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#13211: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1957-09-10, CBS, 6 min.
Nelson Rockefeller, Ron Cochran, John Kasper, Fred Shuttlesworth, Brooklyn Dodgers

Highlights: The government will legally try to remove National Guardsmen from blocking integration in Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, a new school is dynamited in Nashville, Tennessee, Klu Klux Klan member John Kasper is arrested, racial violence in other areas, minister Fred Shuttlesworth is beaten while leading an integration rally in Birmingham, Alabama, Govenor Nelson Rockefeller will try to keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn,                                                                
#13213: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1957-09-15, NBC, 9 min.
Don Knotts, Steve Allen, Eddie Fisher, Ralph Edwards, John Payne, George Gobel, Gisele McKenzie, Tennessee Ernie Ford

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

Guests include Tennessee Ernie Ford, John Payne, Gisele McKenzie, Eddie Fisher, and George Gobel. A preview of the 1957 Fall season on NBC.                                                         
#13212: ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
1957-09-15, CBS, 14 min.
Ed Sullivan, Joe E. Lewis

           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.   

Ed Sullivan's guest is comedian Joe E. Lewis.                         
#9467: TEXACO COMMAND APPEARANCE
1957-09-19, NBC, 50 min.
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.          
#13214: ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
1957-09-22, CBS, 5 min.
George Raft, Jack Dempsey, Ed Sullivan, Betty Grable

           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.   

Guests include Betty Grable, Jack Dempsey, and George Raft.                                               
#13215: NBC NEWS BULLETIN
1957-09-23, NBC, 5 min.
Dwight Eisenhower

A bulletin from NBC News: President Eisenhower signs a proclamation permitting him to send federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to quell interracial rioting.                         
#13216: TWENTY-ONE
1957-09-23, NBC, 5 min.
Jack Barry, David Mayer, Harold Craig

September 12th,1956-October, 16th 1958 

This quiz show was NBC's answer to the popular CBS quiz the $64,000 question and was hosted by series co-creator Jack Barry. Contestant Charles Van Doren proved to be the most popular of all the show's contestants although Elfreda Von Nardroff went home with the most money after twenty-one appearances. The two contestants were placed in isolation booths where they were asked a series of questions. Van Doren would often make pained facial expressions in his booth when asked a question he was struggling with. It was discovered later that Van Doren had been given some of the answers. Another contestant, Herbert Stempel blew the whistle on the show accusing the program of giving some of the answers to the contestants. In October 1958 the show was removed from the air as the quiz show scandal was becoming more widely-known.

The guest contestants are David Mayer and Harold Craig.  
                                                                                                      
#13217: MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP
1957-09-23, , 15 min.
Don Dunphy, Sugar Ray Robinson, Winn Elliott, Carmen Basilio

Middleweight boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson defends his title vs. Carmen Basilio in a fifteen round match at New York's Yankee Stadium. Basilio took the crown from Robinson on a close fifteen round decision. The fight opening plus rounds nine, eleven, and fifteen are heard. Basilio is interviewed after the fight.

The announcers are Winn Elliott and Don Dunphy.                                     
#13218: NBC NEWS WITH BOB WILSON
1957-09-23, NBC, 3 min.
Bob Wilson, Dwight Eisenhower

Highlights: Whites riot against negro students entering a Little Rock, Arkansas high school, rioting also against newsmen, President Eisenhower orders a "cease and desist" or Federal troops will enter Little Rock. Bob Wilson reports.          
#13219: CBS NEWS WITH EDWARD R. MURROW, THE
1957-09-24, CBS, 7 min.
Dwight Eisenhower, Edward R. Murrow, Edwin Walker

Highlights: President Eisenhower federalizes Arkansas National Guard and orders troops to Little Rock as racial crisis continues, the troops are under the command of General Edwin Walker.            
#13220: CBS RADIO NEWS SPECIAL
1957-09-24, CBS, 12 min.
Dwight Eisenhower

Highlights: Talk by President Eisenhower regarding Little Rock crisis broadcast live from the White House,              
#13221: NBC NEWS SPECIAL
1957-09-24, NBC, 9 min.
David Brinkley, Frank McGee, Richard Harkness

NBC newsmen Frank McGee, David Brinkley, and Richard Harkness discuss the racial crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas.                        
#13222C: BROOKLYN DODGERS VS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (FINAL GAME 1957 SEASON)
1957-09-29, WOKO, 123 min.
Roger Craig, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Gino Cimoli, Vin Scully, Sandy Koufax, Randy Jackson, Don Zimmer, Jerry Doggett, Bob Kennedy, Joe Pignatano, Richie Ashburn, Don Landrum, Ed Bouchee, Harry Anderson, Willie Jones, Solly Hemus, Joe Lonnett, Seth Morehead, Jim Gilliam, Chico Fernandez

The final Brooklyn Dodger baseball game before the Brooklyn Dodgers were scheduled to leave for Los Angeles, California, for the 1958 season, departing Brooklyn after playing 45 years at Ebbets Field. This final Brooklyn Dodger baseball game is played on the road in Philadelphia Pennsylvania against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Broadcast on radio WOKO 1460. Vin Scully and Jerry Dogget call the play-by-play. Ironically, this memorable baseball game was not televised to home fans in Brooklyn as was the New York Giants final game at the Polo Grounds.

