Rosemary's Television Series' Episode Guide

The Rosemary Clooney Show (1956-1957)
  The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney (1957-1958)

Rosemary's agent MCA, arranged for Rosemary to star in "The Rosemary Clooney Show," in 1956-1957. The series consisted of 39 half-hour episodes, which were filmed in black and white, "with a pre-recording technique that was just as good as records." The show was syndicated so it wasn't shot on a tight weekly schedule. It took almost a year to film all the episodes. Rosemary was pregnant with her second child, Maria, during much of the series. The show's theme song was her signature song "Tenderly." Nelson Riddle served as the musical director. Rosemary said of the program, "It was an amazingly good series." Produced by The Maysville Corporation.

Episode # / Date

Guest Star

Song Selections
(Rosemary solo or performing w/ guests unless otherwise indicated)


Jose Ferrer

"Love and Marriage" duet w/Jose
"Come On-A My House"
"Mambo Italiano"


Jose Ferrer

"Who Cares"
"Autumn Leaves"
"Tomorrow Mountain" - The Hi-Los
"Trinidad" - Jose Ferrer
"I Feel a Song Coming On" - The Hi-Los
" There's No Business Like Show Business"


Johnny Merccer

"Too Marvelous for Words"
"One For My Baby" -The Hi-Los
"Jamboree Jones" - Johnny Mercer
"I Remember You"
"Working Our Way Through College" -
  Johnny Mercer & the Hi-Los
A cute duet with Mercer about the stress of dealing with
  mechanical objects "The Whosy and the Whatsit"
"Let's Take the Long Way Home"


Hoagy Carmichael

"You Are My Lucky Star"
"A Woman Likes to Be Told" duet with Hoagy
"Music, Always, Music" with Hoagy and Hi-Lo's
"After You've Gone"


Marguerite Piazza

"It's Never the Same(?)" or "Love" (wearing the
  "Love You Didn't Do Right By Me" dress from
  White Christmas
"Carmen" - Margarite Piazza
"I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)"
"A Good Man Is Hard To Find" duet with Marguerite
unknown italian folk song - Marguerite
"As Long As I Live" (not the Harold Arlen version)


Zsa Zsa Gabor

"Sunday in Savannah"
"Swing Low,Sweet Chariot" - The Hi-Los
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" - Zsa Zsa and The Hi-Los
"I Wish I Was In Dixie" w/ the Hi-Los
"Love Is a Feeling" (same arrangement as the Columbia 45)
"Let's Take A Walk Around the Block" -Zsa Zsa & The Hi-Los
"Dream" w/ the Hi-Lo's


Ceasar Romero

"Don't Take your Love From Me"
"Cleopartra and Caesar" skit w/ Rosemary singing "Cleopatterer"
"I'm Just A Little Girl Looking for a Boy"
"Veni, Vidi, Vici" or "I'm Learnin' My Latin" w/ Ceasar
"Bess You Is My Woman/Porgy, You is My Man"
  duet w/ Bob of Hi-Lo's
"With Plenty of Money and You" - The Hi-Los
"Bless this House"


Carol Channing

"I Dreamed a New Dream(?)" or "New Sun in the Sky"
"Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" - Carol Channing
"Should I Confess I Love You" - The Hi-Los
"Everything Happens To Me" w/ Carol Channing
"How About You" w/ the Hi-Los
flapper song - Carol Channing and The Hi-Los
"Moonlight In Vermont"


Buddy Grecco

"Let It Snow"
"Spring Is Here"
"That September In the Rain" - The Hi-Los
"Look At Her(?)" - Buddy Greco
"Lulu's Back in Town" - The Hi-Los
"Blue Room" - Buddy Greco
"Bad For Me"


Dorothy Shay

"Lullaby of Broadway"
"New York's My Home" w/ Dorothy Shay and the Hi-Los
"My Sugar Is So Refined" - The Hi-Los
"Feudin', Fussin' and Fightin"- Dorothy Shay
"Undecided Now(?)"


