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Season: 1
Year: 1955 | 1956


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Episode #1.1

14 September 1955
A promotional film hosted by George Murphy promoting the studio's past and its current release of "It's Always Fair Weather."

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Cyd Charisse ... Herself (also archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Actress 'Broadway Melody of 1940'
Frank Whitbeck ... Himself - Narrator
Carey Wilson ... Narration
Phil Arnold ... actor 'It's Always Fair Weather' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Fred Astaire ... actor 'Broadway Melody of 1940' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lou Lubin ... actor 'It's Always Fair Weather' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dore Schary ... Himself (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... actor 'It's Always Fair Weather' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 2: Episode #1.2

21 September 1955
In recapping the presentation of the "If I Only Had the Nerve/We're Off To See The Wizard" musical number, host George Murphy hopes that it will bring back fond memories for adults who have seen The Wizard of Oz (1939), and will encourage children who haven't seen the movie to see it. He is appropriately in the MGM trophy room to introduce the short The Story of Alfred Nobel (1939). He is visited by young Leo, who wants George to showcase his friends Screwball Squirrel and Meathhead as they duke it out in animated short Screwball Squirrel (1944). And he visits with Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse on the set of It's Always Fair Weather (1955). Gene is featured in the "I Like Myself" roller skating musical number from the movie.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Ray Bolger ... Scarecrow (archive footage)

Cyd Charisse ... Herself (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Dorothy Gale (archive footage)
Paul Guilfoyle ... Alfred Nobel (archive footage)

Jack Haley ... Tin Man (archive footage)

Gene Kelly ... Himself / Ted Riley (archive footage)

Bert Lahr ... Cowardly Lion (archive footage)
Wally Maher ... Screwball Squirrel (archive footage) (voice)
Dick Nelson ... Meathead (archive footage) (voice)
John Nesbitt ... Himself - Narrator: The Story of Alfred Nobel (archive footage) (voice)
Eleanor Wesselhoeft ... Soldier's Mother (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 3: Episode #1.3

28 September 1955
After thanking the viewing audience for their positive reception to the show, host George Murphy introduces from the MGM vaults the classic movie A Free Soul (1931), showing a clip featuring the Academy Award winning performance by Lionel Barrymore. Next, he shows a short film, One Against the World (1939), which chronicles the career of Dr. Ephraim McDowall, who was the first person ever to perform internal surgery, which was before then considered sacrilegious and was therefore unheard of. Then he shows Guest Pests (1945), which demonstrates the different kinds of house guests that can be an annoyance. And in the coming attraction, he shows a few scenes from Trial (1955), based on the Harper Award winning novel of the same name by Don Mankiewicz, who adapted his novel for the big screen.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Lionel Barrymore ... Stephen Ashe in 'A Free Soul' (archive footage)
Rafael Campos ... Angel Chavez in 'Trial' (archive footage)

Glenn Ford ... David in 'Trial' (archive footage)
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Ephraim McDowall in 'One Against the World' (archive footage)
Juano Hernandez ... Judge Theodore Motley in 'Trial' (archive footage)

Leslie Howard ... Dwight Winthrop in 'A Free Soul' (archive footage)

Katy Jurado ... Mrs. Chavez in 'Trial' (archive footage)

Arthur Kennedy ... Barney in 'Trial' (archive footage)

Dorothy McGuire ... Abbe in 'Trial' (archive footage)
Robert Middleton ... Fats Sanders in 'Trial' (archive footage)
John Nesbitt ... Himself - Narrator of 'One Against the World' (archive sound)

Norma Shearer ... Jan Ashe in 'A Free Soul' (archive footage)
Pete Smith ... Himself - Narrator of 'Guest Pests' (archive sound)

Season 1, Episode 4: Episode #1.4

5 October 1955
Includes clips of "Trial" (1955) and the musical number "The French Lesson" from "Good News" (1947). Also shown is a tour of Lake Metro on the MGM back lot.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

June Allyson ... Connie Lane (archive footage)
Rafael Campos ... Angel Chavez (archive footage)

Glenn Ford ... David Blake (archive footage)

Katy Jurado ... Consuela Chavez (archive footage)

Arthur Kennedy ... Barney Castle (archive footage)

Peter Lawford ... Tommy Marlowe (archive footage)

Dorothy McGuire ... Abbe Nyle (archive footage)
Robert Middleton ... Sheriff A.A. 'Fats' Sanders (archive footage)
John Nesbitt ... Himself - Narrator (archive footage) (voice)

Season 1, Episode 5: Episode #1.5

12 October 1955
Host George Murphy talks about masks as his introduction to the short film, The Face Behind the Mask (1938), which tells the true story of Louis XIV of France and the unknown man he imprisoned behind an iron mask. He then introduces one of the late Robert Benchley's classic comic "how to" shorts, How to Train a Dog (1936). Murphy next introduces the MGM hall of fame movie of the week, Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), which is about composer, Jerome Kern. In the film clip shown, Tony Martin sings "All the Things You Are" written by Kern. Murphy lastly receives a visit from actor John Hodiak, who talks about his latest movie, Trial (1955).