This game is notable also for the fact that it contains the last at bat of Brooklyn Dodger catcher great Roy Campanella who would suffer paralysis as a result of an automobile accident on January 28, 1958, ending his illustrious baseball career.  
 
                         Starting Lineups 

Brooklyn Dodgers

1   Jim Gilliam  2B
2   Gino Cimoli  CF
3   Carl Furillo RF
4   Gil Hodges   1B
5   Bob Kennedy  LF
6   Randy Jackson 3B
7   Don Zimmer   SS
8   Joe Pignatano C
9   Roger Craig   P
10  Sandy Koufax  P      
11  Roy Campanella PH

Philadelphia Phillies

1	Richie Ashburn	RF
2	Don Landrum	CF
3	Ed Bouchee	1B
4	Harry Anderson	LF
5	Willie Jones	3B
6	Solly Hemus	2B
7	Chico Fernandez	SS
8	Joe Lonnett	C
9	Seth Morehead	P

NOTE: This is a COMPLETE GAME, unlike radio broadcast versions that exists on the internet and /or housed in other museums or private collector's archives, which contain in their recordings missing counts related to player at bats. 

Phil Gries has processed the original recording as recorded off the air at the time of the original broadcast, correcting pitch, sound glitches, clicks, and equalization, resulting in overall improved sound quality.  
                                                                                                                           
#13222A: NEW YORK GIANTS VS PITTSBURGH PIRATES
1957-09-29, WPIX, 22 min.
Russ Hodges, Willie Mays, Dusty Rhodes, Johnny Antonelli, Whitey Lockman, Bobby Thomson, Wes Westrum, Don Mueller, Bill Rigney, Jim Woods, Bob Delaney, George Levy, Danny OConnel, Daryl Spencer, Hans Lobert, Red Murray, Sid Gordon, Buddy Kerr, Eddie Brannick

  The final New York Giant Baseball Game played in New York at the Polo Grounds by the New York Giant baseball team. 

The Giants moved into the Polo Grounds in 1891. After today's final game they will be leaving many memories, mourners and an empty baseball park behind. 

Radio came to the Giants in 1939. Television's first full season came in 1948. Steve Ellis called the shots that first TV season over the NBC network. In 1949 WPIX, with Russ Hodges and Al Helfer, at the mikes took over the telecasting, providing memorable play by play moments including those by Willie Mays and the most audacious New York Giant recording of them all, by Hodges, of the National League Winning home run by Bobby Thomson in 1951. 

In what is considered the only known WPIX TV video or audio opening of a regularly scheduled New York Giant game we hear the theme music and opening by broadcaster, in the booth, Jim Woods, who reminds the viewers that the ballgame is coming to them by Knickerbocker Beer and Pall Mall cigarettes. We hear George Levy New York Giant public address announcer naming today's line-up in the background.

Announcer, Jim Woods, states that manager Bill Rigney wants to pack the Giant line-up with as many 1954 New York Giant players as possible, including catcher Wes Westrum who hasn't started a game in quite some time.
 
NEW YORK GIANTS STARTING LINE-UP

1B - Danny O'Connell 
RF - Don Mueller
CF - Willie Mays
LF - Dusty Rhodes

3B - Bobby Thomson (traded by the Giants in 1954 and returning 
     for one more half season in 1957)

1B - Whitey Lockman
SS - Daryl Spencer
C -  Wes Westrum
P - Johnny Antonelli



After announcing the first lead off hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates we segue to the bottom of the ninth inning, Giants losing 9 to 1. Bob Delaney does play by play. Don Meuller flies out. Willie Mays gets a resounding standing ovation (banging on the roof of the Giant dugout can be heard. Willie makes out ending his 1957 season with a .333 batting average. The final New York Giant out at the Polo Grounds is made by Dusty Rhodes. 

NOTE: In 2014 a version of this tape was presented in person by Phil Gries to the daughter of Dusty Rhodes and to a friend of Willie Mays, to be given to him. 

We hear announcer Russ Hodges, from the center field New York Giant clubhouse reminiscing about past Giant teams who played at the Polo Grounds (1942, 1944, 1946, 1951, 1954).
Giant fans surround him and chant "Stay team stay." 

