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#13352: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-06-11, NBC, 7 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Brief excerpt beginning with Jack Paar setting the record straight, stating "...the only way to kill a lie is to reveal the truth," referring to what he believes have been miss-truths said about him over and over again by columnist Walter Winchell. 

Elsa Maxwell joins the conversation updating Jack about her gay card games, Belgium pavilion, and appreciation of South Pacific play.  

 For four years and eight months Jack Paar reigned supreme as host of the Tonight Show with a crew of regulars, but only two stayed with him for the entire run; announcer Hugh Downs and band leader Jose Melies, a former army buddy. Familiar faces who appeared many times with Jack included Dody Goodman, Betty Johnson, Elsa Maxwell, Alexander King, Genevieve, Jack Douglas; and wife Reiko, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hans Conried, Peggy Cass, Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette, and Johnathan Winters. Hugh Downs substituted for Jack Paar 79 times, more than any other substitute host there were 20 different performers over the period of the series run. Joey Bishop substituted for Paar 31 times. Arlene Francis, 30 times, Jonathan Winters, 26 times, Orson Bean, 21 times and Johnny Carson 15 times. Altogether there were 243 broadcasts that had substitute hosts filling in for Paar during Jack Paar's TONIGHT SHOW tenure. The title of the late-night broadcast changed to THE JACK PAAR SHOW which took effect on February 3, 1958. The first videotaped broadcast aired on January 5, 1959. "Best of Paar " Re-runs began on July 10, 1959. The first color broadcast aired on September 19, 1960.  

Paar comments on scurrilous articles about him appearing in Newsweek magazine.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
#9429: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-06-11, NBC, 7 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Jose Melies

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

  Jack Paar comments on scurrilous articles in Newsweek about him.                                     
#9487: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR
1959-06-16, NBC, 10 min.
Jack Paar, Gypsy Rose Lee

  Jack Paar interviews Gypsy Rose Lee.           
#9421: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-06-17, WRCA, 12 min.
Jack Paar, Jim Bishop, Arthur Godfrey, Walter Winchell, Tony Perkins

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
#13353: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN
1959-06-18, WCBS, 4 min.
Bridget Bardot, Ron Cochran, Ethel Barrymore, William Shakespeare, Earl Long

Governor Earl Long sent dragging and screaming to a mental hospital in Texas, possibility of a new baseball club in New York City, even a third league, free William Shakespeare plays to be allowed in New York City, actress Ethel Barrymore has died at age 80, Bridget Bardot marries for the second time, human body chemicals now worth $1.17.  

Host: Ron Cochran                    
#13354: RADIO ANNOUNCER'S SCHOOL COMMERCIAL
1959-07-04, , 2 min.
Voice over Announcer, Dave & Sarah

An unknown New York radio disc jockey tells his audience about an opportunity for all (no College of even High School degree needed) to get  into radio as an announcer. A radio announcer's school with only a 16 week commitment. The DJ goes into detail, after which he dedicates his next record to be played to Dave and  Sarah. 

NOTE: Could this have been Dave Goldin (16 years old at the time), on his way to amassing the world's largest independent  radio collection?                                 
#13355: ALAN FREED ROCK AND ROLL WABC RADIO SHOW
1959-07-13, WABC, 11 min.
Alan Freed

Radio disc jockey Alan Freed plays the top hits of the day on his WABC radio  Rock 'n Roll iconic radio show, 770AM.  His daily program would air from 7:30pm to 11pm. 

Final 11 minutes recorded which include some song introductions by Freed, and his signature sign off the air.                                  
#6978n: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-07-21, WRCA, 15 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Earl Grant, Jose Melies

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

 Jack Paar monologue. 

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

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

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



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

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

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

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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
#9422: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-07-23, WRCA, 43 min.
Jack Paar, Alexander King, Fred Demara, Billy Graham, Fidel Castro, Earl Grant, Marion Marlowe, Jose Melies, Ed Reimer, Virginia De Luce, Bob Crichton, Jimmy Hoffa

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Announcer Earl Reimer who subs for Hugh Downs, opens the show.

Jack comes out on stage and immediately states that he always seems to be in his dressing room writing at the last minute.
Jack tells true story that once he shared a dressing room with a star cowboy who wore the most expensive clothes he had ever seen. When the star took off his costume Paar noticed that he was wearing the most ragged underwear he had ever seen!

