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by Cobra
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:37 pm
Forum: Fibber McGee and Molly
Topic: An Australian Fibber
Replies: 3
Views: 9373

An Australian Fibber

I've been listening to Fibber and Molly on MP3, usually one show nightly. Last night, what to my wondering ears should appear but a Fibber show from Australia, apparently from the war years. Everyone on the show except Beulah had an Australian accent, and localisms were used such as "I've got to str...
by Cobra
Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:28 am
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: The Lost Episodes (re-creations) - American Radio Theater
Replies: 67
Views: 87082

A couple of new shows have been added to the page: Prank Valentines and The Keystone Club. Happy downloading.
by Cobra
Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:39 am
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: The Lost Episodes (re-creations) - American Radio Theater
Replies: 67
Views: 87082

That is a fine discovery. The only thing I find a bit off-putting is the Gildersleeve actor's Kentucky (or whatever) accent. The shows do give you an inkling of what the original lost shows may have sounded like, though.
by Cobra
Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Gildersleeve Movie Dream Cast
Replies: 31
Views: 52523

There's a pretty good deal on all four Gildy movies (plus another film he played a part in) at http://www.shop.thomasfilmclassics.com/ ... egoryId=-1
The Gildy movies were better than the TV shows but, of course, nowhere as good as the radio shows -- in my opinion, anyway.
by Cobra
Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: Fibber McGee and Molly
Topic: The Old Timer has yet another name
Replies: 3
Views: 10140

Right you are on Rupert. I relied on my memory, which is a dangerous thing to do nowadays. I did notice that Clair Schulz, author of "Fibber McGee and Molly on the Air 1935-1959," spelled the last name as Blassingame. And speaking of spelling, I'm not sure whether the Old Timer's latter-day first na...
by Cobra
Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:24 pm
Forum: Fibber McGee and Molly
Topic: The Old Timer has yet another name
Replies: 3
Views: 10140

The Old Timer has yet another name

Not long ago, Radio Archives (www.radioarchives.com) unearthed a trove of 15-minute Fibber McGee and Molly shows, thought to have been lost forever -- shows that are full of surprises. In the episode presented on Dec. 19, 1954, for instance, we learn that the Old Timer's real name is Adelton P. (or ...
by Cobra
Sun May 09, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Fibber McGee and Molly
Topic: Alice Darling
Replies: 7
Views: 13656

Possibly so. Clair Schulz's book notes that Beulah's last show with Fibber was June 26, 1945 -- the final episode before the summer break. In July, Marlin Hurt began starring in his own program, The Beulah Show, and sadly in March of the following year he was dead of a heart attack at age 40.
by Cobra
Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: The second time around
Replies: 1
Views: 10511

The second time around

As Lindbergh said after landing at LeBourget Airport, "Well, I did it." For the second time, I have listened to all available Great Gildersleeve shows -- more than 500 -- in chronological order. And what have I concluded after all this listening? That Willard Waterman may have played Gildersleeve bu...
by Cobra
Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Hard-to-find shows
Replies: 4
Views: 12865

That is indeed a good site but it doesn't appear to have the hard-to-find shows such as "Judge returns from Europe," etc.
by Cobra
Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Harder-to-find shows
Replies: 0
Views: 9302

Harder-to-find shows

For those who have asked, I have set up a new link to another three shows that are missing from many collections. There is also a repeat listing of a fourth show, the Laughing Coyote Ranch. Here is the link:

http://www.archive.org/details/Fourlost ... leeveShows
by Cobra
Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Hard-to-find shows
Replies: 4
Views: 12865

Hard-to-find shows

Here is a link to download some of the shows that are absent from many Gildersleeve collections:
http://www.archive.org/details/NewGildersleeve
by Cobra
Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Fibber McGee and Molly
Topic: Alice Darling
Replies: 7
Views: 13656

Alice Darling's last appearance was Jan. 1, 1946, and apparently there was no fanfare to mark her exit. According to the book "Fibber McGee and Molly: On the Air 1935-1959, "With Bill Thompson's return to the show in two weeks, Fibber McGee and Molly would again have a full house of characters and A...
by Cobra
Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Fibber McGee and Molly
Topic: New Fibber & Molly book
Replies: 0
Views: 8776

New Fibber & Molly book

I've just finished reading "How Fibber McGee and Molly Won World War II," and I heartily recommend it. The book, available at Amazon.com for $21.95, deals with the tremendous effort by the stars and their sponsor to, as the book jacket puts it, "meld laughs and patriotism during one of America's dar...
by Cobra
Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: Shows missing from my Gildy collection
Replies: 1
Views: 5847

I have a couple of those. Can you send me a private message with your e-mail and snail-mail addresses.
by Cobra
Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: The Great Gildersleeve
Topic: A Great Gildersleeve comic book story
Replies: 1
Views: 5465

A Great Gildersleeve comic book story

Those who don't get the Old-Time Radio Digest by e-mail (and you really should, you know) missed information about a link to a true rarity -- a Great Gildersleeve story in a 1944 Supersnipe comic. Just go to: http://booksteveslibrary.blogspot.com/2009/12/gildersleeve-comics-1944.html It's difficult ...