Note: This status guide originally covered all three seasons of Cavalcade of Stars but in 2016 was split into three different guides, each covering a single season. You can find the status guide for Season 1 here and the status guide for Season 3 here.
Cavalcade of Stars was an hour-long variety show broadcast by DuMont from 1949 to 1952. The series premiered in June 1949 with Jack Carter as host. He left following the February 11th, 1950 episode and was replaced by Jerry Lester. Jackie Gleason took over as host on July 8th, 1950 and stayed for nearly years. Larry Storch served as guest host for a month during the summer of 1951. He returned as guest host in July 1952 and stayed with the series until went off the air in September 1952.
Only four complete episodes from the 1950-1951 season are known to exist. The UCLA Film & Television Archive hsa two episodes in its collection. The Paley Center for Media has three episodes, one of which UCLA also has. The Paley Center has several unidentified episodes, segments, and sketches that may be from the 1949-1950 season.
As I always point out, just because the big TV archives and museums don’t have every episode of Cavalcade of Stars that doesn’t mean the episodes are lost, although because the series aired on DuMont it may be safe to assume that most episodes no longer exist.
|Season 2: 1950-1951|
|With Bert Wheeler, Vivian Blaine and Harold and Lola.|
|With John Charles Thomas, Connie Haines and George Tapps.|
|With Eddie Fisher, Clarence Stroud, Virginia Haskins and the Florida Trio.|
|With Jan Peerce and Bob Hammond’s Birds.|
|With Lucille Manners, Piero Brothers, Joey Bishop and the Beachcombers.|
|With Dick Haymes, June Taylor Girls, De Marlos and Manuel and Marita Viero.|
|With Eddie Fisher, Betty and Jane Kean, Ken Whitmer, Maurice Wilcox and the June Taylor Girls.|
|With Earl Wrightson and Beverly Tyler.|
|With Thomas L. Thomas, Johnny Coy and Rolly Rolls.|
|With Jane Pickens, Roger Price, Dietrich and Diane, the June Taylor Girls.|
|With Thelma Carpenter, Joey Bishop, Brian Sullivan and Rolly & Bonnie Pickert.|
|With unknown guests.|
|With Nadine Connor, Guy Raymond and Frank Paris.|
|With Jay Marshall, De Marco Sisters and Milton Douglas.|
|With Jan Peerce, Irwin Corey and Marian Colby.|
|With Bert Wheeler, Elleen Barton and the Beachcombers.|
|With Blanche Thebom, Betty and Jane Kean, Jay Martin and June Taylor Girls.|
|With Joan Carroll, Fran Warren, Andre, Andree and Bonnie and the June Taylor Dancers.|
|With Richard Tucker, Jackie Miles, Marion Colby and the June Taylor Girls.|
|With Mimi Benzell, Harold & Lola, Steve Evans and the June Taylor Girls.|
|With Bert Wheeler, Irra Petina, Rey Rodell and Walter Dare Wahl.|
|With Georgia Gibbs, Art Lund, Robert Maxwell and the June Taylor Dancers.|
|With Igor Gorin, Florence Desmond and Maureen Cannon.|
|With Jane Pickens, Morey Amsterdam and Carlos Ramierz.|
|With the Minnevitch Rascals.|
|With Joey Bishop, Fran Warren, Carlos Ramirez and the June Taylor Dancers.|
|With Betty and Jane Kean, the Appletons and the June Taylor Dancers.|
|With Blanche Thebom, June Taylor Dancers and Maurice Rocco.|
|With Eugene Conley, Tenor; Hazel Scott and the N.Y.U. Chapel Choir.|
|With June Havoc, Jackie Miles and Carl Ravazza.|
|With Roberta Peters, Lew Parker with Jay Martin.|
|With Connee Boswell, Arnaut Brothers and Deep River Boys.|
|With Jack Smith, Rosalind Courtright, Phil Foster and the June Taylor Dancers.|
|With Billy Daniels, Jimmy Nelson, June Valli and the June Taylor Girls.|
|With Igor Gorin, Andy and Delia Russell, Johnny Mack and the June Taylor Dancers.|
|With Marie McDonald, Carlos Ramirez and Rudy Cardenas.|
|With Jan Peerce, Bert Wheeler, Jo Sullivan and the June Taylor Dancers.|
|With Hazel Scott, Joan Bennett and Vinni De Campo.|
|With Mindy Carson and Billy Daniels.|
|With Martin Brothers, Eugene Conley and Al Norman.|
|With Morey Amsterdam, Jo Sullivan and the Ames Brothers.|
|With Richard Tucker, Gracie Barrie, Geroge Kirby and the June Taylor Dancers.|
|With Igor Gorin, Jay Marshall and Beverly Hudson.|
|With Roberta Peters, Irving Fields Trio, Vinni de Campo and June Taylor Dancers.|
|With Rose Marie, Felix Knight and Steve Evans.|
|*Larry Storch Begins Hosting for the Summer*|
|With Larry Storch, Jan Peerce, Lina Romay and Rudy Cardenas.|
|With Larry Storch, Mary Mayo, William Warfield and the June Taylor Dancers.|
|Guest host Larry Storch; with Anne Shelton, Evelyn Tyner Trio, the June Taylor Dancers and Charles Kullman.|
|Guest host Larry Storch; with Rosemary Clooney, Walter Cassel, Liberace and the June Taylor Dancers.|
|PRE-EMPTED: All-Star Football Game||08/10/1951||—|
*This episode is undated in the online Paley Archive but based on the guests–Bert Wheeler and Vivian Blaine–it aired on September 8th, 1950.
**The Paley Center has 28 minutes from an episode with guest Eddie Fisher dated Thursday, October 26th, 1950. Cavalcade of Stars aired on Fridays. This is likely a portion of the episode with Eddie Fisher that aired on Thursday, October 20th, 1950.
***The Paley Center has a compilation of skits from various episodes including the May 11th, 1951 episode.
****This episode is undated in the online Paley Archive but based on the guests–Morey Amsterdam, Jo Sullivan, and the Ames Brothers–it aired on September 8th, 1950.
Revised June 2nd, 2016