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#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.                                        
#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.                                                                                                                   
#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.                                                                                                                                 
#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.                          
#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                                                   
#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.                                                   
#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.                                      
#7250I: LAWRENCE WELK SHOW, THE
1959-01-14, WABC, ?? min.
Lawrence Welk, Pete Fountain

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.                                                                                                        
#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. 

                                 
#6978i: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-01-16, WRCA, 79 min.
Jack Paar, Jonathan Winters, Jose Melis, Don Pardo, Jack Haskell, Betty White, Elaine Stritch, Maury Scher

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Announcer Don Pardo substitutes for Hugh Downs.
Jack Paar's Monologue includes:
Zsa Zsa Gabor's engagement again...Jonathan  Winters on the show, funniest man I know...Bob Hope, not feeling well...
Jose Melis plays, "Serenade to a Wealthy Widow." 
Author Maury Scher discusses his book "Goldrick." 
Goldrick's ten rules...a potential officer in fatigues.

Jack introduces Betty White whose birthday is tonight. 
Paar remembers when he first drove in LA and in great panic...just staying in a lane was challenging, but not as challenging as driving in New York on the West Side Highway. 

Jack Haskell sings, "Love Look Away." Jack introduces Jonathan Winters, "One of the most creative extemporaneous wits I know."
Conversation between Jack, Jonathan and Betty who receives a birthday musical tribute from the band. Jonathan does a Maude Fricket airline hostess routine with Betty White who later remembers the first time she met Jonathan. 

Jack confesses that he doesn't usually meet his guests before the show goes on. 
Introduction of Elaine Stritch. Jack and Elaine talk. Betty White and Jonathan Winters join in and then suddenly, Jack Paar walks off the show, only to return two minutes later. 

Jack Haskell does another song, "Mr. Success."
Jack Paar signs off. Don Pardo announces who is on the next show. 

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

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

ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. retains over 70 complete and excerpt JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW air checks (34 hours), including the complete Jack Paar's first anniversary telecast which was broadcast live from Havana Cuba (June 28, 1958). These originally recorded off the air pristine sound direct line 1/4" reel to reel audio tracks, recorded at the time of the original broadcasts, represent the only broadcast record of a "lost" visual telecast. ATA is the largest single repository (one collection), in the United Sates of Jack Paar Tonight Shows recordings. The combined archives of The Library of Congress, Paley Center for Media, and UCLA Film & Television retain a composite total of 13 hours of representative JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts excerpts...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)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
#7330: PATTI PAGE OLDSMOBILE SHOW
1959-02-09, ABC, 00 min.
Patti Page, Eydie Gorme

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

Live musical variety show hosted by singer Patti Page.                                                                
#7002: BILLY DANIELS SHOW
1959-02-09, KTLA, 00 min.
George Jessel, Billy Daniels, Renee Block, Starlighters, Gloria Smith, Benny Payne

One of the few Afro-Americans to host a variety series during the early days of television (Oct 5th-Dec 28th, 1959). This updated one hour series premiered on local Los Angeles television (KTLA), January 13th, 1959. 

George Jessel sings Al Jolson songs. Billy Daniels piano accompanist is Benny Payne.         
#7465: VOICE OF FIRESTONE
1959-02-09, ABC, 00 min.
Rosemary Clooney, Pete Fountain, Woody Herman

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).  

"Mardi Gras Night."                         
#6980: BELL TELEPHONE HOUR
1959-02-10, WNBC, 00 min.
Donald Voorhees, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Rise Stevens

January 12, 1959-April 26, 1968. This musical series ran semi regularly for almost ten seasons-sometimes weekly, sometimes biweekly, and sometimes as irregularly scheduled specials. All types of music were presented on the hour series; Donald Voorhees conducted the Bell Telephone Orchestra. 

Second Bell Telephone Hour broadcast. First aired as specials.
            
