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Fred Allen

  • May 31, 1894 - Mar 17, 1956 (age 61)
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1956
Fred Allen
PersonalMarch 1956

Fred Allen

Fred Allen passed away.
1954
The George Gobel Show
TV ShowOct 2, 1954

The George Gobel Show

For Gobel's half-hour series, …
For Gobel's half-hour series, he used a successful comedy format of a monologue segment, followed by a story set up segment, then a musical interlude with the show's girl singer, then the main skit with the guest performers.
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The Tonight Show
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TV ShowSep 27, 1954

The Tonight Show

The show originated as a local New York City late night program …
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 ...
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1953
Judge for Yourself
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TV ShowAug 18, 1953

Judge for Yourself

Judge for Yourself, at first subtitled The Fred Allen Show, is a …
Judge for Yourself, at first subtitled The Fred Allen Show, is a Mark Goodson and Bill Todman nontraditional court show/quiz show, with comedian Fred Allen as the emcee. It aired on NBC from August 18, 1953, to May 11, 1954. Don Pardo was the show's announcer, with Dennis James doing plugs for primary sponsor Old Gold.
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1952
Omnibus
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TV ShowNov 9, 1952

Omnibus

Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" …
Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts, to original works by such ...
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This Is Your Life
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TV ShowOct 1, 1952

This Is Your Life

This Is Your Life was an American reality documentary series …
This Is Your Life was an American reality documentary series broadcast on NBC radio from 1948 to 1952, and on NBC television from 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its creator and producer Ralph Edwards. In the program, the host would surprise guests and then take them through a retrospective of their lives in front of an audience, including appearances by colleagues, friends, and family. Edwards revived the show in 1971–1972, and Joseph Campanella hosted a version in 1983. Edwards returned for some specials in the late 1980s, before his death in 2005.
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O. Henry's Full House
MovieAug 7, 1952

O. Henry's Full House

John Steinbeck introduces a …
John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.
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We're Not Married!
MovieJul 11, 1952

We're Not Married!

A Justice of the Peace performed weddings a few days before …
A Justice of the Peace performed weddings a few days before his license was valid. A few years later five couples learn they have never been legally married. Annabel Norris, already Mrs. Mississippi and ready to enter the Mrs. America contest, is now free to enter the Miss Mississippi contest.
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I've Got a Secret
TV ShowJun 19, 1952

I've Got a Secret

I've Got a Secret was a panel game show produced by Mark …
I've Got a Secret was a panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. Created by comedy writers Allan Sherman and Howard Merrill, it was a derivative of Goodson-Todman's own panel show What's My Line? Instead of celebrity panelists trying to determine a contestant's occupation, the panel tries to determine a contestant's "secret": something that is unusual, amazing, embarrassing or humorous about that person/people.
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1951
Chesterfield Sound Off Time
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TV ShowOct 14, 1951

Chesterfield Sound Off Time

Chesterfield Sound Off Time released.
1950
The Jack Benny Program
TV ShowOct 28, 1950

The Jack Benny Program

The Jack Benny Program, …
The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th-century American comedy.
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Four Star Revue
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TV ShowOct 4, 1950

Four Star Revue

Four Star Revue (also known as All Star Revue and All Star …
Four Star Revue (also known as All Star Revue and All Star Summer Revue) was an American variety/comedy program that aired on NBC from October 4, 1950, to December 26, 1953. The series originally starred four celebrities, Ed Wynn, Danny Thomas, Jack Carson, and Jimmy Durante (hence the name Four Star Revue), alternating as hosts of the program every week. Other stars would join the show beginning with its second season, causing the title to change to All Star Revue. Some of the other stars to pass through during the second season were Bob Hope, Spike Jones and Helen Grayco, and Paul Winchell. As the series progressed, several permanent hosts were added to replace the original four. Some included actress and singer Martha Raye, boxer Rocky Graziano, actor and toastmaster George Jessel, and actress Tallulah Bankhead.
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The Colgate Comedy Hour
TV ShowSep 10, 1950

The Colgate Comedy Hour

The Colgate Comedy Hour …
The Colgate Comedy Hour was an American comedy-musical variety series that aired live on the NBC network from 1950 to 1955. The show featured many notable comedians and entertainers of the era as guest stars.
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Armstrong Circle Theatre
TV ShowJun 6, 1950

Armstrong Circle Theatre

Armstrong Circle Theatre is …
Armstrong Circle Theatre is an American anthology drama television series which ran from 1950 to 1957 on NBC, and then until 1963 on CBS. It alternated weekly with The U.S. Steel Hour. It finished in the Nielsen ratings at #19 for the 1950-1951 season and #24 for 1951-1952. The principal sponsor was Armstrong World Industries.
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Your Show of Shows
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TV ShowFeb 25, 1950

Your Show of Shows

Your Show of Shows is a live 90-minute variety show that was …
Your Show of Shows is a live 90-minute variety show that was broadcast weekly in the United States on NBC from February 25, 1950, through June 5, 1954, featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Other featured performers were Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, Bill Hayes, baritone Jack Russell (singer), Judy Johnson, The Hamilton Trio and the soprano Marguerite Piazza. José Ferrer made several guest appearances on the series.
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What's My Line?
TV ShowFeb 2, 1950

What's My Line?

