Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Jack Benny - December 31, 1944 - Jack Resolves to Be Friends with Fred Allen

Jack makes a New Year's resolution to be friends with Fred Allen. Larry Stevens sings "The Trolley Song". The annual New Year's pageant is performed.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

You Bet Your Life - December 28, 1949 - Unedited

Groucho interviews a newlywed couple, a carhop and a married man, and a college football player and a chiropractor from Iran.
This is the full-length live recording of the show, before it was edited for broadcast.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Jack Benny - December 27, 1942 - New Year's Eve Skit

A replacement is needed for the absent Phil Harris in the annual New Year's sketch, and Fred Allen shows up.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - December 26, 1948 - The Christmas Present

Remley's upset because Phil only spent $2 on his Christmas gift, but Phil's upset because Remley got a gift from Rexall (the sponsor) and he didn't. Phil sings "Keep in the Middle of the Road".

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Bob Hope - December 24, 1952 - Frank Sinatra / Christmas Presents

Frank Sinatra buys Christmas presents for the crew on his latest movie, and has them sent to Bob Hope's house, expecting to pick them up there. In a flashback, Bob and Frank recall how they first met working at a department store. Sinatra sings "South of the Border".

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Burns & Allen - December 22, 1942 - Santa and the Wicked Pirate

Gracie dreams that she and George fly to Santa's Workshop on their pet duck, Herman. Arthur Q. Bryan plays Santa.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Jack Benny - December 21, 1947 - Last Minute Shopping

In another excellent Christmas episode, the gang heads to a department store for some Christmas shopping. Benny Rubin plays the racetrack tout in this early appearance by the character.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - December 20, 1953 - Christmas Gift Mix-Up

Connie plans to use her meager Christmas budget to buy a gift for Mr. Boynton, but her friends are all dropping hints about the gifts they want.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - December 18, 1949 - Getting a Christmas Tree in the Mountains

After having trouble finding a Christmas tree in town, Phil and Alice decide to go up to the mountains to get one. Phil sings "Woodman, Spare That Tree", and Alice sings "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm".

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jack Benny - December 17, 1950 - Golf Tees for Don

In one of the series' best Christmas episodes, Jack goes Christmas shopping with Mary. Frank Nelson plays the floorwalker, and Bea Benaderet plays a watch saleswoman. Sheldon Leonard shows up as his racetrack tout character, and Mel Blanc returns as the salesman who makes the mistake of telling Jack there are two kinds of golf tees.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Burns & Allen - December 16, 1941 - Mailing a Christmas Present

Gracie brings trouble for George when they go to the Post Office to mail a Christmas present. Jimmy Cash sings "My Foolish Heart and I".

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Fred Allen - December 14, 1947 - Most Important Advance in Science 1947

A series of jibes about poultry leads to Allen's Alley, where the question is about the biggest advance in science in the past year.

Friday, December 13, 2013

You Bet Your Life - December 13, 1950

Groucho interviews a greeting card writer and a gadget salesman, a housewife and a hosiery designer, and two high school students.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Jack Benny - December 12, 1937 - Christmas Shopping

Jack takes Mary Christmas shopping. Eddie Anderson is especially good as an elevator operator; this was before his Rochester character was created. Frank Nelson appears as a floorwalker in a funny scene, but his abrasive character hadn't quite been developed yet. Kenny Baker sings "Am I in Love?"

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Great Gildersleeve - December 10, 1947 - Christmas Shopping

Gildy realizes that Christmas is coming soon, and plans his list of gifts to buy. His friends and family have other ideas, however.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Jack Benny - December 9, 1951 - Guadalajara Trio Sings Jack's Song

In a show from Palm Springs, Jack gets the Guadalajara Trio to sing his unsaleable song, "When You Say I Beg Your Pardon, Then I'll Come Back to You". Dennis Day sings "A Little Bit of Heaven".

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

You Bet Your Life - December 6, 1950

Groucho meets a bachelor and a spinster, a female dentist and a Texan, and a female deputy and a symphony conductor.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jack Benny - December 5, 1954 - Christmas Shopping

Jack goes Christmas shopping, where Mel Blanc's tormented salesman has transferred to the Art Supplies dept. this year in hopes of avoiding him. Frank Nelson appears as the floorwalker, of course, and Sheldon Leonard appears again as the racetrack tout.