#7003: BILLY DANIELS SHOW
1959-02-10, KTLA, 00 min.
Billy Daniels, Gloria Smith, Benny Payne

One of the few Afro-Americans to host a variety series during the early days of television (Oct 5th-Dec 28th, 1959). This updated one hour series premiered on local Los Angeles television (KTLA), January 13th, 1959. 

                     
#7065: DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW
1959-02-15, NBC, 00 min.
Craig Stevens, Dinah Shore, Andre Previn, George Gobel, Vera- Ellen

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.





                                                                                                                               
#7434: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1959-02-15, NBC, 00 min.
Steve Allen, Debbie Reynolds, Frank Gorshin, Tony Curtis, David Nelson, Ray Anthony, Terry Gibbs, Edward Byrnes, Diane Maxwell, Sandra Dee, David Ladd

Steve Allen Presents The Hollywood Merit Awards.                                 
#6978u: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-02-18, WRCA, 61 min.
Hugh Downs, Johnny Carson, Gypsy Rose Lee, June Havoc, Jose Melies, Richard Hayes, Alex King

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Announcer Hugh Downs opens the show, "The NBC Network Presents THE JACK PAAR SHOW with the Jose Melies Orchestra, and yours truly Hugh Downs. And now here's Jack."

Jack's monologue...an adult Disneyland, George Washington and why did he admit to cutting down his cherry tree?...famous birthdays in February and anecdotes about non-famous birthdays in February. 

Richard Hays sings "Sing You Sinners." Jack introduces Gypsy Rose Lee who discusses her relationship with sister June Havoc...early years performing together in vaudeville...switching birth certificates done by their mother. Jose Melies performs "Wedding of the Painted Dolls." Introduction of June Havoc who mentions that she has been performing since she was two years old. She relates who sister Gypsy posed in the nude winning many contests...first act together, "Baby June and her Pals."

Jack demonstrates new products, including a milking stool, a Lawrence Welk pretzel, Alaskan sneakers and an new book by Pat Boone. June and Gypsy sing duet "Til We Meet Again." 

Jack introduces Alexander King plugging stating that King is the most interesting man he has ever met. King plugs new book "Mine Enemy Grows Older." King relates that he was once a drug abuser, attending numerous programs to cure himself. 

Gypsy Rose Lee and sister June Havoc continue to relate stories about their early years in show business. Gypsy mentions that she was first married at the age of 13.
Jack mentions that the play "GYPSY" starring Ethel Merman will be opening soon. 
 Richard Hays sings "But Not For Me."

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

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

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

For four years and eight months Jack Paar reigned supreme as host of the TONIGHT SHOW with a crew of regulars, but only two stayed with him for the entire run; announcer Hugh Downs and band leader Jose Melis, a former army buddy. Familiar faces who appeared many times with Jack included Dody Goodman, Betty Johnson, Elsa Maxwell, Alexander King, Genevieve, Jack Douglas; and wife Reiko, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hans Conreid, Peggy Cass, Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette, and Jonathan Winters.

 Hugh Downs substituted for Jack Paar 79 times, more than any other substitute host. There were 20 different substitute hosts for Paar over the period of the series run. Joey Bishop substituted for Paar 31 times. Arlene Francis, 30 times, Jonathan Winters, 26 times, Orson Bean, 21 times and Johnny Carson 15 times. All together there were 243 broadcasts which had substitute hosts filling in for Paar during Jack Paar's TONIGHT SHOW tenure. The title of the late night broadcast changed to THE JACK PAAR SHOW which took effect on February 3, 1958. The first video-taped broadcast aired on January 5, 1959. The LAST LIVE broadcast was aired July 3, 1959. "Best of Paar " Re-runs began on July 10,1959. Beginning July 20, 1959 Jack Paar began taking off Monday nights & guest hosts would substitute for him (approximately on alternate Mondays). The first color broadcast aired on September 19, 1960.
Theme music, "Everything is Coming Up Roses" was first used beginning in the Fall of 1959. 

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

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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
#7466: VOICE OF FIRESTONE
1959-02-23, ABC, 00 min.
Patrice Munsel, Bill Hayes, Alfred Drake, Dorothy Collins

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). 

