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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 305, October 5, 1931

February 22nd, 2017 · Comments

Once again we drop in on the continuing story of the “little German Band” with “Louie’s Hungry Five”.  You can read background information on the program in my first post in this series.

In episode 305, originally broadcast October 5, 1931, the boys work to wrap up the auction of their household goods to fund their trip to South America, selling their stove.  Anyone recognize the popular tune they play a couple of minutes into the show?

You can download a jpeg of the original local announcer’s cue sheet for the program here.

Our mp3 was transferred directly from two twelve-inch shellac 78 rpm transcriptions, pressed by Columbia’s Sound-on-Disc division, matrix numbers 233263 and 233264.

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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 304 - October 3, 1931

February 9th, 2017 · Comments

Now we continue our run of twenty episodes of this early obscure comedy serial, syndicated by WGN, and chronicling the adventures of the “little German band”.  You can read background about the series in my first post about the series.

In program 304, originally heard October 3, 1931, the guys get confused trying to increase bids in the auction for their household items they’re using to fund their trip to South America.  Meanwhile, Louie’s girlfriend calls, worrying about Louie’s broken leg.  You can read the original announcer cue sheet provided with the discs at this jpeg link.

The show was transferred directly from two twelve-inch shellac 78 rpm transcriptions, pressed by Columbia’s Sound-on-Disc division, matrix numbers 233261 and 233262.

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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 303, October 2, 1931

February 2nd, 2017 · Comments

We continue our look at the early 30’s comedy serial, “Louie’s Hungry Five”, distributed by WGN.  You can read more about the series in my original post that kicked off the series.

Program 303, heard Friday, October 2, 1931, has the guys in the “little German band” still trying to hide the fact from their girlfriends the fact that they’re selling all their household items to go to South America.  After some music, they start the auction, with Louie giving them instructions on how to increase the bids.  You can see the original cue sheet for the local announcer by downloading this jpeg image.

Our show was transferred from two twelve-inch 78 rpm shellac transcriptions pressed by Columbia’s Sound-on-Disc division, matrix numbers 233259 and 233260.

 

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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 302 - October 1, 1931

January 26th, 2017 · Comments

Now the next installment in the early 1930s serial comedy about the “little German band”, “Louie’s Hungry Five”.  Read more about the series in my original post kicking off the series on the blog.

In our last episode, the Louie and the band were preparing to auction their household items to use the money for a trip to South America and trying to hide the auction from their girlfriends.  Julia called Louis on the phone and Emil tells her he has broken his leg.  In program 302, they’re figuring out how to keep Julia away from the auction and dealing with her checking with all the hospitals about Louie.  You can download the original cue sheet that was used by the local announcer here.

Our mp3 was transferred from two 12” Columbia Sound-On-Disc shellac transcriptions, matrix numbers 233257 and 233258.  I have a total of about twenty consecutive episodes of the series I’ll be posting over the coming weeks.

 

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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 301 - September 30, 1931

January 18th, 2017 · Comments

First up in the blog this week, our next episode of the early 1930s radio comedy serial, “Louie’s Hungry Five”.

The show looks at the misadventures of the “Little German Band” and was developed by WGN after the success of “Amos n’ Andy”.  The series features Henry “Hank” Moeller as the group’s leader, Herr Louie Hasenpfeffer, Harold “Hal” J. Giles as his sidekick, the Weasel and unknown actors portraying Emil, Yohannis and Fritz.  You can see my first post about the show for more information about the series.

In program 301, originally broadcast September 30, 1931, the boys are preparing an auction to fund their trip to South America.  However, they haven’t told their girlfriends and have to figure out how to hide the auction from them.  As they say, complications ensue.

You can see the original cue sheet used by the local announcer for this episode by downloading this jpeg file.

This show was transferred from two 12” 78 rpm Columbia Sound-On-Disc shellac transcriptions, matrix numbers 233255 and 233256.  I have a total of about twenty consecutive episodes of the series I’ll be posting over the coming weeks.

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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 300 - September 29, 1931

January 12th, 2017 · Comments

Finally this week, we kick off a series of about twenty consecutive episodes of a previously uncirculated early radio series, “Louie’s Hungry Five”.

The series is a continuing comedy series, similar to “Amos n’ Andy”, about a “Little German Band”.  After Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll left WGN because they wanted to syndicate “Sam and Henry” on records to stations and had such a success with their newly titled “Amos n’ Andy” series, WGN developed this program to jump on the lucrative syndication bandwagon.

After some WGN broadcasts, perhaps in 1929, the series was first distributed in 1930 and was initially pressed on the Marsh Laboratories Electra label and later on Columbia.  At its peak, the show was heard on at least sixty-five stations in 17 states from coast to coast and even in Canada.  Louie’s Hungry Five were making personal appearances around the Chicago area into the 1940s.

Doug Hopkinson and Ryan Ellett produced a detailed and illustrated article about the series that tells the story much better than I can.  Briefly, the show looks at the misadventures of Herr Louie Hasenpfeffer (Henry “Hank” Moeller), the Weasel (Harold “Hal” J. Giles), and Emil, Yohannis and Fritz (all played by unknown actors).

The gimmick on the show, besides the funny continuing stories, were one or two numbers played by the band in each show, usually German “oompah” versions of songs by popular artists like Eddie Cantor.  (I haven’t been able to identify most of the tunes - perhaps listeners here can figure out what they are.)

At its peak, the show was heard on at least sixty-five stations in 17 states from coast to coast and even in Canada.

In this first show in our collection, episode 300 broadcast Tuesday, September 29, 1931, the band is preparing to auction off their belongings to buy tickets for a trip to South America.  The first song they perform is “Springtime in the Rockies”.  You can see the original cue sheet used by the local announcer for the episode by downloading this jpeg.  (And, while I don’t have the actual program, you can view the cue sheet for the previous episode here.)

This group of discs representing around twenty consecutive episodes turned up on eBay and appears to be a different stash of discs discovered by Hopkinson and Ellett a few years ago, even though the episode numbers overlap.  All of my discs include the cue sheet for each episode.

This show was transferred from two 12” Columbia Sound-On-Disc shellac transcriptions, matrix numbers 233253 and 233254.  The discs in my collection are in wonderful shape and were a pleasure to transfer.

We’ll hear what happens to the "Little German Band" next week as the story continues.  I understand Michael Biel has some of the early Marsh Laboratories discs of early episodes in the series and can’t stand them - I enjoy the ones that I’ve got and think it has a certain “early radio” charm.

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