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Adolphe Menjou Collection

Known as a suave and debonair ladies man, Adolphe Menjou's career spanned both silent films and talkies.

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52 old time radio show recordings
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"Adolphe Menjou on Duffy's Tavern Giving Mens Fashion Lecture"



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Adolphe Menjou

An actor should be bigger than his moustache. In the case of Adolphe Menjou, it was a big order to fill but the sophisticated star whose career spanned silent films and talkies carried it out with aplomb.

Adolphe MenjouIt was, after all, rather a large moustache, not so much in size (although it was glorious) as in meaning. The moustache was the trademark of a Star, and Menjou was above all else a Star.

Menjou's political views were nearly as big as his moustache. He was a staunch Republican and considered the Democratic Party to be a haven for Communists. As for Communists, he not only cooperated with the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, he praised their efforts. Naturally, this went against the feelings of many of the people he worked with. It is said that although he appeared in three pictures with Katherine Hepburn, she would only speak to him when required to by the script.

Adolphe Jean Menjou was born the eldest son of a French hotel manager and an Irish mother in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1890. About the time that the senior Menjou moved the family to Cleveland to open a chain of restaurants, Adolphe was already beginning to show enthusiasm for a show business career. His father did what he could to dissuade him from that path, sending him to the Culver Military Institute for high school and then Stiles University and Cornell to seek a degree in engineering. Adolphe played along for as long as he could but finally dropped out of Cornell to joined the vaudeville circuit. He put his career on hold on a couple of occasions when his father needed help running the family business, he even managed Maison Menjou in New York for a time, but he never forgot the call of acting.

He found his way into the budding motion picture industry before America joined the Great War. One story concerning the origin of Menjou's moustache holds the he was hired for Nearly A King (1916) because he had a slight resemblance to John Barrymore. When Barrymore came on the set he was taken aback that Menjou looked too much like him, and said the only way he could continue to work was to get a false beard from the makeup department. According to the story, this resulting in Adolphe cultivating his trademark moustache. (In his 1948 autobiography, It Took Nine Tailors, Menjou claims he began leaving his upper lip unshaved to celebrate his 21st birthday).

Menjou spent three years in France with the US Army Ambulance Corp. Returning from the War, he took up again with the fledgling motion picture industry, and when the industry moved to sunny Hollywood, he was quick to followed. He appeared with Douglas Fairbanks in The Three Musketeers (1921) and in Rudolph Valentino's classic The Sheik (1923). Menjou's big break came when Charlie Chaplin gave him a lead role in A Woman of Paris (1923). Paramount saw how the dapper actor stole almost every scene he was in and began to play up Menjou's playboy image by casting him as an urbane but callous lady's man. He was selected as "Best Dressed Man in America" nine times.

Adolphe MenjouThe Stock Market Crash of 1929 led to Paramount shedding many of its contracts, among them Menjou's. MGM picked him up (for half of what he was paid at Paramount) and took advantage of his fluency in six languages by placing him in international releases for the French and Spanish markets. He moved easily into second lead and supporting player status in films like The Great Lover (1931), A Farewell to Arms (1932), Little Miss Marker (1934), and Stage Door (1937).

His film career slowed during the forties. Rather than time in front of the camera, he took time to entertain troops both Stateside and overseas. He also had a good deal of fun spoofing his image as a guest on several popular radio programs, including Amos 'n' Andy, The Chase and Sanborn Hour, and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. The slowdown of his film career also afforded him more time to put on the links, Clark Gable called Menjou "far and away my favorite actor-golfer. If he plays a good game, he radiates enthusiasm like the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and makes you forget he is taking your money. If he plays a bad game, his moans echo from the hills of the Bel-Air Country Club like the cries of a man in mortal agony. Either way it is an enchanting experience."

Actress Verree Teasdale became Mrs. Menjou in 1935, and the couple remained together for the rest of Adolphe's life. The couple appeared together in Harold Lloyd's The Milky Way (1936) and Hal Roach's Turnabout (1940). In the late Forties and early Fifties, ZIV Syndications featured the couple on Meet the Menjous, a 10-13 minute talk show covering a variety of subjects. In 1957, Adolphe played a French General opposite Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory. His final role was as the town curmudgeon in Disney's Pollyanna (1960).

