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MillenniumMike

MillenniumMike Aurora, IL United States Member Since 2009

Favorites are histories and mysteries. Once avid reader trying to pick up the pace again later in life.

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  • "Hardcore Jack Benny fans may like, ..."

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    What would have made Jack Benny Spoofs better?

    Funnier writing. Some Jack Benny programs are full of fun and laughs; these shows are not. There's not much wit here.


    Has Jack Benny Spoofs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will be careful which Jack Benny


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators???s performances?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Jack Benny Spoofs?

    Pretty much all of it. There's little wit, the live audience on the soundtrack doesn't seem to know if and when to laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Jack Benny shows vary in quality. These shows are at the lower end. Insults are too direct, gags are cliche'-ridden, there's not too much inspired comedy here.

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    Jack Benny Spoofs

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Radio Spirits, Inc.
    • Narrated By Jack Benny, Phil Harris, Mary Livingstone, and others
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    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.

    MillenniumMike says: "Hardcore Jack Benny fans may like, but..."
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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

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    • 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

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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)
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    This collection contains five Christmas radio classics from The Jack Benny Program.

  • 4.2 (59 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

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    • 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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  • 3.8 (12 ratings)
    Bob Hope Show: Guest Stars Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis  by Bob Hope Show Narrated by Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis

    Bob Hope Show: Guest Stars Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis

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    • By Bob Hope Show
    • Narrated By Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis
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    This episode of Bob Hope's classic NBC radio show originally aired on March 29, 1949.

  • 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"
  • The Bickersons, Volume One  by Philip Rapp Narrated by Don Ameche, Frances Langford

    The Bickersons, Volume One

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Philip Rapp
    • Narrated By Don Ameche, Frances Langford
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    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."

  • Jack Benny: Drawing a Blanc  by Jack Benny, Mel Blanc, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie Anderson, Don Wilson Narrated by Jack Benny

    Jack Benny: Drawing a Blanc

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jack Benny, Mel Blanc, Mary Livingstone, and others
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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.

    Jennifer says: "Laugh Out Loud Fun!"
  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Bob Hope Show: Guest Star Chico Marx  by Bob Hope Show Narrated by Bob Hope, Chico Marx

    Bob Hope Show: Guest Star Chico Marx

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    • By Bob Hope Show
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    This episode of Bob Hope's classic NBC radio show originally aired on November 8, 1938.

  • The Best of Duffy's Tavern: The Golden Age of Radio, Old Time Radio Shows and Serials  by Ed Gardner Narrated by Ed Gardner

    The Best of Duffy's Tavern: The Golden Age of Radio, Old Time Radio Shows and Serials

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ed Gardner
    • Narrated By Ed Gardner
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    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....

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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!

  • Arch Oboler: Retrospective  by Arch Oboler Narrated by James Cagney, Lloyd Bridges, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Dinah Shore, Mary Astor, Boris Karloff

    Arch Oboler: Retrospective

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Arch Oboler
    • Narrated By James Cagney, Lloyd Bridges, Ingrid Bergman, and others
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    Oboler was deeply devoted to the war effort, producing plays of men and women answering the call in spite of everything, and inspiring citizens on the home front to do the same. But, in a frightening world, perhaps he made people brave by poking a bit of fun at fear itself with his terrifying tales of the undoing of misguided souls. This 10-hour tribute featuring performances by James Cagney, Lloyd Bridges, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Irene Dunn, Ronald Colman, Dinah Shore, Mary Astor, Olivia De Haviland, Boris Karloff, and more.

  • 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"
  • The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 1  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by Carl Amari, Willard Waterman, full cast

    The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Carl Amari, Willard Waterman, full cast
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    Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve was a popular character,appearing each week on the Fibber McGee & Molly radio show. On August 31, 1941, Gildersleeve landed his own situation comedy show, The Great Gildersleeve, which was radio’s first spin-off. Gildersleeve moved from the town of Wistful Vista to Summerfield, where he oversaw his late brother-in-law’s estate and took on the rearing of his orphaned niece and nephew, Marjorie (originally played by Lurene Tuttle and followed by Louise Erickson and Mary Lee Robb) and Leroy Forester (Walter Tetley).

  • 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

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    • 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.