TV: COLGATE COMEDY HOUR, THE

cantorThe following has been compiled through reference to the TV listings in The New York Times.
Further details may be obtained by consulting the bound editions of VARIETY television reviews.
It should be noted that the timeslot was not always sponsored by Colgate, with Frigidaire initially taking over one week each month. In later seasons, the Comedy Hour was often pre-empted for 90-minute musical specials.

NBC Sundays 8-00 to 9-00pm

Season One
September 10 1950      Eddie Cantor
September 17 1950      Martin & Lewis
September 24 1950      Fred Allen
October 1 1950           Bobby Clark (sponsored by Frigidaire)
October 8 1950           Eddie Cantor
October 15 1950         Martin & Lewis
October 22 1950         Fred Allen
October 29 1950         Bobby Clark (sponsored by Frigidaire)
November 5 1950        Eddie Cantor
November 12 1950      Martin & Lewis
November 19 1950      Fred Allen
November 26 1950      Bob Hope (sponsored by Frigidaire)
December 3 1950        Eddie Cantor
December 10 1950      The Hartmans
December 17 1950      Fred Allen
December 24 1950      Bob Hope (sponsored by Frigidaire)
December 31 1950      Eddie Cantor
January 7 1951            Abbott & Costello
January 14 1951           Jerry Lester and Fred Allen
January 21 1951           Bobby Clark (sponsored by Frigidaire)
January 28 1951           Eddie Cantor
February 4 1951          Martin & Lewis
February 11 1951        Spike Jones
February 18 1951        Bobby Clark (sponsored by Frigidaire)
February 25 1951        Eddie Cantor
March 4 1951              Milton Berle and Tony Martin
March 11 1951            Abbott & Costello
March 18 1951            Bea Lillie and Rex Harrison
March 25 1951            Eddie Cantor (with guest Jimmy Durante)
April 1 1951                 Eddie Cantor
April 8 1951                 Bop Hope (sponsored by Frigidaire)
April 15 1951               Fred Allen and Tony Martin
April 22 1951               Eddie Cantor
April 29 1951               Martin & Lewis
May 6 1951                 Martin & Lewis and Phil Silvers
May 13 1951               Bea Lillie and Victor Moore
May 20 1951               Martin & Lewis
May 27 1951               Eddie Cantor
June 3 1951                 Martin & Lewis
June 10 1951               Jackie Gleason and Fred Allen
June 17 1951               Eddie Cantor
June 24 1951               Martin & Lewis

Season Two
September 2 1951        Jackie Gleason
September 9 1951        Eddie Cantor
September 16 1951      Spike Jones
September 23 1951      Milton Berle and Ezio Pinza
September 30 1951      Eddie Cantor
October 7 1951           Donald O’Connor and Ed Wynn
October 14 1951         Abbott & Costello
October 21 1951         Jack Carson
October 28 1951         Eddie Cantor
November 4 1951        Martin & Lewis
November 11 1951      Donald O’Connor and Harpo Marx
November 18 1951      Abbott &Costello
November 25 1951      Eddie Cantor
December 2 1951        Bob Hope
December 9 1951        Eddie Cantor
December 16 1951      Alan Young and Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
December 23 1951      Eddie Cantor
December 30 1951      Martin & Lewis
January 6 1952             Donald O’Connoe and Harpo Marx
January 13 1952           Abbott & Costello
January 20 1952           Eddie Cantor
January 27 1952           Danny Thomas
February 3 1952          Donald O’Connor
February 10 1952        Martin & Lewis
February 17 1952        Eddie Cantor
February 24 1952        Danny Thomas
March 2 1952              Donald O’Connor
March 9 1952              Bob Hope
March 16 1952            Eddie Cantor
March 23 1952            Martin & Lewis
March 30 1952            Chico & Harpo Marx and Tony Martin
April 6 1952                 Abbott & Costello
April 13 1952               Eddie Cantor
April 20 1952               Donald O’Connor and Andy Devine
April 27 1952               Martin & Lewis
May 4 1952                 Abbott & Costello
May 11 1952               Donald O’Connor
May 18 1952               Eddie Cantor
May 25 1952               Ben Blue
June 1 1952                 Herb Shriver
June 8 1952                 Eddie Cantor
June 15 1952               Bob Hope

