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The Billie Burke Show - April 27, 1946

August 19th, 2010

Did you know that the Glinda, the Good Witch from "The Wizard of Oz", had her own sitcom on radio?

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Yes, "The Billie Burke Show" was heard on CBS from 1943 to 1946 on Saturday mornings, with Burke playing a slightly daffy woman who tries to spread joy in her neighborhood.  The program of April 27, 1946 has a tramp showing up at her back door, begging for food and it turns out to be an opportunity for Billie to teach her brother Julius a little lesson about charity.  The show was sponsored by Listerine Toothpaste and Tooth Powder.

Don't miss Billie singing the theme song at the end of the show in that distinctive voice of hers.

Despite being on the air for three years, it looks like this is the only circulating episode of the series.  Perhaps a cache of them are stored away in some personal transcription collection or the attic of a network or ad agency rep.

The program was transferred from an original Radio Recorders lacquer marked "copy" on the disc label.  There's an odd transition between the two sides of the disc - side one cuts off suddenly and side two is faded in.

Many thanks to Michael Utz for purchasing this one for my collection!