The Big Show

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


3575. The Big Show. November 5, 1950. NBC net. Sponsored by: RCA, Anacin. The first show of the series. Fred Allen's new radio show is called, "The Pinch Penny Show," and is a take-off on guess-who. Danny Thomas, Ethel Merman, Frankie Laine (Four-Way Cold Tablets commercial), Fred Allen, Jimmy Durante, Jose Ferrer, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Mindy Carson, Paul Lukas, Portland Hoffa, Russell Knight, Tallulah Bankhead. 90 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

7126. The Big Show. November 12, 1950. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA Victor. The second show of the series. Baby Snooks gets an acting lesson from Tallulah, Groucho holds his quiz on the show and teaches Pinza how to sing "Some Enchanted Evening." Tallulah does a Dorothy Parker monologue called "Sentiment." Tallulah Bankhead, Groucho Marx, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Frank Lovejoy, Ezio Pinza, Fanny Brice, Jane Powell, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Hanley Stafford, David Brian, John Agar, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Dorothy Parker (author). 89:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

48958. The Big Show. November 19, 1950. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA. Third show of the series. The first tune is, "You Can't Have A Show Without Durante." Ray Middleton and Jose Ferrer do a singing and dramatic tribute to Abraham Lincoln. Eddie Cantor remembers his early days in radio (well-done!). "A Matter Of Perspective," by Patricia Collins, features Tallaluh Bankhead and Evelyn Varden. Bob Hope does a monologue about entertaining the troops in Korea. Tallulah sings, "Give My Regards To Broadway." Bob Hope, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Eddie Cantor, Evelyn Varden, Frank Wilson (narrator), George Foster (writer), Goodman Ace, Jimmy Durante, Jose Ferrer, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Mindy Carson, Morton Green (writer), Patricia Collins (writer), Perry Como, Ray Middleton, Tallulah Bankhead. 89:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

7127. The Big Show. November 26, 1950. NBC net, WNBC, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Ford, RCA Victor TV, Anacin. Fred and Tallulah do their famous breakfast radio show routine, the entire cast goes down to Duffy's Tavern, Ed Wynn explains "Carmen." Tallulah Bankhead, Fred Allen, Ed Wynn, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Mindy Carson, Lauritz Melchior, Ed Gardner. 90 minutes. Audio condition: Good. Complete.

48959. The Big Show. December 3, 1950. NBC net. Sponsored by: Ford, Anacin, Chesterfield, RCA. The first tune is, "This Is It." Douglas Fairbanks Jr. does a scene from "State Secret." The Sons Of The Pioneers sing "Cool Water." Margaret Truman matches wits with Tallulah. The cast does "The Margaret Truman Program," with a funny commercial for banks and money. Phil Silvers (sounding very hoarse) does a satire on the movies he's starred in. The program ends with a "Boing Quartet." Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ed Herlihy (announcer), Fred Allen, Hy Averback (announcer), Joan Davis, Margaret Truman, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Mindy Carson, Phil Silvers, Tallulah Bankhead, The Sons Of The Pioneers. 89:55. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

83036. The Big Show. December 10, 1950. NBC net. Sponsored by: Chesterfield, RCA Victor, Anacin, Ford. The first tune is, "You Go To My Head." Tallulah and Charles Boyer appear in, "All The Sad Young Men," by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Joe Bushkin plays his own composition, "Portrait Of Tallulah." Tallulah Bankhead (m. c.), Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Clifton Webb, Jimmy Durante, Imogene Coca, Joe Bushkin, Charles Boyer, Eddy Arnold, Joe Bushkin, Mindy Carson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Dee Englebach (producer, director), Goodman Ace (writer), George Foster (writer), Morton Green (writer), Frank Wilson (writer). 1:26:48. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

83035. The Big Show. December 17, 1950. NBC net. Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Anacin, Ford, RCA Victor. The program originates from Los Angeles. The first tune is, "Orange Colored Sky." Louis plays and sings, "Ain't Misbehavin.'" Tallulah, Deborah Kerr and Dorothy McGuire appear in a scene from, "The Women," by Clare Boothe Luce. Bob Hope, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis do their own version of the story called, "The Fellows." The program ending is messed up when Tallulah starts to sing, "May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You," while the orchestra is playing the closing theme, "Shower Of Stars" (the program was possibly running late). Tallulah Bankhead (m.c.), Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Bob Hope, Phil Harris, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Deborah Kerr, Frankie Laine, Dorothy McGuire, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Dee Englebach (producer, director), Clare Boothe Luce (author). 1:28:26. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

