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#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, Jim Moran, James A. Michener

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 Michener joins in and also discusses his latest movie adaptation screenplay for the film "Return To Paradise," about to open in theaters nation wide. This was the first theatrical contribution for Michener in his literary career.  

Incredible relaxed late night television from a bygone era as Steve offers a beer to Mitchener 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.                                       
#5893B: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-02-19, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen, Phil Silvers

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.         
#5893C: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-08-03, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen, Don Shirley

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.                      
#5893D: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-08-12, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.                                   
#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.                                                                             
#5893a: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-12-09, WRCA, 54 min.
Steve Allen, Hoagy Carmichael, Steve Lawrence, Skitch Henderson, Johnny Mercer, Eydie Gorme, Rockefeller Center Choristers

           September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 

This rare early December 9, 1954 TV Audio Air Check recorded only nine weeks after the debut of TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN, profiles composer Johnny Mercer at his natural best. 

In this informal broadcast Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme give tribute to Johnny Mercer. Over 20 songs are sung written by Mercer including "Lazy Bones,"  co-written with Hoagy Carmichael, a;nd "I'm An Old Cow Hand."

Eydie Gorme sings "P.S. I Love You." Steve sings "Love is the Face in the Misty Light."

In a separate segment Steve Allen introduces. from Rockefeller Center in New York City, the melodic strains of the one hundred voice Rockefeller Center Choristers. It is the 16th year that they have sung Christmas music  beneath the Rockefeller Christmas tree which was erected today. 

Steve asks Mercer how he got started, and to state how he first met Hoagy Carmichael. 

With Skitch Henderson at the piano. Steve and Johnny sing "You Have To Accent The Positive." Steve Lawrence sings, "Angel Eyes."
Johnny Mercer sings "Watcher  Gonna Swing Tonight, " "Rain or Come Shine," "Old Black Magic," "You Must  Have Been a Beautiful Baby," and "One For My Baby." Eydie sings, "When the Angels Sing."

In a separate skit Steve Allen and Johnny Mercer play Interrogator and defendant...Mercer questioned as to what is the one necessary  integrity that a composer has to have to be a song writer...searching for imaginary lyrics reflecting LOVE through its lyrics. 

Back at the piano, Steve and Johnny sing "Too Marvelous For Words," "Pardon My Southern Accent," Skylark."  "Dream,"  "Fools Rush in," " Goody Goody," "Blues in the Night," with the NBC orchestra. 

Johnny Mercer sings himself off with lyrics thanking Steve Allen for the tribute and inviting him to be a guest on his show tonight. 

NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person or topic.  
THE ONLY EXTANT BROADCAST RECORD IN THE COUNTRY.                                              
#5893E: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-12-10, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen, Carl Sandburg

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.                                                
#5893F: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-12-23, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen, Dizzy Gillespie

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.                                                             
#5893G: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1955-01-27, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen, Woody Herman

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.                                                                          
#5893I: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1955-03-09, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen, Gerry Mulligen

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.                                                                                       
#5893J: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1955-07-21, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen, Shorty Rogers

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.                                                                                                    
#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.                                                                              
#13015: TONIGHT! WITH ERNIE KOVACS
1956-00-00, WNBC, 2 min.
Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs

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

In the summer of 1956, host, Steve Allen, of The Tonight Show, (then titled Tonight! from September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957)
reduced his nightly appearances. Ernie Kovacs was brought in to host on Mondays and Tuesdays. Allen hosted his last Tonight! show on January 25, 1957, as the series' first era came to a close.                                                   
#13327: TEX AND JINX SHOW, THE
1956-02-06, WRCA, min.
Fidel Castro, Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary, Fulgencio Batista

Tex McCrary interviews movie director Elia Kazan. More on Fidel Castro from Havana. Castro in a press conference, says he is a Communist and a believer in "real democracy." Description of the scene at the Spots Palace where Batista's men are being tried for "war crimes."                                                                             
#9496: TONITE! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1956-02-29, NBC, 58 min.
Steve Allen, Andy Williams, Edward G. Robinson, Irving Caesar, George Gershwin, Victor Moore, Oscar Hammerstein,, William Gaxton

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

A tribute to George Gershwin.  Steve Allen is joined by many admiring show business celebrities for this special broadcasts.       
#9498: TONITE! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1956-03-06, NBC, 20 min.
Steve Allen, Andy Williams, Hoagy Carmichael, Pat Kirby

