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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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Cancelled in 1971 by CBS. The decision was a controversial one, since it was made at the end of the 1970-71 season and did not give Ed Sullivan the opportunity to mount a farewell show after more than 20 years on the air. Sullivan would return for a few specials over the next year, however. 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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They Don't Make Em Like This Anymore
13 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This was the ultimate variety show. Where else could you see comedy, music and animal acts all on one show. Sullivan could see talent and did his best to help promote it and if you made a big impression on Sullivan you were a star overnight (just ask The Beatles). Also, it should be noted that he helped to break a lot of African-American entertainers at a time when network programming wouldn't allow it. This show was a classic.


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