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#5897*: PULITZER PRIZE PLAYHOUSE: "KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY"
1950-11-17, WABC, 54 min.
N/A

October 6, 1950-June 29, 1951. January 2, 1952-June 4, 1952. An hour-long dramatic anthology series, adapting Pulitzer Prize-winning stories. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5920: HIT THE DECK
1950-12-11, WNBC, 30 min.
Jack Gilford, John Beal, Iva Withers

Presented on "MUSICAL COMEDY TIME." Adaptation of the 1927 Broadway musical. Musical numbers only.
#5920*: MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "HIT THE DECK"
1950-12-11, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5899*: MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "LOUISIANA PURCHASE"
1951-01-22, WNBT, 30 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5899: LOUISIANA PURCHASE
1951-01-22, WNBC, 30 min.
Victor Moore, Irene Bordoni, Sandra Deel, Betty Brewer, Jerry Wayne

Presented on "MUSICAL COMEDY TIME." Victor Moore and Irene Bordoni reprise their roles in the television adaptation of this 1940 Broadway hit. Musical numbers only. Variations in sound quality.
#5903: REVENGE WITH MUSIC
1951-02-19, WNBC, 30 min.
John Raitt, Billy Gilbert, Anne Jeffreys, Audrey Christie, Vicente Gomez

Presented on "MUSICAL COMEDY TIME." Dietz-Schwartz musical about the Governor of a Spanish colony in 1812 who cannot resist the ladies. Musical numbers only. A lost television broadcast.
#5903*: MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "REVENGE WITH MUSIC"
1951-02-19, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5898*: MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "NO NO NANETTE"
1951-03-05, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5964*: NBC TELEVISION OPERA THEATRE: "TROUBLE IN TAHITI"
1952-01-16, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

January 1950-April 1957. Primarily, monthly airings of classic musicals, some in color. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6000: 135TH STREET
1953-03-29, WCBS, 30 min.
N/A

Presented on "OMNIBUS." The second part of this Omnibus presentation is complete. An unstaged George Gershwin one-act opera with an all-Negro cast. Composed by Gershwin in 1922 when he was 23. It's primitive in construction and content, although "The Blue Monday Blues" and some other early Gershwin excursions into the Jazz idiom stand out.
#6960: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-08-31, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957...originally titled Tonight!) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. It was seen in only three states, New York, New Jersey, & Connecticut (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday only.  

 This is the oldest known broadcast record of Steve Allen's 14 month local  Pre-Tonight Show run, prior to National Tonight! broadcasts which premiered September 27, 1954.                          
#6961: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-01, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne, James Michner

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, only.  

This is the 27th broadcast in the series. Broadcast theme song, "Stay Just A Little While With Me," opens the show. Steve Allen, at the piano, sings "Cecilia." Jim Moran, who appears every Tuesday on the broadcast discusses with Allen "Oysters," as the Oyster season begins. Author James Mitchner joins in and also discusses his latest movie adaptation screenplay for the film "Return To Paradise," about to open in theaters nation wide. Incredible relaxed late night television from a bygone era as Steve offers a beer to Mitchner in-between anecdotes. Steve Lawrence, who just turned 18 years of age, sings "C'est si bon."   Bobby Byrne & his orchestra plays "Lover." Sign off, as Steve reminds viewers that this new late night series is on the air every weekday night for 40 minutes, 11:20pm to Midnight. Cast sings theme song "Stay Just A Little While With Me."                          
#6962: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-02, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne, Bobby Rosengarten

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday only.                                       
#6963: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-03, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.                          
#6964: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-04, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.   Note: SOME VARIATIONS IN SOUND QUALITY.                          
#6951: MARTIN AND LEWIS THANKSGIVING PARTY MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY TELETHON
1953-11-25, ABC, 110 min.
Jerry Lewis, Spike Jones, Danny Thomas, Jane Wyman, Phil Harris, Phil Silvers, Eddie Cantor, Dean Martin, Vic Damone, Carol Richards, Barbara Bates, Jule Styne, Dick Stabile, Anna Maria Alberghetti

