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1953

6 Jan. 1953
Episode #5.13
Milton Berle's guests include actor Gene Lockhart, singers Johnny Johnston and Margaret Truman, and emcee Robert Q. Lewis; with Jimmy Nelson and Bobby Sherwood. Berle chats with Truman; Johnson sings "Yours;" Berle plays a songwriter selling his tunes at Tin Pan Alley; a take off on You Bet Your Life (1950) with Milton as Groucho; a spoof of Meet the Press (1947) and Talent Scouts (1948) with contestants Truman vocalizing and Sherwood as a singing cowboy.
 
13 Jan. 1953
Episode #5.14
Berle's guests include actor Ronald Reagan and singer/actress Dolores Gray. Needing $150,000 to finish a movie, the film's producers send star Ronald Reagan to New York to ask Milton Berle to furnish the necessary funds as an investment. Milton misunderstands, thinking he has been offering a starring role in Reagan's movie, and arrives at the movie studio completely disrupting production.
 
20 Jan. 1953
Episode #5.15
Berle's guests are the Andrews Sisters, Gertrude Berg and Arlene McQuade. Molly Goldberg asks Milton to help her provide entertainment for a benefit. His chosen guests, Bobby Sherwood and the Andrews Sisters are reluctant to assist.
 
3 Feb. 1953
Episode #5.16
Milton's scheduled guests this week include Frank Sinatra and film actress Joan Blondell.
 
10 Feb. 1953
Episode #5.17
Milton's scheduled guests this week include comedian Jack Carter, actress Gloria DeHaven, and action star Buster Crabbe.
 
17 Feb. 1953
Episode #5.18
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include actor Don Ameche and musical impressionist Florence Desmond.
 
24 Feb. 1953
Episode #5.19
Uncle Miltie's guests this week include guitarist Les Paul and singer Mary Ford, and from TV's "The Goldbergs" Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, and Arlene McQuade.
 
10 Mar. 1953
Episode #5.20
Uncle Miltie's guests this week include comic actor Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, singer Karen Chandler, and big band leader Bob Crosby.
 
17 Mar. 1953
Episode #5.21
Miltie's scheduled guests this week include Broderick Crawford, singer Marguerite Piazza, and buxom blonde/comedienne Dagmar.
 
31 Mar. 1953
Episode #5.22
Milton's scheduled guests this week include actor Charles Coburn and singers Eddie Fisher and Denise Darcel.
 
7 Apr. 1953
Episode #5.23
Berle's guests this week include actor Cesar Romero, actress Laraine Day, and dancer/TV host Kathryn Murray. Uncle Miltie asks Kathryn Murray for her help in impressing Laraine Day.
 
14 Apr. 1953
Episode #5.24
Milton's guests this week include comic actress/writer Gertrude Berg and singer Peggy Lee.
 
28 Apr. 1953
Episode #5.25
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include comic actor Bob Cummings and Wally Cox, and singer/dancer Lisa Kirk.
 
3 May 1953
Episode #5.26
Milton Berle's scheduled guests include singers Ezio Pinza and The DeMarco Sisters, and comic actor Arnold Stang.
 
12 May 1953
Episode #5.27
Mr. Television's scheduled guests include boxer/actor "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, and singers Vaughn Monroe and Margaret Truman.
 
26 May 1953
Episode #5.28
Berle's guests include Gertrude Berg and Arlene McQuade from "The Goldbergs," Al Jolson sound-alike Norman Brooks, Jimmy Nelson, Arnold Stang and Ruth Gilbert. Molly (Berg) asks Miltie to take Rosalie (McQuade) to the prom since she was stood up. The girl develops a crush on Berle, so he begs off by saying he's already in love with Max. Max overhears the conversation, which opens another can of worms. Brooks sings "Hello, Sunshine" and Berle does "Me and My Shadow."
 
2 Jun. 1953
Episode #5.29
Milton's scheduled guests include comic actor Eddie Bracken, Marion Colby, the Blackburn Twins, and comic singers Betty and Jane, The Kean Sisters, with Bobby Sherwood and Ruth Gilbert.
 
