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Pick and Pat - December 12, 1938

October 15th, 2009

Note:  This program contains racial stereotyping themes that may be offensive to some listeners.

Here's another excerpt from "Pick and Pat", a program featuring blackface performers Pick Padgett and Pat Malone, two Irishmen who teamed up in 1929 as Molasses and January and had their own network show from the early 1930s through 1945.  The shows in this series I'm posting on the blog are from rare aircheck discs that were created for the shows producer, Frank Macmahon.  The programs from this group were heard on CBS and sponsored by Dill's Best and Model tobacco in 1937 and 1938.

This week, we hear part 1 (of three parts) of the program of December 12, 1938.  Unfortunately, the disc containing part 2 of the show is missing and the flipside of this disc, part 3, was damaged and I was unable to give it a transfer to digital.

The recording starts off with the end of the previous show on the network and the WABC id.  This particular episode, unlike the others I've posted on the blog, is billed as "Model's Minstrels" and is formatted more like a traditional minstrel show.  he male chorus sings "There's Gonna Be a Great Day".  Pick and Pat read letters they've received, including one from "Shorty" wanting advice about his farm.

The date on the label is obscured, but the flip side of the disc contains part 3 of the show.  Unfortunately, the disc has extensive cracking of the lacquer and I couldn't play it well enough to transfer, but I did hear the opening of the December 12, 1938 episode of "Lux Radio Theater" ("The Scarlet Pimpernel") to date this "Pick and Pat" episode.

The program was transferred from original WABC aircheck laquer recorded by Advertiser's Recording Service, New York.  This is a previously uncirculated episode of this rare series.

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  • Rick Payne

    The lead-in program contained at the start of the disc was called “The Monday Night Show”.

    Dec 14, 2009 at 2:10 pm