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  • "still sparkles"

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    These shows are amazing. Benny was decades ahead of his time. It's no wonder so many comedians name him as their primary influence. If you're expecting a Currier and Ives tableau just because this is "nostalgia" radio, forget it. Watch Frosty the Snowman. American stand up begins here. These episodes are hung on the holiday theme, and are a good place to start. But you can download all of Jack Benny's radio shows, and a lot of his TV shows, for free on the Internet. Fitting for a genius who belongs to the ages.

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    A Jack Benny Christmas Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
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    This collection contains four Christmas radio classics from The Jack Benny Program.

    Mark says: "still sparkles"
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  • A Jack Benny Christmas Vol. 1

    "Forgotten how mean spirited these could be"

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    Maybe Christmas is the worst possible season for the archetypal Scrooge of 20th century America. I recall roaring with laughter as I heard many of his programs, but do not recall the Christmas ones. I was surprised at how mean-spirited and repetitive they seemed to me.

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  • 4.3 (25 ratings)
    Christmas Radio Classics: Comedy Vol. 2  by Duffy's Tavern, Father Knows Best, Life of Riley, more

    Christmas Radio Classics: Comedy Vol. 2

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Duffy's Tavern, Father Knows Best, Life of Riley, and others
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    This Christmas comedy collection contains seven classic radio programs from the '40s and '50s.

  • 4.4 (23 ratings)
    A Fibber McGee and Molly Christmas  by Fibber McGee & Molly

    A Fibber McGee and Molly Christmas

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Fibber McGee & Molly
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    This collection contains four Christmas radio classics from Fibber McGee and Molly.

  • 4.7 (18 ratings)
    A Great Gildersleeve Christmas  by Great Gildersleeve

    A Great Gildersleeve Christmas

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Great Gildersleeve
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    This collection contains five Christmas radio classics from The Great Gildersleeve.

  • 4.5 (18 ratings)
    The Bob Hope Christmas Show, 1953: Comedy and Music with Hope and Sinatra Plus Special Commentary (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Mills Narrated by Frank Sinatra, Bill Mills, Bob Hope

    The Bob Hope Christmas Show, 1953: Comedy and Music with Hope and Sinatra Plus Special Commentary

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Bill Mills
    • Narrated By Frank Sinatra, Bill Mills, Bob Hope
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    Here is The Pepsodent Radio Show, starring Bob Hope, for Christmas 1953! Filled with comedy, music, and warm Christmas cheer, it's a nostalgic look back at one of America's great entertainers in the process of establishing what became a true American tradition for many many years: The Bob Hope Christmas Specials.

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  • 4.3 (15 ratings)
    A Jack Benny Christmas Vol. 2  by Jack Benny

    A Jack Benny Christmas Vol. 2

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Benny
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    This collection contains five Christmas radio classics from The Jack Benny Program.

  • 4.1 (58 ratings)
    Classic Christmas Radio Plays  by Campbell Playhouse, Author's Playhouse, Lux Radio Theatre, more Narrated by Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Roddy McDowall, Ruth Hussey

    Classic Christmas Radio Plays

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Campbell Playhouse, Author's Playhouse, Lux Radio Theatre, and others
    • Narrated By Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Hara, and others
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    This collection contains six classic Christmas radio productions from the '30s, '40s, and '50s.

  • 3.8 (26 ratings)
    A Jack Benny Christmas Vol. 1  by Jack Benny

    A Jack Benny Christmas Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Jack Benny
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    This collection contains four Christmas radio classics from The Jack Benny Program.

    Mark says: "still sparkles"
  • 4.1 (17 ratings)
    Bob Hope Show: Christmas 1941  by Bob Hope Show Narrated by Bob Hope

    Bob Hope Show: Christmas 1941

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Bob Hope Show
    • Narrated By Bob Hope
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    This episode of Bob Hope's classic NBC radio show originally aired on December 23, 1941. It is especially poignant considering that it was Christmas, and just two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Gil says: "Classic old time radio show"
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  • 4.2 (11 ratings)
    The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 1: An Audio Double Feature of Holiday Hilarity Starring Harold Peary (






UNABRIDGED) by Renaissance eBooks Narrated by Harold Peary, Bill Mills

    The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 1: An Audio Double Feature of Holiday Hilarity Starring Harold Peary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Renaissance eBooks
    • Narrated By Harold Peary, Bill Mills
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    Holiday hilarity and history with the Great Gildersleeve - radio's most lovable windbag! The inimitable Harold Peary, with his melodious baritone voice and trademark warbling laugh, achieved stardom portraying Gildersleeve on the first ever spin-off series in broadcast history!

