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 Patriotic Collection

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American FlagPatriotism plays an important role in Old Time Radio shows.  It is not clear if this was due to people simply being more patriotic during radio's golden era.

Patriotism is a major component of Old Time Radio. Some will attribute this to "Simpler Times". Whether this is true or not, the values reflected in this Patriotic Collection of Programs are still evident today. It can be argued that Liberty is in danger during these times of danger and hardship. But danger and hardship have always been an element of the American Experience. Radio helps to remind us of the resilience of the American Spirit

Fibber McGeePerhaps this Patriotism found it's greatest expression during the Second World War. The War effected all aspects of life, and it was immediately felt in the content of popular programming. Fibber McGee and Molly were not going off to do any fighting, but the program was supporting our troops even before the US entered the war. In May of 1941 Molly began collecting games and books for the soldiers billeted at the local camp, with predictably comic results (the program ends with advice for listeners wanting to show similar support for their local Army camps.) After Pearl Harbor the War touched Wistful Vista like it would every community. Gale Gordon, who played Mayor LaTrivia, was drafted into the Coast Guard, and his departure from the show was a used as a lesson for folks on the home front to remember the importance of rationing and sacrifice. Of course the need for scrap would be a good excuse to clean out the famous Hall Closet.

Fibber's neighbor, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, who would move on to his own show just before the US entered the War, was also a fundamentally Patriotic Program. Gildy dealt with rationing and sacrifice like everyone else, and taught us the importance of paying our taxes in support of the war effort, and reflected the fears fo many families when young Leroy tried to run away to join the Navy (how many other 13 year olds wished they could have joined the navy with less comic results) but it is the continuing Patriotism of Gildersleeve and his friends that we choose to showcase in this collection. We have included two different Forth of July episodes of The Great Gildersleeve to remind us that Patriotism is more than supporting the Nation in War time, it means appreciating the gifts of the Founding Fathers even when they do not seem to be in danger.

Patriotic PosterThis is also the lesson we learn with the family on Father Knows Best. In the season finale of the 1951 the kids complain that they don't get to have any fun on the Fourth, but Father paints them a picture of life in 1776.

The lessons of the Founding Fathers are not lost on Patriots, and Radio reminds us of those lessons. The anthology program, Cavalcade Of America, used this theme in a number of episodes, we have included "Thomas Paine" and the story of his famous pamphlets, and "The Patriot With the Chestnut Curls", a true story of a young woman who spies on British Officers who are living in her home during the Revolutionary War. American Portraits give us, among other stories, the tale of John Adams, the second President of the United States. Before the Revolution he takes up the defense of the British Soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre, not out of sympathy for the Redcoats, but from the belief that American must be a just nation, built on Laws and Responsibility.

One duty of a Patriot is to continue to learn about the values and principles that have made us a great nation. The artists of The Free Company came together in the months before Pearl Harbor to remind us of a few of the fundamental freedoms that are worth defending. "People With Light Coming Out of Them" reminds us of the diversity of people that make up these United States. "The Mole On Lincoln's Cheek" reminds us that even the less appealing aspects of American History are better studied than hidden in lies.

"The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants" wrote Thomas Jefferson, and perhaps there can be no finer example of this than the sacrifices made by our fighting men during the Second World War. The first episode of This is War helps us to see the importance of the War. In Wings to Victory we hear the actions of a B-26 bomber crew defending Kiska Island in the Aleutians. Fighting men were often celebrated on the Lux Radio Theater, including adaptations of the movies 'The Navy Comes Through", "The Pride Of the Marines", "Air Force", and "Wake Island".

While listeners may or may not be fans of Baseball, there is no denying that it is athe American Game, and it has been celebrated on the Radio. Lucille Ball gives the game her comic treatment on My Favorite Husband, and the game gets a feminine comic look in Our Miss Brooks as well. A most moving tribute to baseball is the Lux Radio Theater presentation of "Pride Of the Yankees", the Lou Gehrig story. See also: Lands of the Free.

