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#13125: NEWS, THE
1956-12-28, , 5 min.
James Curley

Highlights: fake bombs planted in New York City, The police try to track down the real "Mad Bomber," Fires in the Malibu Beach area of California, a negro woman is wounded by shots fired while riding a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, update on bus segregation, ex-gov Curley of Massachusetts seriously ill.                                                     
#13126: CBS SPECIAL: THE NEW FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE
1956-12-30, WCBS, 24 min.
Douglas Edwards, Robert Trout, Will Rogers, Ned Calmer, Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, Lawrence Snyder

CBS Special: The New Frontiers Of Science.

Highlights include electron computers, new drugs to curtail diseases, new heart surgery techniques, (heart-lung machine),
radioisotopes used in the study of photosynthesis, Dr. Jonas Salk polio vaccine in full production, new live virus vaccine related by Dr. Sabin, drugs for the treatment of mental illness, Dr.Lawrence Snyder President of AAS, speaks on behalf of science. Also commentary from Robert Trout, Ned Calmer, and Douglas Edwards.  

Will Rogers is the host. 

                                   
#13127: BIG NEWS OF 1956, THE
1956-12-30, CBS, 46 min.
Charles Collingwood, Grace Kelly, Nikita Khrushchev, Don Larsen, Joe Smith, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Estes Kefauver, Prince Rainier, John Kasper

CBS NEWS: Top News Stories Of 1956

Highlights: PresidentEisenhower health problems, announced candidacy at Democratic Convention, Vice Presidential battle between Senator John F. Kennedy and Senator Estes Kefauver,
Republican Convention, nomination, Presidential campaign topics, 
Eisenhower and Nixon were expected to be nominated by acclamation when a lone delegate voted for a fictitious candidate named "Joe Smith." The sinking of the Andrea Doria,
700 people die in weekend automobile accidents, two airlines collide over Grand Canyon Arizona, 128 die, the problem of overcrowded skies, Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco, racial problems in the South in Clinton, Tennessee, huge school desegregation riots, interviews with negroes and whites, including John Kasper, violent segregationist and member of the Klu Klux Klan, Don Larsen's perfect World Series game, Khruschev denounces Stalin cult, Polish riots, Hungarian revolution, Cyprus revolt against British occupation, Middle East crisis, Anglo-French, Israeli-Eygptian war.

Host: Charles Collingwood.                                                                            
#13128: YEARS OF CRISES: 1956
1956-12-30, CBS, 24 min.
Robert Pierpoint, Daniel Schorr, Eric Sevareid, David Schoenbrun, Edward R. Murrow, Richard C. Hottelet, Winston Burdett

Newsmen Howard K. Smith, Richard C. Hottelet, Robert Pierpoint, Eric Sevareid, Winston Burdett, Daniel Schorr, and David Schoenbrun comment on the top news stories of 1956, particularly the Middle East and communism. 

Edward R. Murrow is the moderator.                         
#13129: GUY LOMBARDO NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA, THE
1956-12-31, CBS, 10 min.
Guy Lombardo, Robert Trout

Beginning in 1929, a New Year's Eve Tradition...Guy Lombardo & his Royal Canadians. Guy Lombardo was best known to TV audiences for his annual New Year's Eve telecasts. His brothers Carmen (the band's musical director), Victor, & Lebert were all members of the orchestra. Guy, the eldest, was designated the leader. For most of his years in television, Guy Lombardo represented nostalgia for the '30s and '40s. At midnight the traditional welcoming in of the New Year at Times Square is presented. Jack Lescoulie brings in the New Year at Times Square.   

The best-known New Year's Eve shows on radio and then television was hosted by bandleader Guy Lombardo, who hosted 21 consecutive New Year's Eve shows from 1956 to 1976 on CBS, and for a time in syndication. Lombardo's first radio broadcast on New Year's Eve was heard on December 31, 1928 over CBS Radio, and for a time he even split hosting duties by broadcasting on CBS Radio before 12 Midnight EST and on NBC Radio after Midnight. Lombardo would host 48 straight New Year's Eve broadcasts until his death in 1977, and famously performed "Auld Lang Syne" by his Royal Canadians as the clock struck 12 Midnight, ushering in the start of a New Year. 

