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The Lost Episodes of Fibber McGee and Molly [Transcription Disc] #DFM04
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A Tuesday night tradition for well over a decade, "Fibber McGee and Molly" set the standard for what a successful radio situation comedy could be. Starring Jim and Marion Jordan, as well as a host of radio's greatest comic character actors, the series began in 1935 and ran well into the late 1950s as a special feature of NBC's weekend "Monitor" show.
Once the half-hour weekly series came to an end, the Jordanís were hired by NBC to create a new series of "Fibber McGee and Molly" shows in a fifteen-minute format that would run twice each weekday: once during day time hours and once in the evening. This change of pace resulted in a successful three-year run for multiple sponsors, with the comedy couple prerecording the programs for broadcast.
Programs from this quarter-hour series have been rare and hard for OTR collectors to find, with most coming either from edited Armed Forces Radio rebroadcasts or home recordings made by a hard-core Fibber Fan by placing a microphone in front of his radio speaker when the shows were first aired. Recently, however, the Archives made an amazing discovery: over TWO HUNDRED 16" NBC lacquer transcriptions, originally stored in the basement of NBC at their Sunset and Vine studios, and kept in deep storage for over fifty years. At long last, fans of the "Fibber McGee and Molly" show can now hear these programs as they were originally aired - in high fidelity sound and complete with commercials for Richard Hudnut, Tums, and other sponsors.
1 two-sided lacquer disc -
ONE OF A KIND AND UNCIRCULATED
, from NBC Hollywood
Sunday, February 27, 1955 McGee Buys a Lighter
Monday, February 28, 1955 The Big Trial
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