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Season 5 (CBS)(1952-53)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Tom Alger
references:
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  Playlist -  "The Ed Sullivan Show"  Season 5 (1952-53)

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CBS Sundays 8:00-9:00pm Eastern

 224. 28-Sep-52 guests unknown
225. 05-Oct-52 guests unknown

5.x [226] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
12-Oct-1952 CBS Sun
Guests:
Sophie Tucker
Rex Harrison and Lili Palmer (actors, in a scene from "The Fourposter")
The Inkspots (singing group)
Ronnie Graham (comedian)

5.x [227] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
19-Oct-1952 CBS Sun
Guests:
Pearl Bailey (singer) and dancing brother Bill Bailey (dancer)
Hilde Gueden (operatic soprano)
Nanci Crompton (ballerina)

5.x [228] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
26-Oct-1952 CBS Sun
Guests:
Joe Lewis
Connie Russell
Harry Mimmo
(Italian comedian)
Vera McNary & Group
(xylophonists)
--On film: a movie clip from "Happy Time" with Charles Boyer, Marsha Hunt, Louis Jourdan and Linda Christian.

5.x [229] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
02-Nov-1952 CBS Sun
Guests:
Frankie Laine
Sugar Ray Robinson
Barry Fitzgerald
Alec Templeton
Les Compagnones de la Chanson
The Szonys

Highlights:
--Frankie Laine - "Jezebel," "High Noon & Sunny Side of the Street"
--Sugar Ray Robinson tap dances
--Film clip: Barry Fitzgerald & Maureen O'Hara - film clip from "The Quiet Man"
--Barry Fitzgerald (interview) - sits on stage and talks with Ed.
--Alec Templeton (plays piano and sings) - Aria from "Samson & Delilah" and sings "Give Me Your Name, Age, Height And Size"
--Les Compagnones de la Chanson (nine man choir) - "Three Little Bells"
--The Szonys (ballet) - Pas de Deux
--Audience bows: Terry Moore, Joy Godbethere

5.x [230] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
09-Nov-1952 CBS Sun
Guests:
Bert Lahr
Edith Piaf
Harry Mimmo
The Delta Rhythm Boys.

Highlights:
--"The Bert Lahr Story" - Lahr scheduled to star in four of his famous sketches.
Note: Mimi Benzell was scheduled to appear on this show but cancelled.

5.x [231] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
16-Nov-1952 CBS Sun
Guests:
Edith Piaf
Henry Fonda
University Of Pennsylvania Mask & Wig Club
Leslie Randall
Harrison And Fisher

Highlights:
--Edith Piaf (French chanteuse) - "La Vie En Rose" & "La Cordianiste"
--Henry Fonda (actor) - plays a scene from the play "Mr. Roberts"
--Mario Del Monico (opera singer) - "Pagliacci"
--University Of Pennsylvania Mask & Wig Club - 12 men (6 of them dressed as women) perform modern dances in Colonial costumes.
--Leslie Randall (comedian doing smoking gag)
--Harrison And Fisher (comic ballroom dancers) - mock serious dance with intentional blunders

5.x [232] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
23-Nov-1952 CBS Sun
Guests:
Les Paul & Mary Ford
Christopher Lynch
Clifford Guest
The Dagenhan Girls
The Toastettes

Highlights:
--Les Paul & Mary Ford - Lady Of Spain" and "Baby Come Home"
--Paul Lynde (stand-up comedy, routine: Carl Cankerin just back from Africa (bandage on his head & on crutches).
--Johnny Mize (of the 1952 World Series) - Ed Holds a baseball bat for the introduction, shows film clip of Mize at
the '52 World Series, Mize comes on stage for a batting demonstration.
--Christopher Lynch (Irish tenor) - "Mighty 'Lak A Rose"
--"My Darling Aida" cast - Forty cast members dance, do Bull Run Victory Celebration scene from Verdi's "My Darling Aida".
--The Dagenhan Girls - 10 Woman Scottish Bagpipe Band play Scottish medley (Scottish jig).
--Clifford Guest (ventriloquist with Lester) - routine: British Foxhound impression, Lester sings
"How Dry We Are" And "Won't Go In The Case"
--On film: Henry Fonda doing announcement for Radio Free Europe
-Toastettes (regular dancers) - appear during "Lady of Spain" (Paul & Ford performance) and at end of show.

