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
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
Howard Morris on joining the cast of Admiral Broadway Revue, starring Sid Caesar, on and meeting producer Max Liebman
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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
Sid Caesar on his and Max Liebman's creation of the format of Admiral Broadway Revue
Sid Caesar on the experience of "live TV" and his insistence that no cue cards be used on his shows

Marge Champion

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Marge Champion on her and Gower Champion getting hired for Admiral Broadway Revue
Marge Champion on Gower Champion's choreography for the television camera
Marge Champion on leaving Admiral Broadway Revue and going on the road with Gower Champion 

Lucille Kallen

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Writer Lucille Kallen the format of The Admiral Broadway Revue
Lucille Kallen on meeting Sid Caesar and writing for Admiral Broadway Revue
Lucille Kallen on the main stars of Admiral Broadway Revue (and the chemistry between Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca)
Lucille Kallen on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows choreographer James Starbuck and other staff members
Lucille Kallen on the early Admiral Broadway Revue telecasts and on the end of the show

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on joining the cast of Admiral Broadway Revue, starring Sid Caesar, on and meeting producer Max Liebman
Howard Morris on Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows, co-starring Imogene Coca, and on Carl Reiner
Howard Morris on the format of Admiral Broadway Revue, and on working with Sid Caesar and Max Liebman

Carl Reiner

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

Heino Ripp

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Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows

Mel Tolkin

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Mel Tolkin on getting into television with the short-lived Admiral Broadway Revue
Mel Tolkin on Admiral Broadway Revue and later Your Show of Shows producer Max Liebman
Mel Tolkin on what Admiral Broadway Revue producer Max Liebman saw in Tolkin's talents when he worked at the Poconos resort Camp Tamiment
Mel Tolkin on the talents of Imogene Coca on Admiral Broadway Revue and later on Your Show of Shows
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
Mel Tolkin on writing for Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on Admiral Broadway Revue
Mel Tolkin on how Your Show of Shows was different from Admiral Broadway Revue, and on discovering Sid Caesar's talents

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