The Big Show

November 5, 1950 to April 20, 1952
57 episodes known to exist
The Big Show was a comedy and variety / music shows radio show which ran from November 5, 1950 to April 20, 1952.
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Radio series often ran for multiple seasons and/or through many incarnations with different radio networks, sponsors, cast/crew, and revivals after many years.
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November 5, 1950 - April 20, 1952
The Big Show
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The Big Show
November 5, 1950 - April 20, 1952
57 episodes known to exist
Big-Budget Grand Scale Musical Variety Show Sundays 6: 30-8
Music: Merideth Wilson Writers
Announcers: Ed Herlihy and Jimmy Wallington
Producer/director: Dee Englebach
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November 5, 1950 
Pinchpenny Goes to Hawaii 
Fred Allen, Jimmy Durante, Portland Hoffa, Ethel Merman, Paul Lukas, Russell Knight, Danny Thomas, Mindy Carson, Josse Ferrer, Frankie Laine 
1:30:00 

 
November 12, 1950 
Sentiment 
Graucho Marx, Ezio Pinza, Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford, Frank Lovejoy, John Agar, Jane Powell 
1:30:00 

 
November 19, 1950 
A Matter of Perspective 
Bob Hope, Eddie Cantor, Perry Como, Ray Middleton 
1:30:00 

 
November 26, 1950 
Duffy's Tavern 
Fred Allen, Jack Carson, Ed Wynn, Lauritz Melchoir, Ed Gardner 
1:30:00 

 
December 3, 1950 
The Margaret Truman Program 
Douglas Fairbanks jr., Phil Silvers, Fred Allen, Joan Davis, Margaret Truman 
1:30:00 

 
December 10, 1950 
All the Sad Young Men 
Edward Arnold, Charles Boyer, Jimmy Durante, Imogene Coca, Mindy Carson, Clifton Webb 
1:30:00 

 
December 17, 1950 
The Women 
Louis Armstrong, Bob Hope, Frankie Laine, Phil Harris, Deborah Kerr, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Dorothy McGuire 
1:30:00 

 
December 24, 1950 
A Letter to Virginia 
Robert Merrill, Bert Lahr, Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn, Margaret O'Brien, Edith Piaf. Christmas Program 
1:30:00 

 
December 31, 1950 
Romeo and Juliet 
Vivian Blaine, Jose Ferrer, Sam Levine, Ken Murray, Margaret O'Brien, Gloria Swanson, Fran Warren 
1:30:00 

 
10 
January 7, 1951 
New Year's Party 
Fred Allen, Danny Thomas, Edward G. Robinson, Marlene Dietrich, Phil Baker, Fran Warren. New Year's program 
1:30:00 

 
11 
January 14, 1951 
The Magnificent Yankee 
Jimmy Durante, Jack Carson, Martha Raye, Louis Calhern, Florence Desmond, Fran Warren 
1:30:00 

 
12 
January 21, 1951 
Born Yesterday 
Fred Allen, Eddie Cantor, Judy Holliday, Vaughn Monroe, Gypsy Rose Lee, Patrice Munsel 
1:30:00 

 
13 
January 28, 1951 
A Farewell to Arms 
Danny Kaye, Gary Cooper, Ray Bolger, Rudy Vallee, Maxie Rosenbloom, Julie Wilson 
1:30:00 

 
14 
February 4, 1951 
Private Lives 
Leo Durocher, Lorraine Day, Portland Hoffa, Judy Holliday, Robert Cummings, Fred Allen, Frankie Laine, Jane Pickens, Jimmie Durante. 
1:30:00 

 
15 
February 11, 1951 
A Telephone Call 
Gary Moore, Joan Davis, Judy Garland, Gordon MacRae, The Andrews Sisters, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis 
1:30:00 

 
16 
February 18, 1951 
Billy Budd 
Fred Allen, Ed Wynn, Jack Carson, Lauritz Melchoir, Bea Lillie, The West Point Cadet Choir 
1:30:00 

 
17 
February 25, 1951 
The Man Who Came to Dinner 
Jack Haley, Uta Hagen, Monty Woolley, Judy Holiday, Paul Kelly, Robert Merrill, Olson & Johnson 
1:30:00 

 
18 
March 4, 1951 
Second Threshold 
Herb Shriner, Fred Allen, Ethel Merman, Frankie Laine, Margaret Truman, Clive Brooks, Herb Shriner 
1:30:00 

 
19 
March 11, 1951 
Baron Munchausen 
Jimmy Durante, Bob Burns, Billie Eckstein, Evelyn Knight 
1:30:00 

 
20 
March 18, 1951 
Mamba's Daughters 
Ethel Waters, Fred Allen, Eddie Cantor, Eddie Fisher, Phil Baker, Jan Peerce, Ella Fitzgerald 
1:30:00 

 
21 
March 25, 1951 
Anne of a Thousand Days 
Judy Holliday, Carmen Miranda, Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer, Jimmy Durante, Don Cornell 
1:30:00 

 
22 
April 1, 1951 
Go For Broke 
Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, Ethel Barrymore, Ezio Pinza, Van Johnson 
1:30:00 

 
23 
April 8, 1951 
Green Pastures 
Fred Allen, Jimmy Durante, Rudy Vallee, Vivian Blaine, Jane Morgan 
1:30:00 

 
24 
April 15, 1951 
Romeo and Juliet 
Eddie Cantor, Jack Carson, Olivia De Havilland, Eddy Arnold, Martha Raye, Phil Foster, Tommy Henrich, Evelyn Varden 
1:30:00 

