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Director:
Writers:
Gordon Cotler (writer)
Dan Lounsbery (writer)
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Seasons:
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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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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 41 of 193)
Edward Villella ... Himself - Ballet Dancer / ... (12 episodes, 1961-1968)
Jacques d'Amboise ... Himself - Dancer / ... (11 episodes, 1959-1965)
John Raitt ... Himself - Singer / ... (10 episodes, 1959-1966)
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)
Donald Voorhees ... Himself - Host / ... (9 episodes, 1960-1968)
Earl Wrightson ... Himself (8 episodes, 1961-1965)
Grant Johannsen ... Himself - Pianist / ... (8 episodes, 1959-1965)
Patricia McBride ... Herself - Ballerina / ... (8 episodes, 1961-1968)

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

Maria Tallchief ... Herself - Ballerina / ... (7 episodes, 1959-1966)

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 (7 episodes, 1961-1966)
Nicolai Gedda ... Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1959-1968)

Dolores Gray ... Herself - Singer / ... (6 episodes, 1959-1966)
Allegra Kent ... Herself - Ballerina / ... (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)
José Iturbi ... Himself - Pianist / ... (5 episodes, 1959-1962)
Anna Moffo ... Herself - Opera Soprano (5 episodes, 1961-1967)

Gordon MacRae ... Himself - Host / ... (5 episodes, 1960-1965)
Dorothy Collins ... Herself - Singer (5 episodes, 1960-1965)

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

Burl Ives ... Himself - Host / ... (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)

Benny Goodman ... Himself - Clarinetist / ... (5 episodes, 1960-1966)

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)
Norman Campbell (2 episodes, 1960)

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
Sidney Katz (1 episode, 1967)
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)
Betty Wesley .... assistant to prod.. / production assistant (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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60 min
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Did You Know?

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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Heavenly Music, 23 November 2003
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio

Classical music lovers in the mid-20th century thrilled weekly to "The Bell Telephone Hour." That the series lasted for so many years under major sponsorship demonstrates the general public's appreciation of musical art during that period.

Opera divas like Birgit Nilsson, Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland, Helen Traubel, to mention a few, appeared under the orchestral baton of Donald Vorhees.

The series was always beautifully prepared and mounted. No one minded the black and white format, for that was the norm at the time. Entire families would regularly gather around the tv to experience superlative performances by major artists.

A few of these programs have been preserved and are available today on vhs. I have two of Ms. Traubel's programs and she is a joy to hear. She performs selections she rarely got to perform as the leading Wagnerian soprano of her generation -- such as Verdi, Mozart, right down to a Negro spiritual at the end.

Another "Bell" video I cherish (this one in color) is of Ms. Price, rendering an astonishing Nile Scene from Verdi's "Aida" and Cio Cio San's aria from Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." At "intermission" Vorhees interviews Price, with the program concluding with an aria from Verdi's "La Forza del Destino."

There was nothing on television in the classical arena more beloved by the public than "The Bell Telephone Hour," and those who have managed to obtain these programs today certainly have some rare treasures in their collections.

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