The Christmas shopping shows were well-established at this point, and the writers seemed to delight in finding new ways for Benny to torment Blanc's salesman each year. This would be the last Christmas shopping episode on radio, but the routine continued on television.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - December 2,1951 - Mushy Notes to Harriet

When Walter writes a mash note to Harriet, Connie sees it and thinks Mr. Boynton has written it to her.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Jack Benny - December 1, 1940 - Jack Catches Cold at Don's House

Jack gets into a dispute with the rest of the gang about a recent trip to Don's house. Frank Nelson appears as a doctor.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Fred Allen - November 28, 1948 - Is Radio Comedy Suffering?

After an opening gibe at radio giveaway shows, Fred and Portland ask the locals if radio comedy is still holding up. Fred goes to meet George Jessel at Lindy's.

At the top of the show, Allen announces that they're ending their guarantee to match any money a listener fails to win if they're called by a giveaway show while listening to Fred Allen. The Allen show was falling in the ratings, the victim of a game show called "Stop the Music", and Allen seemed to be tremendously bothered by this. His series would end the following spring.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Great Gildersleeve - November 26, 1944 - Reception Aftermath

After a disastrous society reception, Gildy tries to make amends with his friends; Leroy and Marjorie are afraid he's falling in love again.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Jack Benny - November 25, 1951 - Jack and Mary See "Golden Girl" with Dennis' Mother

When Jack takes Mary to see the movie "Golden Girl" in which Dennis appears, they run into Dennis and his mother at the theater. Verna Felton gives another riotous performance as Dennis' mom.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - November 22, 1953 - The Butcher

When Mrs. Davis tells Connie that she's been planning to marry their butcher after a whirlwind courtship, Connie comes to believe he's a confidence man.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Jack Benny - November 21, 1943 - Jack Dreams He Is a Turkey

Wracked with guilt over the turkey he'll be eating at Thanksgiving, Jack dreams that he's the turkey. Frank Nelson plays a tour guide at a steak museum (a reference to the unavailability of steak during the war). Dennis Day sings "Say a Prayer for the Boys over There".

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Jack Benny - November 19, 1939 - Mary's Thanksgiving Poem

Mary changes her Thanksgiving presentation from a play to a poem; Jack invites the gang to his house for the holiday. Dennis Day sings "Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair".

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Duffy's Tavern - October 26, 1945 - Archie's Nephew

When Archie meets up with a quiz kid-type nephew from another branch of the family, he uses him to add a cultural note to the bar.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - November 14, 1948 - Inventing a New Drug

Phil and Remley try to impress the Rexall company by inventing a new drug. Phil Harris sings "The General and His Horse", and Alice Faye sings "A Little Bird Told Me".

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bob Hope - November 12, 1946 - Lucille Ball

In a sketch, Lucille Ball plays a girl trying to sabotage a star football player (Hope). Louanne Hogan sings "Autumn in New York".

Hope and Ball were good friends in real life, and appeared together frequently on radio and television. They also co-starred in four feature films.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - November 11, 1941 - Premiere of "Look Who's Laughing"

The movie "Look Who's Laughing", which features the McGees, is premiering at the Bijou, and everyone in town awaits the arrival of the star, Edgar Bergen.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bob Hope - November 9, 1948 - Jack Benny

In a sketch, Paramount executives debate what to do when Bob hurts his leg; Bob and Jack Benny fantasize about being disc jockeys. Doris Day sings "Every Day I Love You" and Bill Farrell sings "Slow Boat to China".

Friday, November 8, 2013

You Bet Your Life - November 8, 1950

Groucho meets a newlywed couple, a florist and a housewife, and a veteran and a draftee.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Burns & Allen - November 6, 1947 - A Live Hog

George and Gracie decide to have a barbecue, and invite their friends and neighbors. The Meredith Willson band plays "Among My Souvenirs".

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - November 3, 1942 - Duck Hunting with LaTrivia

While McGee and Mayor LaTrivia go hunting on the lake, Molly optimistically promises ducks to all their friends.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Jack Benny - October 31, 1948 - Jack Goes Trick-or-Treating

On Halloween, Jack goes trick-or-treating with his youth group, the Beavers. Dennis Day sings "Down among the Sheltering Palms".

