Forgotten NBC musical variety show Girl About Town, hosted by Kyle MacDonnell, premiered 70 years ago today in 1948. It was Kyle’s second television series on NBC–the first was the original incarnation of For Your Pleasure. Sponsored by Bates Fabrics, Girl About Town ran for 43 episodes between September 1948 and June 1949.
Girl About Town gave viewers the impression Kyle was running around New York City performing in night clubs and other venues. Actor Johnny Downs played her “press agent” who booked her performances around New York City. Earl Wrightson replaced Downs in October or November 1948. The Norman Paris Trio served as Kyle’s band.
Singer Tommy Dorsey, dancers Ellsworth and Fairchild, and dancers Pancho and Diane were just a few of the guests seen on Girl About Town.
The show aired live on NBC’s Eastern network. As early as January 1949, NBC shipped kinescope recordings to Chicago for broadcast over the network’s Midwest network on a delayed basis. Unfortunately, the odds of any of those kinecopes surviving nearly seven decades later is slim to none.
Learn more about Kyle MacDonnell and Girl About Town in my article Kyle MacDonnell: TV’s Forgotten Star.