Once the Lombardo orchestra began their annual television shows, there would be a live segment from Times Square, which was (and still is) the focal point of the nation's largest New Year's celebration. In the early years of Lombardo's television specials, Robert Trout reported on and counted down to Midnight in New York's Times Square; but for most of Lombardo's years on television, another legendary newsman, Ben Grauer, had the honor. (Grauer, by the way, also reported from Times Square for NBC Radio on celebrations following the surrender of Japan on August 14, 1945.

The first New Year's Eve special on television was broadcast on December 31, 1941 on WNBT New York, and consisted of entertainment broadcast from the Rainbow Room, atop the RCA Building in New York's Rockefeller Center.[3]

Due to World War II, there would be no more New Year's Eve specials on television until December 31, 1945. WNBT produced a remote broadcast of festivities in Times Square. While NBC had begun to feed programs to WRGB is the Albany area and WPTZ in Philadelphia, information is unavailable as to whether either or both of these stations broadcast the program, or if it was seen just locally in New York.[4]

Unless New Year's Eve fell on a weekend, NBC would carry a special New Year's version of "The Tonight Show" each year beginning in 1954, including coverage of the arrival of the New Year in Times Square.

Dick Clark himself had actually emceed one New Year's Eve TV special prior to 1972; on December 31, 1959, he emceed a 90-minute New Year's special on ABC. One of the guests was Frankie Avalon. But it would be the last time Clark would do a New Year's Eve television special for the next thirteen years.

By the 1970s, Lombardo's big band music skewed to an older generation, so Dick Clark started his telecast in 1972 to compete.  

New Year's Eve celebration, ushering in 1957 with bandleader Guy Lombardo. Robert Trout reports from Times Square.                                
#13130: CBS NEWS WITH DOUGLAS EDWARDS, THE
1957-01-01, WCBS, 6 min.
Douglas Edwards, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower

Highlights: President Eisenhower meeting in the White House, He wants the authority to use military might against communism or "Ike Doctrine," Nixon urges more Hungarian refugees to enter the USA, Hungarian refugees arrive in the United States, a report on the day's Bowl games, a report on the latest segregation issues.                                                    
#13131: PABTS BLUE RIBBON BOUTS: MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP, THE
1957-01-02, , 12 min.
Les Keiter, Gene Fullmer, Jack Drees, Sugar Ray Robinson, Ruby Goldstein, Steve Ellis, Johnny Addie, Carmen Basillio, Tony Anthony, Gaspar Orgega, Tiger Jones

Radio broadcast opens with Jack Drees inviting audience to stay tuned to a great Middleweight Championship Boxing Match from Madison Square Garden in New York. 1,700 fans attend.
Introductions by ring announcer, Johnny Addie is heard. Fighters in attendance enter the ring to applause. They include, Carmen Basillio, Tony Anthony, Gaspar Ortega, and Tiger Jones.
Addie explains rules at center of the ring to Robinson and Fullmer.

NOTE:
Steve Ellis gives the blow-by-blow report from ringside. The referee is Ruby Goldstein.

Only the fifteenth round is recorded of this Middleweight Championship of the world between Sugar Ray Robinson and Gene Fullmer. Steve Ellis gives the blow-by-blow report from ringside. The referee is Ruby Goldstein.
The 15th round is heard (a few edits exist in this final round recording, but not significant). 
Gene Fullmer wins by decision, announced by Johnny Addie. 

Interviews with Robinson and Goldstein occur after the fight. 

NOTE 2:
Interestingly, this fight was blacked out in New York. No television broadcasting was permitted. It did air on Connecticut TV Channel 8 WNHC out of New Haven. From New York at 10pm SPORTS PARADE aired with Les Keiter kept viewers posted with spot reports interspersed with general sports films.
However, ABC channel 7 in New York did allow viewers to see the final decision after the end of the 15th round. 