    Jim says: "Excellent"
  • 3.7 (43 ratings)
    Christmas Radio Classics: Comedy Vol. 1  by Abbott & Costello, Amos 'n' Andy, Baby Snooks

    Christmas Radio Classics: Comedy Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Abbott & Costello, Amos 'n' Andy, Baby Snooks
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    This Christmas comedy collection contains six classic radio programs from the '30s, '40s, and '50s.

    Susan says: "They still have it!"
  • Burns & Allen: And Friends  by Keith Fowler, Paul Henning Narrated by Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Veronica Lake, Fred Astaire, Alan Ladd

    Burns & Allen: And Friends

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Keith Fowler, Paul Henning
    • Narrated By Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, George Burns, and others
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    Comedy's first couple were busy hosts. As friends and neighbors of Hollywood's greats, you never knew who'd turn up next for a dose of Gracie's nonsense and a song or two from George. This collection of hilarious half-hour visits to the Burns house features a galaxy of famous guests! Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Veronica Lake, Fred Astaire, Alan Ladd, Jack Benny, Harpo Marx, Gregory Peck, Mickey Rooney, Ronald Reagan, and more stop by to exchange gibes with George, be baffled by Gracie, and delight audiences with their playful side.

  • Jack Benny: Maestro  by Bill Morrow, John Tackaberry, Sam Perrin, George Balzer, Milt Josefburg Narrated by Jack Benny, Eddie

    Jack Benny: Maestro

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Morrow, John Tackaberry, Sam Perrin, and others
    • Narrated By Jack Benny, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Dennis Day, and others
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    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.

  • Gracie for President: Burns & Allen  by George Burns Narrated by George Burns, Gracie Allen

    Gracie for President: Burns & Allen

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By George Burns
    • Narrated By George Burns, Gracie Allen
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    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.

  • The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Vol. 1  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll

    The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll
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    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."

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  • The Bob Hope Show, Vol. 5  by Bob Hope Narrated by Bob Hope, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Ginger Rogers, Lum 'n' Abner, The Andrews Sisters

    The Bob Hope Show, Vol. 5

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bob Hope
    • Narrated By Bob Hope, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, and others
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    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.

  • The Bob Hope Show, Vol. 4  by Bob Hope Narrated by Bob Hope, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Orson Welles, Jane Wyman

    The Bob Hope Show, Vol. 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bob Hope
    • Narrated By Bob Hope, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, and others
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    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.

  • Baby Snooks: Why, Daddy?: Baby Snooks  by Phil Rapp Narrated by Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford

    Baby Snooks: Why, Daddy?: Baby Snooks

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Phil Rapp
    • Narrated By Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford
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    Fanny Brice described Snooks as "my kind of youngster, the type I like. She has imagination. She's eager. She's alive. With all her deviltry, she still is a good kid, never vicious nor mean." Perhaps, but Daddy and Robespierre may beg to differ. Neither Daddy's time, pet projects, nor peace of mind are safe from Snooks' reliably relentless intrusions. As for how she treats her younger siblings and what she thinks of them…well, the fact that she tries to trade them for cats pretty much says it all! And, corporal punishment doesn't seem to have much effect on this cheeky child.

  • Fibber McGee and Molly: Whoppers  by Don Quinn, Phil Leslie Narrated by Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan

    Fibber McGee and Molly: Whoppers

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Don Quinn, Phil Leslie
    • Narrated By Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan
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    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!

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  • The Bob Hope Show, Vol. 9  by Bob Hope Narrated by Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Dinah Shore, Lana Turner, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Jack Benny

    The Bob Hope Show, Vol. 9

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bob Hope
    • Narrated By Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Dinah Shore, and others
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    This collection features five episodes of the classic NBC radio show starring Bob Hope: Fred Astaire, Dinah Shore, Lana Turner, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Jack Benny.

  • Bob Hope Show: Guest Star Fred Astaire  by Bob Hope Show Narrated by Bob Hope, Fred Astaire

    Bob Hope Show: Guest Star Fred Astaire

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Bob Hope Show
    • Narrated By Bob Hope, Fred Astaire
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    This episode of Bob Hope's classic NBC radio show originally aired on February 17, 1948.

  • Comedy Goes West  by Bill Morrow, Ed Beloin Narrated by Bing Crosby, Roy Rogers, Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Fred Allen, Jack Benny, Dennis Day

    Comedy Goes West

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Bill Morrow, Ed Beloin
    • Narrated By Bing Crosby, Roy Rogers, Red Skelton, and others
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    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!

