Some might remember My Friend Irma as the movie that served as the launching pad for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Others recall a television show of the same name. But My Friend Irma actually originated as a radio sitcom that aired on CBS from 1947 to 1954. The show chronicled the daily highjinks of an extremely dim-witted blond stenographer named Irma Peterson and her screwball friends.
"I'll clip ya, Bergen... so help me, I'll mow you down!" Charlie cheerfully threatens, insults, and otherwise needles the elegant Edgar through 16 digitally remastered episodes - all of them from the 1950s, and seven of them never before available to the public. The aging, man-crazy mannequin Effie Clinker bends your ear (and her elbow); and modest Mortimer Snerd gives new meaning to the phrase "ventriloquist's dummy".
Orson Welles both starred in and directed The Campbell Playhouse, a radio drama (1938-40) produced by Welles and John Houseman. The episodes include adaptions of classic novels and plays, as well as radio versions of the era's popular films.
When you're the country's favorite radio comedian, you tend to have a lot of friends. And those friends can't wait to have you stop by for a visit, crack a joke or two, play a fiddle solo, or even step out of character for a rare dramatic turn. Such was the case with Jack Benny. Consistently near the top of the rating charts with his own program, Jack was a popular guest artist on dozens of different series.
"Five nights of exceptional entertainment every week!" Produced and directed by Elliott Lewis and Fletcher Markle, The Mutual Radio Theater was a bold experiment in reviving the art of radio drama. Big name hosts - including Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson, and Leonard Nimoy -introduced westerns, adventure tales, and productions with a light comedic touch.
Six more episodes from Colonial Radio Theatre's long-running comedy series The New Dibble Show. Join Dibble and the gang from Mayham for lots of laughs.
Orson Welles both starred in and directed The Campbell Playhouse, a radio drama (1938-40) produced by Welles and John Houseman. The episodes include adaptions of classic novels and plays as well as radio versions of the era's popular films.
Snooks annoys Daddy while he's listening to police calls on his new shortwave radio. Gale Gordon is heard as a police dispatcher.
A musical romance of Depression show business.
Daddy shows Baby Snooks his newly invented coffee pouring robot. Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford appear as Baby Snooks and Daddy.
Daddy tries to get some work done at home. Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford appear as Baby Snooks and Daddy.
A comedy about a man trying to get his wife (whom he hasn't seen in seven years) to give him a divorce.
Guest Shelley Winters heats up the joint, and Archie gets a mysterious valentine. It is unsigned - or, in Archie words, "unanimous."
Daddy takes Snooks to the observatory so she can write a report about stars. Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford appear as Baby Snooks and Daddy.
Daddy tries to balance his books, but Baby Snooks needs help with her homework! Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford appear as Baby Snooks and Daddy.
A comedy about a businessman forced to marry his secretary, who really loves him!
Archie finds the diary of Peter Stuyvesant. Featuring Ed Gardner, Arthur Treacher, Bert Gordon, Hazel Shermet.
Robert Commings reprises his 1948 film role as a harried advertising executive in this comedy about business and romance.
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.
Among radio comedy's most enduring features were its running gags - and few gags ran longer, or more hilariously, than the legendary feud between two of its great masters: Jack Benny and Fred Allen. For nearly 20 years the mere mention of Benny on an Allen program was guaranteed to produce an escalating laugh - just as bringing Allen up with Benny had listener in stitches at the mere anticipation of a response. This collection brings together the classic episodes that started it all, to the showdown that was supposed to end it once and for all.
Red's opening routine is about California weather. Klem Kadiddlehopper. "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid" tries out his new B.B. gun. Red Skelton, Verna Felton, Pat McGeehan, Rod O'Connor, Lurene Tuttle.
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.
Confirmed bachelor Lum Edwards is an earnest entrepreneur - stable, yet stumbling. Forever jumping to conclusions, Abner Peabody tends to act first and ask questions later. Together, these silly silver-haired citizens of Pine Ridge, Arkansas, are the proprietors of the Jot 'Em Down Store. This good-hearted, if somewhat misguided, pair have such a slow and easy way about them that folks might assume their lives are uneventful - but, nothing could be farther from the truth!
