Jackie Gleason’s infamous game show flop You’re in the Picture premiered on CBS on Friday, January 20th, 1961. Gleason served as a host, with Pat Carroll, Jan Sterling, Arthur Treacher, Kennen Wynn as panelists. The following week, Gleason spent a half-hour apologizing for the previous week’s broadcast. You’re in the Picture never aired again. Reportedly, a second episode was videotaped but shelved after the premiere bombed.
For the next eight weeks, Gleason hosted a talk show eventually called The Jackie Gleason Show. Guests included Art Carney, Jayne Mansfield, Bobby Darin, and Ingemar Johansson.
The Paley Center for Media has in its collection the debut episode of You’re in the Picture
as well as Gleason’s apology the next week. It also has the March 3rd and March 10th episodes of The Jackie Gleason Show, both of which supposedly featured Jayne Mansfield.
According to Phil Gries of Archival Television Audio, Inc., Mansfield was only a guest on the March 3rd episode. Archival Television Audio has audio recordings of the final six episodes of The Jackie Gleason Show.
As always, just because these specific archives/museums don’t have every episode of You’re in the Picture or The Jackie Gleason Show doesn’t mean the episodes are lost.
|1||1st Episode of You’re in the Picture||01/20/1961||Paley|
|N/A||2nd Episode of You’re in the Picture||Unaired|
|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||02/20/1961||ATA|
|6||With Gordon and Sheila MacRae||02/24/1961||ATA|
|7||With Jayne Mansfield||03/03/1961||ATA/Paley|
|8||With Floyd Patterson, Ingemar Johansson||03/10/1961||ATA/Paley|
|9||With Bobby Darin||03/17/1961||ATA|
|10||With George Jessel, Rudy Vallee||03/24/1961||ATA|
Copies of the debut episode of You’re in the Picture as well as Jackie Gleason’s apology the following week circulate among private collectors.
Revised April 19th, 2016