Adaptation of Cole Porter's famous 1941 musical which ran on Broadway for 547 performances. Three wives grow suspicious of their husbands' supposed hunting trips and decide throw a small ... See full summary »


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Dorothy Fields (play), Herbert Fields (play)


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Episode credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Himself - Host
Jerry Lewis ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vivian Blaine ... Winnie Potter
Larry J. Blake ... Judge
Joan Blondell
Betty Furness ... Maggie Watson
Virginia Gibson ... Muriel
James Gleason ... Sergeant Humphrey Wiggins
Pat Horn ... Jean
Gloria Jean ... Nancy
Barry Kelley ... Julian
Bert Lahr ... Frankie Burns / Aunt Pamela Burns
Peggy Lee ... Halo Advertisement Singer
Gene Nelson ... Jerry Walker
Ann Staunton Ann Staunton ... Cornelia


Adaptation of Cole Porter's famous 1941 musical which ran on Broadway for 547 performances. Three wives grow suspicious of their husbands' supposed hunting trips and decide throw a small party and invite three young Army recruits as their dates. The recruits' girlfriends learn about the party and crash it and are soon joined by the wives' husbands who return from hunting early. Written by Anonymous

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21 November 1954 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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At one point, Miss Furness comes to a refrigerator, and says "Wrong night", and then goes on to the next scene. This is an allusion to her famous Westinghouse ads on "Studio One" over at CBS. See more »


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Old King Cole filled with Broadway rhythm.
31 January 2017 | by mark.waltzSee all my reviews

The rising medium of TV took audiences to Broadway without leaving their own living room in the mid 1950's, and that year, they paid great tribute to Cole Porter. Bert Lahr and Ethel Merman joined forces with Sinatra for a rousing "Anything Goes", Merman rode high as "Panama Hattie", an all star cast provided the great Porter American songbook in a revue dedicated to him, and Lahr went down Milton Berle territory by dressing in comical ugly drag in this, one of Porter's big hits that is now forgotten. Lahr is joined by "Guys and Dolls" star Vivian Blaine and rising movie dancer Gene Nelson, on the verge of co-starring in the film version of "Oklahoma!"

The plot is as convoluted and silly as many 1930's and 1940's musicals and is scarcely worth trying to describe. It deals with three soldiers hiding out from their suspicious wives, and their attempts to find them to make them jealous. Nelson and Blaine are utilized as "chaperones", with Lahr playing a double role. Some Porter standards are thrown in to the deletion of much of the original score, showing the insecurity of early TV producers, directors and writers. With professionals like the three leads performing and clowning along with James Gleason, Betty Furness and Virginia Gibson) it is still a very entertaining hour, showing that simplicity and old fashioned sentiment often works over flash and pizazz.

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