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#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.                          
#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.                                                                
#9492: ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
1955-03-27, CBS, 26 min.
Richard Rodgers, Ed Sullivan, John Raitt, Celeste Holm, Florence Henderson, Barbara Cook, Perry Como, Oscar Hammerstein, Ricard Collette, Gary Wright, Robert Kear, Augustana Collge Choir

           June 20, 1948 - May 30, 1971

ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE, (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
Television's longest-running variety series. Originally, titled, TOAST OF THE TOWN, the name of the series changed on September 18, 1955, to THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Most remembered for introducing many stand-up comedians, and musical acts, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Beatles. 

 Most of the 1,087 broadcasts, encompassing 10,000 performers, have been archived. The major exceptions are the first half-year of shows circa 1948 of which a few kinescope excerpts survive.
 
The ED SULLIVAN SHOW was a spectacular show-case that for twenty-three years entertained the American family. In its prime, more than thirty million viewers, young and old, tuned in at the same time to view popular culture.   

On this show, Ed Sullivan salutes the Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein play OKLAHOMA acknowledging its 12 anniversary. Hammerstein is interviewed by Ed Sullivan.                           
#6969: ALLEN IN MOVIELAND
1955-07-02, NBC, 79 min.
Steve Allen, Clint Eastwood, Tony Curtis, Benny Goodman, Pat Crowley, Tommy Rall, Rex Reason, Grant Williams, Jeff Chandler, Piper Laurie, Jane Howell, Mara Corday, Kieth Andes, Tim Hovey, Gretchen Houser, Jeanne Mahoney, Betty Scott, Dani Crane, Dan Riss, Lou Krugman, Davey Sharp, Johnny Day, Muriel Landers, Danny Dayton, Dante de Paolo, Douglas Dumbrille

A special filmed at Universal International revolving around the soon to be released feature "The Benny Goodman Story" Starring Steve Allen. Other UI stars upcoming films are previewed via clips and introductions, included in this broadcast, are solid entertainment and comedy segments, a dramatic sequence from the studio's upcoming "Bright Victory," reenacted live with Rex Reason, Grant Williams and in his television debut, Clint Eastwood.             
#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.                                                                 
#5998: TOGETHER WITH MUSIC
1955-10-22, WCBS, 80 min.
Mary Martin, Noel Coward

Presented on "FORD STAR JUBILEE." Mary Martin and Noel Coward headline in this ninety minute review.
#5994: BETTY HUTTON SHOW, THE
1955-10-25, WNBC, 30 min.
Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Betty Hutton

Presented on "CHEVY SHOW." Joining the supercharged songstress, comedienne and actress Betty Hutton are Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope. Vaudeville is the theme of this one hour variety show. Not complete.
#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.
#9479: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1956-03-27, NBC, 38 min.
Steve Allen, Andy Williams, Eydie Gorme, Burton Lane

   Steve Allen pays tribute to music song writer & composer Burton Lane. Regulars on the show sing many of his songs. Burton relates to Steve's various interesting facts about his life including how he came to become a composer.          
#6968: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
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.
#13003: ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE
1956-10-07, WCBS, 00 min.
Ed Sullivan, Enos Slaughter

The guest is Yankee outfielder Enos (Country) Slaughter who is participating in the current 1956 World Series vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers.                        
#1300: ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE
1956-10-07, WCBS, 3 min.
Ed Sullivan, Enos Slaughter

The guest is Yankee outfielder Enos (Country) Slaughter who is participating in the current 1956 World Series vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers.                                     
#7431: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1956-10-14, NBC, 00 min.
Louis Nye, Don Knotts, Steve Allen, Bill Dana, Skitch Henderson, James Dean, Tom Poston, Pat Harrington

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.    

Steve Allen Pays Tribute To James Dean On The First Anniversary Of His Death.                                    
#13018: JACKIE GLEASON SHOW, THE
1956-10-27, WCBS, 12 min.
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Henny Youngman

September 20, 1952-June 22, 1957; October 3, 1958-January 2 1959; February 3 1961-March 24, 1961; September 1962-September 12, 1970

Jackie's guest is comedian Henny Youngman. Also included is a Honeymooners sketch with Art Carney and Audrey Meadows.

