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1. The 24th Annual Tony Awards (1970 TV Special)

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Writer: Hildy Parks | Director: Clark Jones | Stars: Julie Andrews, Rene Auberjonois, Lauren Bacall, Clive Barnes

2. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: On the Town in Concert (1993)

107 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Writers: Betty Comden, Adolph Green | Director: Christopher Swann | Stars: Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Frederica von Stade, Tyne Daly

3. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow (1997)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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The life of the most talented singer/actress Judy Garland who been performing since the age of three with her two sister and hit stardom on films, but led tragedy on her life.

Writers: John Fricke, Peter Jones | Stars: Judy Garland, Shana Alexander, June Allyson, Del Armstrong

4. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Writers: Adolph Green, Betty Comden | Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

5. What's My Line? (1950–1967)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

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Contestants with unusual occupations were interviewed by the panelists. Only questions that could be answered with a "yes" or "no" were allowed. At the conclusion of the questioning, the ... See full summary »

Stars: John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen

6. The David Frost Show (1969–1972)

90 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: David Frost, Gerri Granger, Tiny Tim, Dana Valery

7. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Follies in Concert (1986)

90 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Film of the legendary 1985 concert performance presented by the New York Philharmonic of Stephen Sondheim's classic musical at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The plot of the musical ... See full summary »

Writer: James Goldman | Director: Michael Houldey | Stars: Andre Gregory, Arthur Rubin, Barbara Cook, George Hearn

8. Good News (1947)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

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At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring 20's, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe. Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat ... See full summary »

Writers: Lew Brown, Laurence Schwab, Frank Mandel, Buddy G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson, Betty Comden, Adolph Green | Director: Charles Walters | Stars: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Patricia Marshall, Joan McCracken

9. Omnibus (1967–2002)

Documentary, Biography

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Arts documentary series.

Stars: David Collings, John Gielgud, Kirsty Wark, Eric Morecambe

10. Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)
Episode: Peter Pan (1955)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

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A live restaging of the 1955 TV production of the Broadway musical version.

Writers: J.M. Barrie, Sumner Locke Elliott, Jerome Robbins | Director: Clark Jones | Stars: Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, Margalo Gillmore, Sondra Lee

11. The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957–1962)

105 min | Comedy, Family, Talk-Show

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Stars: Hugh Downs, Jose Melis, Jack Paar, Cliff Arquette

12. Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

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This program aired once every fourth week and was one of the most costly live shows of the 1950's. Many stars appeared on this show; see the Guest List for them.

Stars: Cyril Ritchard, Claire Bloom, Mary Martin, David Wayne

13. Frasier (1993–2004)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

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Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lives with his father and works as a radio psychiatrist.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

14. Biography (1987– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told.

Creator: Agnes Nixon | Stars: Jack Perkins, Peter Graves, Harry Smith, Roddy McDowall

15. Auntie Mame (1958)

Unrated | 143 min | Comedy, Drama

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An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle.

Writers: Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Patrick Dennis | Director: Morton DaCosta | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Fred Clark

16. Theater Talk (1996– )

30 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: Susan Haskins, Michael Riedel, Michael McKean, Mary Louise Wilson

17. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Leonard Bernstein: The Gift of Music (1993)

Biography, Drama, Music

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Writer: Horant H. Hohlfeld | Director: Horant H. Hohlfeld | Stars: Leonard Bernstein, Lauren Bacall, David Atkinson, Michael Hume

18. Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003)

Unrated | 111 min | Documentary, History, Music

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In their own words, and not a moment too soon - 'Broadway' tells the stories of our theatrical legends, how they came to New York, and how they created this legendary century in American ... See full summary »

Writer: Rick McKay | Director: Rick McKay | Stars: Edie Adams, Bea Arthur, Elizabeth Ashley, Alec Baldwin

19. Broadway: The American Musical (2004– )

360 min | Documentary, Music

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A six-part documentary about the Broadway musical

Stars: Julie Andrews, John Lahr, Stephen Sondheim, Philip Furia

20. That Was the Week That Was (1964–1965)

30 min | Comedy

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An Americanized version of the famous hit British TV show, retaining David Frost from the British cast.

Stars: David Frost, Nancy Ames, Paul Sand, Phyllis Newman

21. Frasier (1993–2004)
Episode: Burying a Grudge (1994)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

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Artie Walsh, Martin's estranged old partner, is in the hospital, and Frasier tries to heal the rift between them.

Writers: David Angell, Peter Casey, David Lee, David Lloyd, Glen Charles, Les Charles | Director: Andy Ackerman | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

22. Great Performances (1971– )

132 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Creators: Marion J. Caffey, Daniel Ezralow, Josh Groban | Stars: Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Plácido Domingo, Chita Rivera

23. On the Town (1949)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

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Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.

Writers: Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Jerome Robbins | Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller

24. That's Entertainment! (1974)

G | 135 min | Documentary, Family, Musical

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Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Writer: Jack Haley Jr. | Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Peter Lawford

25. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002)

87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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A documentary on Gene Kelly.

Writer: Robert Trachtenberg | Director: Robert Trachtenberg | Stars: Stanley Tucci, Fred Astaire, Jeanine Basinger, Betsy Blair

26. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Mary Martin: Magic in the Air (2003)

Documentary, Biography, History

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Writer: Mimi Freedman | Stars: Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Larry Hagman, Mary Martin

27. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM (1996)

86 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Documentary chronicling Arthur Freed and his unit's contribution to some of Hollywood's most memorable musicals.

