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Director:
Writers:
Gordon Cotler (writer)
Dan Lounsbery (writer)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | unknown
Release Date:
12 January 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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A pioneer in color videotape. See more (3 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 19 of 198)
The Bell Telephone Orchestra ... Themselves / ... (16 episodes, 1960-1966)
Edward Villella ... Himself - Ballet Dancer / ... (12 episodes, 1961-1968)
Jacques d'Amboise ... Himself - Dancer / ... (11 episodes, 1959-1965)
Donald Voorhees ... Himself - Host / ... (10 episodes, 1959-1968)
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)
Earl Wrightson ... Himself (9 episodes, 1960-1965)
Melissa Hayden ... Herself - Ballerina / ... (8 episodes, 1959-1968)
Mel Brandt ... Himself - Announcer / ... (8 episodes, 1959-1965)
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)
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Series Directed by
Sid Smith (43 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)
Larry Markes (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Bill Gammie (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
Marshall Barer (4 episodes, 1964)
Gordon Auchincloss (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ted Mills (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
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)
Barry Wood .... executive producer (18 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)
Robert Drew .... executive producer / producer (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bill Hobin .... producer (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Mike Jackson .... producer (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Henry Jaffe .... executive producer / associate producer (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Roger Englander .... producer (3 episodes, 1959)
Harry Moses .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Ted Mills .... producer (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
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
Gordon Jenkins (1 episode, 1961)
Donald Voorhees (1 episode, 1967)

Hershy Kay (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ross Lowell (1 episode, 1966)
 
Series Film Editing by
Anne Gilbert (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Production Design by
Rouben Ter-Arutunian (2 episodes, 1959-1967)
Jean Eckart (2 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Costume Design by
Ray Aghayan (1 episode, 1960)
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
David Blumgart .... sound (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Special Effects by
John Hoppe .... animated effcts (1 episode, 1959)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Arnold Dick .... video control (17 episodes, 1965-1966)
Abbot Mills .... photographer / cameraman (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Phil Hymes .... lighting director / lighting technician (3 episodes, 1959-1962)
Bill Hanson .... assistant (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Walter Helmuth .... photographer (2 episodes, 1968)
Juliana Wang .... photographer (2 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Music Department
Donald Voorhees .... conductor / conductor: The Bell Telephone Orchestra / ... (27 episodes, 1959-1968)
Mel Pahl .... choral direction (3 episodes, 1960-1961)

Buster Davis .... music arranger: vocals (unknown episodes, 1960-1968)
 
Series Other crew
Robert Pagent .... choreographer (5 episodes, 1960-1962)
Donald Saddler .... choreographer / choreography (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
George Balanchine .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1959-1968)
James Starbuck .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1960)
 

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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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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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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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