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#7117: THE FORD SHOW
1958-10-16, NBC, 00 min.
Ernie Kovacs, Tennessee Ernie Ford

Variety- NBC - 30 minutes, October 4th, 1956-June 29th, 1961.

Tennessee Ernie Ford was host, singer and comedian of this variety show. The musical portion of the program consisted mostly of Country and Western and Gospel music. 

This was a live show from Detroit, Michigan.                                           
#9484: PERRY COMO SHOW, THE
1958-10-18, NBC, 21 min.
Jaye P. Morgan, Perry Como, Jule Styne, Joel Gray

  Perry presents a tribute to composer Jule Styne.           
#7427: STARS OF JAZZ
1958-10-20, ABC, 00 min.
Bobby Troup, Lizzie Miles

April 18th, 1958-November 30th, 1958

Half-hour musical series, hosted by trumpeter Bobby Troup, and featuring guest artists from the world of jazz.                                                                            
#7118: THE FORD SHOW
1958-10-23, NBC, 00 min.
William Bendix, Tennessee Ernie Ford

Variety- NBC - 30 minutes, October 4th, 1956-June 29th, 1961.

Tennessee Ernie Ford was host, singer and comedian of this variety show. The musical portion of the program consisted mostly of Country and Western and Gospel music. 

                                                        
#7461: VOICE OF FIRESTONE
1958-10-27, ABC, 00 min.
John Daly, Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow

September 5, 1949-June 7, 1954 (NBC); June 14, 1954-June 16, 1963 (ABC). This was the first broadcast of the season. "Voice of Firestone," which began on radio in 1928, was a Monday-night perennial for more than two decades before coming to television in 1949; for the next five years it was simulcast on NBC radio and television, until a dispute between the sponsor and the network over the Monday time slot led Firestone to shift the program to ABC. The half-hour musical series presented all kinds of music, but emphasized classical and semiclassical selections. Each week a guest celebrity was featured, and for many years the principal guests came from the Metropolitan Opera Company. The Firestone Orchestra was conducted by Howard Barlow, and the show was hosted by John Daly during its years on ABC; Hugh James was the announcer. "Voice of Firestone" was seen as a series of specials from 1959 until 1962; it returned as a weekly series in the fall of 1962 for a final season (September 30, 1962-June 16, 1963).

John Daly, Narrator.  

                                      
#7429: STARS OF JAZZ
1958-11-00, ABC, 00 min.
Julie London, Bobby Troup

April 18th, 1958-November 30th, 1958

Half-hour musical series, hosted by trumpeter Bobby Troup, and featuring guest artists from the world of jazz.                                                                                                      
#9412: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1958-11-03, WRCA, 71 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Cliff Arquette, Bob Hope, Jose Melis, Ben Blue, Barbara Heller, Jack Douglas, Hy Averback, Connie Haines, Sammy Wolfe, Mrs. Cliff Arquette, Charley Weaver

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

First broadcast from Hollywood, California broadcast from here for the next three weeks.

Announcer, Hy Averback subs for Hugh Downs.
The 80 year old mother of Cliff Arquette is tonight's guest on
"It's All Relative" segment.

Filling in for Hugh Downs, Hy Averback announces the opening of the show. In Jack Paar's monologue he states that he started in Hollywood seven years ago with a Radio Show. Daughter Randy said to him "Why don't we come back to where my people were born?"
Jack mentions the Cuba show, four months ago. Comments on Beverly Hill which is a whole new world out here. Jack admit that there are a lot of commercials on the show. Paar does a 30 second commercial for Postum Coffee. 

Introduction of Charley Weaver (Cliff Arquette), who reads "Letters from Mama." Charley and Jack talk...whole new career for Weaver on The Tonight Show. 

Connie Haines sings a melody of songs in tribute to Tommy Dorsey. Jack does humorous bit showing children and captions.
Introduction of Ben Blue, who talks about his new club where young talent can perform. Ben and Barbara Heller do a comedic discourse including an impressions of Bette Davis, and Roberta Sherwood. 

Jack brings out Bob Hope and introduces Jack Douglas to him.
Ben Blue and Sammy Wolfe routine. Connie Haines sings, "Where Are You?"

