The Ed Wynn 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.


63542. The Ed Wynn Show. 1944. Blue net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. AFRS "Replaces Bob Hope." The program is also known as "Happy Island." The first tune is, "Sometimes I'm Happy." A visit from King Nasty of Castor Isle. King Nasty wants to break up the romance between Prince Richard and King Bubbles' ward Elaine. King Bubbles goes to "Worry Park" to solve the problems of his subjects. The date is approximate. Ed Wynn, Mark Warnow and His Orchestra, Jerry Wayne, Evelyn Knight, Paul Douglas (announcer). 29:42. Audio condition: Good to very good. Complete.

81644. The Ed Wynn Show. October 6, 1944. NBC net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Replacing "Fibber McGee and Molly," AFRS #78. King Nasty flies in to visit King Bubbles of Happy Island. He threatens King Bubbles with an invasion if his daughter's marriage isn't called off. The first tune is, "Calypso Joe." Buddy Clark sings, "Star Dust." The first of the music fill is, "Heebie Jeebies" (it sounds like it's from an Eddie Condon concert) Ed Wynn, Buddy Clark, Evelyn Knight (?), Gene Krupa (fill), Bob Haggart (fill), Muggsy Spanier (fill), Billy Butterfield (fill), Pee Wee Russell (fill), Miff Mole (fill), Joe Grasso (fill). 28:23. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

7976. The Ed Wynn Show. December 1, 1944. Program #84. NBC net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. The first tune is, "I'm Making Believe." Ed's collie has swollowed some firecrackers (Bang! Bang! Bang! Went the collie)! Ed runs a department store, tells a victory story, and conducts a museum tour. The program is also known as, "Happy Island." Ed Wynn, Mark Warnow and His Orchestra, Jerry Wayne, Evelyn Knight, Paul Douglas (announcer), Jack Kirkwood. 28:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

13067. The Ed Wynn Show. January 15, 1945. NBC net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. AFRS #83 (replaces Jack Benny). "Bubbles" is a lawyer who takes on the lawsuit between a radio crooner and a radio comedian. The program is also known as, "Happy Island." Ed Wynn, Jerry Wayne, Paul Douglas (announcer), Mark Warnow and His Orchestra, Minerva Pious. 29:11. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

75548. The Ed Wynn Show. February 5, 1945. NBC net. Sponsored by: Borden's Milk, Hemo. The program is also known as, "Happy Island." Bubbles has gotten a job as warden of the state prison. This is a network, sponsored version of cat. #7975. The date is approximate. Ed Wynn, Paul Douglas, Mark Warnow and His Orchestra, Jerry Wayne (vocal), Charles Margolies (trumpet). 29:29. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

22741. The Ed Wynn Show. February 5, 1945. Blue Network. Sponsored by: Borden's Milk, Hemo. Bubbles and has discovered a prize fighter and has entered him in the big fight. Quality upgrade, more complete, and sponsored version of cat. #1569. The program is also known as, "Happy Island." Ed Wynn, Paul Douglas (announcer), Jerry Wayne, Mark Warnow and His Orchestra, Jim Backus, Minerva Pious. 34:10. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

7975. The Ed Wynn Show. February 5, 1945. Blue net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Bubbles has gotten a job as warden of the state prison. AFRS Comedy Replacement Show #28. The program is also known as "Happy Island." See cat. #75548 for a network, sponsored version of this broadcast. The date is subject to correction. Ed Wynn, Jerry Wayne, Jim Backus, Paul Douglas (announcer), Mark Warnow and His Orchestra, Minerva Pious. 30:10. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

1569. The Ed Wynn Show. February 5, 1945. Blue net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Ed Wynn as "Bubbles" discovers a prize fighter and enters him in the big fight. Also known as "Happy Island." See cat. #22741 for a network, sponsored, more complete version of this program. The date is subject to correction. Ed Wynn, Jerry Wayne, Mark Warnow and His Orchestra, Jim Backus, Minerva Pious, Paul Douglas (announcer). 23 1/2 minutes. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

105778. The Ed Wynn Show. February 26, 1945. Blue net, KQV, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sponsored by: Borden's. The first commercial features Elsie The Cow who leaves the house (barn?) when Elmer brings home his fellow bulls for dinner. Mark Warnow's arrangement of, "Sing Something Simple" sounds like a fiugue! King Bubbles is going to run a circus. The first 15:23 minutes only. Ed Wynn, Mark Warnow and His Orchestra, Jerry Wayne, Paul Douglas (announcer), Minerva Pious. 15:23. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

