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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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45 shows - total playtime 21 hours 58 minute

Mail Call 430109 019 Groucho, Judy Garland, Jose Iturbi
Mail Call 430630 044 George Jessel, Paulette Goddard
Mail Call 430715 046 EdwGRobinson, Dick Powell
Mail Call 430826 053 Groucho, P Goddard, Harmonaires
Mail Call 440000 Bette Davis
Mail Call 440105 072 Jack Benny
Mail Call 440112 073 Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour
Mail Call 440216 078 Bing Crosby
Mail Call 440308 081 Lionel Barrymore
Mail Call 440426 088 w Ed Gardner
Mail Call 440500 091 Bing Crosby
Mail Call 440726 102 B Crosby, B Grable, Les Paul Trio
Mail Call 440802 103 Norma Shearer, Georgia Gibbs
Mail Call 440809 104 Rudy Vallee (muffled beginning)
Mail Call 440928 111 Ginny Simms
Mail Call 441005 112 K Kyser, G Gibbs, King Sisters
Mail Call 441026 115 Tallulah Bankhead
Mail Call 450103 125 Dinah Shore
Mail Call 450110 126 Ann Rutherford
Mail Call 450117 127 Groucho Marx
Mail Call 450124 128 Bing Crosby
Mail Call 450131 129 June Allison
Mail Call 450201 132 Dinah Shore
Mail Call 450214 133 Frances Langford
Mail Call 450218 130 Edgar Bergen
Mail Call 450228 134 Dick Haymes
Mail Call 450307 135 Jack Benny, Premier
Mail Call 450314 136 Nelson Eddy
Mail Call 450321 137 F Morgan, Burns & Allen, Harpo
Mail Call 450404 139 Jack Carson
Mail Call 450411 140 Judy Garland
Mail Call 450418 141 Ginny Simms
Mail Call 450425 142 Betty Hutton
Mail Call 450516 145 Betty Grable
Mail Call 450700 Dinah Shore
Mail Call 460327 188 Groucho Marx, Kathryn Grayson
Mail Call 460520 193 George Murphy Burns & Allen
Mail Call 460603 195 Fred MacMurray, Yvonne DeCarlo
Mail Call 481101 320 Betty Grable
Mail Call 490425 340 Jo Stafford
Mail Call Fred Allen Mary Livingston
Mail Call Janice Paige
Mail Call Judy Garland
Mail Call Nelson Eddy
Mail Call Victor Borge



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