October 2nd, 1954-June 23rd, 1956- (NBC)
Half-hour variety show starring Jimmy Durante. Joining Jimmy were his former vaudeville partner Eddie Jackson, pianist Jules Buffano, and drummer Jack Roth. The show was set at the Club Durant and also featured the Durante Girls.
Guest: Ernest Borgnine.
October 5, 1956-December 28, 1956
Walter Winchell attempted to bring to television a shortened variety show version of The Ed Sullivan Show. His half hour format was brief, and after 13 weeks his series was cancelled.
Walter Winchell's guests are Shelley Winters and Jimmy Durante.
Jimmy sings, "Toscannin, Iturbi & Me."
Billy Glibert takes a bow from the audience, celebrating his 50th anniversary in show business.
Jimmy Durante and associates Eddie Jackson, Sonny King, Jack Roth and Jules Buffano reminisce about the past.
Jimmy Durante reminisces about his beginnings in show business, first club he ever worked at, his relationships with Lou Clayton, and the early years and personal anecdotes about fighting for two hours with a kid who made fun of his nose.
Durante admits he will marry again this year. Introduction of his best buddies Eddie Jackson, Jules Buffano, Hal Roth, and new comer Sonny King who acquired this recording from Phil Gries which led to his introduction of his best friend Joey Bishop.
At the start of the broadcast Jimmy gives great respect to Errol Flynn who wrote lovingly of Durante in his autobiography, "My Wicked Wicked Ways."
Some movie clips are played viewing and hearing Jimmy Durante singing including "The Strutaway."
A very special and endearing profile of the entertainer most people describe as "Sweet."
Originally broadcast April 10, 1960.
This broadcast would be the final telecast Hy Gardner would do on WNEW channel 5 in New York.