The Morey Amsterdam Show
|The Morey Amsterdam Show|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||CBS: 13
|Running time||23–25 minutes|
|Original network||CBS (1948-1949)
|Original release||December 17, 1948
April 21, 1949 (DuMont) – March 7, 1949 (CBS)
October 12, 1950 (DuMont)
The show began on CBS Radio with Morey Amsterdam playing himself as the emcee at a fictional New York City nightclub, the "Golden Goose Cafe". He introduced musical and comedy acts, and performed songs and monologues himself. Art Carney played Charlie the Doorman and Jacqueline Susann was Lola the Cigarette Girl.
After six months on the radio, the show moved to CBS Television with the same characters, actors, and plot. The CBS version premiered December 17, 1948, and ended March 7, 1949, after 13 episodes.
The show was picked up by the DuMont Television Network and began broadcasting on April 21, 1949, with a few minor changes. The name of the nightclub was changed to the "Silver Swan Cafe". Art Carney's character changed to Newton the Waiter, Susann continued as Lola, and Vic Damone joined the cast as a nightclub singer. The DuMont series ran for 58 episodes on Thursday evenings at 9:00 pm Eastern, until October 12, 1950, when it was replaced by The Adventures of Ellery Queen.
Notable guest starsEdit
The show's extensive roster of guest stars included Dottie Dean, Nancy Donovan, Mel Tormé, Rosemary Clooney, Charles "Honi" Coles, The Three Stooges, Cholly Atkins, Doraine and Ellis, Eileen O’Dare, Vic Damone, and Leo Guarniari. The announcers for the series were Don Russell, who was also the host for Guide Right, and musician Bobby Sherwood.
Several CBS Television episodes, and most of the DuMont episodes, exist at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The J. Fred MacDonald collection at the Library of Congress has two episodes, whether CBS or DuMont is not known. Selected DuMont episodes with lapsed or nonexistent copyright have been released on DVD by small DVD companies.
- David Weinstein, The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004) ISBN 1-59213-245-6
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, Fourth edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1980) ISBN 0-14-024916-8
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1