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    • Great Radio Comedy

    • By: Various
    • Narrated by: Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, George Burns
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just delightful

    • By Adolphus McClanahan on 04-24-19

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Jack Benny: The Gang's All Here

    • By: Original Radio Broadcast
    • Narrated by: Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Don Wilson, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Jack Benny's supporting cast - his "gang" - was the heart, soul, and success of his radio program. Mary Livingstone, Don Wilson, Phil Harris, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Dennis Day, Frank Nelson, Mel Blanc, Artie Auerbach, and Ronald and Benita Colman delivered many of the best jokes - and earned biggest laughs - on the show. Many members of this talented ensemble went on to star in programs of their own - always with Jack's support. This collection includes some of the gang's best work - both on and off of Benny's program.

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Burns & Allen

    • Treasury
    • By: Original Radio Broadcast
    • Narrated by: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Cary Grant, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    While George Burns and Gracie Allen were uproariously funny on stage, screen, and television, radio was - and remains - the preeminent showcase for their comedic talents. Here you’ll find 20 digitally remastered and restored radio episodes, including some available here for the first time anywhere, featuring big name guest stars like Cary Grant, Ray Milland, Hedy Lamarr, Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, Bing Crosby, Cesar Romero, and more! Aiding and abetting the stars was a top-notch supporting cast that included announcer-sidekick Bill Goodwin and others!

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Jack Benny: Fabulous 40's

    • By: Jack Benny
    • Narrated by: Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 29

    It was the decade of a World War and a Cold War. It was the decade of the Zoot Suit and FDR. But most of all, it was the decade of Jack Benny! Radio's favorite comedian truly came into his own during the 1940s.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • LOVE Jack Benny's radio programs!!! So funny!!<br />

    • By Brenda on 01-14-19

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Jack Benny: Great Outdoors

    • By: Original Radio Broadcast
    • Narrated by: Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Rough, rugged, and ready for anything, Jack Benny braves the howling winds atop an icy mountain peak…until he falls down and drags himself back to the ski lodge. Get ready for the comic adventures of radio's favorite comedian as you've never heard him before. He's the manliest of men, the conqueror of every wilderness, the very personification of virile vigor! Jack heads off for 16 rootin'-tootin' outdoor escapades, along with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Bob Crosby, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Kenny Baker, Dennis Day, and Don Wilson.

    Regular price: $22.37

    • Burns & Allen: Illogical Logic

    • By: Original Radio Broadcast
    • Narrated by: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Meredith Wilson, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Laughs come in twos with America's favorite comedy team! Here comes George Burns and Gracie Allen in 16 illogically logical half hours featuring a parade of guest stars, including Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, and Cary Grant! Bill Goodwin, Tobe Reed, and Meredith Willson are on hand as George and Gracie find themselves tangling with madcap matters of crime, competition, money, and matrimony. This collection features rare episodes and rare talent!

    Regular price: $22.37

    • Our Miss Brooks: The Ultimate Collection - Over 180 Shows

    • By: Al Lewis
    • Narrated by: Eve Arden, Gale Gordon
    • Length: 79 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
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      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Laughter is such a great thing!

    • By Kathi on 04-06-18

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Phil Harris-Alice Faye: First 20

    • By: Original Radio Broadcast
    • Narrated by: Phil Harris, Alice Faye, Elliott Lewis, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
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    So Frankie Remley asked Phil Harrisand they'd soon find out, kicking off a memorable run of The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. The Rexall years marked the peak of the program's popularity, and the laughs come thick and fast! Join Phil, Alice, Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Robert North, and the whole gang for the first 20 surviving episodes of the 1948-49 season.

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Amos 'n' Andy, Volume 1

    • By: Freeman Gosden
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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).

