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Gracie Fields - Pgm 5

June 26th, 2009

Gracie Fields was a well-loved English-Italian actress and comedienne who first gained fame on stage and screen in her home country.  During World War II, because of her Italian citizenship, she chose to live in the United States since she would have been detained in Britain.  She spent the War years entertaining the troops and appearing here in the US.

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Originally broadcast on NBC as a summer replacement series for "Charlie McCarthy", here's an episode of the seldom heard "Gracie Fields" program of July 9, 1944.  In this episode, Jack Carson banters with Gracie about getting her started on a career in Hollywood and they do a sketch about an American boy calling on a British girl for a date.  Along with Gracie Fields and guest Jack Carson, we hear Lou Bring and His Orchestra and announcer Bill Goodwin.

The show was transferred from an original AFRS vinyl transcription.

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  • Dr. OTR

    Was there any program that Jack Caron didn’t guest on? He must have been verging on over-exposed circa the mid-40s. Sad how he’s practically forgotten today. A very funny man, though.

    Jun 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm
  • TERRY COOKE

    GRACIE DID MORE SHOWS FOR AFRS SHOWS #7 #8 ETC GUESTS ROY ROGERS WILLIAM BENDIX WHERE CAN THESE BE FOUND FOR DOWNLOAD REGARDS TERRY C

    Sep 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm
  • Sir Les

    Gracie was a British citizen, not Italian. It was her second husband, Monty Banks, who was Italian. He would have been interned in Britain during WW2 because of his Italian citizenship, had he not accompanied Gracie as she toured the world, entertaining the allied troops. The world tour was arranged mostly for this reason.

    Gracie had a villa in Capri (Italy) before the war, and she retired there with Monty after the war. She did return to the UK in 1948 to restart her career and was very successful, although the British public were never so enthusiastic towards her as they had been before the war.

    Sep 6, 2010 at 11:35 am