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Volume 1: 39 shows - total playtime 20 hours 37 minutes

Aldrich Family 420618 150 Selling Christmas Cards
American Portraits 510710 Ep 1 Incomparable Doctor
American Portraits 510717 Ep 2 A Storm At Montecello
American Portraits 510724 Ep 3 John Yankee
An American Gallery Ep 01 Satchmo
An American Gallery Ep 02 Man Everybody Liked
An American Gallery Ep 05 Porgy Bess And George
Any Bonds Tonight 441226 Emblem Of Peace March
Arch Obolers Plays 450426 House I Live In
Cavalcade Of America 400430 185 Thomas Paine
Cavalcade Of America 420119 An American Is Born
Cavalcade Of America 490404 Citizen Mama
Cavalcade Of America 520826 751 Patriot With Chestnut Curls
Columbia Presents Corwin 440516 Tapestry For Radio
Columbia Presents Corwin 440606 14 American Trilogy 1 Carl Sandberg
Columbia Presents Corwin 450814 Fourteen August
Command Performance 440617 Jack Benny
Command Performance 440913 With Bob Hope
Command Performance 441026 With Clark Gable
Command Performance 450904 Victory Extra
Dangerously Yours 440709 02 Pirate Of Orleans
Father Knows Best 510705 088 Meaning Of Freedoms
Fibber Mcgee And Molly 410506 0286 Collecting Games Books Army Camps
Fibber Mcgee And Molly 420407 0320 Scrap Drive
Fibber Mcgee And Molly 431207 0381 War Is Not Almost Over
Fibber Mcgee And Molly 450522 0441 Fibber Is In Charge Of War Bond Concert
Fighting Aaf 450812
Free Company 410223 People With Light Coming Out Of Them
Free Company 410302 American Crusader
Free Company 410309 Mole On Lincolns Cheek
Great Gildersleeve 460609 Flashback Fourth Of July
Great Gildersleeve 420201 023 Leroy Runs Away
Great Gildersleeve 430314 073 Income Tax Time
Great Gildersleeve 520702 4 th Of July Speech
Gulf Screen Guild Theater 411207 Between Americans
Kraft Music Hall 440608 Guest Cecille B Demille
Lone Ranger 480630 1635 Lone Rangers Origin
Lux Radio 390703 226 Bordertown
Lux Radio 430503 Navy Comes Through


Volume 2: 34 shows - total playtime 21 hours 41 minutes

Lux Radio 421026 Wake Island
Lux Radio 421207 War Against Mrs. Hadley
Lux Radio 430426 394 Lady Has Plans
Lux Radio 430712 Air Force
Lux Radio 431004 409 Pride Of Yankees
Lux Radio 431101 So Proudly We Hail
Lux Radio 431108 Salute To Marines
Lux Radio 451231 Pride Of Marines
Lux Radio 510924 758 Movie Time Usa
Man Called X 470724 18 Destination Manila
March Of Time 411211 First Week At War
Mayor Of Town 420906 101 Tom Williams To Enlist
My Favorite Husband 490916 054 Girls Play Baseball
NBC War Bond Parade 440207 07 Ronald Colman Kay Kyser
Norman Corwin 490710 Citizen Of World
On A Note Of Triumph 450513
Orson Welles Almanac 440607 Special Dday Show
Our Miss Brooks 500326 Baseball Game
Proudly We Hail 511125 0164 Trial
Proudly We Hail 521228 0221 Thomas Paine
Red Skelton 510429 00 Liberty Bell
Red Skelton 520625 Liberty Bell
Romance 450918 122 One Life To Live
Ronald Reagan Speech 840606 Dday Anniversay
Terry And Pirates 420529 170 Pat Appointed Colonel
This Is Story 470619 00 x Paderewski Pianist & Patriot
This Is War 420214 001 This Is War
Treasury Star Parade 430116 144 Children Tomorrow Is Yours
Vic And Sade 420506 Save Scrap
We Hold These Truths 411215
Wings To Victory 430304 X Sergeant Oliver Armstead
Words At War 440829 61 Simone
Words At War 450605 98 My Country
You Are There 480321 23 Philadelphia Declaration Indep




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