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JEROME KERN MEMORIAL
A tribute to musical composer Jerome Kern.
BROOKLYN DODGERS VS NEW YORK GIANTS BASEBALL GAME (1950)
Roy Campanella, Red Barber, Jackie Robinson, Alvin Dark, Leo Durocher, Ralph Branca, Pee Wee Reese, Hank Thompson, Whitey Lockman, Eddie Stanky, Wes Westrum, Carl Furillo, Don Mueller, George Shuba, Jim Russell, Bobby Morgan, Dan Bankhead, Cal Abrams, Jack Banta, Jack Harshman, Jack Kramer, Sheldon Jones, Pete Milne, Burt Shotton, Connie Desmond
Brooklyn Dodgers - 7 New York Giants 6
From Ebbets Field the fourth game of the 1950 season, and the first regularly scheduled Brooklyn Dodger game to be Nationally broadcast.
Highlights include first Black Pitcher in Major League history, Dan Bankhead, starting the game for the Brooklyn Dodgers who hits a double in his first time at bat. Gil Hodges hits a home-run.
Calling the play by play on this radio broadcast are Red Barber and Connie Desmond.
AL JOLSON MEMORIAL
A tribute to jazz singer and entertainer Al Jolson who died on October 23rd, 1950.
SALUTE TO BING CROSBY
CBS salutes Bing Crosby on his 20th year in radio.
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN REVUE SPECIAL
Jack Benny, Gordon MacRae, Mary Martin, Richard Rodgers, Ed Sullivan, Groucho Marx, Yul Brynner, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Martin, Patricia Morrison, Jan Clayton, John Rait, Ezio Pinza, Oscar Hammerstein
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the General Foods Corporation has taken over the NBC and CBS networks from 8:00 to 9:30 P.M. to present highlights from the musical productions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd. The shows to be represented in this review of eleven years of musical-comedy achievement are: Oklahoma, Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, and Me and Juliet.
Clarence Francis, chairman of General Foods, opens the program which is hosted by Mary Martin. The first musical number, "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," sung by Gordon MacRae, comes from "Oklahoma!", Rodgers and Hammerstein's first musical collaboration together. Jack Benny then appears in a sketch in which he recalls buying a ticket to "Carousel" for only six dollars and sixty cents. Then John Raitt sings "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan," and is joined by Jan Clayton in singing "If I Loved You"; both songs are from "Carousel." After Martin sings "It Might as Well Be Spring," from the score to the movie "State Fair," Edgar Bergen and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy, introduce Bill Hayes and Janice Rule in "You Are Never Away," from the musical "Allegro." The following segment is an excerpt from Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life" television series, in which he interviews Rodgers and Hammerstein. Then Martin and Ezio Pinza perform "Some Enchanted Evening," and Martin sings "A Wonderful Guy." Both pieces are from the musical "South Pacific." Ed Sullivan then introduces excerpts from "The King and I," which feature Patricia Morison singing "Getting to Know You," with dancing by Michiko, as well as Yul Brynner performing "A Puzzlement." Jack Benny returns to showcase Tony Martin in "The Big Black Giant" and Rosemary Clooney in "No Other Love"; both pieces are from "Me and Juliet." The program ends with MacRae and Florence Henderson performing a duet from "Oklahoma!" titled "People Will Say We're in Love."
THE TEX AND JINX SHOW. JANUARY 31, 1955. WRCA, NEW YORK CITY. COMMERCIALS DELETED.
Tex McCrary, David Sarnoff
The Tex and Jinx Show. January 31, 1955. WRCA, New York City. Commercials deleted. Tex McCrary introduces a recording of General David Sarnoff speaking at a meeting of the American Institue of Electrical Engineers earlier in the day. Jinx is not heard on this recording. Sarnoff recalls a January, 1902 banquet honoring Guglielmo Marconi (he must have had a good memory, Sarnoff was 12-years-old at the time). Sarnoff then goes on to predict television magnetic tape recording, video recordings in the home, the elimination of vacuum tubes (the first transistor radio went on sale later that year) and, "The RCA Music Sound Synthesizer" (the first one was installed by RCA in 1957). The synthesizer demonstration selected by Mr. Sarnoff Sarnoff also predicts, "Mural Television," with flat screens that you can hang on a wall, which is now predominant in homes all over the world.