Broadcast from 11pm, November 25th, to November 26th 1am, a two hour telethon special hosted by Martin and Lewis, their first major TV MD telethon together, which would become an annual signature event by Jerry Lewis every Labor Day during the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's,1990's, & 2000's.                                                                 
#5908*: COLGATE COMEDY HOUR: "ANYTHING GOES"
1954-02-28, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

September 10, 1950-December 25, 1955. Most shows were comedy-variety hours with guest hosts Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello, Eddie Cantor, Donald O'Connor, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, & Gordon MacRae. Starting in the Fall of 1952, occasional revues and musicals were broadcast. In the summer of 1955, the name of the series was changed to "Colgate Variety Hour," and when Colgate dropped its sponsorship, the show continued in January 1956 for one half season as the "NBC Comedy Hour." Woody Allen was one of the writers. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5908: ANYTHING GOES
1954-02-28, WNBC, 54 min.
Frank Sinatra, Bert Lahr, Ethel Merman

September 10, 1950-December 25, 1955. Presented on "COLGATE COMEDY HOUR." A Sunday evening variety hour. Most shows were comedy variety hours with guest hosts. A few comedy plays and musicals were also televised.

Ethel Merman recreates her starring role in this loosely based adaptation of the 1934 Cole Porter musical.
#5953*: MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS: "SATINS AND SPURS"
1954-09-12, WNBT, 78 min.
N/A

September 12, 1954-June 6, 1956. Max Liebman, producer of "Your Show of Shows," created lavish variety & musical programming spectaculars (later called specials), which aired on Saturday & Sunday nights once every four weeks. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6965: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-09-27, WRCA, 43 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Skitch Henderson, Gene Rayburn, Eydie Gorme, Pat Marshall

September 27,1954-January 25,1957 
Tonight! starring Steve Allen begins airing locally at 11:15pm, for 15 minutes, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer. From 11:30 to 1:00am the broadcast aired nationally. 

The basic format of The Tonight Show was established during Allen's tenure: an opening monologue, a segment involving the studio audience (through interviews or games such as "Stump the Band"), and a simple set (a desk and chair for the host, a couch for the guests) were all trademarks of the Allen era. Allen inaugurated the out-of-town broadcast (the first one was done from Miami), the one guest show (Carl Sandburg was the first solo guest), and the one topic show (entire programs were devoted to such subjects as narcotics, civil rights, and black music). Allen also established the practice of paying his guests only "scale," the minimum fee required by union-network contract (this practice led to a highly publicized  feud between Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan and later between Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan, as Sullivan paid top dollar for his guests). Though Allen's Tonight! show closely resembled the shows of his successors, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, it was a more musical show; Allen himself was an accomplished musician and composer (he wrote his theme, "This Could Be The Start of Something Big"), and he employed a nucleus of musical regulars on his show. In addition to announcer – sidekick Gene Rayburn, the show featured singers Steve Lawrence (who was only seventeen when he began singing on Allen's local show), Eydie Gormé (who subsequently married Steve Lawrence), Andy Williams (who later hosted several series of his own), and Pat Marshall (who was succeeded by Pat Kirby).  Skitch Henderson led the Orchestra. 

Steve Allen makes his network television Tonight! Show debut. The broadcast accents comedy, song & music. News & sports are handled by Gene Rayburn.                                                                
#5902*: COLGATE COMEDY HOUR: "REVENGE WITH MUSIC"
1954-10-24, WRCA, 54 min.
N/A

September 10, 1950-December 25, 1955. Most shows were comedy-variety hours with guest hosts Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello, Eddie Cantor, Donald O'Connor, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, & Gordon MacRae. Starting in the Fall of 1952, occasional revues and musicals were broadcast. In the summer of 1955, the name of the series was changed to "Colgate Variety Hour," and when Colgate dropped its sponsorship, the show continued in January 1956 for one half season as the "NBC Comedy Hour." Woody Allen was one of the writers. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5902: REVENGE WITH MUSIC
1954-10-24, WNBC, 54 min.
Edward Everett Horton, Jerry Colonna, Harpo Marx, Ray Middleton, Ilona Massey, Anna Maria Alberghetti

