Episode Guide - Jackie Rae Show, The (Series) (1955-1957)

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The following is a nearly complete list of episodes.

Oct 5, 1955 - A new television series with Jackie Rae as master of ceremonies and Eydie Gorme as guest artist.

Oct 12, 1955 - Jackie Rae and guest star Don Cherry open show with a golfing skit. Don Cherry sings "Any Place, Any Time". Comedy items are performed by Frank Peppiatt and Ed McNamara. Song and dance routines are performed bylenna Jones, Liliane Marleau and Gayle Gibson. Musical entertainment is provided by Jackie Rae, The Four Grads, and new Québec talent Denise Anger, who had recently been proclaimed "Miss Québec" and "Miss Television". She sings "Autumn Leaves" in French.

Oct 19, 1955 - Singer Jackie Rae presents musical entertainment and comedy with performances by singer Dorothy Collins, The Four Grads, and a little girl, Peggy Karfilis, who sings "Heart of My Heart". Other popular songs heard on the show include "Once in a While" by The Four Grads and "Ebbtide" sung by the program's guest star, Dorothy Collins. Comedy skits are performed by Frank Peppiatt.

Oct 26, 1955 - Comedian Don Harron, as Charlie Farquarson, opens the show with a Grey Cup skit. This major football event of the year inspires other comedy items during the show, which offers a variety of live entertainment with Jackie Rae as host. Guest star Rolande Desmoreaux, a Quebec singer, performs French songs; Rae and Dick MacDougall do a tap-dance number together; and The Four Grads provide the popular song "Rain on the Roof" followed by Jackie Rae performing "Singing in the Rain". The studio audience participates in this program.

Nov 2, 1955 - Jackie Rae hosts this variety show featuring special guest star Michi Marlo who sings a number of popular songs including "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" and "How Come You Do Me Like You Do". The program includes song and dance routines, and Jackie Rae plays piano in an instrumental number with members of the band. Frank Peppiatt performs some comedy skits and joins Rae in demonstrating children's toys in preparation for the Christmas season.

Nov 9, 1955 - Special guest, singer Polly Bergen, sings a number of popular songs including "S'Wonderful" and "I've Got You Under My Skin". Other songs performed during the program are: "The Birth of the Blues" by Jackie Rae; "It's All Right with Me" by The Four Grads; and "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" sung by Peggy Karfilis, a little girl of about six years of age. Dance routines are performed by Glenna Jones and Norman Thomson, and comedy skits are done by Frank Peppiatt.

Nov 16, 1955 - Jackie Rae presents live entertainment with special guest stars June Hutton, singer, and Paul Lynde, comedian. Lynde provides humourous items with other comedy routines performed by Frank Peppiatt and Bernie Orenstein. The Four Grads sing "Why Do You Love Me" and Jackie Rae performs the popular song "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams".

Nov 23, 1955 - Guest star, singer Pat Kirby, who sings a number of popular songs including "I'm Beginning to See the Light" and "You Make Me Feel So Young". The show, which opens with a skit performed by Frank Peppiatt, includes some comedy items centering around the football season by Peppiatt and Bernie Orenstein, and a musical item by The Four Grads with the winter season in mind, "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm". Jackie Rae plays the bongo drums with Jack Kane's Orchestra in a Latin American number, and makes an appeal for donations of Christmas toys for less fortunate children.

Nov 30, 1955 - Special guests are Toni Arden and Alan Dean. Entertainment is also provided by comedian Frank Peppiatt; dancers Gayle Gibson, Liliane Marleau, and Glenna Jones; The Four Grads; and Jack Kane and his Orchestra. Performed are the popular songs "You Do Something To Me" by Toni Arden, and "Black Magic" by Alan Dean followed by Scottish songs by Jackie Rae.

Dec 21, 1955 - Conductor Jack Kane opens the show and his orchestra accompanies the musical performances by host Jackie Rae and his guests Margaret Whiting, singer, and Dizzie Gillespie, trumpet player. The daughter of 1920s song-writer Richard Whiting, Margaret sings some of her father's compositions with Jackie Rae including "Sleepy Time Gal" and "She's Funny That Way". The Jack Kane Orchestra plays "Ain't We Got Fun". Dancers Gayle Gibson and Glenna Jones recreate the 1920s theme in a dance routine. World famous trumpeter, Dizzie Gillespie, closes the show with some blues music and the popular "After You've Gone Away".