NOTE 3:
This match was originally scheduled to occur on  December 12, 1956, but was postponed.                                                  
#13132: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1957-01-05, WCBS, 8 min.
Elvis Presley, Ron Cochran, Dwight Eisenhower, Marie McDonald

Highlights: "Eisenhower Doctrine" to curb Middle East aggression, the US to give military aid to countries if so desired, Russians denounce Eisenhower speech and policy, actress Marie McDonald relates kidnapping incident, Elvis Presley gets a pre-induction exam                         
#13133: PIELS BEER COMMERCIAL
1957-01-05, , 1 min.
Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding

A Piels Beer commercial with Bert and Harry Piels                        
#13134: LATE SHOW, THE
1957-01-05, WCBS, 1 min.
Announcer

February 26, 1951-April 26, 1968

"The Late Show" premiered on WCBS TV New York on Feb. 26, 1951 "The Late Late Show" followed not long after, as did "The Early Show." As its run accumulated, WCBS would commemorate its  anniversary the week of Feb. 26 in different ways. On Feb. 26, 1963, for example, Ch. 2 celebrated "The Late Show's 4,327th broadcast...12th anniversary by inaugurating an extended broadcast day that ended after 5 A.M.

The last time the moniker "The Late Show" was broadcast on WCBS television it was April 26, 1968 (WOLF LARSEN (1958). The series lasted 17 years and two months, totaling 6,189 Movie broadcasts. Films still ran in the 11:30 pm time slot afterward but without the "Late Show" opening. 

The Late Show opening prior to the movie " Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo."                                                                        
#34: LATE SHOW, THE
1960-07-06, WCBS, 1 min.
Humphrey Bogart, John Huston, Leroy Anderson, Percy Faith, Announcer, Fred C. Dobbs

February 26, 1951-April 26, 1968

"The Late Show" which for years would be New York's top feature film show, premiered on WCBS TV New York on Feb. 26, 1951 "The Late Late Show" followed not long after, as did "The Early Show." As its run accumulated, WCBS would commemorate its  anniversary the week of Feb. 26 in different ways. On Feb. 26, 1963, for example, Ch. 2 celebrated "The Late Show's 4,327th broadcast...12th anniversary by inaugurating an extended broadcast day that ended after 5 A.M., unprecedented for its time.

The standard opening of "The Late Show" had the announcer state the title of the film, its cast and some additional relevant anecdotal piece of information related to the film. The musical opening was "The Syncopated Clock," written by Leroy Anderson and recorded by Percy Faith in 1951 (released by Columbia Records). The catchy melody was noticed by the producers of the new WCBS-TV program "The Late Show," that was to be the station's first venture into late night television. Faith's rendition was chosen as the theme music for The Late Show by WCBS and several other CBS owned-and-operated stations around the country, which helped Anderson's composition become a tune that many Americans could readily hum or whistle, even if few knew the name of its composer. WCBS would also use the Faith recording to introduce a weekday afternoon movie (The Early Show) and a later-night movie offering, The Late Late Show.

In 2006 a shortened version of The Syncopated Clock theme music would become the standard opening of the Archival Television Audio, Inc. archived collection...musical intro preceding a specific mastered TV Audio Air Check, which had been processed and mastered from the original off the air recording.  


The last time the moniker "The Late Show" was broadcast on WCBS television, in New York, was April 26, 1968 (WOLF LARSEN (1958). The series lasted 17 years and two months, totaling 6,189 Movie broadcasts. Films still ran in the 11:30pm time slot afterwards, but without the "Late Show" opening. During the years to follow, thru the 1970's, other facsimile Late Show openings were created, a secondary version of the original series. 

"The Syncopated Clock" instrumental standard opening is heard. The announcer introduces "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo."                                                                                     
#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)                                              
#13135A: NBC NEWS WITH KENNETH BANGHART, THE
1957-01-09, WNBC, 00 min.
Dwight Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, Kenneth Banghart, Anthony Eden

Highlights: Anthony Eden resigns as Prime Minister as a result of the Egyptian fiasco, Eisenhower Middle East doctrine, Pressure applied for Secretary of State Dulles to be fired, he is accused of indecision, Britain no longer considered a first-rate power, slipped to the second rank as the result of Middle East humiliation.            
#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.                                                                                       
#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.                                                                                                                     
#13136A: HY GARDNER
1957-01-14, WRCA, 2 min.
Steve Allen, Hy Gardner, Ed Sullivan, Ingrid Bergman, Elsa Maxwell, Marie McDonald, King Farouk, Frank Pace, John L. Sullivan, Louis Arthur Johnson

    
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  

Preceding TONITE! Hy Gardner had a ten minute news/gossip series on WNBC TV. On this broadcast the news of the day included:

-Los Angeles police are expected to announce a solution to the Marie McDonald "who done it" case. Hy feels that the actress was kidnapped and that the incident was not a hoax.