MUSIC OF GERSHWIN, THE
Tony Bennett, Ethel Merman, Alfred Drake, Cab Calloway, Richard Hayman, Lawrence Winters, Camilla Williams
Presented on "MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS." A ninety minute spectacular salute to George Gershwin, with over fifteen vocal songs presented and over a dozen instrumentals.
TEX AND JINX RADIO SHOW, THE
Rock Hudson, James Dean, George Stevens, Barry Farber, Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles, Jinx Falkenburg, Mercedes McCambridge, Tex McCrary, William Boyd, Hopalong Cassidy
Tex and Jinx broadcast history:
April 22, 1946- February 27, 1959.
WEAF (WNBC, WRCA), New York weekdays at 8:30 A.M. until 1954; at 1:00pm,1954-1955; then at 6:30 and 10:35pm until July 31, 1958, moving to WOR broadcasting at 2:15pm.
Broadcast on WRCA FM RADIO in New York City.
PREMIER NIGHT ON LOCATION OF THE MOTION PICTURE "GIANT" starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, and Mercedes McCambridge who talk about working with the late James Dean, their character roles played in the film and their adulation for the director George Stevens.
Jinx Falkenburg interviews director George Stevens who praises Elizabeth Taylor for her performance in "Giant." He states that after directing her in "A Place in the Sun," he knew that she had great talent and was destined to become a great motion picture actess.
Jinx Falkenburg and Steven's lament the defeat of the Brooklyn Dodgers to the New York Yankees in the World Series.
Mike Todd and Elizabeth Taylor arrive at the theater. Taylor praises George Stevens allowing for the actors to interpret their own characters as they thought best. She praises James Dean and states that if he had lived he would have become one of the finest actors of his time.
Rock Hudson discusses working with James Dean on the movie "Giant" which is premiering tonight in New York City. He states that he only got to know Dean casually and that he was aloof. He and Dean only did two scenes together in the film. Hudson describes his early years in Hollywood and his mentor director Raoul Walsh who gave him his first part in a motion picture as an extra ("Fighting Squadron").
Mercedes McCambridge who will be nominated for the best-supporting actress in "Giant," also discusses working with James Dean, and his kindness to her. She probably knew Dean best of anyone. McCambridge sates that James Dean had a very strained and difficult relationship with director George Stevens. He debated the academy award director of many films on how he should perform, even though "Giant" was his third film.
Mercedes relates her love of working in radio and her relationship with Orson Welles who introduced her to her husband to be.
Also a rare interview with William (Hopalong Cassidy), Boyd, who discusses his career and memories working with Clark Gable ("Painted Desert" 1931), and his appreciation of the iconic character Hopalong Cassidy he has played on the screen since 1935 to 1948 (a second career).
NOTE: This may be the only extant broadcast interview of William Boyd discussing his early career and his thoughts on playing the role of Hopalong Cassidy.
NOTE: This broadcast was audio recorded the night of the New York City premiere of "GIANT" on Wednesday, November 10, 1956, the day the Brooklyn Dodgers played their final world series game as a franchise. Both Jinx Falkenburg and George Stevens comment on the sad loss that day.
This premiere coverage was broadcast the following evening on "Tex and Jinx," Thursday, November 11th.
TRIBUTE TO HUMPHREY BOGART
W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, .Humphrey Bogart, George Fisher, John Barrymoore, John Dekker, Charles Butterworth, Mark Hellinger, Mike Romenoff
From Hollywood NBC Radio pays tribute to Humphrey Bogart on the eve of his funeral, scheduled for the next day at noon.
Hosted by Bogart's long time friend, George Fisher who plays excerpts of telephone recorded conversations he had with Bogart over the years. Heard, is a 1951 conversation of Bogart discussing the making of AFRICAN QUEEN...his relationship with co-star Katherine Hepburn...a 1952 conversation discussing the birth of his daughter, Leslie, the day before...a 1953 phone conversation about planning to do a fourth film with his wife Lauren Bacall...reminisces about his friendships with John Barrymoore, W.C. Fields, John Huston, John Dekker, Charles Butterworth, Mark Hellinger, Greta Garbo and Mike
Other conversation touches on Bogart's love of Scotch and his own reputation of being a "character."
