STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE {ORSON WELLES, JILL COREY, THE WILL MASTIN TRIO STARRING SAMMY DAVIS, JR.} (TV)

Summary

One in this series of comedy/variety shows hosted by Steve Allen. Highlights include the following: Allen and Sammy Davis, Jr. perform a card trick with a little help from Orson Welles; Davis joins his uncle Will Mastin and his father Sammy Davis, Sr., for an athletic dance number; Davis performs singing impressions of Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, and others; and the "Allen Report to the Nation" deals with the tranquilizer pill, with Allen interviewing Louis Nye as the head of a pharmaceutical company, Tom Poston as chief of laboratory research, and Don Knotts as a jittery fill-in speaker at a medical convention. Additionally, singer Jill Corey performs "You Made Me Love You"; Peggy Cass appears in a "Man on the Street" segment which poses the question "What makes you laugh?"; Welles returns to perform a scene from "The Merchant of Venice"; and Sammy Davis, Jr. returns to perform a tap dance, backed by the Skitch Henderson Orchestra with Allen on bongos. Includes commercials and promos. (Allen does onstage commercials for Windex and Polaroid.)

("The Steve Allen Show" was telecast on NBC from 1956-1959. Retitled "The Steve Allen Plymouth Show," it ran on NBC from 1959-1960.)

(Network affiliation varies. As "The Steve Allen Show," this program also aired on CBS from 1950-1952 and on ABC in 1961.)

Details

  • NETWORK: NBC
  • DATE: May 5, 1957 Sunday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:58:59
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T:02107
  • GENRE: Comedy/Variety
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Comedy/Variety
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1956-1960; ABC - 1961; Syndication - 1962-1964
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Polaroid Land Cameras^TV - Commercials - Greyhound bus line^TV - Commercials - Windex glass cleaner^TV - Promo - "The Chevy Show"

CREDITS

    • Jules L. Green … Executive Producer
    • William O. Harbach … Producer
    • Nick Vanoff … Associate Producer
    • James Elson … Assistant Producer
    • Dwight A. Hemion … Director
    • Alan D. Courtney … Production (Misc.), NBC Program Supervisor
    • Leonard Stern … Production (Misc.), Comedy Production and Writing Supervision by
    • Stan Burns … Writer
    • Herb Sargent … Writer
    • Bill Dana … Writer
    • Don Hinkley … Writer
    • Claire Rosenstein … Writer
    • Skitch Henderson … Music by
    • Steve Allen … Instrumentalist, Bongo player, Host
    • Jill Corey … Singer
    • Will Mastin Trio, The … Music Group
    • Sammy Davis Jr. … Singer, Dancer, Guest
    • Will Mastin … Dancer
    • Sammy Davis Sr. … Dancer
    • Gene Rayburn … Announcer
    • Louis Nye … Cast
    • Tom Poston … Cast
    • Don Knotts … Cast
    • Peggy Cass … Cast
    • Orson Welles … Guest