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 2 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.
This was a difficult status guide to put together. Using TV listings from The New York Times I initially came up with a total of 170 episodes broadcast between June 1949 and September 1952. According to both TV.com and the Internet Movie Database, there were 171 episodes. The Classic TV Archive lists 172 episodes. Two episodes scheduled to air during July 1952 may have been pre-empted for coverage of the Republican and Democratic national conventions. If those two episodes were broadcast, that brings the total count to 172 episodes.
At least 11 episodes from the 1949-1950 season of Cavalcade of Stars are known to exist, held by The UCLA Film & Television Archive or The Paley Center for Media. UCLA also has the first half of one episode and the second of another. The Paley Center has several unidentified episodes, segments, and sketches that may be from the 1949-1950 season.
The earliest surviving episode was broadcast on September 10th, 1949. UCLA has a copy in its collection.
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 1: 1949-1950|
|With the Sammy Spear Orchestra and Joan Edwards.|
|With the Sammy Spear Orchestra, Ella Logan and Maurice Rocco.|
|With the Sammy Spear Orchestra and Marilyn Maxwell.|
|With the Sammy Spear Ochestra and Mimi Benzell.|
|With the Sammy Spear Orchestra, Vivian Blaine, Ronnie Lee, Mata and Hari, Los Gattos and Al Trahan.|
|With Fred and Susay Barry and Kay Starr|
|With Pearl Bailey, Robert Weede, Peggy Taylor, Lawlor and Clarke, the Nonchalants and Vic Hyde.|
|With Jackie Miles, Kitty Kallen, Four Step Brothers, Trixie, Martin Brothers and the Andrew Twins.|
|With Victor Borge, Thelma Carpenter, Beatrice Kraft and Dancers and the Emerald Sisters.|
|With Henny Youngman, Ethel Smith, Joan Merrill, Raye and Naldi, Vic and Addio and the Spear Orchestra.|
|With Janet Blair, Blackburn Twins, Zero Mostel, Carl Ravazza, the Shyrettos and Dorothy Jarnac.|
|With unknown guests.|
|With Georgia Gibbs, the Pitchmen, Kathryn Lee, Winter Sisters, Phil Foster and the Treniers.|
|With Luba Malina, Golden Gate Quartet, Ray Malone, Helen and Howard and George Prentice.|
|With Paul Winchell, Joan Edwards, Donald Richards, Acro-Maniacs and Clark Brothers.|
|With Hazel Scott, Jackie Miles, The Fontaines, Stan Fisher, Mirian Colby and the Canton Brothers.|
|With Connie Boswell, Lew Parker, Carlos Ramirez, The Lovernes, Evelyn Farney; Earl and Jack and Betty.|
|With Kitty Carlisle, Tito Guizar and Jean Carroll.|
|With Marie MacDonald, Cab Calloway and Gil Lamb.|
|With Carol Bruce, Josh White, Calgary Brothers, Landre and Verna, Ted and Flo Vallett and Alice Pierce.|
|With Dorothy Claire, Walter Dale Hall, DeCastro Sisters and The Chords.|
|With Vivian Blaine, Zero Mostel, Luis Mariano, Virginia Lee and Richard Adair Dancers.|
|With Willie Shore, Gali Gali, Kitty Kallen and Laurette and Clymes.|
|With Bert Wheeler, Kitty Kallen and the Spaulding Trio.|
|With Lina Romay, Hal LeRoy and The Tumbling Hortons.|
|With Ilona Massey, Marx Brothers, Pinky Lee, MIras and Miranda and Bill Graves.|
|With Vera Vague and Joan Merrill.|
|With Smith and Dale, De Marco Sisters and Lee Marx.|
