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Falstaff’s Fables - Program 51

December 11th, 2008 · Comments

We come to the end of our collection of programs in the series "Falstaff's Fables", broadcast circa November 1950 on the ABC radio network and featuring Alan Reed.

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Program 51 of the series is "The Tale of The Engine and the Pullman Car" and, as usual, includes Alan Reed, Jr. to help with the story.  The show is sponsored by Milky Way candy bars.

The transfer was directly from an original ABC radio acetate.

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Uncle Remus - Pgm 2

December 6th, 2008 · Comments

Note:  This program contains racial stereotyping themes that may be offensive to some listeners.

Continuing with our look at "Uncle Remus", here's program 2 in the series, "The Tar Baby".

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As we mentioned in the last post, this series was syndicated in late 1947 for the holidays and featured Jimmy Scribner, a Black-dialect actor and comedian, who played all the roles in the show (except the children, of course).  The story of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby is probably the most well-known of the Uncle Remus folk tales, forming one of the major animated sequences in Disney's film adaptation of the stores, "Song of the South" released during the same time period as this radio series.

The show was transferred from an original Cardinal vinyl transcription, matrix number CAR-A-732.

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Tags: kids and juvenile · African-Americans · Uncle Remus · Christmas related

Uncle Remus - Mud Pies

December 6th, 2008 · Comments

Note:  This program contains racial stereotyping themes that may be offensive to some listeners.

Today, we begin a series of posts devoted to holiday-themed old time radio programs that will go on the blog/podcast through the month of December.

First up, two very rare shows from the series "Uncle Remus".  The series was syndicated by Cardinal beginning with the 1947 Christmas season and was designed to be run five days a week through the holidays.

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The program features Jimmy Scribner, a well known actor who created, scripted and acted all the parts in the Black-dialect soap opera, "The Johnson Family".  (You can hear a sample episode of "The Johnson Family" here.)  Scribner even tried a trial run of the show on a Los Angeles television station in the 1940s.

In "Uncle Remus", Scribner tackles the classic African-American Uncle Remus folk tales, playing all the roles in the show.  Some programs in the series have a story with a holiday theme and others don't, but all featured a framing device of children getting ready for Christmas and hearing Uncle Remus tell stories.

Documentation on the show is a bit slim - R.R. King on the otr mailing list dug up several newspaper ads from around the country when the show was first run.  After the initial run, it appears that the show's titled was changed to "Sleepy Joe" and these later programs show up at sites like archive.org, sometimes under the "Uncle Remus" name.  The re-recording of the show and name change may have occurred because of Disney's "South of the South", which was playing in theaters in 1946-47, or due to other local or regional radio shows featuring the Remus stories, but that's simply conjecture on my part.  Scribner did a television version of "Sleepy Joe" around 1950.

"Mud Pies" was transferred from an acetate dub of one of the original transcription discs.  The origins of this dub are obscure - perhaps it was created as a replacement for a disc that was lost or damaged by one of the stations that purchased the "Uncle Remus" package.

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Tags: kids and juvenile · African-Americans · Uncle Remus · Christmas related

Falstaff’s Fables - Pgm 50

December 6th, 2008 · Comments

We're almost at the end of our run of "Falstaff's Fables", a short five-minute program featuring Alan Reed as "Falstaff Openshaw", a character originally created for Fred Allen's program.

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Originally broadcast in November 1950 on ABC radio, Program 50 in the series is the story of "The Brave Little Tailor".  As usual, the show is sponsored by Milky Way candy bars and also features Alan Reed, Jr.

The program was transferred from an original ABC radio acetate.

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Falstaff’s Fables - Pgm 49

November 22nd, 2008 · Comments

Continuing our look at "Falstaff's Fables", a short five minute program featuring the character Falstaff Openshaw that was created for the "Fred Allen Show", we offer up program 49 in the series.

