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Dennis Day Show - January 1, 1949

April 2nd, 2009

I've been fortunate to run into several episodes in the long-running Dennis Day series over the past few months.  Here's another, originally broadcast January 1, 1949 on NBC.

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Day's program evolved into a couple of different formats during his years on the networks.  The "Dennis Day Show" of the late 40s is a sitcom where he plays a not-so-bright soda clerk in a small town drug store who happens to share a voice and name with a famous radio star.  In this episode, Dennis works as a stable boy and winds up saving the life of a millionaire.  In the show, Dennis sings "A Little Bird Told Me", "Slow Boat to China" and "Song of Songs".  (I'm confused - is that drug store clerk Dennis singing or is it Jack Benny sidekick Dennis belting out songs?)

The show, also known as "A Day in the Life of Dennis Day", includes the original commercials for Palmolive and the NBC network chimes and features announcer Verne Smith, Charles Dant and His Orchestra, Barbara Eiler, Bea Benaderet, and Dink Trout.

The transfer is directly from a set of original NBC reference acetates.

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