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#13015: TONIGHT! WITH ERNIE KOVACS
1956-00-00, WNBC, 2 min.
Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs

The opening of the Tonight! show with Ernie Kovacs as host. 

In the summer of 1956, host, Steve Allen, of The Tonight Show, (then titled Tonight! from September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957)
reduced his nightly appearances. Ernie Kovacs was brought in to host on Mondays and Tuesdays. Allen hosted his last Tonight! show on January 25, 1957, as the series' first era came to a close.                                      
#10172: CEREBRAL PALSY TELETHON
1956-01-04, WTVJ, 10 min.
Jack Paar, Bob Keeshan, Captain Kangaroo, Toni Gilman

    A 16 & 1/2 hour live telethon for Cereral Palsey telecast from South Florida on CBS affiliate station WTVJ Channel 4. 

Hosted by Jack Paar and Toni Gilman. Jack Paar would go on one year later to host THE TONIGHT SHOW.

 This TV audio air check counts down the last minutes of the telethon which raised $400,000. Jack Paar mentions how special this cause has been...the good people can do, and emotionally thanks all who have participated, including Bob Keeshan (whom we hear taking to a youngster) who only three months prior began his children's show CAPTAIN KANGAROO which would go on to become the longest running kids show in television history (29 years). 

The CP telethon began, Saturday night January 4th at 10:30pm and concluded Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm. After sign-off the announcer mentions a long list of names of all the CBS shows which were pre-empted during the telethon's broadcast.  


                
#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.           
#5987: HIGH TOR
1956-03-10, WCBS, 90 min.
Everett Sloane, Bing Crosby, Hans Conreid, Julie Andrews, Nancy Olson, Lloyd Corrigan, John Picard

Presented on "FORD STAR JUBILEE." September 24, 1955-November 3, 1956. Broadcast entirely in color and sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, this series was a lavish presentation of monthly specials. The Judy Garland variety special launched the series to a rousing start on September 24, 1955. Based on a 1937 Broadway drama by Maxwell Anderson about the ghost of a 16th century Dutch girl, who aids a man struggling to keep his mountain from a group of people who are seeking to purchase it. At the end of the broadcast, the announcer states to viewers that the music from this production is available in stores on Decca Records.
#5987*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=FORD+STAR+JUBILEE%3A+%3Cb%3E%22HIGH+TOR%22%3C%2Fb%3E">FORD STAR JUBILEE: "HIGH TOR"
1956-03-10, WCBS, 96 min.
N/A

September 24, 1955-November 3, 1956. Monthly specials all broadcast in color. A variety of dramas, musicals, and for its final broadcast the TV premiere of the motion picture classic "The Wizard of Oz." Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli and Bert Lahr introduce the film live. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#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.          
#9477: STAGE SHOW
1956-05-12, CBS, 25 min.
Tommy Dorsey, Roberta Sherwood, Dick Haymes, Jimmy Dorsey, Hines Brothers

      Stage Show with Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. Guest headliners are all musical. Singer Dick Haymes, song stylist, Roberta Sherwood, in a return engagement, and the Hines Brothers...all perform to music by the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Brothers orchestra.       
#5997: MUSIC OF GERSHWIN, THE
1956-05-12, WNBC, 78 min.
Tony Bennett, Ethel Merman, Alfred Drake, Cab Calloway, Richard Hayman, Lawrence Winters, Camilla Williams

Presented on "MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS." A ninety minute spectacular salute to George Gershwin, with over fifteen vocal songs presented and over a dozen instrumentals.
#5955: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "BLOOMER GIRL"
1956-05-28, WNBC, 80 min.
Barbara Cook, Keith Andes, Paula Stewart, Paul Ford, Carmen Matthews, Nydia Westman

            October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957. 
Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals.

