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.
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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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 the small town of Summerfield, Willard Waterman is featured as the local water commissioner, struggling to successfully raise his niece, Marjorie (Marylee Robb), and his precocious nephew, Leroy (Walter Tetley), while also courting some of the town's more attractive female residents.
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.
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.
Created by Irving Brecher, The Life of Riley starred William Bendix as Brooklyn-born Chester A. Riley, a family man who worked as a wing riveter at the fictional Cunningham Aircraft plant in California. The stories were usually set at home, where Riley would cheerfully disrupt life with his malapropisms and ill-timed intervention into minor problems. His stock answer to every turn of fate became a popular catchphrase: "What a revoltin' development this is!"
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 five Christmas radio classics from The Great Gildersleeve.
This collection contains 12 of the greatest radio shows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio! You'll hear Freeman Gosden and Charlezas Correll as Amos and Andy, Howard Duff as Detective Sam Spade, Tom Conway as the immortal Sherlock Holmes, Jim and Marian Jordon as Fibber McGee and Molly, Willard Waterman as the Great Gildersleeve, Eve Arden as Connie Brooks of Our Miss Brooks, William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, Charles Laughton in a terrifying episode of Suspense, plus many more!
"Well, hello! Come right in! Oh, George! We've got company! " 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 eight-hour collection of hilarious half-hour visits to the Burns house features a galaxy of famous guests!
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 Cinnamon Bear is arguably the best holiday series ever developed for radio. First heard in1937, this wonderful Christmas fantasy adventure was created and written by Glanville Heisch (with the help of his wife, Elisabeth) for children of all ages. It all starts with twins Judy and Jimmy Barton just before Christmas. Someone - or something - has taken the "Silver Star" from the top of their Christmas tree. The very Irish teddy bear, Paddy O'Cinnamon, comes to their rescue and tells them that the Crazy Quilt Dragon has taken the star to Maybeland.
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."
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"
Andy Rooney once observed, "A lot of people think, as I do, that they appreciate Bob and Ray more than anyone else does." Undoubtedly included in that lot of people are classic radio fans, many of whom have delighted in the offbeat radio antics of Messrs. Elliott and Goulding for the past half century.
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.
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!
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! 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!
This collection contains four Christmas radio classics from Fibber McGee and Molly.