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - October 29, 1950 - The Dancer

When Conklin hires an exotic dancer for a bachelor party, Connie mistakes her for Conklin's new secretary.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Jack Benny - October 28, 1951 - Jack Loses His Song

Jack has misplaced the sheet music for his unsaleable song, "When You Say I Beg Your Pardon, Then I'll Come Back to You". Ronald Colman and Benita Hume make another wonderful appearance as Jack's neighbors.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Great Gildersleeve - October 27, 1948 - Gildy Proposes to Adeline

In order to improve his chances of adopting the foundling the family's been caring for, Gildy proposes marriage to Adeline.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - October 26, 1953 - Fibber Gets Lost on the Train

While taking the train to visit Molly's Aunt Sarah, McGee heads to the club car, but then can't find Molly again. This is one of the 15 minute daily episodes without an audience, and the theme and music cues haven't been added to the recording yet.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fred Allen - October 25, 1942 - Roy Rogers / Courting of Jenny Sugs

The News segment addresses the new war edict for Meatless Tuesdays. The announcer for this episode is Arthur Godfrey, who only lasted a very few weeks as Allen's announcer. Godfrey had some very negative things to say about him afterward, although not many people seem to have had trouble getting along with Allen.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Jack Benny - October 24, 1948 - Jack Invites the Colmans to Dinner

The Colmans try to get out of going to dinner at Jack's house. Ronald Colman and Benita Hume are the guest stars, of course, and Frank Nelson appears on the other end of a phone call by Benny.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - October 23, 1949 - Sponsor's Formal Party

When the sponsor throws a formal party for Phil, a Pygmalion-type makeover needs to be done on Remley and the rest of the band. Alice sings "There's Yes Yes in Your Eyes"; Phil sings "Silas Lee from Tennessee".

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jack Benny - October 20, 1946 - The Fiddler

The gang parodies the popular radio series "The Whistler". Dennis Day sings "Scarlet Ribbons".

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Great Gildersleeve - October 19, 1941 - School Pranks

When Leroy overhears Gildy and Judge Hooker reminiscing about pranks from their school days, he pulls one of his own.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bob Hope - October 17, 1944 - Wheeler Infantry Base

In a show from Wheeler Infantry Base in Georgia, Frances Langford sings "Don't Get Around Much Anymore".

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jack Benny - October 16, 1938 - Last Broadcast from the Old NBC Studio

In the last show from the original NBC studios, Jack discusses his latest picture with Joan Bennett, "Artists and Models Abroad". Kenny Baker sings "I've Got a Date with a Dream".

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Jack Benny- October 12, 1947 - Jack Fixes Breakfast

After breakfast, Jack goes to visit the doctor, who of course turns out to be Frank Nelson.

Friday, October 11, 2013

You Bet Your Life - October 11, 1950

Groucho interviews two single youngsters, a trash collector and a housewife, and a woman who works at an employment agency and a yacht broker.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dennis Day - October 9, 1948 - Football Plays

When a rival football team steals Weaverville High's playbook, Dennis is drafted to steal it back. Dennis sings "Love Somebody".

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Jack Benny - October 8, 1944 - Jack Offers Dennis' Job to Frank Sinatra

With Dennis Day having joined the Navy, Jack tries to hire Frank Sinatra as his new singer. Frank Nelson plays a radio announcer.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fred Allen - October 7, 1945 - Charlie McCarthy's New Partner

Fred Allen returns to the air after taking a year off for health reasons. This episode features the first appearances of Senator Claghorn (Kenny Delmar) and Titus Moody (Parker Fennelly) in Allen's Alley. Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy are the guests, as Fred remembers when he agreed to become Charlie's new partner.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Burns & Allen - October 6, 1942 - Married but Single

Gracie tells George that she wants to recapture the romantic days of their courtship. Jimmy Cash sings "Serenade in Blue".

