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#13060: NBC NEWS, THE
1956-11-04, WNBC, 3 min.
NBC news announcer

A report from Vienna: Hungarian refugees flee into Austria, mobs in London riot against the policy in the Middle East.                          
#13061: FACE THE NATION PANEL
1956-11-04, WCBS, 10 min.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Peter Lisagor, Margaret Chase Smith, Josip Broz Tito, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Griffing Bancroft, William Hines Jr., Arthur Sylvester

November 7, 1954-April 20, 1961
September 15, 1963-

Host: Griffing Bancroft 
William Hines jr (Washington Star), 
Arthur Sylvester (Newark News), 
Peter Lisagor (Chicago Daily News).  

Eleanor Roosevelt attacks Middle Eastern foreign policy, discusses the Soviet Union and states that the world situation is not presently a good one, pointing out that here has been a failure of current American leadership. 

Senator Margaret Chase Smith comments on the current crises in the Middle East, Yugoslavian leader Tito, Egyptian Prime Minister  Nasser...latest news related to  Secretary of State John Foster Dulles cancer diagnosis...her confidence that Herbert Hoover Jr. will be effective substituting for Dulles if necessary. Smith states that there is currently high prosperity in the USA and that President Eisenhower will be reelected for a second term as President.

NOTE: Roosevelt and Smith were the first two women to appear on "Face The Nation," on its second anniversary broadcast.                                                    
#13062: WALTER WINCHELL AND THE NEWS, RADIO PROGRAM
1956-11-04, , 11 min.
Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Walter Winchell, Adam Clayton Powell, Hazel Scott, Dick Rowan, Dan Martin

Hazel Scott is divorcing Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Ava Gardner to divorce Frank Sinatra. Winchell mentions the comedy team of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.                          
#13063: BOB CONSIDINE RADIO NEWS
1956-11-04, , 12 min.
Bob Considine, Gamal Abdel Nasser

Gamal Abdel Nasser's days are about over, John Foster Dulles is operated on for colon cancer, UN observers sent to Hungary, presidential campaign nears an end, discussion of Hungarian and Egyptian wars.         
#13069: BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW, THE
1956-11-05, WCBS, 10 min.
George Burns, Gracie Allen

October 12th, 1950-September 22nd, 1958 (CBS)   

Long-running half-hour comedy series starring the team of George Burns and his wife Gracie Allen. Burns would play the straight man to Allen's crazy antics. Their son Ronnie would make occasional appearances on the program. Harry Von Zell was the announcer, replacing the original announcer, Bill Goodwin.           
#13070: ARTHUR GODFREY'S TALENT SCOUTS
1956-11-05, WCBS, 3 min.
Arthur Godfrey

1948-1958 (CBS) 

Long-running talent showcase for both professional and amateur talent, hosted by Arthur Godfrey.                         
#13071: DWIGHT EISENHOWER ADDRESSES THE NATION
1956-11-05, , 7 min.
Dwight Eisenhower

President Dwight Eisenhower, from the White House, addresses the nation on the eve of the presidential election.                                       
#13072: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1956-11-05, WCBS, 7 min.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, Ron Cochran, Adlai Stevenson

Israel accepts UN ceasefire terms as fighting ceases, fierce fighting in Budapest as Russians pour into the city, Stevenson speaks of Ike's health issues, claims Nixon will be President if Ike wins.                                                   
#13073: NBC NEWS WITH PAULINE FREDERICKS, THE
1956-11-05, WNBC, 2 min.
Pauline Fredericks, Henry Cabot Lodge

Henry Cabot Lodge attacks the Soviet peace offer in Hungary.                                                  
#13074: SHORTWAVE RADIO REPORT BY HUNGARIAN REBELS FROM BUDAPEST
1956-11-05, , 3 min.
Imre Nagy

Rebels say Russian troops launched an attack in Budapest, they urge the United Nations to send paratroops, Imre Nagy tells Russians to begin withdrawing from the country as fighting continues.                                      
#GR1: MATINEE THEATER: "TELL TALE HEART"
1956-11-06, WNBC, min.
John Drew Barrymore, John Carradine, John Conte, Phil Gries, John Abbott, Gary Rutkowski

    October 31, 1955 - June 13, 1958

In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind.