Presented on "COLGATE COMEDY HOUR." Dietz-Schwartz musical about the Governor of a Spanish colony in 1812 who cannot resist the ladies.             
#5942*: BEST OF BROADWAY, THE: "PANAMA HATTIE"
1954-11-10, WCBS, 54 min.
N/A

September 15, 1954-May 4, 1955. An anthology series of nine live broadcasts presented every fourth Wednesday. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5942A: PANAMA HATTIE
1954-11-10, WCBS, 54 min.
Art Carney, Jack E. Leonard, Ethel Merman, Ray Middletown, Karin Wolfe, Neil Hamilton, Joseph Macauley, Betty O'Neill

Presented on "THE BEST OF BROADWAY." Ethel Merman reprises her Broadway role from the 1940 Cole Porter musical about a singer's efforts to impress the scion of Philadelphia society. Betty Furness contributes to the live commercials.
#5951: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
1954-11-12, WNBC, 54 min.
Cyril Ritchard, Billy Gilbert, Joel Grey, Celeste Holm, Peggy King, Arnold Stang, Leora Dana, The Ray Charles Choir

Presented on "PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE." This special color broadcast opens with the words, "The following program is brought to you in compatible color." For the first few years, NBC introduced all broadcasts presented in color with this introduction, prior to replacing the word "compatible" with the word "living" in 1957.

Classic fairy tale about a farm boy who trades the family cow for magic beans and climbs the beanstalk that grows from the beans, confronting an ogre. There are ten different songs presented in this live musical fantasy.
#5946*: MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS: "BEST FOOT FORWARD"
1954-11-20, WRCA, 78 min.
N/A

September 12, 1954-June 6, 1956. Max Liebman, producer of "Your Show of Shows," created lavish variety & musical programming spectaculars (later called specials), which aired on Saturday & Sunday nights once every four weeks. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5946: BEST FOOT FORWARD
1954-11-20, WNBC, 80 min.
Marilyn Maxwell, Arte Johnson, Jeannie Carson, Bob Cummings, Charlie Applewhite, Hope Holliday

Presented on "MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS." Based on the 1941 Broadway hit, set on a school campus. A few edits during the opening of the program.
#5910*: COLGATE COMEDY HOUR: "LET'S FACE IT"
1954-11-24, WRCA, 54 min.
N/A

September 10, 1950-December 25, 1955. Most shows were comedy-variety hours with guest hosts Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello, Eddie Cantor, Donald O'Connor, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, & Gordon MacRae. Starting in the Fall of 1952, occasional revues and musicals were broadcast. In the summer of 1955, the name of the series was changed to "Colgate Variety Hour," and when Colgate dropped its sponsorship, the show continued in January 1956 for one half season as the "NBC Comedy Hour." Woody Allen was one of the writers. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5910: LET'S FACE IT
1954-11-24, WNBC, 54 min.
Bert Lahr, Robert Strauss, Betty Furness, Joan Blondell, Vivian Blaine, Gene Nelson, Jimmy Gleason, Virginia Gibson, Gloria Jean

Presented on "COLGATE COMEDY HOUR." A group of married women invite soldiers from a nearby Army camp to their homes. Based on the 1941 Cole Porter musical. No close otherwise complete.
#5893*: MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS: "BABES IN TOYLAND"
1954-12-18, WRCA, 78 min.
N/A

September 12, 1954-June 6, 1956. Max Liebman, producer of "Your Show of Shows," created lavish variety & musical programming spectaculars (later called specials), which aired on Saturday & Sunday nights once every four weeks. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6976: SEVENTH ANNUAL EMMY AWARDS (FIRST NATIONALLY TELEVISED)
1955-03-07, WRCA, 96 min.
Jack Benny, Steve Allen, Jimmy Durante, Danny Thomas, Ralph Edwards, George Burns, Dave Garroway, Dr. Frank Baxter, Don Defore, Gordon Jenkins

Broadcast from 11:30 pm to 1:05am, pre-empling Tonight Show starring Steve Allen, The seventh annual Emmy Awards , and for the first time televised Nationally. From Hollywood Steve Allen. From New York Emcee Dave Garroway. Commercials included.                          
#5918: MERRY WIDOW, THE
1955-04-09, WCBS, 75 min.
Edward Everett Horton, Barry Sullivan, Anne Jeffries, John Conte, Helena Bliss, Jack Russell

