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Art Linkletter Collection

His autobiography is entitled Confessions of a Happy Man, Art Linkletter is a broadcasting legend.

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51 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 26 hours, 34 min)
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In 1960, Art Linkletter published an autobiography entitled Confessions of a Happy Man. In 1980, he published a second with the title I Didn’t Do It Alone. Widely considered a broadcasting legend, Art’s proudest accomplishment was probably his marriage to the former Lois Foerster, which lasted 74 ½ years, quite possibly a record for a celebrity couple. As a favorite son of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, with 77 years in the business of making people laugh, Linkletter had every reason to be a happy man.

Art Linkletter MicrophoneArt was born in 1912, and abandoned by his parents before he was a month old. The Linkletter's, a travelling evangelist couple, adopted the foundling. The family moved to San Diego when Art was five, where the Linkletter's eked out a living praying and performing on street corners (Art played the triangle). When he graduated from San Diego High School at the age of 16, he hit the road with $10 in his pocket. Hitching rides and hopping freight trains, he saw a lot of the country: “I learned to chisel rides on freight trains, outwit the road bulls, cook stew with the bindlestiffs and never to argue with a gun”.

Perhaps tired from his travels, he settled in New York City and found a job as a typist at a Wall Street firm just in time to see the Crash of 1929. Next, he went to sea as a merchant mariner, sailing to Rio and to Hawaii. Finally, he returned to San Diego and entered San Diego State Teachers College. Before graduating and going into education, he was hired at radio station KGB doing spot announcements. Radio paid better than teaching, and Linkletter was soon promoted to programming director.

Finding content to fill the hours of airtime stretched Art’s creativity. Many of his spots were reporting from local, regional and world’s fairs. One time he had himself lowered from the roof of a skyscraper in a bosun’s chair, interviewing office workers at each floor on his way down. In 1943, Art joined the show that would be forever linked to his name, People Are Funny.

The program blurred the lines between quiz show and game show, calling on members of the audience to perform stunts, the more ridiculous the better. The program, which would make the transition from radio to TV, was a prototype for game shows of the future, but it was Linkletter’s “man of the people” hosting style which kept the show on the air until 1961.

A ‘looser’ version of People Are Funny was Art Linkletter’s House Party, which aired from 1945 until 1967. This program was closer to a modern talk show, with cooking and beauty segments, but the highlight of the broadcast was Art interviewing a panel of children between the ages of 5 and 10. The segment gave rise to another of Linkletter’s catch phrases, “Kids say the Darnedest Things”.

Linkletter was an astute businessman who made a number of canny investments, including Wham-O’s Hula-Hoop. One opportunity he let go by, however, was when his good friend Walt Disney invited him to put money in his theme park. Linkletter did, however, coordinate the ABC TV coverage of Disneyland’s opening in 1955. Disney was more than pleased with television’s role in making the opening a success, and asked Linkletter how he could show his appreciation. Linkletter asked for and received the camera and film concession at Disneyland for the park’s first ten years. In the days before digital images and cell-phone cameras, that concession was bound to net a tidy fortune.

Linkletter was also an endorser for Milton Bradley’s The Game of Life, with his picture on the box and the game’s $100,000 bills.

