CTVA US Music Variety - "The Gisele MacKenzie Show" (Jack Benny/NBC)(1957-58)

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The Polly Bergen Show (NBC) (1957-58)  - alternated with -  Club Oasis (NBC) (1957-58)
The Gisele MacKenzie Show (NBC) (1957-58)
The Gisele MacKenzie Show (1957-58)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
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THE GISELE MACKENZIE SHOW
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J & M Production (Jack Benny)
for
NBC (Saturdays 9:30-10:00pm ET)
Produced by Jack Benny
Written by Charlie Isaacs (head writer) - other writers Hugh Wedlock and Howard Snyder.
Musical conductor Axel Stordahl
Directed by Joe Landis.

US Music Variety series 1957-58  25 episodes x 30 min (28Sep57-29Mar58)

Hostess Gisele MacKenzie

Gisele got her start in Hollywood as a back up singer for Mario Lanza on his radio show, later she moved over
to the Bob Crosby show. When she was tabbed for "Hit Parade". Bob shook his head sadly and said he hated to see
her go. Jack Benny is the behind-the-scenes adviser (and producer) on her new show and he discovered that she
is quite the comedienne.

Regular cast mate is comedienne Iris Adrian who will be on every week with Gisele.

Regulars:
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
The Curfew Kids, The Double Daters

GISELE MacKENZIE & her Curfew Kids:You Make Me Feel So Young

Announcers: Jack Narz, Tom Kennedy

Gisele MacKenzie was one of the regular singers onYour Hit Parade (1953-56)

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NBC Saturdays 9:30-10:00pm Eastern (28Sep57-29Mar58)

[01] The Gisele MacKenzie Show
28Sep1957 NBC Sat
Guest
Art Linkletter
Highlights:
Gisele and Art duet with "Paper Moon".
Gisele sings "Merci Beaucoup", "I Love Paris" and "Tammy".
Art Linkletter sets the stage for a song-by-song account of Gisele's career—a "This Is Your Life" with humor.

[02] The Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
05Oct1957 NBC Sat
Guest
Dennis Day
Highlights:
Gisele and Dennis duet to "Blue Suede Shoes".
Dennis sings "The Wiggle of the Kilt".
Gisele sings "La Vie en Rose", "Middle of the Island" and "An Affair to Remember".

[03] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
12Oct1957 NBC Sat
Guest
Ronald Reagan
Highlights:
Gisele and Ronald duet on "I've Got a Crush on You" and "You're the Top".
Gisele sings "Goody-Goody", "Fascination" and "Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day".
Also the 4 Little Boys with "Jeepers Creepers".

[04] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
19Oct1957 NBC Sat
Guest
Bob Crosby
Highlights:
Gisele's ex-boss Bob Crosby chats about their radio days and they duet to "Singing the Blues".
Gisele sings "Tip Toe Through the Tulips" and "My Heart Reminds Me".

[05] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
26Oct1957 NBC Sat
Guest
Jack Benny
Highlights:
Gisele MacKenzie perform on the violin as she and her guest Jack Benny reminisce over the days the Jack Benny
troupe toured London, and the two worked in Las Vegas.
Jack and Gisele pick up the violins and run through a Chardis duet.
Gisele sings "June Night", "Chances Are" and "La Fiacre".

[06] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
02Nov1957 NBC Sat
Guest
Eddie Fisher
Highlights:
Gisele and Eddie duet to "Mutual Admiration Society" and "You Do Something to Me".
Eddie sings "Sayonara".
Gisele sings "From This Moment On" and "This I Know".
The Curfew Kids are in the finale with "Little Old Lady".

[07] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
09Nov1957 NBC Sat
Guests
George Raft
Dean Martin
Highlights:
Gisele and Dean Martin finish "Walking My Baby Back Home" which they began at the end of the preceding
show "Club Oasis".
Gisele sings "Melodie D'Amour" and "It's Not For Me".
George Raft teams with Gisele and the Curfew Kids for a dance number "Top Hat".
The finale has George Raft and Gisele doing the tango to "Orchids in the Moonlight".
A salute to George Raft's first show-biz Tango 30 years ago.

[08] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
16Nov1957 NBC Sat
Guests
Boris Karloff
Johnny Desmond
Highlights:
Boris laments that he has been doing too much singing and dancing as a guest on TV shows and longs to become
a monster again.
Boris sings "Those Were the Good Old Days" from Damn Yankees.
Gisele sings "Give Me the Simple Life" and "All the Way".
Johnny croons "Keep Me In Mind".
The finale includes all three rendering "The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish".

[09] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
23Nov1957 NBC Sat
Guest
Margaret Truman
Highlights:
Gisele opens with "Them There Eyes".
Gisele joined by Margaret Truman and the Curfew Kids sing and dance to "The Huckle Buck".
Gisele and Margaret duet with "I Only Have Eyes For You" and play the piano together in a version of "Sisters".
Gisele also offers one of the numbers in her repertoire, the French tune, "Le Fiacre".

