" visual telecast. ATA is the largest single repository (one collection), in the United Sates of Jack Paar Tonight Shows recordings. The combined archives of The Library of Congress, Paley Center for Media, and UCLA Film & Television retain a composite total of 13 hours of representative JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts excerpts...none complete. 



 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 Conreid, Peggy Cass, Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette, and Jonathan 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. Beginning July 20, 1959 Jack Paar began taking off Monday nights & guest hosts would substitute for him (approximately on alternate Mondays). The first color broadcast aired on September 19, 1960.
Theme music, "Everything is Coming Up Roses" was first used beginning in the Fall of 1959. 

Location broadcast telecasts of the program telecast away from the Hudson Theater in New York City occurred 14 times during this series run. 

Jan. 13-17, 1958                     Miami Beach, Florida
July 28, 1958                        Havana,Cuba           
Nov. 3-21, 1958                      Hollywood, California
March 2-20, 1959                     Hollywood, California
Nov. 10-12, 1959                  Nassau, Bahamas (Video Tape)
Nov. 30- Dec. 10, 1959               Hollywood, California
March 28-April 1, 1960            London, England (Video Tape)
Nov.9-11, 1960                    Hawaii (Video Tape) - b&w
Nov.14-24, 1960                     Hollywood, California
March 21-24, 1961                 London, England (Video Tape)
Sept. 12-14, 1961                 West Berlin (Video Tape)
Nov. 14-17, 1961                  Hollywood, California (Tape)
Nov. 21-24, 1961                  Hollywood, California (Tape)
March 13-16, 1962                 London, England (Video Tape)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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