Vol 2: Bob Loves Lucy In 1956, Bob Hope imagines what life would have been like if he had married Lucy. Bob and Lucy had made two films together by this time, and would go on to make two more, but the sight of the two of them sharing the stage on live television - at a time when they both had top-rated shows - is pure magic. Bob also welcomes James Cagney, who sheds his tough-guy image for a vaudeville-style song-and-dance routine in a unique TV experience, and Diana Dors...Silent film star Buster Keaton joins Ed Wynn in a recreation of one of Keaton's famous film routines. The Ed Wynn Show was the first CBS variety show to be broadcast from Hollywood, at a time when almost all network television originated in New York. But being a pioneer was nothing new for Ed Wynn; he had started his career in vaudeville in 1904 and first went on radio in 1922.
The Shows The Bob Hope Chevy Show featuring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, 21st October 1956. The Ed Wynn Show featuring Buster Keaton, 9th December 1949. The Golden Age of Comedy chronicles the early days of live American television, a time when a wildly creative group of comedic talents resurrected a dying art form - vaudeville. In the late 1940's and throughout the 50's, the variety show format became a television fixture and the comedians who had honed their craft on the vaudeville stage became TV's first super-stars. But instead of a theatre with an audience of a thousand people, they now played to millions in living rooms across the country and later, internationally. And it was all done live! Time Life brings you classic original recordings of the very best and most memorable gags and routines from the greatest stars of the generation. The Golden Age of Comedy series features Bob Hope, Phil Silvers, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Buster Keaton, Groucho Marx, Abbott and Costello, Jack Benny, The Three Stooges and many more. Due to the age and nature of the film and video elements, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and sound quality. Whenever possible, we have sought out and restored the original materials to ensure the best possible quality.