"Il Musichiere" ("music maker", in ironic sense) was a Saturday night musical quiz and variety TV show broadcasted by RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana from 1957 to 1960. It was presented by revue and comedy star Mario Riva. The show's screenplay was written by successful playwrights Pietro Garinei and Sandro Giovannini. The studio orchestra was conducted by popular bandleader Gorni Kramer. "Il Musichiere" was the first huge success of TV director Antonello Falqui.
Mario Riva with two competitors of the musical quiz. The most popular of the quiz challenges was the guessing of a series of songs. For every song, the two competitors started from a rocking chair and, after a short run across the stage, she or he had to be the first to ring a ship bell to gain the chance to answer.
Crooners Nuccia Bongiovanni and Paolo Bacilieri, who performed live the songs of the musical quiz.
Comedy stars Alessandra Panaro (left) and Lorella De Luca, co-presenters of "Il Musichiere" in 1957 and in 1958. Mario Riva called them "le cognatine" (the little sisters-in-law) after their roles in Dino Risi's successful comedies "Poveri ma belli" (English title: "Poor but beautiful") and "Belle ma povere" (English title: "Poor girl, pretty girl") in 1957.
Mario Riva presenting "Il Musichiere". The first season of "Il Musichiere" started on December the third and last season ended on May There were no more season after Mario Riva's tragic death on September
Revue and comedy star Mario Riva, presenter of "Il Musichiere", with the show mascot. (In the picture: "Fonoscope - the Singing Postcard - presents Mario Riva in 'Il Musichiere'.)
Popular Italian-American TV and radio presenter Mike Bongiorno, carrying on his shoulder the mascotte of "Il Musichiere", and Mario Riva.
Theatre and comedy star Franca Valeri, guest star at "Il Musichiere", and Mario Riva.
Comedy star Alberto Sordi, guest star at "Il Musichiere", and Mario Riva.