Jack states that he alters his own clothes..admitting to having large hips. 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)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
#13308: ELECTION RETURNS
1958-11-04, CBS, 10 min.
Walter Cronkite, Frank McGee, Stuart Novins, Averell Harriman, Kenneth Keating, Nelson Rockefeler

Nelson Rockefeller defeats Averell Harriman for Governor of New York, Kenneth Keating wins a New York State Senate seat, Governor-Elect Nelson Rockefeller makes a statement on his victory over Harriman.  

Heard both CBS and NBC TV coverage. 

                                                            
#9413: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1958-11-05, WRCA, 51 min.
Jack Paar, Oscar Levant, Jose Melis, Genevieve, Evelyn Rudie, Hy Averback, Peter Menjou, Mary McCarty, Adolf Menjou

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Second broadcast from Hollywood, California.

Announcer, Hy Averback subs for Hugh Downs.

This was the first time that Oscar Levant appeared on television with Jack Paar. Apparently the repartee between Paar & Levant were in some questionable taste...some humor at the expense of the mentally and emotionally disturbed. Oscar Levant, having himself been in sanitariums for the mentally ill would always quip with sharp humor about conditions at these facilities as well as his own neurosis and foibles. There would be numerous future guest appearances by Oscar Levant on the JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW which became legendary.  

On the segment "It's All Relative" guest is Peter Menjou, son of Adolf Menjou.

*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)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
#13309: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN
1958-11-05, CBS, min.
Nelson Rockefeller, Ron Cochran, Dwight Eisenhower

The Democrats win heavily but Republicans win the Governorship of New York, President Eisenhower, and Governor-Elect Rockefeller comment on the election.            
#13310: SHOCK THEATRE WITH JOHN ZACHERLEY
1958-11-05, WABC, 1 min.
John Zacherley, Scott Vincent

On September 22, 1958, John Zacherley came to New York to host WABC's late-night weekend entry "Shock Theatre." He replaced off-camera host Scott Vincent. Zacherley would wear ghoulish makeup and a long black coat as he performed various scientific experiments in his on-camera laboratory. He became beloved to viewers both young and old and continued his fame by also hosting "Zacherley At Large," the replacement title for Shock Theatre. On October 16th, 1959, Zacherley came to local WOR-TV Channel 9 in New York City, hosting another late-night weekend horror entry, "Zacherley At 12."    

This episode includes the show's opening.                                                                                     
#7251: LAWRENCE WELK SHOW, THE
1958-11-05, WABC, ?? min.
Lawrence Welk

July 2, 1955-September 4, 1971; 1971-1982 (Syndicated). "The Lawrence Welk Show" presented middle-of-the-road music for almost three decades. Numbers were performed by the members of Welk's television family. That large group included the Lennon Sisters (Dianne, Peggy, Kathy and Janet), Alice Lon, Norma Zimmer, Tanya Falan, Arthur Duncan, Joe Feeney, Guy Hovis, Jim Roberts, Ralna English, Larry Hooper, Jerry Burke and former Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess.                                                    
#7334: PATTI PAGE OLDSMOBILE SHOW
1958-11-05, ABC, 00 min.
Patti Page, Red Buttons

September 24th, 1958-March 16th, 1959.

Live musical variety show hosted by singer Patti Page.                                                                                                                    
#13311: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1958-11-06, CBS, min.
Robert Wagner, Ron Cochran, Averell Harriman, Maria Callas, Rudolf Bing

Highlights: the US prepares to fire another rocket to the moon, Rudolf Bing fires singer Maria Callas from the Metropolitan Opera House because of her temperament, Governor Averell Harriman agrees with New York City Mayor Robert Wagner on"bossism" in New York City.              
#13311A: FRIARS CLUB "MAN OF THE HOUR" HONORING ED SULLIVAN, THE
1958-11-06, CBS, min.
Walter Cronkite, Ed Sullivan, Jack Carter, Morey Amsterdam, Jack E. Leonard, Joe E. Lewis, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster

The New York City Friars Club honors Ed Sullivan for his ten years on television.

Friars Club members honoring Sullivan include Joe E. Lewis, Jack E. Leonard, Jack Carter, Morey Amsterdam, Walter Cronkite, and Wayne and Shuster.

                                      
#7119: THE FORD SHOW
1958-11-06, NBC, 00 min.
Jane Wyman, Tennessee Ernie Ford

Variety- NBC - 30 minutes, October 4th, 1956-June 29th, 1961.

Tennessee Ernie Ford was host, singer and comedian of this variety show. The musical portion of the program consisted mostly of Country and Western and Gospel music. 

