MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN COLLECTING OLD TIME RADIO SHOWS FOR A LONG TIME NOW. HE LISTENS TO THEM WHILE HE IS WORKING IN THE DARKROOM.
WE THOUGHT WE WOULD SHARE THEM WITH OTHERS SO THEY COULD ENJOY THEM ALSO.
First playing as "Front and Center," the show changed in Sept. 1948 to The Sealtest Variety Theater. On Thursday nights at 9:30, it was a variety comedy show with glamorous Dorothy Lamour as "hostess with the mostess". The show was known by fans as The Dorothy Lamour Show. Dorothy began life as Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton, was Miss New Orleans of 1931, and sang in her first hubby Herbie Kaye's band on the way to Hollywood and her trademark attire, the sarong. She wore it in her very first picture, Paramount's "The Jungle Princess" of 1936, and America loved the combination. She's beloved for being the book between the bookends of Bob and Bing in the classic series of Paramount romps, the "Road to " pictures. These were a perfect potpourri of adventure, slapstick, ad libs, Hollywood inside jokes and great song and patter numbers. Of these she said "I was the happiest and highest-paid straight woman in the business." Her nicknames were "the beautiful one" and, of course, "the Sarong."
After the war when this show became "peacetime" and was re-named The Sealtest Variety Theater. Dorothy's guest list packed famous stars like sardines into the half-hour. There was Bob Hope, David Niven, Joan Davis, Van Johnson, Boris Karloff, Gregory Peck, Ray Milland, and Burt Lancaster among many more. The radio stars of the day were well represented too, such as Edgar Bergen, The Nelson Family (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), Jim and Marion Jordan (Fibber McGee and Molly), Ed Gardner (Duffy's Tavern) and Harold Peary (of The Great Guildersleeve and Honest Harold), Dick Powell (Richard Diamond) and many more. Every week it was at least one big star, and sometimes two or three. One show is a wild and wooly attempt at a live remote that has a certain cache among old time radio buffs. But that's an anomaly. The show's essence is pure fun and entertainment, with The Crew Chiefs singing when Dorothy wasn't, and a good band under the direction of Henry Russell to keep the tempo way up.
THERE ARE 41 Episodes ON 1 CD AND THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT. THEY WILL PLAY ON ANY COMPUTER AND SOME CD PLAYERS THAT ARE MARKED PLAYS MP3s. YOU CAN EASILY BURN THEM TO A CD SO YOU CAN PLAY ON YOUR CAR SYSTEM. I HAVE THEM ON MY ZUNE AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS THEM ON HIS I-POD. REMEMBER THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT AND WILL NOT PLAY ON MOST CD PLAYERS.
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