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 Little Orphan Annie

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Red Cross Macaroni buttonWhen we think of Annie, we imagine a little red-haired girl singing "The sun will come out tomorrow." Would it surprise you that she is actually a crime-fighting, bullet-dodging, Nazi-submarine-destroying, Ghost-chasing tyke who packs a mean punch? This is the Little Orphan Annie.

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Notoriously sponsored by Ovaltine and later Quaker Puffed Wheat Sparkies, this show was as equally popular with adults as it was with children. The Little Orphan Annie old time radio show is unforgettably heard on the movie, "A Christmas Story."

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Little Orphan Annie was the first late-afternoon children's serial and was the mould that set up all the succeeding juvenile radio serial dramas. The old time radio show was based on the 1924 comic strip by Harold Gray for the Chicago Tribune. When Gray first came up with the concept of the strip, he originally had a boy in the main role, and it was named Little Orphan Otto! Gray decided to change the protagonist to a girl because all the other comic strips were of boys solving mysteries. This is what made the show exceptional. In the show, with the help of Daddy Warbuck, a war profiteer and a father figure for Annie, and her faithful dog, Sandy, they fought crime and solved mysteries, all before dinner and bedtime.

The catchy theme song for Little Orphan Annie was also a hit:

Leapin Lizards! It's little Orphan Annie halloween costumeWho's that little chatter box?
The one with pretty auburn locks?
Whom do you see?
It's Little Orphan Annie.

She and Sandy make a pair,
They never seem to have a care!
Cute little she,
It's Little Orphan Annie.

Bright eyes cheeks a healthy glow,
There's a store of healthiness handy.
Mite-size, always on the go,
If you want to know - "Arf", goes Sandy.

Always wears a sunny smile,
Now, wouldn't it be worth a while,
If you could be,
Like Little Orphan Annie?

As Little Orphan Annie would say "Leapin' Lizards," this show is an essential addition to any old time radio collection (many of which are very amazingly excellent sound quality!)

Annie Figurine

For other classic radio shows based of comics,see also

See also: Big Jon and Sparkie. For older kids, there are many action-packed old time radio shows, some of them in the 15 minute serial format. A few are Air Adventures of Jimmy Allen, Speed Gibson, Cisco Kid, Captain Midnight, Superman, The Green Hornet, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, and Space Patrol.

This collection is in the extensive Hummert Radio Factory Collection. Called the parents of soap opera, Anne and Frank Hummert also created Betty and Bob, Front Page Farrell, Mr. Keen Tracer of Lost Persons, Ma Perkins, Just Plain Bill, Mary Noble Backstage Wife, Young Widder Brown, Mr. Chameleon, Stella Dallas, Manhattan Merry Go Round, Lora Lawton, The American Melody Hour, Hearthstone of the Death Squad, Lorenzo Jones, Nona From Nowhere, Our Gal Sunday, Inspector Thorne, Romance of Helen Trent, and more.

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30 shows - total playtime 7 hours 22 minutes

Annie 340000 Tin Box
Annie 351018 0917 Annie's Party
Annie 351021 0918 Jake Sick
Annie 351022 0919 To Work
Annie 351023 0920 Annie & Joe's Plan
Annie 360000 1018 Mr. Flint Is Selling Stock In the Toll Bridge
Annie 360000 1019 Mr. Flint Tries to Sell Stock to Jake Levy
Annie 360000 Auction Jed's Showboat
Annie 3600001020 Watching Bridge Being Built
Annie 3600001021 Second Grade Logs Used to Build Bridge
Annie 3600001026 Tony Is Arrested For Robbery
Annie 3600001027 Light In the Mysterious Deserted House
Annie 3600001038 Bill Corwin Has Disappeared
Annie 3600001039 Looking For Bill Corwin
Annie 3600001066 Bridge Is Destroyed
Annie 3600001067 Telegram For Mr. Silo
Annie 3600001068 Mr. Silo Prepares For Trip
Annie 3600001069 Annie and Joe Are Going to Mississippi
Annie 3606161164 Wright Brothers 33rd Anniversary
Annie 360617 1165 Who Shot Tom Baines' Dog
Annie 380000 1534 Building A Radio Transmitter
Annie 380000 1535 Daddy Warbucks Searches For Annie
Annie 380000 1536 Queen of the Island
Annie 380000 1537 Diamonds
Annie 380000 1538 Testing the Diamonds
Annie 380000 1539 Daddy Warbucks Hears Radio Signals
Annie 380000 1554 Temple in the Jungle
Annie 401120 follows mysterious lady
Annie 401000 Pearl Diver
Annie 401120 Annie Follows Mystery Lady



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