                                                                                  
#7443: TIMEX ALL STAR JAZZ SHOW
1958-11-10, CBS, 00 min.
Hoagy Carmichael

December 30th, 1957-1959

Jazz series featuring top jazz artists of the day.                                       
#7250E: LAWRENCE WELK SHOW, THE
1958-11-12, WABC, ?? min.
Lawrence Welk

July 2, 1955-September 4, 1971; 1971-1982 (Syndicated). "The Lawrence Welk Show" presented middle-of-the-road music for almost three decades. Numbers were performed by the members of Welk's television family. That large group included the Lennon Sisters (Dianne, Peggy, Kathy and Janet), Alice Lon, Norma Zimmer, Tanya Falan, Arthur Duncan, Joe Feeney, Guy Hovis, Jim Roberts, Ralna English, Larry Hooper, Jerry Burke and former Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess.                                                    
#7064: DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW
1958-11-16, NBC, min.
Dinah Shore, Sid Caesar, Mahalia Jackson

October 5th, 1956 - May,12th, 1963. 

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show was an American Variety Series, hosted by Dinah Shore and broadcast on NBC from October 5th. 1956- May, 12th,1963.





                                                                                                                               
#7428: STARS OF JAZZ
1958-11-17, ABC, 00 min.
Jerry Colonna, Bobby Troup

April 18th, 1958-November 30th, 1958

Half-hour musical series, hosted by trumpeter Bobby Troup, and featuring guest artists from the world of jazz.                                                                                         
#7462: VOICE OF FIRESTONE
1958-11-17, ABC, 00 min.
Martha Wright, Ohio State Glee Club

September 5, 1949-June 7, 1954 (NBC); June 14, 1954-June 16, 1963 (ABC). This was the first broadcast of the season. "Voice of Firestone," which began on radio in 1928, was a Monday-night perennial for more than two decades before coming to television in 1949; for the next five years it was simulcast on NBC radio and television, until a dispute between the sponsor and the network over the Monday time slot led Firestone to shift the program to ABC. The half-hour musical series presented all kinds of music, but emphasized classical and semiclassical selections. Each week a guest celebrity was featured, and for many years the principal guests came from the Metropolitan Opera Company. The Firestone Orchestra was conducted by Howard Barlow, and the show was hosted by John Daly during its years on ABC; Hugh James was the announcer. "Voice of Firestone" was seen as a series of specials from 1959 until 1962; it returned as a weekly series in the fall of 1962 for a final season (September 30, 1962-June 16, 1963).                          
#9414: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1958-11-20, WRCA, 58 min.
Jack Paar, Jack Webb, Cliff Arquette, Oscar Levant, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jose Melis, Genevieve, Hy Averback, Dave Willock, Elizabeth Doubleday, Clark Dennis, Charley Weaver

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Final broadcast from Hollywood, California after three weeks.

Announcer, Hy Averback subs for Hugh Downs.
This program joined in progress. 

Jack Webb, Charlie Weaver and Jack Paar do a satire skit parading the TV series DRAGNET. "The Case of the Missing Baby." 

A few old film clips of Charlie Weaver are shown with him doing serious acting including one he did on the TV series DRAGNET. Charlie (Cliff Arquette) Weaver thanks Jack Webb for giving him opportunities to work at that time. 

Jack Webb discusses his successful long running TV series, 
DRAGNET, and his new book, "The Badge." 

Jack Paar introduces Elizabeth Doubleday who sings, "Autumn Leaves." Long segment with Zsa Zsa Gabor who discusses her new romances. Paar reflects when he was in the service during WW2 he was on a ship for 43 consecutive days, destination Guadalcanal. The commander of the vessel was an alcoholic and was relieved of his duty...as stated by Jack, "shades of Captain Queeg in "The Caine Mutiny." On that ship was Clark Dennis who is introduced and sings "Fools Rush In."

There is a ten minute "Glasss Cutting" routine done by Cliff Arquette and Dave Willock. Elzabeth Doubleday sings "My Funny Valentine." Paar states that the final half hour (12:30 to 1:00am is not seen in California. Jack thanks all of his technicians and Hy Averback. Sign off. Last show from Hollywood.  