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - October 5, 1948 - Pressed Pants

When McGee stops off to have his pants pressed, he's stuck without them at the most inopportune time.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Jack Benny - October 3, 1948 - Jack Returns to America by Ship

After Jack, Mary and Phil return home on the Queen Mary from their summer tour of Europe, Jack continues to hear people yodeling. Dennis Day sings "A Tree in the Meadow". Frank Nelson plays a radio announcer.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fred Allen - October 2, 1935 - Once an Amateur

In this episode of "Town Hall Tonight", a satirical take on the news is followed by an amateur contest.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

You Bet Your Life - September 30, 1953

Groucho meets a serviceman and his wife, a female descendant of General Putnam and a reporter, and a college girl and an L.A. municipal court judge.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Great Gildersleeve - September 28, 1941 - Hiccups

While preparing to see Judge Hooker with Leroy and Marjorie, Gildy develops a severe case of hiccups.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - September 27, 1949 - The Fish Dinner

When Wallace Whimple says he'll bring a bunch of fish to McGee's house, McGee invites all his friends over to wait.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - September 26, 1954 - Mr. Lathrop Returns to School

A business executive returns to high school to get his diploma, but he upsets the staff, who conspire to get rid of him.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jack Benny - September 25, 1949 - Guest Show

Jack welcomes Edgar Bergen to CBS, and runs into Amos 'n Andy. Dennis Day sings "Some Enchanted Evening".

This episode took place in the thick of the talent raids by CBS against NBC. Bergen's new show for CBS was to premiere the next week. Other stars who made the switch during this period were the cast of "Amos 'n Andy", Red Skelton, Burns & Allen, and Harold Peary.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - September 23, 1935 - Scrubbing the Back Porch

After McGee gives up on trying to fix the doorbell in their new house in Wistful Vista, Molly tries to get him to scrub the back porch.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Jack Benny - September 21, 1952 - In Scotland, Jack Goes Shopping with Mary

The gang gathers at a lunch counter; later, Jack tells a reporter about his trip to Scotland the past summer.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Phil Harris/Alice Faye - September 18, 1949 - Phil Returns to the Air

Phil returns from his summer trip to Canada, but the first show of the season is tomorrow and nothing has been prepared. Alice sings "There's Yes Yes in Your Eyes" and Phil sings "Silas Lee".

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Jack Benny - September 17, 1950 - In Venice

The cast discusses the previous week's season premiere, and Mary recalls the trip to Venice taken that summer by her and Jack. Frank Nelson plays a phone company worker who collects the money from Jack's pay phone. Dennis Day sings "Mona Lisa".

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Favorite Husband - September 16, 1949 - Baseball

George and Mr. Atterbury want to play in the baseball game at the company outing, but they'll only be allowed in the game if their wives also play.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

You Bet Your Life - September 15, 1947 - Audition Show

This is the first episode produced of "You Bet Your Life", in order to sell the show. Jack Slatery is the announcer.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Jack Benny - September 13, 1953 - Back from Vacation in Hawaii

Jack returns from his summer vacation in Hawaii, and the gang gathers to greet him. Dennis Day sings "With These Hands".

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - September 11, 1949 - Head of the Board

Connie plans to take Walter on a picnic, but Walter has tricked Mr. Conklin into believing the head of the school board will make an inspection visit.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jack Benny - September 10, 1950 - Back from London

Jack and Rochester return from Jack's summer engagement at the Palladium. Dennis Day sings "Goodnight, Irene". The gang arrives at the studio to find that a TV show is being produced, and no one remembers radio. Frank Nelson and Mel Blanc play crew members.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Great Gildersleeve - September 6, 1942 - The Golf Tournament

The day after Marjorie is brought to a club dance by a bandleader , Gildy plays against him in a golf tournament. Mel Blanc plays an announcer, and Frank Nelson plays the bandleader.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jack Benny - January 21, 1940 - Killer Hogan

Doing the show from New York, Jack wants to protect himself from Fred Allen, and hires a fey bodyguard. Dennis Day sings "There I Go". Frank Nelson plays Jack's doctor.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - September 4, 1955 - Summer Vacation

When Connie hears that Mr. Boynton is vacationing at Crystal Lake, she plans a trip there as well.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Great Gildersleeve - August 30, 1942 - Fishing Trip

When Gildy's doctor recommends that he go on a fishing trip, he loads the family into the car and takes off.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - August 28, 1955 - Audio Visual Experiment

Connie attempts to rent a filmed version of the poem "Lady of the Lake" to show in class, but gets a Marilyn Monroe picture instead.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dennis Day - August 27, 1947 - The Drama Critic

Dennis is jealous when Mildred begins seeing the director of a play, and tries to get the play to close after its first performance. Dennis sings "Feudin and Fightin".

