February 26,1957 episode: Betty Johnson is the guest. Jonathan opens and says they only have fifteen minutes and mentions what you won’t be seeing. He introduces people in the audience that lost to Charles Van Doren on “Twenty-One.” Then he introduces some more people. They’re all fakes. The bit doesn’t work. Now he brings on singer Betty Johnson who sings “I Dreamed.” It was a big hit for her. Time for a Tums commercial.
The show is back as The Winters Brothers present the story of General Custer. Johnathan plays the General at Little Big Horn complete with sound effects and portrayals of various soldiers. He also plays Sitting Bull. It’s good early Jonathan. That’s followed by another Tums commercial.
Jonathan closes the show with a bit that caused a lot of controversy. He says Friday is George Washington’s birthday and he’s having a contest. He asks kids to send in pictures of Washington and Daddy may have a few so mail them in. The boy or girl who wins will be eligible for the Ben Franklin contest.
Betty Johnson made numerous appearances on “The Tonight Show”, first with Jack Paar and then with Johnny Carson.