'The Big Show' presented a weekly mixture of comedy, drama and music from such guest stars as Jimmy Durante, Ethel Merman, Danny Thomas, Groucho Marx, Fanny Brice, Bob Hope, Eddie Cantor, Rudy Vallee, Judy Garland and Fred Allen - the latter graduating to semi-regular/contributing writer status. In fact, each program found the guests introducing themselves by name; the introductions completed with a husky voice intoning '...and my name, dahlings, is Tallulah Bankhead'. Bankhead, a celebrated stage veteran renowned for her work in plays like 'The Little Foxes' and 'The Skin of Our Teeth', served as the show's mistress of ceremonies - proving to be both an apt foil for the program's guests and a self-deprecating good sport for an endless series of 'rivalry-with-Bette-Davis' jokes. In explaining her motivation for agreeing to host a weekly radio series, she told Newsweek Magazine 'I have to live in the style, dahling, to which I'm really accustomed'. The glamorous, unpredictable Talloo also added two memorable trademarks to the "Big Show" proceedings: announcing the network's half-hour I.D. as an opportunity to "ring my chimes" and leading the show's guest roster in a rendition of "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You" at each program's close.
American wit and humor.
Popular music -- 1951-1960.
Variety shows (Radio programs)
Live sound recordings.
|Publisher|| Spokane Valley, WA :Radio Archives,2016
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Lillie, Beatrice, 1894-1989, performer.
Eckstine, Billy, performer.
Burns, Bob, 1890-1956, performer.
Holm, Celeste, 1917-2012, performer.
Brook, Clive, 1887-1974, performer.
King, Dennis, 1897-1971, performer.
Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966, performer.
Cantor, Eddie, 1892-1964, performer.
Fisher, Eddie, performer.
Fitzgerald, Ella, performer.
Merman, Ethel, performer.
Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977, performer.
Laine, Frankie, 1913-2007, performer.
Allen, Fred, 1894-1956, performer.
Hoffa, Portland, performer.
Carson, Jack, 1910-1963, performer.
Haley, Jack, 1897-1979, performer.
Pearl, Jack, performer.
Peerce, Jan, 1904-1984, performer.
Durante, Jimmy, 1893-1980, performer.
Burke, Johnny, 1908-1964, performer.
Holliday, Judy, performer.
Melchior, Lauritz, performer.
Truman, Margaret, 1924-2008, performer.
Woolley, Monty, 1888-1963, performer.
Baker, Phil, 1896-1963, performer.
Merrill, Robert, 1917-2004, performer.
Hagen, Uta, 1919-2004, performer.
Willson, Meredith, 1902-1984, conductor.
Smith and Dale, performer.
Olsen & Johnson, performer.
West Point Choir, performer.
Radio Archives (Firm), publisher.
Tallulah Bankhead, host ; Beatrice Lillie, Billy Eckstine, Bob Burns, Celeste Holm, Clive Brook, Dennis King, Ed Wynn, Eddie Cantor, Eddie Fisher, Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Merman, Ethel Waters, Frankie Laine, Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Jack Carson, Jack Haley, Jack Pearl, Jan Peerce, Jimmy Durante, Smith & Dale, Johnny Burke, Judy Holliday, Lauritz Melchior, Margaret Truman, Monty Woolley, Olsen & Johnson, Phil Baker, Robert Merrill, the West Point Choir, Uta Hagen, guest stars ; unnamed orchestra and choir, conducted by Meredith Willson.
Title from disc label.
Container incorrectly states run time as 10 hours.
10 audio discs (approximately 7 hr., 30 min.) ; 4 3/4 in.