A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6826 Hollywood Blvd honors Adolphe Menjou's contributions to Motion Pictures. The Star shares its location with a Star honoring Bill Hays' contributions to Radio.

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    52 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $4.50
    total playtime 27 hours, 3 min
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    Volume 1 - 30 shows - total playtime 17 hours 30 minutes
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    1. Academy Award Theater 460622 Front Page.mp3
    2. Adolph Zukors Silver Jubilee 370107 Host Jack Benny.mp3
    3. Amos And Andy 440114 Violets.mp3
    4. Biography In Sound 580410 93 Eddie Rickenbacker.mp3
    5. Burns And Allen 440208 23 Adolphe Menjou.mp3
    6. Chase And Sanborn Program 450701 05 Aldolph Menjou.mp3
    7. Chase And Sannborn Ann Show 641115 Cands 101st Anniversary.mp3
    8. CP 420428 011 Adolphe Menjou Fibber Mcgee Molly Red Skelton.mp3
    9. Duffys Tavern 440509 129 Mens Fashion Lecture.mp3
    10. Forecast 410729 05 Deductions Deluxe Problem Painted Poodle.mp3
    11. Ft 490105 099 Where Heart Is.mp3
    12. Ft 520514 270 Continental Cowboy.mp3
    13. Ft 530225 307 Two Tickets For Stockholm.mp3
    14. Ft 530902 334 Testimonial.mp3
    15. Hollywood Hotel 361218 One In Million.mp3
    16. Hollywood Hotel 370430 134 Star Is Born.mp3
    17. Hollywood Star Preview 480405 Turnabout.mp3
    18. It Pays To Be Ignorant 441110 110 When You Eat Garlic.mp3
    19. Its Time To Smile 430203 100 Adolphe Menjou.mp3
    20. Lux Radio Theater 361116 107 Conversation Piece.mp3
    21. Lux Radio Theater 370405 127 Farewell To Arms.mp3
    22. Lux Radio Theater 390220 207 Stage Door.mp3
    23. Lux Radio Theater 420511 351 Last Of Mrs Cheyney Repeat.mp3
    24. Lux Radio Theater 421012 365 Morning Glory Repeat.mp3
    25. Mail Call 440209 077 A.Menjou Williams Brothers I.Manning.mp3
    26. Meet Menjous 490000 002 Lucky Woman.mp3
    27. Meet Menjous 490000 009 Successful Home Party.mp3
    28. Meet Menjous 490000 180 Michaelangelo And Great Artists.mp3
    29. Meet Menjous 500000 075 Traffic Problems.mp3
    30. Meet Menjous 500000 076 Races.mp3
    Volume 2 - 22 shows - total playtime 9 hours 33 minutes
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    1. Meet Menjous 500000 091 Parties And Slang.mp3
    2. Meet Menjous 500000 092 Luck.mp3
    3. Meet Menjous 500000 151 Pets Inheriting Money.mp3
    4. Meet Menjous 500000 152 People who Live in Glass Houses.mp3
    5. Meet Menjous 500000 179 Liars.mp3
    6. Meet Menjous 500000 180 Choosing Pictures.mp3
    7. Movie Preview Century Fox 36 One In Million.mp3
    8. Nbc University Theater 480917 008 Purloined Letter.mp3
    9. Our Land Be Bright 480000 04 Little School Hse Adolph Menjou.mp3
    10. Philco Radio Time4649 481117 080 Kay Starr.mp3
    11. Railroad Hour 481018 003 Cat And Fiddle.mp3
    12. Screen Guild Theater 391029 028 We Were Dancing.mp3
    13. Screen Guild Theater 400324 Morning Glory.mp3
    14. Screen Guild Theater 401117 Star Is Born.mp3
    15. Screen Guild Theater 411123 092 If You Could Only Cook.mp3
    16. Screen Guild Theater 441002 214 Shopworn Angel.mp3
    17. Screen Guild Theater 461104 Experiment Perilous.mp3
    18. Texaco Star Th 381005 Adolphe Mengou 1 St Show In Series.mp3
    19. Texaco Star Th 381012 Adophe Menjou John Barrymore.mp3
    20. Texaco Star Th 421129 09 Adolphe Menjou Translates Jokes.mp3
    21. Texaco Stars Inn 381221 Song Of Christmas.mp3