This peerless COMPLETE AUDIO AIR CHECK broadcast  of "TELL TALE HEART" was restored by Phil Gries from an original 1/4" reel to reel audio tape discovered and obtained by archivist scholar Gary Rutkowski (www.savetv.tv).

Matinee Theater  was an American anthology series that aired on NBC during the Golden Age of Television, from October 31, 1955,[ to June 27, 1958 (including last two weeks of re-runs).
 
The series was broadcast on NBC television daily from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, was usually broadcast LIVE and most of the time in color. Its live dramas were presented with minimal sets and costumes. During its three-year series run there were 7000 different performers employed, and hundreds of talented writers and directors who navigated its peerless television run, using 4,200 sets, 210,000 props, and 15,000 costumes.
 
Host for this series was John Conti.

When it was broadcast, Matinee Theater was the most heavily promoted regularly scheduled daytime program on U.S. television, part of the network's effort to "provide quality 'adult' entertainment" in daytime programming. 
 
The series ended in 1958 due to its high budget, much higher than any other daytime program in television. A few of the later episodes were preserved on color film for later rerun syndication under different titles.

Almost all of the 590 original and 81 re-run episodes broadcast have been wiped, destroyed, or are not known to exist any longer in any broadcast form (audio or kinescope, or video).

UCLA Film & TV has 20 different kinescopes in their archive, most not accessible. 

The Library of Congress has only TWO kinescopes in their archive, each on separate negative audio tracks, and separate 16mm Negative Kinescopes. However in 1986 when NBC TV donated 18,600 of their extant kinescopes (1948-1975) to the LOC, their was notated at that time SEVEN separate kinescopes (separate 16mm films and corresponding Negative Optical Sound tracks), for the broadcast dates, Oct. 31, 1955, Nov. 28, 1955, Nov. 29, 1955, Dec. 20, 1955, April 20, 1956, May 3, 1956 & Dec. 10, 1956. 

The Paley Center for Media has THREE composite kinescopes in their archive. 

*The following FOUR television audio air checks are extant in the Archival Television Audio, Inc. collection, archived on ¼” reel to reel audio tape originally used to record these programs off the air, direct line, resulting in excellent playback sound, at the time of their original broadcast. 

*All FOUR titles extant in the ATA archive are not included in the above three major USA media archives.

6 Nov. 1956
ATA#GR1 The Tell-Tale Heart – November 6, 1956

In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind.


5 Feb. 1957
ATA#GR2 Frankenstein – February 5, 1957 

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.


15 Feb. 1957
ATA#GR3 The Others – February 15, 1957
 7.8 (21)
 
A governess battles to save two children from an evil supernatural force.

13 Dec. 1956
ATA#GR4 Captain Brassbound's Conversion – December 13, 1957

Captain Brassbound, a vindictive sea captain, swears revenge on a visiting Englishman whom he blames for his mother's death.

*The scripts of the MATINEE THEATER series' later episodes are archived at the University of California, Los Angeles.
                                                             
#13075: ELECTION DAY 1956
1956-11-06, , 1 min.
Adlai Stevenson, Estes Kefauver

A commercial for the Adlai Stevenson-Estes Kefauver Democratic ticket urging Americans to vote for them.                     
#13076: DICK STERN PRIVATE CITIZEN OPINION
1956-11-06, WABD, 15 min.
Dick Stern

Private citizen Dick Stern buys airtime on WABD (Dumont) television at $250.00 for 15 minutes, to speak on behalf of Adlai Stevenson's run for the presidency. He attacks the Eisenhower administration as a "bankrupt failure."                  
#13077: RADIO NEWS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE
1956-11-06, WQXR, 3 min.
Dwight Eisenhower

Anglo-French troops carry out air assault, air attack by Egyptian MIGS, Six nations offer troops to UN peace force, heavy fighting continues in Budapest, sixty million Americans to elect President, prepared for Eisenhower victory.                        
#13078: ARTHUR GODFREY MORNING SHOW
1956-11-06, WCBS, 6 min.
Arthur Godfrey, Tony Marvin

January 7th, 1952-April 24th, 1959 (CBS)

Daily variety Series starring Arthur Godfrey. Tony Marvin was the MC.                                                  
#13079: HUNTLEY-BRINKLEY REPORT, THE
1956-11-06, WNBC, 9 min.
David Brinkley, Chet Huntley, Adlai Stevenson, Dwight Eisenhower, Ray Sherer

Ceasefire in the Middle East, Ray Sherer reports. Report from Washington, (Eisenhower headquarters) election day news, a report from Chicago and Stevenson headquarters, Anglo-French agree tp ceasefire, Egypt will accept ceasefire provided Anglo-French and Israeli troops withdraw from Egypt. Forecast on outcome of the election, a prediction that Eisenhower will be reelected, Hungarian rebels still battle Russians in Budapest, many Hungarians flee into Austria, Moscow calls for aid to Egypt, early election returns put Eisenhower in the lead.