"From Oklahoma To Music Man" is the theme.                          
#7326: PATTI PAGE OLDSMOBILE SHOW
1959-02-23, ABC, 00 min.
Patti Page, Helen Traubel, Hildegarde

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

Live musical variety show hosted by singer Patti Page.                         
#5992: ACCENT ON LOVE
1959-02-28, WNBC, 54 min.
Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Jaye P. Morgan, Louis Jourdan, Ginger Rogers, Gower Champion, Marge Champion, Danny Costello

Presented on "PONTIAC STAR PARADE." A one hour musical revue about love, with hosts Louis Jourdan and Ginger Rogers.
#6979d: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-03-02, NBC, min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Oscar Levant, Jose Melies, Nelsn Eddy

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

       Guest Nelson Eddy comments about Oscar Levant.                             
#7140: GARRY MOORE SHOW
1959-03-03, WCBS, ?? min.
Carol Burnett, Allen Funt, Michel Legrand, Garry Moore, Dorothy Loudon, Durward Kirby, Marion Lorne, Frankie Laine, Carl Ballantine, Wiere Brothers, Steiner Brothers, Lee Pelty

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).

Guest Host: Frankie Laine                                                   
#7124: TRIBUTE TO MANIE SACKS: 'SOME OF MANIE'S FRIENDS'
1959-03-03, NBC, 00 min.
Jack Webb, Danny Thomas, Jane Wyman, Kay Starr, Eddie Fisher, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, Harry James, Betty Grable, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Tony Martin, Nat King Cole, Emanuel Sacks

Stars from the world of show business pay tribute to the late Emanuel Sacks. Their tribute takes the form of 90 minutes of entertainment by Sid Caesar, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, Betty Grable, Bob Hope, Harry James, Tony Martin, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr, Danny Thomas, Jack Webb and Jane Wyman.
Some of these entertainers were discovered by Manie Sacks, all of them were helped by him during his years as a record-industry and television executive and all were his friends.                     
#6981: BELL TELEPHONE HOUR
1959-03-04, WNBC, 00 min.
Howard Keel, Donald Voorhees, Ann Blyth, Eileen Farrell

January 12, 1959-April 26, 1968. This musical series ran semi regularly for almost ten seasons-sometimes weekly, sometimes biweekly, and sometimes as irregularly scheduled specials. All types of music were presented on the hour series; Donald Voorhees conducted the Bell Telephone Orchestra. 


                         
#7250J: LAWRENCE WELK SHOW, THE
1959-03-09, 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.                                                                                           
#6978w: JUNO
1959-03-09, WRCA, 14 min.
Melvyn Douglas, Carl Reiner, Jose Ferrer, Jayne Meadows, Joseph Stein, Marc Blitzstein, Mrs. Jose Ferrer, Anges DeMille

    From 11:15pm to 11:30pm THE JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW is pre-empted.

 Carl Reiner hosts the live Premiere of a new Broadway play, "JUNO" at the Winergarden Theater in NYC. The play, adapted from "JUNO & THE PEACOCK" stars Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas.  

AT the theater host Carl Reiner, who praises the play, interviews:
Joseph Stein, writer of the adaptation,
Marc Blitzstein, composer of the play,
Jose Ferrer, director of the play,
Mrs.Jose Ferrer,
Melvyn Douglas,
Jayne Meadows,
Agnes DeMille, Choreographer of the play.


         
#7467: VOICE OF FIRESTONE
1959-03-09, ABC, 27 min.
Jo Stafford, Jimmie Rodgers

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).  

"A Night Of Americana" is the theme.                         
#6978j: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-03-09, WRCA, 48 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Cliff Arquette, Rose Marie, Jose Melis, Bing Crosby, Helen Traubel, Joyce Jameson, Philip Crosby, Earl Grant

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Rose Marie performs. Philip Crosby son of Bing Crosby is the guest on the segment, "It's All Relative."