Hodges interviews manager Bill Rigney from his New York Giant Clubhouse Office. He states that today is a sad day.
He discuses plans for managing the 1958 San Francisco Giants. 

Russ Hodges interviews former NY Giant players, including Hans Lobert who began his baseball career in 1903 playing for the Giants from 1915-1917, Red Murray who played with the Giants from 1909-1914, Sid Gordon who retired as a Giant during the middle of last season, Buddy Kerr great  short stop for the New York Giants over a period of six years during the 1940's, and Eddie Brannick who joined the New York Giant organization in 1905 as an office boy working his way up to Club Secretary / Office manager, remaining with the club for a total of 65 years. 

Russ Hodges becomes poetic reading a verse he has written about the departure of the New York Giants form New York. 

Russ Hodges and Bob Delaney sign off. 
THE END OF AN ERA
                                                                                                        
#13222B: NEW YORK GIANTS VS PITTSBURGH PIRATES
1957-09-29, WPIX, 22 min.
Russ Hodges, Willie Mays, Dusty Rhodes, Johnny Antonelli, Whitey Lockman, Bobby Thomson, Wes Westrum, Don Mueller, Bill Rigney, Jim Woods, Bob Delaney, George Levy, Danny OConnel, Daryl Spencer, Hans Lobert, Red Murray, Sid Gordon, Buddy Kerr, Eddie Brannick

ATA #13222B is a six minute excerpt edited from the ATA #13222A TV Audio Air Check, outlined below.  It contains ONLY the ninth inning, as announced by Bob Delaney, which includes  a  rare retrospective  TV broadcast audio description of Willie Mays' last at bat, in the Polo Grounds, as a New York Giant.


ATA#13222
The final New York Giant Baseball Game played in New York at the Polo Grounds by the New York Giant baseball team. 

The Giants moved into the Polo Grounds in 1891. After today's final game they will be leaving many memories, mourners and an empty baseball park behind. 

Radio came to the Giants in 1939. Television's first full season came in 1948. Steve Ellis called the shots that first TV season over the NBC network. In 1949 WPIX, with Russ Hodges and Al Helfer, at the mikes took over the telecasting, providing memorable play by play moments including those by Willie Mays and the most audacious New York Giant recording of them all, by Hodges, of the National League Winning home run by Bobby Thomson in 1951. 

In what is considered the only known WPIX TV video or audio opening of a regularly scheduled New York Giant game we hear the theme music and opening by broadcaster, in the booth, Jim Woods, who reminds the viewers that the ballgame is coming to them by Knickerbocker Beer and Pall Mall cigarettes. We hear George Levy New York Giant public address announcer naming today's line-up in the background.

Announcer, Jim Woods, states that manager Bill Rigney wants to pack the Giant line-up with as many 1954 New York Giant players as possible, including catcher Wes Westrum who hasn't started a game in quite some time.
 
NEW YORK GIANTS STARTING LINE-UP

1B - Danny O'Connell 
RF - Don Mueller
CF - Willie Mays
LF - Dusty Rhodes

3B - Bobby Thomson (traded by the Giants in 1954 and returning 
     for one more half season in 1957)

1B - Whitey Lockman
SS - Daryl Spencer
C -  Wes Westrum
P - Johnny Antonelli



After announcing the first lead off hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates we segue to the bottom of the ninth inning, Giants losing 9 to 1. Bob Delaney does play by play. Don Meuller flies out. Willie Mays gets a resounding standing ovation (banging on the roof of the Giant dugout can be heard. Willie makes out ending his 1957 season with a .333 batting average. The final New York Giant out at the Polo Grounds is made by Dusty Rhodes. 

NOTE: In 2014 a version of this tape was presented in person by Phil Gries to the daughter of Dusty Rhodes and to a friend of Willie Mays, to be given to him. 

We hear announcer Russ Hodges, from the center field New York Giant clubhouse reminiscing about past Giant teams who played at the Polo Grounds (1942, 1944, 1946, 1951, 1954).
Giant fans surround him and chant "Stay team stay." 

Hodges interviews manager Bill Rigney from his New York Giant Clubhouse Office. He states that today is a sad day.
He discuses plans for managing the 1958 San Francisco Giants. 

Russ Hodges interviews former NY Giant players, including Hans Lobert who began his baseball career in 1903 playing for the Giants from 1915-1917, Red Murray who played with the Giants from 1909-1914, Sid Gordon who retired as a Giant during the middle of last season, Buddy Kerr great  short stop for the New York Giants over a period of six years during the 1940's, and Eddie Brannick who joined the New York Giant organization in 1905 as an office boy working his way up to Club Secretary / Office manager, remaining with the club for a total of 65 years. 

Russ Hodges becomes poetic reading a verse he has written about the departure of the New York Giants form New York. 