After the 1954-1955 season (one hour live broadcasts), Jackie Gleason produced a series of 39 filmed half-hour episodes of "The Honeymooners" which was syndicated (1955-1956). For the following 1956-1957 season, the Jackie Gleason Show returned to a live one-hour variety format with a Honeymooners sketch included in many of its broadcasts. After this season, The Honeymooners sketches would not be revived until the 1966-1967 season of The Jackie Gleason Show.                                                     
#13021: ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE
1956-10-28, WCBS, 11 min.
Ed Sullivan, Elvis Presley

Ed Sullivan's guest is Elvis Presley.                          
#13044: TONIGHT SHOW WITH STEVE ALLEN, THE
1956-10-31, WNBC, 35 min.
Steve Allen, Billy Gilbert, Gene Rayburn, Dagmar

Opening. Billy Gilbert and Dagmar are introduced. Gene Rayburn is the announcer 

 September 27,1954-January 25,1957 

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

  Opening of the program is heard by announcer Gene Rayburn. Steve Allen comments on the Hungarian / Soviet war. There is a commercial Life Magazine endorsement. Billy Gilbert and Dagmar are introduced. Gene Rayburn is the announcer.                                              
#13065: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1956-11-04, WRCA, 5 min.
Steve Allen, Gene Rayburn, 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.   

Five minute excerpt. Announcer is Gene Rayburn.                                                                                                                   
#13064: JACK BENNY PROGRAM, THE
1956-11-04, CBS, 16 min.
Jack Benny, Ronald Coleman, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Mary Livingston, Dennis Day, Eddie Rochester Anderson, Mrs. Ronald Coleman

October 28th, 1950- September 15th, 1964 (CBS)
September 25th,1964-September 10th, 1965 (NBC)    

Jack Benny's half-hour show mixed variety and situation comedy with a company of regulars: Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, announcer Don Wilson, Dennis Day, Mel Blanc, and Mary Livingston.   

Jack Benny's guests are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Coleman.

                                                                                   
#9476: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1956-11-04, NBC, 15 min.
Steve Allen

      Late night Steve Allen TONITE! Show with guests Erin O'Brien, Alfred Drake. Les Brown and the orchestra.        
#13070: ARTHUR GODFREY'S TALENT SCOUTS
1956-11-05, WCBS, 3 min.
Arthur Godfrey

1948-1958 (CBS) 

Long-running talent showcase for both professional and amateur talent, hosted by Arthur Godfrey.                         
#13078: ARTHUR GODFREY MORNING SHOW
1956-11-06, WCBS, 6 min.
Arthur Godfrey, Tony Marvin

January 7th, 1952-April 24th, 1959 (CBS)

Daily variety Series starring Arthur Godfrey. Tony Marvin was the MC.                                                  
#13087: JACKIE GLEASON SHOW, THE
1956-11-10, WCBS, 12 min.
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

September 20, 1952-June 22, 1957; October 3, 1958-January 2 1959; February 3 1961-March 24, 1961; September 1962-September 12, 1970


After the 1954-1955 season (one hour live broadcasts), Jackie Gleason produced a series of 39 filmed half-hour episodes of "The Honeymooners" which was syndicated (1955-1956). For the following 1956-1957 season, the Jackie Gleason Show returned to a live one-hour variety format with a Honeymooners sketch included in many of its broadcasts. After this season, The Honeymooners sketches would not be revived until the 1966-1967 season of The Jackie Gleason Show.   

In this episode, a Honeymooners sketch with Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, and Audrey Meadows.                                                   
#13089: ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN) THE
1956-11-11, CBS, 7 min.
Louis Armstrong, Phil Silvers, Ed Sullivan, Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews

           June 20, 1948 - May 30, 1971

ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE, (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
Television's longest running variety series. Originally, titled, TOAST OF THE TOWN, the name of the series changed on September 18, 1955 to THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Most remembered for introducing many stand-up comedians, and musical acts, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Beatles. 

 Most of the 1,087 broadcasts, encompassing 10,000 performers, have been archived. The major exceptions are the first half-year of shows circa 1948 of which a few kinescope excerpts survive.
 