Gene Nelson

"Give Me the Simple Life"
"Chinatown" - The Hi-Los
"I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans"
"Take Good Care of Yourself" -The Hi-Los
"Why Don't You Do Right"
"Tea for Two" - Gene Nelson(dance)
"I've Got the World On A String" w/ Gene Nelson
"Paper Moon" -The Hi-Los
"Good Night Sweetheart"


Mel Torme

"I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm"
"Camp Town Ladies: - The Hi-Los
"It's So Peaceful In the Country"
"Best of Show" - Mel Torme
"Mountain Greenery" - Mel Torme
"The Christmas Song"

she has
two children)

Vincent Price

"Just One of Those Things"
"Wait Til You See Her" Vincent Price and the Hi-los
"Why Fight the Feeling"
"Happy Ending" w/ Vincent
"You Came a Long Way From St. Louis"
"Basin Street Blues"- Hi-Los
"Goodnight Whereever You Are"

she has
two children)

Frances Bergen
Matt Dennis

"Seems Like Old Times"
"Relax"-Matt Dennis & Hi-los
"That's How It Is With Lovers"
"Your'e Getting To Be a Habit With Me"-Frances Bergen
"Let's Get Away From It All"- w/ Frances & Matt
"Violets For Your Furs"-Matt Dennis
"Nighty Night"

she has
two children)


"What Is There To Say"
"I Got A Cousin in Milwaukee"-Hildegarde
"All the Pretty Little Horses"
"But Where Is Your Heart"- w/ Hildegarde


Olga San Juan
Vincente Gomez

"Hooray for Hollywood"
"Bongo Sera"(?)-Olga and Hi-los
"Tangerine"- w/ the Hi-los
"Manana"-Olga and Hi-Los
"For You"


Rex Allen

"Three Little Words"
"My Little Gal in Calico"-Hi-Los
"Rocky Mountain Lullaby"-Rex Allen
"Buttons and Bows"- w/ Rex Allen
"Half As Much"
"I'll String Along With You"-Rex Allen
"Get Happy"


Danni Crane
Joe Bushkin

"Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone"
"Blame It On My Youth"
"Have You Met Miss Jones" Danni Crane and Hi-Los
"I've Got a Crush On You"
"Something's Got To Give" - the Hi-Los
"Laura" - Joe Bushkin
"Look At Me Now" w/ Joe Bushkin and Hi-Los


Jeri Southern
Pete Candoli

"How High the Moon" - Pete Candoli
"What's My Name" - Jeri Sothern and Pete Candoli
"I Hadn't Anyone Til You" - Jeri Sothern
"I'll See You Again"


Mona Freeman
Pete Hanley
Fang (the dog)

"It's All Right With Me"
"Big Mamoo(?)" - Pete Hanley
"Little Coquette" -The Hi-Los
"Do You Know What It Means(To Miss New Orleans)"
"Louisiana Purchase Medley" w/ Pete Hanley and The Hi-Los
"For He's A Jolly Good Doggie!"- The Hi-Los
"Two Sleepy People" -Pete Hanley and Mona Freeman
"You and the Night and the Music" -The Hi-Los
"Count Your Blessings"


Charles Coburn
Renee Godfrey

"There's Gonna Be A Great Day"
"The Nearness of You"
"They'll Never Believe Me" -The Hi-Los
"Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe"
"Papa Won't You Dance With Me" -The Hi-Los
"September Song" - Charles Coburn
"Will You Still Be Mine" w/ The Hi-Los
"I'll Be Seeing You"


Beatrice Kay

"You Were Meant For Me"
"I'm Old Fashioned"
"Playing the Oceana Roll(?)" - Beatrice Kaye and The Hi-Los
"Stanley Steamer Song" - w/ the Hi-Los
"If I Was a MIllionaire" - Beatrice Kaye
"I'm Beginning to See the Light" - The Hi-Los
"As Times Goes By"

