With Jerry lester

Cavalcade of Stars

Gleason's first variety series was aired on the DuMont Television Network under the title Cavalcade of Stars which first aired June 4, 1949. The show's first host was Jack Carter, who was followed by Jerry Lester. After Lester quit in June 1950 (soon to become the star of NBC's first late-night series, Broadway Open House), Jackie Gleason—who had made his mark on the first television incarnation of The Life of Riley sitcom—stepped into Cavalcade on July 15, 1950, and became an immediate sensation.
Jerry Lester (full episode)
Schaller Brothers (trampoline act)
Arthur Clodfrey (sketch clip)
Fragments (from 2 shows)
June 3, 1950
9/2/50 - 9/19/50
August 26, 1950
Vivian Blaine
October 10, 1951
October 26, 1951
Jackie Robinson
Victor Borge
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