Director: David Thompson | Stars: Cyd Charisse, Arthur Freed, Hugh Fordin, Stanley Donen

28. The Band Wagon (1953)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

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A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition.

Writers: Betty Comden, Adolph Green | Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray

29. That's Entertainment! III (1994)

G | 120 min | Documentary, Family, Musical

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Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) to Brigadoon (1954) , from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in ... See full summary »

Writers: Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan | Directors: Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Mickey Rooney

30. The 33rd Annual Academy Awards (1961 TV Special)

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Director: Richard Dunlap | Stars: Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Jack Bean, Polly Bergen

31. American Masters (1985– )

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Stars: Martin Scorsese, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett

32. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and its rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Jack Carter

33. The Tonight Show (1962– )

105 min | Talk-Show

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Interim version of the talk show that aired between the departure of Jack Paar and the arrival of Johnny Carson.

Stars: Skitch Henderson, Hugh Downs, Ed Herlihy, Hal March

34. Applause (1973 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Musical

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An aspiring actress, whose sugar-coated appearance belies her ruthless drive, worms herself into the life of an aging star and schemes to replace her on the stage as the star of a new play.

Writers: Betty Comden, Adolph Green | Directors: Ron Field, Bill Foster | Stars: Lauren Bacall, Larry Hagman, Penny Fuller, Sarah Marshall

35. Broadway: The American Musical (2004– )
Episode: Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin': 1943-1960 (2004)

Documentary, Music

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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II - a newly formed songwriting team due to Lorenz Hart's ill health - ushered in a new era of the Broadway musical with the revolutionary production ... See full summary »

Writers: Martin Starger, JoAnn Young | Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Cris Alexander, Julie Andrews, Jack Benny, Irving Berlin

36. That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)

G | 133 min | Documentary, Family, Musical

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Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.

Writer: Leonard Gershe | Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney

37. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies (2004 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary, Music

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The top 100 songs of the past 100 years chosen by the American Film Institute are presented by host-actor John Travolta.

Director: Gary Smith | Stars: John Travolta, Clay Aiken, Debbie Allen, Julie Andrews

38. What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of 'Singin' in the Rain' (2002 Video)

36 min | Documentary, Short

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Movie and stage icon Debbie Reynolds hosts the making of "Singin' in the Rain". The short documentary includes Donald O'Connor, who played the comical "Cosmo Brown", Stanley Donen, one half... See full summary »

Writer: Peter Fitzgerald | Director: Peter Fitzgerald | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Rudy Behlmer, Cyd Charisse, Betty Comden

39. The 23rd Annual Tony Awards (1969 TV Special)

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Writer: Hildy Parks | Director: Clark Jones | Stars: Diahann Carroll, Alan King, Jack Albertson, Jane Alexander

40. The Mike Douglas Show (1961–1982)

Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Stars: Mike Douglas, Sergio Franchi, Joe Harnell Sextet, Jackie Gleason

41. Bells Are Ringing (1960)

126 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

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Ella Peterson is a Brooklyn telephone answering service operator who tries to improve the lives of her clients by passing along bits of information she hears from other clients. She falls ... See full summary »

Writers: Betty Comden, Adolph Green | Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Fred Clark, Eddie Foy Jr.

42. It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

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Three soldiers meet 10 years after their last meeting in New York again, and find out, that they have litte in common now.

Writers: Betty Comden, Adolph Green | Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray

43. What a Way to Go! (1964)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

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A four-time widow discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich.

Writers: Gwen Davis, Betty Comden, Adolph Green | Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin

44. The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

Passed | 109 min | Comedy, Musical

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A successful but constantly-feuding husband and wife musical comedy team threatens to break up when the wife entertains an offer to become a serious actress.

Writers: Betty Comden, Adolph Green | Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, Billie Burke

45. The 32nd Annual Tony Awards (1978 TV Special)

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Writer: Hildy Parks | Director: Clark Jones | Stars: Trini Alvarado, Edward Asner, Emanuel Azenberg, Lauren Bacall

46. Get Aboard! The Band Wagon (2005 Video)

37 min | Documentary, Short

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By 1952, the Arthur Freed unit at MGM was on a roll, creating hit after hit. But, the making of the Howard Deitz/Arthur Schwartz catalogue musical The Band Wagon, everything that could go ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Fitzgerald | Stars: Ava Astaire-McKenzie, Cyd Charisse, Betty Comden, Alexander Courage

47. Dummy (2002)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor; but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may thwart his new career and love life.

Writer: Greg Pritikin | Director: Greg Pritikin | Stars: Adrien Brody, Milla Jovovich, Illeana Douglas, Vera Farmiga

48. To Tell the Truth (1956–1968)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

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Classic game show in which a person of some notoriety and two impostors try to match wits with a panel of four celebrities. The object of the game is to try to fool the celebrities into ... See full summary »

Stars: Bud Collyer, Kitty Carlisle, Tom Poston, Polly Bergen

49. The 22nd Annual Tony Awards (1968 TV Special)

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Writer: Hildy Parks | Director: Stan Harris | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Peter Ustinov, George Abbott, David Atkinson

50. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly (1985 TV Special)

Documentary

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Writers: Jeffrey Lane, George Stevens Jr. | Director: Don Mischer | Stars: Gene Kelly, Shirley MacLaine, Fred Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov