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Shower of Stars (1954–1958)

TV Series | 60 min | Family, Drama

A CBS variety show that ran monthly from 1954-1958, broadcast in color. Stars appearing included Betty Grable, Mario Lanza, Jack Benny, Basil Rathbone, Fredric March, Shirley MacLaine and Ed Wynn. Lanza and Grable appeared in an amusing ...See moreA CBS variety show that ran monthly from 1954-1958, broadcast in color. Stars appearing included Betty Grable, Mario Lanza, Jack Benny, Basil Rathbone, Fredric March, Shirley MacLaine and Ed Wynn. Lanza and Grable appeared in an amusing episode with Fred Clark, featuring Grable as the unlikely replacement for Lanza in a show. Written by krbannerman See less
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Updated Sep 30, 1954

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Sep 30, 1954 (United States)

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William Lundigan
Himself - Host / Himself Himself - Host / Himself   See fewer
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Jack Benny
Himself / Himself - Host / Jack Benny / Howard Carroll / Lawyer in Courtroom Skit / Loring Rigley Himself / Himself - Host / Jack Benny / Howard Carroll / Lawyer in Courtroom Skit / Loring Rigley   See fewer
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19
Art Gilmore
Announcer Announcer   See fewer
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8
Mary Costa
Herself / Herself - Hostess / Herself - Co-host Herself / Herself - Hostess / Herself - Co-host   See fewer
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7
Red Skelton
Himself - Guest Host / Himself / Himself - Guest Comedian / Himself - Guest Star Himself - Guest Host / Himself / Himself - Guest Comedian / Himself - Guest Star   See fewer
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5
Gary Crosby
Eddie Davis / Himself / Himself - Guest Vocalist / Himself - Singer Eddie Davis / Himself / Himself - Guest Vocalist / Himself - Singer   See fewer
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4
Bob Crosby
Himself / Bob Himself / Bob   See fewer
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Betty Grable
Betty Grable / Herself Betty Grable / Herself   See fewer
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Ed Wynn
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Harry James
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Frankie Laine
Himself - Singer / Himself / Himself - Guest Vocalist Himself - Singer / Himself / Himself - Guest Vocalist   See fewer
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George Burns
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Fredric March
Ebenezer Scrooge / Eugene Tesh Ebenezer Scrooge / Eugene Tesh   See fewer
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3
Van Johnson
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Jo Stafford
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Barrie Chase
Blonde starlet / Dancer / Herself - Guest Dancer / dancer Blonde starlet / Dancer / Herself - Guest Dancer / dancer   See fewer
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Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Himself / Rochester Van Jones Himself / Rochester Van Jones   See fewer
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Georgia Gibbs
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Shirley MacLaine
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Marilyn Maxwell
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Ethel Merman
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Tommy Sands
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Vincent Price
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Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc Mel Blanc   See fewer
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Basil Rathbone
Marley's Ghost Marley's Ghost   See fewer
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Bob Sweeney
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The Sportsmen Quartet
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Mario Lanza
Himself Himself   See fewer
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The Andrews Sisters
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Gene Austin
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Ziggy Elman
Himself / Himself - Trumpeter Himself / Himself - Trumpeter   See fewer
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F.E. Miller
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Johnnie Ray
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Martha Tilton
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Rudy Vallee
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Dan Dailey
Actor Actor   See fewer
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Dick Foran
Harvey Howell Harvey Howell   See fewer
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Peter Lind Hayes
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Mary Healy
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Tony Martin
Ted Warren Ted Warren   See fewer
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Jack Oakie
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Paul Weston
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Don Bestor Don Bestor   See fewer
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Agnes Carroll Agnes Carroll   See fewer
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Janis Paige Janis Paige   See fewer
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John Raitt John Raitt   See fewer
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Ed Hoffman Ed Hoffman   See fewer
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Dennis Day Dennis Day   See fewer
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Miss Kim O'Day Miss Kim O'Day   See fewer
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Ray Middleton
Fred / Ghost of Christmas Present Fred / Ghost of Christmas Present   See fewer
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Mary Wickes
Lizzie Lizzie   See fewer
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Larry Keating
W.J. Archer W.J. Archer   See fewer
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Paul Douglas
Paul Douglas Paul Douglas   See fewer
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Gil Frye
Pierre the Head Waiter Pierre the Head Waiter   See fewer
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Christopher Cook
Tiny Tim Tiny Tim   See fewer
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John Hoyt
Principal Bob Wilson Principal Bob Wilson   See fewer
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Johnny Green
Johnny Green Johnny Green   See fewer
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Belle / Spirit of Christmas Past Belle / Spirit of Christmas Past   See fewer
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Tommy Green Tommy Green   See fewer
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Frank Sennes
Frank Sennes Frank Sennes   See fewer
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Young Scrooge Young Scrooge   See fewer
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Mia Caroll Mia Caroll   See fewer
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Glenn Ford Glenn Ford   See fewer
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Joan Carroll Joan Carroll   See fewer
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Belinda Cratchit Belinda Cratchit   See fewer
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Margaret Margaret   See fewer
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Marvin Kaplan
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Harold Lang
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Cleaning lady in boarding house skit Cleaning lady in boarding house skit   See fewer
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Tex Williams
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