George Murphy ... Himself - Host
John Hodiak ... Himself / Jack Armstrong
Robert Benchley ... Dog Owner (archive footage)
Rafael Campos ... Angel Chavez (archive footage)

Glenn Ford ... David Blake (archive footage)
Richard Gaines ... Dr. Johannes Schacter (archive footage)
Juano Hernandez ... Judge Ted Motley (archive footage)
Mary Howard ... Louis XIV's Sweetheart (archive footage)
Edward Keane ... Nicholas Fouquet (archive footage)
Michael Mark ... Fisherman (archive footage)

Tony Martin ... Gaylord Ravenal (archive footage)

Dorothy McGuire ... Abbe Nyle (archive footage)
Thomas R. Mills ... Prison Governor (archive footage)
John Nesbitt ... Himself - Narrator (archive footage) (voice)
Leonard Penn ... Louis XIV (archive footage)
George Sorel ... Count Antonio Mattioli (archive footage)
Charles Tannen ... Bailiff (archive footage)
Harry Worth ... Louis XIII (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 6: Episode #1.6

19 October 1955
Clips from "The Amazing Mr. Nordill", Greta Garbo in "Anna Christie", and an interview with Robert Taylor.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Robert Taylor ... Himself / Quentin Durward (archive footage: Quentin Durward)

Leon Ames ... Everett Nordill aka Everton (archive footage)
William Bailey ... Stagehand (archive footage)

Charles Bickford ... Matt Burke (archive footage)

Greta Garbo ... Anna Christie (archive footage)
Helen Sue Goldy ... Herself (archive footage)
Sid Goldy ... Himself (archive footage)

Lena Horne ... Singer (archive footage)
Kay Kendall ... Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy (archive footage)
Paul Maxey ... Treasury Department Expert (archive footage)
John Nesbitt ... Himself - Narrator of The Amazing Mr. Nordill (archive footage) (voice)
Dave O'Brien ... Director O'Brien (archive footage)
Pete Smith ... Himself - Narrator of Studio Tour (archive footage) (voice)
Clinton Sundberg ... Operative 10 (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 7: Episode #1.7

26 October 1955
Included are clips from the Carey Wilson Miniature "Changed Identity" (1947) and the Tex Avery Cartoon "The Early Bird Dood It" (1942), as well as an interview with Debbie Reynolds.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself / Julie Gillis

Ray Bolger ... Himself - Dancer (archive footage)

Frank Sinatra ... Charlie Y. Reader (archive footage)
Carey Wilson ... Himself - Narrator (archive sound)

Season 1, Episode 8: Episode #1.8

2 November 1955
Features film clips from The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Ziegfeld Follies (1946).

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Edward Arnold ... Lawyer (archive footage)
Joseph Crehan ... Judge (archive footage)

Henry Daniell ... Sidney Kidd (archive footage)
William B. Davidson ... Judge (archive footage)

Cary Grant ... C.K. Dexter Haven (archive footage)
Harry Hayden ... Warden (archive footage)

Katharine Hepburn ... Tracy Lord (archive footage)
George Hill ... Subway Policeman (archive footage)

Ruth Hussey ... Elizabeth Imbrie (archive footage)
Victor Moore ... Victor Moore (archive footage)

Mary Nash ... Margaret Lord (archive footage)
Gary Owen ... Subway Policeman (archive footage)
Lionel Pape ... Edward (archive footage)

Debbie Reynolds ... Julie Gillis (archive footage)

Frank Sinatra ... Charlie Y. Reader (archive footage)

James Stewart ... Macaulay Connor (archive footage)

Virginia Weidler ... Dinah Lord (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 9: Episode #1.9

9 November 1955
Marlon Brando drops and talks about his role with scenes from his most recent movie, "Guys and Dolls".

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Marlon Brando ... Himself
Richard Ainley ... Leonardo Da Vinci (archive footage)
Bill Roberts ... Skunk (archive sound)

Jean Simmons ... Sergeant Sarah Brown (archive footage)

Ann Sothern ... Dixie Donegan Crane (archive footage)
Carey Wilson ... Himself - Narrator: Portrait of a Genius (archive sound)
Frederick Worlock ... Duke Sporza (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 10: Episode #1.10

16 November 1955
Host George Murphy introduces clips from "A Guy Named Joe" (1943), the Carey Wilson Miniature "A Door Will Open" (1940), and the Pete Smith Specialty "You Can't Win" (1948).

