The Bell Telephone Hour

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  • Genre(s): Music
  • Release year: 1959
The Bell Telephone Hour is a concert series which began April 29, 1940, on NBC Radio and was heard on NBC until June 30, 1958. Sponsored by Bell Telephone as the name implies, it showcased the best in classical and Broadway music, reaching eight to... read more

The Bell Telephone Hour is a concert series which began April 29, 1940, on NBC Radio and was heard on NBC until June 30, 1958. Sponsored by Bell Telephone as the name implies, it showcased the best in classical and Broadway music, reaching eight to nine million listeners each week. It continued on television from 1959 to 1968. Throughout the program's run on both radio and television, the studio orchestra on the program was conducted by Donald Voorhees.

Original Release

01/12/1959 on NBC

US Release

01/12/1959

Cast

The Bell Telephone Orchestra Themselves
Mel Brandt Self - Announcer
The Buster Davis Singers Themselves
Edward Villella Self - Ballet Dancer
Earl Wrightson Self
Carol Lawrence Self - Singer
John Raitt Self - Singer
Joan Sutherland Self - Opera Soprano
Jacques d'Amboise Self - Dancer
The Brothers Four Themselves
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 The Many Faces of Romeo and Juliet Friday, 08 September 1967
2 On the Road with Duke Ellington Friday, 13 October 1967
3 Benjamin Britten and His Aldeburgh Festival Friday, 03 November 1967
4 The Virtuoso Teacher Friday, 24 November 1967
5 Casals at Marlboro Friday, 29 December 1967
6 The Sights and Sounds of Chicago Friday, 16 February 1968
7 Man Who Dances: Edward Villella Friday, 08 March 1968
8 Opera: Two to Six Friday, 22 March 1968
9 Going to Bethlehem Sunday, 14 April 1968
10 Jazz, the Intimate Art Friday, 26 April 1968
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Directors

Sid Smith, Clark Jones, Dave Geisel, Robert Scheerer, Bill Hobin, Kirk Browning, Ed Spiegel, Norman Campbell, Bill Colleran, Dick Feldman, Gene Nelson, Gower Champion, William A. Graham, Martyn Green, Walter C. Miller, Nathan Kroll, Grey Lockwood, Richard Dunlap, Jerome Schnur, Hal Venho, Irving Jacoby, David Brown, Mike Jackson

Writers

Lucille Kallen, Charles Andrews, Burt Shevelove, Draper Lewis, Robert Herridge, Bill Gammie, William Nichols, Marshall Barer, Larry Markes, Gordon Auchincloss, Joseph Liss, Harold C. Schonberg, Ted Mills, Will Glickman, Ed Spiegel, Martin Charnin, Robert Sherman, Arch Oboler, Martyn Green, Tom Waldman, W.S. Gilbert, William Jacobson, David Greggory, Francis Church, Herbert Sargent, Bernard Rothman, Richard Dunlap, Robert Noah, Margaret Lewerth, Draper Smith, William Hammerstein, Ed Scott, Walter Marks, Jim Bishop

Cast

The Bell Telephone Orchestra Themselves
Mel Brandt Self - Announcer
The Buster Davis Singers Themselves
Edward Villella Self - Ballet Dancer
Earl Wrightson Self
Carol Lawrence Self - Singer
John Raitt Self - Singer
Joan Sutherland Self - Opera Soprano
Jacques d'Amboise Self - Dancer
The Brothers Four Themselves
Grant Johannsen Self - Pianist
Patricia McBride Self - Ballerina
Richard Tucker Self - Opera Tenor
Susan Watson Self - Singer
André Previn Self - Pianist
Maria Tallchief Self - Ballerina
Melissa Hayden Self - Ballerina
Ray Bolger Self - Host
Harry Belafonte Self - Singer
Howard Keel Self - Singer

Producers

Barry Wood Executive Producer
Henry Jaffe Executive Producer
Dan Lounsbery Executive Producer
Robert Drew Executive Producer
Ben Wood Executive Producer
Dan Lounsbery Producer
Burt Shevelove Producer
Charles Andrews Producer
Frederick Heider Producer
Sid Smith Producer
Robert Herridge Producer
Herbert Ross Producer
William Hammerstein Producer
Bill Hobin Producer
Ed Cosgrove Producer
Roger Englander Producer
Mike Jackson Producer
Barry Wood Producer
Gary Smith Producer
Harry Moses Producer
Ted Mills Producer
Ed Spiegel Producer
Norman Campbell Producer
William Nichols Producer
Don Appell Producer
Nathan Kroll Producer
Robert Drew Producer
Stanley Prager Producer
Martyn Green Producer
Robert Dwan Producer
Clark Jones Producer
Kirk Browning Producer
Henry Jaffe Producer
Nat Wilkes Producer
Gerald Green Producer

Editors

Anne Gilbert, Sidney Katz, Peter C. Johnson, Naomi Mankowitz

1968 Emmy Outstanding Musical or Variety Series Nominated
1968 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing Won
1967 Emmy Outstanding Musical Program Nominated
1967 Emmy Individual Achievements in Electronic Production - Sound Recording Nominated
1966 Emmy Outstanding Musical Program Nominated
1966 Emmy Individual Achievements in Music - Conducting Nominated
1966 Emmy Individual Achievements in Electronic Production - Lighting Nominated
1966 Emmy Individual Achievements in Electronic Production - Video Control Nominated
1964 Emmy Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Music Won
1964 Emmy Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety or Music Nominated
1964 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Electronic Photography Nominated
1963 Emmy Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Music Nominated
1962 Emmy Outstanding Program Achievements in the Fields of Variety and Music - Music Nominated
1961 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Electronic Camerawork Won
1961 Golden Globe Television Achievement Won
1960 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Music Nominated
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