    22. Voice Of Army 490300 445 Front Line Leader.mp3
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    52 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $4.50
    total playtime 27 hours, 3 min
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    Volume 1 - 30 shows - total playtime 17 hours 30 minutes
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    1. Academy Award Theater 460622 Front Page.mp3
    2. Adolph Zukors Silver Jubilee 370107 Host Jack Benny.mp3
    3. Amos And Andy 440114 Violets.mp3
    4. Biography In Sound 580410 93 Eddie Rickenbacker.mp3
    5. Burns And Allen 440208 23 Adolphe Menjou.mp3
    6. Chase And Sanborn Program 450701 05 Aldolph Menjou.mp3
    7. Chase And Sannborn Ann Show 641115 Cands 101st Anniversary.mp3
    8. CP 420428 011 Adolphe Menjou Fibber Mcgee Molly Red Skelton.mp3
    9. Duffys Tavern 440509 129 Mens Fashion Lecture.mp3
    10. Forecast 410729 05 Deductions Deluxe Problem Painted Poodle.mp3
    11. Ft 490105 099 Where Heart Is.mp3
    12. Ft 520514 270 Continental Cowboy.mp3
    13. Ft 530225 307 Two Tickets For Stockholm.mp3
    14. Ft 530902 334 Testimonial.mp3
    15. Hollywood Hotel 361218 One In Million.mp3
    16. Hollywood Hotel 370430 134 Star Is Born.mp3
    17. Hollywood Star Preview 480405 Turnabout.mp3
    18. It Pays To Be Ignorant 441110 110 When You Eat Garlic.mp3
    19. Its Time To Smile 430203 100 Adolphe Menjou.mp3
    20. Lux Radio Theater 361116 107 Conversation Piece.mp3
    21. Lux Radio Theater 370405 127 Farewell To Arms.mp3
    22. Lux Radio Theater 390220 207 Stage Door.mp3
    23. Lux Radio Theater 420511 351 Last Of Mrs Cheyney Repeat.mp3
    24. Lux Radio Theater 421012 365 Morning Glory Repeat.mp3
    25. Mail Call 440209 077 A.Menjou Williams Brothers I.Manning.mp3
    26. Meet Menjous 490000 002 Lucky Woman.mp3
    27. Meet Menjous 490000 009 Successful Home Party.mp3
    28. Meet Menjous 490000 180 Michaelangelo And Great Artists.mp3
    29. Meet Menjous 500000 075 Traffic Problems.mp3
    30. Meet Menjous 500000 076 Races.mp3
    Volume 2 - 22 shows - total playtime 9 hours 33 minutes
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    1. Meet Menjous 500000 091 Parties And Slang.mp3
    2. Meet Menjous 500000 092 Luck.mp3
    3. Meet Menjous 500000 151 Pets Inheriting Money.mp3
    4. Meet Menjous 500000 152 People who Live in Glass Houses.mp3
    5. Meet Menjous 500000 179 Liars.mp3
    6. Meet Menjous 500000 180 Choosing Pictures.mp3
    7. Movie Preview Century Fox 36 One In Million.mp3
    8. Nbc University Theater 480917 008 Purloined Letter.mp3
    9. Our Land Be Bright 480000 04 Little School Hse Adolph Menjou.mp3
    10. Philco Radio Time4649 481117 080 Kay Starr.mp3
    11. Railroad Hour 481018 003 Cat And Fiddle.mp3
    12. Screen Guild Theater 391029 028 We Were Dancing.mp3
    13. Screen Guild Theater 400324 Morning Glory.mp3
    14. Screen Guild Theater 401117 Star Is Born.mp3
    15. Screen Guild Theater 411123 092 If You Could Only Cook.mp3
    16. Screen Guild Theater 441002 214 Shopworn Angel.mp3
    17. Screen Guild Theater 461104 Experiment Perilous.mp3
    18. Texaco Star Th 381005 Adolphe Mengou 1 St Show In Series.mp3
    19. Texaco Star Th 381012 Adophe Menjou John Barrymore.mp3
    20. Texaco Star Th 421129 09 Adolphe Menjou Translates Jokes.mp3
    21. Texaco Stars Inn 381221 Song Of Christmas.mp3
    22. Voice Of Army 490300 445 Front Line Leader.mp3
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    52 recordings on 29 Audio CDs
    total playtime 25 hours, 52 min

