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Director:
Writers:
Gordon Cotler (writer)
Dan Lounsbery (writer)
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Release Date:
12 January 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The long-running television version of the long-running NBC radio series devoted to classical music as well as Broadway composers.
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Awards:
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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A pioneer in color videotape. See more (3 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 38 of 187)
Edward Villella ... Himself - Ballet Dancer / ... (12 episodes, 1961-1968)
John Raitt ... Himself - Singer / ... (10 episodes, 1959-1966)
Jacques d'Amboise ... Himself - Dancer / ... (10 episodes, 1959-1965)
Joan Sutherland ... Herself - Opera Soprano / ... (10 episodes, 1961-1968)

Carol Lawrence ... Herself - Singer / ... (10 episodes, 1960-1967)

Florence Henderson ... Herself - Hostess / ... (10 episodes, 1962-1966)
Earl Wrightson ... Himself - Singer / ... (8 episodes, 1961-1965)
Patricia McBride ... Herself - Ballerina / ... (8 episodes, 1961-1968)
Donald Voorhees ... Himself - Host / ... (7 episodes, 1962-1968)

Maria Tallchief ... Herself - Ballerina / ... (7 episodes, 1959-1966)
Grant Johannsen ... Himself - Pianist / ... (7 episodes, 1959-1965)

Howard Keel ... Himself - Singer / ... (7 episodes, 1959-1965)

Ray Bolger ... Himself - Host / ... (7 episodes, 1960-1966)

Barbara Cook ... Herself - Singer / ... (7 episodes, 1960-1965)
Richard Tucker ... Himself - Opera Tenor / ... (7 episodes, 1961-1967)
The Brothers Four ... Themselves - Folk Singers / ... (7 episodes, 1961-1966)
Nicolai Gedda ... Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1959-1968)

Benny Goodman ... Himself - Clarinetist / ... (6 episodes, 1960-1966)

Dolores Gray ... Herself - Singer / ... (6 episodes, 1959-1966)

André Previn ... Himself - Pianist (6 episodes, 1959-1966)
Melissa Hayden ... Herself - Ballerina (6 episodes, 1959-1965)
Martha Wright ... Herself - Singer / ... (6 episodes, 1959-1964)
Erik Bruhn ... Himself - Ballet Dancer / ... (6 episodes, 1961-1967)
Susan Watson ... Herself - Singer (6 episodes, 1964-1966)
Birgit Nilsson ... Herself - Opera Soprano / ... (5 episodes, 1961-1967)
Anna Moffo ... Herself - Opera Soprano (5 episodes, 1961-1967)

Polly Bergen ... Herself - Host / ... (5 episodes, 1959-1966)

Burl Ives ... Himself - Host / ... (5 episodes, 1959-1966)
Allegra Kent ... Herself - Ballerina / ... (5 episodes, 1959-1966)

Harry Belafonte ... Himself - Singer (5 episodes, 1959-1965)
Lorin Hollander ... Himself - Pianist (5 episodes, 1959-1965)

Rosemary Clooney ... Herself - Singer / ... (5 episodes, 1959-1961)

Janet Blair ... Herself - Singer (5 episodes, 1962-1966)
Robert Merrill ... Himself - Opera Baritone / ... (5 episodes, 1962-1966)

Rudolf Nureyev ... Himself - Ballet Dancer / ... (5 episodes, 1962-1965)

Patti Page ... Herself - Singer (5 episodes, 1962-1965)
Matt Mattox ... Himself - Dancer (5 episodes, 1963-1965)

Anita Gillette ... Herself - Singer / ... (5 episodes, 1964-1966)
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Series Directed by
Sid Smith (42 episodes, 1959-1966)
Clark Jones (28 episodes, 1960-1966)
Dave Geisel (7 episodes, 1964-1966)
Robert Scheerer (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Bill Hobin (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Kirk Browning (3 episodes, 1959-1967)
Bill Colleran (2 episodes, 1959)
Dick Feldman (2 episodes, 1960-1961)

Donald Voorhees (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Lucille Kallen (22 episodes, 1959-1966)
Charles Andrews (11 episodes, 1962-1965)
Burt Shevelove (6 episodes, 1960-1964)
Draper Lewis (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
Robert Herridge (6 episodes, 1961-1965)
William Nichols (4 episodes, 1959-1964)
Bill Gammie (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
Marshall Barer (4 episodes, 1964)
Larry Markes (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Gordon Auchincloss (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Martin Charnin (2 episodes, 1965)
Joseph Liss (2 episodes, 1965)
Robert Sherman (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Will Glickman (2 episodes, 1966)
Harold C. Schonberg (2 episodes, 1967)