Russ Hodges and Bob Delaney sign off. 
THE END OF AN ERA
                                                                                                                     
#9404: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1957-09-30, WRCA, 61 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Diahann Carroll, Jose Melis, Hans Conreid, Jack Haskell, Dody Goodman, Tubby Boots

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 

Diahann Carroll's first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar. First Afro American to appear with Jack Paar on The Tonight Show.

Announcer Hugh Downs opens the show stating, "The National Broadcasting Company Presents TONIGHT starring Jack Paar."
Jack Paar gives his customary 5 minute monologue, and introduces panel consisting of Dody Goodman, and Hans Conreid. Jack Haskell sings, "Darn That Green." Paar reminisces about a an old buddy he met from World War Two whom he had not seen in years. Orchestra leader, Jose Melies plays a piano medley. Dody Goodman reads her fan mail and answers questions. Jack introduces "New Discovery," Diahann Carroll who sings "Out of This World." She would be invited back by Jack appearing Oct. 2, 4, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. Stand-up comedian Tubby Boots appears...his first TV show appearance. Paar talks to Hugh Downs about a ten year old boy, John Redding, who wanted to be on the show very badly and relates about his experience when coming to the show. Hugh tells anecdotal story about his son. Hans Conreid relates a story about his 3 year old son. Jack tells story about his eight year old daughter, Randy, who reacted to her mother Mirium, who said to her that "when two people love one another they become one." Randy replied, "YIKES, no wonder half the people in the world are disappearing." Dody Goodman recalls how she spends her day...dinner at Horn & Hardart. Paar, Goodman, Conreid check out the latest design in beds. Downs signs off, stating tomorrow's guests. 

*FOR THE RECORD, as archivists are aware, most of THE JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW SERIES which were broadcast on NBC TV from July 29,  1957 thru March 30, 1962 (A final BEST OF PAAR rerun originally televised November 21, 1961...guest Jack Benny)were ERASED, DESTROYED OR WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN. 

2" Quadruplex Video Tape was expensive ($400 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. 

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS retains in their archive only 4 program excerpts accounting for only one hour or material of JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOWS (November 14, 1958, December 23, 1959, October 19, 1959, and one 33&1/3rd audio disc promotional from 1957 presenting Jack Paar the new host  of the TONIGHT SHOW. 

THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA retains in their archive only 7 program excerpts accounting for only four and a quarter hours of material (July 29, 1957, November 1, 1957, November 7, 1958, November 10, 1958, November 14, 1958, July 22, 1959, December 21, 1959).

UCLA FILM & TV ARCHIVE retains in their archive only 8 program excerpts accounting for only seven hours of material (August 12, 1957, November 1, 1957, November 10, 1958, November 11, 1958, November 14, 1958, July 22, 1959, December 21, 1959).

For over 62 years Phil Gries, creator and owner of ARCHIVAL TLEVISION AUDIO, Inc. has continued to be a passionate television audio archive collector. TRULY UNIQUE TODAY AS AN INDEPENDENT TV AUDIO ARCHIVE. Currently, in 2021, to date, ATA has collated and archived over 20,000 TV Audio Air Checks representing 20,000 hours of sound...tens of thousands of broadcasts which represent the ONLY SURVIVING BROAADCAST RECORD OF A SPECIFIC TELEVISION SHOW (1946-1982). 

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 only 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 final LIVE broadcast aired on 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)

OBSERVATION: Listening to the few extant audio air check COMPLETE JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, as originally televised, AND RECORDED DIRECT LINE RESULTING IN  PRISTINE PLAYBACK SOUND,  retains the essence and specialty which Jack Paar was able to convey as host of his late night talk show. He set the standard for how the TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR format evolved, including introducing the standard monologue at the beginning of every show, which continues to evolve to this day...however, sans the whit, charm, warmth, ease, unpredictability, vulnerability, pace and controversy which Paar brought to TV audiences at night. Jack Paar was stellar, and he is sorely missed by most Baby Boomers who remember watching him in real time.

Mostly forgotten by todays' younger audiences Jack Paar needs to be re-evaluated at length to place him royally as one of the most, if not the most, important LATE NIGHT HOSTS IN THE HISTORY OF LATE NIGHT TELEVISION. 

Interestingly, current documentaries examining the history of Late Night television, including the current CNN 6 hours retrospective on the subject THE STORY OF LATE NIGHT (2021), relegates only 15 minutes of screen time to Jack Paar's contributions as one of many late night hosts.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
#13000A: SHELL PRESENTS GABE PRESSMAN & THE LOCAL NEWS (WNBC TV)
1957-10-04, WNBC, 5 min.
Gabe Pressman

     September 30, 1957 - June 27, 1958
Gabe Pressman anchors a five minute local New York City broadcast airing at 6:40pm to 6:45pm preceding the HUNTLEY BRINKLEY REPORT. This is the fifth broadcast. 

