Our Miss Brooks was a hit on radio from the outset; within eight months of its launch as a regular series, the show landed several honors, including four for Eve Arden, who won polls in four individual publications of the time. Arden had actually been the third choice to play the title role. Harry Ackerman, at the time CBS's West Coast director of programming, wanted Shirley Booth for the part.
An orange glow peeks through the window on a crisp October night. Is it a jack-o'-lantern? Or, is it the radio dial? It's both! This collection of radio's happiest Halloween moments is replete with good old-fashioned haunted houses, costume parties, cemeteries, tricks and treats. Have fun with favorites like Jack Benny, Hal Peary, William Bendix, Ozzie & Harriet, Lucille Ball, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, and Boris Karloff.
"Great Halloween OTR"
This Christmas comedy collection contains seven classic radio programs from the '40s and '50s.
This Christmas comedy collection contains six classic radio programs from the '30s, '40s, and '50s.
"They still have it!"
Mutual Radio Theater was a program produced originally in 1980. This show was no small attempt to recapture the glory days of old-time radio by any means. Each program was written specifically for radio and each night hosted by a different star, including Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson, and Leonard Nimoy.
Six voices, but just one larger-than-life attitude! The "man with the action-packed expense account" is back in action in 26 thrilling episodes. Charles Russell, Edmund O'Brien, John Lund, Bob Readick, Mandel Kramer, and of course Bob Bailey star as America's Fabulous Freelance Insurance Investigator.
Jack Benny - he's your friend, my friend, and everyone's friend besides! He's always got his tried and true gang to pal around with, too, but that's not all! Throughout the 1940s and '50s, buddies from Burns & Allen to Bogie & Bacall came to play on his program. There were hilarious guest appearances by kings of comedy (Groucho Marx, Danny Kaye, and Red Skelton) and queens of the screen (Rita Hayworth, Barbara Stanwyck, and Dorothy Lamour).
"Only listen if you want to laugh"
Any comedian can be funny in the studio, but domestic comedy is usually considered the province of actors who happen to do comedy. Jack Benny straddled the two roles for most of his career - the suave, witty master of ceremonies standing on stage in front of a curtain one moment; the put-upon householder tormented by a bumptious servant, eccentric friends, and troublesome neighbors the next.
Celebrate Christmas along with radio's greatest performers, characters and programs. These timeless holiday classics include moving and mirthful comedies, wholesome dramas, and adventurous missions of mercy. May these 21 digitally restored and remastered tales of nostalgia and nativity bring you cheer and become a part of your own Christmas traditions.
He's stepping out and living large - and hoping someone else will grab the check! That's Jack Benny, living the high life with a galaxy of guest stars in this hilarious collection of 20 digitally restored and remastered episodes.
Pay attention class! Here are 18 more entertaining episodes of America's most engaging English Teacher - Our Miss Brooks!Today's lessons have less to do with language and more to do with love, as the falteringly forward Connie Brooks (Eve Arden) continues her quest for the romantically reserved Mr. Boynton (Jeff Chandler). Overseeing, and undermining, our heroine is the peevish Principal Conklin (Gale Gordon). And, dutiful student Walter Denton (Richard Crenna) is always on hand - along with side-kick Stretch Snodgrass - for Miss Brooks misadventures.
Struggling to make his down-and-out orchestra plucky and profitable, Phil Harris conducts his zany sidekick, winsome wife, precocious kids, and grouchy grocery boy through a symphony of silliness. If you long for a series where the drinks are stiff and the whimsy is wicked, you've come to the right place!
In this volume, you will be hearing radio adaptations of some of the funniest comedies Hollywood had to offer. This collection includes the granddaddy of all screwball comedies, It Happened One Night, Frank Capra's funny love story about a runaway heiress and the reporter who becomes her protector. You'll hear The Awful Truth, Leo McCarey's frenetic comedy of marital errors.
The Jot 'Em Down store is jumping! Lum is called upon to arrest the town's new dentist...and himself. Grandpap fixes to marry his own wife while every eligible gal in Pine Ridge is fixing to marry one Mr. Edwards. Fortunes are told, war bonds are sold, and Barbara Stanwyck pays a visit! Come hear Chester Lauck and Norris Goff as they star in 36 consecutive episodes from the spring of 1943.
A woebegone old car, a harried department store clerk, a monosyllabic man in a sombrero, and a train announcer whose line ran somewhere between Orange County and the Twilight Zone are all memorable characters from The Jack Benny Program, and all the products of a single talented throat: Mel Blanc. "The Man of a Thousand Voices" was Carmichael the Polar Bear, who lived improbably in Jack's cellar.
"Mel Blanc is a genius."
This collection contains four Christmas radio classics from Fibber McGee and Molly.
As portrayed by Robert Young, the title character of Jim Anderson is a successful insurance salesman living in Springfield with his wife, Margaret (June Whitley), and their three children: Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson), and Kathy (Norma Jean Nilsson). Jim is ambitious, likeable, and a good provider for his family - though he often grows exasperated by the turmoil of his everyday home life.