What's My Line? is a panel game show that originally ran in the …
What's My Line? is a panel game show that originally ran in the United States on the CBS Television Network from 1950 to 1967, in black and white, with subsequent U.S. revivals. The game uses celebrity panelists to question contestants in order to determine their occupation, i.e. "line [of work]", with panelists being called on to question and identify a weekly celebrity "mystery guest" while blindfolded. It is the longest-running U.S. primetime network television game-show. Moderated by John Charles Daly and with regular panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis, and Bennett Cerf, What's My Line? won three Emmy Awards for "Best Quiz or Audience Participation Show" in 1952, 1953, and 1958 and the Golden Globe for Best TV Show in 1962.
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1948
The Perry Como Show
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TV ShowDec 24, 1948

The Perry Como Show

Perry Como was an American Singer, who got his start on …
Perry Como was an American Singer, who got his start on NBC Radio. In 1948, Because of his popularity, The cameras were simply brought into the radio studio to televise the radio broadcast ...
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We the People
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TV ShowJun 1, 1948

We the People

The hosts on this interview program chatted with celebrities, …
The hosts on this interview program chatted with celebrities, politicians and regular Americans with interesting lives. People who had overcome some sort of adversity or faced a challenge were often featured. We, The People began on radio in 1936 and continued to be heard there; this was the first series to be simulcast on television and radio. (This simulcast situation continued through the summer of 1950.) The original host was voice-over announcer Dwight Weist before actor Dan Seymour took over the job in 1949. The information here has been gleaned from magazines and newspapers of the era, as well as the personal papers of the show's director, Preston Wood. (Those papers are part of the Belknap Collection at University of Florida in Gainesville.)
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1947
Is Everybody Listening?
MovieSep 5, 1947

Is Everybody Listening?

To answer the title question, …
To answer the title question, eighty-two of every 100 Americans were in 1947, according to the C.E.Hooper survey (the forerunner of the Neilsens)...listening to network radio, that is. Performers, and their radio programs, such as Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Fred Allen, 'Fibber McGee and Molly'(Jim and Marian Jordan)are shown while on the air, plus network news commentators, quiz programs, soap operas and the musical programs of the day are shown and discussed. When the narrator closed this one with his usual "Time Marches On" pronouncement, most involved here were not looking at television as any threat to Radio just a few short years down the road time was marching on.
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1945
It's in the Bag!
MovieApr 21, 1945

It's in the Bag!

The ringmaster of a flea circus inherits a fortune...if he can …
The ringmaster of a flea circus inherits a fortune...if he can find which chair it's hidden in.
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1944
Award1944

Peabody Award

Won Peabody Award.
1940
Love Thy Neighbor
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MovieDec 18, 1940

Love Thy Neighbor

Jack Benny is preparing his New Year's Eve radio broadcast …
Jack Benny is preparing his New Year's Eve radio broadcast but takes time out to take his valet Rochester to meet his girlfriend Josephine arriving on a steamer. Fred Allen and his sister Barbara are also en route to the dock to meet Barbara's daughter Mary, returning from a personal appearance tour in South America. Josephine is her maid. Their cars get involved in an accident and, in a bumping contest, Fred reduces Jack's old Maxwell to junk, and is taken to jail. Mary loses her dress in an accident and Jack offers to get her another one, but winds up being arrested for stealing. Barbara tells Mary that Fred is a nervous wreck because of Jack's continual slander of him on Jack's radio program. Jack hires the Merry Macs away from Fred and Fred decides to go to Miami for a rest. Jack decides to open his radio program from Miami. They meet, have another brawl, and end up in jail again. The two are in a motorboat accident where both are knocked unconscious and Mary, in an effort to end the feud, tells Fred that Jack saved his life. They have dinner together at Fred's apartment and Rochester, whom Fred has hired away from Jack, appears and the feud is on again.
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1938
Sally, Irene and Mary
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MovieMar 4, 1938

Sally, Irene and Mary

Manicurists Sally, Irene and …
Manicurists Sally, Irene and Mary hope to be Broadway entertainers. When Mary inherits an old ferry boat, they turn it into a successful supper club.
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1935
Thanks a Million
MovieOct 25, 1935

Thanks a Million

Entertainers enter a political rally to get out of the rain and …
Entertainers enter a political rally to get out of the rain and become part of the show. One of them (Powell) gives a speech in place of the besotted candidate (Walburn) and is chosen to be...
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1929
The Installment Collector
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MovieApr 20, 1929

The Installment Collector

The Installment Collector released.
1927
Portland Hoffa
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Portland Hoffa

Portland Hoffa (January 25, 1905, Portland, Oregon – …
Portland Hoffa (January 25, 1905, Portland, Oregon – December 25, 1990, Los Angeles, California) was an American comedienne, actress, and dancer. One of three sisters, she is remembered best as the stage and radio partner of her first husband, Fred Allen.
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1894
Fred Allen
BirthMay 1894

Fred Allen

Fred Allen was born.
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