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Village Store - Pgm 58

May 27th, 2010

From October 26, 1944, we pay another visit to the "Sealtest Village Store", originally heard on NBC.  In this post, we hear the show as it was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Service as program 58 in the series.  Joan Davis takes a trip to the beauty shop; regular Jack Haley is also heard on the program.

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This previously lost/uncirculated episode of the series was digitized from an original Navy Department AFRS vinyl transcription.


  • Dr. OTR

    Hooray!! I welcome any addition to the canon of surviving Joan Davis radio shows.

    Jun 1, 2010 at 11:39 am
  • DavidinBerkeley

    Hey! She meets my favorite radio lady, Vera Vague. Wow!

    Jun 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm
  • Dr. OTR

    Listened to this last night. Not exactly a lost classic, I’ll admit, but I have a fondness for these mid-40s lesser sitcom/comedies. This episode also features the incomparable Shirley Mitchell as the southern hairdresser (using the same voice as her best known character, Leila Ransom from the Great Gildersleeve). I read Ben Ohmart’s biography of Joan Davis last y ear — a very funny woman, and virtually forgotten today.

    Jun 3, 2010 at 10:50 am
  • DavidinBerkeley

    Wow, there’s a JD bio?

    Oh, it looks like the nearest library copy is about 317 miles away and unavailable for a free inter-library loan.


    Jun 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm
  • Tom W

    The Fountainaires (vocal group) were really The Sportsmen Quartet. They were also The Swantet on the Burns and Allen show.

    Jun 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm
  • Dr. OTR

    The Joan Davis bio is on sale as a remainder at hamiltonbook.com. That’s where I got my copy. Six bucks instead of $25. If you’re a fan of OTR, search for the main OTR authors there–you’ll find several gems. (The Paul Frees bio is also available for about 80% off. Not to mention dozens of the new Shadow and Doc Savage reprints. I have no connection with this site, just a satisfied customer.)

    Jun 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm