Friday, December 21, 2007

The Paul Winchell Show (1957) - Footage Offline 2/15/08

The Whistler - Two Christmas Episodes

Murder and dementia didn't slow down in the forties just because everybody else was gettin' sentimental. Two December episodes of one of the top shows in radio noir. The Whistler Christmas episode number one and number two.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Fred Allen Christmas!

Listen to three Christmas episodes of Fred Allen's various radio shows: Here, here and here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Jack Benny Show: a Santa Sack Full of Christmas Episodes

Here's a huge onslaught of Christmas themed episodes of The Jack Benny Show from the thirties, forties and fifties. They're arranged chronilogically. Enjoy!

December 10th, 1938

Christmas Day, 1938
December 17th, 1939
Christmas Eve, 1939
December 22nd, 1940
January 5th, 1941 - Jack returns Christmas gifts
December 21st, 1941

December 21st, 1942
December 26th, 1943
Christmas Eve, 1944
December 22nd, 1946
December 21st, 1947

December 19th, 1948
December 18th, 1949
December 17th, 1950
Christmas Eve, 1950
December 23rd, 1951
December 21st, 1952
December 13th, 1953
December 20th, 1953
December 5th, 1954
December 11th, 1954
December 19th, 1954
December 26th, 1954

And a clip from the Jack Benny television show with Dennis Day and Richard Deacon.

Dragnet - Christmas Episode (1949)

This is easily my favorite episode of the Dragnet radio program. A child is murdered by another child, and Jack Webb's show includes a progressive theme for one time only. Listen to this classic Old Time Radio episode here.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

ABC's Wide World of Sports profile of Evel Knievel (1974)

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson with guest Evel Knievel (1973)

The Porter Wagoner Show featuring Buck Trent (1972)

Family Feud: Gilligan's Island vs. Hawaiian Eye vs. Lost in Space (1984)

This has little to do with Christmas other than it being my present ot you. It's also one of Jim Backus' final appearances on television. He was already very sick at this point but his voice is still immaculate. Of course, all of these heroes of sixties television are being moderated by Richard Dawson who came from the same world as a cast member on Hogan's Heroes.

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Milton Berle Show - Christmas Episode (1947)

Sponsored by FEEL-IP-MORRRR-EEEEEES! Here's the Christmas episode of Uncle Milty's radio program. I'm pretty sure it originally aired in December of '47. Listen to the whole thing here.