Game show You’re in the Picture premiered on Friday, January 20th, 1961. The following week, host Jackie Gleason spent a half-hour apologizing for the previous week’s broadcast. You’re in the Picture was never aired again and instead, Gleason hosted a talk show (called The Jackie Gleason show) for the next eight weeks. A second episode of You’re in the Picture was reportedly filmed but shelved after the first episode bombed.
The Paley Center for Media has the first and only aired episode of You’re in the Picture (broadcast January 20th, 1961) as well as Gleason’s apology shown the following week (January 27th, 1961). Archival Television Audio, Inc. (ATA) has in its collection the audio from six of the eight episodes of The Jackie Gleason Show. There is some confusion over how many episodes Jayne Mansfield appeared on. The Paley Center states that Mansfield was a guest on the March 3rd and March 10th episodes and has a copy of those episodes.
According to Archival Television Audio, Inc., however, Mansfield was only a guest on the March 3rd broadcast. Television listings in The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times suggest that Mansfield appeared on both the February 24th and March 3rd episodes while Archival Television Audio, Inc. states that Gordon and Sheila MacRae were the guests for the February 24th episode.
It is possible that guests were either changed at the last minute or booked late making newspaper listings inaccurate. To the best of my knowledge, what follows is an accurate broadcast history of You’re in the Picture and The Jackie Gleason Show.
|Season One: 1961|
|Ep. #||Episode Title||Airdate||Status|
|1.||Panelists: Pat Carroll, Jan Sterling, Arthur Treacher, Keenan Wynn||01/20/1961||Paley|
|N/A||2nd Episode of You’re in the Picture||N/A|
|2.||Jackie Gleason’s on-air apology.||01/27/1961||Paley|
|3.||Jackie Gleason Monologue; Chimpanzee Guest||02/03/1961|
|4.||With Jack Haley||02/10/1961|
|5.||With Art Carney (Audio Only)||02/17/1961||ATA|
|6.||With Gordon and Sheila MacRae (Audio Only)||02/24/1961||ATA|
|7.||With Jayne Mansfield (Audio Only at ATA)||03/03/1961||ATA, Paley|
|8.||With Floyd Patterson, Ingemar Johansson (Audio Only)||03/10/1961||ATA|
|9.||With Bobby Darin (Audio Only)||03/17/1961||ATA|
|10.||With George Jessel, Rudy Vallee (Audio Only)||03/24/1961||ATA|