83034. The Big Show. December 24, 1950. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA Victor. The first tune is, "If I Were King," sung by Bert Lahr. General Jonathan Wainwright speaks from Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky. Ed Wynn wants to tell what happen to "Carmen" during the intermission, but tells what happened to "Figaro" instead. "A Letter To Virginia" is read. Tallulah Bankhead (m. c.), Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Jimmy Durante, Robert Merrill, Margaret O'Brien, Bert Lahr, Ed Wynn, Edith Piaf, Fran Warren, Jonathan Wainwright, William Harris Murray (writer), Dee Englebach (producer, director), Goodman Ace (writer), George Foster (writer), Morton Green (writer), Frank Wilson (writer). 1:29:37. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

49312. The Big Show. December 31, 1950. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. Vivian Blaine sings, "What Is This Thing Called Love?" Gloria Swanson and Jose Ferrar appear in a scene from "Twentieth Century," by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, adapted by Frank Wilson. Jose Ferrar and Margaret O'Brien do a scene from "Romeo and Juliet." The program ends with a medley of song hits from the 1950 theatrical season, even Gloria Swanson sings briefly! A few seconds have been deleted from the middle of the program. Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur (author), Dee Englebach (producer, director), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Fran Warren, Frank Wilson (narrator), George Foster (writer), Gloria Swanson, Goodman Ace, Jose Ferrer, Ken Murray (m. c.), Margaret O'Brien, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Morton Green (writer), Sam Levene, Tallulah Bankhead, Vivian Blaine. 89:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

92723. The Big Show. January 7, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA Victor. The first tune is, "Zing, Zing, Zum, Zum." Edward G. Robinson appears in a scene by Cornell Woolrich. Four strangers are invited to a strange dinner. Phil Baker tells his thoughts about television and ad libs with Tallulah. Phil also plays an accordion solo of his own composition. Marlene sings, "Falling In Love Again." Danny Thomas sings about the West and gives an excellent performance. Tallulah does a monologue about a New Year's party. The scene is then reconstructed from the man's point of view. Tallulah Bankhead (m. c.), Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Danny Thomas, Edward G. Robinson, Marlene Dietrich, Phil Baker, Fran Warren, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Cornell Woolrich (writer), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Dee Englebach (producer, director), Goodman Ace (writer), Selma Diamond (writer), Mort Green (writer), Frank Wilson (writer), George Foster (writer). 1:29:52. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

83033. The Big Show. January 14, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: RCA Victor, Anacin, Buick. Tallulah complains about 10:00 A. M. rehearsals for the show. The first tune is, "I'm James The Fifth," sung by Jimmy Durante. Louis Calhern appears in a scene from, "The Magnificent Yankee." Tallulah Bankhead (m. c.), Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Louis Calhern, Jack Carter, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye, Florence Desmond, Fran Warren, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Goodman Ace (writer), Selma Diamond (writer), George Foster, Morton Green (writer), Frank Wilson (writer), Ed Herlihy (announcer). 1:26:09. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

77572. The Big Show. January 21, 1951. NBC net. Sustaining. The first tune is, "If You Feel Like Singing, Sing!" Tallulah Bankhead (m. c.), Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Eddie Cantor, Judy Holliday, Gypsy Rose Lee, Vaughn Monroe, Patrice Munsel, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra. 1:28:31. Audio condition: Good. Incomplete.