 
25 
April 22, 1951 
The Devil's Disciple 
Fred Allen, Joan Davis, Judy Holiday, Lisa Kirk, Fran Warren, Herb Shriner, Portland Hoffa, Dennis King Author: George Bernard Shaw 
1:30:00 

 
26 
April 29, 1951 
I Was a Communist For the Fbi 
Jimmy Durante, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Gordon MacRae, Frank Lovejoy, Rosemary Clooney, Matt Cvetic 
1:30:00 

 
27 
May 6, 1951 
Advice to the Little Peyton Girl 
Groucho Marx, Fred Allen, Ginger Rogers, George Jessel, Margaret Truman Last Show of the First Season 
1:30:00 

 
28 
September 30, 1951 
Caesar and Cleopatra 
George Sanders, Bea Lillie, Sir Laurence Olivier, Vivian Leigh First Show of the Second Season. From London 
1:30:00 

 
29 
October 7, 1951 
From Paris 
George Sanders, Gracie Fields, Josephine Baker, William Gargan 
1:30:00 

 
30 
October 14, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Fred Allen, Jimmy Durante, Ethel Merman, George Sanders 
1:30:00 

 
31 
October 21, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters, Benny Goodman Orchestra, Margaret Truman, Herb Shriner 
1:30:00 

 
32 
October 28, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Jimmy Durante, Jack Carson, James Mason, Pamala Mason, The Ink Spots, Ed Gardner, Dorothy Sarnoff 
1:30:00 

 
33 
November 4, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Groucho Marx, Judy Holliday, Joan Davis, George Sanders, Evelyn Knight, Herb Jeffries 
1:30:00 

 
34 
November 11, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Sophie Tucker, Ken Murray, Morton Downey, Ann Sheridan, Jerry Lester, June Valli 
1:30:00 

 
35 
November 18, 1951 
Molly Goldberg 
Gertrude Berg, Fred Allen, Jack Pearl, Maxine Sullivan, Yul Brynner 
31:36 

 
36 
November 25, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
George Sanders, Martha Scott, Dane Clark, Phil Foster, Mary McCarty, Martha Wright 
1:30:00 

 
37 
December 2, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Fred Allen, George Sanders, Lauritz Melchior, Paul McGrath, Ginger Rogers, Dolores Gray 
1:30:00 

 
38 
December 9, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Jean Carroll, Hildegarde, Ann Southern, Ed Gardner 
1:30:00 

 
39 
December 16, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Jack Carson, Rosiland Russell, Phil Silvers, Merv Griffin, Sara Vaughn 
1:30:00 

 
40 
December 23, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Milton Berle, Margaret Truman, Robert Merrill, Ozzie Nelson & Harriet Hilliard, Alac Templeton, Meredith Wilson 
1:30:00 

 
41 
December 30, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Fred Allen, Joan Davis, Georgia Gibbs, Johnny Johnstone, Gertrude Berg 
1:30:00 

 
42 
January 6, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Vera Lynn, Claude Raines, Joan Davis, Herb Shriner, Bob Carroll, Jimmy Nelson 
1:30:00 

 
43 
January 13, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Fred Allen, Vera Lynn, Phil Foster, Tony Bennett, June Havoc, Betty Hutton 
1:30:00 

 
44 
January 20, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Vera Lynn, Jack Pearl, Earl Wrightson, Dick Powell, Shirley Booth 
1:30:00 

 
45 
January 27, 1952 
Here We Are 
Jack Carson, Tony Bavaar, Vera Lynn, Bob & Ray, Victor Borge, Jack Carson, James Barton 
1:30:00 

 
46 
February 3, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Fred Allen, Vera Lynn, Ethel Merman, Jerry Colonna, Johnny Johnstone 
1:30:00 

 
47 
February 10, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Vera Lynn, Joan Davis, Claude Raines, Jean Sablon, Phil Foster 
1:30:00 

 
48 
February 17, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Fred Allen, Vera Lynn, Joan Davis, Jane Pickens, Hoagy Carmichael 
1:30:00 

 
49 
February 24, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Victor Borge, Ed Gardner, Robert Merrill, Gertrude Berg, Kay Armen 
1:30:00 

 
50 
March 2, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Fred Allen, Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer, Clark Dennis, Henny Youngman, Connee Boswell 
1:30:00 

 
51 
March 9, 1952 
Cask of Amontillado 
Phil Foster, Richard Easthan, Ethel Merman, Joe Frisco, Shepard Sturdwick, Peter Lorre, Fibber McGee & Molly. 
1:28:50 

 
52 
March 16, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Fred Allen, Frank Sinatra, Peter Donald, William Gargan, Helen O'Connell 
1:30:00 

 
53 
March 23, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Victor Borge, Earl Wrightson, Marlene Dietrich, Cliff Hall, Paul Douglas, Jack Pearl, Rosemary Clooney 
1:30:00 

 
54 
March 30, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Fred Allen, Phil Foster, Vivian Blaine, Judy Canova, Jan Murray 
1:30:00 

 
55 
April 6, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Jane Russell, Judy Canova, Oacar Levant, Paul Winchell, Herb Jeffries, Toni Arden 
1:30:00 

 
56 
April 13, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Groucho Marx, George Sanders, Jackie Miles, Peggy Lee, Fred Allen 
1:30:00 

 
57 
April 20, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
Fred Allen, Groucho Marx, Phil Foster, Ethel Merman, George Sanders, William Prince, Julie Harris, Eddy Arnold 
1:30:00 

 
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