Presented on "MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS." Television adaptation of the 1907 Franz Lehar operetta. No open or close recorded.
#5918*: MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS: "THE MERRY WIDOW"
1955-04-09, WRCA, 78 min.
N/A

September 12, 1954-June 6, 1956. Max Liebman, producer of "Your Show of Shows," created lavish variety & musical programming spectaculars (later called specials), which aired on Saturday & Sunday nights once every four weeks. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6966: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1955-08-26, WRCA, 87 min.
Steve Allen, Andy Williams, Debbie Reynolds, Milton Berle, Steve Lawrence, Skitch Henderson, Gene Rayburn, Erroll Garner, Micki Marlo, Pete Ruggilo, Hy Averback

September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957. This broadcast was the last from Hollywood which was the home of Tonight! Starring Steve Allen from June 27 to August 26, 1955. It was also the last time Hy Averback appeared as announcer.

The basic format of The Tonight Show was established during Allen's tenure: an opening monologue, a segment involving the studio audience (through interviews or games such as "Stump the Band"), and a simple set (a desk and chair for the host, a couch for the guests) were all trademarks of the Allen era. Allen inaugurated the out-of-town broadcast (the first one was done from Miami), the one guest show (Carl Sandburg was the first solo guest), and the one topic show (entire programs were devoted to such subjects as narcotics, civil rights, and black music). Allen also established the practice of paying his guests only "scale," the minimum fee required by union-network contract (this practice led to a highly publicized  feud between Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan and later between Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan, as Sullivan paid top dollar for his guests). Though Allen's Tonight! show closely resembled the shows of his successors, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, it was a more musical show; Allen himself was an accomplished musician and composer (he wrote his theme, "This Could Be The Start of Something"), and he employed a nucleus of musical regulars on his show. In addition to announcer – sidekick Gene Rayburn, the show featured singers Steve Lawrence (who was only seventeen when he began singing on Allen's local show), Eydie Gormé (who subsequently married Steve Lawrence), Andy Williams (who later hosted several series of his own), and Pat Marshall (who was succeeded by Pat Kirby).  Skitch Henderson led the Orchestra.                                                                 
#5924: ONE TOUCH OF VENUS
1955-08-27, WNBC, 80 min.
Janet Blair, Mort Marshall, Russell Nype, George Gaynes, Laurel Shelby, Iggie Wolfington, Adina Rice, Mildred Traces

Television Adaptation of the 1943 Kurt Weill, musical fantasy about the romantic life of a barber and the statue of Venus that pursues him. No television close is recorded.
#5905: OUR TOWN
1955-09-19, WNBC, 80 min.
Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ernest Truex, Sylvia Field, Peg Hilligs, Carol Venzie

October 18, 1954-June 24, 1957. Presented on "PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE." Some of television's most notable single programs were presented on this highly acclaimed series one of the most costly to be produced during the "Golden Age Of Television."

Frank Sinatra stars in this story of family life in the fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire.
#5905*: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "OUR TOWN"
1955-09-19, WNBT, 80 min.
N/A

October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957. Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5987: HIGH TOR
1956-03-10, WCBS, 90 min.
Everett Sloane, Bing Crosby, Hans Conreid, Julie Andrews, Nancy Olson, Lloyd Corrigan, John Picard

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

September 24, 1955-November 3, 1956. Monthly specials all broadcast in color. A variety of dramas, musicals, and for its final broadcast the TV premiere of the motion picture classic "The Wizard of Oz." Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli and Bert Lahr introduce the film live. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5955: BLOOMER GIRL
1956-05-28, WNBC, 80 min.
Barbara Cook, Keith Andes, Paula Stewart, Paul Ford, Carmen Matthews, Nydia Westman

Presented on "PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE." A romantic musical comedy about feminist and abolitionist Dolly Bloomer. This was the only adaptation of the 1944 Broadway hit to be presented on television. A proposed film version in the late 40's and early 50's never materialized due to the blacklist. Partial open, no end credits.
#5955*: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "BLOOMER GIRL"
1956-05-28, WNBT, 80 min.
N/A

