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.
"Great Halloween OTR"
Here's one of radio's greatest comic rivalries: the blustery W. C. Fields facing off against the impudent Charlie McCarthy! You'll also hear Don Ameche, Dorothy Lamour, Nelson Eddy, and some guy named Edgar Bergen! The pomposity of Fields' comic persona clashes spectacularly with Charlie's, the foe of the haughty and the self-absorbed, in their no-holds-barred feud.
"The Dummy and the Drunk."
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.
"You can't go wrong with Bergen and McCarthy!"
Twenty years after they first convulsed the nation over the air, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy were still going strong - in a slick, entertaining full-hour series featuring an array of interesting and unusual guests! Join Bergen and his friends Jack Kirkwood, Ray Noble, Gary Crosby, Carol Richards, and the Mellomen - plus Charlie's friends Mortimer Snerd and Effie Klinker - for 10 digitally restored and remastered episodes from the fall of 1955.
"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".
Guest Ronald Colman appeals for help for the United States Crop Corps and tells Charlie the story of "Random Harvest." Mortimer Snerd discusses his plans for the coming planting season. Guests Victor Moore and William Gaxton are running a draft board (they answer the phone!)
"Rest your eyes, and listen here....I'm Rod Serling, and this is The Zero Hour." From 1972 to 1974, The Zero Hour brought potent thrillers to the radio waves, edge-of-your-seat original radio dramas from best-selling mystery novels, featuring stars from radio's Golden Age and popular television personalities. Rest your eyes and experience a provocative episode from this legendary radio program.
The program originates from the Marine Air Station, Belinda, California. Charlie has cracked into society and he's going with a wealthy girl named, "Snooky Wooky Poo." Guest Veronica Lake joins Charlie in teaching the Marines how to win a bride.
Charlie is unhappy with the dancing lessons he's being forced to take. Mortimer has a new Spring suit. Guest Tallulah Bankhead appears with Charlie in a play set in the Kingdom of Miscellania.
Edgar tells Charlie the story of, "The Pied Piper Of Hamelin." Mortimer plans to be a movie star. Guest Jane Wyman joins Edgar and Charlie is their own version of, "The Yearling."
Charlie is going to meet his French pen pal. Mortimer Snerd tries to remember the months of the year. Guest Charles Boyer is going to be Charlie's interpreter as he romances his French friend.
Charlie tells Edgar Bergen about his music lessons. Don Ameche and guest Gladys George appear in, "Personal Appearance." W. C. Fields announces that he's leaving on vacation. The verbal battle with Charlie McCarthy continues.
Guest Rags Ragland does a vaudeville style routine about sausages. Later, guest Claudette Colbert makes an appeal to fight inflation - and invites Charlie to spend the summer on her farm.
This is the Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy Show, with guest Robert Cummings.
Edgar teaches Charlie about the brain. Fourteen year old Jane Powell guests. Charlie and guest W. C. Fields are out on the golf course. W. C. loses his place in the script and his line is read by Charlie!
Bergen has been called to jury duty. Mortimer forgets why he has a string on his finger. Guest Edward Arnold is running a used car lot. Charlie is looking to buy a car for Bergen's "tenth anniversary" (with Chase and Sanborn).
You can't join the army when you're three feet tall and made of wood - but honorary sergeant Charlie McCarthy found a way to help the war effort by entertaining on the home front! Here are some of Charlie's funniest wartime escapades from 1943 - many of which have never before been available! Oh, and Edgar Bergen's around, too - that guy who somehow makes us believe that Charlie, Mortimer, and Effie are real.