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Fred Allen

Comedy

Fred Allen, resident comic and wit. His wife, foil, and stooge, Portland Hoffa.

Broadcast History:

  • Oct. 23, 1932-April 16, 1933, CBS. 30m, Sundays at 9. The Linit Bath Club Revue. Linit Bath Soap.    Torch singer Helen Morgan. Impersonator Sheila Barrett. Double-talk artist Roy Atwell. Tenor Charlie Carlisle. Character actor Jack Smart. ANNOUNCER: Ken Roberts.  MUSIC: Louis Katzman.  ORGANIST: Ann Leaf.  PRODUCER: Roger White.

  • Aug. 4-Dec. I, 1933, NBC. 30m, Fridays at 9. The Salad Bowl Revue. Hellmann's Mayonnaise.  Allen, Hoffa, Atwell, Smart. Also, Minerva Pious, ethnic character actress. ANNOUNCER: Edmund "Tiny" Ruffner. ORCHESTRA: Ferde Grofe.

  • Jan. 3, 1934-June 26, 1940, NBC. Initially 30m, Wednesdays at 9:30 as The Sal Hepatica Revue. Allen, Hoffa, Pious, Smart, Ruffner, Grofe. Lionel Stander and Eileen Douglas replacing Roy Atwell. The Ipana Troubadors added. THEME: Smiles.

  • Expanded to the full hour at 9 under the title Hour of Smiles as of March 21, 1934.

  • Retitled Town Hall Tonight as of July 11, 1934.  Retitled The Fred Allen Show as of Oct. 4, 1939. Bristol Myers, promoting Ipana Toothpaste and Sal Hepatica.  Allen, Hoffa, Pious, Smart, etc. Also, the Town Hall Quartet (Scrappy Lambert, Bob Moody, Randolph Weyant, Leonard Stokes), circa mid-1930s; Hi, Lo, Jack, and the Dame, late 1930s; the Merry Macs (Helen Carroll and the McMichael boys-Joe, Ted, and Judd), late 1930s. ANNOUNCERS: Tiny Ruffuer, 1934-35; Harry Von Zell thereafter. ORCHESTRA: Lennie Hayton, 1934-35; Peter Van Steeden thereafter. PRODUCERS: Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, mid-1930s; Vick Knight, beginning late 1930s. THEME: Smile, Darn Ya, Smile.

  • Oct. 2, 1940-June 25, 1944, CBS. 60m, Wednesdays at 9 until March 8, 1942; Sundays at 9 through June 28,  30m, Sundays at 9:30 from Oct. 4, 1942. The Texaco Star Theater. Texaco.  Allen, Hoffa, Pious, Smart, Alan Reed, John Brown, Charlie Cantor, etc. Allen's Alley format beginning Dec. 6, 1942. Minerva Pious as Mrs. Pansy Nussbaum. Alan Reed as Falstaff Openshaw. Jack Smart as Senator Bloat. Pat C. Flick as Pablo Itthepitches. Charlie Cantor as Socrates Mulligan. John Brown as John Doe. ANNOUNCERS: HarryVon Zell, Arthur Godfrey (six weeks beginning in Oct. 1942); Jimmy Wallington (for Texaco). VOCALIST: Kenny Baker, ca. 1940-42. ORCHESTRA: Peter Van Steeden; Al Goodman (beginning in the fall of 1940). PRODUCERS: Vick Knight, Howard Reilly.

  • Oct. 7, 1945-Dec. 28, 1947, NCB. 30m, Sundays at 8:30. Tenderleaf Tea.  Allen, Hoffa, and the Allen's Alley cast: Minerva Pious as Mrs. Nussbaum. Peter Don­ald as Ajax Cassidy. Parker Fennelly as Titus Moody. Kenny Delmar as Senator Beauregard Claghom. ANNOUNCER: Kenny Delmar. VOCAL GROUP: The De Marco Sisters (Ann, Gene, Gloria, Marie, and Arlene). ORCHESTRA: Al Goodman.

  • Jan. 4, 1948-June 26, 1949, NBC. 30m, Sundays at 8:30 until Jan. 1949, then at 8. Ford Motors.

  • Also: Writers Harry Tugend (1934-38); Arnold Auerbach and Herman Wonk (1936-41), Roland Kibbee, Nat Hiken, Albert G. Miller, Herb Lewis, Larry Marks, Aaron Ruben, etc.