Union Signal Radio Theatre presents another full-cast audio exploration of life on earth. The Dan is the story of a young man who's way too obsessed with Steely Dan.
"Laugh a while...let a song be your style..." and enjoy radio's most outrageous comedy couple: Phil Harris and Alice Faye. They are off to a raucous start in these classic early episodes, co-starring Elliott Lewis as the unforgettable Frankie Remley! Stunts, gags, and over-the-top shenanigans are enabled by the diabolical delivery boy Julius Abbruzio (played by the delightful Walter Tetley). Cameo appearances are provided by Gale Gordon, Frank Nelson, Mel Blanc, and the dashing Robert Taylor.
"Class! Settle down, please, and listen to your teacher!" She's Madison High School favorite Connie Brooks! Miss Brooks bravely battles against the absent-mindedness of Mrs. Davis, the disdain of Principle Conklin, the interference of Daisy Enright, and the reserve of Mr. Boynton. Her struggles are uphill and uproarious! Here's Eve Arden, with Gale Gordon, Richard Crenna, Gloria McMillan, Jane Morgan, Jeff Chandler, and Robert Rockwell in 16 adventures in mid-century education!
Duffy's Tavern, first heard in 1940, was co-created and written by Ed Gardner, who played Archie, the manager of Duffy's Tavern, which was a flea-infested dive in New York City. Archie's abuse of the English language quickly became a favorite feature of the show. Regulars on the show included Duffy's man-hungry daughter Miss Duffy; Clifton Finnegan, the classic village idiot, played by Charlie Cantor; Eddie the waiter, played by Eddie Green; and Clancy the cop, played by Alan Reed. Duffy himself was never heard on the show.
Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce star as Mr. and Mrs. Piper, a couple of sensible suburban residents who find the fun in everyday family life. Stop in for a visit as they prepare for the holidays, navigate minor mysteries, and weather the fallout from honest mistakes. Margaret Hamilton costars as Aunt Effie in these charming, chuckle-filled episodes written by series star (and creator) Peg Lynch.
Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll made their radio debut on January 12, 1926, as the comedic blackface characters Sam 'n' Henry. On March 19, 1928, they introduced Amos 'n' Andy, which went on to become one of the most popular and longest-running programs in radio history. During the height of its popularity, almost the entire country tuned in to their adventures.
When those who celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood reflect back on the halcyon days of the early 1930s, one particular nightspot comes immediately to mind: the Cocoanut Grove at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel. This lavishly appointed club, part of the massive 23-acre Ambassador resort that also included four restaurants, a bowling alley, a billiard room, and even a movie theater, was decorated in Moroccan style and featured full-size palm trees.
When those who celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood reflect back on the halcyon days of the early 1930s, one particular nightspot comes immediately to mind: the Cocoanut Grove at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel. This lavishly appointed club, part of the massive 23-acre Ambassador resort that also included four restaurants, a bowling alley, a billiard room, and even a movie theater, was decorated in Moroccan style and featured full-size palm trees reportedly salvaged from Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik.
He's just a regular guy with a regular family and a regular job, but when he gets into trouble...oh brother, what a revoltin' development it is! Here comes William Bendix as radio's favorite working stiff, Chester A. Riley, with Paula Winslowe as his ever-patient wife, Peg, and John Brown as the funereal Digger O'Dell! Whether he's catching dogs or collecting rent, negotiating with neighbors or figuring out females, he gives it his Brooklyn best!
Willard Waterman stars as radio's romantic water commissioner in 16 laugh-filled episodes of The Great Gildersleeve! Walter Tetley co-stars as nephew Leroy, with Mary Lee Robb as niece Marjorie, and Lillian Randolph as housekeeper Birdie Lee Coggins. Gildy goes toe-to-toe with the likes of crotchety Judge Horace Hooker (Earle Ross), sardonic barber Floyd Munson (Arthur Q. Bryan), Summerfield druggist J.W. Peavey (Richard LeGrand), and Marjorie's husband Bronco (Richard Crenna).
Although "Ol' Blue Eyes" would conquer records, film, and television, it was radio that first made Frank Sinatra a star. Spanning the years 1943 to 1954, this collection showcases Sinatra from such shows as Suspense, The Frank Sinatra Show, The Jack Benny Program, The Burns and Allen Show, and more. Included is the final episode of Sinatra's action/detective series, Rocky Fortune, a low-budget radio series that he decided not to continue after winning his Academy Award.
Twenty years after they first convulsed the nation over the air, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy were still going strong - in a slick, entertaining full-hour series featuring an array of interesting and unusual guests! Join Bergen and his friends Jack Kirkwood, Ray Noble, Gary Crosby, Carol Richards, and the Mellomen - plus Charlie's friends Mortimer Snerd and Effie Klinker - for 10 digitally restored and remastered episodes from the fall of 1955.