John Huston, who directed Bogart in five motion pictures, and life long friend, gives his own personal tribute to his pal "Boggie." He will be giving the eulogy at Humphrey Bogart's funeral tomorrow, January 17, 1957.
TEXACO COMMAND APPEARANCE
Steve Allen, Rudy Vallee, Ed Wynn, Keenan Wynn, Beatrice Lillie, Jack Palance, Alfred Drake, Janet Blair, Jill Corey, Rod Alexander, Billie Burke, Mimi Benzell
A special tribute to Ed Wynn who has been in show business for 55 years. To celebrate Wynn's long career, which has recently enjoyed a rebirth, Alfred Drake emcees a one our salute originating in New York and Hollywood. This is the first in a series of such salutes to be spotted occasionally during the 1957-1958 television season.
NOTE: Unlike seasons past, when one shot TV events were televised and called "spectaculars" NBC will use the word "special" related to any show not aired on a regular basis.
CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
Nikita Khrushchev, Ron Cochran, Dwight Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, James R. Killian
Highlights: President Eisenhower in a speech before the US to calm fears on Russian Sputnik, US plans to accelerate research and space program appoints Dr. James Killian as special assistant on science to avoid research waste, Russians celebrate their 40th anniversary, display military might, Secretary of State Dulles rejects Khrushchev's high-level talks.
FRIARS CLUB "MAN OF THE HOUR" HONORING ED SULLIVAN, THE
Walter Cronkite, Ed Sullivan, Jack Carter, Morey Amsterdam, Jack E. Leonard, Joe E. Lewis, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Nat Hiken
The New York City Friars Club honors Ed Sullivan for his ten years on television.
An excerpt audio air check of Friars Club members honoring Sullivan include Joe E. Lewis, Jack E. Leonard, Jack Carter, Morey Amsterdam, Walter Cronkite, and Wayne and Shuster.
NOTE: This broadcast was aired in the time slot normally seen as The Ed Sullivan Show, 8-9pm Sunday evenings.
This program is a video tape of a recent Friar's Club Testimonial Dinner staged by Nat Hiken. It was to be the first of many Friar's Club dinners to be televised under the over-all title "Man of the Hour.' In actuality it was the only one that was produced and broadcasts.
OPEN END WITH DAVID SUSSKIND: "METHOD OR MADNESS?"
David Susskind, Patricia Neal, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Lawrence Harvey, Jule Styne, Ben Gazarra, Michael Benthal
The oldest surviving archived remnant of a David Susskind OPEN END television broadcast is a WNTA TV December 23,1958 kinescope 20 minute segment of a broadcast titled "Method or Madness?" The topic, "method acting" with guests Michael Benthal, Ben Gazarra, Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Lawrence Harvey, Jule Styne , and Patricia Neal.
NOTE: Archival Television Audio, Inc. has a rare 90 second pristine sound recorded excerpt air check representing this early earliest extant OPEN END broadcast.
Originally scheduled to premiere on October 7, but delayed one week.
October 14, 1958 - August 13, 1961
OPEN END with David Susskind: (WNTA Channel 13 Television)
September 10, 1961-May 5, 1963
OPEN END with David Susskind (WNEW Channel 5 Television)
June 9, 1963 last show of the season broadcast on WPIX TV.
October 13, 1963-September 18, 1966
OPEN END with David Susskind (WPIX Channel 11 Television)
October 2, 1966-September, 1986
DAVID SUSSKIND SHOW (SYNDICATED, PBS, and COMMERCIAL STATIONS, including WNEW, New York).
After an association of nearly three decades with Channel 5 in New York, the former WNEW-TV, later changed to WNYW-TV, David Susskind stopped producing the program in September 1986 because of its late-night time slot, from 1:30 to 3:30 A.M. Sunday nights. His audience like his iconic talk show dwindled not only in its following but in the ratings. Susskind knew when to quit. His last David Susskind Show aired only five months from the time of his death.
