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 Mail Call

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Mail Call

Mail CallBefore the age of email, for most Servicemen the most important words they would hear all day would be Mail Call.

Mail Call simply could not come often enough. There could be no better medicine from the strain of being on the front lines or the boredom of long hours waiting for something to happen. The most important thing to come on-board a Navy ship when coming into port were the bags of mail, sometimes weeks old, but filled with news from loved ones back home. True, sometimes that news was a dreaded "Dear John" letter, but more often it was perfumed well-wishes from a Sweetheart, or even just "kitchen-table gossip" from Mom. Often the letter would be tucked into a uniform pocket, closest to the soldier or sailor's heart, to be read and reread when ever there was time for a break.

This was the spirit of the AFRS program Mail Call. The program was a love letter to the troops. Even though it featured many of the most popular and highest paid talent in Hollywood (all providing their services for free to AFRS), the program was not available to the folks back home.

Chester Lauck, Bob Willis, Norris Goff
Chester Lauck, Bob Wills, Norris Goff (1943)

The Armed Forces Radio Service was established in the early months of WWII. Before AFRS was officially established, Command Performance began production March 1, 1942. The Networks also provided shows for the service (with the commercials removed). AFRS produced a number of their own comedy variety programs at their Hollywood Studios, such as G.I. Journal, Jubilee, and G.I. Jive, along with Mail Call.

The guest stars include comedians Bing Crosby,Jack Benny, Tito Guizar, Harpo and Groucho Marx; starlets Dinah Shore, Tallulah Bankhead, Bette Davis, Betty Hutton, and Judy Garland; and comic duos Burns and Allen, among others.

See also the Command Performance and Request Performance.

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Volume 1: 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 3 minute

Mail Call 421104 011 Betty Rhodes, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Fibber Mcgee And Molly
Mail Call 421111 012 Bob Burns, Dinah Shore, George Montgomery, Johnny Mercer
Mail Call 430109 019 Groucho Marx, Betty Grable, Judy Garland
Mail Call 430331 031 Claire Trevor, Connie Haines, Edgar Bergen
Mail Call 430407 032 Lionel Barrymore, Frances Langford, Phil Baker
Mail Call 430630 044 George Jessel, Mary Lee, Paulette Goddard
Mail Call 430715 046 Edward G Robinson, Dick Powell, Marion Hutton, Ann Miller
Mail Call 430826 053 Groucho Marx, Irene Manning, Paulette Goddard
Mail Call 430930 058 Lionel Barrymore, Baby Snooks, Dennis Day
Mail Call 431020 061 Bing Crosby, Nora Lou Martin, Frank Morgan, John Conte
Mail Call 431027 062 Betty Grable, Carlos Ramirez, Fibber Mcgee And Molly
Mail Call 431124 066 Laurel And Hardy
Mail Call 431208 068 Al Pearce, Eddie Anderson, Janet Blair
Mail Call 431222 070 W Fred Allen
Mail Call 440105 072 Jack Benny, Judy Garland, Johnny Mercer, Delta Rhythm Boys
Mail Call 440112 073 Bing Crosby, Skinnay Ennis, Dorothy Lamour
Mail Call 440209 077 Adolphe Menjou, Williams Brothers, Irene Manning, Dennis Day
Mail Call 440216 078 Dedicated To State Of Washington Bing Crosby, Richard Crooks, Connee Boswell
Mail Call 440223 079 Lum N Abner, Jerry Cooper, Judy Canova
Mail Call 440308 081 Dedicated To State Of Pennsylvania Lionel Barrymore, Connie Haines, Pied Pipers
Mail Call 440315 082 Afrs K.Smith R.Benchley William Brothers
Mail Call 440426 088 W Ed Gardner
Mail Call 440503 089 Jennifer Jones, Davis Street, Kathryn Grayson
Mail Call 440510 090 Frances Langford, Judy Canova, Jerry Colonna
Mail Call 440517 091 Judy Garland, Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby
Mail Call 440524 093 Paulette Goddard, Wc Fields, Virginia Obrien, Edgar Bergen
Mail Call 440621 097 Joan Blondell, James Melton, Marilyn Maxwell
Mail Call 440628 097 Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope
Mail Call 440628 098 Herbert Marshall, Marjorie Main, Gloria Dehaven
Mail Call 440726 102 Tribute To Hawaii Bing Crosby, Connie Haines, Betty Grable
Mail Call 440802 103 Tribute To Canada Norma Shearer, Cecilia Parker, Ann Rutherford
Mail Call 440809 104 Tribute To State Of Maine Rudy Vallee, Frank Sinatra, Fred Allen, Mary Livingstone
Mail Call 440823 106 Jeanette Macdonald, Nelson Eddy, Burns And Allen
Mail Call 440913 109 Garry Moore, Louise Albritton, Marilyn Maxwell, Amos N Andy
Mail Call 440920 110 Don Ameche, Joe Besser, Nancy Walker
Mail Call 440927 111 Ginny Simms, Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford
Mail Call 441005 112 Kay Kyser, Georgia Gibbs, Kathryn Grayson, Ish Kabibble
Mail Call 441025 115 Tallulah Bankhead, Danny Kaye, Ethel Smith
Mail Call 441122 120 Bing Crosby, Rise Stevens, Garry Moore