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

A segment Tribute to Hoagy Carmichael, who sings several of his songs and reminiscences with Steve Allen. Joining Steve are Pat Kirby and Andy Williams.           
#5893K: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1956-03-23, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen, Jackie Cain

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.                                                                                                                 
#6974: TODAY SHOW, THE
1956-06-24, NBC, 17 min.
Jerry Lewis, Jack Lescoulie, Dean Martin, Fay Emerson

Broadcast from Atlantic City at Paul D'Amato's 500 Club where Martin and Lewis were originally booked as singles and started to clown together to form a history-making combination. This live telecast would be the next to last broadcast for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis before they would split for good. Their last telecast came five days later when they hosted an MD    telethon from Carnegie Hall, June 29th and 30th.             
#13014A: HY GARDNER SHOW, THE
1956-07-01, WRCA, 10 min.
Hy Gardner, Milton Berle, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Boshnick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hy Gardner interviews Elvis Presley, hours after he appeared on The Sunday Night STEVE ALLEN SHOW, singing "HOUND DOG."
This short interview would be the only one that Presley would agree to do on television. Milton Berle was the catalyst for making this appearance happen.                                                                                                                   
#13014: HY GARDNER SHOW, THE
1956-10-09, WRCA, 4 min.
Hy Gardner, Henny Youngman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hy Gardner interviews comedian Henny Youngman.                                                                                         
#13016: TEX AND JINX SHOW, THE
1956-10-20, WNBC, 12 min.
Jinx Falkenburg, Omar Bradley, Laurence Olivier, Tex McCrary, William Faulkner, Frank Lloyd Wright

Tex McCrary interviews William Faulkner who discusses Southern prejudice, Frank Lloyd Wright comments on the lack of women architects, General Omar Bradley discusses D-Day decisions, and actor Laurence Olivier talks about nose make-up. Also included is a Coca-Cola commercial.                                       
#13043: NIGHT BEAT WITH MIKE WALLACE
1956-10-31, WABD, 11 min.
Mike Wallace, Robert Wagner, Adlai Stevenson, Dwight Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, Max Lerner

October 90, 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 interviews Max Lerner of the NY Post who comments on the Middle East crises and makes a prediction that Adlai Stevenson will be elected the next President of the United States and New York City Mayor Robert Wagner will be a United States Senator from New York. He also predicts that John Foster Dulle's days as Secretary of State are over. Mike Wallace reviews current headlines.                                               
#13046: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1956-10-31, WRCA, 19 min.
Tallulah Bankhead, Jinx Falkenburg, Earl Wilson, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Tex McCrary, John Foster Dulles, James Wechsler

Guests are journalist James Wechsler who discusses the Middle East crisis and relationship to the coming presidential election, Tex McCrary with Tallulah Bankhead who comments on her dislike for Vice-President Richard Nixon, calls him "tricky Dickey." She also accuses President Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles of appeasement during the current Middle East crisis.                                                
#13092: NIGHT BEAT WITH MIKE WALLACE
1956-11-14, WABD, 14 min.
Harry S. Truman, Mike Wallace, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Drew Pearson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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. 

Mike Wallace interviews Washington columnist Drew Pearson, who attacks Vice-President Nixon on his past actions, He discusses Eisenhower and Nixon, Harry Truman, and FDR.                                                          
#13091: HY GARDNER CALLING
1956-11-14, WRCA, 8 min.
Hy Gardner, Hedda Hopper, Michael Todd

HY GARDNER CALLING - Sunday Night, half hour broadcasts, 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

January 28, 1957 - ? Hy Gardner ten minute segments "Face to Face" on TONIGHT! (New format replacing Steve Allen)
revised format series hosted by Jack Lescoulie. 

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

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

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

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 26, 1964-January 10, 1965 WOR one hour weekly broadcasts 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 Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper who comments on such topics as unfavorable cleavage, her hats, increasing lengths of Hollywood movies, and Mike Todd's "Around The World in Eighty Days."                                                                           
#13098: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1956-11-18, WRCA, 26 min.
Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary, William ODwyer

Tex McCrary and his wife Jinx Falkenburg interview William O'Dwyer, former Mayor of New York City. O'Dwyer recalls the early days of the UN in New York City and some recollections of O'Dwyer's earlier life in New York.                         
#13104: HY GARDNER CALLING
1956-11-28, WRCA, 3 min.
Hy Gardner, Harry S. Truman, Irving Fisher