Dec 28, 1955 - Special guests are Alys Robi and Jack Ackerman. The Four Grads add to the musical entertainment with "All I Do is Dream of You", and Elaine Grand makes her debut on the show singing "How About You" with Jackie Rae and "They Wouldn't Believe Me". Jack Ackerman sings "I Get a Kick Out of You". He also performs a tap dance routine. Frank Peppiatt provides comedy items. The show closes with a birthday tribute to orchestra conductor Jack Kane.

Jan 4, 1956 - Ella Logan is Jackie Rae's special guest on this television variety show. She sings "Someone Just Like You". The Four Grads remember the joys of winter time with "Let It Snow". Harking back to the early days of his career, Jack Kane and his orchestra are shown in a 1939 photograph, and the jazz era of Jack's grandfather, Billy Kane, is recreated with members of Kane's orchestra and Frank Peppiatt playing a swing version of "When the Saints". Four small girls perform a Scottish dance and dancers Glenna Jones and Gayle Gibson provide some lively entertainment as well. Jackie Rae closes the show with thanks to the public for their support of his Christmas Toys appeal.

Jan 11, 1956 - Felicia Saunders is the guest.

Jan 18, 1956 - Eydie Gorme is featured.

Jan 25, 1956 - Marion Lepkin, television columnist of the Winnipeg Free Press, will appear on the Jackie Rae television show from Toronto to present one of Liberty's magazine's television awards. Liberty polled television columnists late last year on Canadian TV programs and it is on the basis of this poll that the awards will be made.

Feb 1, 1956 - Jackie Rae opens this television variety show with a lesson in tango-dancing from Gladys Forrester and presents a lively half-hour of music and dance. Special guest singer Dorothy Collins, comedian Frank Peppiatt, The Four Grads, and Jackie Rae himself perform a medley of popular songs. Soloists from Jack Kane's orchestra, including Jack Kane, perform numbers on the saxophone, trumpet, oboe, and clarinet. Bringing all the show's performers together for the closing, Rae leads the singing of "Side by Side".

Feb 8, 1956 - Singer and host Jackie Rae presents a program of musical entertainment and comedy with special guests Margaret and Barbara Whiting, The Four Grads, comedian Frank Peppiatt, and Clyde Gilmour. Popular songs "Sometimes I'm Happy" and "I Wonder Why" are sung by Margaret Whiting, who is later joined by her sister Barbara for a three-way song and dance routine with Jackie Rae. From the movie THE KING AND I, the singing group The Four Grads sing "Hello Young Lovers" and Clyde Gilmour performs a comedy routine with Jackie Rae and sings a humourous version of "Some Enchanted Evening". With help from Frank Peppiatt a comic situation arises when Margaret Whiting sings her closing number in a haunted house.

Feb 15, 1956 - Joined by orchestra conductor Jack Kane and comedian/singer Frank Peppiatt, Jackie Rae opens the show with a Western routine. The versatile quartet, The Four Freshmen, provide vocal and instrumental entertainment as they perform two popular tunes "It's a Blue World" and "Somebody Loves Me". The program includes a dance number by Gayle Gibson and Glenna Jones; the song "Something's Gotta Give" by The Four Grads; and Wendy Martin singing "I've Never Been in Love Before".

Feb 22, 1956 - Singer Mel Torme is guest.

Feb 29, 1956 - U.S. TV singing star Eydie Gorme and two Canadian actors, Barry Morse and Jack Creley are guests. The program begins with comic footage, introduced by Gil Christie, of Jackie Rae trying to ski. Included is footage of Jackie Rae and Joyce Hahn at the Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake, New York, riding in and judging a parade.

Mar 7, 1956 - Special guest are singers Lois Marshall and Teddi King. With the regular cast of performers providing variety entertainment, the show includes dance routines by Glenna Jones, Gayle Gibson, and Norman Thomson; songs by The Four Grads; and an arrangement of "St. Louis Blues" played by Jack Kane and his Orchestra. Lois Marshall displays her vocal talent with an selection by Puccini and a well-known popular song "Imagine This"; Teddi King entertains with the songs "It's All Right with Me" and "Mister Wonderful".