[10] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
30Nov1957 NBC Sat
Guest
Anna Maria Alberghetti
Highlights:
The girls grab a male singer named Henry Banke for "Fascination" and do a comedy aided by the NBC film department.
Anna Maria sings "I've Got a Crush On You".
Gisele sings "Till", "Never Go Away" and "Shine On My Shoes".

[11] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
07Dec1957 NBC Sat
Guest
Cesar Romero
Highlights:
Cesar rumbas with Gisele.
Gisele dances with the Curfew Kids to "The Lord Loves a Laughing Man".
Gisele and Cesar dance the mambo to "Who's Got the Pain".
The Curfew Kids dance with four little girls.
Gisele sings "Melodie D'Amour" and a Christmas novelty "Too Fat For the Chimney".

[12] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
14Dec1957 NBC Sat
guests
George DeWitt
Highlights:
Gisele and the Curfew Kids perform "Old-fashioned Walk".
George and Gisele do a skit together.

[13] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
21Dec1957 NBC Sat
guests
Edgar Bergen
Highlights:
Gisele does a song-and-dancer version of "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" with the Curfew Kids.
Gisele and the Curfew Kids perform "The Christmas Waltz" and "Frosty, the Snowman".
Gisele sings the French version of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer".

[--] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
28Dec1957 pre-empted for "Arthur Murray's Color Show" Special.

[14] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
04Jan1958 NBC Sat
guests
George Montgomery
Molly Bee
Highlights:
Molly Bee sings "Buzz, Buzz, Buzz".

[15] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
11Jan1958 NBC Sat
guests
Russell Arms
Snooky Lanson
Highlights:
Gisele's old Hit Parade partners visit tonight.
Songs include "Love and Marriage", "This Old House" and "Let Me Go, Lover".

[16] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
18Jan1958 NBC Sat
guests
Johnny Mercer
Stubby Kaye
Highlights:
Gisele joins Johnny in a medley of his own tunes including "Accentuate the Positive".
Stubby Kaye performs "Personality".
Stubby and Gisele duet with "Too Close For Comfort".
*NOTE: Stubby Kaye was appearing on Broadway in "Li'l Abner" and flew to the coast to guest.

[17] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
25Jan1958 NBC Sat
guests
Mark Stevens
Randy Sparks

Gisele MacKenzie presents Randy Sparks 1958
Highlights:
Gisele and ensemble lead off with "It's Delovely" and "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die".
Mark and Randy join Gisele in "Friendship".
Randy Sparks gives out with "Walking the Low Road".
Gisele solos with "No Love" and "Drummer Boy".

[--] 01Feb1958 preempted for a Dean Martin Special.

[18] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
08Feb1958 NBC Sat
guests
Roger Williams
Robert Clary
Highlights:
Gisele sings "Gypsy In My Soul" and "Magic Moments".
Robert Clary sings "I Won't Dance".

[19] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
15Feb1958 NBC Sat
guests
Jimmie Rodgers
The Four Preps
Highlights:
The Preps sing "Twenty-six Miles".
Gisele sings "Let's Dance".

[20] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
22Feb1958 NBC Sat
guests
Folk-singer Randy Sparks

Gisele MacKenzie presents Randy Sparks 1958
The Paul Smith Jazz Combo
Highlights:
Gisele sings "Sweet Madness", "I May Be Wrong", "Let's Dance", "You Make Me Feel So Young" and "Come to Me, My True Love".
Paul Smith treats with his version of "Chop Sticks".
Gisele charms her dachshund Wolfgang with "You're Blase".
Randy Sparks does "Belonging to Someone".

[21] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
01Mar1958 NBC Sat
guests
Eddie Foy Jr.
Miyoshi Umeki

GISELE MacKENZIE presents Miyoshi Umeki
NBC cameraman Lee Mossman was "discovered" as a singer by Gisele MacKenzie so he gets a shot on her show tonight.
Highlights:
Miyoshi and Gisele duet with "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes.
Gisele sings some French lullaby's.

[22] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
08Mar1958 NBC Sat
guests
George DeWitt
Highlights:
?

[23] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
15Mar1958 NBC Sat
guests
Songstress June Hutton
and the George Arnold's "Rhythm on Ice Revue"
Highlights:
?

[24] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
22Mar1958 NBC Sat
guests
Edie Adams

Gisele MacKenzie & Edie Adams tribute.Marriage Medley. 1958
Highlights:
Edie and Gisele duet on "It's So Nice to Have a Man Around the House" and "It's Delightful to be Married".
The Curfew Kids join Gisele for "Tip Toe Through the Tulips".
The dancers perform to "I Left My Hat in Haiti".

[25] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show [Last show of the series]
29Mar1958 NBC Sat
guests
Miyoshi Umeki

GISELE MacKENZIE presents Miyoshi Umeki

NBC cameraman Lee Mossman
Highlights:
Miyoshi performs "How Deep Is the Ocean".
Gisele sings songs from "The King and I", she will be starring in the stage version in San Francisco as her
show ends it's run.
NOTE: Gisele talks about last week's Academy Awards and how 90 million viewers are no longer strangers to
the name Miyoshi Umeki, she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Sayonara.

[--] Gisele MacKenzie Variety Show
05Apr1958 pre-empted by the Bob Hope Show



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