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 Vallees Varieties (Rudy Vallee and John Barrymore)

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Rudy ValleeRudy Vallee was one of the first on radio personalities to successfully use the variety show format.

Variety programs had long been a draw in Vaudeville. The theater-goer expected and got a number of different acts for his admission fee. Song and dance, comedy, perhaps some dramatic acting, and some magic or ventriloquism would all be on the bill at sometime or another. It seems like a natural fit for radio, but it didn't happen right away.

One of the early pioneers of radio programming was Bertha Brainard. Brainard drove an ambulance during WWI, and had ambitions to get into the motion picture industry when she returned home. It was while listening to her brother's "crystal set" that she discovered just how poor the quality of programming was in the early 20's. She began "Broadcasting Broadway" on local Newark station WJZ, and Bertha Brainardbecame the station's assistant manager. When the station was purchased by NBC, David Sarnoff's first inclination was to get rid of her because of her sex, but owing to her competence and expertise, she was promoted, eventually to NBC's Programing Manager. Her job was to find talent and get it on the air. One her crusades was to get the Metropolitan Opera on the air, and the traditional Saturday afternoon broadcasts still play today.

Although being female was considered a liability, many recognized that several NBC successes, notably The Met Opera, The Music Appreciation Hour, and The Goldbergs simply would not have happened without Brainard's feminine influence. She acknowledged it herself in the case of Rudy Vallee. "Only a woman" she would state "could understand the appeal of Rudy Vallee's voice."

John BarrymoreThe Rudy Vallee Show was an immediate hit, soon rising in popularity until it was second only to Amos 'n' Andy. Rudy would have a mix of well-known and unknown talent on the program. In fact he gained a reputation as a star-maker, introducing talents like Milton Berle, Burns and Allen, Alice Faye, the Mills Brothers and Kate Smith. One discovery that would long be associated with Rudy Vallee's Variety shows was Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.

Vallee showed professional courage, not only by featuring a ventriloquist on the radio, but also by inviting a number of black singers and musicians to the program. During Vallee's 1937 summer vacation, he insisted that Louis Armstrong take over as host through his absence, making Armstrong the first African American to host a nationally broadcast porgram. Vallee's eye for talent wasn't perfect, however. He believed that Barbara Streisand had no talent, and he turned down the Andrews Sisters.

Vallee Varieties is a rare Rudy Vallee old time radio show with the great profile John Barrymore and guest stars like Orson Welles and the beautiful Billie Burke.

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Volume 1: 35shows - total playtime 17 hours 12 minutes

Vallee Varieties 400219 Audition Rehearsal
Vallee Varieties 400307 001 Andy Devine
Vallee Varieties 400314 002 Una Merkel
Vallee Varieties 400321 003 Martha Raye
Vallee Varieties 400404 005 Priscilla Lane
Vallee Varieties 400411 006 Miriam Hopkins
Vallee Varieties 400418 007 Dolores Del Rio
Vallee Varieties 400425 008 Nan Grey
Vallee Varieties 400523 012 Dorothy Lamour
Vallee Varieties 400530 013 Simone Simone
Vallee Varieties 400606 014 Martha Raye
Vallee Varieties 400613 015 Betty Grable
Vallee Varieties 400620 016 Walter Okeefe
Vallee Varieties 400704 018 Dinah Shore
Vallee Varieties 400711 019 Milton Berle
Vallee Varieties 400718 020 Walter Okeefe
Vallee Varieties 400725 021 Grace Macdonald
Vallee Varieties 400801 022 Helen Jepson
Vallee Varieties 400808 023 Edward Everett Horton
Vallee Varieties 400815 024 Mitzi Green
Vallee Varieties 400822 025 Dinah Shore
Vallee Varieties 400829 026 Alan Reed
Vallee Varieties 400905 027 Shirley Ross
Vallee Varieties 400912 028 Hollis Shaw
Vallee Varieties 400926 030 Shirley Ross
Vallee Varieties 401003 031 Audrey Marsh
Vallee Varieties 401010 032 Betty Garde
Vallee Varieties 401017 033 John Barrymore
Vallee Varieties 401024 034 Benny Rubin
Vallee Varieties 401107 036 Tim And Irene Ryan,
Vallee Varieties 401114 037 Maxie Rosenbloom
Vallee Varieties 401121 038 Vera Vague
Vallee Varieties 401128 039 Escort Service Rehearsal
Vallee Varieties 401205 040 Lurene Tuttle
Vallee Varieties 401212 041 Marlene Dietrich

Volume 2: 34 shows - total playtime 17 hours 3 minutes

Vallee Varieties 401219 042 Orson Welles
Vallee Varieties 401226 043 Courtroom Trial Rehearsal
Vallee Varieties 410102 044 Supporting Cast Rehearsal
Vallee Varieties 410109 045 Mounted Police Rehearsal
Vallee Varieties 410116 046 Horror Story Rehearsal
Vallee Varieties 410206 049 Shirley Ross
Vallee Varieties 410213 050 Tugboat Annie
Vallee Varieties 410220 051 Lurene Tuttle, Bill
Vallee Varieties 410227 052 Billy Gilbert
Vallee Varieties 410306 053 Joan Merrill, Frank
Vallee Varieties 410320 055 Marjorie Rambeau
Vallee Varieties 410327 056 Groucho Marx
Vallee Varieties 410403 057 Joe E. Brown
Vallee Varieties 410410 058 Virginia Bruce
Vallee Varieties 410424 060 Charles Laughton
Vallee Varieties 410501 061 Richard Third
Vallee Varieties 410508 062 Kilowatts Rehearsal
Vallee Varieties 410515 063 Unconservative Conservatory Reh
Vallee Varieties 410522 064 Carmen Miranda
Vallee Varieties 410605 066 Lionel Barrymore
Vallee Varieties 410612 067 Marie Wilson, Edmun
Vallee Varieties 410619 068 Phil Silvers
Vallee Varieties 410626 069 Spinach And Sand
Vallee Varieties 410703 070 Abbott And Costello
Vallee Varieties 410710 071 Martha Raye
Vallee Varieties 410807 075 Boarding House Rehearsal
Vallee Varieties 410814 076 Barbecue Rehearsal
Vallee Varieties 410821 077 Real Estate Rehearsal
Vallee Varieties 410904 079 Edna May Oliver
Vallee Varieties 420319 106 Charles Laughton
Vallee Varieties 420521 115 Reginald Gardiner
Vallee Varieties 420521 115 Stuart Erwin
Vallee Varieties 420813 128 Village Store Rehearsal
Vallee Varieties 421015 136 Ransom Sherman



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