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Eddie Albert ... Burt McGuire (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Art Yackey (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marlon Brando ... Sky Masterson (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lynne Carver ... Sally Campbell (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Conte ... Tony Bardeman (archive footage) (uncredited)

Irene Dunne ... Dorinda Durston (archive footage) (uncredited)

Judy Garland ... Jo Hayden (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Carl Lawrence (archive footage) (uncredited)

Susan Hayward ... Lillian Roth (archive footage) (uncredited)

Van Johnson ... Ted Randall (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gene Kelly ... Harry Palmer (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barry Nelson ... Dick Rumney (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Newell ... Abner J. Poodlebeam (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien ... Harried Man (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jean Simmons ... Sergeant Sarah Brown (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pete Smith ... Himself - Narrator (archive sound) (uncredited)

Spencer Tracy ... Pete Sandidge (archive footage) (uncredited)
Carey Wilson ... Himself - Narrator (archive sound) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 11: Episode #1.11

23 November 1955
Features clips from the John Nesbitt's Passing Parade short "Strange Testament" (1941), the Pete Smith Specialty "Let's Talk Turkey" (1941), and an interview with Susan Hayward.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Susan Hayward ... Herself - Guest
Edward Ashley ... Julian Poydras (archive footage)

Frances Bavier ... Abner's Mother-In-Law (archive footage)
Robert Benchley ... Man Showing Home Movies (archive footage)
Tommy Bond ... Little Otto (archive footage)

Richard Conte ... Tony Bardeman (archive footage)
Max O. Cullen ... Himself - Turkey Carving Expert (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Jo Hayden (archive footage)
George Guhl ... Abner's Father-in-Law (archive footage)

Gene Kelly ... Harry Palmer (archive footage)
Anthony Kemble-Cooper ... William Shakespeare (archive footage)
Dorothy Morris ... Perdita (archive footage)
John Nesbitt ... Himself - Narrator (archive sound)
William Newell ... Abner J. Poodlebeam (archive footage)
Sally Payne ... Abner's Wife (archive footage)
Pete Smith ... Himself - Narrator (archive sound)

Season 1, Episode 12: Episode #1.12

23 November 1955
Host George Murphy introduces clips from "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944), "Home Movies" (1940), and "Master Will Shakespeare" (1936), as well as a preview of the then-upcoming "Kismet" (1955).

George Murphy ... Himself - Host
Lionel Belmore ... Burbage (archive footage)
Robert Benchley ... Home Movie Maker (archive footage)
Marie Blake ... Home Movie Watcher (archive footage)

Ann Blyth ... Herself (archive footage)
John Butler ... Home Movie Watcher (archive footage)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Home Movie Watcher (archive footage)
Charles Coleman ... John Decker (archive footage)
The Cristiani Family ... Themselves - Equestrian Acrobats (archive footage)
Arthur Freed ... Himself - Producer (archive footage)
Fernand Gravey ... Johann Strauss II (archive footage)

Dolores Gray ... Lalume (archive footage)
Herbert Gunn ... Bob Clever (archive footage)

Susan Hayward ... Lillian Roth (archive footage)

Van Johnson ... Ted Lawson (archive footage)

Howard Keel ... Himself (archive footage)
Anthony Kemble-Cooper ... William Shakespeare (archive footage)
Miliza Korjus ... Carla Donner (archive footage)

Vincente Minnelli ... Himself - Director (archive footage)
Joseph Ruttenberg ... Himself - Cinematographer (archive footage)

Robert Walker ... David Thatcher (archive footage)
Carey Wilson ... Himself - Narrator of Master Will Shakespeare (archive sound)

Season 1, Episode 13: Episode #1.13

7 December 1955
Host George Murphy introduces clips featuring Fernand Gravey in "The Great Waltz" (1938), Susan Hayward in "I'll Cry Tomorrow" (1955), and the MGM Historical Mystery "The Miracle of Salt Lake" (1938).

George Murphy ... Himself - Host
The Cristiani Family ... Themselves - Trick Riders in 'Equestrian Acrobats' (archive footage)
Fernand Gravey ... Johann Strauss II in 'The Great Waltz' (archive footage)

Susan Hayward ... Lillian Roth in 'I'll Cry Tomorrow' (archive footage)
Miliza Korjus ... Carla Donner in 'The Great Waltz' (archive footage)
Pete Smith ... Himself - Narrator of 'Equestrian Acrobats' (archive sound)
Carey Wilson ... Himself - Narrator of 'The Miracle of Salt Lake' (archive sound)

Season 1, Episode 14: Episode #1.14

14 December 1955
Host George Murphy introduces segments from two MGM productions, the feature length movie Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and the short film The Greatest Gift (1942). He then presents a few common pet peeves, dramatized by an unfortunate man, who must wait to use the only pay telephone booth around which is occupied by a very talkative woman; as a shopkeeper, who is waiting on a customer who doesn't seem to want to spend any money but causes calamity in the store; who slips on a loose rug at the top of a flight of stairs; who battles a stuck ice cube tray in a freezer; and who needs to find the burnt out bulb on a string of Christmas tree lights. Murphy then meets with actor/singer Howard Keel, who is to appear in the upcoming MGM musical Kismet (1955).

