The Colgate Comedy Hour: Season 1, Episode 30

Episode #1.30 (1 Apr. 1951)

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Host Eddie Cantor's celebrity guests are singers Eddie Fisher and Marion Colby. Eddie's spotlight on "future stars" features opera singer Evelyn Gould, young singer/dancer Joel Grey, actor/... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
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Himself - Host
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Himself - Singer
Marion Colby ...
Herself - Singer
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Himself - Singer / Dancer
Gehrig and Weismuller ...
Themselves - Dancers
Phyllis Gehrig ...
Herself - Dancer (as Gehrig and Weissmuller)
Don Weissmuller ...
Himself - Dancer (as Gehrig and Weissmuller)
William Warfield ...
Himself - Singer
Miche'le Auclair ...
Herself - Classical Violinist
Tony and Eddie ...
Themselves - Comic Lip Sync
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Himself - Announcer
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Host Eddie Cantor's celebrity guests are singers Eddie Fisher and Marion Colby. Eddie's spotlight on "future stars" features opera singer Evelyn Gould, young singer/dancer Joel Grey, actor/vocalist William Warfield, comics Tony and Eddie who lip sync to records, classical violinist Miche'le Auclair, and dancers Gehrig and Weismuller. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Bass-baritone William Warfield made his first television appearance on this program, three-and-a-half months before the world premiere of MGM's 1951 film version of "Show Boat", in which Warfield made his first big-screen appearance and sang "Ol' Man River'. See more »

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It Ain't Necessarily So
from "Porgy and Bess"
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and 'Dubose Heyward'
Sung by William Warfield
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One of the Best of the Series
22 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have watched about 20 episodes of this series, all the ones with Abbott and Costello and some with Lewis and Martin and a few others. I wasn't really expecting much from Eddie Cantor, who I only knew from a few 1930's movies.

Cantor was surprisingly witty and warm. Unlike the other episodes that I have watched where the hosts were involved in mediocre sketches, Cantor played the host throughout the show. Besides his main guests Eddie Fisher and Marion Colby, he introduces five "Stars of Tomorrow". All five of these acts were quite good with the possible exception of lip syncing comedians Tony and Eddie. The French violinist Miche'le Auclair went on to have a long career in music and she was superb. William Warfield of "Showboat" fame was also wonderful. However, the surprise of the evening was 19 year old Joel Grey. He was terrific and every bit as polished, delightful and professional as he was 21 years later when he won an academy award for "Cabaret." This show had the best pacing of any of the Colgate Comedy hours that I have watched really reminded me of the best of the Ed Sullivan shows that I watched in the 1960's. I came away with a with much deeper respect for Eddie Cantor.


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