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