Jack mentions that last nights program, with Bobby Kennedy, was the most exciting show he has ever done in the two years that the Tonight Show has been on the air. Second and third most memorable shows were with Fidel Castro and Billy Graham. Kennedy stated on the show that it was time to do something about Jimmy Hoffa. 

Bob Grant is on next but Jack for a second cannot remember his name, which brings up a memory when he could not remember guest Marion Marlowe's name and had to stall for quite some time on live TV until someone could help him out. 

Earl Grant sings "Gave Birth to the Blues."

Jack recounts the time when his daughter Randy's pet gold fish died. Jack gave it a proper burial. He wrapped the goldfish
in saran wrap, followed by a layer of silver foil and all placed into a match box. Wife Miriam, accompanied them to the backyard for a proper burial. Randy said,
 "I'm sure he will survive before the ants get him." 

Bob Crichton, author of "The Great Imposer" discusses his book.Fred Demara makes a rare in person appearance. They all discuss his remarkable career impersonating ever conceivable type of professional individual and living the part. Favorite impersonation was that of a Texas warden. Demara states that there was no justification for what he did. Fred states that he is now ready to end his impostor career. 

Jack introduces Alexander King who discusses his new book, "May This House Be Saved From Tigers." Jack states what a warm and personable man King is who says that he believes in LOVE.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
#13356: RADIO NEWS AND COMMENTARY WITH GABRIEL HEATTER
1959-07-23, Mutual, 3 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Gabriel Heatter

Gabriel Heatter was an American newscaster and journalist. During World War 11 he would begin his news broadcasts with the catchphrase "There's Good News Tonight." 

On this newscast, Gabriel Heatter comments on Khrushchev's personality.              
#13357: CBS NEWS WITH DOUGLAS EDWARDS
1959-07-24, CBS, 4 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Douglas Edwards, Richard Nixon

Highlights: Nixon and Khrushchev in "kitchen debate", hash out foreign policy and merits of communism and capitalism. At Us exhibit in Moscow.                                        
#13358: RADIO NEWS AND COMMENTARY WITH GABRIEL HEATTER
1959-07-24, WOR, 3 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Gabriel Heatter, Henry Gladstone, Lester Smith

Gabriel Heatter was an American newscaster and journalist. During World War 11 he would begin his news broadcasts with the catchphrase "There's Good News Tonight." 

Highlights: More on Khrushchev and communism. Henry Gladstone subbing for Lester Smith on WOR radio.                          
#13359: WOR NEWS
1959-07-24, WOR, 2 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Richard Nixon

Highlights: More on Nixon-Khrushchev debate at US exhibition in Moscow, Russians remove 30 books from US exhibition.           
#13360: NEWS
1959-07-24, WNTA, 10 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Richard Nixon

Highlights: Nixon-Khrushchev debate in Moscow, discussion concerns communism and capitalism, color television, rockets, and satellites.   
Announcer states that this program was recorded on Ampex Video Tape and is not discernible compared to viewing live television. 

This Apmex Video tape was flown to television station WNTA Channel 13 in New York City by Jet plane for broadcast to the American  television public.   

 Final portion of the broadcast is recorded.

 NOTE: This  television audio air check archived in the collection of Archival Television Audio  was solicited by and sent to The Library of Congress in 2009.                                   
#9424: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1959-07-29, WRCA, 87 min.
Hugh Downs, Hermione Gingold, Florence Henderson, Genevieve, Max Asnas, Dody Goodman, Al Finelli, Harry Nimmo, Dr. Franklin Loehr

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962.

July 29, 1959, SECOND ANNIVERSARY TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR. Complete, without commercials (87 minutes).

Hugh Downs is heard opening the show, 
“The NBC Television Network presents the second anniversary addition of the JACK PAAR SHOW with the 
Jose Melies orchestra, conducted by Al Finelli, and yours truly, Hugh Downs. And, tonight, two years later, Jack’s guests are Hermione Gingold, Genevieve, Dody Goodman, Florence Henderson, and Harry Nimmo. And now, celebrating his second anniversary, here he is Jack, what do I hold up?, Paar.”