-The board of directors for Lowe's Inc. include the former secretary of defense Louis Johnson, former secretary of the army Frank Pace, and former secretary of the navy, John Sullivan. Hy thinks that MGM must be getting ready to launch a new cycle of war movies.

-King Farouk is suing Elsa Maxwell for material she wrote about the former King of Egypt in her new book.

-Ironically, Ed Sullivan, publicity man, is promoting for Steve Allen Ingrid Bergman's next Sunday's appearance on The Steve Allen Show.       
#9499: TRIBUTE TO HUMPHREY BOGART
1957-01-16, NBC, 28 min.
W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, .Humphrey Bogart, George Fisher, John Barrymoore, John Dekker, Charles Butterworth, Mark Hellinger, Mike Romenoff

  From Hollywood NBC Radio pays tribute to Humphrey Bogart on the eve of his funeral, scheduled for the next day at noon.
 
Hosted by Bogart's long time friend, George Fisher who plays  excerpts of telephone recorded conversations he had with Bogart over the years. Heard, is a 1951 conversation of Bogart discussing the making of AFRICAN QUEEN...his relationship with  co-star Katherine Hepburn...a 1952 conversation discussing the  birth of his daughter, Leslie, the day before...a 1953 phone conversation about planning to do a fourth film with his wife Lauren Bacall...reminisces about his friendships with John Barrymoore, W.C. Fields, John Huston, John Dekker, Charles Butterworth, Mark Hellinger, Greta Garbo and Mike 
Romenoff. 

Other conversation touches on Bogart's love of Scotch and his own reputation of being a "character."

John Huston, who directed Bogart in five motion pictures, and life long friend, gives his own personal tribute to his pal "Boggie." He will be giving the eulogy at Humphrey Bogart's funeral tomorrow, January 17, 1957.       
#13137: DWIGHT EISENHOWER INAUGURATION SPEECH, THE
1957-01-20, , min.
Dwight Eisenhower

Inauguration speech of President Dwight Eisenhower.                                        
#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.                                       
#5895: RUGGLES OF RED GAP
1957-02-03, WNBC, 80 min.
Jane Powell, Paul Lynde, Hal Linden, Peter Lawford, Imogene Coca, David Wayne, Michael Redgrave, Joan Holloway, The Buster Davis Choir

Based on the 1915 book by Harry Leon Wilson. A cattleman on a trip to Europe, wins a stuffy English valet in a poker game whose escapades in adjusting to life in America are challenged. Garry Moore introduces the program. Slight variations in sound quality. No end credits. This is a lost television broadcast.
#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.                        
#13139: TWENTY-ONE
1957-03-11, NBC, min.
Jack Barry, Charles Van Doren, Vivian Nearing

September 12th,1956-October, 16th 1958 

This quiz show was NBC's answer to the popular CBS quiz the $64,000 question and was hosted by series co-creator Jack Barry. Contestant Charles Van Doren proved to be the most popular of all the show's contestants although Elfreda Von Nardroff went home with the most money after twenty-one appearances. The two contestants were placed in isolation booths where they were asked a series of questions. Van Doren would often make pained facial expressions in his booth when asked a question he was struggling with. It was discovered later that Van Doren had been given some of the answers. Another contestant, Herbert Stempel blew the whistle on the show accusing the program of giving some of the answers to the contestants. In October 1958 the show was removed from the air as the quiz show scandal was becoming more widely-known.

In this episode, Charles Van Doren loses to Vivian Nearing. Van Doren's total winnings were $129,000. Host Jack Barry congratulates Van Doren as "a credit to the youth of America."
Due to the scandal, creator Jack Barry did not work again on national television for a decade.
                                                                                         
#13140: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1957-03-11, CBS, 6 min.
Ron Cochran, David Beck, Admiral Richard Byrd

Highlights: Admiral Richard Byrd, explorer, dies, Egypt defies the UN on the Gaza Strip, a new aviation speed record by a 707 jet across the United States is set at three hours and 45 minutes, David Beck will appear as a witness in the Senate Labor Rackets Committee, news of the first outdoor phone booth.                         
#5894: EILEEN
1957-03-14, WNBC, 54 min.
Gordon MacRae, Patricia Morison, Wendy Martin, John Paul Keast, Laurie Carroll, James Lydon

Presented on "LUX VIDEO THEATRE." The Victor Herbert-Henry Blossom comic opera about an Irish rebel who falls in love with a beautiful English girl.
#9485: LUX VIDEO THEATRE: "EILEEN"
1957-03-14, WNBC, 54 min.
Gordon MacRae, Patricia Morison, Wendy Martin, John Paul Keast, Laurie Carroll, James Lydon, Victor Herbert, Henry Blossom

October 2, 1950-June 24, 1954 (CBS). August 26, 1954-September 12, 1957 (NBC). A dramatic anthology series in a half-hour format on CBS and in a one-hour format on NBC.