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Donald Crisp ... Seaman Thomas Burkitt (archive footage)

Clark Gable ... Fletcher Christian (archive footage)

Edmund Gwenn ... Bartholomew the Juggler (archive footage)

Howard Keel ... Himself

Charles Laughton ... Captain William Bligh (archive footage)
Dave O'Brien ... Man
Eddie Quillan ... Seaman Thomas Ellison (archive footage)

Hans Conried ... Father Fabian (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 15: Episode #1.15

21 December 1955
Host George Murphy introduces clips from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) (as Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas), A Christmas Carol (1938), and Kismet (1955) ("Stranger in Paradise").

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Ann Blyth ... Marsinah (archive footage)
Lionel Braham ... Ghost of Christmas Present (archive footage)

Leo G. Carroll ... Marley's Ghost (archive footage)
Lynne Carver ... Bess (archive footage)
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Ghost of Christmas Future (archive footage)

Vic Damone ... The Caliph (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Esther Smith (archive footage)
Terry Kilburn ... Tiny Tim Cratchit (archive footage)

Gene Lockhart ... Bob Cratchit (archive footage)
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Cratchit (archive footage)
Barry MacKay ... Fred (archive footage)

Margaret O'Brien ... Tootie Smith (archive footage)

Reginald Owen ... Ebenezer Scrooge (archive footage)

Ann Rutherford ... Ghost of Christmas Past (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 16: Episode #1.16

1955
Host George Murphy introduces the musical number "Czaritza" from the movie, Maytime (1937), sung by one of the most enduring set of screen sweethearts, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. He then introduces the short film That Inferior Feeling (1940), where everyman Joe Doakes provides examples of how men can feel inferior and thus make themselves look more inferior than they are. Next, George introduces a short movie about a non-inferior man, Matthew Fontaine Maury, who is credited for creating the first maritime wind and currents charts. That movie is Prophet Without Honor (1939). And finally, George presents a few scenes from I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955), where real life singer Lillian Roth, as portrayed by Susan Hayward, admits her alcoholism.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Eddie Albert ... Burt McGuire (archive footage)
Robert Benchley ... Joe Doakes (archive footage)

Nelson Eddy ... Paul Allison (archive footage)

Susan Hayward ... Lillian Roth (archive footage)

Jeanette MacDonald ... Marcia Mornay (archive footage)
Margo ... Selma (archive footage)
Tom Neal ... Matthew Maury (archive footage)
Carey Wilson ... Narrator: Prophet Without Honor (archive sound)

Season 1, Episode 17: Episode #1.17

1956
Host George Murphy, who has been told that most Latin dances are flirtation set to music, presents one of the most flirtatious ever put on screen, from The Kissing Bandit (1948), featuring Ricardo Montalban, Cyd Charisse and Ann Miller. He then presents two shorts: The Forgotten Step (1938) in which a man recently hit hard by the stock market crash, tries to regain his fortune through committing what he considers the perfect crime; and A Miniature: The Story of 'The Jonker Diamond' (1936) which tells the story of the the discovery and post-discovery journey of one of the most famous jewels in the world. And finally, he introduces a scene from the new movie Diane (1956), where Marisa Pavan plays Henry VIII's current wife, Catherine de Medici, and Lana Turner plays Diane de Poitiers, the Countess de Breze, the woman that Catherine suspects Henry truly loves.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Cyd Charisse ... Dancer (archive footage)

Ann Miller ... Fiesta Specialty Dancer (archive footage)

Ricardo Montalban ... Fiesta Specialty Dancer (archive footage)
John Nesbitt ... Narrator (archive footage)

Marisa Pavan ... Catherine de Medici (archive footage)
Pete Smith ... Narrator (archive footage)

Lana Turner ... Diane de Poitiers - Countess de Breze (archive footage)
Monty Woolley ... The Art Collector (archive footage)
Nat Carr ... La Zarre Kaplan (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Hyams ... Harry Winston (archive footage) (uncredited)

Hugh Marlowe ... Younger Jonker (archive footage) (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Jacobus Jonker (archive footage) (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Crook Reading Newspaper (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 18: Episode #1.18

1956
Host George Murphy, in the hall of fame segment, introduces a scene with two of the screen's greatest stars, Greta Garbo and John Barrymore, from Grand Hotel (1932/I), that scene which contains one of Garbo's most famous on-screen quotes. He then presents the short film The Man on the Rock (1938) which questions what are the historically recorded facts surrounding Napoleon Bonaparte's death. Next, one can witness what it would be like to have lion cubs as pets in Lions on the Loose (1941). And Murph makes a visit to the set of Diane (1956) to speak with one of the movie's stars, Roger Moore who portrays King Henri II of France and who presents a scene from the movie.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Roger Moore ... Himself
Sergei Arabeloff ... Francois Robeaud in 'The Man on the Rock' (archive footage)

