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Tonight! (1953–1957)

TV-PG
TV Series | 105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

The show originated as a local New York City late night program in June 1953 and went onto the network in September 1954. Throughout the summer of 1956, Steve Allen was the only host. When Allen's prime-time series debuted in the summer of...See moreThe show originated as a local New York City late night program in June 1953 and went onto the network in September 1954. Throughout the summer of 1956, Steve Allen was the only host. When Allen's prime-time series debuted in the summer of 1956, he limited his appearances on this show to Wednesday through Friday and a series of guest hosts filled in until 1 October 1956 when Ernie Kovacs took over as permanent host for the Monday and Tuesday broadcast. Kovacs had his own set of entertainers, i.e., Wendell, Hanley, Arthur and Loden. The last show was broadcast on 25 January 1957."Tonight's" first monologue was given with Steve Allen seated at the piano: "In case you're just joining us...this is Tonight...and I can't think of too much to tell you about it, except I want to give you the bad news first: this program is going to go on forever. I wouldn't call it a Spectacular....you might say it's more a Monotonious ." Written by J.E. McKillop See less
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Seasons
5   |   4   |   3   |   2   |   1   |   Unknown   See all
Creators
Steve Allen (co-creator) | Sylvester L. Weaver Jr. (co-creator)
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Updated Jun 15, 1953

Release date (First episode)
Jun 1953 (United States)

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142 cast members
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Gene Rayburn
Himself - Announcer / Himself - Substitute Host Himself - Announcer / Himself - Substitute Host   See fewer
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60
Skitch Henderson
Himself - Conductor / Himself - Bandleader Himself - Conductor / Himself - Bandleader   See fewer
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58
Steve Allen
Himself - Host / Himself Himself - Host / Himself   See fewer
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56
Ernie Kovacs
Himself - Guest Host Himself - Guest Host   See fewer
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10
LeRoy Holmes
Himself - Conductor / Mon.-Tues. Bandleader Himself - Conductor / Mon.-Tues. Bandleader   See fewer
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9
Maureen Arthur
Comedian-Regular / Regular Comedian-Regular / Regular   See fewer
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9
Peter Hanley
Comedian-Regular / Regular Comedian-Regular / Regular   See fewer
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9
Art Lund
Comedian-Regular / Regular Comedian-Regular / Regular   See fewer
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Bill Wendell
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9
Gene Krupa
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6
Barbara Loden
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5
Eydie Gormé
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4
Steve Lawrence
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4
Micki Marlo
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4
Bobby Byrne
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4
Bill Daily
Announcer Announcer   See fewer
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3
Judy Garland
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3
Jack Paar
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3
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Lionel Hampton
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Diahann Carroll
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Joan Crawford
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Sammy Davis Jr.
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Morey Amsterdam
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Al Capp
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Bill Cullen
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Henry Morgan
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Tony Randall
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Rudy Vallee
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Jack Lescoulie
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Fred Allen
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Nancy Malone
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Eugene List
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John Carradine
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Benny Goodman
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Jimmy McHugh
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Art Ferrante
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Elaine Stritch
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Andy Williams
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Mae Barnes
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Lou Teicher
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Alfred Drake
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Wally Cox
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Doretta Morrow
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Bill Kenny
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Willie Mays
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Jean Sullivan
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Leffak
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Art Blakey
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Bud Powell Trio
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Burl Ives
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Oscar Pettiford
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Bud Powell
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Roger Price
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Tony Rizzo
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José Ferrer
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Zsa Zsa Gabor
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Billie Holiday
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Don Adams
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Eddie Bracken
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Paul Chambers
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John Coltrane
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Vic Damone
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Miles Davis
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Red Garland
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Dolores Hawkins
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Philly Joe Jones
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Julie London
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Ray McDonald
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Lee Meriwether
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Jack Palance
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Leonard Pennario
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Jackie Robinson
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Peggy Ryan
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Mary Small
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Margaret Truman
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Nancy Walker
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Henry 'Red' Allen
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Kurt Baum
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Irving Burgie
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Kuda Bux
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Martha Davis
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Gene de Paul
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Bobby Dukoff
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Ellis and Walters
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Billy Gilbert
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Paul Gray
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Bob Hall
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Veronica Lake
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Louis Nye
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Chita Rivera
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Brother Theodore
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Joe Venuti
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Bob Considine
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Hy Gardner
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George Gobel
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Buddy Hackett
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Milt Kamen
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Peter Lawford
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Chico Marx
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Groucho Marx
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7.2 / 10 | 112 votes