49313. The Big Show. January 28, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA. Julie Wilson sings, "For Every Man There's A Woman." While Rudy Vallee does a comedy dialogue with Tallulah, an infant can be heard screaming in the audience (they both must have loved that!). Tallulah recalls her arrival on Broadway. Ray Bolger sings his most famous tune, "Once In Love With Amy." Gary Cooper and Tallulah do scenes from, "A Farewell To Arms," by Ernest Hemingway. The conclusion of the program has been deleted. Tallulah Bankhead (host), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Maxie Rosenbloom, Julie Wilson, Rudy Vallee, Ray Bolger, Danny Kaye, Gary Cooper, Ernest Hemingway (author), The Delta Rhythm Boys. 88:52. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

10165. The Big Show. February 4, 1951. Program #14. NBC net. Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Anacin, RCA-TV. Judy Holliday does a scene from "Born Yesterday." Tallulah and Robert Cummings do a scene from, "Private Lives." Bob Hope (Chesterfield commercial), Bing Crosby (Chesterfield commercial), Tallulah Bankhead, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Leo Durocher, Laraine Day, Judy Holliday, Robert Cummings, Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Frankie Laine, Jane Pickens, Jimmy Durante, Ed Herlihy (announcer). 85:50. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

49314. The Big Show. February 11, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. The program originates from Hollywood. Groucho Marx advertises "Plebo," his unique product. The Andrews Sisters celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of their singing as a trio by doing a medley of their hits. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis do a comedy routine, Dean also sings. Judy Garland sings "Get Happy" after being introduced by Tallulah as "Judy Holiday" (she must have loved that!). Tallulah recites "A Telephone Call," by Dorothy Parker. Afterwards, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Joan Davis do their version of the same recitation. Meredith Willson and his Orchestra play a medley of love songs. Tallulah reads Lincoln's famous letter to Mrs. Bixby. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dean Martin, Dorothy Parker (author), Frank Wilson (narrator), George Foster (writer), Goodman Ace (writer), Gordon MacRae, Groucho Marx, Jerry Lewis, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Joan Davis, Judy Garland, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Morton Green (writer), Selma Diamond (writer), Tallulah Bankhead, The Andrews Sisters. 89:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

77573. The Big Show. February 18, 1951. NBC net. Sustaining. The first tune is, "The Corps." Fred mentions that he's performing in a new medium, Social Security! Dee Englebach (producer, director), Goodman Ace (writer), Selma Diamond, George Foster, Morton Green (writer), Frank Wilson (writer), Ben Grauer (announcer), Ed Wynn, Jack Carson, Beatrice Lillie, Dennis King, Lauritz Melchior, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Fred Allen (performer, writer), Portland Hoffa, The West Point Choir, Tallulah Bankhead, Ben Grauer. 1:28:20. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

49315. The Big Show. February 25, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. Uta Hagen and Paul Kelly do scenes from, "The Country Girl," by Clifford Odetts. Jack Haley sings an Irish tune. Tallulah crosses verbal swords with Monty Woolley, and then joins him in a scene from, "The Man Who Came To Dinner," by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Afterward, Olsen and Johnson, Judy Holiday and the rest of the cast do a comic version of the same scene. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Chic Johnson, Clifford Odetts (author), Dee Englebach (producer, director), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Frank Wilson (narrator), George Foster (writer), George S. Kaufman, Goodman Ace, Jack Haley (m. c.), Judy Holliday, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Monty Woolley, Morton Green (writer), Moss Hart, Ole Olsen, Paul Kelly, Robert Merrill, Selma Diamond (writer), Tallulah Bankhead, Uta Hagen. 90:06. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

49311. The Big Show. March 4, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. Frankie Laine sings, "Aba Dabba Honeymoon" and a strange song called, "Swamp Girl." Clive Brook, Hugh Riley and Margaret Phillips appear in, "Second Threshold" by Phillip Barrie, adapted by Robert Sherwood. Margaret Truman sings, "Love Is Where You Find It." Portland sings, accompanied by Fred Allen on the banjo! Herb Shriner does a funny "Hoosier" routine. The program finale is a salute to Irving Berlin, but Margaret Truman's straining after the high notes gets painful after a while! Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Clive Brook, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Ethel Merman, Frank Wilson (narrator), Frankie Laine (Four Way Cold Tablets commercial), Fred Allen, George Foster (writer), Goodman Ace, Herb Shriner, Hugh Riley, Margaret Phillips, Margaret Truman, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Morton Green (writer), Philip Barry (writer), Portland Hoffa, Robert Sherwood, Selma Diamond (writer), Tallulah Bankhead. 89:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