Open End with David Susskind was a break through talk show which literally had no time limit.
The premiere broadcast reviewed in Variety stated:
"In the blueprint stage, OPEN END was initiated on WNTA-TV on Tuesday October 14th the same night 'The World of Suzie Wong' premiered on Broadway. When the show is going slowly, then Susskind has the right to end it as soon as he likes; when it's going well , he can stretch it the night through since "OPEN END" is the last scheduled WNTA program of the night."
The show ended when host, moderator David Susskind, felt all conversation points were discussed. Some of these marathon telecasts lasted over four hours! Jean Kennedy was the producer during the 28 year run of the series.
The series premiered and aired on WNTA Channel 13 in New York for three years, an independent broadcast station, before it would become a Public Broadcast Station in 1962. A myriad of talk show guests, famous, infamous and unknown, found a forum on OPEN END. Subjects varied focusing on usually one topic...show business, politics, the economy, sex, education, crime, etc. Typically, many guests would discuss a subject sitting around a large table with David Susskind moderating, leading his guests with baited questions. On occasion a solo guest would highlight the show.
For the first three years, of its 28 year existence as a regular series, WNTA TV was home to OPEN END which originally began its broadcasts on Tuesday nights, switching on January 18, 1959 to Sunday nights...a future Sunday evening time slot of the week where it would remain until 1986, for the rest of its run.
After broadcasting with a two hour truncated format on WNEW form September 10, 1961 to May 5, 1963 a falling out and rift occurred between Susskind and WNEW management centered on WNEW's reluctance to air discussions regarding race relations in America. WPIX reacted with interest in bringing OPEN END to their flagship New York channel. For the last OPEN END show of the 1962-1963 season WPIX TOOK LAST MINUTE EMERGENCY MEASURES TO CLEAR TWO HOURS ON SUNDAY NIGHT June 9, 1963, featuring solo guest Dr. Martin Luther KIng, pre-empting regular scheduled programming (6:30-8:30 pm).
Open End was later cut by WPIX to one hour time slot. David Susskind not satisfied with the shortened format reconnected with WNEW where he returned to a two hour format with a changed program name.
THE DAVID SUSSKIND SHOW had its return premiere on WNEW TV October 2, 1966.
The David Susskind Show also found syndication across the country and each market would run the program at different times at their own discretion.
Most all of the telecasts were recorded on video tape, 2" quadruplex. Most shows were kept for a year or two like THE MOVIE MAKERS broadcast which was re-run on August 6, 1961 almost a year after it was first telecast on October 2, 1960. By this time the show was no longer without a time limit. It ran for a finite three hours long. Thus the re-run of the MOVIE MAKERS had some footage deleted from its original run which aired for over three and half hours, including commercials.
The re-run of "THE MOVIE MAKERS" was the next to last broadcast telecast on WNTA channel 13. On September 10, 1961 the show moved to WNEW Channel 5 METROMEDIA in New York.
Sadly, most all of OPEN END broadcasts (1958-1966), later re titled THE DAVID SUSSKIND SHOW (1966-1986), were wiped erased, destroyed, discarded...whereabouts unknown, representing most shows produced and telecast during the late 1950's, 1960's and early 1970's. Only a handful of OPEN END / DAVID SUSSKIND shows are known to survive from 1958 thru 1969. Hundreds of programs survive representing the middle 1970's thru 1986.
Open End with David Susskind was a unique break through talk with no time limit, rare during any time in television broadcast history, and never to be replicated in the future of television broadcasting after 1960.
On occasion only one guest would be profiled. Mostly shows were comprised of many individuals discussing one topic which included race relations, the draft, organized crime, the Hollywood scene, the politics of the times, sex-change operations, divorce, clairvoyants, psychoanalysis, prostitution, etc.
Sadly, most all of OPEN END broadcasts, later re titled THE DAVID SUSSKIND SHOW, commencing with the Oct. 2, 1966 broadcast, were wiped (erased), destroyed, discarded...whereabouts unknown, representing most shows produced and telecast during the late 1950's, 1960's and early 1970's. Hundreds of broadcasts circa mid 1970's - 1986 have been archived and are extant.