*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)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
#5952: KISS ME KATE
1958-11-20, WNBC, 80 min.
Jack Klugman, Julie Wilson, Bill Hayes, Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Harvey Lembeck, Paul McGrath

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

Sound quality has some variations. Complete broadcast open and close. Originally produced on Broadway in 1948 with songs by Cole Porter. A classic American musical comedy.
#5952*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=ARMSTRONG+CIRCLE+THEATER%3A+%3Cb%3E%22KISS+ME+KATE%22%3C%2Fb%3E">ARMSTRONG CIRCLE THEATER: "KISS ME KATE"
1958-11-20, WRCA, 54 min.
N/A

June 6, 1950-June 25, 1957 (NBC). October 2, 1957-August 28, 1963 (CBS). Anthology series which specialized in dramatizations of actual events. One hour format began in 1955 when the series began a biweekly run. John Cameron Swayze hosted the show on NBC. Douglas Edwards, Ron Cochran and Henry Hamilton hosted the show on CBS. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#7061: DEAN MARTIN SPECIAL
1958-11-22, NBC, 00 min.
Phil Harris, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby

October 6, 1957- November 8th, 1983. Dean Martin's third of twenty one specials.                         
#7336: PERRY COMO SHOW, THE
1958-11-22, NBC, 00 min.
Perry Como, Jimmie Rodgers, Dorothy Collins

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.                                       
#9415: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1958-11-24, WRCA, 25 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Mrs. Miller, Jose Melis, Genevieve, Danny Scholl, Norman Lobsenz

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

First broadcast, back from Hollywood. 
Jack Paar states to his audience that it is good to be back in New York from Los Angeles where five years ago he was straggling and poor. "Oscar Levant's appearance on the show was the best moment." Jack introduces Mrs Miller in the audience who made the trip to LA, and as usual attended all of Paar's shows.

Jack's guest Danny School sings, "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die."
Ironically, School collapsed back stage and was rushed by ambulance to a hospital. Jack interviews Norman Lobsenz who discusses his book, "Emergency." Based on his own experiences as an emergency squad officer. He recounts one incident trying to extricate a very heavy lady who was stuck, in her bath tub.

Hugh Downs announces at 11:30pm the opening credits again. He converses with Jack who states to Hugh that he missed him in Hollywood. Downs relates an incident on his TV game show, "Concentration." The entire full page puzzle, right off the bat, was revealed because of a mechanical error which "blew the entire game." 

Jack remembers taking his daughter, Randy, to a radio show he was hosting. Jack wanted to get his daughter on the program with him and so when here were nine more minutes with nothing to fill he expected to interview his daughter, but she panicked when seeing the red on the air light and ran out of the theater. With nine minutes to go Jack, emotional at a drop of a hat, talk to an amputee marine. And everyone became emotional. 

Jack introduces Genevieve. 

*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)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
#7463: VOICE OF FIRESTONE
1958-11-24, ABC, 00 min.
John Daly, Cesare Siepi, Rosalind Elias, Cesare Valletti, Dorothy Warenskjold, Wilfred Pelletier

September 5, 1949-June 7, 1954 (NBC); June 14, 1954-June 16, 1963 (ABC). This was the first broadcast of the season. "Voice of Firestone," which began on radio in 1928, was a Monday-night perennial for more than two decades before coming to television in 1949; for the next five years it was simulcast on NBC radio and television, until a dispute between the sponsor and the network over the Monday time slot led Firestone to shift the program to ABC. The half-hour musical series presented all kinds of music, but emphasized classical and semiclassical selections. Each week a guest celebrity was featured, and for many years the principal guests came from the Metropolitan Opera Company. The Firestone Orchestra was conducted by Howard Barlow, and the show was hosted by John Daly during its years on ABC; Hugh James was the announcer. "Voice of Firestone" was seen as a series of specials from 1959 until 1962; it returned as a weekly series in the fall of 1962 for a final season (September 30, 1962-June 16, 1963). 

"Best Of Opera."      

Narrated By John Daly. 

Wilfred Pelletier Conducts The Firestone Orchestra.                           
#7331: PATTI PAGE OLDSMOBILE SHOW
1958-11-26, ABC, 00 min.
Patti Page, Florence Henderson, Bill Hayes

September 24th, 1958-March 16th, 1959.

Live musical variety show hosted by singer Patti Page.                                                                             
#7325: PAT BOONE CHEVY SHOWROOM, THE
1958-11-27, ABC, 00 min.
Steve Allen, Pat Boone

October 3rd, 1957-June 23rd, 1960.