During the NBC TV 1954 season, the program was hosted initially by James Mason, and  succeeded by Otto Kruger, and Gordon MacRae.

Presented on "LUX VIDEO THEATRE." The Victor Herbert-Henry Blossom comic opera about an Irish rebel who falls in love with a beautiful English girl.             
#13141: EMMY AWARDS: NINTH ANNUAL
1957-03-16, NBC, 56 min.
Robert Young, Jimmy Durante, Claire Trevor, Danny Thomas, Ralph Edwards, Phil Silvers, Dinah Shore, Sid Caesar, Ed Sullivan, Peggy Lee, Carl Reiner, Dave Garroway, Loretta Young, Lloyd Nolan, Nanette Fabray, Perry Como, Jack Palance, Desi Arnaz, Peggy Wood

The Ninth Annual Emmy Awards for the best in television for 1956 are presented from the NBC studios in Burbank, California. Personalities include Ed Sullivan, Phil Silvers, Carl Reiner, Robert Young, Jimmy Durante, Lloyd Nolan, Jack Palance, Claire Trevor, Peggy Lee, Perry Como, Dinah Shore, Danny Thomas, Sid Caesar, Nanette Fabray, Ralph Edwards, Loretta Young, and Peggy Wood, "Requiem For a Heavyweight, a presentation of "Playhouse 90," was voted the Emmy Award for best television presentation of 1956.

Desi Arnaz is the host. Dave Garroway concludes the program.                                                                
#13142: YOUR HIT PARADE
1957-03-16, NBC, 5 min.
Dorothy Collins, Gisele McKenzie, Snooky Lanson, McNamaras Band

October 7th, 1950-June 7th, 1958 (NBC)
October 10th, 1958-April 24th, 1959 (CBS) 
August 2nd, 1974-August 30th, 1974- (CBS)

A musical show where the top songs of the week were performed by the series regulars. Among the show's regulars included Dorothy Collins, Russell Arms, Snooky Lanson, Eileen Wilson, Sue Bennett, and June Valli. Gisele McKenzie joined the group in 1953, replacing June Valli. During the show's final season on NBC in 1957, four new regulars were brought in; Tommy Leonetti, Jill Corey, Virginia Gibson and Alan Copeland who sang with the musical group The Modernaires on bandleader Bob Crosby's daytime show, "Bob Crosby and The Bobcats" on CBS. In 1958 when the show went over to CBS, Dorothy Collins was brought back and co-starred with Johnny Desmond for one season, but the show failed to regain the popularity it once had on NBC. The show left the air in April 1959. The 1974 CBS revival also failed to gain popularity.

In this episode, Dorothy Collins, Snooky Lanson, and Gisele McKenzie sing the popular songs of the week,                                                                              
#13143: $64,000 QUESTION, THE
1957-03-19, WCBS, 8 min.
Hal March, Robert Strom

June 7th, 1955-November 9th, 1958

The $64,000 Question was the first of television's big-money shows in prime time. It was hosted by Hal March. 

In this episode, the guest is a ten-year-old Robert Strom, who has won $80,000 so far.

Host: Hal March.                                                                              
#13144: NIGHTBEAT WITH MIKE WALLACE
1957-03-21, WABD, 7 min.
Mike Wallace, William F. Buckley, Jr.