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In this episode, Alan Reed as Falstaff, along with Alan Reed, Jr., tell us all about the origins of why we have turkey on Thanksgiving.  The show was originally broadcast on ABC radio in November, 1950 and sponsored by Milky Way candy bars.

The transfer is direct from an ABC acetate of the program.

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Tags: comedy · kids and juvenile · Falstaff's Fables

Falstaff’s Fables - Pgm 48

November 17th, 2008 · Comments

Once again, we visit poet Falstaff Openshaw with another edition of "Falstaff's Fables, a series broadcast in 1950 on ABC sponsored by Milky Way candy bars and based on a character created for the Fred Allen Show.

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In program 48 of the series, probably broadcast November 1950, Falstaff and Falstaff Jr (real life father and son Alan Reed and Alan Reed, Jr.) tell the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin.

The program was transferred from an original ABC radio acetate.

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Falstaff’s Fables - Pgm 47

November 10th, 2008 · Comments

Here's another episode of the previously lost five-minute series "Falstaff's Fables", a program featuring Alan Reed as poet Falstaff Openshaw, a character he portrayed on the "Fred Allen Show".

Program 47 of the series, probably originally broadcast on ABC in November 1950, is "The Story of Pecos Percey" and, as usual, is sponsored by Milky Way candy bars.

The show was transferred from an original ABC radio acetate.

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Tags: comedy · kids and juvenile · Falstaff's Fables

Jungle Jim, Pgm 16 - February 16, 1936

November 10th, 2008 · Comments

Continuing our brief run of "The Adventures of Jungle Jim", we drop in on our intrepid explorer in program 16, originally broadcast February 16, 1936.

In this episode, Jungle Jim and Reverend Chalmers attempt to escape from the clutches of the Bat Woman, who is plotting to force the Reverend to marry her to Jungle Jim.  "With you as my husband, we can rule this island!" she tells Jim.

The show, syndicated by Hearst Newspapers to promote their Sunday color funny papers, was transferred directly from an original RCA Victrolac pressing, matrix number MS 98920.  I have one more program from the series that will go up next week.

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Jungle Jim - Pgm 13 - January 25, 1936

October 30th, 2008 · Comments

Note:  This program contains racial stereotyping themes that may be offensive to some listeners.

Continuing with our short run of episodes from the adventure series, "Jungle Jim", we take a listen to program 13 in the series, originally broadcast January 25, 1936 and syndicated by Hearst newspapers to promote their Sunday funny pages.

In this episode, Jim continues battling with the nefarious Bat Woman.  Hoping to convince her to free Rev. Chalmers, Jim gives himself up to the Bat Woman.  She seems to be enjoying the scene with her assistant and the bullwhip a bit too much...

The show was transferred from an original Victrolac transcription pressed by RCA, matrix number MS 98709.

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Jungle Jim - Pgm 12 - January 18, 1936

October 22nd, 2008 · Comments

Note:  This program contains racial stereotypes that may be offensive to some listeners.

In this post, we start a short run of four programs in the series "Jungle Jim" from early 1936.  The program was based on an adventure comic first published in 1934 in Hearst newspapers.  The radio show was an early attempt at "cross promotion", with each week's radio episode reflecting the content of the Sunday comic running in the newspaper.

In the storyline, Jungle Jim goes up against the nefarious "Bat Woman" who has captured the Reverend Chalmers.  Will Jim rescue the Reverand from the evil clutches of the Bat Woman?  Will Chalmers be able to withstand the Bat Woman's methods of torture?  Will the Reverend's daughter find more ways to give us exposition about the story?  Listen and find out...

I purchased these four discs from an antiques dealer.  They were found in the attic of an old hardware store, still in the original shipping packages where they were sent by railroad to a station in Arizona.  One even included the special "Shadowgraph" needle used to play these early vinyl discs.

Program 12 in the series was released for broadcast on January 18, 1936.  The show was transferred from original RCA Victrolac transcription, matrix MS98584.

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Tags: kids and juvenile · Jungle Jim · adventure