Pressman also reports from various NYC locations. Topics:
The flu epidemic, parking meters robbed, beginning of Yom Kippur, the weather and a Shell Oil Company commercial.
        
#13222: WORLD SERIES GAME 3 NEW YORK YANKEES VS. MILWAUKEE BRAVES
1957-10-05, NBC, 3 min.
Mel Allen, Mickey Mantle, Al Helfer

Mel Allen broadcasts game 3 of the 1957 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Milwaukee Braves from County Stadium in Milwaukee. The top of the sixth inning is heard. Mickey Mantle receives a base on balls. Mantle at bat in the middle of the 7th inning and flies out.  
Also, a special NBC News announcement is heard stating that a Russian satellite named "Sputnik" would be passing over Washington, DC.                         
#13223: NEWS SPECIAL
1957-10-05, NBC, 2 min.
Announcer

United States Government officials comment on Russia's "Sputnik" satellite, saying they're not surprised and that it's "no laughing matter." The Jubilant Russians give time-table of satellite passes.                          
#13224: NEWS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES-WQXR RADIO
1957-10-05, WQXR, 2 min.
Jimmy Hoffa, David Beck

Highlights: Riots in Warsaw, Poland, Moscow gives a world-wide time-table of it's "Sputnik" satellite, life expectancy is guessed at a few days to a million years, Jimmy Hoffa is opposed to David Beck's "battle fund."             
#13225: POLLY BERGEN SHOW, THE
1957-10-05, NBC, 6 min.
Polly Bergen, Ernie Kovacs, Jule Styne, Percy Dovetonsills

        September 21, 1957 - May 31, 1958
Polly Bergen hosted her own variety series for one season. The half-hour show alternated biweekly wit CLUB OASIS and featured the orchestra of Luther Henderson, Jr. The show's theme song, "The Party's Over," was composed by Jule Styne.

Guest is Ernie Kovacs who jokingly comments about the Russian satellite, "Sputnik." Kovacs performs a comedy routine as Percy Dovetonsills. This was the third show of the series.

                                      
#13226: DEAN MARTIN SHOW, THE
1957-10-05, NBC, 2 min.
Dean Martin, James Mason, Pamela Mason

The show's open with announced guests James Mason and Pamela Mason.            
#13227: LATE MOVIE: "DRACULA"
1957-10-05, ABC, 1 min.
Announcer, Bela Lugosi, Dracula

Announcer introduces the 1931 feature of the night, "Dracula" on the ABC TV late night movie.
 A 25 second announcer opening.                                      
#13228: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN THE
1957-10-05, CBS, 6 min.
Ron Cochran, John Foster Dulles, James Hagerty, Andrei Gromyko

Highlights: Worldwide reaction to Sputnik 1- Russian satellite, Press Secretary James Hagerty says US is not in the satellite race, US expects to launch satellite next Spring, criticism of US research programs demanded, Secretary of State Dulles meets with Andrei Gromyko on international topics, riots continue in Warsaw, Poland.             
#13229: CBS NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ON "SPUTNIK" RUSSIAN SATELLITE WITH DOUGLAS EDWARDS.
1957-10-06, CBS, 28 min.
Douglas Edwards

Scientists comment on Russian feat and other rocketry, US rocket programs assured in view of triumphal Sputnik Russian achievement.
Douglas Edwards hosts this CBS TV NEWS SPECIAL REPORT.                                       
#13230: BOB HOPE SHOW, THE
1957-10-06, NBC, 10 min.
Bob Hope

From Nouasseur Air Force Base in Morocco. Just the opening monologue is heard.                                                                
#7484A: THE HONEYMOONERS
1957-10-08, WRCA, 3 min.
David Brinkley, Jack Paar, Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Chet Huntley, Audrey Meadows, Don Pardo, Joyce Randolph, Jose Melies

The first syndicated reruns of the classic 39 episodes of the "Honeymooners" ran from September 24th, 1957 to September 16th, 1958 on WRCA TV channel 4 in New York. They aired weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 7:30pm, following "The Huntley Brinkley Report" which aired from 6:45 to 7:00pm.

 Subsequently, reruns of "The Honeymooners" have aired on WPIX in New York from October 9th, 1958 to the present, a run of over 60 years. Jack Lescoulie is the voice announcing the opening of these rebroadcasts, as originally announced during its original run on CBS, October 1st, 1955 to September 22nd, 1956. 

However, little known is the fact that Don Pardo announced the opening of "The Honeymooners" VERY FIRST re-runs on WRCA-TV for only one year, September 24th, 1957-September 16th, 1958.
Pardo also includes in his opening introduction the sponsor, Ronzonni. 