Fred Allen was perhaps the most admired of radio comics. His fans included the president of the United States, critically acclaimed writers, and the intelligentsia of his peers. William Faulkner was said to have liked Allen's work; John Steinbeck, who became his friend and later wrote the foreword for Allen's autobiography, called him "unquestionably the best humorist of our time" As early as 1933, when he had been on the air less than six months, he got a heartening letter of support from Groucho Marx. To Jack Benny he was "the best wit, the best extemporaneous comedian I know." Edgar Bergen, who normally shied away from gushy superlatives, told a Time reporter that Allen was the "greatest living comedian, a wise materialist who exposes and ridicules the pretensions of his times." His work, Time continued, had "an angry big-city clank, a splashy neon idiom, and a sort of 16-cylinder poetry."

 

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..FredAllen_1932-12-25__MammothDepartmentStore   6.67 29:07 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1933-01-22__TheCourtOfJudgeAllen   5.67 24:45 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1935-10-02__OnceAnAmateur   13.70 59:51 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1936-06-17__WithStoopnagleAndBud   13.19 57:36 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1936-10-07__WhoKilledRappaport   13.39 58:29 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1937-03-10__AmateurShow   20.16 58:43 CBR 48 22050 Joint Stereo
..FredAllen_1937-03-17__StPatricksDayShow   13.92 01:00:49 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1937-12-22__SantaWillNotRideTonight   20.21 58:51 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..FredAllen_1938-05-18__TheHouseThatJackBuilt   14.17 01:01:54 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1938-05-25__WhoStoleTheFavorite   13.76 01:00:07 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1938-06-08__SatireOnSongWriters   13.32 58:12 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1939-02-22__MurderAtTheOpera   13.70 59:52 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1939-06-21__CrisisOnTheShowboat   19.26 56:05 CBR 48 22050 Joint Stereo
..FredAllen_1939-10-11__SatireOnSurveysAndPolls   21.09 01:01:25 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..FredAllen_1939-10-25   20.50 59:42 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..FredAllen_1939-11-08   20.89 01:00:50 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..FredAllen_1939-12-27__DrAllenClinic   13.90 01:00:44 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1940-01-31__MountainJustice   13.25 57:53 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1940-02-28__LifeAtTheSouthPole   13.79 01:00:15 CBR 32 16000 Mono
..FredAllen_1940-03-20__EagleGetsLooseInTheStudio   14.12 01:01:41 CBR 32 16000 Mono
..FredAllen_1940-03-27__WhoKilledMackBordenFragment   5.47 23:54 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1940-05-08__BarberCollege   13.64 59:35 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1940-06-12__JackBoyle-HillbillyCourt   13.62 59:30 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-02-05__JuneBradyMajorBowesAmateur   13.59 59:22 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-02-12__ChiefNeeDaBehIndianGuide   13.59 59:21 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-02-19__LindyLindemannRestauranteur   13.54 59:10 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-02-26   13.15 57:28 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-03-05   13.29 58:03 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-03-12   13.15 57:28 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-03-19   13.11 57:16 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-03-26   12.97 56:40 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-04-02   13.03 56:55 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-04-16__RichardKroenerGargantuasKeeper   13.08 57:08 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-04-23__TheGreatAmericanPastime   13.07 57:05 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1941-12-10__DeathValleyDays   19.31 56:13 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-03-08__TheLifeOfFredAllen   18.92 55:05 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-05-03__FreakShowMurder   13.63 59:33 CBR 32 16000 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-05-10   13.28 58:01 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-05-24__Vaudville   13.94 01:00:54 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-06-07__EnglishRadioSpoof   13.28 58:00 CBR 32 16000 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-06-21__MountainJustice   13.46 58:47 CBR 32 16000 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-06-28__VacationPlans   13.17 57:31 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-10-04__AndrewSistersAndArthurGodfrey   6.83 29:50 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-10-11__RolandYoung   6.53 28:32 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-10-18__OrsonWelles   6.40 27:59 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-11-01__RobertBenchley   6.49 28:20 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-11-15__BbcTakeItOrLeaveIt   9.62 28:01 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..FredAllen_1942-11-29__AdolphMenjou   6.43 28:06 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1943-01-03__PeterLorre   6.44 28:08 CBR 32 22050 Mono
FREDALLEN2 64 455.95 31:41:10 ~ 33    
