The Milton Berle Show (1948–1956)

Carol Channing, Peter Lawford, Maria Riva 

Berle's guests are actor Peter Lawford, singer/actress Carol Channing, and actress Maria Riva. Milton invites his cast, crew and guest stars to a party he's throwing for himself, but everyone seems to have already made other plans.


Greg Garrison


Episode credited cast:
Milton Berle ... Self - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carol Channing ... Self - Actress / Singer
Ruth Gilbert ... Self - Max
Vinton Hayworth ... Self - Pitchman / Announcer
Peter Lawford ... Self - Actor
Maria Riva ... Self - Actress
Jan Sherwood Jan Sherwood ... Self - Pitchwoman
Arnold Stang ... Self - Francis


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Miltie is trying to talk his guests and cast into coming to the surprise party he's throwing for himself. Also, Berle isn't sure what Lawford's actual talent is, leading to a song about that mystery. Lawford hosts the game show parody "What's My Racket?" with the rest of the stars as panelists. They're unable to guess the job of the first contestant, a fireman, even though he's dressed as a fireman and carrying a hose. The mystery guest is Santa. They think he's a fireman. Channing sings "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" from her recent Broadway hit "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Maria and Carol sing "It's So Nice To Have a Man Around the House." Miltie and Peter duet on "Anything You Can Do." In the finale, Berle sings "I'll Go My Way By Myself" after realizing no one's coming to his party. The cameras follow him backstage, down to the dressing rooms where he takes off his makeup, and back onstage. That's when the cast surprises him with a party. Written by Jay Phelps <>

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Comedy | Family


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Milton Berle - Host: All right, Pete, if you do work in night clubs and it's night club jokes you want, I can give you 500 jokes all told.
Peter Lawford: All told by whom?
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References What's My Line? (1950) See more »


By Myself
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Sung by Milton Berle
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8 December 1953 (USA) See more »

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