Included in this TV audio air check is the ending of "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" (Jose Melies last evening spouted poetry about Sputnik on "The Jack Paar Tonight Show") which precedes the opening of "The Honeymooners" opening episode, "Brother Ralph."                                                         
#13231: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1957-10-08, CBS, 5 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Ron Cochran, Charles Wilson, Brooklyn Dodgers, Jack Sobel

Highlights: Senators urge congressional investigation on US position in satellite program, Secretary of Defense Charles Wilson calls Red Satellite a "neat scientific trick", Khrushchev says manned planes are obsolete due to the development of missiles, Sputnik radio signals go dead, Soviet spy Jack Sobel sentenced to seven years in prison, Brooklyn Dodgers to move to Los Angeles. 

NOTE:  On August 19, 1957 Horace Stoneham and the Board of Directors voted 9-1 to move the New York Giants to San Francisco.

On October 8, 1957, The Walter O'Malley and Brooklyn Dodgers would follow the lead, moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, California. END OF AN ERA.                                                   
#9493: U.S. STEEL HOUR:"WHO'S EARNEST?"
1957-10-09, CBS, 49 min.
Martyn Green, Dorothy Collins, Nydia Westman, David Atkinson, Edward Mulhare, Edith King, Louise Troy

          October 27, 1953 - June 21, 1955 (ABC TV)
             July 6, 1955 - June 12, 1963 (CBS TV)

The first two years on ABC The U.S. STEEL HOUR presented mostly one hour dramatic plays. With their move to CBS there was more diversity in the subject matter. Dorothy Collins and Edward Mulhare starred in an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," a musical revue  was telecast entitled, The "American Cowboy," and two light dramas with tyro Johnny Carson aired long before he would become "King of Late Night Television."

Songs, include, "Mr. Bunbury," "Perfection," "My Eternal Devotion," "My Eternal Devotion," "A Wicked Man," "Metaphorically Speaking," "Lost, and "My Very First Impression"

In ten years this showcase anthology series presented over 200 live plays, the likes we will never see again on contemporary television. 

                                   
#19291: NAT KING COLE SHOW,
1957-10-15, NBC, 25 min.
Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Jo Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson Trio, Jazz at the Philharmonic, Flip Edwards, Norman Granz, Duke Phillips, Illinois Jacquet, Randy Van Horne Singers, Nelson Riddle Orchestra

November 5, 1956 - June 24, 1957 (15 minutes)
July 2, 1957 - December 17, 1957 (30 minutes)   

When Nat King Cole' NBC TV series began November 5, 1956 it originated from New York City while Cole was winding up his current stint at the Copacabana. After the fourth broadcast the series was broadcast from Los Angeles. where it would remain for its complete run. 

Nat King Cole became the first major black performer to headline a network variety series. His 15 minute show filled the remainder of the half hour in which NBC TV aired its nightly news program, THE HUNTLEY BRINKLY REPORT. 

On July 2, 1957 THE NAT KING COLE SHOW became a half hour program. Many stars appeared on the show for minimum fees as personal favors to him, in an effort to bolster low ratings. But the efforts were in vain, and it would be another decade before a black entertainer could begin to make a significant dent into he mass medium of television. 

Nat King Cole sings, "Only a Paper Moon," "Sweet Lorraine," "With Your on my Mind," "Stompin' At The Savoy," 

Nat King Cole with Oscar Peterson Jr. "Tenderly."

 Norman Granz introduces some of the musicians from his, "Jazz At The Philharmonic" series. Ganz has just completed his 18th annual tour. Nat King Cole tells his audience that this is the  first television appearance of, "Jazz At The Philharmonic." 

Opening is not archived. Otherwise complete. 

                                          
#13232: CBS NEWS WITH DOUGLAS EDWARDS, THE
1957-10-17, CBS, 10 min.
Howard K. Smith, Queen Elizabeth, Douglas Edwards, Harold Macmillan, Dwight Eisenhower

Highlights: A description of Russian film "Trip To The Moon", details of rocket flight, President Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Macmillan to meet next week in Washington concerning the Middle East crisis, Queen Elizabeth is welcomed in Washington D.C by President Eisenhower, Howard K. Smith comments on Anglo-American relationships                          
#13233: MIKE TODD MAMMOTH PARTY IN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
1957-10-17, CBS, 21 min.
Walter Cronkite, Garry Moore, Jim McKay, Ginger Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, Hubert Humphrey, Arthur Fiedler, Charles Boyer, Boston Pops Orchestra, George Jesel, Elsa Maxwell, Mike Todd, Hedda Hooper, Sir Cedrick Hardwicke

Film producer Mike Todd and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, on the first anniversary of Todd's film, "Around The World In Eighty Days," invited 18,000 of their close friends to a Madison Square Garden extravaganza.