Singer Pat Boone hosted this half-hour ABC variety series, featuring top-name guest stars. Sponsored by Chevrolet.                                        
#7120: THE FORD SHOW
1958-11-27, NBC, 00 min.
Molly Bee, Tennessee Ernie Ford

Variety- NBC - 30 minutes, October 4th, 1956-June 29th, 1961.

Tennessee Ernie Ford was host, singer and comedian of this variety show. The musical portion of the program consisted mostly of Country and Western and Gospel music. 

                                                                                  
#13312: SHOCK THEATRE WITH JOHN ZACHERLEY
1958-11-29, WABC, 6 min.
John Zacherley

On September 22, 1958, John Zacherley came to New York to host WABC's late-night weekend entry "Shock Theatre." He replaced off-camera host Scott Vincent. Zacherley would wear ghoulish makeup and a long black coat as he performed various scientific experiments in his on-camera laboratory. He became beloved to viewers both young and old and continued his fame by also hosting "Zacherley At Large," the replacement title for Shock Theatre. In 1959, Zacherley came to local WOR-TV Channel 9 in New York City, hosting another late-night weekend horror entry, "Zacherley At 12."    

We hear the opening of the broadcast. Zacherley introduces tonight's film, "Werewolf Of London,"  which Zacherley states is pretty bad!                                         
#13313: NEWS, THE
1958-11-29, , min.
Gillo Pontecorvo

Highlights: The US puts a monkey 600 miles up in space but is lost at sea, the first time a high order of animal is in space, Nato chiefs to meet in Paris concerning Berlin, four Britains sail in a balloon from the Canary Islands to the West Indies, Italian filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo to get Lenin prize.          
#7337: PERRY COMO SHOW, THE
1958-11-29, NBC, 00 min.
Perry Como, Ethel Merman, Conway Twitty, Gower Champion, Marge Champion, Hugh Martin, Ralph Lane

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.                                                    
#7430: STARS OF JAZZ
1958-11-30, ABC, 00 min.
Bobby Troup

April 18th, 1958-November 30th, 1958

Half-hour musical series, hosted by trumpeter Bobby Troup, and featuring guest artists from the world of jazz. 

Last Show Of The Series.                                                                                                                   
#7464: VOICE OF FIRESTONE
1958-12-01, ABC, 00 min.
Shirley Jones, Roger Williams, Tony Martin

September 5, 1949-June 7, 1954 (NBC); June 14, 1954-June 16, 1963 (ABC). This was the first broadcast of the season. "Voice of Firestone," which began on radio in 1928, was a Monday-night perennial for more than two decades before coming to television in 1949; for the next five years it was simulcast on NBC radio and television, until a dispute between the sponsor and the network over the Monday time slot led Firestone to shift the program to ABC. The half-hour musical series presented all kinds of music, but emphasized classical and semiclassical selections. Each week a guest celebrity was featured, and for many years the principal guests came from the Metropolitan Opera Company. The Firestone Orchestra was conducted by Howard Barlow, and the show was hosted by John Daly during its years on ABC; Hugh James was the announcer. "Voice of Firestone" was seen as a series of specials from 1959 until 1962; it returned as a weekly series in the fall of 1962 for a final season (September 30, 1962-June 16, 1963). 

"Music Of Hollywood"

Academy Award winning songs from 1934-1957 are featured.                          
#7335: PATTI PAGE OLDSMOBILE SHOW
1958-12-01, ABC, 00 min.
Leslie Uggams, Patti Page, Vivian Blaine

September 24th, 1958-March 16th, 1959.

Live musical variety show hosted by singer Patti Page.                                                                                                                                 
#7139: GARRY MOORE SHOW
1958-12-02, CBS, ?? min.
Carol Burnett, Allen Funt, Garry Moore, Dorothy Loudon, Durward Kirby, Marion Lorne, Steve Lawrence, Alan King

September 30th, 1958-June 16th, 1964

The Garry Moore variety series made a star out of Carol Burnett,brought back Allen Funt's Candid Camera and showcased many fine musical and comedic talents from 1958-1964.The highlight of most shows was "That Wonderful Year," consisting of film clips, comedy sketches and production numbers based on the events and styles of a given year.

Regulars: Garry Moore, Carol Burnett (1959-1962), Dorothy Loudon (1962-1964),Allen Funt (1959-1960, Durward Kirby (1958-1964)and Marion Lorne (1958-1962).                                                   
#7121: THE FORD SHOW
1958-12-04, NBC, 00 min.
Carol Channing, Tennessee Ernie Ford

Variety- NBC - 30 minutes, October 4th, 1956-June 29th, 1961.

