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Jim Porterville, CA, USA Member Since 2002
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  • Bob Hope Show: Christmas 1941

    "Classic old time radio show"

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    Where does Bob Hope Show rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Bob Hope became America, his timing, his talent and his style. One could not help but love to travel back in time when Radio was king and thousands gathered around them and were entertained and there lives seemed a little less hurried.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bob Hope Show?

    This was taken from 1941 and just think what happened just weeks before this. Bob and His crew did a great job at trying to make people laugh even in the darkest times. Bob's timing for great comedy is what is best about the Bob hope anything.


    Have you listened to any of Bob Hope’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think all of Bob "Christmas tree" Hope as he calls himself in this show are worth everyone who likes radio, or loves history or just likes to laugh. Bob Hope was a true Icon.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just laughed at the dated humor which was very fun indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    Radio is Theater of the Mind and I recommend this and all old time radio to everyone

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  • 4.3 (22 ratings)

    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 (20 ratings)

    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

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

  • 4.4 (15 ratings)

    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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  • 4.1 (54 ratings)

    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.

  • 4.1 (16 ratings)

    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"
  • 4.2 (12 ratings)

    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.

  • 4.2 (11 ratings)

    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"
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  • 3.6 (39 ratings)

    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!"
  • 3.8 (24 ratings)

    A Jack Benny Christmas Vol. 1

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    • By Jack Benny
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    This collection contains four Christmas radio classics from The Jack Benny Program.

    Mark says: "still sparkles"
  • 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 Bob Hope Show, Vol. 10

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bob Hope
    • Narrated By Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Gregory, and others
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    This collection features five episodes of the classic NBC radio show starring Bob Hope: Bing Crosby, Gregory, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Lucille Ball.

  • Lum & Abner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Radio Spirits, Inc.
    • Narrated By Chester Lauck, Norris Goff
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    Confirmed bachelor Lum Edwards is an earnest entrepreneur - stable, yet stumbling. Forever jumping to conclusions, Abner Peabody tends to act first and ask questions later. Together, these silly silver-haired citizens of Pine Ridge, Arkansas, are the proprietors of the Jot 'Em Down Store. This good-hearted, if somewhat misguided, pair have such a slow and easy way about them that folks might assume their lives are uneventful - but, nothing could be farther from the truth!

  • 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.

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  • 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....

  • 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."

  • The Phil Harris - Alice Faye Show: Money, Beauty & Brains

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dick Chevillat
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  • 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."

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  • Our Miss Brooks: Volume Two

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    • By Eve Arden, Jeff Chandler, Gale Gordon, and others
    • Narrated By Eve Arden
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    Pay attention class! Here are 18 more entertaining episodes of America's most engaging English Teacher - Our Miss Brooks!Today's lessons have less to do with language and more to do with love, as the falteringly forward Connie Brooks (Eve Arden) continues her quest for the romantically reserved Mr. Boynton (Jeff Chandler). Overseeing, and undermining, our heroine is the peevish Principal Conklin (Gale Gordon). And, dutiful student Walter Denton (Richard Crenna) is always on hand - along with side-kick Stretch Snodgrass - for Miss Brooks misadventures.

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  • Fibber McGee & Molly, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan
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    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.

  • Bob Hope Show: Guest Star Lucille Ball

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Bob Hope Show
    • Narrated By Bob Hope, Lucille Ball
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    This episode of Bob Hope's classic NBC radio show, broadcast from Long Beach, California, originally aired on May 17, 1949.

  • 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.

    Michael Hellyer says: "Hardcore Jack Benny fans may like, but..."
  • 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."

  • Rare Daws Butler, Volume 3

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Charles Dawson Butler, Don Messick
    • Narrated By Charles Dawson Butler, Don Messick, Doug Young
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    Rare Daws Butler, Volume Three offers a full hour of lost audio from the mind - and voice - of the genius behind so many beloved cartoon characters. Included here are "Huckleberry Hound and the Ghost Ship" and "Quick Draw McGraw and the Treasure of Sarah's Mattress," remastered by Daws Butler protégé Joe Bevilacqua.

  • 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).

  • Fibber McGee & Molly, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan
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    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.

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  • The Best of Cartoon Carnival, Volume 4: The Superstars

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Waterlogg Productions
    • Narrated By Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, uncredited
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    From Mel Blanc to June Foray, from Disney to Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Carnival is a lively hour of rare and classic cartoon audio, children's records, cartoon music and sound effects, new radio cartoons, interviews, and mini-documentaries about the wonderful world of animation. The wonderful cast includes Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, June Foray, Corey Burton, Matt Hurwitz, Daws Butler, Don Messick, Doug Young, Chas Butler, Lee Harris, Nancy Cartwright, Mel Blanc, and many others.

  • The Best of Cartoon Carnival

    • ORIGINAL (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Waterlogg Productions
    • Narrated By Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, uncredited
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    This collection includes all four volumes of The Best of Cartoon Carnival.

    As the protégé of cartoon voice legend Daws Butler, veteran award-winning broadcaster Joe Bevilacqua is no stranger to the cartoon world. From Mel Blanc to June Foray, from Disney to Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Carnival is a lively hour of rare and classic cartoon audio, children's records, cartoon music and sound effects, new radio cartoons, interviews, and mini-documentaries about the wonderful world of animation.

  • The Best of Cartoon Carnival, Volume 3: Pirates, Ghosts, and Moon Men

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Waterlogg Productions
    • Narrated By Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, Charles Dawson Butler, and others
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    New and remastered productions by the voices of Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Doggie Daddy, and more! This audio is produced with wonderful sound effects and music by veteran radio theater producer Joe Bevilacqua, and performed by husband and wife team Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg, plus Daws Butler, Don Messick, Doug Young, Mel Blanc and Paul Frees.

  • Adventures of Philip Marlowe Vol 1

    • ORIGINAL (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By PDQ Audiobooks
    • Narrated By Gerald Mohr Van Heflin
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    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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  • Happy Halloween

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Radio Spirits
    • Narrated By Boris Karloff, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, and others
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    An orange glow peeks through the window on a crisp October night. Is it a jack-o'-lantern? Or, is it the radio dial? It's both! This collection of radio's happiest Halloween moments is replete with good old-fashioned haunted houses, costume parties, cemeteries, tricks and treats. Have fun with favorites like Jack Benny, Hal Peary, William Bendix, Ozzie & Harriet, Lucille Ball, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, and 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.