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Joan Davis Show, Pgm 23

March 29th, 2009

In this post, we feature a little heard 1940s comedy series, "The Joan Davis Show" also known as "Joanie's Tea Room".

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According to an article on Joan Davis from Wikipedia, "Joanie's Tea Room" ran on CBS from 1945 to 1947 and was later called "Joan Davis Time".  Davis's career extended from vaudeville, films and radio to television, but the comedienne is probably best remembered today for her 50s television series, "I Married Joan".

In program 23 of the series as broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Service, and originally heard on CBS on February 11, 1946, the gang at the Tearoom plots to throw a surprise birthday party for Joan.  The show features announcer Harry Von Zell, songs by Andy Russell, Paul Weston and His Orchestra, regular cast members Verna Felton and Shirley Mitchell and guest Jack Carson.  This appears to be a uncirculated episode of the series among otr collectors.

The program was transferred from an original vinyl AFRS transcription disc.

Updated 3/29/09 - Corrected "Feldon" to "Felton".

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  • Jim B.

    Rod, it’s Verna Felton. Barbara is Feldon.

    Verna had an accomplished career from girlhood, performing in small towns in western Canada and living for a time in staid old Victoria, B.C. She was the best battle-axe on radio. Reminds me of a drag queen I knew once.

    Mar 29, 2009 at 9:58 pm
  • Dr. OTR

    I’m reading Ben Ohmart’s biography of her right now (”Hold that Joan!”, which I bought remaindered from hamiltonbook.com). He claims her show was the third rated comedy show in the mid-40s, after Bob Hope and Jack Benny. It’s unclear whether he was referring to her Sealtest Village Store or Joanie’s Tea Room. She was certainly high profile, as she was one the comics snagged by CBS’s massive talent raid in the late 40s. Funny how fickle fame can be. She had a top comedy program and did dozens of movies, then a TV show–a household name in the 40s and 50s. Now her show is “little heard 1940s comedy series”, and she’s best remembered — if at all –for her supporting role in Abbott and Costello’s Hold That Ghost.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:42 pm