NOTE: Seventh HUNTLEY-BRINKLEY REPORT broadcast.                                                           
#13080: ELECTION RETURNS, THE
1956-11-06, WCBS, 48 min.
Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid, Bob Wilson, H.V. Kaltenborn, Adlai Stevenson, Richard C. Hottelet, Leonard Hall

Election returns from all three networks. Bob Wilson with late return reports, CBS coverage from Walter Cronkite, Richard C.Hottelet, Leonard Hall predicts Eisenhower victory, H.V. Kaltenborn editorial on Eisenhower's victory, a report on the Jacob Javits Senate race, Stevenson concession speech.                                                    
#GR2: MATINEE THEATER: "FRANKENSTEIN"
1956-11-06, WNBC, 50 min.
John Conte, Phil Gries, Tom Tyron, Christine White, Vic Perrin, Primo Carnera, Mary Shelley, Gary Rutkowski

    October 31, 1955 - June 13, 1958

Broadcast Live this ambitious TV adaptation of the 1818 novel, FRANKESTEIN, written by English author Mary Shelley, was televised in Color on NBC TV, February 5, 1957, starring Tom Tyron, Christine White, Vic Perrin & Primo Carnera as the Monster.

While 55 references in WIKIPEDA of actors playing the role of the Monster (stage, film, TV), over the years, there is not mention of the characterization and version performed by Primo Carnera. 

This peerless COMPLETE AUDIO AIR CHECK broadcast  of FRNKENSTEIN was restored by Phil Gries from an original 1/4" reel to reel audio tape discovered and obtained by archivist scholar Gary Rutkowski (www.savetv.tv).

Matinee Theater  was an American anthology series that aired on NBC during the Golden Age of Television, from October 31, 1955,[ to June 27, 1958 (including last two weeks of re-runs).
 
The series was broadcast on NBC television daily from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, was usually broadcast LIVE and most of the time in color. Its live dramas were presented with minimal sets and costumes. During its three-year series run there were 7000 different performers employed, and hundreds of talented writers and directors who navigated its peerless television run, using 4,200 sets, 210,000 props, and 15,000 costumes.
 
Host for this series was John Conti.

When it was broadcast, Matinee Theater was the most heavily promoted regularly scheduled daytime program on U.S. television, part of the network's effort to "provide quality 'adult' entertainment" in daytime programming. 
 
The series ended in 1958 due to its high budget, much higher than any other daytime program in television. A few of the later episodes were preserved on color film for later rerun syndication under different titles.

Almost all of the 590 original and 81 re-run episodes broadcast have been wiped, destroyed, or are not known to exist any longer in any broadcast form (audio or kinescope, or video).

UCLA Film & TV has 20 different kinescopes in their archive, most not accessible. 

The Library of Congress has only TWO kinescopes in their archive, each on separate negative audio tracks, and separate 16mm Negative Kinescopes. However in 1986 when NBC TV donated 18,600 of their extant kinescopes (1948-1975) to the LOC, their was notated at that time SEVEN separate kinescopes (separate 16mm films and corresponding Negative Optical Sound tracks), for the broadcast dates, Oct. 31, 1955, Nov. 28, 1955, Nov. 29, 1955, Dec. 20, 1955, April 20, 1956, May 3, 1956 & Dec. 10, 1956. 

The Paley Center for Media has THREE composite kinescopes in their archive. 

*The following FOUR television audio air checks are extant in the Archival Television Audio, Inc. collection, archived on ¼” reel to reel audio tape originally used to record these programs off the air, direct line, resulting in excellent playback sound, at the time of their original broadcast. 

*All FOUR titles extant in the ATA archive are not included in the above three major USA media archives.

6 Nov. 1956
ATA#GR1 The Tell-Tale Heart – November 6, 1956

In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind.