109535. The Ed Wynn Show. November 24, 1949. CBS-TV net, audio + video. Sponsored by: Speidel (some commercials deleted). The date above is the broadcast date in Los Angeles, from where the program originated. A kinescope of the program was seen in New York City on December 22, 1949. While in the "jungles of Borneo," Ed meets a native musician who speaks no English. Ed says, the magic word "Petrillo" and not only does the native speak English, he shows Ed his A.F.M. union card! Ed demonstrates Speidel watchbands on the statue of "Discobolus" which works ok, but he has a bit of a problem with the next statue, "Venus de Milo." Ed Wynn wants guest Celest Holm to sing on the program, but then he keeps interrupting her. Ed invites Lud Gluskin up on the stage and places a stuffed rabbit on Lud's bald head. During the closing crawl, credit for Mr. Gluskin's "hare piece" is given to, "The Encino Rabbit Farms." Very good kinescope video. Ed Wynn, Celeste Holm, Hy Faber (writer), Lud Gluskin (music director, performer), Ralph Levy (director), Hal Kanter (writer), Seaman Jacobs (writer), Leo Solomon (writer), Bob Lemond (announcer), Harlan Thompson (producer). 27:27. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

109534. The Ed Wynn Show. December 8, 1949. CBS-TV net, audio + video. Sponsored by: Speidel (commercials deleted). The date above is the broadcast date in Los Angeles, from where the program originated. A kinescope of the program was seen in New York City on February 11, 1950. Ed battles with a stubborn elevator and dances a ballet in a tutu that resembles gym shorts. Ed presents his new invention, "silent television." Buster Keaton recreates his battle with molasses, which appeared the first film he ever made (1917), "The Butcher Boy." Ed plays the straight man and the scene is still funny. This show is a gem of live-TV comedy. Excellent kinescope video. Ed Wynn, Buster Keaton, Roy Fitzell, Hy Faber (writer), Virginia O'Brien (she dead-pans a song as usual, except for one split-second smile, a rare video catch), Vera Lee, Ralph Levy (director), Harlan Thompson (producer), Lud Gluskin (msuic director), Hal Kanter (writer), Seaman Jacobs (writer), Leo Solomon (writer), Bob Lemond (announcer). 25:07. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

109532. The Ed Wynn Show. December 15, 1949. CBS-TV net, audio + video. Sponsored by: Speidel watch bands (2 commercials deleted). The date above is the broadcast date in Los Angeles, from where the program originated. A kinescope of the program was seen in New York City on April 25, 1950. Ed is running a pet shop, when guest Buddy Ebsen pays a visit to buy something "exotic." Buddy changes into a rube character on stage, sings a hillbilly tune and does an eccentric dance. Twelve years later, he would re-create the same character, but as "Jed Clampett" on, "The Beverly Hillbillies." Ed is a door-to-door salesman who calls on Hattie McDaniel as, "Buleah." Hattie sings and dances, "Some Of These Days" and gives Sophie Tucker some competition. Ed uses a boy scout, a sailor and an Indian Chief to signal the beauty of Speidel watch bands. This program is the 13th and last program sponsored by Speidel. Ed steps out of character at the end of the show to thank Speidel profusely for their sponsorship. Very good to excellent kinescope video. Ed Wynn, Buddy Ebsen, Hattie McDaniel, Ralph Levy (director), Harlan Thompson (producer), Hal Kanter (writer), Leo Solomon (writer), Seaman Jacobs (writer), Hy Faber (writer), Bob Lemond (announcer, performer), John Hamilton, Lud Gluskin (music director). 26:52. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

109533. The Ed Wynn Show. January 28, 1950. CBS-TV net, audio + video. Sponsored by: Camels (1 commercial deleted). The date above is the broadcast date in Los Angeles, from where the program originated. A kinescope of the program was seen in New York City on February 11, 1950. The show is visually referred to as, "The Camel Comedy Cravan." The program starts and end with several troops of Boy Scouts crowding the stage. Ed has invented a "Guitar-Gun" (for singing cowboys). Guest Ann Sheridan impersonates Gary Cooper and becomes an outlaw way out west with Ed. Robert Clary not only sings; he appears in walk-ons as Jimmy Durante and Groucho Marx. Ed begins the middle commercial as a tour guide in Paris and uses a knight in armor (who's also a cigarette lighter). Excellent kinescope video. The clsing credits list the writers of the program as, "The Bronte Sisters" (Hal, Leo and Seaman). Ed Wynn, Ann Sheridan, Robert Clary, Ralph Levy (director), Harlan Thompson (producer, Lud Gluskin (music director), Hal Kanter (writer), Leo Solomon (writer), Bob Lemond (announcer). 28:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