Presented on "PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE." A romantic musical comedy about feminist and abolitionist Dolly Bloomer. This was the only adaptation of the 1944 Broadway hit to be presented on television. A proposed film version in the late 40's and early 50's never materialized due to the blacklist. Partial open, no end credits.                          
#5984: A BELL FOR ADANO
1956-06-02, WCBS, 50 min.
Barry Sullivan, Edwin Steffe, Frank Yaconelli, James Howell, Marie Siletti, Lisa Fusaro, Naomi Stevens, Michael Vallon, Paul Picerni, John Dennis, Recs Ford, Charles LaLerre, Edwin Firestone, Herbert Patterson, Jay Novello, Ernest Sarracino, Frank Puglia, Hugh Sanders, Anna Maria Alberghetti

Presented on "FORD STAR JUBILEE." An original 90 minute special. An American Army Major serving in the Italian village of Adano, falls in love with a local girl and helps to retrieve the town bell, taken by the Germans. Only a dialog preface and the musical numbers exist on this audio air check.             
#5984*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=FORD+STAR+JUBILEE%3A+%3Cb%3E%22A+BELL+FOR+ADANO%22%3C%2Fb%3E">FORD STAR JUBILEE: "A BELL FOR ADANO"
1956-06-02, WCBS, 96 min.
N/A

September 24, 1955-November 3, 1956. Monthly specials all broadcast in color. A variety of dramas, musicals, and for its final broadcast the TV premiere of the motion picture classic "The Wizard of Oz." Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli and Bert Lahr introduce the film live. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6968: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, 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.
#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.                                                                                                                   
#5956: BACHELOR, THE
1956-07-15, WNBC, 80 min.
Jayne Mansfield, Julie Wilson, Hal March, Carol Haney, Georgann Johnson

Presented on "SUNDAY SPECTACULAR." A 37 year old advertising executive cannot decide whom to choose between the three women he is dating. Score by Steve Allen and Ervin Drake. Steve Allen wrote what became his trademark theme song for this musical comedy, "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big."
#5956*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=SUNDAY+SPECTACULARS%3A+%3Cb%3E%22THE+BACHELOR%22%3C%2Fb%3E">SUNDAY SPECTACULARS: "THE BACHELOR"
1956-07-15, WRCA, 80 min.
N/A

1955-1956. Color specials, some produced by Max Liebman. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5907: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "ROSALINDA"
1956-07-23, WNBC, 80 min.
Cyril Ritchard, The Wiere Brothers, Jean Fenn, Lois Hunt, Robert Wright, Thomas Hayward, Sig Arno, Ralph Dumke

                 October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957.
 Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals.

Presented on "PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE." Edwin Lester- Los Angeles-San Francisco Light Opera Association operetta about a case of mistaken identity concerning Rosalinda, her husband, their maid and a tenor, all involved in a romantic quadrangle.             
#5901: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "LORD DON'T PLAY FAVORITES, THE"
1956-09-17, WNBC, 84 min.
Kay Starr, Louis Armstrong, Robert Stack, Buster Keaton, Dick Haymes

               October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957.
 Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals.

Presented on "PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE." Patrick Malloy's short story about a small traveling circus stranded in a Kansas town in 1905, experiencing a drought.             
#13000: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1956-10-05, WCBS, 3 min.
Ron Cochran, Adlai Stevenson

NEWS ANCHOR 

-WCBS TV local News- November 1, 1954- May 27,1960,
replacing Robert Trout, and replaced by Prescott Robinson.

ABC TV World News - June 4, 1962-January 29, 1965, replaced by Peter Jennings.   

A report on the Adlai Stevenson presidential campaign. Also, the United Nations debate on the Suez Canal crisis. 
 

Ron Cochran, a former television and radio newsman worked with
CBS and ABC as a television anchor news journalist.
In the early 1960's, Cochran was an early evening news anchor for the ABC network, most remembered for covering the ABC TV network news related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963.

Previously, he was the host of ten minute evening news programs, Monday thru Saturday on WCBS-TV in New York from 1954 to 1960.

NOTE: Almost all of Ron Cochran's newscasts are NON extant in any broadcast form. 

                                                                                                                                                                                  
#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.                                     
#13001: 1956 WORLD SERIES GAME 4, THE
1956-10-07, WNBC, 3 min.
Mel Allen, Mickey Mantle

Mel Allen does the play-By-Play of game 4 of the 1956 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees from Yankee Stadium in New York City. Mickey Mantle's seventh-inning home run and the Dodgers at-bat in the top of the ninth inning are heard. This game took place just one day before Don Larsen's perfect game.                                                   
#13002: JACK BENNY PROGRAM, THE
1956-10-07, WCBS, 00 min.
Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Don Wilson, Eddie Anderson

Jack's guests are George Burns and Gracie Allen. Regulars are Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and announcer Don Wilson.                                      
#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.                        
#13004: $64,000 CHALLENGE, THE
1956-10-07, WCBS, 9 min.
Vincent Price, Ralph Story, Edward G. Robinson, Gino Prato

April 8th, 1956-September 14th, 1958

The $64,000 Challenge was the first game show to be spun off from another TV game show, the $64,000 Question. Sonny Fox served as the first host of the show but was replaced in September 1956 by Ralph Story. The show was taken off the air in September 1958 due to the TV game show scandals that were taking place. 


