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The Edsel Show (1957)

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

Director:

Seymour Berns

Writer:

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Himself - Host / Performer
Frank Sinatra ... Himself - Host / Performer
Rosemary Clooney ... Herself - Singer
Louis Armstrong ... Himself - Singer / Trumpet Player
Lindsay Crosby ... Himself - Singer
The Four Preps The Four Preps ... Ivy League Quartet (as The 4 Preps)
Edmond Hall ... Himself - Clarinetist
James Young ... Himself - Trombonist (as Trummy Young)
Billy Kyle ... Himself - Pianist
Squire Gersh Squire Gersh ... Himself - Bass Player
Barrett Deems ... Himself - Drummer
Bob Hope ... Himself - Sketch Actor / Singer
The Norman Luboff Choir The Norman Luboff Choir ... Themselves - Singers (as Norman Luboff Choir)
Conn and Mann Conn and Mann ... Themselves - Dance Team (as Mr. Conn and Mr. Mann)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warren Hull ... Himself - spokesman for Edsel
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Music

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Hound Dog
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Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed as part of a medley by Bing Crosby
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Videotape pioneer.
2 January 2004 | by movibuf1962See 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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