CTVA US Talk Show - "M.G.M. Parade" (ABC)(1955-56)

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M.G.M. Parade (1955-56)
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 Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
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ABC
Executive Producer Leslie Petersen

US Movie Interview/Documentary  series 1955-56   34 episodes x 30 min

Host George Murphy (14Sep55 to 07Mar56)
Host Walter Pidgeon (14Mar56 to 02May56)

Opening theme song: "That's Entertainment".

Premise: Featured interviews with stars and explanations and clips of MGM films.

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ABC Wednesdays 8:30-9pm

[01] MGM Parade [Premiere]
14Sep1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
guests
Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse
with footage of "It's Always Fair Weather".

[02] MGM Parade
21Sep1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
story of the Nobel Peace Prize from the 1939 short "The Story of Alfred Nobel"
scene from "The Wizard of Oz", a dance rehearsal routine with Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse on the set of "It's Always Fair Weather"
and cartoon "Screwball Squirrel".

[03] MGM Parade
28Sep1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
footage of the 1931 film "A Free Soul" with a clip featuring Lionel Barrymore
short film "One Against the World" from 1939 of Dr. Ephraim McDowall
film "Trial" with Glenn Ford and Dorothy McGuire.

[04] MGM Parade
05Oct1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
tour of Lake Metro on the MGM backlot
musical number from "The French Lesson" from "Good News".
clips of "Trial".

[05] MGM Parade
12Oct1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
interview with John Hodiak of "Trial".
Clip of the short "The Face Behind the Mask".
A look at the 1936 "How to Train a Dog".
Jerome Kerns "Till the Clouds Roll By" clip shows Tony Martin sings "All the Things You Are".

[06] MGM Parade
19Oct1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
interview with Robert Taylor
clips from "The Amazing Mr. Nordill".
Greta Garbo in "Anna Christie".

[07] MGM Parade
26Oct1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
Interview with Debbie Reynolds with a clip from "The Tender Trap" with her co-star Frank Sinatra.
Ray Bolger in a dance sequence from "The Great Ziegfeld".
Clips from Carey Wilson miniature "Changed Identity".
Tex Avery cartoon "The Early Bird Dood It".
A documentary on India.

[08] MGM Parade
02Nov1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
Film clips from "The Philadelphia Story" starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart and "Ziegfeld Follies".
"The Tender Trap" with Frank Sinatra singing the title song.
Victor Moore and Edward Arnold in a sketch called "Pay the Two Dollars".

[09] MGM Parade
09Nov1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
Marlon Brando talks about his role in "Guys and Dolls" and brings film clips of the film.
A short feature "Portrait of a Genius" featuring Carey Wilson and dealing with the life of Leonardo da Vinci.
A cartoon entitled "Little Tinker".
A clip of Ann Sothern singing "The Last Time I Saw Paris".

[10] MGM Parade
16Nov1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne and Van Johnson in a scene from "A Guy Named Joe."
In another film sequence, Jean Simmons and Marlon Brando appear in a segment from "Guys and Dolls."
"You Can't Win" is a comedy by Pete Smith. A Carey Wilson subject.
"A Door Will Open", is the story of a struggling young composer.

[11] MGM Parade
23Nov1955 ABC Wed
Director of photography, Harold Marzorati
Editor, Ira Heymann
Host George Murphy
Susan Hayward is interviewed by host George Murphy. She shows a film sequence from her starring picture "I'll Cry Tomorrow".
For Thanksgiving there is a Pete Smith comedy on carving called "Let's Talk Turkey".
The title song from "For Me and My Gal" is sung by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in a scene from the picture.
A John Nesbitt feature, "Strange Testament", is the story of the Mardi Gras.

[12] MGM Parade
30Nov1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
Tour of the set of "Kismet" with stars Howard Keel and Ann Blyth.
Film sequence in which Dolores Gray sings.
A Robert Benchley comedy "Home Movies" is shown.
Van Johnson appears in a scene from "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo".
A Carey Wilson subject short on Master Will Shakespeare.

[13] MGM Parade
07Dec1955 ABC Wed
George Murphy welcomes back actress Susan Hayward, who appears in a scene from the film "I'll Cry Tomorrow",
singing "Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe".
Miliza Korjus sings "Tales of the Vienna Woods" from "The Great Waltz".
A short about how the sea gulls saved the settlers in Utah entitled "The Miracle of Salt Lake".
"Christianis" is a Pete Smith specialty about a family of equestrian acrobats.

[14] MGM Parade
14Dec1955 ABC Wed
George Murphy presents Clark Gable and Charles Laughton in a scene from the classic "Mutiny on the Bounty."
Howard Keel pays a visit and is seen in a sequence from the forthcoming "Kismet".
"The Greatest Gift", a Christmas story, features Edmund Gwenn.
The Pete Smith specialty is entitled "Pet Peeves".

[15] MGM Parade
21Dec1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy presents a film segment from the movie of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" which stars Reginald Owen as Scrooge,
Gene Lockhart as Bob Cratchit, Kathleen Lockhart as Mrs. Cratchit and Terence Kilburn as Tiny Tim.
From another picture Judy Garland is seen singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to Margaret O'Brien.
Ann Blyth and Vic Damone join on "Stranger in Paradise" in a scene from "Kismet".

[16] MGM Parade
28Dec1955 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy presents Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy singing a duet from the film "Maytime".
The late Robert Benchley appears in a comedy short, "That Inferior Feeling."
Susan Hayward appears in a dramatic scene from the current "I'll Cry Tomorrow."
A Carey Wilson short, "Matthew Maury," tells of one of the Navy's first heroes.

