COLGATE COMEDY HOUR

 

Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Jane Russell, Rhonda Fleming, Connie Haines, Beryl Davis, Nestor Paiva, Benny Rubin, Jim Hayward
Running Time: 59 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

The Colgate Comedy Hour was a comedy variety series that ran on NBC from September 1950 to December 1955, Sundays at 8:00 pm. For the first year the show was broadcast from New York, and the regular rotating hosts were Martin & Lewis, Eddie Cantor and Fred Allen. For the season beginning in 1951 the series was moved to the West Coast. Fred Allen was dropped and new hosts Abbott & Costello, and Donald O'Connor were added. There were many hosts who starred in only one, two or a few Colgate Comedy Hours, such as Jack Carson, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante and Judy Canova. In the 1954/1955 season, the series lost many of its regular hosts, as Eddie Cantor became too ill to perform and Donald O'Connor and Jimmy Durante began their own shows on NBC. The show shifted more towards presenting mini-musicals, with stars like Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra. But after years of going head to head with Ed Sullivan, The Colgate Comedy Hour finally faded away.

 

Cast: Abbott and Costello, Margaret Whiting, the Four Pipers, Nicholas Brothers
Running Time: 59 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

The comedy duo joins Margaret Whiting, the Four Pipers, and the tap-dancing Nicholas Brothers for this special holiday presentation on the famous early 1950s sketch comedy/variety show.

 

Cast: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Burt Lancaster
Running Time: 51 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis team up to host this episode of the Colgate Comedy Hour with Burt Lancaster as an escaped lunatic. Also features musical group The Skylarks and Sidney Sillman. Dean sings two songs, one on film "You're the Right One" from The Caddy and one live "That's Amore".

 

Cast: Abbott and Costello, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Janik and Arnaut, Fred Darian, The Pied Pipers, Veola Vonn
Running Time: 51 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

For approximately five-and-a-half seasons, NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour presented big budget musical variety television as head-to-head competition for Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town on CBS. Featuring the top names in vaudeville, theater, radio and film, this live Sunday evening series was the first starring vehicle for many notable performers turning to television. Reflecting format variations by host, the Colgate Comedy Hour initially offered musical comedy, burlesque sketches, opera and/or night club comedy revues. In this show, Lou thinks his wife is pregnant only to discover that it's Bud's wife who is in the maternity ward of the hospital. The live sketch goes awry when a flower vase is broken it's needed in a closing gag, but Bud and Lou quickly get back to the skit without missing a beat! Les Paul and Mary Ford perform "I Really Don't Want To Know", the novelty number "No Place Like Home" with their trick guitar effects and close with "Tiger Rag". Exotic dancers Janik and Arnaut perform the weird snake dance!

 

Cast: Abbott and Costello, Hoagy Carmichael, Peggy Lee, Ricky Vera, Sauter-Finegan Orchestra
Running Time: 52 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

For approximately five-and-a-half seasons, NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour presented big budget musical variety television as head-to-head competition for Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town on CBS. Featuring the top names in vaudeville, theater, radio and film, this live Sunday evening series was the first starring vehicle for many notable performers turning to television. Reflecting format variations by host, the Colgate Comedy Hour initially offered musical comedy, burlesque sketches, opera and/or night club comedy revues. In this show, Bud and Lou get a job in a department store. Lou dances with a very tall dance partner!

 

Cast: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Arnold
Running Time: 45 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis team up to host this episode of the Colgate Comedy Hour with singer Rosemary Clooney.

 

Cast: Abbott and Costello, Sid Fields, Milton Frome, Jesse James and Carnell, Jarmila Novotna
Running Time: 39 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

For approximately five-and-a-half seasons, NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour presented big budget musical variety television as head-to-head competition for Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town on CBS. Featuring the top names in vaudeville, theater, radio and film, this live Sunday evening series was the first starring vehicle for many notable performers turning to television. Reflecting format variations by host, the Colgate Comedy Hour initially offered musical comedy, burlesque sketches, opera and/or night club comedy revues. This show features a live version of "Who's on First?" plus a musical spoof of "Carmen" in addition to other wonderful variety acts.

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