Star of the Family (TV variety show)

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For the 1982 ABC series, see Star of the Family.
Star of the Family
Genre Variety
Directed by Norman Frank
Presented by Morton Downey (1950-1951)
Peter Lind Hayes with Mary Healy (1951-1952)
Frank Waldecker (announcer)
Opening theme Buddy Kaye
Composer(s) Carl Hoff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 75
Production
Executive producer(s) Perry Lafferty
Coby Ruskin
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS Television
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run 22 September 1950 – 26 June 1952

Star of the Family is a CBS Television program which premiered on September 22, 1950 and aired until June 26, 1952. The show aired in these time slots:

  • (22 September 1950-15 June 1951) Fridays 10-10:30 pm ET
  • (29 July 1951-6 January 1952) Sundays 6:30-7pm ET
  • (10 January 1952-26 June 1952) Thursdays 8-8:30pm ET[1]

Hosts included Morton Downey (1950-1951) and Peter Lind Hayes with Mary Healy (1951-1952). The series was directed by Norman Frank, produced by Perry Lafferty and Coby Ruskin, and written by Adrian Spies. Music was by Carl Hoff and His Orchestra, with the Beatrice Kroft Dancers also featured. Beginning with the January 10, 1952 episode, the show alternated with the Burns and Allen show.

The first season featured people who might be related to a celebrity, and the show contestants tried to guess the name of the celebrity. The celebrity was then brought out to entertain the audience. In the second season, the show became a musical comedy show.[2]

One of the few surviving episodes is available online at TV4U. This is the December 9, 1951 episode, hosted by Hayes and Healy, and featuring Duke Ellington, Gloria LeRoy, and Andy Russell.

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