The ED SULLIVAN SHOW was a spectacular show-case that for twenty-three years entertained the American family. In its prime, more than thirty million viewers, young and old, tuned in at the same time to view popular culture.  

The guests are Louis Armstrong, Phil Silvers, Bing Crosby, and Julie Andrews.   

                                                   
#13094: JACK BENNY PROGRAM, THE
1956-11-18, CBS, 6 min.
Jack Benny, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Mary Livingston, Dennis Day, Eddie Rochester Anderson

October 28th, 1950- September 15th, 1964 (CBS)
September 25th,1964-September 10th, 1965 (NBC)    

Jack Benny's half-hour show mixed variety and situation comedy with a company of regulars: Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, announcer Don Wilson, Dennis Day, Mel Blanc, and Mary Livingston.   


An excerpt from the November 18th, 1956 episode of this show.                                                                                                                         
#13095: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1956-11-18, WRCA, 9 min.
Steve Allen, Bob Hope, Gene Rayburn

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.     

Steve's guest is Bob Hope.                                                                                     
#13096: BOB HOPE SHOW, THE
1956-11-18, WNBC, 8 min.
Bob Hope, Elvis Presley

In his opening monologue, Bob talks about Elvis Presley.                         
#13100: JACKIE GLEASON SHOW, THE
1956-11-24, WCBS, 3 min.
Jackie Gleason

September 20, 1952-June 22, 1957; October 3, 1958-January 2 1959; February 3 1961-March 24, 1961; September 1962-September 12, 1970

After the 1954-1955 season (one hour live broadcasts), Jackie Gleason produced a series of 39 filmed half-hour episodes of "The Honeymooners" which was syndicated (1955-1956). For the following 1956-1957 season, the Jackie Gleason Show returned to a live one-hour variety format with a Honeymooners sketch included in many of its broadcasts. After this season, The Honeymooners sketches would not be revived until the 1966-1967 season of The Jackie Gleason Show.  

The show's opening is heard.                                                                              
#13108: JACKIE GLEASON SHOW, THE
1956-11-30, WCBS, 5 min.
Jackie Gleason, Tommy Dorsey

September 20, 1952-June 22, 1957; October 3, 1958-January 2 1959; February 3 1961-March 24, 1961; September 1962-September 12, 1970

After the 1954-1955 season (one hour live broadcasts), Jackie Gleason produced a series of 39 filmed half-hour episodes of "The Honeymooners" which was syndicated (1955-1956). For the following 1956-1957 season, the Jackie Gleason Show returned to a live one-hour variety format with a Honeymooners sketch included in many of its broadcasts. After this season, The Honeymooners sketches would not be revived until the 1966-1967 season of The Jackie Gleason Show.    

A tribute to bandleader Tommy Dorsey.                                                                           
#13110: ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
1956-12-02, CBS, 19 min.
Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher, Ed Sullivan, Sophie Tucker, Tony Curtis, Doris Day, Janet Leigh, Myron Cohen, Louella Parsons

           June 20, 1948 - May 30, 1971

ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE, (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
Television's longest running variety series. Originally, titled, TOAST OF THE TOWN, the name of the series changed on September 18, 1955 to THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Most remembered for introducing many stand-up comedians, and musical acts, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Beatles. 

 Most of the 1,087 broadcasts, encompassing 10,000 performers, have been archived. The major exceptions are the first half year of shows circa 1948 of which a few kinescope excerpts survive.
 
The ED SULLIVAN SHOW was a spectacular show-case that for twenty-three years entertained the American family. In its prime, more than thirty million viewers, young and old, tuned in at the same time to view popular culture.   

Guests include Sophie Tucker, Myron Cohen, Luella Parsons who presents the 1956 Modern Screen Award to Janet Leigh, Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, and Doris Day.                                    
#13115: VICTOR BORGE SHOW, THE
1956-12-11, , 15 min.
Liberace, Victor Borge

February 3rd, 1951-June 39th, 1951-

A half-hour comedy/variety series starring Victor Borge. 
Borge imitates Liberace. He performs his famous "Punctuation Skit."                                                              
#13135: ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
1957-01-06, CBS, 15 min.
Jackie Robinson, Ed Sullivan, Elvis Presley, Sugar Ray Robinson

           June 20, 1948 - May 30, 1971

ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE, (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
Television's longest running variety series. Originally, titled, TOAST OF THE TOWN, the name of the series changed on September 18, 1955 to THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Most remembered for introducing many stand-up comedians, and musical acts, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Beatles. 

