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Texaco Star Theatre 

Texaco Star Theatre Starring Milton Berle (original title)
The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »




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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
 Himself - Host (234 episodes, 1948-1956)
Sid Stone ...
 Himself - Texaco Pitchman / ... (130 episodes, 1948-1952)


The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the show soared to ratings dominance (Number One in 1950-51), NBC dominated Tuesday night, and Berle became the first great star of the new medium, "Mr. Television". The basic format was modeled after a vaudeville variety hour, spotlighting Berle's jokes, sight gags, and costumes. Written by G. Alan <unclescoopy@msn.com>

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

8 June 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Texaco Star Theatre  »

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Sound Mix:


| (1955-1956)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. On the stamp honoring "Texaco Star Theater" (titled Texaco Star Theatre (1948), 1954-1956), star/host, Milton Berle appears. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The Dinah Shore Show (1951), Dragnet (1951), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950), Hopalong Cassidy (1952), The Honeymooners (1955), "The Howdy Doody Show" (original title: The Howdy Doody Show (1947)), I Love Lucy (1951), Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947), Lassie (1954), The Lone Ranger (1949), Perry Mason (1957), The Phil Silvers Show (1955), The Red Skelton Hour (1951), The Tonight Show (which began as Tonight! (1953)), The Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950). See more »


[sleigh bells ring constantly in the background]
Host: Christmas, when peace and good fellowship... thank you, tha-that's all, thank you... When peace and good fellowship... that's enough with the bells, thank you. It's over, thank you. Peace and good fellow... (whistle) Knock off. Peace and... OK. (gunshot)
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Referenced in After MASH: September of '53/Together Again (1983) See more »

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Very Good Early TV
1 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To describe this show , would best be as a sitcom disguised as a variety show. Very impressed by the fact of how innovative this show was,for its time. Shows like 'Curb your Enthusiasm' and 'Its Garry Shandling Show', may very well have been rooted in this show. Milton Berle the host of his show had wonderful guests every week. These guests, including Berle did musical numbers as well as skits. The premise of the show basically had a plot itself , similar in style to the shows that I have mentioned.. Being that Larry David and Garry Shandling respectfully played themselves.Beautiful female dancers , traditionally , start the show , with a number and Berle , camouflaged ,makes his grand entrance. Usually the fare of the day was Berle disputing,heckling and negotiating with his big star guests, leading to some wonderful comic moments, interlaced through out the show. Ruth Gilbert as his sidekick, madly in love with Mr. Berle , was an automatic foil every week. The Buick theme was very nostalgic and such a catchy tune that stays with you hours after you watch an episode. Good TV, but as the reviewer before me stated, the jokes were very silly and on the corny side. I know the show was mid century, but still the set was way too simple . I do think more could have been to done to better the stage set. All in all a wonderful watch and part of early roots of American TV.

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