5 Feb. 1957
ATA#GR2 Frankenstein – February 5, 1957 

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.


15 Feb. 1957
ATA#GR3 The Others – February 15, 1957
 7.8 (21)
 
A governess battles to save two children from an evil supernatural force.

13 Dec. 1956
ATA#GR4 Captain Brassbound's Conversion – December 13, 1957

Captain Brassbound, a vindictive sea captain, swears revenge on a visiting Englishman whom he blames for his mother's death.

*The scripts of the MATINEE THEATER series' later episodes are archived at the University of California, Los Angeles.
                                                             
#13081: GABE PRESSMAN REPORT, THE
1956-11-07, WNBC, 6 min.
Gabe Pressman, Adlai Stevenson, Dwight Eisenhower

Newsman Gabe Pressman reports on Dwight Eisenhower's overwhelming presidential election victory over Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson.                                                  
#13082: PIELS BEER COMMERCIAL
1956-11-07, , 1 min.
Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding

A Piels Beer commercial is heard starring Bert and Harry Piels.
The voices of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding.                      
#13083: DOUGLAS EDWARDS AND THE NEWS
1956-11-07, WCBS, 14 min.
Douglas Edwards, Dwight Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles

News highlights: the Democrats win Congress. Eisenhower wins by nine million votes but fails to carry his party into Congress. 
Eisenhower confers with JohnFoster Dulles (in Walter Reed Hospital) and others regarding the Middle East. Israel rejects UN troops to Israel, the UN to replace Anglo-French troops in Egypt. Ceasefire in the Canal Zone. The Soviets still battle Hungary in Budapest, shell city ruthlessly. Anti-Russian demonstrations in Paris.            
#13084: COKE TIME STARRING EDDIE FISHER
1956-11-07, WNBC, 4 min.
Eddie Fisher

April 29th, 1953-February 22nd, 1957 (NBC).

Coke Time was a fifteen-minute musical series seen on Wednesday and Friday evenings, before NBC news and hosted by singer Eddie Fisher. Singer Jaye P. Morgan would make frequent appearances on the show. It was sponsored by Coca-Cola.  

In this episode, Eddie Fisher sings "Love Me Tender."                                       
#13085: RECOLLECTIONS AT 30: NBC RADIO
1956-11-07, WNBC, 13 min.
Kate Smith, Ed Herlihy, Tallulah Bankhead, Milton Cross, George M. Cohan, Madame Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Frank Murray

A recollection of old NBC radio broadcasts hosted by Ed Herlihy. 
Excerpts include a reading by Tallulah Bankhead who hosted NBC radio's weekly variety series, "The Big Show," George M. Cohan sings "Over There," from 1937, the bugler who sounded the ceasefire on November 11th, 1918, ending World War 1. Also featuring Milton Cross, Kate Smith, Madame Ernestine Schumann-Heink, and Frank Murray.                                   
#13086: NBC NEWS WITH KENNETH BANGHART
1956-11-08, WNBC, 7 min.
Kenneth Banghart, Thurston B. Morton, Earle Clements

Highlights: Israel will withdraw forces from Sanai under pressure from the United States, United Nations to go to Suez, Bulgarian says Russian troops in Hungary are of no concern of UN, fighting continues in various parts of Hungary, 14,000 to16,000 Hungarians flee into Austria, the United States will accept Hungarian refugees, balloonist hits new heights at 14 miles high, a new altitude record. Republican Thurston B. Morton defeats Democratic incumbent Earle Clements by 7,000 votes to win the Kentucky Senate race.                                                  
#13087: JACKIE GLEASON SHOW, THE
1956-11-10, WCBS, 12 min.
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

September 20, 1952-June 22, 1957; October 3, 1958-January 2 1959; February 3 1961-March 24, 1961; September 1962-September 12, 1970


After the 1954-1955 season (one hour live broadcasts), Jackie Gleason produced a series of 39 filmed half-hour episodes of "The Honeymooners" which was syndicated (1955-1956). For the following 1956-1957 season, the Jackie Gleason Show returned to a live one-hour variety format with a Honeymooners sketch included in many of its broadcasts. After this season, The Honeymooners sketches would not be revived until the 1966-1967 season of The Jackie Gleason Show.   

