50’S CLASSIC TV VOL. 2 - JERRY LESTER, MOREY AMSTERDAM, ED WYNN


50’S CLASSIC TV VOL. 2 - JERRY LESTER, MOREY AMSTERDAM, ED WYNN


They were the original court jesters.  These three comics were an important part of early television and here we present 6 early shows from 1949 and 1950 taken from old kinescopes.  Included is a very rare look at Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as they appeared on the ED WYNN SHOW over a year before they were to star in I LOVE LUCY.


EPISODE TITLES:

CAVALCADE OF STARS -  Jerry Lester, who along with Morey Amsterdam, later went on to become the first hosts of late night television….before Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson.   In this hour long variety show Jerry Lester’s scheduled cast include dancer Romona Lang, magician Galli-Galli, Kyle MacDonnell, acrobats the Schaller Brothers and baseball great Jackie Robinson from the Brooklyn Dogers.  Segments include:  Lester dressed as a clown, a take off on Arthur Godfrey (called Arthur Clodfrey), magician Galli-Galli making baby chicks appear under cups, MacDonnell sings “The Boy New Door” and Jackie Robinson appears in a maudlin sketch where he visit’s a kid in a wheelchair.  A great hour of fun.

THE MOREY AMSTERDAM SHOW -  Morey, who was later to become a regular on the Dick Van Dyke Show, starred in his own half hour comedy show along with Art Carney.  Many don’t realize that before THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOWS Carney was a regular on this early comedy show.   In fact Art performs in as much of this show as Morey himself.

THE ED WYNN SHOW - Ed was an old vaudeville and radio star before coming to televison.  This DVD features 4 complete half hour shows including 12/8/1949 which featured Celeste Holme, 12/22/1949 with silent star Busrter Keaton, 12/29/1949 with Buddy Ebsen and Hattie (Mammy from Gone With The Wind) McDaniel and a very rare 1/7/1950 featuring a pre I LOVE LUCY Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez (I Love Lucy didn’t begin till June of 1951 over a year after their appearance in this show).  This show was an early test to see how well Lucy and Desi would be accepted as man and wife.

50’S CLASSIC TV VOL. 2
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