49310. The Big Show. March 11, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. Evelyn Knight sings, "I Remember The Cornfields." Billy Eckstine sings, "If." Bob Burns tells stories about his home back in Van Buren, Arkansas, and briefly plays his bazooka. Smith and Dale do the Dr. Kronkeit routine with Jean Courtney as the nurse. It's still funny! Jimmy Durante and Eddie Jackson sing, "Bill Bailey." Jack Pearl and Cliff Hall appear as, "Baron Munchausen" and "Sharlie." Tallulah reads a very touching essay about a dog, written by O. McIntyre. Billy Eckstine, Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Bob Hope, Celeste Holm, Cliff Hall, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Eddie Jackson, Evelyn Knight, Frank Wilson (narrator), George Foster (writer), Goodman Ace, Jack Pearl, Jean Courtney, Jimmy Durante, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Morton Green (writer), O. McIntyre (author), Selma Diamond (writer), Smith and Dale, Joe Smith (of "Smith and Dale"), Charles Dale (of "Smith and Dale"), Tallulah Bankhead. 89:26. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

77574. The Big Show. March 18, 1951. NBC net. Sustaining. The first tune is, "Oh! Oh! Oh! There's Nothing Like Radio." Johnny Burke, Eddie Cantor, Eddie Fisher, Ella Fitzgerald, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, John Pearce, Ethel Waters, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Goodman Ace (writer), Selma Diamond (writer), George Foster (writer), Morton Green (writer), Frank Wilson (writer), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Tallulah Bankhead (m. c.), Phil Baker. 1:29:03. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

48964. The Big Show. March 25, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. Jimmy Durante and Eddie Jackson do a duet. Judy Holiday does a funny version of "I Went To Havana." Jackie Miles does a funny routine about his new television set. Rex Harrison and Lili Palmer do "Anne Of a Thousand Days," by Maxwell Anderson. Jimmy Durante and Judy Holiday do their own comedy version of the play afterward. Tallulah Bankhead, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Don Cornell, Carmen Miranda, Judy Holliday, Lilli Palmer, Jimmy Durante, Eddie Jackson, Bob Hope (Chesterfield commercial), Bing Crosby (Chesterfield commercial), Jackie Miles, Maxwell Anderson (author), Rex Harrison, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Goodman Ace (writer), Selma Diamond (writer), George Foster (writer), Morton Green (writer), Frank Wilson (writer). 88:49. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

48965. The Big Show. April 1, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: RCA, Chesterfield, Anacin. Tallulah and Bob Hope do a comedy routine with Tallulah taking the part usually done by Bing Crosby. Van Johnson appears in a dramatization of "Go For Broke," with Henry Nakamura and Lane Nakana. Van sings (with interruptions by Bob Hope)! Ezio sings an aria from "The Marriage Of Figaro." Ethel Barrymore does a dramatic reading, with music written by Lionel Barrymore! Bob Hope does the Chesterfield commercial and a monologue. Joan Davis sings Calypso! (with help from Bob Hope, Groucho Marx, Van Johnson and Ezio Pinza!) Judy Holiday accepts the congratulations of the cast on winning the Academy Award. Bob Hope, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Ethel Barrymore, Ezio Pinza, Frank Wilson (narrator), George Foster (writer), Goodman Ace, Groucho Marx, Henry Nakamura, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Joan Davis, Judy Holliday, Lane Nakana, Lionel Barrymore, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Morton Green (writer), Selma Diamond (writer), Tallulah Bankhead, Van Johnson. 89:46. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

47807. The Big Show. April 8, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Anacin, RCA. William Marshall, Ossie Davis and Alonzo Buzaine do a scene from "Green Pastures." Rudy Vallee sings. Jane Morgan sings "Hymn Of Love." Portland Hoffa has trouble speaking! Vivien Blaine does a comedy routine (in character as "Adelaide" from "Guys and Dolls") with Tallulah, and sings. Jimmy Durante, Fred Allen, and Rudy Vallee as "The Nasal Trio," sing "Don't Put Bananas On Bananas," an original tune by Meredith Willson. Radio-TV critic John Crosby presents Tallulah with an award. Fred Allen does a portrait of John Crosby's home life, "John's Other Life," which turns into "Richard Richard, Private Dick." The cast does a musical set in the year 1900. Dr. Ralph Bunche presents an award to Tallulah and speaks on behalf of the United Nations. Alonzo Buzaine, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Frank Wilson (narrator), Fred Allen, George Foster (writer), Goodman Ace, Jane Morgan, Jimmy Durante, John Crosby, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Morton Green (writer), Ossie Davis, Portland Hoffa, Ralph Bunche, Rudy Vallee, Selma Diamond (writer), Tallulah Bankhead, Vivian Blaine, William Marshall. 89:17. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

