Live variety show with Jackie Gleason.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jack Lescoulie ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 150 episodes, 1952-1958
The June Taylor Dancers The June Taylor Dancers ...  Themselves / ... 147 episodes, 1952-1957
Jackie Gleason ...  Himself - Host / ... 143 episodes, 1952-1958
Ray Bloch Ray Bloch ...  Bandleader / ... 138 episodes, 1952-1958
Art Carney ...  Ed Norton / ... 135 episodes, 1952-1957
Audrey Meadows ...  Alice Kramden / ... 118 episodes, 1952-1957
Joyce Randolph ...  Trixie Norton / ... 96 episodes, 1952-1957
George Petrie ...  Freddie Muller / ... 62 episodes, 1953-1957
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Live variety show with Jackie Gleason.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Honeymooners: The Lost Episodes See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(1958-1959) | (1952-1957)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The program was named Cavalcade of Stars (1949 on Dumont. When it moved to CBS in 1952, it was retitled "The Jackie Gleason Show". See more »

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Featured in Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television (1996) See more »

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Melancholy Serenade
by Jackie Gleason
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And Away We Go
24 August 2008 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

The great one, Jackie Gleason, was the center of this show. He always had great support with Art Carney for years one of the best and most under rated second bananas in history. When you watched this show, Gleason was the glue.

The show would always open with Sammy Spear & his Orchestra playing a number, with the June Taylor Dancers on screen doing a major dance including those now often copied ceiling shots down on them in formation. Jackie would then always come out on stage, usually in his bath robe. He would do some monologue comedy which Gleason was good at, and would always finish it with "Let's have a little traveling music Sammy....And Away We go..." Then we'd go into the delightful worlds of Gleason comedy. There was a lot more to this program than just The Honeymooners. Gleasons range went from that to the Poor Sole doing silent comedy, to Reginald Van Gleason. Usually most shows would feature a stop to see Joe the Bartender (Gleason) who along with Frank Fontaine (Crazy Gogenheim) would regal the viewers into a comfort zone only Gleason could create.

There were guest stars who would work with Gleason, sometimes more music & dancing. Regardless who was on, the variety found on Gleason almost always was sure to please. The 1960's revival got too dependent on the Honeymooners towards the end and got away from the variety format.

One thing sure, Gleason proved over & over again on his variety show how talented he was & what a range he had. All that and he never won an TV Emmy award. It amazes me that the TV academy never gave him a lifetime achievement award even now because Gleason made major contributions to early television becoming accepted into peoples homes. Without Gleason, Red Skelton, Lucy and Ed Sullivan, I am not sure CBS would have survived any more than the Dumont network which fell apart when Gleason left it.


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