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The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars (1955)

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Hollywood turns out for a benefit for Easter Seals, the association collecting donations to aide medical research into diseases crippling children. Interspersed with the donation pitches ... See full summary »

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Dick Contino ...
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Hollywood turns out for a benefit for Easter Seals, the association collecting donations to aide medical research into diseases crippling children. Interspersed with the donation pitches are musical numbers performed by popular recording artists of the 1950s. The half-hour program aired without commercial interruption Written by David Bassler

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2 April 1955 (USA)  »

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Jack Benny: It was awfully nice of you to come over here and donate your services for this very worthy cause but, you know, I just thought of something...
Van Johnson: What?
Jack Benny: You've never been a guest on my television program and I was just thinking, how 'bout coming on this week as a guest?
Van Johnson: Please, Jack, one benefit at a time!
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It's Me
Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Shirley MacLaine
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Apart from Benny, can remain sealed
26 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a half-hour Easter special broadcast put together by the Easter Seals to raise money to help crippled children. As usual, such a benefit attracted a large number of stars, but apart from a couple of highlights it's otherwise a very average variety show.

The nominal hosts and Jack Benny and his announcer Don Wilson, and the two relatively brief segments where Benny gets to perform are highest among those few highlights. He gives a funny monologue then later has a great scene with fellow guest Van Johnson, in which their two movie careers are compared to amusing effect, and Johnson explains that he hasn't come on Benny's TV show since he hasn't been paid yet for the radio appearance he made years ago.

This is followed by a moment that's unintentionally almost as funny, in which Van Johnson, seconds after announcing that after visiting crippled children in a hospital he cannot read from a prepared speech, reads from a clearly prepared speech.

The other highlight is a young Shirley MacLaine, who gives a very spirited performance of what seems to be a somewhat obscure Rogers and Hammerstein song. For the rest of the program, however, we have Kitty Kallen singing a very forgettable (and glacial) song, another unremarkable musical number from a very uninterested-looking Bob Crosby, and a rather annoying piece in which Liberace performs as both himself and his "hillbilly brother." This was done for a good cause at the time, but as a variety show it's rather indifferent; it's the Jack Benny material that makes it worth watching for me.


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