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Air Adventures Of Jimmie Allen

Juvenile Adventure Serial

Broadcast History:

  • 1933-37, 15m.   Transcribed for Skelly Oil, a Midwest petroleum company, and aired by stations throughout the Skelly market area; syndicated by WorId Broadcasting to businesses outside the Skelly area.  Though production ceased, repeats aired poradically throughout the country through the early 1940s.

Cast:  John Frank as Jimmie Allen, l6-year-old boy pilot. Shelby Storck as his pal and mentor Speed Robertson. Also: Art Ellison, Al Christi.

  • 1946-47, more than 400 new 15m episodes recorded and broadcast for International Shoe Company of Kansas City and other sponsors.

Cast: Jack Schlicter as Jimmie.  Shelby Storck as Speed.  Twila Comer as Jimmie's girlfriend Barbara.

Creators-Writers:  Bob Burtt and Bill Moore.

Because The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen was never on a network, its history has until recently remained vague.  In 1980 Jimmie Allen advocate Walter House unearthed all the vital facts and published them in a detailed two-part article in the magazine R/C Model Builder.

The idea of a serial about a boy pilot was first suggested by a pair of World War I flying aces, Bob Burtt and Bill Moore, at a party in Kansas City.  Burtt and Moore had become writers, and their scenario was met with enthusiasm by adman Russell C. Comer.  Comer sold the package to Skelly Oil.  Three stations carried the initial series: KDAF, Kansas City;  KLZ, Denver; and KVOO, Tulsa.  The first broadcast was aired Feb. 23, 1933.  Soon seven more stations were added, and Skelly found itself involved in one of the great promotions of early radio.

A Jimmie Allen Flying Club was created:  all a kid had to do was apply at any Skelly station.  Applicants received many premiums, highly treasured today -- a set of wings, a membership emblem, and a "personal letter" from Jimmie Allen.  Other giveaways:  a Jimmie Allen picture puzzle (a Skelly truck refueling a light airplane), a "secret service whistle," and a Jimmie Allen album.  The club newspaper was sent out to 600,000 kids a week, and Jimmie Allen Air Races -- attended by tens of thousands of people -- were held in major Midwest cities where the show was heard.  Skelly had to hire a special staff just to answer Jimmie Allen mail.  Flying lessons, model plans, and other promotions were /part of the mix, available to listeners who displayed their club credentials at their Skelly Oil station.  Comer never Sold the show to a network:   by marketing it himself (to the Richfield Oil Company on the West Coast and to scores of individual businesses elsewhere), he kept control of it.

Throughout the 1930s, interest was high.  Boys were fascinated by the adventures of Jimmie, his older pal Speed Robertson, and their mechanic Flash Lewis.  Together they solved mysteries (even murder, unusual for juvenile fare at that time, when Jimmie's passenger Quackenbush died under mysterious circumstances), went on hunts for treasure, and raced in air shows around the country. Their enemies were Black Pete and Digger Dawson.

 

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..JimmieAllen_1937_1041_SabotageSuspected   2.55 11:09 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1050_TroubleDuringTestFlight   2.57 11:14 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1067_DickNeedsAJob   2.72 11:53 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..JimmieAllen_1937_1068_OfferToBuyTractOfLand   2.57 11:13 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1070_SigningOfAgreementDelayed   2.57 11:14 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1072_PlansToLookOverProperty   2.53 11:03 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1084_AirplaneTracksSeen   2.60 11:20 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1092_HidingAirplane   2.54 11:05 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1094_BarbaraKidnapped   2.49 10:52 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1097_CollisionInTheAir   2.63 11:28 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..JimmieAllen_1937_1098_MovieContractOffered   2.61 11:25 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..JimmieAllen_1937_1099_TelephoneThreat   2.54 11:05 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1103_FlashArrives   2.54 11:06 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..JimmieAllen_1937_1104_HarryPhelpsIsUnconscious   2.54 11:05 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..JimmieAllen_1937_1105_MikeBlackmailedByBallou   2.53 11:04 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..JimmieAllen_1937_1106_CollisionInTheAir   2.52 11:00 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..JimmieAllen_1937_1107_HavingToBailOut   2.53 11:04 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..JimmieAllen_1937_1108_ChasingHarryPhelpsInTheAir   2.52 11:01 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1110_DiscussingDelaysWithTheFilming   2.59 11:18 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1112_FlashQuestionsMike   2.59 11:19 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1116_MikeDisappears   2.53 11:03 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..JimmieAllen_1937_1117_ApologyLetterFromMike   2.56 11:11 CBR 32 22050 Mono
..JimmieAllen_1937_1118_SandyCarsonArrives   2.55 11:07 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1121_ManuscriptsFound   2.63 11:30 CBR 32 22050 Mono
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..JimmieAllen_1937_1126_BallouKilled   2.51 10:58 CBR 32 22050 Mono
123 Object(s) 122 392.30 24:43:44 ABR 36    

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