Guests are Vincent Price and Edward G. Robinson. The contestant is Italian prize-winner Gino Prato. Ralph Story is the host.                                                              
#13005: WHAT'S MY LINE?
1956-10-07, WCBS, 9 min.
Phil Rizzuto, John Daly, Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf

Former Yankee shortstop Phil Rizzuto joins Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen, and Arlene Francis, on the panel. John Daly is the host.                                       
#13006: ELEVENTH HOUR NEWS: JOHN K.M. MCCAFFERY
1956-10-07, WNBC, 3 min.
John KM McCaffery

A report on the Suez Canal crisis, the New York City Pulaski Day Parade with many notables, and game 4 of the World Series won by the Yankees over the Brooklyn Dodgers 6-2 to even the Series at two games apiece. The pitchers for game 5 of the Series Sal Maglie and Don Larsen are mentioned. John K.M. McCaffery anchors.                                                         
#13007: CAMEL NEWS CARAVAN, THE
1956-10-08, WNBC, 4 min.
Phil Rizzuto, Frankie Frisch, Don Larsen, John Cameron Swayze

February 14th, 1949-October 26th, 1956

A fifteen-minute nightly newscast hosted by John Cameron Swayze. It was replaced on October 29th, 1956 by the Huntley-Brinkley Report. 

Sportscaster reporter Phil Rizzuto reports on game 5 of the 1956 World Series in which the Yankees Don Larsen pitched a perfect game. 

                  Broadcasting career
Phil Rizzuto had options following his release by the Yankees, on Old Timer's Day, August 25, 1956 including a player contract from the Cardinals and a minor league offer from the Dodgers. But Rizzuto, who had filled in for the New York Giants' wraparound fifteen minute post game show hosted by Frankie Frisch beginning on September 22, 1956 following Frisch's heart attack (August 9th right after NY Giant win over the Philadelphia Phillies), received a favorable response. With his eye on a post-playing career, Rizzuto submitted an audition tape to the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees' sponsor, Ballantine Beer, took notice, and insisted that the team hire Rizzuto as an announcer for the 1957 season. General manager George Weiss was obliged to fire Jim Woods, who had only been with the Yankees for four years, to make room for Rizzuto in the booth.   Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto was so popular with the fans that they couldn't let him go after his retirement in 1956. After announcing his retirement, he signed on as the Yankees announcer on December 18th, 1956, a position he held for 40 years.                                           
#13008: BILL HICKEY SPORTS NEWS
1956-10-08, , 1 min.
Jackie Robinson, Bill Hickey

Sportscaster Bill Hickey reports on the fifth game of the 1956 World Series in which Don Larsen pitched a perfect game and reports on Jackie Robinson receiving an offer to manage the  Montreal Royals Minor League baseball team for $25,000.                                                                
#13009: BIG SURPRISE THE
1956-10-09, WNBC, 4 min.
Mike Wallace

October 8th, 1955-April 2nd, 1957
 
A quiz show with a $100,000 top prize. Jack Barry was the original host. He was replaced in the second season by Mike Wallace. 

NOTE:
Almost all daytime game shows from the 1950's thru the 1970's have been destroyed. A conservative conscientious  effort to save programming by CBS's archives begin in 1972, ABC in 1978, and NBC in 1980. Only a handful of producers (most notably Goodson-Todman) did arrange for the preservation of their shows even during the tape-recycling period.