Tennessee Ernie Ford was host, singer and comedian of this variety show. The musical portion of the program consisted mostly of Country and Western and Gospel music. 

                                                                                               
#6958A: THE AMERICAN JEW
1958-12-07, CBS, 00 min.
Al Capp, Susan Strasberg, Jeff Chandler, Stan Freeman

A documentary tribute to freedom is the subject of this Special.
A portrait of the Jew as an American and as representative of our minority cultures. Includes interviews and various performances. Susan Strasberg does a scene from the play "Diary of Anne Frank."

Host: Jeff Chandler                                                   
#13314: BIG NEWS OF 1958, THE
1958-12-28, CBS, min.
Richard Nixon, Charles De Gaulle, Bernard Goldfine, Sherman Adams, Boris Pasternak

Highlights: CBS reviews the top news stories of 1958 which include De Gaulle to power, Quemoy shelled, the Berlin Crisis, the voyage of Nautilus, missiles, and space, approaches to the summit, Sherman Adams-Bernard Goldfine scandal, integration problems, the 1958 elections, Vice-President Nixon in Latin America, Alaska becomes the 49th State, the Papacy, Boris Pasternak receives the Nobel Prize, the Middle East crisis.                          
#7328: PATTI PAGE OLDSMOBILE SHOW
1959-00-00, ABC, 00 min.
Patti Page

September 24th, 1958-March 16th, 1959.

Live musical variety show hosted by singer Patti Page.                                                   
#7329: PATTI PAGE OLDSMOBILE SHOW
1959-00-00, ABC, 00 min.
Patti Page, Duke Ellington

September 24th, 1958-March 16th, 1959.

Live musical variety show hosted by singer Patti Page.                                                   
#13315: WQXR RADIO NEWS
1959-01-03, WQXR, min.
Fidel Castro, Dwight Eisenhower, Fulgencio Batista

Highlights: The Russians send a rocket near the moon, it will orbit the Sun, Fidel Castro supporters in victory celebration over Batista, Batista in exile, Castro will be the new president of Cuba, President Eisenhower signs a bill making Alaska the 49th State.             
#13316: NBC NEWS SPECIAL: ALASKA THE 49TH STATE
1959-01-03, NBC, min.
Dwight Eisenhower

A statement from President Eisenhower on Alaska becoming the 49th State, a description of the 49-star flag.             
#13317: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1959-01-03, CBS, min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Ron Cochran, Dwight Eisenhower

Russian rocket passes within 5,000 miles of the moon and will possibly orbit the Sun, President Eisenhower congratulates Khrushchev, Havana awaits Fidel Castro, provisional government to be established.             
#13318: CBS NEWS SPECIAL REPORT TO THE NATION
1959-01-04, CBS, min.
Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite reports on where the US stands in space, Nasa chief describes future US space plans.   

 Anchor: Walter Cronkite                        
#13319: COLLEGE BOWL, THE
1959-01-04, CBS, min.
Allen Ludden, Northwestern University, Brown University

January 4th, 1959-June 16th, 1963 (CBS) 
September 22nd, 1963-June 14th, 1970 (NBC)
September 13th, 1987- December 20th, 1987 (Disney Channel)  

The College Bowl also referred to as the GE College Bowl was a competition between various colleges and universities. Each week, two teams comprised of four members would attempt to answer difficult questions on a variety of subjects. Allen Ludden hosted this quiz show from 1959-1962 followed by Robert Earle (1962-1970). Dick Cavett hosted the Disney Channel version in 1987.    

In this episode, Northwestern meets Brown. 

Series premiere.                                          
#7327: PATTI PAGE OLDSMOBILE SHOW
1959-01-05, ABC, 00 min.
Martha Raye, Patti Page

September 24th, 1958-March 16th, 1959.

Live musical variety show hosted by singer Patti Page.                                      
#7245: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE, STARRING MILTON BERLE
1959-01-14, NBC, 00 min.
Milton Berle, Harpo Marx

Milton Berle returns to television in a half-hour weekly series. He'll offer comedy, performances by guest stars and music by an orchestra under the direction of Billy May, sometime actor who will also do an occasional comedy turn with Berle.
Producing the series is Hal Kanter, creator-producer-writer of the first George Gobel TV show. 

                                 
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