All Star Summer Revue
Summer 1952



Host Jan Murray and guest Dorothy Claire in a comedy sketch on the August 2, 1952 episode of All Star Summer Revue.
 

In 1952, instead of taking a break for the summer, All Star Revue continued. But this summer series had little relationship to the regular season show. Originating from New York's Center Theatre, there were no regular hosts, though Dave Garroway and Jan Murray repeated, as did a few of the guests.

The budget was considerably lower, which explains why there were fewer big name guests. Sponsors were Pet Evaporated Milk, Kellogg's Cereals (Shredded Wheat and All-Bran), and the U.S. Army Reserve.

Series
#
Season
#
Airdate
Host & Guests
001
SR-01
6/28/1952
Host: Dave Garroway
Guests: Georgia Gibbs, Yogi Berra, Mr. Ballantine, Oliver Wakefield, The Paul Steffin Dancers, The Acromaniacs, The Kanazawas, Dean Elliott and his Orchestra
Note: Dave Garroway was host of NBC's popular Today show, which had debuted the previous January. Magician Mr. Ballantine (aka Carl Ballantine) is perhaps best known as Gruber on McHale's Navy. "This mixture of lesser-known and recognized talent," reported Variety, "should not only be able to entertain, but do a service to the tele industry by proving that several newcomers can carry the bigtime."
002
SR-02
7/5/1952
Hosts: Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney
Guests: Connee Boswell, Betty and Jane Kean, Mr. Ballantine, The Piero Brothers, The Three Rockets, dancers Tommy Wonder and Margaret Banks, Oliver Wakefield
Note: It's clear from Variety's review that this program wasn't gelling: "The show has yet to make up it's mind whether it wants to be classified as a revue or a straight vaude show."
003
SR-03
7/12/1952
Host: Jan Murray
Guests: Evelyn Knight, Betty and Jane Kean, Bea Wrigley, dancers Hoctor and Byrd, Oliver Wakefield, The Trampoloonies
004
SR-04
7/19/1952
Host: Walter O'Keefe
Guests: Buster Keaton, Rose Marie, Jimmy Dodd, dancers Hoctor and Byrd
Note: Buster does a pantomime bit as a bill poster, and Rose Marie performs her "Butcher Boy" routine. Walter O'Keefe was an experienced radio emcee whose shows included Double or Nothing.
005
SR-05
7/26/1952
Host: Dave Garroway
Guests: Pearl Bailey, The De Mattiazzis, Sinclair and Spaulding, Lee Marx, Mr. Ballantine
006
SR-06
8/2/1952
Host: Jan Murray
Guests: Comedian Jimmy Savo, singer Dorothy Claire, dancers Tommy Wonder and Margaret Banks, acrobats Les Dassie, Dean Elliott and his Orchestra
Note: The stage hand known as "Charlie" appears to be actor John Fiedler.
007
SR-07
8/9/1952
Host: Roger Price
Guests: Ben Blue, Sid Slate, Sinclair and Spaulding, The Beverley Sisters, Wild Bill Davis Trio, Rudy Docky and his dogs
008
SR-08
8/16/1952
Guests: Grace Hartman, Marty May, Jimmy Nelson, Ella Fitzgerald, dancers Nelle Fisher and Jerry Ross, Jimmie Dodd
Note: Ella sings "Mr. Paganini" and "Ding Dong Boogie." According to Variety, noted humorist Goodman Ace wrote for this episode. It's not clear, though, who the host was.
009
SR-09
8/23/1952
Host: Lew Parker
Guests: Grace Hartman, Marty May, Sinclair and Spaulding, The Bell Sisters, Slim Gaillard, The Hanneford Family
Note: Lew Parker replaced Don Ameche on The Bickersons radio show, but is best known to TV fans as Ann Marie's father on That Girl. The Bell Sisters sing "Bermuda" and "Blue Danube."
010
SR-10
8/30/1952

Hosts: Jean Carroll and Bert Wheeler
Guests: Vic Damone, Sidney Armus, Jack Cassidy, Jean Darling, Robert Barry, dancers Hoctor and Byrd, Milton Frome, Richard Himber, Eleven Congressional Medal of Honor Heroes of Korea
Note: At the time, Sidney Armus and Jack Cassidy were appearing in the Broadway musical "Wish You Were Here." Sidney sings "Don Jose from Rockaway" and Jack does the show's title song. Jean sings "Lemonade" while Hoctor and Byrd dance, and Vic intones "God Bless America" as an introduction to the Medal of Honor winners.

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