    Regular price: $34.99

    • You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx, Vol. 1

    • By: Black Eye Entertainment
    • Narrated by: Groucho Marx
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Original Recording
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    Groucho Marx is your quizmaster and host to one of the funniest and most popular quiz shows from radio and television, You Bet Your Life! Enjoy 16 fun-filled comedy episodes from the long-running radio series! Created by John Guedel, You Bet Your Life was one of the best-loved quiz shows to air on both radio and television. It was hosted by Groucho Marx of the Marx Brothers, with announcer and assistant George Fenneman. It debuted on radio in 1947 and lasted until 1960. For much of this time it was also seen on television. 

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Jack Benny: The Fabulous 50s

    • By: Jack Benny
    • Narrated by: Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 23
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      5 out of 5 stars 21
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      5 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: Mysterious Matters

    • By: Jack Johnstone
    • Narrated by: Bob Bailey, Charles Russell, Edmund O'Brien, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      5 out of 5 stars 17
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      5 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I am an old time radio fan

    • By M.K. on 04-18-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Jolson on the Radio

    • By: NBC Radio
    • Narrated by: Al Jolson
    • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    This collection features 30 Kraft Music Hall programs, all newly restored to the highest audio quality using equipment that was not available when the first collection was produced. In addition, this volume features other classic Jolson radio appearances, including three Lux Radio Theatre episodes.

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Damon Runyon Theatre: Dolls and Guys and Broadway

    • By: Damon Runyon, Russell Hughes
    • Narrated by: John Brown
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
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      5 out of 5 stars 11
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      5 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I adore this series.

    • By RapaciousReader on 10-18-16

    Regular price: $19.56

    • The Great Gildersleeve, Vol. 3

    • By: Black Eye Entertainment
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve was a popular character appearing regularly on The Fibber McGee & Molly Show. On August 31, 1941, the character landed his own situation comedy show, The Great Gildersleeve, becoming radio’s first spin-off. Gildy moved from the town of Wistful Vista to Summerfield, where he raised his orphaned niece and nephew, Marjorie (originally played by Lurene Tuttle and followed by Louise Erickson and Mary Lee Robb) and Leroy (Walter Tetley). The household also included a cook named Birdie (Lillian Randolph).  

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Couple Next Door: Business & Pleasure

    • By: Original Radio Broadcast
    • Narrated by: Peg Lynch, Alan Bunce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Mr. and Mrs. Piper are at it again - navigating the ebb and flow of postwar suburbia in The Couple Next Door. The head of the household takes up a new hobby, navigates changes at work, and faces a few domestic dilemmas - all while his lovely wife stands by...and stands her ground! Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce star in 32 consecutive episodes from 1959, featuring Margaret Hamilton as Aunt Effie!

    Regular price: $22.37

    • The Stan Freberg Show

    • The Complete Collection
    • By: Black Eye Entertainment
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    The Stan Freberg Show ran on CBS radio for only 15 episodes in 1957. Despite its short run, the show developed running gags and stock jokes that are still remembered today. Much of the show took deadly satiric aim at the advertising business, making it difficult for CBS to find a sponsor. By week 13 it was apparent that a sponsor would not be signing on, so CBS cancelled the show. This collection features all 15 episodes of The Stan Freberg Show plus a bonus episode of The CBS Radio Workshop where Stan explains the art of satire to a skeptical censor.

    Regular price: $15.43

    • Burns & Allen

    • And Friends
    • By: Keith Fowler, Paul Henning
    • Narrated by: Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, George Burns, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    Regular price: $22.37

    • Burns & Allen Show Collection 2

    • By: Black Eye Entertainment
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
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    When real life husband and wife George Burns and Gracie Allen worked together in vaudeville, George was the comic and his wife Gracie had the straight lines. They switched their roles upon discovering that Gracie’s delivery got a bigger laugh than George’s punch lines.  Eventually, they starred in a show as husband and wife, The Burns & Allen Show, which became a huge hit and eventually made a successful transition to television.  

    Regular price: $14.99

    • Father Knows Best, Volume 5

    • By: NBC Radio
    • Narrated by: Robert Young, full cast
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $34.99

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