Admiral Broadway Revue


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Admiral Broadway Revue is an American live television variety show that ran from January 28 to June 3, 1949. The show was broadcast live on Fridays from 8 to 9 pm ET simultaneously on both the NBC and the DuMont networks.

The show was telecast from the since-demolished International Theatre (also known as the Park Theatre) at 5 Columbus Circle in New York. The hour-long series was directed by Max Liebman, hosted by Sid Caesar, and also starred Imogene Coca. Liebman, Caesar, and Coca would go on to work on NBC's Your Show of Shows, which debuted February 25, 1950.

The series was sponsored by TV-set manufacturer Admiral, a competitor of NBC's parent company RCA and of DuMont, both of which manufactured TV sets.

Its final episode aired June 3, 1949.

The Paley Center for Media holds 18 kinescope episodes of the series and the UCLA Film and Television Archive has one episode.

Highlights
Marge Champion on her and Gower Champion getting hired for Admiral Broadway Revue
01:29
Sid Caesar on how, in these early days of TV, the show waited for the cameras to come back from sporting events before they could rehearse
00:30
Howard Morris on joining the cast of The Admiral Broadway Revue starring Sid Caesar, on and meeting producer Max Liebman
03:18
Who talked about this show

Sid Caesar

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Sid Caesar on how, in these early days of TV, the show waited for the cameras to come back from sporting events before they could rehearse
00:30
Sid Caesar on his and Max Liebman's creation of the format of Admiral Broadway Revue
01:29
Sid Caesar on the experience of "live TV" and his insistence that no cue cards be used on his shows
00:46

Marge Champion

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Marge Champion on her and Gower Champion getting hired for Admiral Broadway Revue
01:29
Marge Champion on Gower Champion's choreography for the television camera
02:14
Marge Champion on leaving Admiral Broadway Revue and going on the road with Gower Champion 
05:53

Lucille Kallen

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Writer Lucille Kallen the format of The Admiral Broadway Revue
01:53
Lucille Kallen on meeting Sid Caesar and writing for Admiral Broadway Revue
05:20
Lucille Kallen on the main stars of Admiral Broadway Revue (and the chemistry between Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca)
02:51
Lucille Kallen on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows choreographer James Starbuck and other staff members
02:06
Lucille Kallen on the early Admiral Broadway Revue telecasts and on the end of the show
03:38

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on joining the cast of The Admiral Broadway Revue starring Sid Caesar, on and meeting producer Max Liebman
03:18
Howard Morris on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows co-staring Imogene Coca, and on Carl Reiner
01:09
Howard Morris on the format of Admiral Broadway Revue, and on working with Sid Caesar and Max Liebman
01:32

Carl Reiner

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Performer/writer Carl Reiner on his path to Your Show of Shows
03:46

Mel Tolkin

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Writer Mel Tolkin on getting into TV with the short-lived Admiral Broadway Revue (and then back into TV with the follow-up, Your Show of Shows)
02:26
Writer Mel Tolkin on Admiral Broadway Revue (and later Your Show of Shows) producer Max Liebman
01:26
Writer Mel Tolkin on what Admiral Broadway Revue producer Max Liebman saw in Tolkin's talents when he worked at the Poconos resort Camp Tamiment
00:20
Writer Mel Tolkin on the talents of Imogene Coca (on Admiral Broadway Revue and later on Your Show of Shows)
01:22
Writer Mel Tolkin on the format of Admiral Broadway Revue and the use of previously written material from when he and co-writer Lucille Kallen worked at the Poconos resort Camp Tamiment
02:06

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