9 Jun. 1953
Episode #5.30
Miltie's guests on this episode include star of "The Goldbergs" Gertrude Berg, and singers Ezio Pinza and Margaret Truman. Max throws a bon voyage party for Milton who's going away on a cruise. Berle tries to find a job for Max while he's away. As the show ends, both Miltie and Max are aboard the S.S. Niagara Falls.
 
29 Sep. 1953
Episode #6.1
Frank Sinatra and Tallulah Bankhead are Milton's guest stars in the rechristened "Buick-Berle Show." Miltie reads that Bankhead is producing a Broadway play and begins scheming to take over as star from Sinatra. Also appearing are Milton Frome and Jack Collins. The singing "men of Texaco" make a cameo at the top of the show.
 
6 Oct. 1953
Episode #6.2
Berle's guests include actor Edward G. Robinson, singer Eddie Fisher, comic actors Sid Raymond, Ralph Hertz, and Tony Canzoneri, showgirls/models Mildred Hughes and Kitty Carr, Lucky Greene, Miss New York City 1953 Joan Kaible, and Sandra Berle. After running into Fisher in a record store and watching how his fans fawn over him, Milton wants to write and record his own hit record. When he's refused by all the record labels, Miltie asks for help from tough guy Robinson.
 
13 Oct. 1953
Episode #6.3
Berle's guests include actor Jackie Cooper, singer Eddie Fisher, and comedienne Dagmar. Milton demonstrates the trials and tribulations of hosting a variety television show, complete with unoriginal staff, dim-witted crew, squabbling guest-stars - as well as the star who's convinced that his writers aren't giving him enough jokes. The story is told Dragnet-style, complete with Dragnet musical themes and stingers.
 
27 Oct. 1953
Episode #6.4
Berle's scheduled guests are actor Paul Douglas, opera singer Marguerite Piazza with regular Jack Collins.
 
3 Nov. 1953
Episode #6.5
Berle's guests include Wally Cox from Mister Peepers (1952) and Tallulah Bankhead. Mr. Peepers invites Berle and Bankhead to perform at his school's fall festival. Berle sings "From Rags to Riches" while Bankhead does a dramatic reading of Dorothy Parker's "The Waltz." Miltie tries to get rid of his fawning assistant Max by getting her to date Peepers.
 
10 Nov. 1953
Episode #6.6
Berle's guests are comedienne Martha Raye and actor John Payne, with regulars Ruth Gilbert, Arnold Stang and Milton Frome. Berle and Raye each get invited to a big NBC party and each has trouble finding a date. The two plan to go together until John Payne asks Martha out. Not wanting to leave Miltie going stag, she arranges a date for him; it's the last person he'd ever want to spend the evening with.
 
24 Nov. 1953
Episode #6.7
Berle's guests are actor George Raft, opera singer Patrice Munsel and comedian Steve Allen. Milton is tired of the format of his show, so he decides the episode should have a gangsters and cops-and-robbers theme.
 
1 Dec. 1953
Episode #6.8
Berle's guests include Jack Webb, Lisa Kirk, and Sid Caesar. With Charlie Applewhite, Ruth Gilbert, Arnold Stang, and Jack Collins. In this Dragnet (1951) spoof, Caesar accuses Miltie of swiping his material and calls the cops. The officer investigating the case is Sgt. Joe Friday (Webb). Berle dreams he's on trial for stealing in the court of Judge Arnold Stang. He's found guilty, but Sgt. Friday isn't through with his investigation. Berle and Kirk sing "Still Be Mine" and "From This Moment On." Applewhite does "I Love Paris."
 
8 Dec. 1953
Episode #6.9
Berle's guests are actor Peter Lawford, singer/actress Carol Channing, and actress Maria Riva. Milton invites his cast, crew and guest stars to a party he's throwing for himself, but everyone seems to have already made other plans.
 

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