The story of John Alden is parodied; the BBC are lampooned.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
When Gildy's doctor recommends that he go on a fishing trip, he loads the family into the car and takes off.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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
Monday, August 26, 2013
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).
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
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.
Mrs. Conklin invites Connie to bring Mr. Boynton to the Conklins' cabin on the lake.
Liz teaches the samba to the son of a bigwig at George's bank.
Monday, August 19, 2013
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.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Gildy is invited to make a speech in front of the Summerfield Women's Club.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
McGee renews his license plates at the DMV, and upon leaving, thinks his car's been stolen.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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
Monday, August 12, 2013
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".
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
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
Clancy (the policeman who frequents Duffy's Tavern) brings Fred to Duffy's after an accident.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
McGee is determined to win the guess-the-number-of-beans-in-the-bowl contest at Kramer's drugstore.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Sunday, August 4, 2013
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
The McGees stay with Fibber's wealthy Aunt Sarah, who doesn't appreciate his efforts to help in the household.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
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.