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Episode List


Season 1

22 Jun. 1948
Episode #1.3
Milton Berle welcome vaudeville comedian Bert Wheeler and singer Harry Richman to the program. Wheeler preforms some his venerable routines and Richman sings "Puttin' on the Ritz", the Irving Berlin song that he introduced in the film of the same name. The shows finale features Berle and Richman imitating Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson.
13 Jul. 1948
Episode #1.6
Georgie Price's scheduled guests include: The Andrews Sisters, family comedy acrobats act The Acromaniacs, comedy musician/trumpeter Vic Hyde, rumba dancers Raoul and Eva Reyes, and Sandra Barrett.
21 Sep. 1948
Episode #1.16
Milton Berle debuts as permanent. Guests include: big band singer Evelyn Knight, vaudeville comedy team Smith and Dale, Four Carters, vaudevillians Park and Clifford, harmonica player Stan Fisher, and comic actor Phil Silvers
28 Sep. 1948
Episode #1.17
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include musical/comedy actress Mary McCarty, tap dancers the Three Wilds, comedians Garry Moore and Lou Costello, and Joe Phillips.
5 Oct. 1948
Episode #1.18
Milton Berle's scheduled guests this week include Joe Phillips, the Lange Acrobatic Troup, song-and-dance trio the Slate Brothers and, in his TV debut, Chico Marx.
12 Oct. 1948
Episode #1.19
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include comedian/impersonator Florence Desmond, Joe Phillips and boxer-turned-actor "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom.
19 Oct. 1948
Episode #1.20
Milton Berle's guests this week include Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard (aka The Three Stooges).
26 Oct. 1948
Episode #1.21
Milton Berle's scheduled guests this week include Verna Raymond, Apache dancers the Appletons, comic Sid Caesar, and singer Louis Prima.
2 Nov. 1948
Episode #1.22
Uncle Miltie is the host of this election night episode. His scheduled guests include comics the Calgary Brothers, dancers the Berry Brothers, and vocalist Gertrude Niesen.
9 Nov. 1948
Episode #1.23
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include Luba Malina; the Berry Brothers; and comic Bert Wheeler.
16 Nov. 1948
Episode #1.24
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include: Judy Canova, comic Red Buttons, Russell Swan, comic act the Arnaut Brothers (dressed as birds, they speak through whistling), actress/singer Ella Logan, and acrobatic dancers the Crackerjacks.
23 Nov. 1948
Episode #1.25
Uncle Miltie's scheduled guests include Judy Canova, dance team Stump & Stumpy, singers/comics the Wesson Brothers, dancers Mario and Florio, and acrobatic act the Jansleys.
30 Nov. 1948
Episode #1.26
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include comic Jan Murray, vaudeville vocalist Joe Howard, singer/actress Janet Blair, comic tumbling act the Nonchalants, and jazz musicians Five Cuban Diamonds.
7 Dec. 1948
Episode #1.27
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include comedian Buddy Lester, tap dancer Hal Le Roy, actress Vivian Blaine, band leader Ted Lewis, dance act Andre and Bonnie, and animal act Pallenberg's Bears.
14 Dec. 1948
Episode #1.28
Milton's guests include actor/vaudevillian James Barton, drummer Buddy Rich, and Metropolitan Opera star Lauritz Melchior. Melchior performs the song "Because" and as an encore, does "Figaro" in a Barber of Seville spoof set in a barbershop. When he's giving Berle a shave, Melchoir dumps a bucket of lather on his head just a little too hard causing blood to pour.
21 Dec. 1948
Episode #1.29
Milton Berle's guests include comedian Henny Youngman, singer/comedienne Gracie Fields, singer/pianist Maurice Rocco, and actor Jack La Rue.
28 Dec. 1948
Episode #1.30
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include dance act the Four Step Brothers, Latin band leader Xavier Cugat, and Frank Marlowe.
4 Jan. 1949
Episode #1.31
Milton's guests this week include singer Cab Calloway, actors Jackie Cooper and Jackie Coogan, and Mitzi Green.
11 Jan. 1949
Episode #1.32
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include comedian Jack Carter, singing comedy act Ming and Ling, singer/actress Patricia Morison, and vocalist Benny Fields.
18 Jan. 1949
Episode #1.33
Milton's guests include singer Tony Martin, singer Carmen Miranda, trampolinists Margo, Paul and Paulette, and impressionist Florence Desmond. Milton appears wearing his Carmen Miranda outfit.
25 Jan. 1949
Episode #1.34
"Mr. Television" scheduled guests include Lou Costello; Jose Ferrer; slapstick comics Low, Hite and Stanley; dancers the Unger Twins (Gustaf and Bertil); singers Frances Faye and Julie Wilson.
1 Feb. 1949
Episode #1.35
Comedian Jack Carter fills in as host for an ill Berle. His guests include actress Beatrice Lillie, the Harmonicats, and songwriter Johnny Burke.
8 Feb. 1949
Episode #1.36
Jack Carter returns to guest host for a sick Berle. His guests include comedians Jack Durant and Gracie Fields.
15 Feb. 1949
Episode #1.37
