Bobby Darin guest hosts BIG BEAT, a Dumont Network program created by legendary deejay Alan Freed. This incomplete edition (which is missing Teddy Randazzo's appearance) opens with Darin interviewing the five contestants (all drawn from the New York/New Jersey area) for the Miss April Showers Contest, sponsored by April Showers cosmetics. The dances include "I'm Comin' Home" by Marv Johnson, "Forty Miles of Bad Road" by Duane Eddy, and "Is It Because" by Ronnie Baxter. The dance competition offers the male winner a Mepa Self-Winding Watch and the female winner a Pony Tail Tolex-covered hatbox (when was the last time that any girl had use for a hat box?). Darin plugs Coca Cola, and the other commercials include Liquid Prell.
STUDIO PARTY, hosted by future WONDERAMA emcee Herb Sheldon with special guest athlete/actor Bob Mathias (plugging his then new movie, CHINA DOLL), also features a teenaged studio audience and dances (Johnny Otis's "Willie and the Hand Jive"). Less dedicated to rock 'n roll than Freed's BIG BEAT, Sheldon's show mercilessly plugs albums of re-records of recent hits (even a 78-rpm version was available) and other merchandise. The Good Humor spot is cool, though, because of the toy Good Humor trucks that are featured. Other sponsors include Green Mint Mouth Wash, which helps romance "that stops at the kissing line").
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