(Rosemary was

Dorothy Malone
Bobby Troupe

"Red, Red Robin"
"They Can't Take That Away From Me"
"It Happened Once Before" - Bobby Troup
"I'm Such a Hungry Man" - Bobby Troup and Dorothy Malone
"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" - The Hi-Los
"Route 66" - w/ Bobby Troup and Dorothy Malone

(Rosemary was

Guy Mitchell

"We're In the Money"
"You Took Advantage of Me" - The Hi-Los
"A Foggy Day"
"She Wears Red Feathers(?)" - Guy Mitchell
"Keep It Gay"
"Sparrow in the Treetop" - Guy Mitchell and The Hi-Los
"Marrying For Love" - w/ Guy Mitchell
"I'm Checking Out Goombye"


Jerry Colona

"I Know That You Know"
"The Lover, the Dreamer, the Clown(?)" - The Hi-Los
"unknown circus song" - Jerry Colona
"Land of Hatchee-Milatchy"
"Be A Clown" - Jerry Colona and The Hi-Los
"Them There Eyes"
"Chicago Style" - Jerry Colona
"Going My Way"


Tony Curtis

Tony does magic tricks 

"Taking a Chance On Love"
"Hey There"
"My Baby Just Cares For Me" - The Hi-Los
"The Continental"
"Just a Little Boy at Heart"
"Birth of the Blues" - The Hi-Los
"You Make Me Feel So Young"


Boris Karloff

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunshine"
"Little Girl" - The Hi-Los
"I Can't Escape From You"
"You'd Be Surprised" w/ Boris Karloff
"Jeepers Creepers" - The Hi-Los
"unknown children's song" - Boris Karloff
"Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" - The Hi-Los
"After The Ball"


Tennessee Ernie Ford

"My Blue Heaven"
"Ain't We Got Fun" - The Hi-Los
"Up A Lazy River"
"This Gambling Man" - Tennessee Ernie Ford
"Play a Simple Melody" w/ Tennessee Ernie Ford
"Fool's Rush In" - The Hi-Los
"John Henry" - Tennessee Ernie Ford
"At Sundown"


Buster Keaton
Gail Stone

Buster as a policeman chasing a burglar in a silent routine

"Would You Like To Swing on a Star"
"unknown song" - The Hi-Los
"Mean To Me" - w/ Buster Keaton
"Mommy Can I Keep The Kitten" - Gail Stone
"Sunday School" - w/ Gail























The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney was broadcast live and in color on NBC Thursday evenings from September 1957 through June of 1958. She was pregnant with Monsita during this season. The program was preceded on NBC by Tennessee Ernie Ford's 30-minute musical show. Regulars on the program were Frank De Vol and his orchestra + the Modernaires. Following are details of the shows, including some newspaper promos, as well as the descriptions of a then 15 year old Rosemary fan, who has graciously shared them with this site almost 50 years later.

Episode Date


Song Selections/Info

Sept. 26, 1957

Tennessee Ernie Ford
Jane Wyman
Paula Kelly

From the 1957 newspaper: Singers must have guests, so Ernie Ford runs over from his own show to join Rosemary. With a boost from Ernie, Rosemary sings "That's How It Is." The Modernaires back her up on "Hooray for Hollywood" and "Blow, Gabriel, Blow." Second guest star (whose identity Rosemary asked us to keep secret) should interest you. Color

Oct. 3, 1957

Riley (William Bendix)

From the 1957 newspaper: Riley (William Bendix) chats with Rosemary about the difference between film and "live" television. They team up vocally on "Recognize the Tune," and Rosemary solos "Love Is a Feeling." The Modernaires beat out "Customer."

Additional Notes: Opening song: "April in Paris." "Chances Are" "Goody Goody" (solo), song by Modernaires, "Close Your Eyes."

Oct. 10, 1957

Edward Everett Horton
Paula Kelly

From the 1957 newspaper: Edward Everett Horton, with his engaging little mannerisms, bandies words with Rosemary and sings "I Won't Dance" with her. Miss Clooney solos "My Heart Reminds Me," "For You" and joins Paula Kelly in "Life Upon the Wicked Stage." Color.

