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The Ed Sullivan Show 

Toast of the Town (original title)
The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.
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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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20 June 1948 (USA)  »

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On Tuesday, 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. The stamp honoring "The Ed Sullivan Show" has a picture of its star/host, Ed Sullivan. 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 George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950), Hopalong Cassidy (1952), The Honeymooners (1955), 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), Texaco Star Theatre (1948), Tonight! (1953), The Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950). See more »

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[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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Sunday nights!
31 May 2002 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

The hottest stars. The number one hits. Ed Sullivan had em all and he had em on Sunday nights. He did nothing more than introduce the acts but that was enough. Was that Sunday night in February of 1964 when he had The Beatles for the first time the most famous night in the history of entertainment on Television? You won't get an argument from me.


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