The seventh anniversary show opens
with Garry on a bare stage. Garry takes
us on a technically ambitious six-minute tour of CBS Studio 59, including a walk down 47th street to see
the various outside entrances. Along the
way, we meet (in order) head carpenter [Ed Gasverde], properties head Jerry
Calloner, Betsy and Bess, theater manager Guy Alexander, audio engineer Billy
Taylor, technical director Vern Gamble, director Franklin Heller, assistant
director Bruce Minnix, music director Norman Paris, sound effects man Jack
Amarind (who hits the buzzer), cameraman Joe Schwartz and finally the entire
panel at their desks. Contestants on the
show will be other backstage staffers.
Head electrician Max Greenfield: “I’m going to play my 1-string fiddle (accompanied by Bess Myerson)”
Props men Calloner and Don Von Praugh bring out the instruments, including Bess’ piano, and the duo performs Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.
Usher Mike Altiari: “I’m going to sing a duet with Betsy Palmer”
The duo performs We’re a Couple of Swells
Teleprompter operator Bob Anderson and makeup artist June Gossett: “We’re going to co-star in a dramatic scene…it was written for us by Bill Cullen and Henry Morgan”
Spotlight operator Tommy Germaine performs The World Is Mine Tonight from his perch high above the stage.
Associate Producer Roger Peterson and usher Eddie Rodriguez roll out a birthday cake, and join Garry in one of his limber-legged dances.