Here's one of radio's greatest comic rivalries: the blustery W. C. Fields facing off against the impudent Charlie McCarthy! You'll also hear Don Ameche, Dorothy Lamour, Nelson Eddy, and some guy named Edgar Bergen! The pomposity of Fields' comic persona clashes spectacularly with Charlie's, the foe of the haughty and the self-absorbed, in their no-holds-barred feud.
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.
In one of the goofiest slapstick comedies on the radio, Archie the bartender assaulted the English language and insulted most of Hollywood. Portrayed by series creator Ed Gardner, Archie had hard luck with the ladies. But he must have had some appeal to draw a group of guest stars like Marlene Dietrich, Gypsy Rose Lee, Chester Morris, Ed Wynn, Bob Crosby, Rudy Vallee, and more.
From Summerfield to Melrose Springs, Harold "The Great Gildersleeve" Peary is back in an all-new role! As "Honest Harold" Hemp, he's a radio personality extraordinaire, crooner de la crème, and idol of all the ladies - at least in his own mind. Co-starring Jane Morgan, Cathy Lewis, Olan Soule, Joseph Kearns, and Gloria Holliday, here are 16 warm and funny episodes of The Harold Peary Show, produced and directed by Norman Macdonnell.
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.
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.
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!
"The Big Story... Here is America, its sound and its fury, its joy and its sorrow, as faithfully reported by the men and women of the great American newspapers." With this summation, announcer Ernest Chappell introduced one of radio's most stirring dramatic anthologies, with each episode highlighting an individual newspaper reporter's greatest achievement for his or her paper. Narrator Bob Sloan leads you through investigative exploits from some of the nation's largest dailies and smallest town publications.
Loved by millions the world over! That's Jack Benny - a man who managed to make friends in every corner of the globe (even though he never picked up the check). Here's a laughter-filled collection of Jack's international exploits, both real and imagined. From Venice to Quebec...from the Queen Mary to the Klondike...Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Dennis Day, and Don Wilson are along for the ride! Are you? Passport, please!
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.
Baby Snooks was forever asking questions about whatever enterprise her "Daddy" was foolish enough to attempt around the house. With the fiendishly funny Fanny Brice as Snooks and the great straight man Hanley Stafford as Daddy, every scene is as irresistible as the urge to give the girl an answer. Poor old Daddy never did know when to call it a day. There was just something in him that could never leave well enough alone. Clearly the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.
The Joe Bev Holiday Treat is a joyful and surprising one-hour compilation of Christmas themed stories - some true, some fictional - hosted by veteran public radio producer Joe Bevilacqua. The stories included are "Sleepy Santa", "The Christmas I Saved Macy's", "Sherlock Holmes' Creepy Christmas in Scotland", "A Rockabilly Christmas", and "Willoughby and the Professor Spend Christmas in the Middle East".
Huck feels guilty for letting the duke and dauphin swindle the kind sisters. He vows to get them their money back and hides in the duke's room. The two enter, and Huck overhears them talking about getting all the Wilks' property. Huck steals the money.
Huck hides the money in Peter Wilks' coffin. The coffin is sealed at the funeral, and Huck doesn't know whether or not the duke got the money back or if it's still there. He vows to write Mary when he leaves town to let her know. The duke and the dauphin sell the family's estate and slaves, breaking up a family. Huck is relieved in knowing the family will be reunited as soon as the fraud is discovered.
Huck finds Mary Jane crying over the separation of the slave family. Huck tells her the truth about the duke and instructs her to go to a friend's house. Later that day, two men, the actual Wilks brothers, interrupt the auctioning of the family's estate.
The real Wilks brothers and the fake Wilks brothers are brought to a tavern. They are all asked to sign a piece of paper to compare signatures. The duke and dauphin temporarily talk their way out of the situation. The real Harvey Wilks comments on the deceased's tattoo. To resolve the conflict, Peter Wilks' coffin is opened. The crowd is shocked to see the $6,000 in the coffin. In the uproar, Huck escapes to the raft. He and Jim celebrate until they notice the duke and the dauphin are about to overtake them on their own boat.
After nearly strangling Huck for deserting them, the duke and the dauphin blame each other for losing the money.
The duke and the dauphin attempt several unsuccessful scams. Huck escapes to the raft and finds Jim missing. Huck discovers that the dauphin sold Jim to a farmer named Silas Phelps for $40. Huck, despite his own moral objections, resolves to steal Jim back. Huck runs into the duke posting fliers for his show. Duke tells Huck that Jim's 40 miles away.
Huck arrives at the Phelps', where he is warmly greeted. The Phelps assume Huck is their nephew, Tom, Tom Sawyer, whose arrival is expected.
Huck intercepts a shocked Tom before he arrives at the Phelps. Tom agrees to help Huck free Jim. Huck and Tom sneak out of the house that night and witness the duke and the dauphin being tarred and feathered and run out of town.
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.
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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This collection contains five Christmas radio classics from The Great Gildersleeve.
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!
The Bickersons reigned supreme for five years as America's favorite radio couple. Like their name suggests, they spent many a night bickering, mainly over the fact that Blanche has to suffer through John's buzz saw-like snoring. The interplay between husband and wife, as they sarcastically banter back and forth, is what makes this show so great and why listeners continue to praise this "combative comedy."
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.
The madcap scenarios and rib-tickling ripostes in these 16 digitally remastered episodes are as cleverly sharp now as they were when they were originally broadcast in 1947-48. This eight-hour set includes many episodes available for the first time anywhere.
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.
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.
This collection features five episodes of the classic NBC radio show starring Bob Hope: Bing Crosby, Gregory, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Lucille Ball.
Our Miss Brooks was a highly popular radio sitcom that was eventually adapted for both television and film. It starred Hollywood film and New York stage veteran Eve Arden, who specialized in playing the wisecracking friend. She often did it better than anyone else, receiving an Oscar nomination for the 1945 film Mildred Pierce. Since her skill with the wicked one-liner was beginning to lead to typecasting, Arden signed on for the lead in radio's Our Miss Brooks to find a new image.
A hilarious collection of episodes from the beloved radio show Fibber McGee & Molly Excitable and loose-lipped Fibber means well enough, but it's not always easy for even-tempered Molly to keep him in check and out of trouble. Of course, the long suffering Mrs. McGee's penchant for patience makes it all the funnier when she's finally pushed to the point of exasperation. What both McGees have in common is that they're fabulously friendly, opening their door at 79 Wistful Vista to welcome all sorts of interesting guests, including Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, and neighborly nemesis Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve.
Bing Crosby hosts The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers visits with Bergen & McCarthy, and Red Skelton heads to Dead Eye's dude ranch. Come kick up your heels with Bob Hope, "Buck Benny," Fred Allen, Fibber McGee and Molly, and more!
This collection contains six classic Christmas radio productions from the '30s, '40s, and '50s.
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.
This collection features five episodes of the classic NBC radio show starring Bob Hope: Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Ginger Rogers, Lum 'n' Abner, and The Andrews Sisters.
This collection features five episodes of the classic NBC radio show starring Bob Hope. Guest stars include Olivia de Havilland, Martha Raye, Chico Marx, and Blondie & Dagwood.
This collection features five episodes of the classic NBC radio show starring Bob Hope: Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Orson Welles, and Jane Wyman.
Family Theater is a dramatic anthology radio series that aired from 1947 to 1957. In this episode, a poor juggler of old France gives the mother of the Christ child the only present he can.