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's guest is Irving Fisher, a double for President Harry S. Truman.
                                                                                                                          
#13107: TEX AND JINX SHOW, THE
1956-11-30, WRCA, 3 min.
Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary

Hosts Tex McCrary and his wife Jinx Falkenburg reminisce about Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th, 1941.                                       
#13111: HY GARDNER CALLING
1956-12-02, WRCA, 6 min.
Jimmy Durante, Hy Gardner, Salvatore Dali

HY GARDNER CALLING - Sunday Night, half hour broadcasts, weekly, WRCA Ch. 4 New York City -11:15pm - 11:45pm, 11:30pm - 12:00am  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

January 28, 1957 - ? Hy Gardner ten minute segments "Face to Face" on TONIGHT! (New format replacing Steve Allen)
revised format series hosted by Jack Lescoulie. 

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

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

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

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 26, 1964-January 10, 1965 WOR one hour weekly broadcasts 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 Jimmy Durante who recalls his early days in show business, Salvatore Dali explains his new technique using bullets.                                                                                                    
#13118: NIGHT BEAT WITH MIKE WALLACE
1956-12-12, WABD, 22 min.
Mike Wallace, H.V. Kaltenborn

October 9, 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. 

Mike Wallace interviews journalist H.V. Kaltenborn, joined in progress.

NOTE: Phil Gries in conversation with Mike Wallace donated this "lost" much often sought after broadcast to Wallace. He had little recall related to what was talked about or subject matter, and was astonished when listening to the air check.                                                                                    
#13121: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1956-12-18, WRCA, 40 min.
Jackie Robinson, Nelson Rockefeller, Marilyn Monroe, Elia Kazan, Jinx Falkenburg, Marian Anderson, Sol Hurok, Tex McCrary, Nelson Rockerfeller

Broadcast from 10:00pm to Midnight. Jackie Robinson is interviewed by Tex McCrary. Jackie discusses Branch Rickey

The guests are Jackie Robinson, Elia Kazan, and Marilyn Monroe.
Tex talks to Jackie about his recent trade from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the New York Giants and discusses the Dodgers acquisition of pitcher Sal "The Barber" Maglie who helped the team to win their final pennant in Brooklyn. Movie director Elia Kazan comments on the C-rating his latest movie "Baby Doll" received from the Catholic Church, Marilyn Monroe comments favorably on the film released on the day of this broadcast, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller comments on the Urban League community, Marian Anderson and Sol Hurok are the recipients of the 1956 Urban League awards.

NOTE: The Brooklyn Dodgers traded Jackie Robinson to rival New York Giants on Thursday, December 13, 1956, five days before this broadcast aired. At the time Jackie Robinson was 37 years old. He was traded for Giant pitcher Dick Littlefield and $30,000. ROBINSON REFUSED to report to the Giants, forcing a cancellation of the deal. Robinson would later say that he didin't spurn the Giants, but had planned to retire because of declining health and a desire to pursue business opportunities.

Breaking the major league league baseball's color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, he was a six-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year and won the MVP in 1949. In his tenth and final season, he hit .275 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs in 117 games. Jackie Robinson retired with a career .311 bating average, 947 runs scored and 197 stolen bases, the most memorable his steal of home in the first inning in game one of the 1955 World Series against the New York Yankees who had beaten the Brooklyn Dodgers the past five World Series they had played against one another (1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953).                                                                                                      
#13120: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1956-12-18, WRCA, 40 min.
Jackie Robinson, Nelson Rockefeller, Marilyn Monroe, Elia Kazan, Jinx Falkenburg, Marian Anderson, Sol Hurok, Tex McCrary, Nelson Rockerfeller

Broadcast from 10:00pm to Midnight. Jackie Robinson is interviewed by Tex McCrary. Jackie discusses Branch Rickey

The guests are Jackie Robinson, Elia Kazan, and Marilyn Monroe.
Tex talks to Jackie about his recent trade, five days before on December 13th, from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the New York Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield, and $30,000. Robinson refused to report to the Giants forcing cancellation of the deal and his subsequent announcement of his retirement the following month. Robinson discusses the Dodgers acquisition of pitcher Sal "The Barber" Maglie who helped the team to win their final pennant in Brooklyn. 
Movie director Elia Kazan comments on the C-rating his latest movie "Baby Doll" received from the Catholic Church, Marilyn Monroe comments favorably on the film released on the day of this broadcast, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller comments on the Urban League community, Marian Anderson and Sol Hurok are the recipients of the 1956 Urban League awards. 