John Barrymore ... The Baron Felix von Gaigern in 'Grand Hotel' (archive footage)

Greta Garbo ... Grusinskaya in 'Grand Hotel' (archive footage)

Cedric Hardwicke ... Rugierri in 'Diane' (archive footage)
Claude King ... Dr. Francesco Antommarchi in 'The Man on the Rock' (archive footage)
Joe Kirk ... Napoleon Bonaparte in 'The Man on the Rock' (archive footage)

Claire McDowell ... Napoleon's Mother in 'The Man on the Rock' (archive footage)

Marisa Pavan ... Catherine de Medici in 'Diane' (archive footage)
Johnny Sheffield ... Napoleon's Son in 'The Man on the Rock' (archive footage)
Pete Smith ... Himself - Narrator of 'Lions on the Loose' (archive sound)

Lana Turner ... Diane de Poitiers in 'Diane' (archive footage)
Fred Warren ... Petrucci in 'The Man on the Rock' (archive footage)
Carey Wilson ... Himself - Narrator of 'The Man on the Rock' (archive sound)
Eric Wilton ... Dr. Verling in 'The Man on the Rock' (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 19: Episode #1.19

1956
Host George Murphy first introduces the song and dance number "The Babbit and the Bromide" performed by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in Ziegfeld Follies (1945), that number which satirizes clichéd social niceties. Next, several serial cartoonists are shown at work in the short film People on Paper (1945). Murph then introduces another short film, Ghost Treasure (1941), which details the treacherous search for gold in the inhospitable Death Valley. And in the coming attractions segment, he introduces Ransom! (1956), the clip shown which highlights the pros and cons of paying ransom in a kidnapping situation.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Fred Astaire ... Performer in 'Ziegfeld Follies' (archive footage)
Roman Bohnen ... Pete Wilkins in 'Ghost Treasure' (archive footage)

Henry Brandon ... Mariano Arguello in 'Ghost Treasure' (archive footage)
Dick Calkins ... Himself - Cartoonist (archive footage)
Al Capp ... Himself - Cartoonist (archive footage)
Ham Fisher ... Himself - Cartoonist (archive footage)

Glenn Ford ... Dave Stannard in 'Ransom!' (archive footage)
Harold Gray ... Himself - Cartoonist (archive footage)
Robert Keith ... Police Chief Jim Backett in 'Ransom!' (archive footage)

Gene Kelly ... Performer in 'Ziegfeld Follies' (archive footage)
Frank King ... Himself - Cartoonist (archive footage)
H.H. Knerr ... Himself - Cartoonist (archive footage)
John Nesbitt ... Himself - Narrator of 'People on Paper' (archive sound)

Leslie Nielsen ... Charlie Telford in 'Ransom!' (archive footage)
Manuel París ... Soldier in 'Ghost Treasure' (archive footage)
Ainslie Pryor ... Al Stannard in 'Ransom!' (archive footage)
Raeburn Van Buren ... Himself - Cartoonist (archive footage)
Carey Wilson ... Himself - Narrator of 'Ghost Treasure' (archive sound)
Chic Young ... Himself - Cartoonist (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 20: Episode #1.20

1956
In the family album segment, host George Murphy introduces the water ballet performed by Esther Williams in Ziegfeld Follies (1945). Next, he introduces a short film which presents the various automobiles owned by one family over the years and generations. The transportation/travel theme is continued with the next short film, which describes the first encounter a South Pacific island's inhabitants have with the first non-native to land on the island. Finally, Murph pays a visit to actress Donna Reed, who talks about her intense role in the soon to be released film, Ransom! (1956), from which a scene is shown.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Donna Reed ... Herself - Guest

Glenn Ford ... Dave Stannard in 'Ransom!' (archive footage)
John Nesbitt ... Narrator of 'Our Old Car' (archive sound)
Moroni Olsen ... Kurt Larsen in 'What Do You Think?: Tupapaoo' (archive footage)

Esther Williams ... Herself - Water Ballerina in 'Ziegfeld Follies' (archive footage)
Carey Wilson ... Narrator of 'What Do You Think?: Tupapaoo' (archive sound)

Season 1, Episode 21: Episode #1.21

1956
In the MGM trophy room, host George Murphy is proud to display the latest award for the studio, specifically Redbook Magazine's annual movie award to Dore Schary. In the hall of fame segment, Murph introduces a scene from The Champ (1931/I), where the character portrayed by Wallace Berry, who won a Best Actor Oscar for this performance, announces from his prison cell his long term future plans for his adoring son, Dink. Next, he introduces the short film The Lady or the Tiger? (1942), which posits whether a cold hearted woman would rather send her lover to death or into the arms of another woman. He then introduces the "Number Please" skit from the movie revue, Ziegfeld Follies (1945), where an exasperated man is having problems getting through to his friend Louis on the telephone though of no fault of his own. Finally, he chats with Russ Tamblyn about his latest movie, The Last Hunt (1956).