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - August 26, 1935 - The McGees Win 79 Wistful Vista

The McGees pass by a new housing development, and win a house in a drawing.

In this seminal episode of the series, the eventual sitcom formula is set up. For the first few months of the show, the McGees had traveled America by car, the better to promote Johnson's Car Wax. Starting with this episode, they're anchored at 79 Wistful Vista, where they would remain for 24 years (and add Johnson's Floor Wax to the mix).

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Jack Paar - August 24, 1947 - Cinderfella

Trudy Erwin sings "Nice Work if You Can Get It". A modern version of Cinderella is presented.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bob Hope - August 23, 1953 - David Niven

Bob plugs his recent book; Bob and guest David Niven celebrate the history of radio.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Jack Benny - January 22, 1939 - Phil Wants to Quit

Phil is planning to leave Jack to star in his own show; Jack reminisces about appearing with Fred Allen in his vaudeville days. Frank Nelson plays a doctor in a straight fashion.

Our Miss Brooks - August 21, 1949 - Weekend at Crystal Lake

Mrs. Conklin invites Connie to bring Mr. Boynton to the Conklins' cabin on the lake.

My Favorite Husband - August 20, 1948 - Liz Teaches the Samba

Liz teaches the samba to the son of a bigwig at George's bank.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Burns & Allen - August 19, 1940 - George Late for Show

George is late arriving to the show after spending time with a girl who thinks she's going to be his new partner. The Smoothies sing "Madame La Zonga", a song that inspired the film "Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga" the next year.

This episode is during the period where George and Gracie are still doing a "flirtation act", and their characters aren't married.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Jack Paar - August 17, 1947 - Jack Benny

Jack stages a talent contest to find his winter replacement. Will Jack Benny win?
Trudy Erwin sings "Just One of Those Things".

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jack Benny - December 27, 1942 - Fred Allen

The show is performed at the Vanderbilt Theater in New York, to an audience of servicemen. Benny Goodman and Fred Allen are the guests; Fred plays Uncle Sam in the New Year's Pageant.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - August 14, 1949 - The English Test

Stretch is giving a party that Connie wants to attend with Mr. Boynton, but he'll only be allowed to give the party if he wins a school English award.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Jack Paar - August 3, 1947 - Buying a House

When talk turns to the possibility of Hawaii becoming a state, Jack and Hy Averback do a routine with Jack as Fred Allen and Hy as a Hawaiian version of Senator Claghorn.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Bob Hope - August 12, 1944 - Somewhere in the South Pacific

Bob Hope brings his show to a naval hospital "somewhere in the South Pacific" (such a nicer phrase than "undisclosed location".) Frances Langford sings "I'll Be Seeing You".

Saturday, August 10, 2013

You Bet Your Life - August 10, 1959

This broadcast from 8/10/59 is a repeat of an earlier episode. By this time, NBC's nighttime radio schedule was all contained under the "Monitor" umbrella, so there's an introduction by Skitch Henderson before the show.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - August 7, 1955 - Cat Burglars

When the Conklins don't want to leave Harriet alone during a rash of buglaries, Connie agrees to stay with her.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Magnificent Montague - August 4, 1951 - $500 Prize

Montague's theater colleague wants him to help raise $500 for the theater fund without any contributions from radio actors, but he doesn't know that Montague has taken a radio job.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - January 3, 1950 - At Aunt Sarah's

The McGees stay with Fibber's wealthy Aunt Sarah, who doesn't appreciate his efforts to help in the household.

Friday, August 2, 2013

You Bet Your Life - January 2, 1952

Groucho meets a highway worker and Anna Mahler, daughter of composer Gustav Mahler; also, a dancing teacher and a stevedore.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jack Benny - January 7, 1945 - First Show with the Vault

Jack prepares for the gang's trip to New York; Larry Stevens sings "Don't Fence Me In".

When Jack realizes he needs $5 for expenses on the trip, he opens his safe. The beginnings of the vault gag are here, with Ed, the guard, and lots of crazy sound effects. The vault gag was also used on television, notably in an episode of "The Lucy Show", but it was a perfect gag for radio, becoming more outrageous over the years.