Rediscovering David Susskind
May 17, 2016 by Cary O’Dell
David Susskind was one of the most prolific yet overlooked producers in the history of American film and television.
Eight years after OPEN END had changed its name to The David Susskind Show, it was videotaped weekly in New York City and then syndicated across the nation, most often over PBS stations. Each episode typically addressing two topics. Given the show’s 28 year run, a full list of David Susskind Show topics, airdates, and guests runs to a staggering 160-plus pages.
The depth and breadth of subjects discussed on Susskind—not to mention his star-studded guest lists—reads like an annotated history for the second half of the 20th century. A very small sample:
1959: “Words and Wit” with guests Truman Capote, Dorothy Parker, and Norman Mailer
1960: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev
1963:“LSD: Madness or Miracle?”
1965: “4 Draftees in a Hot Debate on Going to Viet Nam”
1966: “Are Cigarettes a Killer?”
Unfortunately, the majority of Susskind talk programs from the late 1950's and 1960s do not survive—either lost, destroyed or taped over. But what remains makes for fascinating viewing. Consider:
1971: “What It Means to Be a Homosexual”
1972: “Nice White People Scream ‘Blacks Stay Out of Our Neighborhood!’”
1972: “Is A Woman’s Body Her Business?—The Abortion Battle”
1976: “Why the Rich Get a Kick from Cocaine”
1982: “Video Game Craze”
At the time of David Susskind’s passing in February 1987, his videotape archive (most of it on 2” Quadruplex) was so vast it was divided up between different institutions, including the Paley Center (then the Museum of Television & Radio) in New York, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, and the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research in Madison.
But that wasn’t the end of the archive’s travels; only Wisconsin, whose collection includes most of Susskind’s fictional productions, has retained its holdings. The Museum of Broadcast Communications transferred its tapes to University of Southern California in the late 1990s. In 1992, the Paley Center—facing severe space issues—transferred their copies of Susskind’s talk show to the Library of Congress where they are now stored in Culpeper, Virginia.
We (The Library of Congress) hold almost 350 episodes of The David Susskind Show, the great majority of them unseen since their original broadcast. While some are still awaiting preservation—and, in some cases, identification due to insufficient labeling on the original tapes—a great many have been transferred, including a 1982 episode featuring Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and Susskind’s wife Joyce Susskind, who occasionally served as co-host on the show. These shows are an extraordinary time machine, a fascinating glimpse into our culture, and featuring a very brave host and his often fearlessly candid guests.
Archived in the collection of Archival Television Audio, Inc. are 42 "lost" OPEN END broadcasts (1958-1966...some excerpt, some complete), including the very first extended talk show Woody Allen ever appeared (broadcast December 25, 1961). In 1997 Phil Gries, who personally audio recorded this complete program, gave a copy to Allen who had been searching for this broadcast for thirty years. It began a correspondence relationship with Woody Allen that continues to this day, having received 35 anecdotal letters from him during a span of 26 years.
PROJECT 20: MEET MR. LINCOLN
Thomas Mitchell, Alexander Scourby, Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Donald B. Hyatt, Abraham Lincoln
September 13, 1954 - May 27, 1970
A portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of his birth. This program concentrates on the final four years of Lincoln's life and his presidency. Thomas Mitchell introduces the program, and does one commercial for the sponsor, (The Lincoln Life Insurance Company). This presentation was a repeat of its premiere airing one year before, February 11, 1959. Alexander Scourby narrates from Richard Hanser's script, quoting mostly in the words of Abraham Lincoln. Robert Russell Bennett's score incorporates songs of the time. Donald B. Hyatt produced and directed. This broadcast received many outstanding awards but was never aired again.
For this extraordinary documentary producer Donald B. Hyatt developed the "stills-in-motion" technique which involved the animation of thousands of still photographs and non filmed visual materials. However, just listening to the narrative sound track by Alexander Scourby, the incredible score, using music of the times, orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett, coupled with the narrative written by Richard Hanser, including salient quotations expressed by President Abraham Lincoln, makes for an exhilarating interpretation, insight and appreciation of Lincoln's presidency, and what he endured during his administration during the Civil War (1861-1865).