5.x [233] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
30-Nov-1952 CBS Sun
Guests:
Roberta Peters
Ronnie Graham
(from "New Faces")
Leslie Randall
Collier's All-American Football Team
Phil Moore's Flock
The Princeton Triangle Club
The Pierro Brothers


5.x [234] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town: THE SAMUEL GOLDWYN STORY Part 1
07-Dec-1952 CBS Sun
Guests:
Bob Hope
Danny Kaye
Eddie Cantor

Highlights:
--Bob Hope in a scene from "The Princess and the Pirate"
--Danny Kaye in a scene from "Hans Christian Andersen"
--Eddie Cantor in a scene from "Kid from Spain"

5.x [235] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town: THE SAMUEL GOLDWYN STORY Part 2
14-Dec-1952 CBS Sun
Guest:
Frank Loesser

236. 21-Dec-52 guests unknown

5.x [237] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
28-Dec-1952 CBS Sun
Guests:
Gloria DeHaven
Bobby Clark
(comedian)
Ronnie Graham
Phil Jones
Tony and Sally DeMarco
(dancers)

5.x [238] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
04-Jan-1953 CBS Sun
Billy Eckstine
Eileen O'Dare
(Folies Bergere headliner)
Mickey Deems
Maria Riva
Bill Sears
The Phil Jones Dancers
Phil Spitalny with his all-girl Orchestra

Highlights:
--Billy Eckstine (billed as "the Great Mr. "B")
--Bill Sears, Maria Riva, Mickey Deems in a comedy sketch

5.x [239] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
11-Jan-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Robert Taylor
Eleanor Parker
Margaret Sullivan
Guy Mitchell
Odgen Nash


5.x [240] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
18-Jan-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Ed Wynn (comedian)
Joni James
Margaret Brown (dancer)
The Jackson Michigan Zouave Drill Team
Ed Wynn (baritone) (assume this is a different Ed Wynn)
Highlights:
Joni James - "Why Don't You Believe Me?"

5.x [241] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
25-Jan-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Ed Wynn
Patricia Moran & Jack Cassidy
Eileen O'Dare
Patachou
Black Watch Regiment Pipe & Drum Corp
Gae Foster Roxyettes
Mercedes McCambridge & Jim Nolan

Highlights:
--Ed Wynn (still hanging around back stage from last week, waiting to do trapeze act)
--Patricia Moran & Jack Cassidy - perform scene from "Wish You Were Here" & sing "So Young But A Moment Ago"
--Eileen O'Dare (demonstrates a few dance steps for Ed Wynn)
--Patachou - "Au Paris" & "Why Don't You Believe Me"
--Robert E. Sherwood (introduces Black Watch Regiment to honor Scottish Poet Robert Burns)
--Black Watch Regiment Pipe & Drum Corp - unidentified music
--Gae Foster Roxyettes (dance troupe) - "Take The High Road" & "Auld Lang Syne'
--Mercedes McCambridge & Jim Nolan - perform scene from "Hope for the Best."
--Audience bows: Piper Laurie, Jeryl Johnson
--Film clip: clip from "Mississippi Gambler" with Tyrone Power & Piper Laurie

242. 01-Feb-53 guests unknown

5.x [243] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town: THE LIFE STORY OF WALT DISNEY
08-Feb-1953 CBS Sun
Guest:
Walt Disney
Highlights:
-- Walt Disney tells his life story with help from Donald Duck,.
--All of Disney's characters from Mickey Mouse to Peter Pan will be covered on this show.
--To prepare for this show, Ed Sullivan flew to the West Coast and spent 3 days on the Disney lot gathering material
including audio recordings and films.

5.x [244] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
15-Feb-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Bing Crosby
Gene Autry
Jimmy Boyd
Roberta Peters
Molly Bee
Honeychile Robinson
Bair puppets
Eileen Barton


245. 22-Feb-53 guests unknown

5.x [246] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
01-Mar-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Johnnie Ray (singer)
Humphrey Bogart and June Allyson
Helen Gallagher
Betty and Jane Keane (comedians)
The Toastettes (chorus line)
Highlights:
--Humphrey Bogart and June Allyson co-star in a scene from "Battle Circus"
--Helen Gallagher appears in a scene from the play "Hazel Flagg"(with Robert Alton's dancing chorus)

5.x [247] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
08-Mar-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Richard Widmark in a film scene (film clip?) from "Destination Gobi"
Victor Moore (actor)
Vaughn Monroe (bandleader-vocalist)
Sam Levinson (comedian)
Patachou (dancer)
The Gae Foster Toastettes

5.x [248] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
15-Mar-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Harry James
Gracie Fields
(English singer)
Helen Kane in "In The Park," with Bill Sears, Paul Ritts & Mary Halliday
The West Point Cadet Glee Club

249. 22-Mar-53 guests unknown

5.x [250] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
29-Mar-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
The Harlem Globetrotters
Rise Stevens
Mario Del Monaco
Gertrude Lawrence
(filmed segment)
Highlights:
--On film: a clip from the movie "Call Me Madam" with Ethel Merman