Jack’s monologue includes statements that when he first went on the air there were only 40 affiliate stations and now there are 138. 
He remarks how NBC has been very nice to him, and that he will be “staying around for a while.” Jack relates the long hours…nine hours of programming a week, five nights a week…coming home at 2am. Recently, when Jack came home he tapped his daughter on her shoulder and said, “It’s time to get up” and to go to her own bedroom (she would sleep with Miriam her mother). Next thing Jack knows he hears water running in the bathroom, Randy brushing her teeth, who thought that
her dad meant it was time to get up and go to school. 

Florence Henderson sings, “Everything is Coming Up Roses” from the Broadway play, GYPSY. Jack and Hugh converse about second anniversary broadcast moments…Cuba show a year ago, about regulars, including, Oscar Levant, Peggy Cass. Jack Introduces Dody Goodman. They reminisce about first shows, Franklin Pangborn, others. Dody, who with Jack and Hugh do another version fresh satiric version of DRAGNET ( Case of the Missing Cake) which runs five minutes. Genevieve is introduced, who sings in French, and talks about her grateful success because of Jack. Long time friend and Tonight Show panel member, Hermione Gingold and Paar reminisce. Downs reads wires of congratulations from Robert Sarnoff, Robert Kennedy, Virginia Graham, and Marge and Alexander King.

Jack Paar states that “Talking and telling true stories is funnier than any script in the world.”  Relates funny story about his dear friend Alex King. 

Comedian / dancer Harry Nimmo performs, and talks with Jack at the desk. Jack says that he and Miriam’s next vacation will be in Italy where he has yet to travel. 

Introduction of Dr. Franklin Loehr author of “Power of Prayer on Plants.” Jack introduces his dear sweet friend Max Asnas, manager of Stage Delicatessen in New York. 
Florence Henderson sings, from GYPSY, “You’ll Never Get Away From Me.” Jack says good night and signs off. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
#13361: BARRY GRAY NEWS COMMENTARY
1959-08-09, , 9 min.
Barry Gray, Hulan Jack

Topics: Sickening Harlem slums, description of some of the slums, viewed by Borough  President, Hulan Jack, how special companies handle tons of TV merchandise giveaway shows, show large profits as a result of swindling.                         
#13362: WHO PAYS
1959-08-27, NBC, 4 min.
Mike Wallace, Nina Foch, Cedric Hardwick

July 2nd,1959-September 24th,1959 (NBC)

Short-lived prime time quiz show hosted by Mike Wallace. 
Each contestant was employed by a famous person and a celebrity panel would try and guess who the famous employer was.   

Host: Mike Wallace. Guests are Nina Foch and Sir Cedric Hardwick.  

NOTE: Rare broadcast air check in any form. All of these programs were erased and no longer exist.                                 
#13363: NBC NEWS SPECIAL: JOURNEY TO UNDERSTANDING
1959-08-27, NBC, 14 min.
Frank McGee, Nikita Khrushchev, Dwight Eisenhower, Conrad Adenauer

Topics: President Eisenhower trip to Europe, Eisenhower visits Adenauer in Bonn comment on Khrushchev's proposed visit to the US in September, the future of Berlin, Eisenhower's trip to England.
NBC correspondent, Frank McGee hosts.                                       
#13364: NBC NEWS-HUNTLEY-BRINKLEY REPORT, THE
1959-08-28, NBC, 5 min.
David Brinkley, Chet Huntley, Nikita Khrushchev, Dwight Eisenhower

Topics: India braces itself against Chinese communist incursions on India's borders, China communists furious at Khrushchev's visit to the US, and at UN, Eisenhower flies to Scotland.                                  
#13365: NBC SPECIAL REPORT ON JUVENILE DELINQUENCY IN NEW YORK CITY
1959-09-03, NBC, 8 min.
Gabe Pressman, Robert Wagner

Topics: Comment by New York City Mayor Robert Wagner, a recap of latest juvenile delinquent murders in New York City, murders in the park on both the East and West sides.    

Gabe Pressman is the host.          
#13366: RADIO NEWS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
1959-09-12, WQXR, 3 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Jawaharlal Nehru

Topics: Russians fire a rocket to the moon, due to reach the moon before Khrushchev's arrival in the US, Prime Minister Nehru of India accused of appeasing Chinese communists on the border dispute             
#13367: CBS NEWS WITH WALTER CRONKITE, THE
1959-09-13, CBS, 6 min.
Walter Cronkite, Nikita Khrushchev, Dwight Eisenhower

Highlights: Soviet rocket the Lunic 11 reaches the moon, British and Americans both send congratulations, Khrushchev to arrive in the US, Miss America would like to visit Khrushchev and Eisenhower.                        
#13368: NEWS WITH WESTBROOK VAN VOORHRIS
1959-09-14, WCBS, 8 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Wayne Morris, Westbrook Van Voorhris

Khrushchev flying to the US, actor Wayne Morris dies.   
 