October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957. Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5984*: FORD STAR JUBILEE: "A BELL FOR ADANO"
1956-06-02, WCBS, 96 min.
N/A

September 24, 1955-November 3, 1956. Monthly specials all broadcast in color. A variety of dramas, musicals, and for its final broadcast the TV premiere of the motion picture classic "The Wizard of Oz." Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli and Bert Lahr introduce the film live. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#6968: STEVE ALLEN SHOW
1956-06-24, NBC, 59 min.
Steve Allen, Jerry Lewis, Kim Novak, Bob Hope, Vincent Price, Wally Cox, Gene Rayburn, Sammy Davis Jr, Will Mastin, Dane Clark, Bambi Linn, Rod Alexander

 Commercials included in this TV Audio Air Check are, Jergens Woodbury beauty bar, Crosley and Bandix Home Appliances, Crosley radio and Television, and Viceroy Cigarettes.

 Premiere broadcast.

 June 24,1956-December 27,1961.
The multi-talented Steve Allen- musician, composer, singer, comedian,author- was the star of this live weekly variety series that bore a strong resemblance to his informal, late-night Tonight! Show. Although the program had elements of music and serious aspects, comedy was far and away its major component. Steve had with him one of the most versatile and talented collections of improvisational comics ever assembled. Among the features that were used at one time or another on a semi-regular basis were: "Letters to the Editor," "The Allen Report to the Nation," "Mad-Libs," "Crazy Shots," "Where Are They Now," "The Question Man," "The Allen Bureau of Standards," and "The Allen All Stars." The most frequently used feature, and by far the most memorable, was the "Man on the Street Interview." It was here that the comics on the show developed their  best-remembered characters: Louis Nye as suave, smug Gordon Hathaway, Tom Poston as the man who can't remember his own name, Skitch Henderson as Sidney Ferguson, Don Knotts as the extremely nervous and fidgety Mr Morrison, Pat Harrington as Italian golf pro Guido Panzini, and Bill Dana as shy Jose Jimenez.               
#5956*: SUNDAY SPECTACULARS: "THE BACHELOR"
1956-07-15, WRCA, 80 min.
N/A

1955-1956. Color specials, some produced by Max Liebman. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5907*: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "ROSALINDA"
1956-07-23, WNBT, 80 min.
N/A

October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957. Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5951*: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "JACK AND THE BEANSTALK"
1956-07-23, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957. Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5901*: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "THE LORD DON'T PLAY FAVORITES"
1956-09-17, WNBT, 84 min.
N/A

October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957. Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5901: LORD DON'T PLAY FAVORITES, THE
1956-09-17, WNBC, 84 min.
Kay Starr, Louis Armstrong, Robert Stack, Buster Keaton, Dick Haymes

Presented on "PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE." Patrick Malloy's short story about a small traveling circus stranded in a Kansas town in 1905, experiencing a drought.
#5936*: US STEEL HOUR: "TOM SAWYER"
1956-11-21, WCBS, 54 min.
N/A

October 27, 1953-June 21, 1955 (ABC). July 6, 1955-June 12, 1963 (CBS). Broadcast live from New York, this dramatic anthology series was telecast biweekly. It became the last hold-out representing anthology "Golden Age" television programming. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5991: HIGH BUTTON SHOES
1956-11-24, WNBC, 80 min.
Don Ameche, Hal March, Nanette Fabray, Joey Faye, Jack Collins, Janet Ward

Presented on "SATURDAY COLOR CARNIVAL." Nanette Fabray recreates her starring role in the 1947 musical about a charming con man and his attempt to convince a young couple that they will profit from the sale of their family property.
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Jose Feliciano, at 70, listening to his FIRST TV variety show appearance (Al Hirt: FANFARE), telecast on July 17, 1965, when he was 19 years old.


TV Audio:
Rare & Valued


When TV Variety
Was King


This Anniversary Day
In Television History


ARSC/IASA London Conference: Why Collect?


News 12 Long Island
Live Television Profile:
Archival Television Audio, Inc


CAPTURED LIVE: CULTURES OF TELEVISION RECORDING AND STORAGE, 1945-1975