The Edsel may have been a failure as a car, but it was a smash success as a television show. The Edsel Show, broadcast on October 13, 1957 in place of The Ed Sullivan Show, featured a cast of thousands - or at least Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Rosemary Clooney, and Lindsay Crosby (Bing's son) and the Four Preps. It was nominated for an Emmy as best program of the year, and was heaped with critical praise.
It also hold a distinction that will become apparent with this video: it is the oldest videotaped program in existence. We're all used to watching kinescopes of old programs, but as the prologue to this video explains, videotape was just starting to be used as an alternative means to record and rebroadcast programs for use at a later time. I think you'll see how striking the difference is between kinescope and video tape by the examples that precede the program. I just happened to stumble across this the other day - I've actually got a copy of the kinescope version - and this really makes you feel as if you're seeing the program live, as it was originally broadcast. It's another great piece of our television heritage - thanks, Kris Trexler!