At the station, Jack has to deal with Frank Nelson at the ticket counter, of course, as well as the racetrack tout (not played by Sheldon Leonard). Mel Blanc's "Anaheim, Azuza and Cucamonga" routine also begins with this show, as the announcer gets more and more frantic when no one will board that train.

This is an Armed Forces Network version of the show.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - July 31, 1949 - Connie's New Job Offer

When Connie gets an offer for a new job, Mr. Conklin finds himself going out of his way to try to keep her from leaving.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - January 30, 1945 - Housing a Sailor for the Night

The McGees agree to put up a discharged sailor for the night, and they discuss his future with him. This episode highlights the problems faced by returning servicemen, and promotes the merchant marine.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Jack Benny - January 30, 1944 - The Horn Blows at Midnight

After squabbling with the cast, Jack discusses his new movie that's about to start shooting, "The Horn Blows at Midnight". Jack, Mary and Rochester take a ride to Warners to see the director.

"The Horn Blows at Midnight" wasn't nearly as bad a movie, and didn't do nearly as poorly at the box office as Benny liked to joke in later years. He got a lot of mileage out of it, though - whenever this movie was mentioned, it was sure to be the setup line for a joke.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My Favorite Husband - August 6, 1948 - Liz' Portrait

George gets jealous when a prominent and hunky artist paints Liz' portrait.

This was the third episode of My Favorite Husband broadcast, and in these early episodes, Liz and George Cugat are a wealthy society couple. A ways into the series, the writers who would later make I Love Lucy such a success - Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer - changed the Cugats to the Coopers and brought them down a few social pegs, figuring that they'd be easier to identify with.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - July 19, 1948 - First Day

In the series' first regular episode, Connie is trying to become head of the Madison HS English department, and has to impress the new principal, Mr. Conklin. Joseph Forte played Conklin in this episode, and was replaced the next week by Gale Gordon, who held the role through the rest of the show's long run.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - July 15, 1935 - A Dip in the Ocean

This episode is from the very early days of the series; the McGees don't live at Wistful Vista yet. Instead, they're vagabonds traveling the country by car and extolling the virtues of Johnson's auto wax. The Fibber and Molly segments are more like sketches in a variety show than the sitcom the show would become.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Jack Paar - July 13, 1947 - Children's Adventure Shows

Sketches include a man-in-the-street segment about the UFO craze, and a spoof of adventure serials using old nursery rhymes. Supporting players are Lionel Stander, Hans Conried, Florence Halop and Walter Tetley.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - July 5, 1937 - Getting Out of the Hollywood Lease

An overeager McGee signed a six month lease upon arrival in Hollywood to film the movie "This Way Please"; when the shooting is finished, he must find a way to break the lease.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Jack Benny - January 7, 1940 - Golden Boy

Phil loses a Rose Bowl bet to Jack; Jack meets Barbara Stanwyck at the nightclub where Phil's performing, and tries to talk her into appearing on his show in her role from "Golden Boy". Dennis Day sings "With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair".

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

You Bet Your Life - July 2, 1956 - Pancho Gonzalez

In this unedited episode, Groucho meets a 6-foot-tall woman and a 13-year-old boy singer, a Scottish bartender and a female tree trimmer, tennis pro Pancho Gonzalez and a housewife, and tells a story about traveling in the days of vaudeville.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Bob Hope - July 1, 1953 - Jane Wyman

Bob runs into a gangster (Sheldon Leonard) while on vacation with Jane Wyman; Margaret Whiting sings "Big Mamou".

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - June 30, 1953 - Fishing Trip

The McGees and friends go on a fishing trip to Dugan's Lake.

This was the last half-hour episode with an audience and a live band. The economics of network radio were changing, and when the show returned that fall, it was in a 15 minute format without an audience. It continued in that format for several years, and then a couple of more as a series of short sketches on "Monitor" titled "Just Molly and Me".

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Jack Benny - May 1, 1949 - The Treasure of Sierra Madre

The cast spofs the 1948 movie "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"; Dennis Day sings "Careless Hands".

Friday, June 28, 2013

You Bet Your Life - June 28, 1950 - Paul Runyan

Groucho interviews a bachelor and a spinster, a married man and a lady barber, and golfer Paul Runyan and a singing teacher.