In this episode, a Honeymooners sketch with Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, and Audrey Meadows.                                                   
#13088: CHILDREN'S HOUR, THE
1956-11-11, WNBC, 3 min.
Ed Herlihy

A Sunday morning children's series hosted by Ed Herlihy originally titled "The Horn and Hardart Children's Hour." 
It debuted on WNBT television in 1949.

Complete opening of the show.                                     
#13089: ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN) THE
1956-11-11, CBS, 7 min.
Louis Armstrong, Phil Silvers, Ed Sullivan, Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews

           June 20, 1948 - May 30, 1971

ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE, (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
Television's longest running variety series. Originally, titled, TOAST OF THE TOWN, the name of the series changed on September 18, 1955 to THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Most remembered for introducing many stand-up comedians, and musical acts, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Beatles. 

 Most of the 1,087 broadcasts, encompassing 10,000 performers, have been archived. The major exceptions are the first half-year of shows circa 1948 of which a few kinescope excerpts survive.
 
The ED SULLIVAN SHOW was a spectacular show-case that for twenty-three years entertained the American family. In its prime, more than thirty million viewers, young and old, tuned in at the same time to view popular culture.  

The guests are Louis Armstrong, Phil Silvers, Bing Crosby, and Julie Andrews.   

                                                   
#7375: ROBERT MONTGOMERY PRESENTS
1956-11-12, NBC, 00 min.
James Dean, Robert Montgomery, Sandra Michael

January 30th, 1950-June 24th, 1957.

A live, dramatic television series produced by NBC-TV. It began as a semi-monthly series and became a weekly series in December, 1951. Hosted by actor Robert Montgomery.

"Harvest," starring James Dean and Sandra Michael. 

Original telecast November 23rd, 1953.                                    
#5951: PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE: "JACK AND THE BEANSTALK"
1956-11-12, WNBC, 54 min.
Cyril Ritchard, Billy Gilbert, Joel Grey, Celeste Holm, Peggy King, Arnold Stang, Leora Dana, Ray Charles Choir

            October 18, 1954-May 27, 1957
Live ninety minute productions aired every fourth week. The range of material was vast, from dramas to musicals.

Presented on "PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE." This special color broadcast opens with the words, "The following program is brought to you in compatible color." For the first few years, NBC introduced all broadcasts presented in color with this introduction, prior to replacing the word "compatible" with the word "living" in 1957.
 
Classic fairy tale about a farm boy who trades the family cow for magic beans and climbs the beanstalk that grows from the beans, confronting an ogre. There are ten different songs presented in this live musical fantasy.                          
#13090: CBS NEWS WITH DOUGLAS EDWARDS, THE
1956-11-14, WCBS, 14 min.
Golda Meir, Daniel Schorr, Douglas Edwards, Dwight Eisenhower, Martin Luther King

An interview with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir who comments on the Middle East Crises and offers volunteers to go to Egypt. Newsman Daniel Schorr comments. Egypt asks for Soviet volunteers. Southeast Asian countries urge for withdrawal of Russian troops from Hungary. A general strike in Hungary, Eisenhower comments on the World problems, the UN bars Red China membership, Negro boycott problems on a bus in Montgomery Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King comments on recent Supreme Court decision making it illegal to practice bus segregation.                      
#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."                                                                           
#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.                                                          
#13093: CBS NEWS WITH CECIL BROWN, THE
1956-11-15, WCBS, 8 min.
Cecil Brown, John Foster Dulles

Highlights: A shakeup is promised in the United States diplomatic service, John Foster Dulles angry at US diplomat about the Middle East crises, UN troops stationed in Suez Canal Zone, Egypt demands Israel bring back captured Egypt war material, the strike in Hungary continues until Russians leave, Hungarians want free elections.                          
#7418: SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE OF STARS, THE
1956-11-16, CBS, 00 min.
James Dean

October 5th, 1951- July 31st, 1959

Live Anthology series featuring both drama and comedy. The title was shortened to Schlitz Playhouse in the fall of 1957. It was hosted for several seasons by Irene Dunne and later by Robert Paige. 
This episode starred James Dean in "The Unlighted Road." Originally broadcast on May 6th, 1955, it was Dean's last dramatic appearance on television.                                     
#13096: BOB HOPE SHOW, THE
1956-11-18, WNBC, 8 min.
Bob Hope, Elvis Presley

In his opening monologue, Bob talks about Elvis Presley.                         
#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.                         
#13094: JACK BENNY PROGRAM, THE
1956-11-18, CBS, 6 min.
Jack Benny, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Mary Livingston, Dennis Day, Eddie Rochester Anderson

October 28th, 1950- September 15th, 1964 (CBS)
September 25th,1964-September 10th, 1965 (NBC)    

Jack Benny's half-hour show mixed variety and situation comedy with a company of regulars: Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, announcer Don Wilson, Dennis Day, Mel Blanc, and Mary Livingston.   