                                                    
#13012: BREAK THE $250,000 BANK
1956-10-09, WNBC, 5 min.
Bert Parks

October 9, 1956-January 29, 1957

A game show with Bert Parks as host. (series premiere)                                   
#13013: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1956-10-09, WCBS, 1 min.
Jackie Robinson, Ron Cochran, Adlai Stevenson, Dwight Eisenhower

A report on game 6 of the 1956 World Series in which the Dodgers tied the fall classic at three games apiece. Jackie Robinson's final base hit of his Major League career wins the game 1-0, in the 10th inning, for Brooklyn. President Eisenhower attacks presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson for discussion of the hydrogen bomb halt and his plan to end the draft.                                       
#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.                                                                                         
#13045: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1956-10-12, WRCA, 26 min.
Rock Hudson, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles, Jinx Falkenburg, Mercedes McCambridge, Tex McCrary, William Boyd, Hopalong Cassidy

Broadcast on WRCA FM RADIO in New York City

Jinx Falkenburg interviews director George Stevens and actor Rock Hudson who discusses working with James Dean on the movie "Giant" which is premiering. Also on hand are Elizabeth Taylor and Mercedes McCambridge who was nominated for the best-supporting actress in the film, and also discusses working with James Dean. Also interviewed are William (Hopalong Cassidy), Boyd and actor Orson Welles.                                                                                     
#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.                                    
#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.                                       
#13017: NEWS
1956-10-27, , 4 min.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Adlai Stevenson

   Hungarians revolt against invading  Russian army in fierce fighting. Adlai Stevenson, democratic candidate running for  President of the United States against President Dwight D. Eisenhower, states that Ike is a part-time president who plays golf especially during serious events of the day. 

Eisenhower plans to have his medical checkup today.                                   
#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.                                                     
#13019: WQXR RADIO: NEWS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
1956-10-28, WQXR, 3 min.
Announcer

News from the New York Times: The health of President Dwight Eisenhower is announced to be OK, the Hungarian premier announces that Russian troops will withdraw immediately from Budapest as fighting continues, secret police disbands, Soviets protest United Nations interference, Isreal announces partial mobilization.                                                   
#13020: BANDWAGON 1956
1956-10-28, WCBS, 7 min.
Will Rogers Jr.

Campaign songs of the past, narrated by Will Rogers, Jr.                      
#13021: ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE
1956-10-28, WCBS, 11 min.
Ed Sullivan, Elvis Presley

Ed Sullivan's guest is Elvis Presley.                          
#13022: CBS NEWS WITH WALTER CRONKITE, THE
1956-10-28, WCBS, 8 min.
Walter Cronkite

The Sunday Night Evening News (15 minutes from 11:00 - 11:15pm) provided a weekly anchoring role for Walter Cronkite at WCBS in New York. The Premiere broadcast was the only time   during the run of this weekend Sunday newscast that would be telecast in COLOR.
Premiere- April 17, 1955.

Hungary announces victory over Russian troops as fighting continues, in New York City, Hungarians march before UN Plaza.
Russia denounces Hungarian and US governments, Polish conclave in Warsaw cheers their new premier. Isreal undergoes mobilization, a report on the Olympic trials. 

NOTE: The October 28, 1956 telecast is the earliest Walter Cronkite Sunday Evening News television broadcast known to exist in any broadcast form.
 
Walter Cronkite reads the CBS News (1956-1968)

 If one remembers any of Cronkite’s NEWS broadcasts prior to August 5 1968, one must have an excellent memory. Though he was “the most trusted man in America” for decades, most of his bulletins and live TV CBS NEWS studio broadcasts from the 1950's &1960's no longer survive. Until 1968, only a handful of air checks have been extant. The most known, reporting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Sadly, thousands of his his reports televised on CBS television were erased or discarded, prior to 1968 and not mindfully archived by CBS until 1974...previously thought not worthy of saving.                                                                                                              
#13023: HALLMARK HALL OF FAME, THE
1956-10-28, WNBC, 10 min.
Mary Martin, Paul Douglas

"Born Yesterday" starring Mary Martin and Paul Douglas. A ten-minute excerpt.            
#13024: CBS NEWS WITH EDWARD R. MURROW
1956-10-29, WCBS, 6 min.
Dwight Eisenhower, Edward R. Murrow, John Foster Dulles

Israel invades Egypt to attack suicide commando bases. Attempt to destroy Egyptian suicide squads. Eisenhower and Dulles confer on the crisis as the world reacts.                                       
#13025: NEWS SPECIAL
1956-10-29, , 19 min.
Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy

A campaign speech by Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson who is introduced by Senator John F. Kennedy. Stevenson attacks President Eisenhower, Vice-President Nixon and the Republican party for misinforming the American people about the world crisis.                         
#13026: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1956-10-29, WCBS, 8 min.
Bob and Ray, Elvis Presley, Ron Cochran, Adlai Stevenson, Dwight Eisenhower, Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding, James Hagerty, Maria Callas, Walter Edge