11:15 - 11:30pm local segment pre-empted for coverage of the Broadway play opening, "JUNO."  Host Carl Reiner interviews 16 celebrities attending this premiere. This segment is archived in the ATA collection but not posted as of this date. 

*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)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
#5934: FORTY FIVE MINUTES FROM BROADWAY
1959-03-15, WNBC, 80 min.
David Burns, Tammy Grimes, Larry Blyden, Russell Nype, Howard St. John, Polly Rowles, Dianna Millay, Michael Clark Lawrence, Alistair Cook

Presented on "OMNIBUS." George M. Cohan's musical comedy about a housemaid who inherits a fortune, but tears up the will in exchange for happiness with her boyfriend.
#5934*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=OMNIBUS%3A+%3Cb%3E%22FORTY+FIVE+MINUTES+FROM+BROADWAY%22%3C%2Fb%3E">OMNIBUS: "FORTY FIVE MINUTES FROM BROADWAY"
1959-03-15, WRCA, 80 min.
N/A

November 9, 1952-April 16, 1961. Hosted by Alistair Cooke, the aptly titled series presented everything from dramas to musicals to documentaries. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5925: PERRY COMO SHOW, THE: SALUTE TO BILLY ROSE
1959-03-21, WNBC, 25 min.
Nanette Fabray, Perry Como, The Everly Brothers, Billy Rose

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.

Perry welcomes his guests: Nanette Fabray, The Everly Brothers and songwriter Billy Rose.
#6978k: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-03-23, WRCA, 32 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Mrs. Miller, Diahann Carroll, Jackie Cooper, Genevieve, Al Fanelli

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

JIP with Jack Paar doing monologue.
Program returns to New York after two weeks in Hollywood transmitted on Video Tape. At this time Video Tape was used to broadcast programs telecast on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and continued to transmit LIVE on Thursday and Friday. 

During Jack's monologue he describes the difference between LA and New York. Jack introduces Diahann Carroll who sings, "I Got Plenty of Nothing." 

Paar in audience and talks to a man frm Nova Scocia, a woman from Philadelphia. Jack, "I was there once and it was closed."

Jack Paar and Hugh Downs back together again. Jack looks into Down's eyes and says, "You must be living it up," thinking Hugh had a few too many before the show. Then Paar realizes his is seen a red reflection from the camera light in Hugh Downs eyes!

Genevieve is introduced. She talks about the her upcoming televised first dramatic role to be televised in three days, called "A Nice Place to Hide." They talk about Jackie Cooper who stars in the show. Jack recalls being in the service with Cooper who would steal ("requisition') plywood, mattresses, chest of drawers...from a commander to help out his buddies in need. Jack recalls once pilfering leather jackets for his service pals. Genevieve sings, "A Nice Place To Hide." Diahann Carroll sings, "You Better Go Now." 

Jack describes things that one can send to people you want to irritate:
-Paper napkins stapled together.
-Gift wrapped garbage.
-Beer six pack all empty.
-Telegram marked page two.
-An LP record with no hole in the middle.

Al Fenelli subbing for Jose Melies orchestra. Jack Paar segment with audience and dialog with Mrs. Miller.

*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)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
#7141: GARRY MOORE SHOW
1959-03-24, WCBS, ?? min.
Carol Burnett, Allen Funt, Garry Moore, Dorothy Loudon, Durward Kirby, Marion Lorne, Billy Gilbert, Alan King, Tony Bennett, Roberta Sherwood, Carol Haney

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).

"That Wonderful Year" is 1905.                                                   
#6978x: THE OLDSMOBILE MUSIC THEATER
1959-03-26, NBC, 26 min.
Jackie Cooper, Florence Henderson, Bill Hayes, Genevieve

  March 26, 1959 - May 7, 1959

Bill Hayes and Florence Henderson co host this live half-hour  anthology series. Most presentations were musicals. 

 In this premiere broadcast Jackie Cooper and Genevieve, in her first dramatic role,  star in "A NICE PLACE TO HIDE."
Story about an interesting relationship that forms slowly between two people who are looking for love. 

