The 17th Annual Tony Awards for excellence in theatrical performances for 1962 are awarded from the Hotel Americana Imperial Ballroom in New York City. The Master of Ceremonies is Abe Burrows and Robert Morse. Broadcast locally on WOR-TV Channel 9 in New York. WOR radio host Jean Shepherd opens and introduces the show. George Abbott wins the Best Direction of a
Musical award for "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum."
Produced by David Yarnell.
NOTE: This rare television audio air check broadcast was recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records, June 19, 2002 (Claim #5364), for the most money paid for a television soundtrack, sold to The American Theatre Wing, Inc., by Archival Television Audio, Inc., transacted on June 20, 2001.
NOTE: The first 42 minutes of the one hour broadcast.
The life and legend of James Dean is described in this special broadcast. Many family members and friends give personal anecdotes. Dean can be heard on a two minute candid self-recorded audio tape talking to family members about his performance as the character Cal, in the film "East of Eden." Martin Gabel narrates.
The 1960 Presidential Election is told in this TV adaptation of Theodore H. White's Pulitzer Prize winning Best Seller. Covered are the John F. Kennedy-Lyndon Johnson confrontations, Adlai Stevenson and Nelson Rockefeller platforms and highlights of the Kennedy-Richard M. Nixon TV debates. Originally broadcast Dec. 29, 1963. Martin Gabel narrates.
Steve Allen, a former "What's My Line"
panelist (1/11/53 clip is shown), returns
to help Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, and host John Daly celebrate the show's 15th Anniversary. Gloria Swanson is this evening's Mystery Guest. Also appearing on this 751st consecutive broadcast are Martin Gabel, Jayne Meadows, Phyllis Cerf and Richard Kollmar. Johnny Olsen is the announcer.