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The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)
"Toast of the Town" (original title)

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

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Airs Tue. Dec. 01, 4:30 AM on NBCSN





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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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Ed Sullivan's show was straight out of old vaudeville; brief acts of every description, from slapstick comedy to operatic arias. At least once, he showed a film, the only known film of Anna Pavlova (doing her Swan Dance). The Muppets' first TV appearance was on Ed Sullivan. Stiff and expressionless, with a peculiar voice and a talent for mispronunciation, Sullivan was at least as recognizable as Cronkite to early 60's viewers. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@intersource.com>

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Release Date:

20 June 1948 (USA)  »

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(1965-1971)| (1948-1965)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Dave Clark Five performed more times on the show than any other British act. See more »


[Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby are singing "Road to Morocco", when Frank spots Bob Hope walking down the stairs at the back of the stage]
Frank: Run for the hills.
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Referenced in Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) See more »


Mahna Mahna
Written by Piero Umiliani
Performed by The Muppets
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Red, White, and Blue All Over!!
3 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched a video of the Ed Sullivan show. It was entitled "Red, White, and Blue." It was a patriotic compiled tape which everybody in America should own. I was born after the show's cancellation so I never saw the original. But I can tell you after watching this tape, it was probably one of the best television shows of all time. In this tape, they have the great Henry Fonda doing the first Lincoln address. Dame Judith Anderson reciting the Gettysburg Address. Carl Sandburg offers the Lincoln Birthday address and the great Charlton Heston gives the second Lincoln inauguration speech. There are great musical numbers with Dale Evans, the West Point crew, and Kate Smith singing "God Bless America." They also have Joel Grey singing "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Grey's not James Cagney but it's worth seeing. This short video tape is only an hour long from Sofa Entertainment. Now if you are a history teacher, an American patriot, American lover, or just patriotic, this tape is worth the money. I bought 2 copies and gave it to history teachers that I know of. It's also worth buying for your home.

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