NOTE: Jackie Robinson would later say that he didn't spurn the New York Giants, but had planned to retire because of declining health, and a desire to pursue business opportunities. Robinson retired with a career .311 batting average, 947 runs scored and 197 stolen bases, the most notable his steal of home in game one of the 1955 World Series.                                                                                                                   
#13122B: TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
1956-12-26, WRCA, 00 min.
Joe Louis, Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary, John Foster Dulles

Guest Joe Louis ex-heavyweight champion, talks about his song, "He Can Run, But He Can't Hide," sung by Billy Eckstine. Louis also recalls his past ring career and his tax problems with the United States Government, Jinx comments on the future of color television. John Foster Dulles, Time Magazine's Man Of The Year for 1954.                                       
#13123: TEX AND JINX SHOW, THE
1956-12-28, WRCA, 60 min.
Dag Hammarskjold, Mickey Mantle, Grace Kelly, Nikita Khrushchev, Jinx Falkenburg, Adlai Stevenson, Richard Nixon, Martin Luther King, Tex McCrary, John Foster Dulles, Imre Nagy, Jawaharlal Nehru, Prince Rainier, John Burns, Ben Gurian, Josip Tito, Gamal Nasser

Broadcast from "Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria" from the NBC studios in New York City, The MAN OF THE YEAR show, which originated in 1947 by Time Magazine. 

Highlights: "Man Of The Year" search for 1956, a review of 1956 personalities featuring the voices of Imre Nagy of Hungary, Nikita Khrushchev, General Josip Tito, Gamal Nassar, Ben Gurian, Dag  Hammarskjold, Jawaharlal Nehru, General John Burns (commander of the UN police force in Egypt), Prince Rainier of Monaco, Grace Kelly, Mickey Mantle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Adlai Stevenson, John Foster Dulles, Richard Nixon. Jinx Falkenburg previews color television for 1957 and its future, and Stereophonic Sound. 
Man of the year is President Dwight D. Eisenhower. We hear excerpts from his June 12, 1945 speech in London, 1952 & 1956 acceptance speech at Republican convention, and comments he made related to Anglo-French-Israel invasion.                                                     
#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.                                                                                               
#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.                                                                                                                               
#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.                      
#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.                                                               
#13168: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-04-28, ABC, 22 min.
Mike Wallace, Gloria Swanson

April 28th, 1957- April 18th, 1968 (with Mike Wallace) continuing till September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.
On this debut show, Mike interviews actress Gloria Swanson.

Series Premiere.  

NOTE:
   Status of The Mike Wallace Interview
A total of 72 episodes of The Mike Wallace Interview were broadcast by ABC between 1957 and 1958. The series premiered on April 28th, 1957 and was sponsored by Phillip Morris through the April 18th, 1958 episode. The Fund for the Republic then sponsored a 13-week set of interviews entitled “Liberty and Freedom” (one of which was never broadcast) followed by an additional six episodes. The final broadcast took place on September 14th, 1958.

My article about The Mike Wallace Interview can be found here.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has 66 of the 72 episodes of The Mike Wallace Interview. Five are only available as audio recordings while the rest are kinescopes that have been digitized and made available for viewing online. The Ransom Center also has a transcript of the Ben Hecht interview (broadcast February 25th, 1958) but no audio or video. One of the episodes the Ransom Center does not have a copy of is the controversial Mickey Cohen broadcast from May 19th, 1957.

According to Steve Winston, Associate Curator of Film at the Ransom Center, “There are reports that the BBC still has some excerpts though we have not been able to locate the specific department that might hold them. Other than that, the interview appears to be lost.” Audio of the Cohen episode is part of Archival Television Audio, Inc. collection.

Also missing from the Ransom Center’s collection are the two retractions read by ABC’s Oliver Treyz on May 27th and December 14th. According to Winston, “We have no idea why the footage was not included in the kinescope. We don’t know if they were removed later, or if they were never recorded in the first place.” Archival Television Audio, Inc. has the May 27th retraction read by Treyz.

The UCLA Film & Television Archive has two episodes of the series: the Cyrus Eaton interview that is audio only at the Ransom Center and the Ben Hecht interview that the Ransom Center only has a transcript for. Both the Museum of Broadcasting and The Paley Center for Media have several episodes that are also part of the Ransom Center’s collection.