 Most of the 1,087 broadcasts, encompassing 10,000 performers, have been archived. The major exceptions are the first half year of shows circa 1948 of which a few kinescope excerpts survive.
 
The ED SULLIVAN SHOW was a spectacular show-case that for twenty-three years entertained the American family. In its prime, more than thirty million viewers, young and old, tuned in at the same time to view popular culture.   

On this show, Ed Sullivan congratulates Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson on his retirement from baseball, other guests include Sugar Ray Robinson, and Elvis Presley who sings,
"Hound Dog," (complete)
"Love Me Tender," (partial)
"Heartbreak Hotel," (partial)

Elvis Presley thanks all of his fans and introduces his biggest record, 
"Don't Be Cruel," (complete),
"Too Much," (partial)
"In My Arms To Take." (partial)                                              
#6973: AT SIXTY FIVE
1957-01-12, CBS, 54 min.
George Jessel, Eddie Fisher, Edward R. Murrow, Eddie Cantor, George Burns, Burt Lancaster, Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Connie Russel, Milton Ager, Harry Akst, Jimmy Mchugh, Marilyn Cantor

A special one hour salute to Eddie Cantor celebrating his 65th birthday. On hand to salute him in this variety program are Edward R. Murrow, Burt Lancaster, Connie Russel, George Jessel, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Eddie Fisher, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnay, Milton Ager, Jimmy McHugh, and Cantor's daughter, Marilyn Cantor. Eddie Cantor wrote the script for the show, pre-empting The Jackie Gleason Show.                                                                                                                     
#13136: JACKIE GLEASON SHOW, THE
1957-01-12, WCBS, 6 min.
Jackie Gleason, Eddie Cantor, Edward R. Murrow

September 20, 1952-June 22, 1957; October 3, 1958-January 2 1959; February 3 1961-March 24, 1961; September 1962-September 12, 1970

After the 1954-1955 season (one hour live broadcasts), Jackie Gleason produced a series of 39 filmed half-hour episodes of "The Honeymooners" which was syndicated (1955-1956). For the following 1956-1957 season, the Jackie Gleason Show returned to a live one-hour variety format with a Honeymooners sketch included in many of its broadcasts. After this season, The Honeymooners sketches would not be revived until the 1966-1967 season of The Jackie Gleason Show.    

Eddie Cantor is honored on his 65th birthday. 
Cantor sings "Waiting For The Robert E. Lee."

Guests: Eddie Cantor, and Edward R.Murrow.                                                                                       
#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.                                       
#13138: BOB HOPE SPECIALS, THE
1957-03-10, NBC, min.
Bob Hope

From 1950 tho 1996 Bob Hope did 273 SPECIALS for NBC TV.

The opening monologue is heard.                        
#13155: ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
1957-04-06, CBS, 6 min.
Ed Sullivan, Fred Astaire

           June 20, 1948 - May 30, 1971

ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE, (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
Television's longest running variety series. Originally, titled, TOAST OF THE TOWN, the name of the series changed on September 18, 1955 to THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Most remembered for introducing many stand-up comedians, and musical acts, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Beatles. 

 Most of the 1,087 broadcasts, encompassing 10,000 performers, have been archived. The major exceptions are the first half year of shows circa 1948 of which a few kinescope excerpts survive.
 
The ED SULLIVAN SHOW was a spectacular show-case that for twenty-three years entertained the American family. In its prime, more than thirty million viewers, young and old, tuned in at the same time to view popular culture.   

Ed's guest is Fred Astaire.                          
#13157: SHOWER OF STARS
1957-04-06, CBS, 4 min.
Jack Benny, Ed Wynn, Bert Lahr, Tallulah Bankhead, William Lundigan

September 30th, 1954-April 17th, 1958 (CBS)

Shower Of Stars was a once-a-month replacement series for CBS's popular Thursday night entry, "Climax," with host William Lundigan. A wide variety of shows took place including a variety of spectaculars and dramatic shows. The show was first hosted by William Lundigan who was later replaced by Jack Benny.

