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The Edsel Show (1957)

Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra host a program that's wall-to-wall music.



(as Bill Morrow)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Himself - Host / Performer
Himself - Host / Performer
Herself - Singer
Himself - Singer / Trumpet Player
Lindsay Crosby ...
Himself - Singer
The Four Preps ...
Ivy League Quartet (as The 4 Preps)
Himself - Clarinetist
Himself - Trombonist (as Trummy Young)
Himself - Pianist
Squire Gersh ...
Himself - Bass Player
Himself - Drummer
Himself - Sketch Actor / Singer
The Norman Luboff Choir ...
Themselves - Singers (as Norman Luboff Choir)
Conn and Mann ...
Themselves - Dance Team (as Mr. Conn and Mr. Mann)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - spokesman for Edsel


Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra host a program that's wall-to-wall music.

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Release Date:

13 October 1957 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Not the first, but currently the oldest surviving show on videotape. It was aired live in 1957 in prime time, and simultaneously taped and filmed in kinescope for the sole purpose of broadcasting for the three-hour time delay on the West coast. In those days, shows which were taped (and not erased later) were ALSO kinescoped because the thought was that the tape might malfunction in the middle of the broadcast, but a kinescope film- which was all recorded off of a monitor and developed like motion picture film- would remain intact. Most TV retrospectives only air the kinescope, but a clip of the very pristine tape can be seen in the 2002 documentary "CBS: 50 Years from Television City." See more »


Referenced in The Nick at Nite Holiday Special (2003) See more »


The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Music by F. Dudleigh Vernor
Lyrics by Byron D. Stokes
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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Videotape pioneer.
2 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

"The Edsel Show" is generally not remembered today, but if you saw the 2002 retrospective of the famed CBS Television City studio in Hollywood, you saw a clip of this 1957 show in a medley of memorable musical variety moments. Its place in history is more technical than anything else; it has the distinction of being one of the first ever TV shows to be videotaped (and currently resides as the oldest surviving videotaped show), as opposed to being filmed on kinescope. If you were to purchase the tape of this show today, you'll only find a kinescope print on VHS, but there is a surviving show videotape of it which looks sensational (it resembles a live performance, clear as a bell, but in black-and-white) and is begging to be digitally restored. Maybe a DVD edition of this could be researched?

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