In 1954 Henry Solomon, along with Donald B. Hyatt, Issac Kleinerman, Richard Hanser, and Robert Russell Bennett, began production on a group of compilation documentaries they named PROJECT 20. Salomon and company periodically produced special broadcasts for NBC recreating the lives, events, periods, and trends of the 1900's through an effective marriage of archival news film and still photos, long before contemporary Ken Burns picked up the baton to do similar approach documentaries broadcast on PBS beginning in the 1980's.
There were 33 produced Project 20 NBC Specials in the series. Eleven of them were enhanced with narration provided by the mellifluous Alexander Scourby. The series became universally recognized as one of American television's most enduring and honored series, winning hundreds of national and international awards for broadcasts, including two prime time Emmy Awards.
ELEANOR ROSEVELT ROOSEVELT DIAMOND JUBILEE PLUS ONE, THE
Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt
Bob Hope is the host for a 75th birthday salute plus one and career tribute to Mrs. Eleanor Rossevelt. David Susskind is the executive producer.
This is an excerpted duplicate of #7112 which is complete
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: DIAMOND JUBILEE PLUS ONE
Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, David Susskind, Richard M. Nixon, Mary Martin, Richard Rodgers, John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope, Mahalia Jackson, George Burns, Eleanor Roosevelt, Carol Channing, Joanne Woodward, Lucille Ball, Omar Bradley, Nat King Cole, John F. Kenndy, Irene Dunne, Reginald Rose, Tom Dooley
SPECIAL BROADCAST SALUTE
Mrs. FDR was 75 a year ago and as a plus one year follow up, a tribute to her (and the Eleanor Roosevelt Cancer Research Foundation located in Denver Colorado) by admirers in and out of show business. Many perform during this one-hour celebration special broadcast.
Bob Hope hosts this program which presents show business personalities and other prominent people.
Executive Producer, David Susskind.
Written for Television by Reginald Rose.
NOTE: Occasional original slight broadcast audio hum.
TRIBUTE TO A PATRIOT
Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Stewart, Merrill Mueller, Bobby Jones, Richard M. Nixon, Jawaharial Nehru, James A. Van Fleet, Konrad Adenauer, Harold Macmillan
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, on the eve of his departure from the White House, is given a special tribute. James Stewart is narrator and there are salutes from Merrill Mueller, Bobby Jones, Richard M. Nixon, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharial Nehru, James A. Van Fleet, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, and the next President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.
A 1960'S RADIO BROADCAST ADDITION: A VALENTINE TO MY FAIR LADY
Robert Russell Bennett, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Samuel Liff, Franz Allers, Stanley Holloway, Rex Harrison, Julie Anderson, Philip J. Lang
A salute to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe on this Valentine's Day live presentation saluting the play "My Fair Lady." Hosts are Samuel Liff, stage production manager for the original Broadway production and conductor Franz Allers, who also performed during the Broadway "My Fair Lady" debut. Musical selections are played from the British and American productions. They include "I Could Have Danced All Night," sung by Julie Andrews, "The Rain in Spain," sung by Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison from the London Production, "With a Little Bit of Luck," sung by Stanley Holloway from the London Production, "The Ascop Gavotte," and "I've Grown Accustomed to her Face," sung by Rex Harrison.
Anecdotes and recollections by Franz Allers and Samuel Liff reflect the many transitions experienced for this great classic as the company tours the world three years prior to the making of the motion picture in 1964.
The musical MY FAIR LADY had its pre-Broadway tryout at New Haven's Shubert Theatre. Then it played for four weeks at the Erlanger Theatre in Philadelphia, beginning on February 15, 1956.
The musical premiered on Broadway March 15, 1956, at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York City. It transferred to the Broadhurst Theatre and then The Broadway Theatre, where it closed on September 29, 1962, after 2,717 performances, a record at the time. Moss Hart directed and Hanya Holm was choreographer. In addition to stars Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews and Stanley Holloway, the original cast included Robert Coote, Cathleen Nesbitt, John Michael King, and Reid Shelton. Harrison was replaced by Edward Mulhare in November 1957 and Sally Ann Howes replaced Andrews in February 1958. By the start of 1959, it was the biggest grossing Broadway show of all-time with a gross of $10 million.
