The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show

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The Ford Show is an American variety program, starring singer and folk humorist Tennessee Ernie Ford, which aired on NBC on Thursday evenings from October 4, 1956, to June 29, 1961. The show was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, whose founders shared... read more

The Ford Show is an American variety program, starring singer and folk humorist Tennessee Ernie Ford, which aired on NBC on Thursday evenings from October 4, 1956, to June 29, 1961. The show was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, whose founders shared a last name with the host but had no known relation. Beginning in September 1958, the show was telecast in color.

Original Release

10/04/1956 on NBC

US Release

10/04/1956

Cast

Tennessee Ernie Ford Himself - Host
The Top Twenty Themselves - Singers
The Voices of Walter Schumann Themselves - Singers
Cliff Arquette Himself - Actor
Joe Flynn Himself - Actor
Jack Bailey Himself - Game Show Host
Tab Hunter Himself - Actor
Andy Devine Himself - Actor
Shari Lewis Herself - Ventriloquist
Minnie Pearl Herself - Actress
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 George Gobel Thursday, 22 September 1960
2 Jaye P. Morgan Thursday, 29 September 1960
3 Gary Crosby Thursday, 06 October 1960
4 Eve Arden Thursday, 13 October 1960
5 Jack Bailey Thursday, 20 October 1960
6 Tab Hunter, Cliff Arquette and Jack Bailey Thursday, 27 October 1960
7 Ernie and the Top Twenty Thursday, 03 November 1960
8 Joe Flynn, Major Joseph Walker USAF and Major Robert White USAF Thursday, 10 November 1960
9 Keenan Wynn Thursday, 17 November 1960
10 Merle Travis and Molly Bee Thursday, 24 November 1960
11 Tony Bennett Thursday, 01 December 1960
12 Jimmie Rodgers and Margarethe Vertelson Thursday, 08 December 1960
13 Roger Smith Thursday, 15 December 1960
14 Kate Smith Thursday, 22 December 1960
16 Shari Lewis Thursday, 12 January 1961
17 Cliff Arquette Thursday, 19 January 1961
18 John Raitt Thursday, 26 January 1961
19 Brenda Lee Thursday, 02 February 1961
20 Bobby Lauher Thursday, 09 February 1961
21 Carmen Thursday, 16 February 1961
22 Minnie Pearl Thursday, 23 February 1961
23 Songs of the Open Sea Thursday, 09 March 1961
24 Gordon MacRae Thursday, 16 March 1961
25 Robert Horton Thursday, 23 March 1961
26 On Location at Sea - Aboard the U.S.S. Aircraft Carrier Yorktown Thursday, 30 March 1961
27 Charles Laughton Thursday, 06 April 1961
28 The Everly Brothers Thursday, 13 April 1961
29 Roberta Sherwood Thursday, 20 April 1961
30 Joe Flynn Thursday, 27 April 1961
31 Joanie Sommers Thursday, 04 May 1961
33 Andy Devine Thursday, 18 May 1961
34 Tab Hunter Thursday, 01 June 1961
35 Gary Player Thursday, 08 June 1961
36 Hoagy Carmichael Thursday, 15 June 1961
37 Joe Flynn, Anita Bryant and the United States Marine Corps Drill Team Thursday, 22 June 1961
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Directors

Bud Yorkin, Selwyn Touber

Writers

Norman Paul, Howard Leeds, Danny Arnold, Tom Adair, Bill Manhoff, James B. Allardice

Cast

Tennessee Ernie Ford Himself - Host
The Top Twenty Themselves - Singers
The Voices of Walter Schumann Themselves - Singers
Cliff Arquette Himself - Actor
Joe Flynn Himself - Actor
Jack Bailey Himself - Game Show Host
Tab Hunter Himself - Actor
Andy Devine Himself - Actor
Shari Lewis Herself - Ventriloquist
Minnie Pearl Herself - Actress
Tennessee Ernie Ford Himself
Jimmie Rodgers Himself - Singer
Charles Laughton Himself - Actor
Reginald Gardiner Himself - Actor
Robert Horton Himself - Actor
George Gobel Himself - Actor
Ken Remo Himself - Singer
Lamb Chop Herself - Puppet
Henry Geller Orchestra Themselves - Orchestra
The Top Twenty Chorus

Producers

Cliffie Stone Executive Producer
Bud Yorkin Producer
Cliffie Stone Producer
Selwyn Touber Producer
Jim Loakes Producer
1957EmmyBest Musical Contribution for Television Nominated
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