..FredAllen_1943-01-31   7.04 30:45 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1943-02-08__PhilBaker   7.00 30:33 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1943-04-04   6.65 29:02 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1943-05-16__FrankSinatra   6.57 28:43 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1943-05-23   6.61 28:54 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1944-01-02   6.38 27:52 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1944-01-09__FredGetsHitByABeerTruck   6.73 29:24 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1944-03-19   6.37 27:50 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1944-03-26   6.87 30:01 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1944-04-02   6.50 28:24 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1944-04-09   6.38 27:51 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1944-04-23__NorthDakota   6.76 29:33 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1945-01-11__MonteWooley-CharlieTheChicken   6.84 29:53 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1945-10-07__TeamingUpWithCharlieMcCarthy   6.63 28:58 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1945-10-21__Hillbilly   6.50 28:24 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1945-10-28__CourtCase   6.49 28:22 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1945-11-04__MarthaRaye   5.03 29:18 CBR 24 16000 Mono
..FredAllen_1945-11-08__BorisKarloffRentingARoom   5.44 23:45 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1945-11-11__MontyWolley   6.89 30:07 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1945-11-25__BrooklynPinafore   6.72 29:22 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1945-12-30__AmericanRadioShowsInRussia   6.59 28:47 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1946-01-06__TakeItOrLeaveIt   6.47 28:16 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1946-01-20__AMovieOnFredAllensLife   6.53 28:31 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1946-02-03__PicadillyTakeOffOnOklahoma   6.40 27:56 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1946-02-24__HillbillyDrama   5.57 24:20 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1946-03-03__OrsonWelles   6.58 28:45 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1946-04-14__LeoDurocher   5.40 23:36 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1946-04-21   6.91 30:12 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1946-04-28__RacingFormTrial   6.78 29:36 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1946-05-12__Cairo   7.26 31:43 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1946-05-26__KingForADay   7.13 31:09 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1946-10-27__BreakfastShow   6.68 29:11 CBR 32 24000 Mono
..FredAllen_1947-03-23__SuingFredOverCopyrights   6.60 28:50 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1947-05-11__HollywoodMikadoBingCrosby   6.85 29:55 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1947-05-25__Rudyvallee   4.63 26:59 CBR 24 16000 Mono
..FredAllen_1947-06-15__RentingTheRoomOzzie&Harriet   9.60 27:58 CBR 48 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1947-10-19__PerfectCrimeJamesMason   6.77 29:35 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1947-10-26__TheHaleyAndAllenShow   10.30 30:00 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..FredAllen_1947-12-14__NewYearsEvePlans   6.26 27:21 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1947-12-21__MostImportantScientificDiscovery   6.60 28:51 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1947-12-28__SuesForCuckooClock   6.43 28:06 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-03-28__JamesAndPamelaMason   6.96 30:23 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-04-11__BasilRathbone   6.40 27:58 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-04-18__AuthorMeetsHisMatch   10.23 29:47 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-04-23   6.00 26:14 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-04-25__ScalpingBaseballTickets   6.77 29:34 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-05-02__JPMorganCourtOfHumanRelations   10.71 31:12 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-05-09__BreakTheContestant   6.86 29:57 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-05-23__FredWantsToDoBingsLifeStory   10.63 30:57 CBR 48 32000 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-06-06__QuizProgramAndSoapOpera   6.34 27:42 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-06-27__StopTheMusic   6.66 29:05 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-10-24__PrizeForListenersMissingContest   6.60 28:49 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-11-07__SamShovelPrivateEye   6.41 27:59 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-11-28__GeorgeJesselGettingIntoTheRoxyFree   6.63 28:57 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-12-05__TVCommercials   6.68 29:10 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1948-12-26__MaineMurderTrial   20.38 59:21 CBR 48 44100 Mono
..FredAllen_1949-01-09__BookRevue   6.64 29:01 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1949-01-30__HowdyDoodyRudyVallee   6.70 29:17 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1949-02-06__PlanningATVShow   6.56 28:40 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1949-03-20__MobBuster   6.61 28:53 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1949-04-24__OneLongPan   6.46 28:12 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1949-05-01__JamaicaRaceTrack   12.66 55:19 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1949-05-22__Babysitting   6.45 28:11 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..FredAllen_1949-06-26__FinalShowHenryMorgan   6.84 29:54 CBR 32 22050 Mono
115 Object(s) 113 1100.61 74:29:56 ~ 34    
 

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