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Broadway Open House (1950-1951)



Broadway Open House

(1950 - 1951)

Variety

Cast:

Jerry Lester as Host
Dagmar
Milton Delugg
Joan Lorry
Ray Malone
The Mello-Larks
David Street
Jack Leonard
Jeanne Carmen

Broadcast live on NBC from May 1950 to August 1951, Broadway Open House was America 's first late-night variety show, and is credited with leading to the creation of The Tonight Show .

Set in a representation of a Manhattan penthouse, the program was hosted by Jerry Lester and Morey Amsterdam, alternating nights, and includes singing, dancing and comedy in a series of nightclub type acts.  When audience interest seemed to be waning, a young actress named Jennie Lewis was added to the cast, using only the name Dagmar.  She soon was receiving much more attention than even the host, and when Jerry Lester left the show (Morey Amsterdam had left earlier), Dagmar assumed the duties of host for the remainder of the run.

December 14, 1950

January 30, 1951


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