Guests Jimmy Durante & Milton Berle (Aired April 29, 1951)
The Big Show began November 5, 1950 on NBC with a stellar line-up of guests: Fred Allen, Mindy Carson, Jimmy Durante, José Ferrer, Portland Hoffa, Frankie Laine, Russell Knight, Paul Lukas, Ethel Merman, Danny Thomas and Meredith Willson. To make sure no one missed the launch, NBC ran in Sunday newspapers across the country an illustrated advertisement displaying headshots of Allen, Bankhead, Carson, Durante and Merman. On the second week's program, the guests were Groucho Marx, Jane Powell, Ezio Pinza and Fanny Brice, along with Hanley Stafford, Frank Lovejoy, David Brian and John Agar (the latter three recreating their screen roles in highlights from their current Warner Bros. picture, Breakthrough).
April 29, 1951. "Guests Jimmy Durante & Milton Berle"
- NBC network. Sponsored by: Canon Towels, Chesterfield, Anacin, RCA. Ethel Merman opens the show with, "There's No Business Like Show Business." Frank Lovejoy appears in an "I Was A Communist For The FBI" drama and the real Matt Cvetic makes a brief anti-communist speech. Rosemary Clooney sings, "Taking a Chance On Love." Gordon MacRae recalls his days as an NBC page. Uncle Miltie does a great monologue about the good old days of radio, and other topics. The cast does a salute to Meredith Willson by singing a medley of his compositions. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Ethel Merman, Frank Lovejoy, Frank Wilson (narrator), George Foster (writer), Goodman Ace, Gordon MacRae, Jimmy Durante, Matt Cvetic, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Milton Berle, Morton Green (writer), Rosemary Clooney, Selma Diamond (writer), Tallulah Bankhead. 1:27:05 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.