Series Three
September 21 1952      Martin & Lewis
September 28 1952      Eddie Cantor
October 5 1952           Donald O’Connor and Ben Blue
October 12 1952         Bob Hope
October 19 1952         Abbott & Costello
October 26 1952         Donald O’Connor and Ben Blue
November 2 1952        Judy Canova
November 9 1952        Bob Hope
November 16 1952      Donald O’Connor
November 23 1952      Abbott & Costello
November 30 1952      Martin & Lewis
December 7 1952        Bob Hope
December 14 1952      Abbott & Costello
December 21 1952      Ray Bolger
December 28 1952      Phil Harris and Ben Blue
January 4 1953            Bob Hope
January 11 1953           Abbott & Costello and Victor Borge
January 18 1953           Eddie Cantor
January 25 1953           Martin & Lewis
February 1 1953          Bob Hope
February 8 1953          Ben Blue
February 15 1953        Eddie Cantor
February 22 1953        The Ritz Brothers
March 1 1953              Bob Hope and George Jessel
March 8 1953              Donald O’Connor
March 15 1953            Eddie Cantor and George Jessel
March 22 1953            100TH EDITION with Abbott & Costello, Cantor, Hope, Martin & Lewis, O’Connor
March 29 1953            Bob Hope
April 5 1953                 Donald O’Connor
April 12 1953               Eddie Cantor
April 19 1953               Bob Hope
April 26 1953               Abbott & Costello
May 3 1953                 Martin & Lewis
May 10 1953               Eddie Cantor
May 17 1953               Donald O’Connor
May 24 1953               Bob Hope
May 31 1953               Martin & Lewis
June 7 1953                 Eddie Cantor
June 14 1953               Bob Hope

Series Four
October 4 1953           Martin & Lewis
October 11 1953         Jimmy Durante
October 18 1953         Eddie Cantor
October 25 1953         Donald O’Connor
November 1 1953        Bud Abbott with Martin & Lewis (substituting for an ill Lou Costello)
November 8 1953        Jimmy Durante
November 15 1953      Martha Raye
November 22 1953      Donald O’Connor
November 29 1953      Eddie Cantor
December 6 1953        Jimmy Durante
December 13 1953      Perry Como and Martha Raye
December 20 1953      Donald O’Connor
December 27 1953      Eddie Cantor
January 3 1954            Jimmy Durante
January 10 1954           Martin & Lewis
January 17 1954           Alan Young, Stan Freberg, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby
January 24 1954           Ethel Merman
January 31 1954           Eddie Cantor
February 7 1954          Jimmy Durante
February 14 1954        Donald O’Connor
February 21 1954        Sonja Henie (with Abbott & Costello)
February 28 1954       ANYTHING GOES w Ethel Merman, Frank Sinatra, Bert Lahr
March 7 1954              Eddie Cantor
March 14 1954            Jimmy Durante
March 21 1954            Abbott & Costello
March 28 1954            RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN special
April 4 1954                 Eddie Cantor
April 11 1954               Jimmy Durante
April 18 1954               Abbott & Costello
April 25 1954               ICE CAPADES special
May 2 1954                 Martin & Lewis
May 9 1954                 Jimmy Durante
May 16 1954               Eddie Cantor
May 23 1954               Abbott & Costello
May 30 1954               Martin & Lewis

Series Five (now titled THE COLGATE VARIETY HOUR)
replaced by 90 min specials Oct 10, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 2, Jan 30, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24, May 22
September 19 1954      Eddie Fisher
September 26 1954      Johnny Ray and Joe E. Lewis
October 3 1954           Phil Harris and Dinah Shore
October 17 1954         FRIAR’S FROLIC with Milton Berle
October 24 1954         REVENGE WITH MUSIC with Harpo Marx
October 31 1954         Terry Moore
November 14 1954      Gordon MacRae
November 21 1954      LET’S FACE IT
November 28 1954      Gale Storm
December 12 1954      Gordon MacRae
December 19 1954      Martin & Lewis
December 26 1954      ICE SHOW
January 9 1955           Bob Hope
January 16 1955           Gordon MacRae
January 23 1955           Gordon MacRae
February 6 1955          Spike Jones
February 13 1955        Martin & Lewis
February 20 1955        Gordon MacRae
March 6 1955              Gordon MacRae
March 13 1955            Abbott & Costello
March 20 1955            Gordon MacRae
April 3 1955                 Phil Harris
April 10 1955               ROBERTA with Gordon MacRae
April 17 1955               Gordon MacRae
May 1 1955                 Liberace
May 8 1955                 Martin & Lewis
May 15 1955               Abbott & Costello
May 29 1955               Eddie Fisher
June 5 1955                 Martin & Lewis

Series Six
September 18 1955      Martin & Lewis
September 25 1955      Jack Carson, Thelma Ritter
October 2 1955           Martha Scott, Jack Carson, Harry Belafonte
October 9 1955           not on (90 minute SHOW BIZ FROM VAUDE TO VIDEO)
October 16 1955         SALUTE TO RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN
October 23 1955         GALA FOOTBALL REVUE w Mickey Rooney, Stan Freberg, Rudy Vallee
October 30 1955         Billy Daniels, Anna Maria Alberghetti
November 6 1955        not on (90 minute THE CONSTANT HUSBAND w Rex Harrison)
November 13 1955      Martin & Lewis
November 20 1955      Harry Belafonte, Gordon MacRae
November 27 1955      ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM w screen stars
December 4 1955        not on (90 minute MAURICE CHEVALIER in Revue)
December 11 1955      SALUTE TO GEORGE ABBOTT
December 18 1955      Mickey Rooney, George Raft
December 25 1955      Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians

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