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Russ Tamblyn ... Himself / Jimmy in 'The Last Hunt' (also archive footage)
Roscoe Ates ... Sponge in 'The Champ' (archive footage)
John Baragrey ... The Suitor in 'The Lady or the Tiger?' (archive footage)
Vince Barnett ... The King in 'The Lady or the Tiger?' (archive footage)

Barbara Bedford ... Lady Behind Door in 'The Lady or the Tiger?' (archive footage)

Wallace Beery ... Champ in 'The Champ' (archive footage)

Jackie Cooper ... Dink in 'The Champ' (archive footage)
Joe De Santis ... Ed Black in 'The Last Hunt' (archive footage)

Stewart Granger ... Sandy McKenzie (archive footage)
Hale Hamilton ... Tony in 'The Champ' (archive footage)
Grady Sutton ... Southerner in 'Number Please' (archive footage)
William Tannen ... Frank R. Stockton in 'The Lady or the Tiger?' (archive footage)

Robert Taylor ... Charlie Gilson in 'The Last Hunt' (archive footage)
Audrey Totter ... Operator in 'Number Please' (archive sound)
Carey Wilson ... Narrator in 'The Lady or the Tiger?' (archive sound)

Marie Windsor ... The Princess in 'The Lady or the Tiger?' (archive footage)

Keenan Wynn ... Telephone Caller in 'Number Please' (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 22: Episode #1.22

1956
Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy sing "Sweetheart" from Maytime (1937); Chic Sale plays Abraham Lincoln in The Perfect Tribute (1935); Lena Horne sings "Love" in Ziegfeld Follies (1945); Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball introduce a scene featuring themselves in Forever, Darling (1956).

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Desi Arnaz ... Himself

Lucille Ball ... Herself

Nelson Eddy ... (archive footage)

Lena Horne ... (archive footage)

Jeanette MacDonald ... (archive footage)
Charles 'Chic' Sale ... Abraham Lincoln (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 23: Episode #1.23

1956
Host George Murphy shows a segment from "The King Without a Crown", the dance of Gene Kelly and Jerry Mouse from "Anchors Aweigh", and a short chronicle of the filming of a buffalo stampede from the upcoming MGM release "The Last Hunt".

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Gene Kelly ... Joseph Brady (archive footage)
Carey Wilson ... Narrator (voice) (archive footage)
Scotty Beckett ... King Louis XVII, the Dauphin (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sara Berner ... Jerry Mouse (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Brooks ... Himself (uncredited)
John Burton ... Hudson, Inquiring French Nobleman (archive footage) (uncredited)

Stewart Granger ... Himself (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Marie Antoinette (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Missionary Eleazar Williams (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lloyd Nolan ... Himself (uncredited)

Debra Paget ... Herself (uncredited)
Dore Schary ... Himself (uncredited)

Russ Tamblyn ... Himself (uncredited)

Robert Taylor ... Himself (uncredited)
Zeffie Tilbury ... Dying Duchess Marie (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 24: Episode #1.24

1956
Host George Murphy shows clips from previous MGM classics plus a promotional clip for the studio's Western "The Last Hunt."

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Renée Adorée ... Herself (archive footage)

Wallace Beery ... Actor 'Dinner at Eight' (archive footage)
Thomas Edison ... Himself (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Mary Holden (archive footage)

John Gilbert ... James Apperson (archive footage)

Jean Harlow ... Actress 'Dinner at Eight' (archive footage)

Allan Jones ... Actor 'The Firefly' (archive footage)

Jeanette MacDonald ... Actress 'The Firefly' (archive footage)

Mickey Rooney ... James Connors (archive footage)
Frank Whitbeck ... Narrator (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 25: Episode #1.25

28 February 1955
Host George Murphy introduces Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones who perform in a clip from "The Firefly". George Murphy then introduces Dan Dailey who introduces a clip from "Meet Me in Las Vegas" in which he and Cyd Charisse star.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Dan Dailey ... Himself

Judy Garland ... (archive footage)
Mitsuko Sawamura ... Herself

Season 1, Episode 26: Episode #1.26

1956
Host George Murphy introduces the Judy Garland showcased musical number "On the Atcheson, Topeka and the Santa Fe" from the movie The Harvey Girls (1946). The next feature is of the short movie The Man in the Barn (1937), which provides an alternate view of the death of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. A clip of the family movie The Yearling (1946) is shown, followed by one from the upcoming movie Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) featuring Dan Dailey and Cyd Charisse. As Murphy will be traveling for the next few weeks, he lets the viewer know of his temporary replacement and the movie which he will feature on the next show.

