Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town
Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town is a 42-episode half-hour television series which aired on CBS from June 16, 1951, to April 12, 1952 in which Faye Emerson (1917-1983) visits various cities, mostly in the United States, to focus on the different kinds of music associated with those locations.
This was one of several 1950s series in which Emerson, once known as the "first lady of television," had a starring role. Formerly married to Elliott Roosevelt, a son of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Emerson and her third husband, bandleader Skitch Henderson, also appeared with her on the program. The vocalists were the Don Large Chorus. The series aired on Saturdays at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
In the premiere episode, Emerson visits Boston, Massachusetts. In the fifth episode based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which aired on July 14, 1951, former mayor and then U.S. Senator Hubert H. Humphrey and actor Richard Carlson were among the guests. On October 27, 1951, humorist and author Abe Burrows was a guest in the episode set in The Bronx. On January 19, 1952, she hosted columnist Earl Wilson in Columbus, Ohio. On February 2, 1952, the host city is Washington, D.C., with the guest being U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine. On March 1, 1952, the editor Virginius Dabney was the guest as the series vistied Richmond, Virginia. Other episodes focused on Paris, Mexico City, New Orleans, and Brooklyn. The last episode is set in Times Square.
Other series guests included Pearl Bailey, Dane Clark, swimmer Florence Chadwick, Rosemary Clooney, Wally Cox, Dizzy Dean, Dave Garroway, Lillian Gish, Benny Goodman, W.C. Handy, The Ink Spots, Buster Keaton, Pat O'Malley, Garry Moore, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Mel Tormé, Ernest Truex, Nancy Walker, and Margaret Whiting.
Because it was broadcast on location Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town was among the most expensive of the early television series. A native of Allen Parish in southwestern Louisiana, Emerson was later a panelist on Garry Moore's I've Got a Secret quiz program until Betsy Palmer replaced her in 1958. She spent her last years in seclusion and died of stomach cancer at the age of sixty-five on the island of Majorca.
- Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town. Classic Television Archives.