From the same edition of the newspaper, in a story by Jack O'Brian of the INS wire service: New York–Good news for sore ears: Bing Crosby's Edsel show Oct. 13 (with Frankie, Ella, Clooney, Satchmo, etc.) will include only "standard" tunes, a fine shot in the hungover eye of rock-roll.

Additional Notes: Opening song: "A Most Unusual Day." "Jubilation T. Cornpone" (Modernaires) "Hush-a-Bye". No show next week.

Oct. 17, 1957



Oct. 24, 1957

Ken Murray
Paula Kelly

From the 1957 newspaper: "C'mon a My House," Rosemary's first big hit, is her opener tonight. Ken Murray, sporting a huge cigar, tells Rosemary how to get laughs, and gives a few examples of "sock" jokes. Rosemary solos "Early Autumn" and "Irish Lullaby."

Additional Notes: Modernaires: "There's Music in the Air" Guest introduced, sang duet, "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," Rosemary: "Do You Know What It Means," "Turaluralura." Community Chest appeal by Rosie.

Oct. 31, 1957 (show moves to an hour later)

Boris Karloff
Paula Kelly

From the 1957 newspaper: For Halloween, there's Boris Karloff singing "You Do Something to Me" with Rosemary. Other Clooney offerings are "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Don't Go Away Mad" and "Sleep." Nice tunes plus Karloff's horror spoofing.

Additional Notes: "Today I Love Everybody," "A Foggy Day" Modernaires: "Dipsy Doodle," antic. Rosie and Boris: "I Get So Frightened." Rosie and Modernaires: "Baby, Don't You Go 'Way Mad." Antics and jokes by Boris and Frank later joins Rosie. Rosie: "Sleep, Sleep, Sleep." Appeal: Arthritis Fund.

Nov. 7, 1957

Carol Channing
Paula Kelly

From the 1957 newspaper: Carol Channing, who has been getting around this fall, teams up with Rosemary on "Independent." As always, she's a delight. The Clooney style is seen to good advantage in "I'm Beginning to See the Light, "I'm Checking Out" and "Rock a Bye Baby."

Additional Notes: "Push de Button," "I'm Beginning to See the Light." Modernaires: "Ivy League." Carol Channing and Rosie Clooney: "Independent." Rosemary: "I'm Checkin' Out–Goombye" from album "Blue Rose." "Swinging on a Star."

 Nov. 14, 1957

Wally Cox
Paula Kelly

Additional Notes: Wally Cox sang introduction song and Rosie followed with "It's a Good Day" after which Cox was formally introduced and jokes were cracked. Rosie in turn sang "Ca C'est Lamour." Modernaires and Paula Kelly at the request of Rosie sang a medley of songs they made famous while singing with Glenn Miller. Among them were "A String of Pearls," "Serenade in Blue," "Perfidia," "Chatanooga Choo Choo."

Love scene #1 followed in which she comes in. "Show It" is sung by her. Love scene #2 is next in which he comes in in a teenage outfit. A duet ensues: "All Shook Up." Last song is "Sunny Side of the Street" which she sings in a belting mood. Before closing the show she comes out with "Tenderly" as background music and tells the audience the show will not be on next week but the week after next: Thanksgiving.

 Nov. 21, 1957


(Although there was no Lux Show, Clooney appeared on the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show)

 Nov. 28, 1957

Betty Clooney
Nick Clooney
Gail Stone
Jose Ferrer
Paula Kelly

From 1957 newspaper: Rosemary Clooney Show. Family night, with Sisters Betty and Gail and Brother Nick Clooney as guests. Rosemary sings "Tonight" and "Love and Affection," then proudly introduces the family in "Sisters" and "You're From Kentucky as Sure As You're Born."