Volume 2: 30 shows - total playtime 14 hours 50 minute

Mail Call 441214 123 Dinah Shore
Mail Call 441221 124 Ann Rutherford
Mail Call 441227 125 Dinah Shore, Carlos Ramirez, Jimmy Durante, Virginia Obrien
Mail Call 441228 124 Groucho Marx
Mail Call 450110 126 Ann Rutherford, Johnny Mercer, Garry Moore
Mail Call 450117 127 Groucho Marx, Robert Benchley, Ida Lupino, Gloria Dehaven
Mail Call 450124 128 Bing Crosby, Lauritz Melchior, Cass Daley
Mail Call 450131 129 June Allyson, Harriet Hilliard, Ozzie Nelson, Riders Of Purple Sage
Mail Call 450214 131 Don Ameche, Marguerite Chapman, Bobbie Baker
Mail Call 450214 133 Frances Langford
Mail Call 450228 134 Dick Haymes, King Sisters, Jimmy Durante, Eddie Jackson
Mail Call 450307 135 Jack Benny, Paulette Goddard, Claudette Colbert, Jeannie Crain, Jinx Falkenburg Assembled
Mail Call 450314 136 Nelson Eddy
Mail Call 450321 137 Frank Morgan, Burns And Allen, Harpo Marx, Rita Hayworth
Mail Call 450328 138 Bing Crosby, Betty Davis, Jack Benny
Mail Call 450404 139 Jack Carson
Mail Call 450411 140 Judy Garland
Mail Call 450418 141 Ginny Simms, Robert Benchley, Gildersleeve
Mail Call 450425 142 Betty Hutton
Mail Call 450502 143 Bob Hope, Clark Gable, Margaret Obrien, Dame May Whitty
Mail Call 450516 145 Betty Grable, George Jessel, Mills Brothers
Mail Call 460327 188 Groucho Marx, Kenny Baker, Kathryn Grayson
Mail Call 460501 193 I Got Blues
Mail Call 460515 195 It's Just My Luck
Mail Call 460520 193 George Murphy, Virginia Obrien, Abigail And Buddy, Burns And Allen
Mail Call 460603 195 Fred Macmurray, Yvonne Decarlo, Ralph Edwards 1
Mail Call 470000 Cathy Downs, Victor Borge, Johnny Green
Mail Call 470122 231 Gloria Dehaven
Mail Call 481013 320 Peggy Knudsen, Betty Grable, Gregory Ratoff, Orson Welles
Mail Call 490425 340 Frances Gifford, Jo Stafford, Danny Thomas, Clark Dennis Assembled



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