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Burns and Allen - Pgm 62

August 27th, 2009

Note:  This program has been removed from my site, as of August 21, 2010.  Recently, Radio Spirits has issued take-down notices to archive.org and other sites concerning claims they have on particular series and shows.  These claims not only include exclusive license for particular series, but also claims on images, likenesses and recordings of particular personalities.  Since Radio Spirits doesn't publicly provide a list of shows they license or estates they represent, I'm taking preventive action and removing some programs from my site, based on forum posts and archived news articles I've seen on their claims and the estates they say they represent. - rand

Now, let's turn to some classic old time radio comedy with the "George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" in a program originally broadcast December 26, 1944 on CBS and distributed as program 62 in the series by the Armed Forces Radio Network.

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In this episode, Gracie's concerned because their show is moving to Mondays - the night that "high class" dramas like "Lux Radio Theater" are broadcast.  So, of course, she has to hire an acting coach for George and convince him to take up drama.  The show features Bill Goodwin, Jimmy Cash, Mel Blanc and Felix Mills and his Orchestra.  According to Goldin, this was the last show of the series with Goodwin and Cash.

The program was transferred from an original AFRS Navy Department transcription and appears to be uncommon among otr collectors.  The program date is from the transcription matrix.

A special tip of the hat to blog listener Michael Utz who donated the disc to my collection.

  • Dr. OTR

    Goldin doesn’t have many shows listed after this one, but it looks like Jimmy Cash returns for at least one show. Goodwin would return for the bulk of the radio years — according to Jerry Haendiges’ log, from September 1945 through the final show in 1950. I’ve been told he made the jump to television with them, but stayed on for only a few weeks — maybe six — before leaving for his own show. He was replaced by Harry Von Zell, who had filled in for him for six months in 1945 on the radio. Bill Goodwin was a very fun man, and one of the funniest announcers around–much more of a true comedian than most of announcers. He was only 48 when he died, of a heart attack. Had he lived longer I’m sure he’d be much better remembered.

    Aug 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm