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TCM, 10 p.m. ET; 5/17/2013 

I don’t remember ever seeing this 1954 comedy televised, so it qualifies as a real rarity. Phil Silvers stars, in what essentially is a filmed record of his hit Broadway show. Some of the musical numbers have been cut from surviving prints of this show, but there’s still a lot left. Silvers, later the fast-taking star of the classic sitcom You’ll Never Get Rich, plays a TV comedy star – think Milton Berle – who tries to impress a girl while regaining his former television clout. The cast, most of whom were in the original stage show, include Rose Marie, Jack Albertson, Judy Lynn and Joey Faye. It was filmed, but never released, in 3-D. Now that’s scary, boys and girls…
-David Bianculli

TV WORTH WATCHING

TOP BANANA

TCM, 10 p.m. ET; 5/17/2013 

I don’t remember ever seeing this 1954 comedy televised, so it qualifies as a real rarity. Phil Silvers stars, in what essentially is a filmed record of his hit Broadway show. Some of the musical numbers have been cut from surviving prints of this show, but there’s still a lot left. Silvers, later the fast-taking star of the classic sitcom You’ll Never Get Rich, plays a TV comedy star – think Milton Berle – who tries to impress a girl while regaining his former television clout. The cast, most of whom were in the original stage show, include Rose Marie, Jack Albertson, Judy Lynn and Joey Faye. It was filmed, but never released, in 3-D. Now that’s scary, boys and girls…

-David Bianculli