Originally telecast live and in color on 5/7/55, The Desert Song was produced and directed by the fabled Max Liebman. Sadly, only the few folks with color television sets at the time have ever seen it in color. The kinescope, a system to preserve live broadcasts on film for re-airing, could only register in black and white.
Music by Sigmund Romberg. Book & lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Frank Mandel. Adapted for television by William Frieberg, Neil Simon, and Bill Glickman. Book staged by Milton Lyon. Dances and musical numbers staged by Rod Alexander. Musical conductor, Charles Sanford. Musical adaptation by Clay Warnick and Mel Pahl. Arrangements by Irwin Kostal. Choral director, Clay Warnick. Settings and art direction, Frederick Fox. Costumes by Paul duPont. Lighting by Fred McKinnon.
Nelson Eddy Pierre/The Red Shadow
Gale Sherwood Margot
Otto Kruger General Birabeau
John Conte Paul Fontaine
Bambi Linn & Rod Alexander Dancers
Salvatore Baccalone Ali Ben Ali
Viola Essen Azuri
Earl William Hassi
Felisha Conde Castanette Dancer
Lee Bowman Announcer