George Murphy ... Himself - Host

Lionel Barrymore ... (archive footage)
Freddie Bartholomew ... (archive footage)

Cyd Charisse ... (archive footage)

Dan Dailey ... (archive footage)

Melvyn Douglas ... (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... (archive footage)
Claude Jarman Jr. ... (archive footage)

Gregory Peck ... (archive footage)

Mickey Rooney ... (archive footage)

Spencer Tracy ... (archive footage)
Carey Wilson ... (archive footage) (voice)

Jane Wyman ... (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 27: Episode #1.27

1956
Host Walter Pidgeon introduces the movie Captains Courageous (1937). Based on a novel by Rudyard Kipling, it is the first MGM feature film ever to be shown on network television. It tells the story of a spoiled boy who falls overboard of a luxury liner. He's picked up by a fishing boat. He has to endure life on the boat until they dock in two weeks, but it's more like the fishing crew have to put up with his spoiled ways. Pidgeon then introduces his latest starring role, that in the movie Forbidden Planet (1956). The segments shown from both movies are only the first installments, with future installments shown in weeks to come.

Walter Pidgeon ... Himself - Host

Lionel Barrymore ... Captain Disko Troop (archive footage)
Freddie Bartholomew ... Harvey Cheyne (archive footage)

Mickey Rooney ... Dan Troop (archive footage)

Spencer Tracy ... Manuel Fidello (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 28: Episode #1.28

1956
Host Walter Pidgeon continues with the second of three installments of the movie Captains Courageous (1937) and the second and final installment of the preview of his new movie Forbidden Planet (1956). With the former, Pidgeon discusses a little of the source material - a novel by Rudyard Kipling - before continuing on with the story of the movie, where spoiled Harvey Cheyne has transformed into a responsible young man wanting to please his new friend, fisherman Manuel Fidello. With the latter, Pidgeon introduces one of his key co-stars in the movie, namely Robby the Robot. As his movie's character, Dr. Edward Morbius, Pidgeon ponders Robby's true artificial intelligence.

Walter Pidgeon ... Himself - Host / Dr. Edward Morbius

Lionel Barrymore ... Capt. Disko Troop (archive footage)
Freddie Bartholomew ... Harvey Cheyne (archive footage)
Art Berry Sr. ... Capt. Anderson (archive footage)

John Carradine ... Long Jack (archive footage)
Sam McDaniel ... Doc (archive footage)
Oscar O'Shea ... Capt. Walt Cushman (archive footage)

Robby the Robot ... Himself

Mickey Rooney ... Dan Troop (archive footage)

Spencer Tracy ... Manuel Fidello (archive footage)

Frankie Darro ... Robby the Robot (uncredited)
Marvin Miller ... Robby the Robot (voice) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 29: Episode #1.29

1956
Walter Pidgeon uses a standing set on the Metro lot to introduce clips from the 1937 classic "Captains Courageous" and a scene from the studio's "Tribute to a Bad Man."

Walter Pidgeon ... Himself - Host

Lionel Barrymore ... actor in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage)
Freddie Bartholomew ... actor in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage)

James Cagney ... Actor 'Tribute to a Bad Man' (archive footage)

John Carradine ... actor in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage)

Melvyn Douglas ... Mr. Cheyne (archive footage)
Oscar O'Shea ... actor in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage)

Mickey Rooney ... actor in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage)

Spencer Tracy ... Manuel Fidello (archive footage)

Charley Grapewin ... actor in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Murray Kinnell ... actor in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack La Rue ... actor in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... actor in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Irene Papas ... actress 'Tribute to a Bad Man' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Christian Rub ... actor in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 30: Episode #1.30

1956
Host Walter Pidgeon admits that he made himself available to host this episode if only to be able to discuss the film career of the legendary Greta Garbo. He mentions her short stint of making movies in Europe before coming to the United States, where, in American movies, she became an instant star in silent films in the mid 1920's. She was arguably the biggest movie star in the world by the end of the silent era. There was some speculation on whether she could sustain that stardom into the talkies, especially as she had a strong Swedish accent, but those fears were laid to rest with her memorable screen entrance in her first talkie, Anna Christie (1930). Pidgeon takes her film retrospective up to the mid 1930's, when her stardom was brighter than ever. Film newcomer Irene Papas discusses filming the movie Tribute to a Bad Man (1956) starring James Cagney. Next week's show will conclude the retrospective on Garbo's film career, and will have as a guest another European transplant to American movies, Leslie Caron.