[17] MGM Parade
04Jan1956 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
Ricardo Montalban, Ann Miller and Cyd Charisse in a dance number from "The Kissing Bandit".
Lana Turner with Marisa Pavan in scenes from "Diane".
Monty Woolley stars in "The Forgotten Step."
The Pete Smith specialty is entitled "Jonker Diamond".

[18] MGM Parade
11Jan1956 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
Scenes from "Grand Hotel" with Greta Garbo and John Barrymore.
Roger Moore who appears in "Diane" makes his American TV debut.
The Pete Smith comedy, "Lions on the Loose", is about two lions who play hookey from the zoo.

[19] MGM Parade
18Jan1956 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
with a preview of the film "Ransom" with Glenn Ford
scenes from motion pictures include dance by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly from "Ziegfeld Follies".
and short films "People On Paper" and "Ghost Treasure".

[20] MGM Parade
25Jan1956 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
with Esther Williams in scenes from "The Ziegfeld Follies".
"Ransom" star Donna Reed.
A Carey Williams short. "Our Old Car" short.

[21] MGM Parade
01Feb1956 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
with a scene from "The Kid" with Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper
short film "The Lady or the Tiger"
preview of "The Last Hunt" with Russ Tamblyn
and interview with Keenan Wynn.

[22] MGM Parade
08Feb1956 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
guests are
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
short film "The Perfect Tribute" about Abraham Lincoln
and a tribute to Valentine's Day.

[23] MGM Parade
15Feb1956 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
Gene Kelly dances with Jerry the Mouse from his film "Anchors Aweigh".
Segment from "The King Without a Crown".
A short MGM release of a buffalo stampede "The Last Hunt".

[24] MGM Parade
22Feb1956 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
Scene from "Strike Up the Band" with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.
Preview of "The Last Hunt" with Robert Taylor
Scene from "The Big Parade" with John Gilbert
and short film on the life of Thomas Edison.

[25] MGM Parade
29Feb1956 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
"Dinner at Eight" starring Jean Harlow and Wallace Beery.
Guests are Mitsuko Sawamura and Dan Dailey.

[26] MGM Parade
07Mar1956 ABC Wed
Host George Murphy
Judy Garland sings "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe" from the film "The Harvey Girls".
In the Trophy Room, host George Murphy previews a comedy highlight from "Meet Me in Las Vegas" starring Cyd Charisse and Dan Dailey.
A Carey Wilson short, "Man in the Barn", is a story of the death of John Wilkes Booth.
A scene from "The Yearling", with Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman.

[27] MGM Parade
14Mar1956 ABC Wed
Host Walter Pidgeon
"Captains Courageous" Part 1 of film with Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore and others.

[28] MGM Parade
21Mar1956 ABC Wed
Host Walter Pidgeon
"Captains Courageous" Part 2 with Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy and Lionel Barrymore.
In tonight's episode, a brat becomes a man in the rugged months at sea with Gloucester fishermen.

[29] MGM Parade
28Mar1956 ABC Wed
Host Walter Pidgeon
"Captains Courageous" Part 3 with Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy and Lionel Barrymore.
The crew of the fishing boat We're Here rescued a spoiled youngster when he fell overboard from an ocean liner.
Now he's underfoot while they begin the important race back to port against their arch-rival the Jennie Cushman.

[30] MGM Parade
04Apr1956 ABC Wed
Host Walter Pidgeon
Scenes from six of Greta Garbo's early films.
with Irene Papas.

[31] MGM Parade
11Apr1956 ABC Wed
Host Walter Pidgeon
Part 2 of Greta Garbo films.
Garbo will be seen with leading men Fredric March, Robert Taylor, Charles Boyer and Melvyn Douglas.
Scenes are from "Anna Karenina", "Camille", "Conquest" and "Ninotchka".

[32] MGM Parade
18Apr1956 ABC Wed
Host Walter Pidgeon introduces the first of a three-part presentation of the 1948 musical film "The Pirate",
starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Gladys Cooper and Walter Slezak.
Based on the stage play by S.N. Behrman, it has music and lyrics by Cole Porter. It's the story of a strolling player who falls in love.
But the girl dreams of being swept off her feet by a notorious pirate whom she worships from afar.
Highlights of tonight's segment include Nina, a song and dance by Gene Kelly, and Mack the Black, a production number featuring Judy Garland.
Also in the cast are Walter Slezak and Gladys Cooper. Luana Lee and Janet Lake provide narration.

[33] MGM Parade
25Apr1956 ABC Wed
Gene Kelly and Judy Garland star in Part 2 of the three-part presentation of "The Pirate", a movie musical with a score by Cole Porter.
Last week's segment set the scene in the Caribbean, where a strolling player falls in love with a young girl who dreams of being swept
off her feet by a swashbuckling pirate called the Black Macoco.
In tonight's episode, the lovelorn minstrel tries to make an impression on the girl by telling her that he is Macoco. But the scheming mayor,
who also has designs on the girl, plots to discredit his rival. Gene performs The pirate dance and Judy sings You can do no wrong.
Walter Slezak and Gladys Cooper are featured. Luana Lee and Janet Lake assist host Walter Pidgeon.

[34] MGM Parade [Final show of the series]
02May1956 ABC Wed
Part 3 of "The Pirate" musical film with Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Gladys Cooper and Walter Slezak.

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