Archive for the 'Continental Broadcasting Corp' Category

Two Daffodils - Pgm 3084a

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Well, we unfortunately come to the end of our fun little series "The Two Daffodils", recorded and syndicated by the Continental Broadcasting Corporation circa 1930 and featuring comedians Ken Gillum and Duke Atterbury.

In episode 3084a, Ken sings a snappy little tune about a ladies man and Little Oscar stops by for a visit.  The show was transferred from an original Continental Broadcasting laminated transcription pressed by Columbia, matrix 3084a.

By the way - if anyone comes up with some radio logs or other documentation that shows the proper name of this show (credited as "Gillum & Duke Atterbury" on the label), please let me know and I'll update the posts.

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The Two Daffodils - Pgm 3082-A

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Just a couple of more shows in our series "The Two Daffodils", a charming little comedy show from circa 1930-31 with Ken Gillum and Duke Atterbury.  The program was syndicated by the Continental Broadcasting Corporation.

In program 3082-A, Ken shows off his fancy piano skills in the first unidentified number in the show and there's a brief sketch that takes place in a police station (a sketch that turns into a Scotsman joke).  Ken then sings "I Care for Her, She Cares for Me"; Little Oscar and poet Ewescray pay a visit.

Transferred from an original Continental Broadcasting Corporation laminated transcription pressed by Columbia.

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The Two Daffodils - Pgm 3081A

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

We're nearing the end of our run of episodes of "The Two Daffodils", a comedy series syndicated by the Continental Broadcasting Corporation circa 1930-31.  The show features comedians Ken Gillum and Duke Atterbury.

In program 3081A, there's a sketch about a passenger complaining about an airline, Ken Gillum sings a novelty tune, and Little Oscar pays a visit.  The show was transferred from an original Columbia shellac pressing.

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Two Daffodils - Pgm 3079A

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Another episode in the 1930-31 comedy series, "The Two Daffodils" featuring Duke Atterbury and Ken Gillum, transferred from an original Columbia transcription disc.  The show was syndicated by the Continental Broadcasting Corporation.

In program 3079A, Ken Gillum performs "Everything is Hotsy Totsy Now", "Am I Blue?", and "You Got Me Cuckoo".  We also get a poem from Ewescray, a routine about a visit to an insane asylum, and Professor Ignatz takes listener questions.

The original laminated Columbia pressings of this series are quite heavy and thick, weighing about three and a half pounds - I always bring one out if someone has never seen a transcription disc before.  This disc was particularly difficult to transfer since it had warped into a kind of lopsided "u" shape - I finally got it to balance well enough on the turntable so that the edge of the record wouldn't hit the back of the tonearm and cause it fly off the record.

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The Two Daffodils - Pgm 3077A

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Duke Atterbury and Ken Gillum continue our look at the 1930-31 comedy series, "The Two Daffodils", syndicated by the Continental Broadcasting Corporation and transferred from an original Columbia transcription disc.

The boys start out with some hokey riddles, do a sketch about a taxicab ride, and get a visit from Professor Ignatz; songs include "Where Did Robinson Caruso Go With Friday on Saturday Night?" and "Sweet Sue".  They wrap up with a collection of Scotsman jokes.

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The Two Daffodils - Program 3075A

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Another entry in our 1930-31 comedy series, "The Two Daffodils", featuring Duke Atterbury and Ken Gillum, syndicated by the Continental Broadcasting Corporation. The songs on this show include one about a hula dancer and the "Doll Dance", as well as a visit from poet Eeweyscray and Professor Ignatz and a door to door salesman routine.

I have five more programs I'll be posting in this series in the coming weeks.

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The Two Daffodils - Pgm 3074A

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Continuing our episodes of "The Two Daffodils" with comedians Duke Atterbury and Ken Gillum in snappy, vaudeville style comedy and song.  The series was syndicated by the Continental Broadcasting Corporation of Hollywood in 1930 or 31.  In this episode, Ken sings "Don't Be a Fool, You Fool" and the show includes a visit from Little Oscar and an insurance salesman routine.

I have six more episodes in the series I'll be posting in the coming weeks.

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The Two Daffodils, Pgm 2080

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

In this post, a syndicated show called "The Two Daffodils", featuring comedians Ken Gillum and Duke Atterbury. The program was produced in Hollywood by the Continental Broadcasting Corporation and pressed by Columbia on a very heavy one-sided laminated record. (Each disc weighs about 3.5 pounds, by the way.) I recently ran into eight episodes of the series on eight discs and will post others in the series periodically.

The duo does quick-paced comedy and novelty songs; the style might remind you of the many vaudeville comedians that did short Vitaphone subjects in the late 1920s. I've done some web searching, but haven't found any other credits for them except for another show from 1935, "Carefree Carnival", which also featured Meredeth Wilson and Helen Troy and their work on a 1934 Transco syndicated show, "Comedy Capers" (aka "Komedy Kapers"). There's also a "Duke Attebury" that is listed as a writer on a half-dozen late 1930s comedies at the IMDB, but I'm not sure if it's the same person. Goldin lists a 1939 episode of the "Gulf Screen Guild Theater", a comedy revue written by Duke Atterbury and directed by Busby Berkeley, so the IMDB might have Duke's last name misspelled.

This particular episode, number 2080, is the only one listed at the RadioGOLDINdex database, but I haven't found out much else about the show. One of the labels on the discs I have is pencil dated in September, 1931 and RadioGOLDINdex dates the show in the same year. The program title on the labels is actually "Gillum and Duke Atterbury", but the announcer refers to the show as "The Two Daffodils"; I imagine it might have been referred to in radio listings under both titles.

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