 Personalities on hand include George Jesel, (Todd's Wife) Elizabeth Taylor, Elsa Maxwell, Walter Cronkite, Senator Hubert Humphrey, Hedda Hooper, Charles Boyer, Ginger Rogers, Joe E. Lewis, Bill Leon. and Garry Moore. It was estimated that a crowd of 18,000 filled the arena to witness the event. 

Jim McKay is the host.

 NOTE: Mike Todd conned the CBS program  PLAYHOUSE 90 into covering the spectacle, live. But when the crowd got out of control, a bland publicity stunt turned into a giant food fight.

News Anchor  Walter Cronkite covers the event.  
  

 NOTE: Five months later, on March 22, 1958, Mike Todd died in an airplane crash.                                                               
#13234: FRANK SINATRA SHOW, THE
1957-10-18, ABC, 19 min.
Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope

October 18th, 1957-June 27th, 1958 

Frank Sinatra half-hour variety series, also presenting dramatic shows and musical programs.   

Frank's guest is Bob Hope.                                 
#13235: TWENTY-ONE
1957-10-20, NBC, 9 min.
Jack Barry, Harold Craig

September 12th,1956-October, 16th 1958 

This quiz show was NBC's answer to the popular CBS quiz the $64,000 question and was hosted by series co-creator Jack Barry. Contestant Charles Van Doren proved to be the most popular of all the show's contestants although Elfreda Von Nardroff went home with the most money after twenty-one appearances. The two contestants were placed in isolation booths where they were asked a series of questions. Van Doren would often make facial expressions in his booth when asked a question he was struggling with. It was discovered later that Van Doren had been given some of the answers. Another contestant, Herbert Stempel blew the whistle on the show accusing the program of giving some of the answers to the contestants. In October 1958 the show was removed from the air as the quiz show scandal was becoming more widely-known.

Contestant Harold Craig's final appearance, leaving with a total of $119,000.

Jack Barry is the host.
                                                                                                      
#13236: MARIE TORRE INTERVIEW SHOW, THE
1957-10-26, , 6 min.
Elsa Maxwell, Marie Torre, Mike Todd

Marie Torre later in her career hosted an interview  program originally titled "Contact" and was later renamed "The Marie Torre Show." Torre was a newscaster at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1962-1977 and was the station's first female anchor. 

On this program, which cannot be traced as to station and circumstances, but most definitely broadcast on October 26, 1957, Marie Torre interviews Elsa Maxwell  who discusses among other topics:
- Why every party I host I like to beat the last one like the one I hosted last month, September 3rd in Venice...  

- Loved attending the Mike Todd Mammoth Madison Square Party held the other night (October 17, 1957), celebrating the first anniversary of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, where 800 people asked me for my autograph...

- ...never went to a psychiatrist and why...
- ...won a beautiful baby contest once and now in my 60's look at me...
- ...dislike of westerns on television. Boring. 
                                   
#13237: ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
1957-10-27, CBS, 10 min.
Ed Sullivan, Maurice Chevalier, WC Handy, Rudolf Friml

           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.   

Guests include Maurice Chevalier, Joe Howard, W.C. Handy, and Rudolf Friml.                                          
#9478: POLLY BERGEN SHOW
1957-11-02, NBC, 25 min.
Polly Bergen, Don Ameche, Irving Berlin, Jule Styne, Luther Anderson, Jr.

        September 21, 1957 - May 31, 1958
Polly Bergen hosted her own variety series for one season. The half-hour show alternated biweekly wit CLUB OASIS and featured the orchestra of Luther Henderson, Jr. The show's theme song, "The Party's Over," was composed by Jule Styne.

Tonight's show is a tribute to Irving Berlin. Polly sings, "All Alone,"Alexander's Ragtime Band," and "Simple Melody."                 
#13238: PERRY COMO SHOW, THE
1957-11-02, NBC, 4 min.
Ed Wynn, Perry Como

September 12, 1955-June 12, 1963. In the fall of 1955 Perry Como returned to NBC where he hosted a weekly hour show. From 1955 to 1959 it was seen Saturday evenings and was titled "The Perry Como Show." From 1959 to 1963 it was seen Wednesday evenings and was titled "The Kraft Music Hall." Regulars included Frank Gallop and the Ray Charles Singers. After his final weekly June 12, 1963 broadcast Perry Como appeared in scores of specials, beginning October 3, 1963, airing on NBC, CBS & ABC, and concluding on December 6, 1986. 