Songs:
"The Sunny Side of the Street" (Jackie Cooper & Genevieve)
"When I Fall in Love" (Genevieve)
"I'm Glad There Is You." (Jackie Cooper & Genevieve)

Included is a two minute Oldsmobile commercial. 

                       
#6982: BELL TELEPHONE HOUR
1959-04-09, WNBC, 00 min.
Donald Voorhees, Gisele MacKenzie

January 12, 1959-April 26, 1968. This musical series ran semi regularly for almost ten seasons-sometimes weekly, sometimes biweekly, and sometimes as irregularly scheduled specials. All types of music were presented on the hour series; Donald Voorhees conducted the Bell Telephone Orchestra. 


                                      
#5995: GENE KELLY SHOW SPECIAL, THE
1959-04-24, WCBS, 52 min.
Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Carl Sandburg

Presented on "PONTIAC STAR PARADE." Gene Kelly in a one hour show. Kelly dances to a poem recited by Sandburg, who also plays the guitar. 13 year old Liza Minnelli's second TV appearance of her career.
#5933: GENE KELLY SHOW
1959-04-24, WCBS, 54 min.
Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Carl Sandburg, Claude Bessy, Judith Dornys, Cherylene Lee

Presented on "PONTIAC STAR PARADE." Gene Kelly welcomes his guests, poet Carl Sandburg, Claude Bessy, Judith Dornys, Liza Minelli and Cherylene Lee in this musical-variety special. Slight variations in sound quality.
#5933*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=PONTIAC+STAR+PARADE%3A+%3Cb%3E%22GENE+KELLY+SHOW%22%3C%2Fb%3E">PONTIAC STAR PARADE: "GENE KELLY SHOW"
1959-04-24, WCBS, 54 min.
N/A

Presented on various networks, a series of specials which aired mostly on videotape (1958-1960). SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5949: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
1959-04-26, WCBS, 96 min.
Jane Powell, Ed Wynn, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Patty Duke, Kelly Brown, Reta Shaw, Tab Hunter, Jeanne Crain, Lois Nettleton, Donald Symington, Ginger McManus

Based on the book by Sally Benson, this classic 1945 Vincente Minelli movie musical is adapted for television.
#1: ELEVENTH ANNUAL EMMY AWARDS, THE
1959-05-06, WRCA, 72 min.
Louis Nye, David Brinkley, Jack Benny, Dayton Allen, Don Hewitt, Robert Young, Raymond Burr, Dennis Weaver, Mike Nichols, Judith Anderson, Don Knotts, Elaine May, Ann B. Davis, Barbara Hale, Art Carney, Chet Huntley, Donna Reed, Richard M. Nixon, Phil Silvers, Dinah Shore, Bob Hope, Ed Sullivan, James Garner, Mickey Rooney, Ann Sothern, Walter Brennan, Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Tom Poston, Dick Clark

A galaxy of stars salute their own for the 1958-1959 TV season. Raymond Burr, Robert Young, Dennis Weaver, Barbara Hale, Art Carney, Dinah Shore, Tom Poston, Ann B. Davis, Phil Silvers, Don Hewitt, David Brinkley, Elaine May and Mike Nichols, Walter Brennan, Jack Benny, Donna Reed, Fred Astaire, Louis Nye, Dayton Allen, Don Knotts, Mickey Rooney, Judith Anderson, Dick Clark, Bob Hope, Ed Sullivan, Chet Huntley, and Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
#6979b: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-05-28, NBC, 7 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Jose Melies, Charles Dornan

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Jack Paar monologue. He remembers when he use to skip school at age 15 and go to radio stations in Jackson, Michigan. Also, Paar talks about the front page newspaper coverage of the recent monkey flight into space, and berates the New York Post for heading their front page headline story about a prostitute.              
#6978m: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-06-03, WRCA, 35 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Cliff Arquette, Peggy Cass, Charlie Weaver, Dody Goodman, Jose Melies

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Hugh Downs opens the show. This television audio air check was recorded off WRCA Channel Four, New York. 