October 30, 1956-May 31, 1957

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

In this episode, Mike Wallace interviews William F. Buckley, Jr.                                                                                               
#13145: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1957-03-23, CBS, 2 min.
Richard Nixon, Ron Cochrah, Fulgencio Batista

Highlights: Three Americans join Cuban revolutionaries and want to fight for freedom against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, Vice-President Nixon is ill, the Senate investigation committee claims teamster president David Beck misused union funds, two New York City newspapers The Daily Mirror and The New York Daily News raise their prices to five cents.            
#13146: CAMPAIGN '56, A RADIO SPECIAL
1957-03-23, , 54 min.
Adlai Stevenson, Estes Kefauver

A review of the 1956 Democratic campaign.            
#13147: HY GARDNER CALLING
1957-03-23, WRCA, 13 min.
Hy Gardner, Gino Prato, Vivian Nearing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hy Gardner interviews Mrs. Vivian Nearing, who dethroned champion Charles Van Doren on the "Twenty-One" quiz show, and Gino Prato, opera expert and the first winner on the "64,000 Question" quiz show.                                                                                                                               
#13148: ACADEMY AWARD CEREMONIES: 29TH ANNUAL
1957-03-27, NBC, 36 min.
Jerry Lewis, Claire Trevor, Anthony Quinn, Robert Stack, Eddie Cantor, Mickey Rooney, Ernest Borgnine, George Seaton, Janet Gaynor, Jack Lemmon, Cary Grant, Yul Brynner, Celeste Holm, Elizabeth Taylor, Dorothy Malone, Gower Champion, Marge Champion, Dorothy Dandridge, Mercedes McCambridge, Michael Todd, Patty McCormack, Nancy Kelly, Eva Marie-Saint, Carol Baker, Anna Magnani

The 29th Annual Academy Award ceremonies for excellence in film in 1956 are telecast live from two locations; The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood California, and The NBC Century Theatre in New York City. The hosts are Jerry Lewis and Celeste Holm.
Personalities scheduled to appear include Robert Stack, Mercedes McCambridge, Mickey Rooney, Patty McCormack, Nancy Kelly, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone, Elizabeth Taylor, Dorothy Dandridge, Jack Lemmon, Marge and Gower Champion, Eva Marie-Saint, Claire Trevor, George Seaton, Eddie Cantor, Carol Baker, Yul Brynner, Ernest Borgnine, Cary Grant, Janet Gaynor,    
and Anna Magnani.
Eddie Cantor receives an honorary award, Yul Brynner wins the best actor award for "The King and I," and Ingrid Bergman wins best actress award for "Anastasia."Cary Grant accepts the award for Ingrid Bergman."Around The World in Eighty Days" wins the best film award with producer Mike Todd accepting.                                                                                                     
#13149: CAESAR'S HOUR, STARRING SID CAESAR
1957-03-30, WNBC, 2 min.
Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner

September 27th, 1954-May 25th, 1957

A sixty-minute comedy show starring Sid Caesar. Most of Sid's old gang of regulars from "Your Show Of Shows" returned. They included Nanette Fabray, Janet Blair, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, and Pat Carroll.

This episode includes the show's ending only with Carl Reiner.                                                                                           
#5969: CINDERELLA
1957-03-31, WCBS, 80 min.
Howard Lindsay, Alice Ghostley, Kaye Ballard, Edie Adams, Julie Andrews, Iggie Wolfington, Dorothy Stickney, Jon Cypher, Ilka Chase, Bob Penn, George Hall, Edith Adams

Julie Andrews portrays Cinderella in this classic tale of her passion to attend the Prince's ball. She is aided by her Godmother, who creates the coach, coachmen and gown for her, and off she goes to meet the Prince. 

Complete broadcast with open and close. Sound recorded direct line. Excellent.                                        
#13150: $64,000 QUESTION, THE
1957-04-02, WCBS, 16 min.
Hal March, Robert Strom

June 7th, 1955-November 9th, 1958

The $64,000 Question was the first of television's big-money shows in prime time. It was hosted by Hal March. 

In this episode, a ten-year-old science expert Robert Strom wins $128,000.

Host: Hal March.                                                                 
#13151: I'VE GOT A SECRET
1957-04-03, CBS, 6 min.
Garry Moore, Henry Morgan, Jayne Meadows, Bill Cullen, Faye Emerson, Lorraine Day

June 19th, 1952- April 3rd, 1967 (CBS)
Syndicated- 1972
June 15th, 1976-July 6th, 1976 (CBS)

Popular prime time game show in which four panelists try to guess the secret of the contestant.
Garry Moore hosted the show from 1952-1964 and was replaced by Steve Allen. Allen also hosted the 1972 syndicated version. Bill Cullen hosted the 1976 CBS version which had a brief run of less than one month.