109529. The Ed Wynn Show. February 18, 1950. CBS-TV net, audio + video. Sponsored by: Camels (one commercial deleted). The date above is the broadcast date in Los Angeles, from where the program originated. A kinescope of the program was seen in New York City on March 4, 1950. The show is visually referred to as, "The Camel Comedy Caravan." A gem of visual comedy. After the show opens with a miniature of the famous Camels sign on Broadway (a picture of Ed blows real smoke), Ed comes out in a cardboard car driven by a beautiful girl (who would walk a mile for a Camel). When Ed tries to restart the car, it coughs! Ed does the middle commercial with two beautiful models; it's his new invention to eliminate ashtrays! Gloria and Ed portray lifesize puppets on real strings, it's very clever pantomime comedy (as is the drawing on the wall of a cow, that Ed milks for his coffee)! Very good to excellent kinescope video. Ed Wynn, Gloria Swanson, Bob Lemond, Bill Shirley (vocal), Gail Robbins (vocal), Ralph Levy (director), Hal Kanter (writer), Seaman Jacobs (writer), Leo Solomon (writer), Lud Gluskin (music director), Harlan Thompson (producer). 28:11. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

109536. The Ed Wynn Show. February 25, 1950. CBS-TV net, audio + video. Sponsored by: Camels. The date above is the broadcast date in Los Angeles, from where the program originated. A kinescope of the program was seen in New York City on March 11, 1950. A portrait of Camels smokers around the world. Reginald Gardner appears in native costumes for Greeks, Mexicans and Chinese. He sings the Camels jingle in their native languages! Ed and guests Elsa Lanchester and Reginald Gardner are in the jungle (with American subtitles for the British accents). Very good kinescope video. Ed Wynn, Elsa Lanchester, Reginald Gardiner, Hal Kanter (writer), Leo Solomon (writer), Seaman Jacobs (writer), Ralph Levy (director), Harlan Thompson (director), Lud Gluskin (music director), Bob Lemond (announcer). 29:03. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

109530. The Ed Wynn Show. March 11, 1950. CBS-TV net, audio + video. Sponsored by: Camels (two commercials deleted). The date above is the broadcast date in Los Angeles, from where the program originated. A kinescope of the program was seen in New York City on March 25, 1950. The show is visually referred to as, "The Camel Caravan." The Stooges portray CBS executives (named "C" "B" and "S") who plan to "fix up" Ed's show. Helen Forrest has an asymmetrical hair-do that's not-very-flattering. Ed shakes an orange tree and cans of frozen juice fall out (it was a cold winter). The middle commercial finds Ed in a cigarette store, balancing cartons of Camels in a display you just know is going to collapse (it doesn't). The kinescope is excellent video quality but for a monster blob of hair in the gate at the closing. Ed Wynn, The Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, Shemp), Ralph Levy (director), Hal Kanter (writer), Seaman Jacobs (writer), Leo Solomon (writer), Helen Forrest (sings, "Shimmy Like My Sister Kate"), Bob Lemond (announcer), William Frawley, Harlan Thompson (producer), Lud Gluskin (music director). 27:53. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

109531. The Ed Wynn Show. April 15, 1950. CBS-TV net, audio + video. Sponsored by: Camels (2 commercials deleted). The date above is the broadcast date in Los Angeles, from where the program originated. A kinescope of the program was seen in New York City on April 25, 1950. The show is visually referred to as, "The Camel Comedy Caravan." Guest John Charles Thomas starts by singing the "Camels" jingle, mixed with the overture to, "The Marriage Of Figaro." He also sings, "When I Was A Lad" (from "Pinafore" and "Home On The Range." He doesn't look nearly as fat as the radio jokers would have him. Barbara Jo Allen is a lot more shapely than you imagine her "Vera Vague" character. When their cruise ship sinks, Ed and Vera Vague are stranded on a tropical island...along with an amorous gorilla! Excellent kinescope video. Ed Wynn, Barbara Jo Allen, John Charles Thomas, The King's Men, Hal Kanter (writer), Seaman Jacobs (writer), Leo Solomon (writer), Lud Gluskin (music director), Harlan Thompson (producer), Ralph Levy (director), Bob Lemond (announcer). 26:53. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

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