Israelis advance into Egypt within eighteen miles of the Suez Canal. Tension in Washington as Eisenhower conducts an emergency meeting with top chiefs, press secretary Hagerty says the United States will assist in reconciling Middle East problems, Elvis Presley receives a polio shot, Maria Callas appears in Metropolitan Opera House season opener, Former New Jersey Govenor Walter Edge dies, Hungary says Russia will begin withdrawing troops from Budapest but fighting continues. There is a Piels Beer commercial featuring the voices of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding.                                                                                                       
#13027: CBS NEWS WITH DOUGLAS EDWARDS, THE
1956-10-30, WCBS, 10 min.
Douglas Edwards, Adlai Stevenson, Henry Cabot Lodge, Dwight Eisenhower

May 3,1948-April 13,1962

Douglas Edwards who replaced Newscaster Larry LeSueur as anchor of CBS television weekly news held that post for fourteen years. For most of its broadcast  history the fifteen minute broadcast was officially titled DOUGLAS EDWARDS WITH THE NEWS.

On November 30, 1956, the first network news show to be videotaped for rebroadcast to the West Coast was achieved. This video tape is not known to exist today as is most of all of Douglas' news broadcasts, in any broadcast form. 

On April 16, 1962 Walter Cronkite succeeded Edwards as CBS's evening newscaster. Douglas Edwards continued to broadcast the local WCBS nightly weekly newscast. He also did a five-minute daytime newscast until April 1, 1988. 


The Israeli capital is bombed as fighting continues. Edward R. Murrow analysis, Hungarians bury their dead in various towns, Adlai Stevenson attacks Eisenhower's foreign policy, Henry Cabot Lodge attacks British and French ultimatums.                                                
#13028: RED SKELTON SHOW, THE
1956-10-30, WCBS, 5 min.
Red Skelton

September 30, 1951-August 29, 1971

Red Skelton's network television program began at the start of the 1951 fall season on NBC (for sponsor Procter & Gamble). After two seasons on Sunday nights, the program was picked up by CBS in the fall of 1953 and moved to Tuesday night, the time slot with which it would become primarily associated during most of its run. After his first CBS season the program was moved to Wednesday night and expanded to an hour for the summer of 1954 only; it was then reduced back to a half-hour for a time, later expanded again, returning to Tuesday night where it would remain for the next sixteen years (co-sponsored by Johnson's Wax and Pet Milk between 1955 and 1962).

On September 25, 1962, the program was again expanded to a full hour (becoming The Red Skelton Hour) and remained in this longer format for the balance of its CBS run.

CBS ended its association with the program in early 1970. This apparently marked the beginning of one of several attempts by CBS to downplay programming whose primary appeal was to "Middle America", an audience more rural and also somewhat older than that generally desired by network television advertisers. Marketers were moving towards a younger, "hipper", and more urban audience.

At least in part due to Skelton's iconic status, the program was picked up by NBC, premiering on September 14, 1970. Vice President Spiro Agnew introduced Red's 20th season opener, returning back to NBC where he began his first TV season. Guest on Shelton's premiere program was Jerry Lewis. After the taping of the show Lewis told the audience: "My ambition has always been to be a clown...tonight I've had the honor of working with a great clown."

The program that aired was quite different from the one that Skelton's CBS audience was used to seeing. The new set was dark, devoid of the backdrops that viewers had seen on CBS. The show was cut back to its original half-hour length and it was moved from Tuesday to Monday nights.

The new format never really worked. The program ended in March 1971, although selected programs from this final season were rerun on NBC on Sunday nights in prime time during June-August, 1971.                                                                   
#13031: DO YOU TRUST YOUR WIFE?
1956-10-30, WCBS, 6 min.
Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd

January 3rd,1956- March 26th,1957 (CBS) September 30th, 1957-December 27th, 1963 (ABC)

A popular game show originally hosted by Edgar Bergen and seen in primetime on CBS. When the show shifted to ABC, it was seen in the daytime and was hosted by Johnny Carson. In July of 1958, the show was retitled "Who Do You Trust?" Ed McMahon became the announcer and it was the first time Carson and McMahon would team up together. 

In this episode, the host is Edgar Bergen who's joined by his dummies Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd.                                                            
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