An excerpt from the November 18th, 1956 episode of this show.                                                                                                                         
#13095: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1956-11-18, WRCA, 9 min.
Steve Allen, Bob Hope, Gene Rayburn

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.     

Steve's guest is Bob Hope.                                                                                     
#13097: NEWS
1956-11-20, , 4 min.
Bill Ripley

Longshore's strike in the US continues, UN resumes debate that Russia halt mass deportation, 5,000 Hungarians escape into Austria, 700,000 troops in Hungary.                             
#5936: TOM SAWYER
1956-11-21, WCBS, 54 min.
Jimmy Boyd, John Sharpe, Ross Bampton, Clarence Cooper, Bennye Gatteys, The Song Spinners

Presented on "US STEEL HOUR." A series of adventures in the life of Tom Sawyer.
#5936*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=US+STEEL+HOUR%3A+%3Cb%3E%22TOM+SAWYER%22%3C%2FB%3E">US STEEL HOUR: "TOM SAWYER"
1956-11-21, WCBS, 54 min.
N/A

October 27, 1953-June 21, 1955 (ABC). July 6, 1955-June 12, 1963 (CBS). Broadcast live from New York, this dramatic anthology series was telecast biweekly. It became the last hold-out representing anthology "Golden Age" television programming. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#13099: LIBERACE SHOW, THE
1956-11-24, SYN, 2 min.
Liberace, George Liberace

1953-1955 Syndicated.

A half-hour musical series starring pianist Liberace and his brother George. 

The show's opening is heard.                                                 
#13100: JACKIE GLEASON SHOW, THE
1956-11-24, WCBS, 3 min.
Jackie Gleason

September 20, 1952-June 22, 1957; October 3, 1958-January 2 1959; February 3 1961-March 24, 1961; September 1962-September 12, 1970

After the 1954-1955 season (one hour live broadcasts), Jackie Gleason produced a series of 39 filmed half-hour episodes of "The Honeymooners" which was syndicated (1955-1956). For the following 1956-1957 season, the Jackie Gleason Show returned to a live one-hour variety format with a Honeymooners sketch included in many of its broadcasts. After this season, The Honeymooners sketches would not be revived until the 1966-1967 season of The Jackie Gleason Show.  

The show's opening is heard.                                                                              
#13101: DANGER WITH GRANGER
1956-11-24, , 2 min.
Steve Granger

July 23rd, 1956-February 25th, 1957
 
A half-hour radio drama created by the Mutual Broadcasting Company based on the dramatic files of New York City private detective Steve Granger. 

The opening excerpt is heard.                       
#5991*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=SATURDAY+COLOR+CARNIVAL%3A+%3Cb%3E%22HIGH+BUTTON+SHOES%22%3C%2Fb%3E">SATURDAY COLOR CARNIVAL: "HIGH BUTTON SHOES"
1956-11-24, WNBT, 80 min.
N/A

October 27, 1956-April 13, 1957. A series of specials which lasted one season, sponsored by Oldsmobile. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5991: HIGH BUTTON SHOES
1956-11-24, WNBC, 80 min.
Don Ameche, Hal March, Nanette Fabray, Joey Faye, Jack Collins, Janet Ward

Presented on "SATURDAY COLOR CARNIVAL." Nanette Fabray recreates her starring role in the 1947 musical about a charming con man and his attempt to convince a young couple that they will profit from the sale of their family property.
#13103: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1956-11-27, WCBS, 4 min.
Tommy Dorsey, Ron Cochran, Dwight Eisenhower

Highlights: The death of bandleader Tommy Dorsey, The UN votes $10 million dollars to support the Suez operation, Russia says it will decline payment, Kadar may bring Nagy into government as a minister, Hungarian refugees arrive in the United States meet with President Eisenhower in Washington, newsman indicted for contempt of Congress regarding Communist background.                                      
#13102A: MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE, THE
1956-11-27, WOR, 01 min.
Announcer, Frank McCarthy, Ted Mallie

September 21, 1954-April 20, 1968

WOR TV Channel 9 in New York premiered the concept of the "MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE" with the Debut of MAGIC TOWN (1947), on September 21, 1954 to fill time slots when the telecasting of the Brooklyn Dodger baseball season ended.

