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.
Who's laughing now? It's you! Why? Because you're settling back with a rib-tickling collection of great radio comedy! All of your favorites are here: Jack and Fred, Phil and Alice, Fibber and Molly, Edgar and Charlie, George and Gracie, Lum and Abner, Snooks and Daddy, and many more! Crack a smile as the kings and queens of comedy crack wise. Here are 24 digitally restored and remastered episodes of radio revelry from shows that have kept Americans in stitches for more than 50 years.
Six voices, but just one larger-than-life attitude! The "man with the action-packed expense account" is back in action in 26 thrilling episodes. Charles Russell, Edmund O'Brien, John Lund, Bob Readick, Mandel Kramer, and of course Bob Bailey star as America's Fabulous Freelance Insurance Investigator.
"Can't Get Enough Of Johnny Dollar"
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."
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.
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.
"Love GRACIE ALLEN!"
It's midcentury madness as Jack Benny slides smoothly into the 1950s with great guests, hilarious running gags, and even a song or two! This classic collection features 20 episodes from Jack's final years on radio, accompanied by his constant cohorts Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Bob Crosby, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Dennis Day, the Sportsmen Quartet, and Don Wilson.
This collection contains six classic Christmas radio productions from the '30s, '40s, and '50s.
"Great old shows!"
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.
Orson Welles both starred in and directed The Campbell Playhouse, a radio drama (1938-40) produced by Welles and John Houseman. The episodes include adaptions of classic novels and plays, as well as radio versions of the era's popular films.
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.
Yes, here comes radio's favorite teenager, stumbling and bumbling his way through 16 classic episodes. Ezra Stone stars as Henry Aldrich, a likeable sort of kid who manages to turn everything he touches into catastrophe.
"Good, But the Original Is Better"
Our Miss Brooks was a situation comedy show heard on radio and seen on television and in films starring Oscar winner Eve Arden. Her skill with the wicked one-liner and acid aside had begun to lead to typecasting, so, to find a new image, Arden signed on for the lead in radio's Our Miss Brooks. The series centered on Connie Brooks, a smart, sharp-witted, lovable English teacher at fictional Madison High School.
And now, let's see what's going on down in Pine Ridge: A winner is declared in the war bond contest to become Lum's bride! And that's not all. The community is exposed to surrealist painting, Mousey returns from the war, and a runaway girl seeks protection in the Jot 'Em Down Store. Come hear Chester Lauck and Norris Goff as they star in 36 consecutive episodes from the summer of 1943.
Amos 'n' Andy is an American radio and television sitcom set in Harlem, Manhattan's historic black community. The original radio show, which was popular from the 1920s through the 1950s, was created, written, and voiced by two white actors, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, who played a number of different characters, including the titular Amos Jones (Gosdon) and Andrew Hogg Brown (Correll).
People you know, with lives you recognize -- that's Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce as The Couple Next Door, radio's funny and forthright depiction of the ups and downs of everyday life. Mr. and Mrs. Piper's on-air chemistry mesh perfectly with the understated authenticity of the scripts, and bring the characters to honest life. Madeleine Pierce, Francie Myers, and Margaret Hamilton co-star in these earnest and entertaining vignettes. Here are the first 24 surviving episodes of this classic daytime favorite, created and written by Peg Lynch.
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"
Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve requests the honor of your presence at the marriage of his niece, Marjorie Forrester, to Bronco Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thompson at Summerfield Church on May 10, 1950. Harold Peary, starring as Uncle Mort, finds himself at odds with Bronco's parents, at loose ends with love interest Kathy Milford, and at a loss on how to deal with Marjorie's impending departure. But he's got trusted and treasured friends in Summerfield to help him through.
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."
"Addictive and fun, but questionable sound quality"
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.