The Morey Amsterdam Show
is an American sitcom
which ran from 1948 to 1949 on CBS Television
(13 episodes) and from 1949 to 1950 on the DuMont Television Network
(58 episodes), for a total of 71 episodes.
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 12 October 1950, when it was replaced by The Adventures of Ellery Queen
The DuMont version was sponsored by DuMont Laboratories
, founded by Allen B. DuMont
to produce television sets.
Notable guest stars
The show's extensive roster of guest stars included Dottie Dean, Nancy Donovan, Mel Tormé
, Rosemary Clooney
, Charles "Honi" Coles
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