Additional notes: Family Thanksgiving Show. After opening song, Fricky, who has now become a personality on the entertaining show, jokes with Rosie and after leaving Rosie introduces her family: Gail, who is seen on the "Eve Arden Show" as a twin daughter, Betty and Nicky. Jokes follow and later Rosemary sings from her first movie, "The Stars Are Singing," a delightful song called: "Haven't Got a Worry." Next Rosie, Gail, Betty, Nicky team up for "Sisters" and "You're in Kentucky as Sure as You're Born." Next Rosie sings her newest hit record, "Love and Affections." Betty sings "Give Me the Simple Life." Rosemary closes the show in an inspiring way by singing at the Thanksgiving table the beautiful hymn "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You." In the background the standard "Tenderly" is heard as everybody sits down to eat the turkey. As a complete surprise and fitting ending, Rosie's talented husband, Jose Ferrer, makes an entrance and joins the eating. Next week guest will be Marie Wilson.

 Dec. 5, 1957

Marie Wilson
Paula Kelly

From 1957 newspaper: Musical variety show in color starring Rosemary Clooney and guest star Marie Wilson.

Additional notes: Opening song was done brightly in a belting mood by Miss Clooney: "Hooray for Love." Marie Wilson is introduced and the two lovely ladies discuss giving Christmas cards to personalities. Rosie takes off on rhyming the names of personalities in a clever song. Rosie sings Frank Sinatra's current hit, "All the Way." The Modernaires sing "Rain, Rain, Rain." Jokes. Rosemary: "The Lady Is a Tramp." Rosie gives a newcomer to the whirling business, Billy Strange a flying start as he sings, "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine. Frank de Vol, Marie Wilson and Rosie tell jokes. Rosemary Clooney takes over with her all time standard, "Tenderly." Next week's guest, Charles Laughton.

 Dec. 12, 1957

Charles Laughton

From newspaper: Guest Charles Laughton refrains from his customary readings. Instead, he joins Rosie in singing "Camptown Races," "Oh, Susanna" and "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee"–and does them with gusto. Rosmary solos "Sunny Side Up" and "April Love."

Additional Notes: "Keep Your Sunny Side Up" is the opening song of an exciting show, and Rosie does justice to the song. Rosie and Fred Fricky team up for several well-aimed jokes. Rosie takes off on Pat Boone's newest hit, "April Love." Charles Laughton is introduced by Miss Clooney as she tells the audience that Mr. Laughton will make his singing debut. Laughton is on his own as he begins his symposium of famous songs from different countries. First, he sings a hunting song from his own country, England–but Fricky ruins the songs by laughing. And he is called to apologize, which he does. Laughton proposes to sing with Rosemary a medley of American songs which was previously rehearsed and Rosie agrees. Among the songs was "On Moonlight Bay" and "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee." The Modernaires with Paula Kelly take over with a medley of Tommy Dorsey all-time hits. The songs were: "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," "There Are Such Things," "When It Hits You" and "Marie." Rosie sings "Lover, Come Back to Me." Charles gives thanks to Rosemary, and a plug for the book he recently wrote, "Tell Me a Story," is included. A commercial stint is done by Rosie (singing) and Laughton (oratory). Next Rosemary Clooney sings her greatest hit, giving thanks for all the records bought of this version of "Hey There." The audience applauds tremendously as she does the song, and finishes the show. Next week's guest are to be Patty McCormack of "The Bad Seed" fame and Tom Hovey for the special pre-Christmas Show.

From Earl Wilson's Broadway column, apparently from the same day: New York–Hollywood's passion for casual clothes is extending to Broadway, evidently...I was backstage the other night when a guy came in wearing a pulled-down brown cap which was conspicuously unchic.

"Hi," he said, and I said "Hi" back. I figured he was the delivery boy from the nearby lunch counter.

He started hanging around Rosemary Clooney–with his cap off–and I realized it was her husband, Jose Ferrer, in from California and just looking outdoorsy.

Rosemary asked Steve Allen what to get Joe for Christmas.

"What do you buy for a genius?" she pleaded.

"I saw your husband–and I would buy him a haircut," Steve answered.

