The Rosemary Clooney Show (1956-57)

Half hour variety show with The Hi-Los as regulars. She had a lot of good guest stars along the way. This episode featured singer-songwriter-actor Matt Dennis along with Frances Bergen.  She’s the wife of Edgar Bergen.

Rosemary opens with a few bars of “Tenderly.” Nelson Riddle leads the orchestra. After the intro Rosemary sings “Seems Like Old Times.”  It’s a set that looks like a radio station. She mentions that it reminds her of when she and sister Betty started at WLW in Cincinnati.

Rosemary does a bit that’s supposed to be at a resort hotel.  Matt Dennis plays a social director. Frances Bergen plays a girl looking for a husband. Matt and the Hi-Los do a song called “Relax.” Here comes Frances and she flirts with Matt. She wants to know who the man is sitting on a bench. Matt says he’s a millionaire. Goodbye Frances. Rosemary consoles Matt by singing “That’s How It Is With Me.”

Frances flirts with the millionaire. The voice of Charlie McCarthy tells her she can do better. She’s the only one who can hear him. The man thinks she’s nuts and leaves. Charlie says they should make up and Frances sings “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me.”

Frances, Matt and Rosemary sing Matt’s composition “Let’s Get Away From It All.”  Matt tells the story of how he and a partner wrote “Violets For Your Furs” and sings it while accompanying himself on piano.  Rosemary closes the show singing “Nighty Night.” That’s followed by Rosemary saying good night to her guests.

This is a pleasant way to spend a half hour.


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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