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 2 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.
Two episodes may not have aired in July 1952 due to coverage of political conventions: the July 11th episode may have been pre-empted for coverage of the Republican National Convention while the July 25th episode may have been pre-empted for coverage of the Democratic National Convention. Although weekly TV listings in The New York Times indicate Cavalcade of Stars aired on both these dates, daily listings show convention coverage instead. Daily listings in other newspapers include Cavalcade of Stars while warning that the listings were subject to change due to coverage of the conventions.
The very first Honeymooners sketch aired during the October 5th, 1951 episode. According to Wikipedia, 26 Honeymooners sketches were performed during this season, several of which are considered lost.
At least 10 complete episodes from this season are known to exist, plus excerpts or segments from several others. The UCLA Film & Television Archive has one episode in its collection. The Museum of Broadcast Communications also has that episode. The Paley Center for Media has nine complete episodes.
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 3: 1951-1952|
|With Gracie Barrie, Robert Maxwell and Champ Butler.|
|With Luba Malina, Champ Butler and Les Pablos.|
|With Jan Peerce, Darla Hood and Maurice Rocco.|
|With Kitty Kallen, Donald Richards and Paul Dixon.|
|With Mimi Benzell, Carl Ravazza and Kathryn Lee.|
|With Rosalind Courtright, Jackie Heller and Harold and Lola.|
|With Pearl Bailey, Bill Callahan and Donald Richards.|
|With Mel Torme and Lois Hunt.|
|With Lanny Ross, Kitty Kallen and Harold and Lola.|
|With Georgia Gibbs and Arthur Lee Simpkins.|
|With Julie Wilson, Don Cornell and Gehrig and Weissmuler.|
|With Roberta Peters, Alan Dale and Bob Foesse.|
|With Igor Gorin and Carmen Cavaliero.|
|With Dick Haymes, Georgie Tapps and Nancy Wright.|
|With Yvette, Richard Tucker and George Kirby.|
|With Cab Calloway and Mary Mays.|
|With Jan Peerce, Martha Stewart and Verna Raymond.|
|With Jane Pickens and the Beachcombers.|
|With Verna Raymond.|
|With Jane Morgan and Champ Butler.|
|With Hazel Scott, Chaz Chase and Trini Reyes.|
|Guest host Art Carney; with Kitty Kallen, Four Beachcombers, Verna Raymond and Jay Marshall.|
|With Morton Downey and Teresa Brewer.|
|With Peggy Lee, Carlos Ramirez and Mrs. Kathryn Murray.|
|With Art Carney, June Taylor Dancers, Eugene Conley and Polly Bergen.|
|With Art Carney, June Taylor Dancers, Donald Richards and Lois Hunt.|
|With Art Carney, June Taylor Dancers, Mel Torme and Thelma Carpenter.|
|With Robert Rounseville and Betty George.|
|With Jan Peerce and Roberta Quinlan.|
|With Clark Dennis and Nancy Donovan.|
|With Alan Dale and Yvette.|
|With Connie Haines and Stuart Harris.|
|With Dorothy Dandridge and Del Casina.|
|With Peggy Lee and Lawrence Winters.|
|With Art Carney, Deep River Boys and Mary Mayo.|
|With Art Carney, Beverly Hudson and Tony Bennett.|
|With Art Carney, Johnny Desmond and Betty George.|
|With Toni Arden, Jimmy Nelson and Ralph Young.|
|With Jane Pickens and Merv Griffin.|
|With Donald Richards and Jane Morgan.|
|With Eugene Conley and Colette Lyons.|
|With Morten Downey and the DeCastro Sisters.|
|With Nat Cole, Mary Mayo, Art Carney and the June Taylor Dancers.|
|With Richard Tucker and Teresa Brewer.|
|With Art Carney, Paul Remas and Connie Russell.|
|*Larry Storch Begins Hosting for the Summer*|
|With Roberta Peters, Maurice Rocco, Trini Reyes and Derby Wilson.|
|With Connie Haines, Earl Wrightson, and Robert Maxwell.|
|With Mel Torme, Kitty Kallen and the Clark Brothers.|
|With Connie Russell, Donald Richards, and Florian Zabach.|
|With Carmen Cavellero, Tony Bavaar and June Valli.|
|With Bob Crosby, Jimmy Nelson and Gisele MacKenzie.|
|PRE-EMPTED: College All-Stars vs. Los Angeles||08/15/1952||—|
|With Doretta Morrow and Don Cornell.|
|With Jane Pickens and Alan Dale.|
|With Jan Peerce and Marilyn Ross.|
|With Georgia Gibbs and Earl Wrightson.|
|With Tony Bavaar and Lois Hunt.|
|With Donald Richards and Mary Mayo.|
*The Paley Center has a copy of the October 5th, 1951 episode in its collection (in two parts). UCLA has a copy of “The Honeymooners: The Really Lost Debut Episodes” special that aired in May 1994, which includes the first Honeymooners sketch from this episode as well as five other sketches, but does not have a copy of the episode itself.
**The Paley Center has “selected routines” from the November 9th, 1951 episode.
***The Paley Center has 30 minutes from the December 28th, 1951 episode. Additional material may be included on a compilation of “various sketches” from several episodes.
****The Paley Center has a “segment” of the June 13th, 1952 episode that runs 37 minutes.
Revised June 2nd, 2016