Our Miss Brooks was a situation comedy show heard on radio and seen on television and in films starring Oscar winner Eve Arden. Her skill with the wicked one-liner and acid aside had begun to lead to typecasting, so, to find a new image, Arden signed on for the lead in radio's Our Miss Brooks. The series centered on Connie Brooks, a smart, sharp-witted, lovable English teacher at fictional Madison High School.
It's time for Lum 'n' Abner! Chester Lauck and Norris Goff are doin' the talkin' as Lum Edwards and Abner Peabody in 36 more digitally restored and remastered episodes. Their continuing escapades find friends getting cultured, getting sued, and getting drafted! How will the fellers pay the bills from their failed rocket project? Who did Cedric get himself engaged to? What is the Golden Era Discussion Club? Why are so many people leaving town? Come find out. Let's see what's going on down in Pine Ridge.
Jim & Marian Jordan star as Fibber and Molly McGee, holding down the home front in these war-year episodes. Fighting the battle of Wistful Vista involves volunteering for the Red Cross, dealing with shortages, contributing to scrap metal and war bond drives, and sending letters by V-Mail...plus keeping an eye out for spies and an ear out for patriotic songs performed by The King's Men.
Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve requests the honor of your presence at the marriage of his niece, Marjorie Forrester, to Bronco Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thompson at Summerfield Church on May 10, 1950. Harold Peary, starring as Uncle Mort, finds himself at odds with Bronco's parents, at loose ends with love interest Kathy Milford, and at a loss on how to deal with Marjorie's impending departure. But he's got trusted and treasured friends in Summerfield to help him through.
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.
Beginning with Tarzan, the pulp era was full of jungle heroes. Jungle Jim is one of the unique ones. He was not a barely literate, loincloth-clad tree-dwelling wild man but rather Jim Bradley, a great white hunter in the mold of heroes of earlier popular fiction such as H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain and Lord John Roxton from Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, who represented the colonial view of the so-called primitive regions of the globe.
The Adventures of Maisie, starring Ann Sothern, benefited greatly from the fact that the radio series was slickly made (the series was produced at NBC in Hollywood) and featured top talent from "Radio Row", notably Sheldon Leonard (frequently heard as Maisie's boyfriend, Joe Pulaski), Hans Conried, Lurene Tuttle, Bea Benaderet, and Frank Nelson, along with others too numerous to mention.
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).
Arthur Godfrey, The Romance of Helen Trent, Our Gal Sunday, The Goldbergs, President Roosevelt's Address to Congress, Amos 'n' Andy, Joe E. Brown, Major Bowes, Louis Prima, and more all in a row! This is a recording of a full broadcast day, remastered (from the National Archives transcript disks) by Joe Bevilacqua.
He dood it! Who dood it? Red Skelton, that's who! Join Red and his alter egos Clem Kaddidllehopper, Sherrif Deadeye, Willie Lump-Lump, and, of course, Junior the "Mean Widdle Kid" in this hilarious collection presenting some of Skelton's best work from 1948! Lurene Tuttle, Verna Felton, Pat McGeehan, Rod O'Connor, and Anita Ellis are heard in these rare rehearsal recordings and original radio broadcasts, many of which have never before been available.
The war's over, and Wistful Vista's back to normal - or as normal as it can get with Fibber McGee around! "Himself" is waging campaigns against his finance company, a millionaire, and the United States Postal Service. Plus Doctor Gamble and Mayor LaTrivia are battling over Fifi Tremayne - who has troubles with prowlers...and a pair of suitors.
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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Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, the teacher with plenty of class, in 16 hilarious and heartwarming episodes. Gale Gordon, the master of radio's most impressive slow burn, is her fastidious foil, Principal Osgood Conklin. While haunting the Madison High hallways in search of one Philip Boynton - a tongue-tied biology teacher who seems more interested in the doings of his pet frog than in amorous advances - Miss Brooks meets with conniving coworkers, addled athletes, wide-eyed girls, and the feckless flatterer Walter Denton.
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!
Duffy's Tavern, an American radio situation comedy which ran for 10 years, often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment's malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. In the show's familiar opening, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone....
Family Theater is a dramatic anthology radio series that aired from 1947 to 1957. This episode is the story of "Sugarfoot Calhoun", an American minstrel legend who decides to go into television. A heart attack just before the first show forces his reluctant son to follow an old tradition. Starring Rosalind Russell (hostess), Eddie Cantor, Merrill Ross (announcer), Ann Tobin, George Neise, Leo Cleary, and GeGe Pearson.
Amos 'n' Andy is an American radio and television sitcom set in Harlem, Manhattan's historic black community. The original radio show, which was popular from the 1920s through the 1950s, was created, written, and voiced by two white actors, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, who played a number of different characters, including the titular Amos Jones (Gosdon) and Andrew Hogg Brown (Correll).
Jean Shepherd, author of A Christmas Story, again demonstrates his broad knowledge, unusual turn of mind, and humor, in this series of programs. From monologues of tragedy in the world of children, the seemingly minor disappointment of not being chosen for a game or a team, to commentary on tall tales and Midwest humor, these shows will captivate everyone fascinated by the style of Jean Shepherd - from subtle to bombastic - and the mind behind the style.
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.
"Benny and Allen? How Can you Go Wrong"
They've been called the most successful husband and wife comedy team in history, and you'll find no dissension in these ranks. George Burns and Gracie Allen had a chemistry and wit about them that had no parallel. In this sampling of programs from the 1940s, George and Gracie face new livelihoods (and livestock) and mad undertakings (and misunderstandings). They budget and blunder alongside Bill Goodwin, Meredith Willson, Mel Blanc, and special guest Jack Benny.
From Peavey's Pharmacy to the Jolly Boys Club, from Judge Hooker's courtroom to Floyd's Barber Shop, the people and places of Summerfield, USA, come alive! Join Harold Peary as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, making a place for himself and his family as he adopts (and adapts to) his new hometown.
This collection contains six classic Christmas radio productions from the '30s, '40s, and '50s.
"Introduced me to a lost art - radio stories"
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.
This collection contains 12 of the greatest Christmas radio shows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio!
Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll made their radio debut 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 the show's popularity, almost the entire country listened to the 15-minute adventures of Amos and Andy that aired Monday through Friday.
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.
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."
As a comic instrumentalist, sawing away week after week at his violin, Jack Benny stood as radio's reigning off-key virtuoso, producing more laughs per measure than any other comic before or since. This seven hour set of 14 digitally remastered radio episodes finds Benny and his badly squeaking bow mangling the classics and infuriating the long-suffering Professor Andre LeBlanc (Mel Blanc). He also discovers his "talent" as a songwriter - a skill every bit as highly developed as his ability with the violin.