Runyan, nicknamed "Little Poison", won several major championships in the 1930s.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Burns & Allen - June 26, 1940 - Last Broadcast for CBS

George and Gracie's last show before moving to NBC the next week. It was during that NBC run that they switched from this "bantering with the gang" format, similar to Jack Benny's, to the domestic sitcom setup. They would also switch between NBC and CBS several more times during their radio run.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jack Benny - June 25, 1939 - Last Show of Season from Waukegan

In the last show of the season, the gang (minus Kenny Baker; Dennis Day would join the show that fall) performs the show from Jack's home town of Waukegan.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - June 24, 1941 - Leaving for Hollywood

The McGees depart from Wistful Vista for Hollywood to appear in the movie "Look Who's Laughing".

The movie starred the Jordans (Fibber McGee & Molly), Hal Peary (Gildersleeve), Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, and Lucille Ball. Pictures of this type, where radio stars get a visual treatment, were fairly common, and this was a typical example of the genre.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - June 23, 1948 - Audition Show with Eve Arden

This is the audition show (today it would be called a pilot) featuring Eve Arden as Connie Brooks.

Shirley Booth was the producers' first choice to play Connie, but after Booth's audition show, it seemed that she wasn't able to get beyond the financial plight of teachers to find the comedy in the role. Lucille Ball was approached next, but was unavailable. Arden ended up with the role, which suited her wry delivery perfectly, and it became the role with which she was most identified.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Jack Paar - June 22, 1947 - Fan Magazines and Disc Jockeys

This series was Jack Paar's first big national exposure, with a summer replacement series in the Jack Benny time slot. Paar later credited Benny with giving him his first big break, and they enjoyed a good rapport for years.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - June 20, 1939 - Toothache and Dr. Gildersleeve

When the old string-on-the-doorknob trick fails to remove McGee's ailing tooth, Molly calls Dr. Gildersleeve.

Hal Peary's Gildersleeve character bounced around with several different first names and vocations for a couple of years until he settled in as the McGees' neighbor.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Our Miss Brooks - June 19, 1949 - Taxidermist

When Walter, Stretch and Harriet start a taxidermy business, Connie joins in to earn money for a trip.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Jack Benny - June 18, 1939 - Father's Day / Leaving for Waukegan

The cast prepares to leave for Waukegan. In his last appearance on the Benny show, Kenny Baker sings "Don't Worry About Me".

Baker would turn up on the Fred Allen show that fall, but only lasted there for a few years. According to an article in Billboard magazine upon his leaving the Allen show, his "prima donna" attitude was one of the reasons for his departure from the Allen show.

He would be replaced by Dennis Day on the Benny show, of course. Day had a tremendous flair for comedy, and remained with Benny for decades.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Bob Hope - June 17, 1952 - Jane Russell

From Camp Roberts, CA, Bob's guest is his co-star from "The Paleface", Jane Russell.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Great Gildersleeve - June 14, 1942 - Summer Theater

Gildy falsely boasts about having experience as a theater director in order to get a job with a local theater company. Frank Nelson plays one of the members of the company.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Camel Comedy Caravan - June 11, 1943 - Jack Benny

Jack and his gang of regulars parody The Fred Allen Show, and perform a sketch about a murder.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - June 9, 1942 - Pot Roast Dinner

As they prepare for a pot roast dinner, with just enough for themselves, the McGees have to get rid of LaTrivia, who tries to invite himself to dinner.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Fred Allen - June 8, 1938 - Satire on Song Writers

This episode of Town Hall Tonight features a sketch in which Fred plays a music producer looking for new songs.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Jack Benny - June 7, 1953 - Gondola in Venice

With summer vacation approaching, Mary introduces a flashback to the time she and Jack vacationed in Venice.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

Jack Benny - June 3, 1951 - The Cast Sings the Commercial

On the last show of the season, the cast and crew say goodbye for the summer. Dennis Day sings "Too Young".

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Magnificent Montague - June 2, 1951 - School Talent Show

Lily wants Montague to befriends the neighbors, until he finds out their daughter's school is puting on an amateur talent show.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Fibber McGee & Molly - June 1, 1948 - McGee's Tune

McGee tries to take advantage of musical nostalgia by writing an old-fashioned song that can be revived.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bob Hope - May 29, 1945 - From South Bend with Herbert Marshall

Broadcasting from South Bend, IN, the guest is Hope's summer replacement, Herbert Marshall. In a sketch, Bob opens an automobile plant.