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Hildegarde - Pgm 17

September 18th, 2009

I recently obtained a few rare episodes of this rare comedy-variety series with the Incomprable Hildegarde.  In this post, we give a spin to program 17 in the series as it was heard on the Armed Forces Radio Network.  The show was originally broadcast as "The Raleigh Room" on May 15, 1945 on NBC.

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Hildegarde's first song on the show is "Who?".  Patsy Kelly tries to get a date with Xavier Cugat and Clifton Webb gives her some advice, putting in a few plugs for his new movie, "Laura".  Hildegarde and Cugat sing "Take It Easy", with lyrics making fun of Patsy's man-chasing.  In the cast are Hildegarde, Patsy Kelly, guests Xavier Cugat and Clifton Webb, and Harry Sosnik and His Orchestra.

The show was transferred from original AFRS vinyl transcription, matrix numbers HD5-MM-7476-1 and HD5-MM-7477-1, probably pressed by RCA.  Date is also on the transcription matrix.


  • Jim B

    The idea of Clifton Webb giving advice on “how to keep a man” is funnier than anything on the show.

    I believe the movie is ‘Laura.’

    Is the announcer Hy Averback?

    Sep 19, 2009 at 3:07 pm
  • randsesotericotr

    lol … I didn’t think of that, but you’re right.

    And, doing a sketch like this on Hildegarde’s show makes it even more funny….

    Sep 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm
  • DavidinBerkeley

    …and add in the fact that Kelly and Webb were both gay and you’ve got laughs where no man has gone before…

    Sep 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm
  • Dr. OTR

    I finally listened to this last night, and really enjoyed it. I’m embarrassed to admit, I didn’t even think about the ironies inherent in the script until I read these comments this morning! (In my defense, I was grading exams while this was playing.)

    Feb 24, 2010 at 11:49 am
  • Sheila Fahey

    It was wonderful to come across this and hear the voice and comedic wit of my aunt Patsy Kelly. Thanks!

    Sep 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm