THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW
Much of Allen's work on The Steve Allen Show resembled previous performances on The Tonight Show, which he had hosted since 1954. He often opened the program casually, seated at the piano. He would chat with the audience, participate in skits, and introduce guests. Allen also continued something else he had begun on The Tonight Show, discovering new talent. Andy Williams, Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence got their starts on The Tonight Show. On The Steve Allen Show, Elvis Presley appeared in a tuxedo and serenaded a basset hound with his hit "You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog."
Introduced on the new show, Allen's man in the street interview segments launched the careers of comedians Bill Dana, Pat Harrington, Louis Nye, Tom Poston and Don Knotts. Dana played the timid Hispanic Jose' Jiminez, and Harrington the suave Italian golfer Guido Panzino.
Characters created by Nye, Poston and Knotts were the best known of the group. Nye portrayed the effete and cosmopolitan Gordon Hathaway whose cry "Hi Ho Steverino" became a trademark of the program. Tom Poston was the sympathetic and innocent guy who would candidly answer any question but who could never remember his name. Probably the best remembered character was the nervous Mr. Morrison portrayed by Don Knotts. Often Morrison's initials were related to his occupation. On one segment he was introduced as K.B. Morrison whose job in a munitions factory was to place the pins in hand grenades. When asked what the initials stood for, Knotts replied, "Kaa Boom!" Invariably Allen would ask Knotts if he was nervous and always got the quick one word reply, "No!!!" Allen characterized the cast as the "happiest, most relaxed professional family in television."
Allen became known for the outrageous. He conducted a geography lesson using a map of the world in the shape of a cube. He opened a program by having the camera shoot from underneath a transparent stage. Looking down at the camera Allen remarked, "what if a drunk suddenly staggered into your living room and saw this shot?"
THIS 4 DVD SET FEATURES 14 -30 MINUTE EDITED EPISODES OF THE SHOW
FROM 1957 to 1959
DISK # 1
1. Guest; Lou Costello 3-24-1957
2. Guest; Jonathan Winters 6-23-1957
3. Guests; Professor Irwin Corey & Peter Lawford 7-7-1957
4. Guest; Gloria Swanson 11-10-1957
5. Guest; Sam Levenson 11-24-1957
DISK # 2
6. Guest; Peter Ustinov 3-2-1958
7. Guest: Edgar Bergen 3-10-1958
8. Guests: Abe Burrows & Claudette Colbert 4-17-1958
9. Guest: Andy Griffith 9-7-1958
10. Guests: Jack Lemon & Peter Ustinov 9-22-1958
DISK # 3
11. Guests: The Unidentified Flying Objects 11-16-1958
12. Guest: Frankie Lane 1958
13. Guest: Walley Cox 1958
14. Guests; Phil Harris & Jonathan Winters 1958
((((BONUS;;; The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 9-5-1984))))
DISK # 4
15. Guests: Don Adams - Jack Palance 1956
16. Guests; Milton Berle - Tulula Bankhead 5-12-57
17. New Years Resolutions 12-28-58
18. Guest; Martha Raye 1959
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