"But," Mrs. Ferrer replied, "I can't buy him the same thing every year!"

Dec. 19, 1957

Patty McCormack
Tom Hovey

Tim Hovey and Patty McCormack, child store, join Rosemary Clooney for a Christmas show.

Dec. 26, 1957

Spring Byington


Jan. 2, 1958

John Forsythe


Jan. 9, 1958

Lauritz Melchoir

Lauritz Melchoir, renowned Wagnerian tenor of opera and screen, will join Rosemary as guest star. Melchoir complains to Rosemary that "pop" singers get all the adulation and all the money, and suggests that he join her in a "pop" singing act.

Jan. 16, 1958

Alan Young

Alan Young, who hasn't been on TV much lately, plays the bagpipes to "My One and Only Highland Fling" and chats with Rosemary. Clooney tunes include "Love is Sweeping the Country" and "Catch a Falling Star." The personable Mr. Young brightens this session.

Jan. 23, 1958



Jan. 30, 1958

Paul Lynde

Rosemary Clooney's Show will be brightened considerably by the presence of Paul Lynde, a comic with built-in overtones of Charles Addams. He'll do one of his patented weird monologs. Ferlin Husky, one of the better, country and western singers will join Rosie in the musical portions of the show.

Feb. 6, 1958

Wayne & Shuster
Peter Peeds


Feb. 13, 1958

Rex Allen
Don Knotts
Shelley Berman


Feb. 20, 1958

Don Adams
Robert Clary

Rosemary Clooney, whose show continues to be one of the better musical entries, has-two mediumsized names with giant-sized talents as her guests. There is, first, Robert Clary, the gifted French comic and singer. And Don Adams, the equally gifted American comic. All three will get together on a skit, and all three will have a chance to show off on a solo.

Feb. 27, 1958

Marvin Kaplan
Andy Devine


March 6, 1958

Jose Ferrer

"Beyond the Blue Horizon"
"A Kiss to Build a Dream On"
"The Morning Music of Montmarte" w/ Jose and the Modernaires
"You're So Right For Me" with Jose

March 13, 1958

Nelson Eddy
Ben Lessy


March 20, 1958

Mel Torme


March 27, 1958

Salvatore Baccaloni

Famed Italian opera star is Rosemary's guest and together they will swing into "Mambo Italiano" "That's Amore" and "Botch-a-me"

April 3, 1958

John Raitt

"Hey There" duet with Raitt
"Easter Parade" with Raitt
"Eggbert the Easter Egg"
Whispering Hope" with Raitt

April 10, 1958

Robert Horton
Shelley Berman

Robert Horton star of a Western series will be Ms. Clooney's guest.

April 17, 1958

Spring Byington
Nelson Riddle

Spring Byington as the guest who throws a baby shower for Rosemary who is expecting in October

April 24, 1958

Don Cherry

Golfer Don Cherry warms up his vocal chords for several songs with Rosemary

May 1, 1958

George Goble

Rosemary Clooney is crowned Queen of the May by comedian George Goble who will make a guest appearance on her show.

May 8, 1958

Guy Mitchell
Arnold Stang
Shelly Berman


May 15, 1958

Wally Cox


May 22, 1958

Stan Freberg


May 29, 1958

Lou Costello
Bobby Troup


June 5, 1958

John Raitt

John Raitt makes a return guest appearance.

June 12, 1958

Earl Holliman
Shelly Berman


June 19, 1958

Jose Ferrer

She mentions this as being the last show of the season and an upcoming appearance in July at the Sands in Las Vegas.

"Luck Be a Lady Tonight"
"Ah Yes I Remember It Well" from GiGi , duet with Jose
"For You"
"Nursery Rhyme Love Song"
"Our Love is Here to Stay" duet with Jose at the piano

Special comedy sketch written by Danny Arnold, Howard Leeds, Tom Waldman

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(Playing in the background is "Too Marvelous For Words" from Concord's latest Rosemary release
"The Rosemary Clooney Show: Songs from the Classic Television Series")