The Arthur Murray Party (1950-60)

Kathryn & Arthur Murray

Dance shows are everywhere these days. This is one of the first. It jumped across four networks during it’s long run. Sometimes it was a half-hour, sometimes an hour.

Typical show: Kathryn Murray is the host. She introduces a singer with a string of hits. Out comes Sam Cooke. He sings “Mary Lou” while dancers jitterbug behind him. It’s not the same song that was a hit for Ronnie Hawkins.

Next up a sketch with more corn than Kansas. Kathryn and the dancers dress like children as she narrates her memory of Professor Spencer’s Dancing School For Children.

That’s finally over and Arthur shows us how to do the Samba. The Arthur Murray Dancers take over and demonstrate.

Dance contest time. Up first, Fernando Lamas. He and one of the A.M. Dancers do a tango. Contestant two is Fernando’s wife Arlene Dahl. She and an A.M Dancer do a waltz. Now it’s time for Farley Granger and Janice Rule to Charleston. Audience applause picks Farley and Janice as the winners. They get a gold medal, she gets perfume and they both get Newport Cigarettes and a chance to compete for the grand prize later in the season. The grand prize is a round trip to Europe for both members of the winning couple.

Dick Clark was supposed to team up with Shelly Winters but had some travel problems. They’ll be on next time. Just imagine that team.

About vintage45

I'm a big fan of vintage books,movies,TV shows and music. I encourage everyone to patronize your local used book/record store and pick up some of the good stuff. My posts are capsule reviews of some favorites that you may want to investigate. The albums posted aren't really reviews but items from my collection that are still available. I try and point out highlights of each one and let the music speak for itself. Thanks to all for checking out the blog.
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