This episode stars Tallulah Bankhead, Ed Wynn, Jack Benny, and Bert Lahr.                         
#13156: BOB HOPE SHOW, THE
1957-04-08, NBC, 9 min.
Bob Hope

October 12th, 1953-May 22nd, 1956

A variety show presented monthly on NBC.

Opening Monologue only.                                     
#13160: DINAH SHORE SHOW, THE
1957-04-19, NBC, 6 min.
Dinah Shore, Dean Martin

November 27th, 1951-July 18th, 1957 (NBC)
October 20th, 1957- June 25th, 1962 (NBC)

From 1951 until 1957 Dinah Shore hosted a fifteen musical show which was seen only once or twice a week before the NBC evening news. During the 1956-1957 TV Season, in addition to her 15-minute show, Dinah starred in a number of specials that were sponsored by Chevrolet broadcast on Sunday evenings.
The second series of television Specials was telecast as a one-hour variety show on Sunday Evenings, from 1957-1962.   

Dinah's guest is Dean Martin.                                                   
#13163A: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1957-04-20, NBC, 12 min.
Steve Allen, Sammy Davis Jr., Will Mastin Trio

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.    

Steve Allen's guests are the Will Mastin Trio with Sammy Davis Jr.                                                                                         
#13162: JACKIE GLEASON SHOW, THE
1957-04-20, WCBS, 8 min.
Jackie Gleason, Reggie Van Gleason

September 20, 1952-June 22, 1957; October 3, 1958-January 2 1959; February 3 1961-March 24, 1961; September 1962-September 12, 1970


After the 1954-1955 season (one hour live broadcasts), Jackie Gleason produced a series of 39 filmed half-hour episodes of "The Honeymooners" which was syndicated (1955-1956). For the following 1956-1957 season, the Jackie Gleason Show returned to a live one-hour variety format with a Honeymooners sketch included in many of its broadcasts. After this season, The Honeymooners sketches would not be revived until the 1966-1967 season of The Jackie Gleason Show.  

There is a "PEOPLE TO PEOPLE" skit with Jackie Gleason playing Reggie Van Gleason.                                                                
#13163: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1957-04-20, NBC, 12 min.
Steve Allen, Mickey Rooney, Joey Forman, Muppets

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.    

Steve Allen's guests are Mickey Rooney and Joey Forman and The Muppets.                                                                             
#13167: KATE SMITH HOUR, THE
1957-04-28, ABC, 8 min.
Ed Wynn, Kate Smith, Boris Karloff, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy

Kate Smith Stars in a live one-hour, one-time only Variety Show, celebrating her 25th anniversary as an entertainer.

Among her guests are Boris Karloff, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, and Ed Wynn.                                                             
#13172: PERRY COMO SHOW, THE
1957-05-04, NBC, 1 min.
Perry Como

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

The closing moments of the Perry Como Show.                                                    
#13171: JACKIE GLEASON SHOW, THE
1957-05-04, WCBS, 7 min.
Jackie Gleason, Reggie Van Gleason

September 20, 1952-June 22, 1957; October 3, 1958-January 2 1959; February 3 1961-March 24, 1961; September 1962-September 12, 1970

After the 1954-1955 season (one hour live broadcasts), Jackie Gleason produced a series of 39 filmed half-hour episodes of "The Honeymooners" which was syndicated (1955-1956). For the following 1956-1957 season, the Jackie Gleason Show returned to a live one-hour variety format with a Honeymooners sketch included in many of its broadcasts. After this season, The Honeymooners sketches would not be revived until the 1966-1967 season of The Jackie Gleason Show.        

A Reggie Van Gleason skit in which he appears on the television show "This Was Your Life."                                                          
#13176: BOB HOPE SHOW, THE
1957-05-05, NBC, 14 min.
George Jessel, Bob Hope, Cary Middlecoff

October 12th, 1953-May 22nd, 1956

A variety show presented monthly on NBC.

Bob's guests are pro golfer Dr. Cary Middlecoff and comedian George Jessel. 

                                   
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