(According to a December 1957 article in The Los Angeles Times, a filmed “stand-by interview” with Evelyn Rudie was always ready to be used in the event a guest didn’t show up. It is not included in the episode count and its current whereabouts are unknown.)

Abbreviations:                                             
#13177: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-05-05, ABC, 26 min.
Mike Wallace, Eldon Edwards

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

The Guest is Eldon Edwards, the "Imperial Wizard" of the Klu Klux Klan.

                                                
#13190A: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-05-19, ABC, 28 min.
Mike Wallace, Mickey Cohen, William H. Parker, Oliver Treyz

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958 (ABC)

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews gangster Mickey Cohen. Cohen discusses the rackets and calls the Los Angeles police chief William H. Parker "a sadistic degenerate."  
 
Also included, the opening of the "lost" Mike Wallace Interview, broadcast, the following week, May 26, 1958:
Host Mike Wallace issues an apology and retracts the statements made by Mickey Cohen, the week before, that adversely reflected the character of Los Angeles police chief William H.Parker and others.

Vice President of ABC TV Oliver Treyz appears and retracts all statements Mickey Cohen made adversely reflecting the character of the Los Angeles  Police Chief William H. Parker,  and others.

NOTE: The vast majority of the 72 episodes of ABC’s The Mike Wallace Interview are collected (and have been digitized) at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Several of those episodes exist solely on audio. However, one of the most controversial episodes–in which Wallace interviewed Mickey Cohen–is not part of the Ransom collection. Nor can it be found at any of the other big four television archives.

It can, however, be found at Archival Television Audio, Inc. ATA has the complete Mickey Cohen episode (originally broadcast May 19th, 1957). It also has the retraction read by ABC’s Oliver Treyz the following week, October 26, 1957; Ransom has this episode (with Senator Wayne Morse) but the retraction by Treyz is not included nor is a brief retraction by Wallace himself. 
                                                                                                                        
#13190: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-05-19, ABC, 25 min.
Mike Wallace, Mickey Cohen, William H. Parker

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958 (ABC)

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews gangster Mickey Cohen. Cohen discusses the rackets and calls the Los Angeles police chief William H. Parker "a sadistic degenerate."  
 
NOTE: The vast majority of the 72 episodes of ABC’s The Mike Wallace Interview are collected (and have been digitized) at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Several of those episodes exist solely on audio. However, one of the most controversial episodes–in which Wallace interviewed Mickey Cohen–is not part of the Ransom collection. Nor can it be found at any of the other big four television archives.

It can, however, be found at Archival Television Audio, Inc. ATA has the complete Mickey Cohen episode (originally broadcast May 19th, 1957). It also has the retraction read by ABC’s Oliver Treyz the following week, October 26, 1957; Ransom has this episode (with Senator Wayne Morse) but the retraction by Treyz is not included nor is a brief retraction by Wallace himself. 
                                                                                                           
#13193: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-05-26, ABC, 19 min.
Mike Wallace, Mickey Cohen, Wayne Morse, William H. Parker, Oliver Treyz

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Host Mike Wallace issues an apology and retracts the statements made by Mickey Cohen, the week before, that adversely reflected the character of Los Angeles police chief William H.Parker and others.

Vice President of ABC TV Oliver Treys appears and retracts all statements Mickey Cohen made adversely reflecting the character of the Los Angeles  Police Chief William H. Parker,  and others.

Wallace interviews Wayne Morse, Democratic Senator from Oregon.

                                                                                         
#13201: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-06-30, ABC, 25 min.
Mike Wallace, Chuck Kelly

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews "Commando" Chuck Kelly, a World War 11 hero. He discusses his misfortunes in civilian life, his business failures, Pollyanna attitudes, wartime experiences, his feelings about killing Germans, the Red Cross, the American Legion, and WACS.                                                                
#13203: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-07-07, ABC, 25 min.
Steve Allen, Mike Wallace

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews Steve Allen. Topics include his feud with Ed Sullivan, ratings, and programming. He comments on American journalist Westbrook Pegler, and Eddie Cantor. 
                                                               
#13206: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-07-14, ABC, 12 min.
Mike Wallace, Diana Barrymore

April 28th, 1957-September 14th, 1958-ABC

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews actress Diana Barrymore.                                                
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