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Release Date:
8 June 1948 (USA) See more »
The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year... See more »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations See more »
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Milton Berle ... Himself - Host / ... (233 episodes, 1948-1956)
Sid Stone ... Himself - Texaco Pitchman / ... (130 episodes, 1948-1952)

Series Directed by
Greg Garrison (11 episodes, 1953-1955)
Milton Berle (8 episodes, 1954-1956)
Edmund L. Cashman (2 episodes, 1949)

Sid Smith (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Heywood Kling (27 episodes, 1948-1949)
Goodman Ace (11 episodes, 1953-1954)
Jay Burton (9 episodes, 1953-1954)
Selma Diamond (9 episodes, 1953-1954)
Mike Marmer (8 episodes, 1951-1956)
Aaron Ruben (8 episodes, 1953-1954)
Buddy Arnold (7 episodes, 1955-1956)
Bill Manhoff (7 episodes, 1955-1956)
Al Schwartz (7 episodes, 1955-1956)
Hal Collins (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
Mel Diamond (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
Phil Charig (4 episodes, 1953)
Jerry Seelen (4 episodes, 1953)
Arnold M. Auerbach (2 episodes, 1953)
Gore Vidal (2 episodes, 1955)

Milton Berle (unknown episodes)
Abe Burrows (unknown episodes)
Bobby Gordon (unknown episodes)
Coleman Jacoby (unknown episodes)
Arnie Rosen (unknown episodes)
Danny Shapiro (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Milton Berle .... executive producer / producer (54 episodes, 1948-1956)
Irving Gray .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
Kevin Joe Jonson .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
Edmund L. Cashman .... producer (1 episode, 1949)
Arthur Knorr .... producer (1 episode, 1949)
Series Original Music by
Frank Denning (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Spencer Davies (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Costume Design by
Grady Hunt (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Sal Anthony (2 episodes, 1953)
Series Production Management
Irving Gray .... production supervisor / entire production under supervision of (4 episodes, 1953-1954)
Dic Steele .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edith Johnson .... associate director / assistant director (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Art Department
Don Shirley .... scene designer / scenic design / ... (5 episodes, 1953-1954)
Series Sound Department
Fred Christie .... audio / audio engineer (4 episodes, 1953-1954)
Phil Ryder .... audio (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Henry Frisch .... lighting (5 episodes, 1953-1954)
Al Scarlett .... lighting director (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sal Anthony .... costumer / costumes (4 episodes, 1953-1954)
Series Music Department
Allen Roth .... orchestra leader / conductor / ... (218 episodes, 1948-1955)
Sid Ramin .... music arranger / musical arrangements / ... (8 episodes, 1953-1956)
Jerry Seelen .... special music and lyrics / composer: special music (5 episodes, 1953-1954)
Victor Young .... musical director (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
Phil Charig .... composer: special music / special music and lyrics (3 episodes, 1953-1954)
Lee Pockriss .... special music and lyrics (2 episodes, 1954)
Seymour Ginzler .... music arranger (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Other crew
Herbert Ross .... dance stager / dances staged by (4 episodes, 1953-1954)
Bob Galvin .... technical director / television director (3 episodes, 1953-1954)
Don Laduke .... technical director (3 episodes, 1955-1956)

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Also Known As:
"Texaco Star Theatre Starring Milton Berle" - USA (original title)
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60 min
Black and White | Color (1955-1956)
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First televised 8 June 1948. This hour-long NBC comedy-variety series was enormously popular and responsible for exponentially increasing the sales of TV sets across the US. It wound down (some would say it just ran out of gas) in June 1956 and Milton Berle took a couple of years off before returning with a slightly revamped 30-minute version on NBC in October 1958, which failed to click with an audience now enamored by westerns, detective shows and anthology dramas. This second version left the air in May 1959. Berle spent the next seven years doing the TV guest star bit along with taking on noticeable roles in major Hollywood productions (It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Who's Minding the Mint? (1967)) when ABC offered him another crack at hour-long prime time in September 1966, but gave him a slot up against Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, and it was bumped off in the ratings by the forces of U.N.C.L.E. The last show was broadcast on January 6, 1967.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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Very Good Early TV, 1 January 2010
Author: (Greatornot) from United States

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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