The Original Cast Recording, released on April 2, 1956, was the best-selling album in the United States in 1956.
Original London production
The West End production, in which Harrison, Andrews, Coote, and Holloway reprised their roles, opened on April 30, 1958, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where it ran for five and a half years (2,281 performances). Edwardian musical comedy star Zena Dare made her last appearance in the musical as Mrs. Higgins. Leonard Weir played Freddy. Harrison left the London cast in March 1959, followed by Andrews in August 1959 and Holloway in October 1959.
MY FAIR LADY won six 1957 TONY awards, including Best Musical, and the Film version released in 1964 with Audrey Hepburn replacing Julie Andrews in the role of Eliza Doolittle won five Oscar awards including Best Actor for Rex Harrison and Best Picture.
25 YEARS OF LIFE MAGAZINE
Mary Martin, John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, Peggy Cass, The Ray Charles Singers, Fredric March
A Life Magazine Anniversary Review is recalled in moments, both tragic and zany. Bob Hope hosts with guests Sid Caesar, Peggy Cass, Mary Martin, The Ray Charles Singers and Fredric March. President John F. Kennedy adds his own special salute.
CARNEGIE HALL SALUTES JACK BENNY
Jack Benny, Roberta Peters, Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Eugene Ormandy, Van Cliburn
From Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Van Cliburn and Roberta Peters salute Jack Benny...a virtuoso with a violin. Benny demonstrates his violin prowess with Stern.
DUPONT SHOW OF THE WEEK: THE USO - WHEREVER THEY GO, THE
Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Harry S. Truman, Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Danny Kaye, Frances Langford, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Merle Oberon, Irving Berlin
Many stars from Hollywood give tribute to the USO units who since 1942 have entertained troops overseas. They include Dick Powell, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Benny, Debbie Reynolds, Danny Kaye, Merle Oberon, Frances Langford, Joe E. Brown, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bing Crosby. Included with these celebrity anecdotes, celebrating this 20th USO anniversary, is a clip of Irving Berlin singing his own song: "Until the Fifth Army Comes Home."
DUPONT SHOW OF THE WEEK: THE ZIEGFELD TOUCH, THE
Robert Russell Bennett, Danny Meehan, Joan Crawford, Shirley MacLaine, Florenz Ziegfeld, Barbara Cook, Marilyn Lovell, Jack Irwin
Present day performers taking part in this tribute to Florenz Ziegfeld include Barbara Cook, Marilyn Lovell, Danny Meehan and Jack Irwin. Joan Crawford narrates this taped show. Robert Russell Bennett is the music supervisor.
Allen Funt, Durward Kirby, Dorothy Collins
October 2nd, 1960-September 3rd, 1967 (CBS)
Half-hour human interest show created by Allen Funt. People were unknowingly caught on camera just being themselves. Arthur Godfrey was Funt's original co-host when the show debuted in 1960 but was replaced by Durward Kirby after one season. In 1966 Bess Myerson replaced Kirby and remained co-host until the final show on Sunday, September 3rd, 1967 the same day "What's My Line?" was telecast for the final time.
Host: Allen Funt, co-host, Durward Kirby. Guest is Dorothy Collins.
JOHN GLENN- TRIBUTE
A tribute to astronaut John H. Glenn Jr, following his historic spaceflight aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft.
POETIC PORTRAIT: AMERICANS: A PORTRAIT IN VERSES
Alexander Scourby, James Whitmore, Carl Sandburg, Neva Patterson, Kathleen Widdoes, Peggy Wood, Kim Hunter, Hurd Hatfield, Winifred Heidt, Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, e.e. Cummings, Allen Ginsberg
More than one poet has tried to capture all of America in a single work.But how would it be if the works of many poets were stitched together into a sampler portrait of America? That's what tonight's program has done, drawing on such writers as Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, e.e.Cummings and Allen Ginsberg. The major work of the evening is Robert Frost's "Death Of The Hired Man," with Peggy Wood as Mary, Alexander Scourby as Silas and James Whitmore, the show's narrator, as Warren. "The People Yes," by Carl Sandburg,is also heard.
JACKIE GLEASON SHOW AND HIS AMERICAN SCENE MAGAZINE, THE
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney
Jackie Gleason gives tribute to his longtime associate Art Carney at the conclusion of his show.
Frank McGee, Eleanor Roosevelt, James Farley, Henry Wallace
A memorial special broadcast to the late Eleanor Roosevelt presented on the day of her funeral.
A 1960'S RADIO BROADCAST ADDITION: THE SOUND OF DANNY KAYE
Danny Kaye, Dick Shepherd
Dick Shepherd is host giving tribute to Danny Kaye with songs from all his films, his work with UNICEF, complete biographical information, career highlights and anecdotes.
A 1960'S RADIO BROADCAST ADDITION: MONITOR
Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, Joey Bishop, Garry Moore, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Ethel Merman
A 70th birthday salute to Jimmy Durante with personal reflections and anecdotes from Durante. We hear songs and musical excerpts from the past and listen to entertainers give tribute. They include Jack Benny, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, Garry Moore, Ethel Merman and Bob Hope.
FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS: AN EVENING WITH ROBERT MORLEY
A one man performance with Robert Morley and what emerges is a many-sided portrait of a creative actor and writer.
MEET THE PRESS
George Wallace, governor of Alabama replies to reporters
on a myriad of topics.
WHITE SOUTHERNERS OF BIRMINGHAM
White southerners of Birmingham Alabama speak out against integration with negroes.
BABE RUTH: A LOOK BEHIND THE LEGEND
Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Claire Ruth, Bob Considine, Waite Hoyt, Joe Dugan, Leo Durocher, Larry McPhail, Horace McMahon
Horace McMahon commemorates the 15th anniversary of Babe Ruth's death with a special salute. Among those appearing are his widow (Claire Ruth), Roger Maris, Bob Considine, and some of Ruth's teammates; Waite Hoyt, Joe Dugan, Leo Durocher and Larry McPhail.
Glynis Johns, Keith Andes
September 25th, 1963-December 18th, 1963 (CBS)
Short-lived CBS sitcom starring Glynis Johns as Glynis Granville a novelist and amateur detective. Keith Andes played her husband.
This is the premiere broadcast.
A 1960'S RADIO BROADCAST ADDITION: DIMENSION
John Ford, Marvin Miller
Host Marvin Miller pays tribute to director John Ford and his upcoming film production of "Cheyenne Autumn," soon to be completed on location in Monument Valley.
CBS EVENING NEWS WITH WALTER CRONKITE
Updates on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
BARRY GRAY SHOW, THE
Radio phone in talk show with Barry Gray.
BARRY FARBER SHOW, THE
John F. Kennedy, Fannie Hurst, Barry Farber
Barry Farber on WOR Radio with guest Fannie Hurst.
Discussion related to the JFK assassination.
BARRY GRAY SHOW, THE
Barry Gray, Mr. Berman
Radio phone in talk show, hosted by Barry Gray. More discussion on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON TALK BEFORE CONGRESS
President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses congress five days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and then being sworn in as President on November 22, 1963 on Air Force One.
JIMMY DEAN SHOW, THE
Jimmy Dean variety series on ABC television from 1963 to 1966.
BARY FARBER SHOW, THE
Barry Farber, Victor Riesel
Barry Farber's guest is journalist Victor Riesel
Short Wave Radio broadcast with commentary on the ultra right in the USA.
RADIO HAVANA CUBA
Short wave radio broadcast from Havana Cuba with propaganda related to the JFK assassination.
Animation series for children.
PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON FIRST ADDRESS TO THE NATION AS PRESIDENT
President Lyndon B. Johnson's first address to the nation as president...A Thanksgiving Day address.
TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
John F. Kennedy
Washington, DC marks the official end of mourning for President John F. Kennedy.
TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
John F. Kennedy, Robert Wagner
New York City Mayor Robert Wagner pays tribute to President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963, in this, the official end of mourning for the President.
John F. Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Ben Bradlee
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. and Ben Bradlee reflect on John F. Kennedy, the man and his humor, exactly one month after his death. Simultaneously broadcast on WCBS Ch.2.
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