THE MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE was a new concept in television viewing...a highlight attraction seen each day locally in New York City on WOR-TV Channel 9. Each week starting on Monday, a TV Debut movie would be shown, Monday thru Friday, twice each evening, 7:30pm & 10:00pm (TEN weekday SHOWINGS). The same film would then be broadcast multiple times on Saturday, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, and 10:30pm and continuous showings on Sunday, at 12:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, and 10:00pm. 

That totaled  EIGHTEEN TELECASTS OF THE SAME FILM, BROADCAST EACH WEEK.

 The final across the board multiple showings of a single film for this series was DANGEROUS GROUND (1952), final telecast Friday, August 20, 1965. From that time on the moniker of THE MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE continued to be used but for the next three years films were sporadically shown more than once in different time slots, or were shown only one time, mainly on weekends. 

The title THE MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE was dropped completely  after the showing of the documentary, KON-TIKI (1951) which aired on WOR TV Saturday April 20, 1968.  Thereafter when WOR TV aired movies they were introduced with a generic opening. 

During the almost 14 year rein of THE MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE the opening musical number "Tara's Theme" by Max Steiner would be played as the opening introduction to the movie followed by a voice over announcing the name of the movie and actors.

In booth announcer for THE MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE form its premiere in 1954 thru 1959 was Frank McCarthy. Subsequently, following the end of WOR's affiliation with Mutual in 1959, Ted Mallie became the announcer. 

For the week of Monday thru Sunday, November 26-December 2, The NY TV Debut of the film EXPERIMENT PERILOUS (1944), starring Hedy Lamarr, was broadcast on THE MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE a total of EIGHTEEN TIMES. 

The entire opening of THE MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE broadcast November 27, 1956 is heard. It is the oldest air check known to exist related to the opening of THE MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE. 
                                                                                                                                                        
#13102: RED SKELTON SHOW, THE
1956-11-27, WCBS, 7 min.
Red Skelton, Boris Karloff, Eva Gabor

September 30, 1951-August 29, 1971

Red Skelton's network television program began at the start of the 1951 fall season on NBC (for sponsor Procter & Gamble). After two seasons on Sunday nights, the program was picked up by CBS in the fall of 1953 and moved to Tuesday night, the time slot with which it would become primarily associated during most of its run. After his first CBS season the program was moved to Wednesday night and expanded to an hour for the summer of 1954 only; it was then reduced back to a half-hour for a time, later expanded again, returning to Tuesday night where it would remain for the next sixteen years (co-sponsored by Johnson's Wax and Pet Milk between 1955 and 1962).

On September 25, 1962, the program was again expanded to a full hour (becoming The Red Skelton Hour) and remained in this longer format for the balance of its CBS run.

CBS ended its association with the program in early 1970. This apparently marked the beginning of one of several attempts by CBS to downplay programming whose primary appeal was to "Middle America", an audience more rural and also somewhat older than that generally desired by network television advertisers. Marketers were moving towards a younger, "hipper", and more urban audience.

At least in part due to Skelton's iconic status, the program was picked up by NBC, premiering on September 14, 1970. Vice President Spiro Agnew introduced Red's 20th season opener, returning back to NBC where he began his first TV season. Guest on Shelton's premiere program was Jerry Lewis. After the taping of the show, Lewis told the audience: "My ambition has always been to be a clown...tonight I've had the honor of working with a great clown."

The program that aired was quite different from the one that Skelton's CBS audience was used to seeing. The new set was dark, devoid of the backdrops that viewers had seen on CBS. The show was cut back to its original half-hour length and it was moved from Tuesday to Monday nights.

The new format never really worked. The program ended in March 1971, although selected programs from this final season were rerun on NBC on Sunday nights in prime time during June-August, 1971.    

In this episode, Red Skelton's guests are actor Boris Karloff
and actress Eva Gabor.                                                                                        
#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.
                                                                                                                          
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