In this episode, the guest panelists are Henry Morgan, Faye Emerson, Jayne Meadows, and Bill Cullen. Lorraine Day is a guest. Garry Moore is the host.                                                  
#13152: THIS IS YOUR LIFE
1957-04-03, WNBC, 8 min.
Ralph Edwards, Buster Keaton

October 1, 1952 - September 10, 1961 (NBC TV). January 21, 1971 - May 7, 1973 (Syndicated - 56 episodes).

  
THIS IS YOUR LIFE was hosted by Ralph Edwards. It was a sentimental human interest show which he began on radio in 1948. Each week a special guest was lured to the studio by a ruse and then surprised as Edward's announced, "This is your Life!" Long lost friends and relatives materialized during the ensuing half hour to relive long-forgotten incidents going back to early childhood. The programs were broadcast LIVE and reverted to Video Tape at the start of the 1959-1960 season, at which time most of the telecasts were pre-recorded. 
Bob Warren announcer.
 The surprised guest received a 16mm film of the program and a Bell & Howell projector. 

In this episode, host Ralph Edwards surprises Buster Keaton.The first eight minutes are heard.
                                                                                                                             
#13153: PERSON TO PERSON WITH EDWARD R. MURROW
1957-04-05, CBS, 8 min.
Elizabeth Taylor, Edward R. Murrow, Michael Todd

 

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

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

Edward R. Murrow interviews Elizabeth Taylor and husband Michael Todd.                      
#13153A: GUNSMOKE
1957-04-06, CBS, min.
James Arness

September 10th, 1955-September 1st, 1975.

Television's longest-running western starring James Arness as Marshall Matt Dillon.        
#13154: NBC RADIO NEWS WITH WITH BILL MCCORD
1957-04-06, WNBC, 3 min.
Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Bill McCord

Highlights: President Eisenhower shops for farm supplies, Truman says the United States slips because of blunders and vacillations in this administration.                          
#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.                                     
#13158: SALUTE TO BASEBALL
1957-04-13, WNBC, 8 min.
Gene Kelly, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Don Larsen, Ted Williams, Mell Allen, Ed Gardner, Johnny Antonelli, Bob Friend, Mel Ott, Frank Lefty Odeul

Baseball personalities on this television special ushering in the start of the 1957 baseball season include Johnny Antonelli of the New York Giants, Don Larsen, Bob Friend, Billy Pierce, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio, Mel Allen, and Ed Gardner. Mel Allen recreates Don Larsen's perfect game. Gene Kelly is the host. 
Highlights:
Gene talks to Don Larsen about his no windup pitching approach.
Also, Gene in conversation with Billy Pierce, Johnny Antonelli, and Bib Friend. Kelly introduces Ed Gardner...comedy routine about Baseball's greatest pitchers.  

In a brief segment,  Mel Allen states his dream outfield. Gene Kelly talks with Stan Musial, who states that his favorite ball player was Mel Ott, Ted Williams, chairman of the Jimmy Fund  states that his favorite baseball player was Joe DiMaggio, and DiMaggio's favorite ball player was Frank Lefty Odeul. Gene Kelly mentions that his favorite Baseball Player of all time was Babe Ruth. 

NOTE: An almost complete air check of this program is archived in the ATA collection.                                                 
#13159: $64,000 QUESTION, THE
1957-04-16, WCBS, 16 min.
Hal March, Robert Strom

June 7th, 1955-November 9th, 1958

The $64,000 Question was the first of television's big-money shows in prime time. It was hosted by Hal March. 

This episode features ten-year-old schoolboy Robert Strom who wins $192,000 in a science category.

The host is Hal March.                                                                             
#13159A: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1957-04-16, CBS, min.
Ron Cochran, David Beck, John McClellan

Highlights: The United States investigates teamster union boss David Beck on misappropriation of union funds, Arkansas Senator John McClellan questions a former teamster officer on violent union activity in Scranton, Pa,              
#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.                                                   
#13161: TONIGHT! AMERICA AFTER DARK
1957-04-19, NBC, 7 min.
Jack Lescoulie, Fifi DOrsay

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

Host Jack Lescoulie interviews old-time vaudevillian Fifi D'Orsay who sings a song.                                                               
#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.                                                                             
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