Mr. Jolson opened the show with a great version of "California, Here I Come," following which Al and Oscar had a few discussions, including 1947 style political correctness. Oscar Levant followed all of this with a Chopin Nocturne.
After a tip to Thanksgiving, including a reference to the main course of the day at Jolie's house, Al flitted around with "Poor Butterfly" and responded to Oscar's request, giving out with his classic "Ma Blushin' Rosie." He finished the middle of the show set with a new song of the day, "And Mimi."
When Dorothy Lamour joined the boys, the requisite jokes about Bob Hope and Bing Crosby fling around, what else could follow but a "Road To Jolson" parody?
Al closed the Thanksgiving show with an old song, an old friend, "My Gal Sal."
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|This is an excerpt of the 27 Nov 1947 broadcast of the Kraft Music Hall, starring Al Jolson. Dorothy Lamour was the guest star on this broadcast, but to hear her portion you will have to check the link for the show. Here, enjoy Al Jolson joking with Oscar Levant, discussing Thanksgiving, and featuring "Poor Butterfly" and "Ma Blushin' Rosie." Of course, photos of Al and Oscar are presented to try to get a feel for the broadcast.|