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JACKIE GLEASON SHOW, THE {"TAWNY" BALLET} (TV)

Summary

One in this comedy/variety series. An opening dance number by the June Taylor Dancers is followed by Gleason's monologue. Art Carney appears near the end of a Nescaf instant coffee commercial. Announcer Jack Lescoulie sets up a sketch involving Charlie Bratton and Clem Finch. Gleason portrays Joe the Bartender. After soliciting contributions for the Red Cross, Lescoulie introduces Gleason's four-movement tone-poem ballet, "Tawny," which calls for fifty musicians and seventy-six dancers. Gleason conducts the theme. "Modern Blues," a black street-scene, features dancers Dolores Harper, James Riley, and Charles Queenan; "Period Waltz," with a late-eighteenth century look, features dancers Kathryn Lee, Duncan Noble, and Davie Lerner. The stylized "Formal Grand Finale" is danced by Marilyn Taylor, Peter Gladke, Rudy Tone, and others. The program concludes with thanks to all from Gleason. End credits missing. Includes commercials.

(Series title varies; "The Jackie Gleason Show" from 1952-1961 and 1966-1970; "Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine" from 1962-1966. "The Honeymooners" spin-off replaced the variety series 1955-1956.)

Details

  • NETWORK: CBS
  • DATE: May 30, 1953 Saturday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:49:02
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T88:0031
  • GENRE: Comedy/Variety
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Ballet; Comedy; Dance
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1952-1970
  • COMMERCIALS:
    • TV - Commercials - Lilt
    • TV - Commercials - Nescaf
    • TV - Commercials - Schick
    • TV - PSA - Red Cross
    • TV - Promos - "This Is Show Business"

CREDITS

  • Jack Hurdle … Producer
  • Frank Satenstein … Director
  • Harry Crane … Writer
  • Marvin Marx … Writer
  • Walter Stone … Writer
  • Ray Bloch … Conductor
  • June Taylor … Choreographer
  • Jack Lescoulie … Announcer
  • June Taylor Dancers, The … Performer
  • Jackie Gleason … Cast
  • Merv Griffin … Cast
  • Art Carney … Cast
  • Davie Lerner … Dancer
  • Dolores Harper … Dancer
  • James Riley … Dancer
  • Duncan Noble … Dancer
  • Rudy Tone … Dancer
  • Marilyn Taylor … Dancer
  • Kathryn Lee … Dancer
  • Charles Queenan … Dancer
  • Peter Gladke … Dancer
  • Fran Allison … Talent
  • Bill Nimmo … Talent