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 Season 2 (NBC) (1955-56)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)

 

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 Every fourth Sunday (some Saturday) from 9/11/1955 to 8/12/1956 on NBC.

 

[--] 11-Sep-55 - no details

 

2.01 [18] Max Liebman Presents: HEIDI

01-Oct-1955 NBC Saturday

Written by Neil Simon & Billy Friedberg

Story by Johanna Spyri

Directed by Max Liebman

Music by Clay Warnick, Mel Pahl and Irwin Kostal

Based on melodies by Robert Schumann with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh.

Musical direction by Charles Sanford

Choral direction by Clay Warnick

Choreography by Paul Starbuck

Guest cast:

Jeannie Carson ........ Heidi

Wally Cox ............. Peter

Elsa Lanchester ....... Fraulein Rottenmeier

Natalie Wood .......... Klara Sesseman

Jo Van Fleet .......... Aunt Dete

Richard Eastham ....... Grandfather

Robert Clary .......... Eric

Highlights:

Songs: "I Got My Way", "Greener Pastures", "I Love to Rumble",

 "Right or Wrong" "The Etiquette Song."

 

2.02 [19] Max Liebman Presents: THE GREAT WALTZ

05-Nov-1955 NBC Saturday

Based on Moss Hart's operetta.

Music by Johann Strauss, Sr. & Jr., book by A.M. Willner, Heinz Reichert,

 Ernst Marischka & Caswell Garth as adapted by Moss Hart. Lyrics by Desmond Carter.

Guest cast:

Patrice Munsel ........ Resi Ebesteder

Keith Andes ........... Johann Strauss, Jr

Jarmila Novotna ....... Madame Baranska

Bert Lahr ............. Hans Ebesteder

Henry Sharp ........... Johann Strauss, Sr/Otto Hartkopf

Lee Goodman ........... Ferdi

Gordon Dillworth ...... Otto Hartkopf

Sam Schwartz .......... Conductor

Mia Slavenska ......... Ballerina

Synopsis:

Johann Strauss, Jr. who is struggling against the machinations of a jealous father,

when help comes from two lovely sources. One is a young singer who offers to perform his songs

 in her father's coffee house. The other is a woman who has money and important connections.

Highlights:

ACT I

"Laughter Is the Thing" ...... Munsel, Andes

"Mme. Baranska's Song" ....... Novotna

"An Artist's Life" ........... Munsel

"Solo Ballet" ................ Slavenska

"Too Close To Me" ............ Novotna, Andes

"Tales from the Vienna Woods.. Munsel

ACT II

"Friendly Understanding" ..... Munsel, Andes

"The Composer Conducts" ...... Andes

"Charwomen's Song" ........... Munsel

"Character Ballet" ........... Dancing Ensemble

"I Hate the Waltz"............ Lahr

ACT III

"Laughter Is the Thing" (reprise) ..... Munsel, Andes

Finale: "Blue Danube" ........ Ensemble

 

2.03 [20] Max Liebman Presents: DEAREST ENEMY

26-Nov-1955 NBC Saturday

Songs by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

Based on the book by Herbert Fields

Produced & Directed by Max Liebman

Guest cast:

Robert Sterling ......... John Copeland

Anne Jeffreys ........... Betsy Burke

Cyril Ritchard .......... General Howe

Cornelia Otis Skinner ... Mrs. Murray

Helen Ford

Synopsis 1:

British officers Howe and Copeland recall how Mrs. Murray and a band of patriotic female

 colonists were instrumental in England losing  the war for American independence.

Synopsis 2:

At the home of Mrs. Robert Murray on Murray Hill in Manhattan a group of women

 is apparently cooking and putting up preserves in actuality, the ladies are making

ammunition for the Continental Army. Word is brought that the British have landed

nearby, and shortly General Howe and his staff arrive at the Murray home. At first

the good ladies think to discourage British interest in their "cooking" and in themselves

 by making themselves look as homely as possible. But they change their tactics when

they learn they must detain the British so that General Putnam can join forces with

General Washington. Off come the disguises, on goes the charm and two romances  bud -

 one between Mrs. Murray and General Howe and another between Betsy Burke and Captain Copeland.