NOTE: Cornelius  Westbrook Van Voorhis  was a narrator for television programs. He is best remembered for his  work on  THE MARCH OF TIME  radio and newsreel series were he became known as the "VOICE OF DOOM."         
#13369: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1959-09-16, CBS, 5 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Ron Cochran

Highlights: Khrushchev in Washington will come to New York City via train, extreme security precautions taken, Khrushchev tours Washington, Red China denied admission to the UN.                        
#13370: NEWS COMMENT ON KHRUSHCHEV VISIT
1959-09-17, , 4 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Quincy Howe, Dwight Eisenhower

Khrushchev calls Eisenhower "a great man", a man of vision, Eisenhower hopes Khrushchev is sincere, Khrushchev thinks war is sheer madness, Khrushchev in New York City, family tours city.

Quincy Howe reports.                        
#13371: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1959-09-17, CBS, 5 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Ron Cochran, Dwight Eisenhower

Highlights: Khrushchev in New York City, talks of the economic club, the city gives cool reception to arrival of Khrushchev, Khrushchev again praises President Eisenhower for inviting him to America, Mrs. Khrushchev sees the play "Music Man", anti-Khrushchev demonstration at Carnegie Hall.             
#13372: NEWS, THE
1959-09-20, , 5 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Norris Poulson

Highlights: Khrushchev threatens to go home after biting remarks by Mayor Poulson of Los Angeles at a dinner.           
#13373: KHRUSHCHEV'S VISIT: NBC SPECIAL REPORT WITH CHET HUNTLEY
1959-09-20, NBC, 25 min.
Chet Huntley, Nikita Khrushchev, Shirley McLaine, Sheila Graham

Topics: A further report of Khrushchev's visit to Hollywood, Khrushchev upset because he's not allowed to visit Disneyland due to a security problem, (Khrushchev press conference), comment by Sheila Graham on Khrushchev's visit to Hollywood and the stars, Shirley McLaine with Khrushchev. She speaks to Khrushchev in Russian at movie set.                                                  
#13374: EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY: "PREMIERE KHRUSHCHEV IN U.S."
1959-09-21, , 25 min.
Walter Cronkite, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Pierpoint, Nikita Khrushchev, Robert Trout, David Schoenbrun, Howard K. Smith, Norris Poulson, Spyros Skouras, Alex Kendrick, Ernest Leiser,, Charles Collilngwood

Khrushchev's visit to California, includes a trip to San Francisco, Khrushchev's verbal duel with Spyros Skouras of 20th Century Fox, comment by Marilyn Monroe, Mayor Poulson remarks in Los Angeles and Khrushchev's retort. 
Walter Cronkite anchors.    

   We are an Eyewitness as U.S.S.R. Premiere Khrushchev visits in Washington and tours Pittsburgh, Chicago,  Des Moines, San Francisco, Los Angeles, plus a visit to the Roswell Garst farm in Coon Rapids, Iowa. Highlights broadcast of Khrushchev's headline making address before the U.N. General Assembly.                                     
#13374A: ABC NEWS WITH DAN GODDARD
1959-09-21, WABC, 3 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Don Goddard

      Don Goddard reports on Nikita Khrushchev's visit to Disneyland.        
#7499: " A TOAST TO JEROME KERN."
1959-09-22, CBS, 90 min.
Patrice Munsel, Robert Cummings, Howard Keel, Jerome Kern

Robert Cummings is host and Master of Ceremonies in this salute to songwriter Jerome Kern            
#13375: NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT
1959-10-04, NBC, 7 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Willy Ley

Russians launch a rocket to the moon considers it a "space station" will orbit the moon and return to earth, comment by Willy Ley Khrushchev winds up visit to Red China.                          
#13376: NEWS WITH MIKE WALLACE
1959-10-06, CBS, 9 min.
Dwight Eisenhower, WD Snodgrass, Harold Stempol

Russian rocket heads for side of the moon possibly to take pictures, Eisenhower invokes the Taft-Hartley act on tugboat strikers, house sub-committee investigates the television quiz show scandals, Harold Stempol a "twenty-one" quiz contestant says the entire program was rehearsed (given questions, answers, and told of gestures in isolation booth) poet W.D. Snodgrass says he double-crossed producers, the street fight between Puerto Rican and Italian youths.             
#13377: DR. JOYCE BROTHERS
1959-10-06, WRCA, 4 min.
Joyce Brothers, Dr. Joyce Brothers

Dr. Joyce Brothers, a former academic psychologist who, long before Drs. Ruth, Phil and Laura, was counseling millions over the airwaves.