Jack Paar opening monologue. He states that the toughest part of the show is when he comes out on stage and he realizes that he is on stage all alone. Jack mentions that Dody Goodman is here tonight making her annual appearance (Dody at one time was on the Paar Tonight Show almost every night until she was fired by Jack).

Dody talks about the play she is currently performing in, "The Bells Are Ringing." She and co star Peggy Cass sing two songs from the show. Jody talks about Charlie Weaver (Cliff Arquette). She also talks about finally buying a car and getting her first driver's license. Jack states that it is nice to have her back on the show. Hugh Downs talks about the art of the commercial. Peggy Cass and Dody Goodman continue to talk about "Born Yesterday." Peggy Cass sings, "I'm Going Back To Where I'm Going To Be Me."

In a rare moment, Jack Paar sings, "Love Came Just In Time."

Ending the show Jack, Dody, Peggy, Hugh and Pat Harrington Jr.  sing "The Party's Over." 

*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)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
#2: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1959-06-07, WNBC, 5 min.
Steve Allen, Ingemar Johansson

Steve Allen clowns around with heavyweight champion Ingemar Johansson.
#6979c: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-06-11, NBC, 7 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Jose Melies

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

  Jack Paar comments on scurrilous articles in Newsweek about him.                        
#6978l: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-06-17, WRCA, 12 min.
Jack Paar, Jim Bishop, Arthur Godfrey, Walter Winchell, Tony Perkins

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Jack Paar delivers an eleven minute serious monologue discussing his recent front cover Time Magazine story about him. He states that Time was at his home for five days and talked to him for five weeks prior to the article being published. Paar states that he liked the way Time handled the story. 

Jack mentions that he has no press agent and most times has had the need to criticize publications, Newsweek, TV Guide, New York Post and columnist Walter Winchell for their unfounded and critical publicity stories that contain blatant untruths. Besides himself, he refers to recent negative stories about Arthur Godfrey and Anthony Perkins written in the most culprit of all the print journals, Newsweek. 

Jack Paar mentions that once TV Guide wanted to put him on the cover and Jack refused. Says Paar, "They put me on the cover anyway." Made up conversations I had never had...talked about my relationships with others I have never met. 

Conversely, Jack mentions, that Jim Bishop wrote an article about him ...my thoughts on religion. Bishop stated that as a reporter there have been only five people he has met and written about, including Jack Paar, who have displayed characteristics of honor and integrity. Jack then tells his audience, "I hope what I have just said tonight is not taken off the air."

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

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

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



 For four years and eight months Jack Paar reigned supreme as host of the TONIGHT SHOW with a crew of regulars, but only two stayed with him for the entire run; announcer Hugh Downs and band leader Jose Melis, a former army buddy. Familiar faces who appeared many times with Jack included Dody Goodman, Betty Johnson, Elsa Maxwell, Alexander King, Genevieve, Jack Douglas; and wife Reiko, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hans Conreid, Peggy Cass, Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette, and Jonathan Winters.

 Hugh Downs substituted for Jack Paar 79 times, more than any other substitute host. There were 20 different substitute hosts for Paar over the period of the series run. Joey Bishop substituted for Paar 31 times. Arlene Francis, 30 times, Jonathan Winters, 26 times, Orson Bean, 21 times and Johnny Carson 15 times. All together there were 243 broadcasts which had substitute hosts filling in for Paar during Jack Paar's TONIGHT SHOW tenure. The title of the late night broadcast changed to THE JACK PAAR SHOW which took effect on February 3, 1958. The first video-taped broadcast aired on January 5, 1959. "Best of Paar " Re-runs began on July 10,1959. Beginning July 20, 1959 Jack Paar began taking off Monday nights & guest hosts would substitute for him (approximately on alternate Mondays). The first color broadcast aired on September 19, 1960.
Theme music, "Everything is Coming Up Roses" was first used beginning in the Fall of 1959. 

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

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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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