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Shower of Stars (also known as Chrysler Shower of Stars) is an American variety television series broadcast live in the United States from 1954 to 1958 by CBS.[1] The series was broadcast in color which was a departure from the usual programming broadcast by CBS.

Shower of Stars
Shower of Stars Betty Grable 1954.jpg
Betty Grable rehearses for the premiere program, 1954
Also known as''Chrysler Shower of Stars''
Presented byWilliam Lundigan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time48 mins.
Production company(s)Desilu Productions
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 30, 1954 (1954-09-30) –
April 1, 1958 (1958-04-01)



Shower of Stars is typically composed of musical comedy revues with an occasional straight play. It was shown on approximately a monthly basis during its run (1954-1958), and was designed to contrast with the heavy dramatic content of the program with which it shared its timeslot, Climax! Both programs were sponsored by Chrysler Corporation, and both were hosted by William Lundigan.

Famous entertainers of the era who appeared multiple times on Shower of Stars included Jack Benny, Bob Crosby, Betty Grable, Van Johnson, Shirley MacLaine, Fredric March, Frankie Laine, Ethel Merman, Basil Rathbone, Red Skelton, Mario Lanza and Ed Wynn Liberace. March and Rathbone were starred as Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley, respectively, in a 1954 musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, with songs by Bernard Herrmann and Maxwell Anderson. This was the first musical version of the story to be televised, and the first in color.[2] Rathbone would go on to play Scrooge himself, in another TV musical adaptation of the story, the 1956 version of The Stingiest Man in Town.[2] (Rathbone would again play Scrooge in a 1958 non-musical British half-hour television version of the story, with Fredric March as narrator.) The most frequently-appearing artist, however, was Jack Benny, who appeared in one role or another in a majority of the program's broadcasts.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Result Award Category Recipient Episode
1955 Nominated Emmy Award Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Variety Program Gordon Jenkins
Nominated Emmy Award Best Original Music Composed for TV Bernard Herrmann "A Christmas Carol"
Nominated Emmy Award Best Individual Program of the Year
"A Christmas Carol"
Nominated Emmy Award Best Art Direction of a Live Show Robert Tyler Lee
Nominated Emmy Award Best Actor in a Single Performance Fredric March "A Christmas Carol"
Won Emmy Award Best Art Direction of a Filmed Show Ralph Berger & Albert M. Pyke "A Christmas Carol"
1956 Nominated Emmy Award Best Variety Series


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 168. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ a b

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