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The Ed Sullivan Show 

Toast of the Town (original title)
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Ed Sullivan ...  Himself - Host / ... 1,055 episodes, 1948-1971
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Storyline

Ed Sullivan's show was straight out of old vaudeville; brief acts of every description, from slapstick comedy to operatic arias. At least once, he showed a film, the only known film of Anna Pavlova (doing her Swan Dance). The Muppets' first TV appearance was on Ed Sullivan. Stiff and expressionless, with a peculiar voice and a talent for mispronunciation, Sullivan was at least as recognizable as Cronkite to early 60's viewers. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@intersource.com>

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Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1948 (USA) See more »

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The Ed Sullivan Show See more »

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CBS, Sullivan Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color (1965-1971)| Black and White (1948-1965)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This show was canceled due to Fred Silverman's infamous "Rural Purge" in 1971. Silverman thought that "The Ed Sullivan Show," along with other sitcoms, such as The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Green Acres (1965) and Hogan's Heroes (1965) only appealed to people who lived in rural areas as well as older audiences, especially senior citizens. See more »

Quotes

Bing: You certainly get around.
Bob: I have to, with my kind of act.
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Elvis and the Beatles
15 November 2005 | by trewalkrSee all my reviews

I saw both shows as a young almost teenager. I had older siblings whose friends crowded our TV room. The girls were shrieking so loud the guys almost could not hear the singing. My mom was right there shrieking with the girls and I remember my dad saying, "What is the big deal?" Well the big deal was the fact that every TV in our town was tuned into to that same show each night. If someone dared to walk outside I bet shrieks would have been heard all over the neighborhood. The kids at school were talking about those shows for weeks. In fact, we knew when the Beatles were going to be on weeks before and parties were planned in advance. On the day of the event, the guests started arriving in the early afternoon. We were seeing musical history right in front of our eyes.


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