Marlin Hurt, a white actor,
played the radio voice of 'Beulah'"Sombody bawl fo' Beulah?" is the line Marlin
Hurt is known best for, the star of The Beulah Show,
soon to be followed by the other famous line, "Loooove
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A spin-off of the Fibber McGee & Molly series, Beulah was a novelty character, created and sustained
by the startling concept of a white man doing a black
woman's voice. As envisioned by Hurt, Beulah was in her
30s, "is man-crazy, weighs about 140 pounds, has
good teeth, wears her hair in bangs and a pageboy bob.
She adores short skirts and extremely high heels. Beulah
The series transitioned into a television series by Ethel Waters. See also: article on the history of Minstrel Shows and Old Time Radio. This show was closely related to the Amos
and Andy, Johnson Family, Pick and Pat, Sam 'n Henry,
and Fibber McGee and Molly
shows that were so popular at the same time.