Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour (1948–1970)

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A direct descendant of radio's "Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour" (1934-1946), hosted by Major Edward Bowes until his death. After a one-year hiatus, Ted Mack, who had directed Bowes' ... See full summary »

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 Himself - Host (5 episodes, 1949-1968)
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A direct descendant of radio's "Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour" (1934-1946), hosted by Major Edward Bowes until his death. After a one-year hiatus, Ted Mack, who had directed Bowes' auditions, revived the show (which lasted into 1952) and brought the concept to the DuMont Television Network. The at-home audience voted by postcard for the favorite, winning performer(s) each week. Written by Hup234!

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18 January 1948 (USA)  »

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(1948-1956 and 1957-1966)| (1956 and 1966-1970)

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This program aired on Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm EST over the DuMont Television Network. See more »

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Himself - Host: [Recurring phrase] Round and round she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows."
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Featured in It All Started Here (1995) See more »

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I still get nostalgic about this show
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Late on Sunday afternoons I often wish Ted Mack, "GE College Bowl," and "The 20th Century" were still on the air. Unlike "The Gong Show" or "American Idol," Mack never put any of the performers down, no matter how bad they were or how little chance they had of ever making it in show business. In fact, he even refused to use the gong which his predecessor, Major Bowes, had made famous on radio. Mack's friendly attitude was such that my grandmother used to say hello to him just as if he was right there in the room instead of on a television screen. But while we often associate only a few names--Frank Sinatra, Pat Boone, and Ann-Margret, mainly--with this show, a fairly decent number of people went on to show-business careers. "American Idol" may have a higher level of talent, but it will never match the homey charm of this show.


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