Highlights:

ACT I

"Cheerio" ................. Howe, Generals

"Sweet Peter" ............. Howe

"Heigh-ho Lackaday" ....... Mrs. Murray

"War Is War" .............. Mrs. Murray

"I Beg Your Pardon" ....... Betsy, John

"Old Enough to Love" ...... Mrs. Murray, Howe

"Here In My Arms" ......... Betsy, John

ACT II

"Gavotte" ................. Ensemble

"Where the Hudson River Flows" ..... Howe

"Bye and Bye" ............. Betsy, John

"Hermits" ................. Howe

ACT III

"I'd Like to Hide It" ..... Betsy

"Here's A Kiss" ........... Betsy, John

Finale: "Here In My Arms... Ensemble

 

2.04 [21] Max Liebman Presents: THE MAURICE CHEVALIER SHOW

Prod no. 55-4607

04-Dec-1955 NBC Sunday

Written by Neil Simon & Bill Friedberg

Directed and produced by Max Liebman

Musical Conductor Charles Sanford

Hosted by Maurice Chevalier

Guest cast:

Jeannie Carson

Pat Carroll

Marcel Marceau
Summary:

Dances and musical numbers staged by James Starbuck, musical conducted by Charles Sanford.

*Note: Marcel Marceau received an Emmy award for his appearance on this show

as "Best Specialty Act - Single or Duo."

 

2.05 [22] Max Liebman Presents: PARIS IN THE SPRINGTIME

21-Jan-1956 NBC Saturday

written by Neil Simon & Billy Friedberg

directed by Max Liebman

Guest cast:

Dan Dailey ............ Steven

Gale Sherwood ......... Jeannie

Helen Gallagher ....... Josie

Jack Whiting .......... Felix

Carleton Carpenter .... Go-Go

Marcel Hillaire ....... Marcel
Synopsis:
Dan Dailey is a former nightclub hoofer who dreams of being a "serious dancer."

He goes to Paris where he reunites with his former dance partner and hooks up with

a woman who leads a Bohemian group of starving American actors. The story concerns

the type of antics that can happen in Paris in the springtime.

Highlights:

Songs: "Sunshine", "Stung", "Mme. de Paris", "Delicado",

"Old Routine",  "Can't Be Bothered", "From Another World", "Paris, Paree"

"Nobody's Chasing Me", "Marie Antoinette", "Un Coin de France".

 

2.06 [23] Max Liebman Presents: PANORAMA

26-Feb-1956 NBC Sunday

directed by Max Liebman

Hosted by Imogene Coca

Guest cast:

Tony Randall

Eileen Barton

Johnny Desmond

Alan Dale

Bill Hayes

Bill Baird & Cora Baird and their Marionettes

Bambi Linn
Rod Alexander
Robert Gallagher
Highlights
Grand Opening ................. Ensemble
"Faithfully Yours" ............ Coca, Gallagher
Hollywood Star Interview ...... Coca, Randall
Forgotten Songs ............... Barton, Dale, Desmond, Hayes, Linn, Alexander
"Wide Wide Wonderful" ......... Coca, Randall
"Get Your Audience" ........... Randall
Tenacious Commercial .......... Coca, Marionettes
"The Merriest Widow" .......... Ensemble
"Come to the Pavilion" ........ Coca
"Merry Widow Waltz" ........... Ensemble
Encores ....................... Coca
"Jim", "Maywalk", "Strip", "Tramp"  [RF]
 

2.07 [24] Max Liebman Presents: HEAVEN WILL PROTECT THE WORKING GIRL

25-Mar-1956 NBC Sunday

directed by Max Liebman

Hosted by Tony Randall

Guest cast:

Janet Blair

Bert Lahr

Nancy Walker

Helen Gallagher

Bob Carroll

Tammy Grimes

Connie Russell

Patricia Hammerlee

Synopsis:
The working girl, past and present, will be the subject.