Mar 14, 1956 - This television variety show is opened by guest George Murray teaching Jackie Rae and the studio audience a new song. The program includes song and dance routines by Gayle Gibson and Glenna Jones with the vocal quartet The Four Grads and comedian Frank Peppiatt. Yana, a young English singer, sings "My Funny Valentine" and "I'm in Love for The Very First Time". George Murray sings an Irish number.

Mar 21, 1956 - Host Jackie Rae presents live entertainment which includes a sports discussion led by Frank Peppiatt concerning the upcoming Australian Olympics. Discussing the topic are sports writer Fred Frain and the Director of the Canadian Athletic and Physical Education Team for the Australian Olympics, Lloyd Percival. Musical items on the program are performed by The Four Grads, who sing the popular song "She's Lipstick and Candy"; special guest Eleanor Collins; and the winners of the Toronto Barbershop Quartet Championship. Song and dance routines by Glenna Jones and Gayle Gibson add a lively touch to the show. The entire cast, including Frank Peppiatt and Jack Kane, join Jackie Rae for the closing number, "Friendship".

Mar 28, 1956 - Dick MacDougall and Jeri Southern are Jackie Rae's special guests on this television variety show which includes a variety of musical items. Jeri Southern accompanies herself on the piano as she sings a number of popular songs; Jackie Rae joins The Four Grads in singing "It Was Just One of Those Things"; and the show goes Latin American as Jackie, Frank Peppiatt, and Jack Kane perform a Spanish number. Gil Christie introduces the closing item which involves early movie and Broadway musicals as Jackie Rae and Jack Kane pick up the theme with a medley of "show business" songs.

Apr 4, 1956 - Youth is the keynote of this program. The show opens with Frank Peppiatt introducing each member of the Leslie Bell Singers. The all-girl choir sings "Swanee" and "Lullabye of Birdland". Their director Dr. Leslie Bell creates some jazz musical diversion as he joins Jack Kane in a clarinet duet accompanied by Jackie Rae on piano and Frank Peppiatt on drums. Rae sings "You Make Me Feel So Young" with Monique Cadieux. Featured is Peggy Karfilis with her youthful manager/agent Nicki Austen and small boy instrumental quartet. She sings "I Owe My Soul To The Company Store". Gayle Gibson and Glenna Jones do a dance routine with The Four Grads as they sing "I Won't Dance".

Apr 11, 1956 - Jackie Rae will have as his guests the vocal team of Roy Kral and Jackie Cain, Canadian singer Martha Thompson, and The Grads.

Apr 18, 1956 - Jackie Rae will have two recent winners of the Pick The Stars program as his guests — singer Lorraine Forman and impressionists Geoff Scott and Rich Little.

Apr 25, 1956 - Jackie Rae introduces the program's spring-time theme with a song and presents musical entertainment provided by guests Barry Morse and Jack Creley, who sing a number of popular songs together; Claire Gagnier, guest singer from Montreal; The Four Grads; and Jack Kane and his Orchestra. The program closes with Claire Gagnier leading the entire program cast in the singing of the French folksong "Alouette".

May 2, 1956 - Monique Cadieux and the husband and wife team of Roy Kral and Jackie Cain will appear.

May 9, 1956 - Tenor George Murray and his wife Shirley Harmer will be guests. American TV singing star Dorothy Collins will also appear.

May 16, 1956 - The sisters of two TV stars get into the act — Janine LaFleche, Gisele MacKenzie's sister, and Betty Harmer, Shirley Harmer's sister. They'll sing a duet. TV's Billy O'Connor will be another guest.

May 23, 1956 - The American vocalist Ella Fitzgerald and Montreal caricaturist Norman Hudon are guests.

May 30, 1956 - Jackie Rae and his crew telecast their show from the RCAF station at Downsview, north of Toronto.

Jun 6, 1956 - Singer Sarah Vaughan appears.

Jun 13, 1956 - Two Canadians, singer Terry Dale and jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, are guests.

Jun 20, 1956 - The final Jackie Rae Show of the season will star U.S. singer Eydie Gorme and Canadian vibraphone player Peter Appleyard.

Oct 11, 1956 - The Jackie Rae Show features Helen Fielding, and the cast of Salad Days, a musical comedy.

