Get ready to LAUGH! What better medicine is there than some good solid belly laughs? That’s what we are offering here.
First on the bill is radio favorite, Bob Burns (of the Bazooka fame) starring with ace character actor , Thomas Mitchell in Clarence, based on a Booth Tarkington novel. This is the story of an ex-soldier who moves in with a family and sharing in their troubles.
Next, we present those hilarious denizens of Wistful Vista, Fibber McGee and Molly in Mama Loves Papa. This time they are playing roles originally done by Charlie Ruggles and Mary Boland. Ruggles and Boland were teamed quite often at Paramount Studios during the 1930s. In this one Marion plays a social climbing wife who prods her happy-go-lucky husband (Jim) to accept a civic position.
Next up is Strike Up the Band, starring the team of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland repeating their original film roles. Bing Crosby’s longtime orchestra leader John Scott Trotter actually fills in for Paul Whiteman in this production...playing Paul Whiteman! Incidentally, featured song, Our Love Affair became a hit.
Up next is Buck Privates, featuring the great Abbott and Costello. This is based on their breakout film for Universal Studios. Cecil B. DeMille let’s down what’s left of his hair and allows the boys to ad lib to their heart’s content.
It Happened on 5th Avenue is next. It’s the story of a hobo who inhabits the same abandoned mansion every winter, while the owners are summering down south. It’s based on director Roy Del Ruth’s 1947 film production. It’s a sweet holiday film presented here with four of the original stars, Victor Moore, Charlie Ruggles, Gale Storm, and Don DeFore.
And finally, Dennis Day starring in Top ‘O the Morning playing the role originated by Bing Crosby in the Paramount film. This is the story of an investigator sent to Ireland to find out who has stolen Blarney Stone...and blarney it is, as Barry Fitzgerald recreates his original role.
This collection is the perfect gift for any and all of your loved ones. After all, there is nothing so potent as the gift of laughter. Meticulously restored by Radio Archives.