Dr. Joyce Brothers, as she was always known professionally — a full-name hallmark of the more formal times in which she began her career — was widely described as the mother of mass-media psychology and homiletic guidance she administered for decades via radio and television.

Historically, she was a bridge between advice columnists like Dear Abby and Ann Landers, who got their start in the mid-1950s, and the self-help advocates of the 1970s and afterward.

Throughout the 1960s, and long beyond, one could scarcely turn on the television or open a newspaper without encountering her. She was the host of her own nationally syndicated TV shows, starting in the late 1950s with “The Dr. Joyce Brothers Show” and over the years including “Ask Dr. Brothers,” “Consult Dr. Brothers” and “Living Easy With Dr. Joyce Brothers.”
                       
#13378: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN
1959-10-07, CBS, 5 min.
Victor Borge, Ron Cochran, Mario Lanza

Highlights: strike news more on TV fixing of quiz shows by house committee former contestant testifies she was told to lose, rigged off the air, tenor Mario Lanza dies, Hi-Fi show in New York City with Victor Borge.                          
#13380: WNEW NEWS
1959-10-08, WNEW, 3 min.
Harold Macmillan, Charles Van Doren

Highlights: Prime Minister Macmillan, wins the election in England, Charles Van Doren suspended by NBC in light of the television quiz scandal investigations committee wants Van Doren to testify, so far he ducks the committee.                            
#3: 1959 WORLD SERIES: L.A. DODGERS VS. CHICAGO WHITE SOX, THE
1959-10-08, WNBC, 17 min.
Bill Veeck, Roger Craig, Don Drysdale, Larry Sherry, Duke Snider, Warren Giles, Joe Cronin, Ford Frick, Charlie Neal, Jack Brickhouse, Gil Hodges, Vin Scully, Walter Alston

Jack Brickhouse calls the play-by-play in the ninth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers win the 1959 World Series against the Chicago White Sox in Game 6. Final Score Dodgers 9, White Sox 3. 

A world series record for The Los Angeles Dodgers coming from seventh place in 1958, their first year in Los Angeles after moving from Brooklyn after the 1957 season, and winning a World Series the following year.  

Vin Scully interviews the victorious Los Angeles Dodgers from their clubhouse. He talks to Warren Giles, Bill Veeck, Gil Hodges, Duke Snider, Joe Cronin, Walter Alston, Charlie Neal, Roger Craig, Don Drysdale, Larry Sherry, and commissioner of baseball Ford Frick. Vin Scully signs off the air for the Gillette Safety Razor Blades sponsor with the Gillette theme music in the background. This was the last year a Gillette sign off was used for a World Series Television Broadcast.                           
#13379: BIG PARTY, THE
1959-10-08, CBS, 4 min.
Rock Hudson, Mort Sahl, Tallulah Bankhead

October 8, 1959-December 31, 1959

THE BIG PARTY video taped within a living room set  was planned as a series of 15 variety shows which would alternate with PLAYHOUSE 90. PLAYBOY'S PENTHOUSE duplicated the concept of using a  living  room. This same concept was replicated by Hugh Heftner with his series PLAYBOY'S PENTHOUSE (1960-1961). 

Today's guests on the Premiere show are Tallulah Bankhead, Rock Hudson, and Mort Sahl.                                                    
#6983: BELL TELEPHONE HOUR
1959-10-09, WNBC, 00 min.
Donald Voorhees, Alfred Drake

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

Series premiere as a series.


                                                   
#7178A: GEORGE GOBEL SHOW
1959-10-11, WCBS, 00 min.
Henry Fonda, Anita Bryant, George Gobel, Joe Flynn, Modernaires, Harry Von Zell

NBC October 2nd, 1954-March 10th, 1959
CBS October 11th, 1959-June 5th, 1960, 

Regulars: Harry Von Zell, Anita Bryant, Joe Flynn, The Modernaires

Guest: Henry Fonda. 
           
#13381: CBS LATE NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1959-10-12, CBS, 4 min.
Ron Cochran, Charles Van Doren, Owen Harris

Highlights: More on the Charles Van Doren mystery, Van Doren ducking subpoena of house committee TV quiz investigation, comment by Owen Harris chief investigator on the missing Van Doren, steel strike news.  

Includes a Life Cigarette commercial.                                      
#13382: HERE'S MORGAN (HENRY MORGAN AND COMPANY)
1959-10-13, WNTA, 17 min.
Henry Morgan, Orson Bean

HERE'S MORGAN (HENRY MORGAN AND COMPANY)  syndicated.

                       February 13, 1959-June 19, 1959 (90 minute show)
                      June 26, 1959-September 11, 1959 (60 minute show)
             September 14? or 21, 1959-November 20, 1959 (30 minute show)
                           

Sharp tongued Henry Morgan, who never was able to keep a television series on the air for more that a brief period of time, lasted only nine months with three different time slot entries for this early late night talk/variety show. 

Syndicated and broadcast in New York on WNTA Channel 13 this series had a 90 minute format (10pm-Midnight), and two additional time change formats all in 1959. 

Morgan's show was revised from a 90 minute format to a one hour broadcast time slot and continued for another three months and then again revised to a half hour for another two months before being cancelled altogether.

Orson Bean is a guest who anwers Live phone calls to the studio; a rare phenomenon for its time even preceding Les Crane who did the same during his late night entry into television on WABC in 1963, four years later.                                                              
#6975: THE JAZZ SINGER
1959-10-13, NBC, 54 min.
Jerry Lewis, Alan Reed, Molly Picon, Eduard Franz, Anna Maria Alberghetti

On this "Startime" presentation a modernized adaptation of "The Jazz Singer" by Samson Paphaelson. Jerry Lewis sings "Kol Nidre."                                       
#13383: CBS NEWS WITH MIKE WALLACE
1959-10-14, CBS, 10 min.
Mike Wallace, Charles Van Doren

Charles Van Doren press conference, upset by his NBC suspension he explains his departure from New York, the $64,000 question also rigged as claimed by a former contestant.                           
#7453: VICTOR BORGE SPECIAL, THE
1959-10-16, CBS, 00 min.
Victor Borge, Leonid Hambro

Variety special starring Victor Borge.                                                  
#5921: BALLAD OF LOUIE LOUSE
1959-10-17, WCBS, 54 min.
Phil Silvers, Eddie Albert, Pert Kelton

Phil Silvers stars in the title role of the book show dealing with the antics of a Broadway loan shark. Nat Hiken directed and wrote the book and lyrics for this one hour musical comedy.
#7069: DIXIELAND SMALL FRY
1959-10-18, KTLA, 00 min.
Stan Kenton, Bob Crosby, Bill Hollingsworth, The Hollytones, Russ Morgan, Dixieland Small Fry, Stuart Brotman, Dick Grayson, Barry McCormick, Steve Thompson, Jay Daversa, Stan Wright

A musical variety show that featured Bill Hollingsworth, the Hollytones and band leader Stan Kenton.
Host: Bill Hollingsworth.

Premiere: October, 18th, 1959. 


          
#7123: FRANK SINATRA SPECIAL
1959-10-19, ABC, 00 min.
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Mitzi Gaynor

Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor and, Bing Crosby join Frank Sinatra in this one-hour musical special.
                                  
#859: FRANK SINATRA TIMEX SHOW
1959-10-19, WABC, 52 min.
Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Mitzi Gaynor

Frank Sinatra welcomes guests Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Mitzi Gaynor. A surprise guest, Jimmy Durante, appears at the end of this variety special.
#13384: NBC NEWS- HUNTLEY -BRINKLEY REPORT, THE
1959-10-23, NBC, 15 min.
David Brinkley, Chet Huntley, Fidel Castro, Charles Van Doren, Hank Bloomgarden

Charles Van Doren admits to the New York District Attorney that he gave false answers to the committee, Hank Bloomgarden says "Twenty-one" quiz was a hoax, a big fire in Southern California, rocket experts transferred to civilian control, third anniversary of Hungarian revolt, Castro calls for rally to protest plane attacks from the United States.  Two commercials are included in this air check.                        
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