Red Skelton's impressive gallery of comic characterizations didn't need to be seen to be hilarious! Through sound alone, he brought to life a "fellow from the country", an inept outlaw, a down-for-the-count boxer, a shady politician, a Brooklynese braggart... and a holy terror known as "Junior, the Mean Widdle Kid".
Available for the first time on CD, this 9-Hour re-release of our Duffy's Tavern: Volume One is the very first in our Archives collection. Once again these fantastic episodes from the 1951 season are available - along with a bonus track: the series' 1940 audition performance on Forecast. Come on back to the place where "the elite meet to eat" and visit with Archie and the gang. There is never a dull moment at the tavern on New York's 3rd Avenue.
These 20 digitally restored and re-mastered episodes co-star Gale Gordon as the blustery, autocratic Osgood Conklin; Richard Crenna as the ever-exuberant Walter Denton; and, Jane Morgan as absent-minded landlady Mrs. Davis.
Jack Benny continues to get the laughs with this collection of six spoofs that highlight both fairy tales and classic radio shows. This hysterically humorous collection is a must-have for any comedy or Jack Benny fan. A brilliant, talented comic, Benny continues to captivate audiences of all ages with his laugh-out-loud situational comedies and parodies.
"Hardcore Jack Benny fans may like, but..."
This collection contains six classic Christmas radio productions from the '30s, '40s, and '50s.
In 1940, America was still staggering its way out of the Great Depression and war clouds were rolling in from Europe. The upcoming Presidential campaign spotlight turned to perhaps the unlikeliest, but certainly the most entertaining, candidate of all - Gracie Allen. Politics was perfect for Gracie's particular brand of logical illogic. Join the hilarity, and the throngs of supporters, as George Burns, Gracie, and their entire cast embark on a whistle-stop tour all the way to the Surprise Party's national convention in Omaha, Nebraska.
William Bendix stars as Chester A. Riley in producer Irving Brecher's outstanding radio comedy series The Life of Riley. Co-starring with Bendix is Paula Winslowe as Riley's long-suffering wife, Peg, and John Brown performing in two roles, that of Riley's pal Gillis and, most memorably, as the hilarious "friendly undertaker" Digger O'Dell.
This collection contains five Christmas radio classics from The Great Gildersleeve.
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Volume 1 is a collection of the only known episodes to exist from its run on both NBC and CBS radio. Originally called "The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe," the private eye series, based on the character and books created by Raymond Chandler, made its debut on the NBC radio network on June 17, 1947, with Van Heflin in the role of Marlowe. The first episode adapted Chandler's short story "Red Wind."
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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.
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This collection contains twelve of the greatest comedy shows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio. You'll hear Ozzie and Harriet Nelson in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as Amos 'n' Andy, Robert Young in Father Knows Best, Jim and Marian Jordan as Fibber McGee and Molly, William Bendix as Chester A. Riley in The Life of Riley, Lucille Ball in My Favorite Husband, and more.
Whether boasting about his influence in town, his prowess in the kitchen, his grace on the ice, or his savvy with a rod and reel, no man was ever more determined to stick to his guns - and his story - than Fibber McGee! He tells some real whoppers in this batch of blustery broadcasts! Head on over to Wistful Vista for a visit with the Old Timer, Wallace Wimple, Doc Gamble, and Mayor LaTrivia - and of course Jim and Marian Jordan as your old friends Fibber McGee and Molly!
During the height of its popularity, almost the entire country listened to the fifteen-minute, Monday-through-Friday adventures of Amos and Andy. Department stores open in the evening piped in the broadcasts so shoppers wouldn't miss an episode; movie theaters scheduled their features to end just prior to the start of Amos 'n' Andy so they too could pipe it in. The characters were members of the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge, of which George Stevens was "the Kingfish."
Jack Benny was a fearless combat pilot, a brilliant-but-troubled surgeon, the terror of the high seas, and the hero of every conceivable caper. There was nothing Jack Benny couldn't do, or hadn't done. To hear him tell it, anyway. The classic Benny persona fit hilariously into hundreds of ridiculous roles, from rough-and-ready adventurers to athletic heroes to romantic lovers and back again. Here's a collection of some of Jack's most fabulous guises! Includes eight digitally restored and remastered episodes.
From the St. Albans Naval Hospital, New York. Jack takes the gang to see his appearance in "Hollywood Canteen," and meets guests Fred Allen and Portland Hoffa in the theatre.