    Adolphe Menjou Disc A001

    1. Movie Preview Century Fox 36 One In Million

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A002

    1. Lux Radio Theater 361116 107 Conversation Piece

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A003

    1. Hollywood Hotel 361218 One In Million

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A004

    1. Lux Radio Theater 370405 127 Farewell To Arms

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A005

    1. Hollywood Hotel 370430 134 Star Is Born

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A006

    1. Texaco Star Th 381005 Adolphe Mengou 1 St Show In Series

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A007

    1. Texaco Star Th 381012 Adophe Menjou John Barrymore

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A008

    1. Texaco Stars Inn 381221 Song Of Christmas

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A009

    1. Lux Radio Theater 390220 207 Stage Door
    2. Screen Guild Theater 391029 028 We Were Dancing

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A010

    1. Screen Guild Theater 400324 Morning Glory
    2. Screen Guild Theater 401117 Star Is Born

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A011

    1. Forecast 410729 05 Deductions Deluxe Problem Painted Poodle
    2. Screen Guild Theater 411123 092 If You Could Only Cook

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A012

    1. CP 420428 011 Adolphe Menjou Fibber Mcgee Molly Red Skelton

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A013

    1. Lux Radio Theater 420511 351 Last Of Mrs Cheyney Repeat

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A014

    1. Lux Radio Theater 421012 365 Morning Glory Repeat

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A015

    1. Texaco Star Th 421129 09 Adolphe Menjou Translates Jokes
    2. Its Time To Smile 430203 100 Adolphe Menjou

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A016

    1. Amos And Andy 440114 Violets
    2. Burns And Allen 440208 23 Adolphe Menjou

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A017

    1. Mail Call 440209 077 A.Menjou Williams Brothers I.Manning
    2. Duffys Tavern 440509 129 Mens Fashion Lecture
    3. Screen Guild Theater 441002 214 Shopworn Angel

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A018

    1. It Pays To Be Ignorant 441110 110 When You Eat Garlic
    2. Chase And Sanborn Program 450701 05 Aldolph Menjou

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A019

    1. Academy Award Theater 460622 Front Page
    2. Screen Guild Theater 461104 Experiment Perilous

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A020

    1. Our Land Be Bright 480000 04 Little School Hse Adolph Menjou
    2. Hollywood Star Preview 480405 Turnabout

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A021

    1. Nbc University Theater 480917 008 Purloined Letter

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A022

    1. Railroad Hour 481018 003 Cat And Fiddle

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A023

    1. Philco Radio Time4649 481117 080 Kay Starr
    2. Meet Menjous 490000 002 Lucky Woman
    3. Meet Menjous 490000 009 Successful Home Party
    4. Meet Menjous 490000 180 Michaelangelo And Great Artists

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A024

    1. Ft 490105 099 Where Heart Is
    2. Voice Of Army 490300 445 Front Line Leader
    3. Meet Menjous 500000 075 Traffic Problems
    4. Meet Menjous 500000 076 Races

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A025

    1. Meet Menjous 500000 091 Parties And Slang
    2. Meet Menjous 500000 092 Luck
    3. Meet Menjous 500000 151 Pets Inheriting Money
    4. Meet Menjous 500000 152 People who Live in Glass Houses
    5. Meet Menjous 500000 179 Liars
    6. Meet Menjous 500000 180 Choosing Pictures

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A026

    1. Ft 520514 270 Continental Cowboy
    2. Ft 530225 307 Two Tickets For Stockholm

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A027

    1. Ft 530902 334 Testimonial

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A028

    1. Biography In Sound 580410 93 Eddie Rickenbacker

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    Adolphe Menjou Disc A029

    1. Chase And Sannborn Ann Show 641115 Cands 101st Anniversary

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