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Mail Call - Pgm 58

August 27th, 2009

I'm in a rather lighthearted mood this week, so here's some more comedy, this time with a World War II theme.

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"Mail Call" was one of the comedy-variety series produced by Armed Forces Radio and featuring some of the top talent from Hollywood and radio.  Program 58 in the series, recorded September 30, 1943 and released in November of that year, is hosted by actor Lionel Barrymore and features Harlow Wilcox with the announcing duties, taking a break from shilling Johnson's Wax on "Fibber McGee and Molly".  Skinnay Ennis and the OTC Band kick off the show with "This is the Army, Mr. Jones" and Georgia Gibbs sings "Shoo Shoo Baby".  Dennis Day offers a seldom-heard War-themed tune and then we hear  Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford in a "Baby Snooks" sketch.

The program was transferred from an original War Department Armed Forces Radio vinyl transcription.  Apologies for the digital artifacts in the file - the click reduction had to work overtime on this very scratched disc.

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  • DavidinBerkeley

    If anybody is like me and got their Mail Call set from archive.org, I can save you some looking and tell you that the date and guests of the episode offered here is not among those (which don’t seem to be up any more).

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:21 pm