|With Jack Durant, Monica Lewis and Willie West.|
|With Paul Winchell, Hazel Scott, Peggy Taylor Trio and the Melody Men.|
|With Rosario and Antonio, Jean Carroll, David Powell and the Wong Sisters.|
|With Chico Marx, Alexander Brothers and Johnny Mack.|
|With Frances Langford, Jack Leonard, Step Brothers, Ladd Lyon and Bobby Whaling.|
|With Mindy Carson, Deep Riber Boys, Leo De Lyon and the Lane Brothers.|
|With Robert Merrill, Richard Adair Dancers and Jack E. Leonard.|
|With Andy and Della Russell, Jay Marshall, Patricia Bowman and Monroe and Grant.|
|With Jane Pickens, Buck and Bubbles, Hamilton Dancers and The Great Barton.|
|*Jack Carter Leaves*|
|Guest host Burt Wheeler; with Joan Edwards, Johnny Coy and the Slate Brothers.|
|Guest host Jackie Miles; with Gigi Durston, Betty Bruce, Stan Kavanagh, Vanderbilt Boys and The Appletons.|
|*Jerry Lester Begins Hosting*|
|With Janis Paige, Salvatore Baccaloni, Dorothy Jarnac, The Irving Fields Trio and the Mayo Brothers.|
|With Connie Haines, Maurice Rocco, Bob Scheerer, The Chandra Kaly Dancers, Wells and the Four Fays.|
|With Janet Blair, Christine and Moll and Lee Marks.|
|With Chester Morris and Kyle MacDonnell.|
|With Gertrude Niesen, Bert Gordon and John Loder|
|With Bert Wheeler, Jerry Wayne and Kyle MacDonnell|
|With J. Carroll Naish and Kyle MacDonnell.|
|With Kyle MacDonnell, David Burns, Johnny Johnston, Galli-Galli and Ramona Lang.|
|With Kyle MacDonnell, Sam Levenson, The Korn Kobblers, Yvonne and Clavel and Sarrar.|
|With Mimi Benzell, Four Step Brothers, Smith and Dale and Leonard Sues.|
|With Kurt Jons Dancers, Elsa and Waldo, Jack Pearl and Cliff Hall.|
|With Jackie Robinson, Mindy Carson, Lucienne and Ashour and Rex Raymer.|
|With Carl Ravazza, Keye Luke, Ray Malone and Susan Miller.|
|First anniversary show; with John Garfield, Jane Pickens, Paul Winchell and The Escourtiers.|
|With Larry Storch, Kitty Kailen, Stan Fisher and Mario and Floria.|
|With Jackie Miles, Vivian Blaine and Carlos Ramirez.|
|With Anna Maria Alberghetti, Evelyn Farney, Beatrice Kay, Leonard Sues and Wally Brown.|
|With Georgia Gibbs.|
|With Rose Marie and Hank Ladd.|
|*Jackie Gleason Begins Hosting*|
|With Gloria Da Haven, Eddie Fisher, Schaller Brothers and Roger Ray.|
|With Ella Fitzgerald, Kate Murtagh, and Ray and Naidi.|
|With The Modernaires, Martin Brothers, Ada Lynne and Evelyn Farney’s Morrison Dancers.|
|With Bert Wheeler, Billy Daniels, Cabot and Dresden, Dorothy Claire and the Kanazawa Trio.|
|With Andy and Della Russell and Leo de Lyon.|
|With Frances Langford, Victor Borge, Don Richards and Gloria Gilbert.|
|With Richard Tucker, Three Suns, the Appletons, Ann Anderson and the June Taylor Girls.|
|With Joe Smith and Charley Dale, Gracie Barrie and the Beachcombers.|
*This episode is dated “1949-09” in the UCLA catalog. Based on the guests it was broadcast on September 10th, 1949.
**UCLA only has the second half of the April 15th, 1950 episode.
***UCLA only has the first half of the April 22nd, 1950 episode.
****UCLA has an episode its catalog says aired on May 25th, 1950. This is probably the May 27th, 1950 episode.
+The Paley Center only has a 23-minute excerpt from the July 29th, 1950 episode.
Revised June 2nd, 2016