48966. The Big Show. April 15, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: RCA, Anacin, Chesterfield. Martha Raye sings, "That Old Black Magic." Jack Carson gives Tallulah a singing lesson. Olivia de Havilland and Evelyn Vardin do a scene from "Romeo and Juliet." Martha Raye does a baseball skit. Eddie appears as "Maxie The Taxi," a Brooklyn cab driver he made famous with a series of skits on television. Baseball player Tommy Hendrick gives Tallulah some of the fine points of the game. Phil Foster remember life in old Brooklyn. Tallulah reads "Casey At The Bat," as De Wolfe Hopper might have done it. Jack Carson and Martha Raye describe what might have happened to Casey when he got home that night! Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Eddie Cantor, Eddy Arnold, Evelyn Varden, Frank Wilson (narrator), George Foster (writer), Goodman Ace, Jack Carson, Martha Raye, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Morton Green (writer), Olivia De Havilland, Phil Foster, Selma Diamond (writer), Tallulah Bankhead, Tommy Hendrix. 89:33. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

48967. The Big Show. April 22, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, Chesterfield, RCA. Tallulah and Joan Davis compare ailments. Lisa Kirk sings, "I Feel a Song Coming On." Dennis King, Martin Blaine and Horace Braham do a scene from "The Devil's Disciple," by George Bernard Shaw. Judy Holiday recalls an early romance (funny!). Judy and Joan show Tallulah how to get a date. Herb Shriner does a funny monologue about his home town. Fred Allen imagines the wedding of Tallulah and Dennis King. Tallulah reads a tribute to America by Walt Whitman. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dennis King, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Fran Warren, Frank Wilson (narrator), Fred Allen, George Bernard Shaw (author), George Foster (writer), Goodman Ace, Herb Shriner, Horace Braham, Joan Davis, Judy Holliday, Lisa Kirk, Martin Blaine, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Morton Green (writer), Portland Hoffa, Selma Diamond (writer), Tallulah Bankhead, Walt Whitman (author). 89:49. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

48963. The Big Show. April 29, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Canon Towels, Chesterfield, Anacin, RCA. Ethel Merman opens the show with, "There's No Business Like Show Business." Frank Lovejoy appears in an "I Was A Communist For The FBI" drama and the real Matt Cvetic makes a brief anti-communist speech. Rosemary Clooney sings, "Taking a Chance On Love." Gordon MacRae recalls his days as an NBC page. Uncle Miltie does a great monologue about the good old days of radio, and other topics. The cast does a salute to Meredith Willson by singing a medley of his compositions. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dee Englebach (producer, director), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Ethel Merman, Frank Lovejoy, Frank Wilson (narrator), George Foster (writer), Goodman Ace, Gordon MacRae, Jimmy Durante, Matt Cvetic, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Milton Berle, Morton Green (writer), Rosemary Clooney, Selma Diamond (writer), Tallulah Bankhead. 89:25. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

48962. The Big Show. May 6, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Canon Towels. The last show of the season. Groucho Marx does a funny dialogue with Tallulah. George Jessel delivers a eulogy for "The Big Show." Fred Allen teaches Tallulah how to collect unemployment insurance, Margaret Truman sings. Groucho sings "Go West." Jessel does a monologue in praise of Hollywood and imitates Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor. "Advice To The Little Peyton Girl," by Dorothy Parker, with Tallulah (who is just great!) and Margaret Truman (who's just awful!). Marriage counselor Groucho advises Fred Allen and Ginger Rogers! The last minute of the program has been deleted. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dorothy Brown, Dorothy Parker (author), Ed Herlihy (announcer), Frank Wilson (narrator), Fred Allen, George Foster (writer), George Jessel, Ginger Rogers (guest), Goodman Ace, Groucho Marx, James Harvey (assistant director), Lucien Boyer, Margaret Truman, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Morton Green (writer), Portland Hoffa, Selma Diamond (writer), Tallulah Bankhead. 88:02. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