"We will bring you," Randall will say, "some of the songs, the motion pictures,

 the literature, the styles and the general background of the various periods we touch upon." [RF]
Highlights
Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl ............ Gallagher
Three Momentous Machines ........................ Larh, Randall, Walker, Russell, Grimes
Make A Miracle .................................. Blair, Randall
Salesgirl and Floorwalker ....................... Lahr, Grimes, Hammerlee
Weekend of a Private Secretary .................. Walker
Breakfast in Bed ................................ Gallagher
Girls' Shower ................................... Walker, Hammerlee, Gallagher, Grimes, Russell
Tango Palace Girl ............................... Russell
Subway Incident ................................. Randall, Walker
Poor Young Girl ................................. Lahr
Million Dollar Baby ............................. Blair, Carroll
Working Girl Songs .............................. Ensemble
 

2.08 [25] Max Liebman Presents: THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO

14-Apr-1956 NBC Saturday

Written by Bill Friedberg & Neil Simon

Produced & Directed by Max Liebman

Music by Clay Warnick and Mel Pahl

Based on Rimski-Korsakov themes with lyrics by Edward Eager

Music orchestrated by Irwin Kostal and conducted by Charles Sanford

Guest cast:

Alfred Drake .......... Marco Polo

Doretta Morrow ........ Girl

Beatrice Kraft ........ Dancer

Arnold Moss ........... Niccolo

George Mitchell ....... Maffeo

Paul Ukena ............ Kublai Khan

Harold Vermilye ....... Baron of Tibet

Ray Drakeley

Margaret Wright

Synopsis:

Marco Polo's adventures take him from Venice to the Far East, where he visits the

court of the Kublai Khan in China, the ruler of Tibet and the kingdom of Persia.

 He also finds romance along the way.

Highlights

Musical selections: "Beyond the Sunset", "You'll Be Seeing Me", "Market Day",

"Xanadu", "Population", "Silver Bells", "The Tartar Song", "The Garden of Imagining",

 "Who, Me?", "Uneasy Lies the Head", "Worlds", "Is It You?", "You'll Be Seeing Me".

 

2.09 [26] Max Liebman Presents: THE MUSIC OF GERSHWIN

12-May-1956 NBC Saturday

Produced & Directed by Max Liebman

Guest cast:

Ethel Merman

Alfred Drake

Tony Bennett

Richard Hayman

Toni Arden

Robert Maxwell

Eugene List

Harrison Muller, Sr

Peter Conlow

Patricia Wilde
Synopsis:

This ninety minute tribute to the music of George Gershwin includes an eclectic array

of musical talent: Broadway stars Ethel Merman & Alfred Drake, pop singers

Tony Bennett & Toni Arden, pianist Eugene List, harmonica virtuoso Richard Hayman,

Broadway singer/dancer Peter Conlow, classical ballet dancer Patricia Wilde, "hot" harpist

Robert Maxwell, cool accordian jazz from Art Van Damme and his Quintet,

The Ballerinas Diana and more jazz from The Bob Hamilton Trio.

 

2.10 [27] Max Liebman Presents: THE MAURICE CHEVALIER SPECIAL

20-May-1956 NBC Sunday

Produced & Directed by Max Liebman

Hosted by Maurice Chevalier

Guest cast:

Polly Bergen

Stanley Holloway

Michel Legrand

Chita Rivera

 

2.11 [28] Max Liebman Presents: HOLIDAY

09-Jun-1956 NBC Saturday

Based on the story by Elmer Rice

Directed by Max Liebman and Charles S. Dubin

Produced by Max Liebman

Music by Clay Warnick & Mel Pahl

Adapted from the work of Johann Strauss

Lyrics by Edward Eager

Musical direction by Charles Sanford

Choreography by Rod Alexander

Guest cast:

Doretta Morrow

Keith Andes

Kitty Carlisle

Tammy Grimes

George S. Irving

Anthony Eisley

Jacques d'Amboise

Charles Weidman

Synopsis:

Musical adaptation of Elmer Rice's short-lived (8 performances) 1951 play

"The Grand Tour." The story involves a New England schoolteacher who falls in love with

an embezzling banker during a trip to Europe. In the end she uses her inheritance to cover

 his crime and returns him to his wife.

Highlights

Songs: "Escape it All", "According to the Baedeker", "I Want So Much",

"Qu'est-ce Que C'est?",  "Pantomime Ballet", "It Musn't Happen Now", "Chit Chat",

"Tra-la-la", "Once There Was a Man", "When a Woman is a Wife".

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