The Elgin 7th Annual Thanksgiving Show (Aired November 25, 1948)
The Elgin's Holiday Specials began airing in 1942 and ran through 1948, presented on the Armed Forces Radio Service as a way to bring home to the men and women serving their country in the armed forces. An annual series of two hour shows broadcasted Thanksgiving and Christmas specials with greetings by Americans for hospitalized veterans and servicemen overseas, around the world. The show was a variety affair hosted by Don Ameche and featured such stars a Jo Stafford, Mario Lanza, Garry Moore, Jimmy Durante, The Mills Brothers, Barbara Jo Allen and many other notables of that era.
November 25, 1948. NBC network. Sponsored by: Elgin Watches. "The seventh Annual Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America."
The first tune is, "Cosi, Cosa." Dean Martin is introduced as a promising "newcomer" and "a star of tomorrow." Don Ameche (host), Mario Lanza, Garry Moore, Jimmy Durante, The Mills Brothers, Barbara Jo Allen (as "Vera Vague"), Andre Previn, Bob Hopkins, Jack Benny, Frances Langford, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton, The Elgin Orchestra, Robert Armbruster (conductor), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Earl Levy (producer), John Christ (producer), Ed Helwig (writing supervisor), Frank Nelson, Artie Auerbach, Lurene Tuttle, Verna Felton. 1:58:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.