Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll made their radio debut January 12, 1926, as the comedic, blackface characters Sam 'n' Henry. On March 19, 1928, they introduced Amos 'n' Andy, which went on to become one of the most popular and longest-running programs in radio history. During the height of the show's popularity, almost the entire country listened to the 15-minute adventures of Amos and Andy that aired Monday through Friday.
Some might remember My Friend Irma as the movie that served as the launching pad for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Others recall a television show of the same name. But My Friend Irma actually originated as a radio sitcom that aired on CBS from 1947 to 1954. The show chronicled the daily highjinks of an extremely dim-witted blond stenographer named Irma Peterson and her screwball friends.
"I'll clip ya, Bergen... so help me, I'll mow you down!" Charlie cheerfully threatens, insults, and otherwise needles the elegant Edgar through 16 digitally remastered episodes - all of them from the 1950s, and seven of them never before available to the public. The aging, man-crazy mannequin Effie Clinker bends your ear (and her elbow); and modest Mortimer Snerd gives new meaning to the phrase "ventriloquist's dummy".
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.
When you're the country's favorite radio comedian, you tend to have a lot of friends. And those friends can't wait to have you stop by for a visit, crack a joke or two, play a fiddle solo, or even step out of character for a rare dramatic turn. Such was the case with Jack Benny. Consistently near the top of the rating charts with his own program, Jack was a popular guest artist on dozens of different series.
"Five nights of exceptional entertainment every week!" Produced and directed by Elliott Lewis and Fletcher Markle, The Mutual Radio Theater was a bold experiment in reviving the art of radio drama. Big name hosts - including Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson, and Leonard Nimoy -introduced westerns, adventure tales, and productions with a light comedic touch.
Six more episodes from Colonial Radio Theatre's long-running comedy series The New Dibble Show. Join Dibble and the gang from Mayham for lots of laughs.
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.
A musical romance of Depression show business.
Daddy shows Baby Snooks his newly invented coffee pouring robot. Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford appear as Baby Snooks and Daddy.
Daddy tries to get some work done at home. Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford appear as Baby Snooks and Daddy.
A comedy about a man trying to get his wife (whom he hasn't seen in seven years) to give him a divorce.
Guest Shelley Winters heats up the joint, and Archie gets a mysterious valentine. It is unsigned - or, in Archie words, "unanimous."
Daddy takes Snooks to the observatory so she can write a report about stars. Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford appear as Baby Snooks and Daddy.
Snooks annoys Daddy while he's listening to police calls on his new shortwave radio. Gale Gordon is heard as a police dispatcher.
Daddy tries to balance his books, but Baby Snooks needs help with her homework! Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford appear as Baby Snooks and Daddy.
A comedy about a businessman forced to marry his secretary, who really loves him!
Archie finds the diary of Peter Stuyvesant. Featuring Ed Gardner, Arthur Treacher, Bert Gordon, Hazel Shermet.
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 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.
Our Miss Brooks was a highly popular radio sitcom that was eventually adapted for both television and film. It starred Hollywood film and New York stage veteran Eve Arden, who specialized in playing the wisecracking friend. She often did it better than anyone else, receiving an Oscar nomination for the 1945 film Mildred Pierce. Since her skill with the wicked one-liner was beginning to lead to typecasting, Arden signed on for the lead in radio's Our Miss Brooks to find a new image.
Jack and his friends are leaving for New York; so it's down to the train station for the traditional send-off...well, not quite.
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!
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.
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.
Any comedian can be funny in the studio, but domestic comedy is usually considered the province of actors who happen to do comedy. Jack Benny straddled the two roles for most of his career - the suave, witty master of ceremonies standing on stage in front of a curtain one moment; the put-upon householder tormented by a bumptious servant, eccentric friends, and troublesome neighbors the next.
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!
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.
"Laugh Out Loud Fun!"
These 20 digitally restored and re-mastered episodes co-star Gale Gordon as the blustery, autocratic Osgood Conklin; Richard Crenna as the ever-exuberant Walter Denton; and, Jane Morgan as absent-minded landlady Mrs. Davis.
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.
Family life in wartime America could be fun - if you had a sense of humor! Here's William Bendix as the clamorous-yet-caring father and "revoltin'" riveter Chester A. Riley, who always seemed to end up on the silly side of things! Through 16 digitally restored and remastered episodes from 1944, Riley cozies up to the boss, competes with the neighbors, and causes all manner of comic calamity.
This collection features five episodes of the classic NBC radio show starring Bob Hope: Bing Crosby, Gregory, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Lucille Ball.
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.
This collection features five episodes of the classic NBC radio show starring Bob Hope. Guest stars include Judy Garland, Betty Grable and Jackie Coogan, Basil Rathbone, Dizzy Dean, and Kate Smith.
This collection features five episodes of the classic NBC radio show starring Bob Hope: Edward G. Robinson, Shirley Temple, Herbert Marshall, Aboard the USS South Dakota, and Red Skelton.
This collection features five episodes of the classic NBC radio show starring Bob Hope: Bing Crosby, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Van Johnson, and Peter Lorre.
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.
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.