The Big Show


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In 1950, the advent of television was not only causing concern in the film industry but radio was beginning to feel the effect as well. To combat the problem, NBC spent lots of money to produce The Big Show, a 90 minute radio program which would feature famous guests performing skits, songs, and comedic routines.

Tallulah Bankhead hosted the show. She had guested in various radio programs in the past but had never done anything on an ongoing basis before. She was nervous and didn't really know what to expect or what her duty actually was so she approached the show with guarded anticipation.

The Big Show premiered on November 5, 1950 and played every Sunday night for the next three years. Big name actors were featured including Louis Armstrong, Ethel Barrymore, Fanny Bryce, Gary Cooper, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Benny Goodman, Judy Holliday, Bob Hope, Frankie Laine, Ginger Rogers, Frank Sinatra, the Ink Spots, Rudy Vallee, and Sarah Vaughan and more.



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 Fred Allen and Jimmy Durante - 11/05/1950

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 Groucho Marx and Fanny Brice - 011/12/1950

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 Eddie Cantor and Jimmy Durante - 11/19/1950

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 Fred Allen and Ed Wynn - 11/26/1950

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 Fred Allen and Phil Silvers - 12/03/1950

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 Bob Hope and Phil Harris - 12/17/1950

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 Jimmy Durante and Ed Wynn - 12/24/1950

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 Vivian Blaine and Jose Ferrer - 12/31/1950

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 Jack Carter and Jimmy Durante - 01/14/1951

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 Fred Allen and Herb Shriner - 03/04/1951

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 Jimmy Durante and Jack Pearl - 03/11/1951

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 Judy Holliday and Jimmy Durante - 03/25/1951

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 Groucho Marx and Bob Hope - 04/01/1951

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 Jimmy Durante and Milton Berle - 04/08/1951


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