Phil Baker guests hosts for Berle, who's recovering in Florida. His guests include comics Herb Shriner and Benny Rubin, Sid Silvers; Marion Harris, Jr., The Skating Mocks, Fred and Sledge, and comic actress Beatrice Kaye.
22 Feb. 1949
Episode #1.38
Walter O'Keefe fills in for an ill Berle. Scheduled guests include Lucille Ball, Paul Winchell, the Ink Spots, the Mathes Duo, tap dancer Bobby Brandt, and comic Wally Brown. The Ink Spots perform "If I Didn't Care" and "Maybe."
1 Mar. 1949
Episode #1.39
Milton Berle returns after an illness and exhaustion. His scheduled guests include: singer/comedienne Virginia O'Brien, acrobats The Gauchos, comic actor Billy Gilbert, singer/actor Robert Alda, and musical/comedy performer Pat Rooney Sr. Alda sings and joins Berle for in a sketch about the foreign legion; Gilbert and Berle do a routine; O'Brien performs "Go To Sleep My Baby" and joins in a parody of Hollywood movie-making; Berle joins Rooney for the closing song and dance.
8 Mar. 1949
Episode #1.40
Milton's guests include actor William Boyd, singer Jane Froman, comic Henny Youngman, acrobatic team the Vanderbilt Boys, and the Lane Brothers. Highlights include a spoof of Boyd's signature role, B-westerns hero Hopalong Cassidy.
15 Mar. 1949
Episode #1.41
Uncle Miltie's guests this week include: Peter Lorre, singer Phil Regan, Stewart Morgan Dancers, Irish-American Celtic musicians the McNulty Family and Broadway singer Joan Roberts. Roberts, from the original cast of "Oklahoma!" performs songs from the show; Lorre and Berle do a sketch about "The Cabinet of Dr. X"; Miltie spoofs musical recitals; and a St. Patrick's Day salute to Irish songs.
22 Mar. 1949
Episode #1.42
Milton Berle's guests include Ethel Merman, Teddy Hale, Keye Luke, acrobatic act Los Gattos, Teddy Hale, and composers Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer, Charles Tobias, Maud Nugent and Lou Brown. Berle opens dressed as a Roman riding in a chariot. He joins Merman for "The Varsity Drag" and "Friendship," and the two go for a drive. She solos on "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "I Got Rhythm." The finale is a salute to songwriters.
29 Mar. 1949
Episode #1.43
Berle's scheduled guests on this show include: band leader Desi Arnaz; the Beatrice Kraft Dancers; ex-boxer Jack Dempsey; comedian Jackie Miles; and actress June Havoc. Berle opens the show dressed as an organ grinder with a monkey; Desi closes the show with a South American production number.
4 Apr. 1949
Episode #1.44
Milton's guests include comic actor Victor Moore, singer Jean Sablon, Gloria Colbert and a cameo by Basil Rathbone. The featured sketch cast Berle as Sherlock Holmes and Moore as Dr. Watson with Rathbone in the role of 'Rathbone of Scotland Yard'.
12 Apr. 1949
Episode #1.45
Berle's scheduled line-up features: film actor Boris Karloff, opera singer Richard Tucker, harmonica player Stan Fisher, dancers Merle, Duval and Lee, and actress Peggy Ryan. Karloff and Berle do a mad scientist skit; Ryan tap dances; Tucker sings "La Donna E Mobile"; Fisher plays "Rumanian Rhapsody"; the cast performs in a take-off of opera.
19 Apr. 1949
Episode #1.46
Uncle Miltie's scheduled guests include: Martha Raye, Dolores Gray, tap dance trio the Rockets, and actor Basil Rathbone. Rathbone and Berle do a spoof of murder mysteries; Raye sings "It's a Good Day"; Berle and Raye perform in the sketch "The Sheik of Araby."
26 Apr. 1949
Episode #1.47
Berle's scheduled guests include comedian/magician Carl Ballentine; Broadway star Ethel Merman; and vaudevillian/songwriter Jack Norworth.
3 May 1949
Episode #1.48
Berle's scheduled guests include film actor Walter Huston, vocalist Georgia Gibbs, and jugglers the Kanazawa Trio.
10 May 1949
Episode #1.49
Milton's scheduled guests this week include opera baritone Robert Merrill, dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, acrobatic trio the Fontaines, and comedy team Lessy and Moore.
17 May 1949
Episode #1.50
Berle's guests this week include: comedian Georgie Price, "mentalist" Dunninger, the Blackburn Twins, and actress/singer Janet Blair. Miltie opens dressed as Napoleon. Much of the program is devoted to the reopening of the famed vaudeville theater The Palace.
24 May 1949
Episode #1.51
Milton's guests this week include comedian Leo DeLyon, balancing act King Brothers, opera singer Catherine Mastice, Eugene Freeman, comic/vocalist George DeWitt, and singers Dick Haymes and Lillian Roth. Haymes performs "When You're Really in Love" and "Skyscraper Blues" and joins Berle for a Broadway medley; Freeman sings "Caravan"; Mastice does an aria from "La Traviata"; Roth sings "Goody Goody"; in a slapstick sketch, Berle plays a piano-fixing plumber.
14 Jun. 1949
Episode #1.54
Berle's guests this week include: singer Tony Martin, western music group The Sons of the Purple Sage, The Wayne Marlin Trio, and Lina Romay. Martin sings "Tenement Symphony"; Romay performs a Latin tune and joins Berle and Eddie Hanley in a Mexican sketch; the cast performs a production number about heading to California.

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