5.x [251] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
05-Apr-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Gracie Fields (English music-hall star)
The Szonys (dancers)
The Notre Dame Glee Club
Burton's Birds
Cavalcade of Clowns (30 clowns from Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circus)
The Gae Foster Toastettes
Highlights:
--A scene from the movie "The President's Lady" starring Susan Hayward and Charlton Heston

5.x [252] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
12-Apr-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Rex Harrison
Lilli Palmer
Jane Powell
Billy De Wolfe
(comedian)
Billy Ward's Dominoes (singers-instrumentalists)
The University of Michigan Glee Club
The Gae Foster Toastettes

Highlights:
--Lilli Palmer and Rex Harrison (in a scene from Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra")
--Jane Powell (in a scene from "Small Town Girl")

5.x [253] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
19-Apr-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Jane Powell & Farley Granger (in a scene from "Small Town Girl")
Nanette Fabray
Senor Wences
Bobby Clarke
Fiske University Jubilee Singers
The Dunhills
The Gae Foster Toastettes

5.x [254] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
26-Apr-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Clark Gable and Gene Tierney appear in a preview of "Never Let Me Go" (film clip)
Roberta Peters and Jan Peerce (Metropolitan Opera stars)
Jimmie McHugh (songwriter lyricist-singer)
Wally Boag (comedian)
Willie West and McGinty (comedy team)
The Maequis Monkeys

5.x [255] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
03-May-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Joe Louis, Mercedes McCambridge, Dany Dauberson
Joe Termini, Dieter Tasso,
  Dr. Runyun
Highlights:
--Joe Louis segment: Leonard Reed, Louis' secretary introduces Louis;
Comic banter about his career & Louis tap dances to "Joe Louis Shuffle"
--Mercedes McCambridge - scene From "The First Smile" (live)
--Dany Dauberson - "Autumn Leaves" (in French) & "Stormy Weather"
--Joe Termini - plays violin
--Dieter Tasso - juggles hats, balances cups & saucers on tight rope
--Dr. Runyun - talks about research and treatment for cancer
--Film clip from "The Titanic" with Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb
--Audience bows: General David Sarnoff (Ed hails Sarnoff's radio communications with the Titanic);
Private Joe Pesurno (Korean War POW)

5.x [256] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
10-May-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Dorothy Lamour
Byron Nelson
The Goofers
Warren, Latonia & Sparks


5.x [257] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town: THE JOSH LOGAN STORY
17-May-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Josh Logan, Gary Merrill, Paul Newman, Jimmy Stewart, Ralph Meeker, Eileen Heckert, 
Janet Blair, Juanita Hall, Pat Moran, Sheila Bond

Highlights:
--Gary Merrill, Paul Newman & others - scene from "This Is Paris"
--Jimmy Stewart - a scene from Princeton Triangle show. Jimmy
dressed In Princeton garb recreates song & dance with guy in drag. (probably on film, not live)
--Ralph Meeker & Eileen Heckert - dramatic scene from "The Picnic"
(TV Guide listed a different cast for "Picnic": Kim Stanley, Janice Rule, Scott Jackson)
--Josh Logan (brief interview with Ed)
--Janet Blair - "Wonderful Guy" & "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" (from "South Pacific")
--Gary Merrill & Ralph Meeker - scene from "This Is the Army"
("What's The Name Of The Game") Paul Newman makes a cameo.
--Juanita Hall - "Happy Talk" (from "South Pacific")
--Pat Moran - "Could Be?" (from "Wish You Were Here")
--Sheila Bond (dance number from "Wish You Were Here")
--Josh Logan talks about suffering a nervous breakdown.
Audience bow: Mrs. Josh Logan (Netta Harrigan)
Scheduled to appear (but not on transcript):
Scene from "Mr. Roberts" with Gary Merrill, Ralph Meeker, Paul Newman
Scene from "Wish You Were Here" with Jack Cassidy, Sheila Bond.

5.x [258] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
24-May-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Harry James
Millard Hopper
The Zippy Monkeys

5.x [259] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
31-May-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Tony Martin (singer)
Joey Forman (comedian)
Myron Cohen (comedian)
Jose Greco (dancer)
Phil Rizzuto and Tommy Henrich (of the Yankees)
Ralph Branca and Roy Campanella (of the Dodgers)
The Crack Drill Squad from St. Thomas Academy of St. Paul, Minnesota

5.x [260] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town: THE LIFE STORY OF MARGE AND GOWER CHAMPION
07-Jun-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Marge and Gower Champion
Lisa Kirk (who made her night-club debut with Marge and Gower at the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel)

5.x [261] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town: FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
14-Jun-1953 CBS Sun
divided into 2 parts (scheduled to appear):
Part I: The entire cast of "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" entertain for a half hour.
Frank Parker, Marion Marlowe, Julius LaRosa, Haleloke, Lu Ann Simms, The Miners, McGuire Sisters,
Tony Marvin do their specialties.
Part II: Described as a "Minstrel show with Ed Sullivan as interlocutor,"
Smith and Dale as end men, Gracie Fields, Hal LeRoy, Pat Rooney, Joe Howard, Will Oakland,
Ford Chorus of 30 Voices, and the Longfellow Tambourine Troubadors .