42148. The Big Show. September 30, 1951. NBC net, WNBC, New York aircheck. Commercials deleted. The first show of the season. The program originates from the London Palladium. George Sanders does a catty routine with Tallulah and sings! Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh do a scene from "Caesar and Cleopatra," by George Bernard Shaw. Fred Allen and Jack Buchanan do a British version of "Allen's Alley" called "Buchanan's Mews." Beatrice Lillie sings, "I Apologize." Tallulah Bankhead (host), George Sanders, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, George Bernard Shaw (author), Meredith Willson and The BBC Variety Orchestra, Jack Buchanan, Vera Lynn, Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Michael Howard, Beatrice Lillie. 59:48. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

65816. The Big Show. October 21, 1951. NBC net. Tallulah and Marlene try to sing a duet. Benny Goodman plays, "Dizzy Fingers." Heard briefly singing the program's closing theme are Fred Allen, Phil Foster, Portland Hoffa, The Andrews Sisters, Frankie Laine. Tallulah Bankhead (hostess), Marlene Dietrich, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Margaret Truman, Benny Goodman, Fred Allen, Phil Foster, Portland Hoffa, The Andrews Sisters, Frankie Laine. 8:22. Audio condition: Very good. Excerpt.

96375. The Big Show. October 28, 1951. Program #31. NBC net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Jack and Tallulah do a clever routine about, "Peg O' My Heart" and the housing shortage. James and Pamela Mason appear in, "Revenge," by Samuel Blass. Jimmy Durante sings, "In My Strutaway." This AFRS rebroadcast is taken from a 90 minute program. Tallulah Bankhead (host), Jack Carson, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Pamela Mason, James Mason, Samuel Blass (writer), Jimmy Durante. 29:12. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

10166. The Big Show. November 18, 1951. Program #60. NBC net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Tallulah does a routine with Gertrude Berg and Roslyn Siber as "Molly Goldberg" and "Rosalie." Maxine Sullivan sings, "Loch Lomond." The program is complete as re-released by AFRS, but is a condensation of a ninety-minute program. Tallulah Bankhead, Gertrude Berg, Yul Brynner, Jack Pearl, Maxine Sullivan, Fred Allen, Cliff Hall, Jimmy Wallington (announcer). 29:04. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete as above.

42149. The Big Show. January 27, 1952. NBC net, WBZ, Boston aircheck. Sponsored by: Reynold's Aluminum, Filene's (local), Cadillac (local). Jack Carson and Tallulah do a scene from "Here We Are," by Dorothy Parker. Victor Borge looks at an opera by Mozart. Bob and Ray do a travelogue to "Tahiti." Tony Bavaar sings "Diane." Tallulah Bankhead (host), Jack Carson, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Tony Bavaar, Victor Borge, Vera Lynn, Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding, James Barton, Dorothy Parker (author), Ed Herlihy (announcer). 59:56. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

3043. The Big Show. March 9, 1952. NBC net. Sponsored by: Reynolds Aluminum, Chesterfield, Anacin, Dentyne. Fibber McGee and Molly celebrate twenty years on NBC radio. Peter Lorre does a dramatization of "The Cask Of Amontillado" (pronounced by Tallulah as "Armen Tilado")! Stuttering Joe Frisco recalls his years as a horseplayer. A scene from Meredith Willson's new novel, "Who Did What To Fidalia" features Shepperd Strudwick. Tallulah salutes WSB, Atlanta on its thirtieth anniversary. Right afterward, the cast does a satire on the story just presented. Phil Foster recalls his old Brooklyn neighborhood. Morton Green (writer), Frank Wilson, Ray Charles (choral director), Sidney Fein (arranger), George Foster (writer), Ethel Merman, Richard Easton, Phil Foster, Joe Frisco, Shepperd Strudwick, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Tallulah Bankhead (hostess), Peter Lorre, Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Jan Miner, Martin Blaine, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Dee Englebach (producer, director), Goodman Ace (writer), Selma Diamond (writer). 88:43. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

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