  • My Friend Irma: On Second Thought  by Parke Levy, Stanley Adams, Roland MacLane, Jack Denton Narrated by Marie Wilson, Cathy Lewis, Joan Banks, Hans Conried, Leif Erickson, Gloria Gordon, Alan Reed

    My Friend Irma: On Second Thought

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Parke Levy, Stanley Adams, Roland MacLane, and others
    • Narrated By Marie Wilson, Cathy Lewis, Joan Banks, and others
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    Marie Wilson stars as the blonde, beautiful, and bewildered Irma Peterson in the hit postwar sitcom My Friend Irma. Cathy Lewis and Joan Banks co-star as her level-headed roommate Jane Stacy, with John Brown as her deadbeat boyfriend, Al. Here are 16 fun-filled episodes featuring Hans Conried, Leif Erickson, Gloria Gordon, and Alan Reed. Get ready to slap your knee - and your forehead!

  • Classic Radio's Greatest Comedy Shows, Vol. 1: 12 Half-Hour Original Radio Broadcasts  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by various performers

    Classic Radio's Greatest Comedy Shows, Vol. 1: 12 Half-Hour Original Radio Broadcasts

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By various performers
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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.

  • Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy: Ladies' Men  by Bob Mosher, Dick Mack, Shirley Ward, Stanley Quinn, Joe Bigelow, Carroll Carroll Narrated by Edgar Bergen, Bette Davis, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Dorothy Lamour, W.C. Fields

    Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy: Ladies' Men

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bob Mosher, Dick Mack, Shirley Ward, and others
    • Narrated By Edgar Bergen, Bette Davis, Hedy Lamarr, and others
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    Casanova…Don Juan…Charlie McCarthy? Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen achieved stardom playing both straight man and comedian with his wooden alter ego Charlie McCarthy. The Charlie McCarthy Show was one of radio’s top-rated shows for nearly two decades. Button down and bow-tied, the gentlemanly Bergen would never behave improperly with a lady. Charlie, on the other hand, is frisky, flirtatious, and brave enough to bring his game to guests Bette Davis and Hedy Lamarr, among others.

  • The Phil Harris - Alice Faye Show: Explain the Beer  by Ed James, Ray Brenner, Al Schwartz, Frank Gold Narrated by Phil Harris, Alice Faye, Elliot Lewis, Walter Tetley

    The Phil Harris - Alice Faye Show: Explain the Beer

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ed James, Ray Brenner, Al Schwartz, and others
    • Narrated By Phil Harris, Alice Faye, Elliot Lewis, and others
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    Hollywood glamour meets handsome goofball. Jack Benny's irrepressible bandleader and his winsome wife star in this classic sitcom - raising their two daughters, and raising their voices…and, not just to sing. With a wise-guy sensibility that sounds positively contemporary, the chemistry between Phil Harris and Elliott Lewis (as Frankie Remley) is pitch-perfect. They click in a comic rhythm reminiscent of Jackie Gleason and Art Carney. Add Walter Tetley to the mix (as smart-alecky grocery boy Julius Abbruzio), and the results are glorious.

  • Fibber McGee and Molly: Whoppers  by Don Quinn, Phil Leslie Narrated by Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan

    Fibber McGee and Molly: Whoppers

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Don Quinn, Phil Leslie
    • Narrated By Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan
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    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!

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  • Damon Runyon Theatre: Dolls and Guys and Broadway  by Damon Runyon, Russell Hughes Narrated by John Brown

    Damon Runyon Theatre: Dolls and Guys and Broadway

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Damon Runyon, Russell Hughes
    • Narrated By John Brown
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    For gamblers, burlesque queens, murderers and innocents, comedy and tragedy were found in equal measure on the streets of Damon Runyon's Manhattan. Runyon, one of the most popular and widely-read figures of the Golden Age of the American Short Story, found his work was cut to measure for success in the most verbal medium of all: Radio drama. John Brown stars as the glib Broadway, whose scene-setting brings a distinctive unifying touch to these fourteen digitally remastered episodes of the classic Damon Runyon Theatre radio series.

  • Jack Benny: Tall Tales  by John Tackaberry, George Balzar, Milt Josefsburg, Sam Perrin Narrated by Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie

    Jack Benny: Tall Tales

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Tackaberry, George Balzar, Milt Josefsburg, and others
    • Narrated By Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris, and others
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    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.

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    The Count of Luxembourg

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    • Narrated By Olga Viklandt, Alexandra Yakovenko, Alexey Konsovsky, and others
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    Pozhiloj russkij knjaz' Vasilij Vasil'evich, vljubljonnyj v krasavicu-primadonnu opery Anzhel' Did'e, predlagaet Rene sdelku: graf vremenno zhenitsja na Anzhel', zatem spustja 3 mesjaca razvoditsja, posle chego knjaz' poluchaet vozmozhnost' sam zhenit'sja na razvedennoj grafine Anzhel' fon Ljuksemburg. Za jeto knjaz' obeshhaet Rene polmilliona frankov, no stavit neskol'ko uslovij.