Irene Papas ... Herself

Walter Pidgeon ... Himself - Host

Charles Boyer ... Actor 'Conquest' (archive footage) (uncredited)

James Cagney ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Melvyn Douglas ... Leon (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Gilbert ... Actor 'Queen Christina' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Taylor ... Actor 'Camille' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 31: Episode #1.31

1956
Host Walter Pidgeon continues with the film career retrospective of Greta Garbo, he stating that this and the last show were the most highly anticipated ever since they were announced. The retrospective continues from the mid 1930's and the remake of Anna Karenina (1935) (an earlier silent version which also starred Garbo) to her comedy success in Ninotchka (1939). Director George Cukor, who directed Garbo in Camille (1936), provides his insight into her as an actress and person. Pidgeon ends the retrospective with a fan letter writing campaign to encourage Garbo to return to making movies. As an upcoming feature, Pidgeon discusses the new movie Gaby (1956), starring Leslie Caron and John Kerr. And he provides a preview of upcoming episodes, which will feature scenes from The Pirate (1948) and The Swan (1956).

Walter Pidgeon ... Himself - Host

George Cukor ... Himself

Charles Boyer ... Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (archive footage)

Leslie Caron ... Gaby (archive footage)

Melvyn Douglas ... Leon (archive footage)

Greta Garbo ... Anna Karenina / Marguerite Gautier / Countess Marie Walewska / Ninotchka (archive footage)

John Kerr ... Gregory Y. Wendell (archive footage)

Fredric March ... Count Vronsky (archive footage)
Jessie Ralph ... Nanine (archive footage)

Robert Taylor ... Armand Duval (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 32: Episode #1.32

1956
Host Walter Pidgeon and his two female helpers are relaxing in a West Indian setting to discuss this week's feature presentation of the movie The Pirate (1948) starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. This week's discussion will be the first of three parts. In part one, a young woman named Manuela dreams of a pirate named Macoco, but who is betrothed to the mean spirited mayor Don Pedro. While Manuela visits a nearby town, a traveling theater troupe arrives and one of its performers, Serafin, falls in love with Manuela at first sight. He is hoping that she secretly loves him, but under hypnosis, admits to him that she dreams of Macoco instead. Pidgeon then introduces the coming attraction, The Swan (1956), starring Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness and Louis Jourdan.

Walter Pidgeon ... Himself - Host
Janet Lake ... Herself
Luana Lee ... Herself

Judy Garland ... Manuela (archive footage)

Louis Jourdan ... Dr. Nicholas Agi (archive footage)

Gene Kelly ... Serafin (archive footage)

Grace Kelly ... Princess Alexandra (archive footage)
Walter Slezak ... Don Pedro Vargas (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 33: Episode #1.33

1956
Host Walter Pidgeon and his female guests continue with part two of their presentation of the movie The Pirate (1948) starring Judy Garland as Manuela and Gene Kelly as Serafin. Despite Manuela's growing attraction to Serafin, she is still determined to go through with her marriage to Don Pedro. But Serafin tries to use what knowledge he has of Don Pedro's true identity to twist it to his own advantage in wooing Manuela. But Serafin's plan may backfire on him. Pidgeon and his guests then introduce the new feature, Gaby (1956), starring Leslie Caron and John Kerr.

Walter Pidgeon ... Himself - Host
Janet Lake ... Herself
Luana Lee ... Herself

Leslie Caron ... Gaby (archive footage)

Gladys Cooper ... Aunt Inez (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Manuela (archive footage)

Gene Kelly ... Serafin (archive footage)

John Kerr ... Gregory Y. Wendell (archive footage)
Ben Lessy ... Gumbo (archive footage)
Fayard Nicholas ... Dancer (archive footage)
Harold Nicholas ... Dancer (archive footage)
Walter Slezak ... Don Pedro Vargas (archive footage)
George Zucco ... The Viceroy (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 34: Episode #1.34

1956
Host Walter Pidgeon and his two female assistants, Luana Lee and Janet Lake conclude their presentation of the movie The Pirate (1948) starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. Don Pedro is about to have Serafin hanged for being the pirate Macoco, which he knows is not the case since Don Pedro himself is Macoco. Manuela, who now realizes that she loves Serafin and not Macoco, tries to save him. Being an actor, Serafin does his own improvisation to try and save himself. Pidgeon and his assistants then move on to the week's upcoming attraction, The Swan (1956), starring Alec Guinness, Grace Kelly and Louis Jourdan whose characters are matched in a royal love triangle.

Walter Pidgeon ... Himself - Host
Luana Lee ... Herself
Janet Lake ... Herself

Gladys Cooper ... Aunt Inez (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Manuela (archive footage)

Alec Guinness ... Prince Albert (archive footage)

Louis Jourdan ... Dr. Nicholas Agi (archive footage)

Gene Kelly ... Serafin (archive footage)

Grace Kelly ... Princess Alexandra (archive footage)
Fayard Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer (archive footage)
Harold Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer (archive footage)
Walter Slezak ... Don Pedro Vargas (archive footage)
George Zucco ... The Viceroy (archive footage)

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