Perry's guest is Ed Wynn.                                                                 
#13239: NBC NEWS SPECIAL
1957-11-02, NBC, 13 min.
Nikita Khrushchev, Georgy Zhukov

Highlights: Marshall Zhukov is criticized, degraded, and stripped of political authority, he is accused of being a "butcher", Khrushchev using supreme power, comment on this Russian crisis by NBC newsmen.           
#13240: PUBLIC ARTS, THE
1957-11-02, , 5 min.
Gilbert Seldes

Writer Gilbert Seldes comments on current US values of education, he emphasizes the layman's contempt for educated man, all this in light of current Russian scientific feats, recent quiz program contestants.              
#13241: SUNDAY NEWS SPECIAL WITH WALTER CRONKITE, THE
1957-11-03, CBS, 7 min.
Walter Cronkite, Georgy Zhukov

Highlights: Reports on new Russian "Dog" satellite, Sputnik 11
or "Muttnick", US prepares a sophisticated rocket "Vanguard" to launch its satellite, comments by US scientists on latest Russian feats, dog lovers around the world protest use of a dog in the satellite, Marshall Zhukov degraded in Russia, accused of Russia's World War 11 defeats, Russians put into service the world's largest plane, the TU 114.                          
#13242: WOR NEWS WITH PRESCOTT ROBINSON
1957-11-04, WOR, 6 min.
Prescott Robinson

Highlights: Russian satellite to be visible over the USA, Western observers fear Russians have an overwhelming lead in the space race, speculations that Russians may launch a rocket to the moon, US prestige takes a downward turn especially among Europeans, Middle East congressional investigation opens to find out if waste exists in US programs.            
#13243: STRIKE IT RICH
1957-11-04, CBS, 11 min.
Nancy Walker, Warren Hull

May 7th, 1951-January 3rd, 1958 (Daytime)
July 1951-January 1955- (Nighttime)

Each day a succession of needy people would appear on this show. The person telling the saddest story was the winner which was determined by the studio audience. Warren Hull was the host of the show.     

In this episode, actress Nancy Walker listens to one of the sad stories of the day in "The Golden Circle."                    
#13244: CBS NEWS WITH DOUGLAS EDWARDS, THE
1957-11-04, CBS, 5 min.
Douglas Edwards

Highlights: more news about Russian satellites Sputnik 1 and 11,
Russians hope to bring dog safely back to Earth, Russians may send a rocket to the moon, six dogs picket before the UN in protest.             
#13245: PROBE: REACTION TO PRESIDENT EISENHOWER'S SPEECH, THE
1957-11-06, , 8 min.
Dwight Eisenhower, Howard Whitman

A panel discussion by scientists on the current state of US science in light of the latest Russian space feats. Also commentary on President Eisenhower's speech given earlier.
Howard Whitman is the host. The opening of the "Gray Ghost"  Western movie is heard.                                                    
#13246: CBS NEWS WITH RON COCHRAN, THE
1957-11-06, CBS, 6 min.
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.                        
#13247: MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW, THE
1957-11-16, ABC, 24 min.
Jayne Mansfield, Mike Wallace, Elvis Presley, Elsa Maxwell, Cleveland Amory, Maria Callas

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

A half-hour interview series with host Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace interviews Elsa Maxwell. Topics include her opinions on international party makers, personalities such as Khrushchev, Jayne Mansfield, Elvis Presley, Maria Callas, Cleveland Amory, the immorality in high society, and divorce. 



                                                                          
#13248: THIS IS YOUR LIFE STARRING RALPH EDWARDS
1957-11-20, WNBC, 14 min.
Ralph Edwards, Boris Karloff, Bob Warren

October 1, 1952-September 10, 1961 (NBC TV).
1970 & 1983 (SYNDICATED).
NBC 30th Anniversary Show televised February 26, 1981, co- hosted by Ralph Edwards and David Frost.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE was hosted by Ralph Edwards. It was a sentimental human interest show which he began on radio in 1948. Each week a special guest was lured to the studio by a ruse and then surprised as Edward's announced, "This is your Life!" Long lost friends and relatives materialized during the ensuing half hour to relive long-forgotten incidents going back to early childhood. The programs were broadcast LIVE and reverted to Video Tape at the start of the 1959-1960 season, at which time most of the telecasts were pre-recorded. 
Bob Warren announcer.

Boris Karloff is the subject for tonight's broadcast.

 The surprised guest received a 16mm film of the program and a Bell & Howell projector. 


Host Ralph Edwards surprises Boris Karloff. I                                                                                  
#13249: NBC NEWS WITH MARTIN AGRONSKY
1957-11-25, NBC, 3 min.
Martin Agronsky, Dwight Eisenhower

Highlights: US ignores massive Soviet scientific reports in its files, US lax in translation efforts, President Eisenhower speech is canceled due to illness, 

Martin Agronsky comments.                                       
#5922: PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN, THE
1957-11-26, WNBC, 80 min.
Jim Backus, Kay Starr, Van Johnson, Claude Rains, Lori Nelson, Doodles Weaver, Stanley Adams, Rene Kroper

Story of the town of Hamelin, besieged by rats and the townís corrupt Mayor, unwilling to help. Released to theaters in 1961. No TV opening or closing recorded.
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