Saturday, December 14, 2013

Small Old Time Radio Christmas collection

First bunch, courtesy of Buck Benny, some shows from his collection:

First, Fred Allen, from 1937 with Jack. The ‘Santa will not ride tonight’ skit was a regular feature during the holidays. Very funny. It is toward the end of the show.

Jimmy Durante Christmas show, from 1947:

Of course, a Jack Benny last minute shopping episode. One of the best, from 1947. Mel Blanc as the harried clerk, dealing with Jack, the customer from hell, Phil Harris and the southern female clerk helping him with his gift for Alice, the racetrack tout and more. The audio quality of this show is outstanding.

Next a collection from the Phil Harris Alice Faye Show from OTR Perks. 'A Dishwasher or Mink,' and 'getting a Christmas tree' episodes are the best.

1947-12-14 - Presents For Fitch Stockholders

1947-12-21 - Annual Christmas Show

1948-12-19 - Jack Benny as Santa(2)

1948-12-26 - The Christmas Present

1949-12-11 - A Dishwasher Or A Mink For Christmas

1949-12-18 - Getting a Christmas Tree in the Mountains

1952-12-21 - Alice Volunteers to Play Santa Claus

1953-12-25 - Hosting French Refugee Kids for Christmas

And some Christian themed OTR:

12-26-41, Dark Fantasy - The House of Bread via Steve Calvert

12-24-49 Grand Central Station - A Miracle for Christmas

Edward Arnold - The Man at the Gate of the World

Much more can be found in all corners of the intertubes. Here is one good collection:

 Christmas OTR

And another:

500 OTR Christmas Shows from WA4CZD

Jean Shepherd on football, Christmas and the Army

Jean Shepherd, you know, the Christmas Story writer, Ralphie. Shep had a long running show in NYC, on WOR, in which he spent an hour in spontaneous story telling. He would also, from time to time, read from his published books, stories about life in the Northern Indiana during the depression, stories about 'the Old Man' the Bumpus Hounds, the Red Ryder B-B gun, etc.. The 1984 movie was culled from these writings. Shepherd was a truly gifted story-teller. Below, courtesy of the Internet Archive is a selection of his Christmas related radio ramblings. Click to listen, right click to download.:

Football, the Old Man and da Bears. 12-5-73

Gifts from Aunt bunny slippers. 12-20-73

Buying the Old Man a Christmas gift for a buck 12-23-74

Red Ryder Nails The Cleveland Street Kid 12-77(?)

Christmas Leave (or not) Shep in the Army Signal Corps 12-24-75