Nov 8, 1956 - Singer Eydie Gorme will be a guest.

Nov 29 1956 - Elaine Grand will be a guest.

Dec 20, 1956 - Comedian Dick Shawn, whom viewers may have seen on the Ed Sullivan Show, will be one of Jackie's guests. Mr. Rae will also be host to Canadian soprano Doreen Hulme.

Jan 3, 1957 - Singers Joan Fairfax and Larry O'Connor are guests.

Jan 10, 1957 - The Liberty magazine awards, made after a cross-Canada poll, are presented to Canadian television personalities. The winners are as follows: best playwright -- Arthur Hailey; best announcer -- Larry Henderson; best character actress -- Margot Christie; best character actor -- Bob Christie; best television producer -- Don Hudson; best new television show -- the Barris Beat (award accepted by the show's producer, Norman Jewison); best male singer -- Bob Goulet; best variety show -- Cross Canada Hit Parade (award accepted by Joyce Hahn and Wally Koster); and best new performer in television -- Alex Barris. Barris and Rae do a comedy song. The awards presentation continues as follows: best actor -- John Drainie. (Drainie also accepts the best actress award on behalf of Kate Reid); best dancers -- Alan and Blanche Lund. The Lunds do some dance steps. The award for the best singing group goes to The Four Grads.

Jan 17, 1957 - The dancing Blackburn Twins of New York and 27-year-old singer Kathy Wayne of London, Ont., are guests.

Jan 24, 1957 - Jackie Rae's guests include Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence.

Feb 7, 1957 - Guests are several of the stars of another Canadian TV show, Country Hoedown.

Feb 14, 1957 - The Carl Tapscott Singers; singing team Pat and Peggy Doyle, and Toronto jazz singer Stephanie Wise are guests.

Feb 21, 1957 - Musician Peter Appleyard and his group are guests. Another, guest is Monique Cadou. This is the same young singer who used to be on Holiday Ranch as Monique Cadieux. However, the story is that she changed the spelling of her name because of the trouble American disc jockeys had in pronouncing it when they talked about her recordings.

Feb 28, 1957 - Alex Barris is a guest. Anne Gable, a former member of the Bobolinks singing group, is another guest.

Mar 7, 1957 - Singers Anne Marie Moss, Tommy Hunter and the Norm Amadio quartet are guests.

Mar 14, 1957 - Tenor George Murray and singer Selma Leeds are guests.

Mar 21, 1957 - Lord Burgess and his calypso group are guests.

Mar 28, 1957 - Billy O'Connor and Gloria Lambert are guests.

Apr 4, 1957 - Actress Carol Starkman — the girl who presents the cheques on Pick The Stars — turns singer for her appearance. She'll sing a song from the musical Damn Yankees and also a duet with Mr. Rae.

Apr 18, 1957 - Elaine Grand, rock 'n roll singer Bryce Patton and Spanish dancer Ray Moller will be guests.

Apr 25, 1957 - Guests will include musician Peter Appleyard, six members of the Hamilton Theatre company, Toronto singer Donna Miller and the seven winners of the National Newspaper awards.

May 2, 1957 - Singers Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence make return visits.

May 9, 1957 - Jackie Rae, his producer Norman Sedawie and Frank Peppiatt, one of the show's writers, recently spent a weekend in Mexico, and their impressions will be reflected in Mr. Rae's show tonight. The guests will he singers Ed McCurdy and Joan Fairfax.

May 16, 1957 - The Jackie Rae Show features singer Terry Dale, musician Lou Snider and an 13-year-old rock 'n roll singer, Bryce Paton.

May 23, 1957 - Guests tonight are Betty-Jean Ferguson — a former Miss Canada, and the Four Step Brothers. From Toronto.

May 30, 1957 - Three performers from other Canadian television programs are guests. They are King Ganam and Tommy Hunter from Country Hoedown and Carol Starkman from Pick The Stars.

Jun 6, 1957 - Singers George Murray and Betty Robertson are guests.

Jun 13, 1957 - Joan Fairfax, singer on the Denny Vaughan Show, and a new vocal group called The Premieres are guests.

Jun 20, 1957 - Vancouver singer Dorothy Collins is the guest on the final Jackie Rae Show.

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