Gordon Cotler (unknown episodes)
Dan Lounsbery (unknown episodes)
Francis Robinson (unknown episodes)
Robert B. Sherman (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Dan Lounsbery .... producer / executive producer (29 episodes, 1959-1967)
Burt Shevelove .... producer (13 episodes, 1960-1964)
Charles Andrews .... producer (11 episodes, 1962-1965)
Frederick Heider .... producer (8 episodes, 1960-1962)
Sid Smith .... producer (7 episodes, 1959-1966)
Robert Herridge .... producer (6 episodes, 1961-1965)
Herbert Ross .... producer (6 episodes, 1964-1966)
William Hammerstein .... producer (5 episodes, 1964-1966)
Barry Wood .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1959-1967)
Bill Hobin .... producer (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Robert Drew .... executive producer / producer (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Henry Jaffe .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1959-1961)
Roger Englander .... producer (3 episodes, 1959)
Mike Jackson .... producer (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
William Nichols .... producer (2 episodes, 1959)
Norman Campbell .... producer (2 episodes, 1960-1965)
Ed Cosgrove .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1962)
Gary Smith .... producer (2 episodes, 1964)
Don Appell .... producer (2 episodes, 1965-1966)

Harold C. Schonberg .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Donald Voorhees (1 episode, 1967)

Hershy Kay (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ross Lowell (1 episode, 1966)
 
Series Film Editing by
Peter Johnson (1 episode, 1968)
 
Series Production Design by
Rouben Ter-Arutunian (2 episodes, 1959-1967)
 
Series Costume Design by
Michael Travis (1 episode, 1962)
Rouben Ter-Arutunian (1 episode, 1967)
 
Series Production Management
Stewart MacGregory .... unit manager (1 episode, 1962)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Venho .... associate director (1 episode, 1962)
 
Series Sound Department
Mahlon Fox .... audio director (1 episode, 1962)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Arnold Dick .... video control (17 episodes, 1965-1966)
Phil Hyms .... lighting director / lighting technician (2 episodes, 1959-1962)
Abbot Mills .... cameraman (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Music Department
Donald Voorhees .... conductor / conductor: The Bell Telephone Orchestra / ... (9 episodes, 1959-1965)

Buster Davis .... music arranger: vocals (unknown episodes, 1960-1968)
 
Series Other crew
Todd Bolender .... choreographer (1 episode, 1959)
Martyn Green .... stage director (1 episode, 1960)
Donald Saddler .... choreography (1 episode, 1961)
Hal Alexander .... stage manager (1 episode, 1962)
Andre Eglevsky .... choreographer: Giselle Pas de deux (1 episode, 1962)
Anne Kelleher .... assistant to producer (1 episode, 1962)
Hugh McDermott .... stage manager (1 episode, 1962)
Walter C. Miller .... technical director (1 episode, 1962)
Robert Pagent .... choreographer (1 episode, 1962)
Walter Toscanini .... consultant (1 episode, 1967)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Telephone Hour" - USA (syndication title)
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Runtime:
60 min
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Trivia:
Was one of the first TV series to be telecast exclusively in color (using the color TV system perfected by RCA in 1954) and recorded on videotape. Many of the taped performances (several now 50 years old) survive to this day.See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A pioneer in color videotape., 2 November 2004
Author: movibuf1962 from Washington, DC

There are currently some wonderful compilation DVDs of this musical anthology show. I have one which pays tribute to classical pianists (including Jose Iturbi, Grant Johanssen, and Van Cliburn) and another celebrating the most renowned opera stars: Rise Stevens & Renata Tebaldi in 1959, Robert Merrill and Roberta Peters in 1962, Leontyne Price and Joan Sutherland in 1963. These shows were originally broadcast on NBC and recorded on color videotape as early as 1959. These tapes appear to have been dusted off and remastered and they now look and sound as crystal clear as a live performance. That's why this VAI DVD series is so precious. Many of these Bell Telephone clips appear on the cable access station Classic Arts Showcase, but I suggest buying the DVDs in order to see the full performances. There are Bell DVDs of opera singers, violinists, and I think even one with ballet dancers. This was the last avenue for commercially broadcast classical music, before it all migrated to PBS. Don't miss it.

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