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Starting 21-Jun-1953 guest hosts take over as Ed Sullivan goes on his annual vacation.
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5.x [262] Toast Of The Town: GRACIE FILEDS (guest host)
21-Jun-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Kay Starr
Jan Pierce
Jimmy Nelson

Ben Hardesty (champion fly caster)
The Arnaut Brothers
(a novelty act)

5.x [263] Toast Of The Town: TONY MARTIN (guest host)
28-Jun-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Roberta Peters (singer)
Joey Forman (comedian)
The Wiere Brothers (comedy act)
Richard Hayman (harmonica player)
Elsa and Waldo (dance team)

5.x [264] Toast Of The Town: VICTOR BORGE (guest host)
05-Jul-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Monica Lewis (vocalist)
Nip Nelson (bicyclist)
Renald & Rudy (novelty act)
Artie James (roller skater)
Also: 16 international beauties competing for the title of Miss Universe.

5.x [265] Toast Of The Town: GORDON MACRAE (guest host)
12-Jul-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Jack Carter (comedian)
Baudy's Greyhounds (a dog act)
Bend Over (a novelty act)
Nurat Chanters (Shriners)

266. 19-Jul-53 guests unknown

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Ed Sullivan returns from his Vacation as Host 26-July-1953
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5.x [267] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
26-Jul-1953 CBS Sun
Ed Sullivan returns from his vacation with this episode.
Guests:
Rosemary Clooney, Van Heflin, Farley Granger, Isabel Bigley, Bill Hayes, Joan McCracken
Highlights:
--Rosemary Clooney (singer)
--Van Heflin in a scene from "The Shrike"
--Farley Granger in a scene from "John Loves Mary"
--Isabel Bigley, Bill Hayes, Joan McCracken in a scene from "Me and Juliet"

5.x [268] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
02-Aug-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Henry Fonda (in "Missouri Legend")
Joey Foreman (comedian)
The Zippy Monkeys

5.x [269] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
09-Aug-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Burt Lancaster
Brucie Weil (six year-old singing discovery)
Jay Lawrence (comedian)

5.x [270] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
16-Aug-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Frankie Laine, Jimmy Boyd, Mitch Miller, Betty Dodd, Nanci Crompton
The Romano Brothers, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Carl Balantine

Highlights:
--Frankie Laine - "Hey Joe" & "New Orleans"
--Frankie Laine & Jimmy Boyd - "Poor Little Piggy Bank"
--Mitch Miller of Columbia presents Frankie Laine with a Gold Record (one million records sold)
--Betty Dodd - "Don't the Moon Look Lonesome" (sings & plays guitar)
--Babe, Betty Dodd & Jimmy Boyd - Little Train A Chuggin'"
--Nanci Crompton - waltz with Toastettes with Nanci (performing ballet solo)
--Gene Nelson - dance number to "St. Louis Blues" (with ballroom set & extras)
--Babe Didrikson Zaharias - golf demo, then plays "Begin The Beguine" on harmonica
--The Romano Brothers - perform acrobatic stunts & Italian medley
--Carl Balantine (comic magician, none of his tricks work)
--Zippy the Monkey (plays tic tac toe with trainer cleans chalkboard & dances)
Audience bows: Jerome Thome & wife; Ward Morehouse (newspaperman); General Brandon Burns

5.x [271] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
23-Aug-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Roberta Peters (soprano)
The Five DeMarco Sisters
Landray and Vernon (dance team)
Larry Lynn (novelty act)

5.x [272] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
30-Aug-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Nanette Fabray (musical comedy star)
Wally Boag (comedian)
Larry Griswold (novelty act)

5.x [273] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
06-Sep-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Anna Maria Alberghetti (soprano)
Brandon de Wilde (young actor)
Jay Lawrence (comedian)
Bobby Winters (juggler)
Sharkie the seal

5.x [274] Ed Sullivan: Toast Of The Town:
13-Sep-1953 CBS Sun
Guests:
Carmen Miranda
Joe Jackson, Jr. (comedian)
Jerry Coleman (of the New York Yankees)
The Harvest Moon Dance Champions
Also: "The Ice Capades of 1954" in a remote pickup from Madison Square Garden.

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