A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine St honors his contributions to Television, and another at 6363 Hollywood Blvd is for his work in Radio.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    51 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50
    total playtime 26 hours, 34 min
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      51 shows - total playtime 26 hours 34 minutes
      1. Alan Young Show 461213 108 Singing Lessons.mp3
      2. Arthur Godfrey Collection 640121 30th Anniversary.mp3
      3. Civil Defense Spot Art Linkletter Dont Use Phone!.mp3
      4. Ft 530909 335 Just Like Lady.mp3
      5. How To 511108 Host Roger Price Art Linkletter.mp3
      6. Lone Ranger 491102 2620 Boastful Bandit.mp3
      7. Lux Radio Theater 530202 814 Captain Carey, Usa.mp3
      8. Lux Radio Theater 540201 866 Laura Repeat.mp3
      9. Movietown Radio Theater 480000 Hollywood Agent.mp3
      10. PAF 500000 Boys and Dogs.mp3
      11. PAF 500131 Cinderella Is Here At Last.mp3
      12. PAF 500207 Goats Milk.mp3
      13. PAF 500214 Movie Star And Husband.mp3
      14. PAF 500919 1st Show 10th Season.mp3
      15. PAF 520106 Giving Away Frogs.mp3
      16. PAF 520113 Violinist Plays for Money.mp3
      17. PAF 530310 Dick Haymes - Freddy Martin.mp3
      18. PAF 530317 Freddy Martin.mp3
      19. PAF 531013 Scare Away Tax Collector.mp3
      20. PAF 531020 Where Is Your Husband Tonight.mp3
      21. PAF 531027 Afrts 154 Single Woman Pretends To Be Married.mp3
      22. PAF 540105 Con Man 1.mp3
      23. PAF 540112 Con Man 2.mp3
      24. PAF 541026 Could You Buy A Hamburger.mp3
      25. PAF 541102 Free Mink Stole.mp3
      26. PAF 550000 Dancing With Three Men.mp3
      27. PAF 550000 Getting People for Wedding.mp3
      28. PAF 560117 Whos Smarter GOP-Democrat.mp3
      29. PAF 560124 Mental Telepathy.mp3
      30. PAF 560214 Beliefs.mp3
      31. PAF 560221 Fib White Lie - Whopper.mp3
      32. PAF 580716 Two Times Two Is Four.mp3
      33. PAF 580723 Making Up Your Mind.mp3
      34. PAF 580924 Is There A King In The House.mp3
      35. PAF 581001 Quickest Way To Borrow Money.mp3
      36. PAF 600513 Tammy Merrihue 1.mp3
      37. PAF 600520 Tammy Merrihue 2.mp3
      38. PAF Afrts 150 Couple Doesnt Know Theyre Driving Inspectors.mp3
      39. PAF Afrts 151 Straitjacket Man Ask Strangers For Help.mp3
      40. PAF Afrts 152 Woman Visit Family With Circus Giant Husband.mp3
      41. PAF Afrts 153 Engaged Couple Pretend They Are Eloping.mp3
      42. PAF Afrts155 Woman Bad Dept Store Customer Husband Detective.mp3
      43. Parade Of Stars 461015 Nbc Preview Of 194647 Season.mp3
      44. Pillsbury House Party 450521 People Unusal Names.mp3
      45. Pillsbury House Party 491006.mp3
      46. Pillsbury House Party 52147.mp3
      47. Pillsbury House Party Old Father With Child Under One.mp3
      48. Screen Guild Theater 501005 476 Champagne For Caesar.mp3
      49. Tib Art Linkletter.mp3
      50. Twenty Anniv Salute To Bing 510109 Art Linkletter.mp3
      51. Vincent Price 500715 Directors Guild, Los Angeles.mp3
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    51 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 26 hours, 34 min
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      51 shows - total playtime 26 hours 34 minutes
      1. Alan Young Show 461213 108 Singing Lessons.mp3
      2. Arthur Godfrey Collection 640121 30th Anniversary.mp3
      3. Civil Defense Spot Art Linkletter Dont Use Phone!.mp3
      4. Ft 530909 335 Just Like Lady.mp3
      5. How To 511108 Host Roger Price Art Linkletter.mp3
      6. Lone Ranger 491102 2620 Boastful Bandit.mp3
      7. Lux Radio Theater 530202 814 Captain Carey, Usa.mp3
      8. Lux Radio Theater 540201 866 Laura Repeat.mp3
      9. Movietown Radio Theater 480000 Hollywood Agent.mp3
      10. PAF 500000 Boys and Dogs.mp3
      11. PAF 500131 Cinderella Is Here At Last.mp3
      12. PAF 500207 Goats Milk.mp3
      13. PAF 500214 Movie Star And Husband.mp3
      14. PAF 500919 1st Show 10th Season.mp3
      15. PAF 520106 Giving Away Frogs.mp3
      16. PAF 520113 Violinist Plays for Money.mp3
      17. PAF 530310 Dick Haymes - Freddy Martin.mp3
      18. PAF 530317 Freddy Martin.mp3
      19. PAF 531013 Scare Away Tax Collector.mp3
      20. PAF 531020 Where Is Your Husband Tonight.mp3
      21. PAF 531027 Afrts 154 Single Woman Pretends To Be Married.mp3
      22. PAF 540105 Con Man 1.mp3
      23. PAF 540112 Con Man 2.mp3
      24. PAF 541026 Could You Buy A Hamburger.mp3
      25. PAF 541102 Free Mink Stole.mp3
      26. PAF 550000 Dancing With Three Men.mp3
      27. PAF 550000 Getting People for Wedding.mp3
      28. PAF 560117 Whos Smarter GOP-Democrat.mp3
      29. PAF 560124 Mental Telepathy.mp3
      30. PAF 560214 Beliefs.mp3
      31. PAF 560221 Fib White Lie - Whopper.mp3
      32. PAF 580716 Two Times Two Is Four.mp3
      33. PAF 580723 Making Up Your Mind.mp3
      34. PAF 580924 Is There A King In The House.mp3
      35. PAF 581001 Quickest Way To Borrow Money.mp3
      36. PAF 600513 Tammy Merrihue 1.mp3
      37. PAF 600520 Tammy Merrihue 2.mp3
      38. PAF Afrts 150 Couple Doesnt Know Theyre Driving Inspectors.mp3
      39. PAF Afrts 151 Straitjacket Man Ask Strangers For Help.mp3
      40. PAF Afrts 152 Woman Visit Family With Circus Giant Husband.mp3
      41. PAF Afrts 153 Engaged Couple Pretend They Are Eloping.mp3
      42. PAF Afrts155 Woman Bad Dept Store Customer Husband Detective.mp3
      43. Parade Of Stars 461015 Nbc Preview Of 194647 Season.mp3
      44. Pillsbury House Party 450521 People Unusal Names.mp3
      45. Pillsbury House Party 491006.mp3
      46. Pillsbury House Party 52147.mp3
      47. Pillsbury House Party Old Father With Child Under One.mp3
      48. Screen Guild Theater 501005 476 Champagne For Caesar.mp3
      49. Tib Art Linkletter.mp3
      50. Twenty Anniv Salute To Bing 510109 Art Linkletter.mp3
      51. Vincent Price 500715 Directors Guild, Los Angeles.mp3
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    51 recordings on 27 Audio CDs
    total playtime 24 hours, 3 min

    Art Linkletter Disc A001

    1. Civil Defense Spot Art Linkletter Dont Use Phone!
    2. PAF Afrts 150 Couple Doesnt Know Theyre Driving Inspectors
    3. PAF Afrts 151 Straitjacket Man Ask Strangers For Help

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    Art Linkletter Disc A002

    1. PAF Afrts 152 Woman Visit Family With Circus Giant Husband
    2. PAF Afrts 153 Engaged Couple Pretend They Are Eloping

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    Art Linkletter Disc A003

    1. PAF Afrts155 Woman Bad Dept Store Customer Husband Detective
    2. Pillsbury House Party 52147

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    Art Linkletter Disc A004

    1. Pillsbury House Party Old Father With Child Under One
    2. Tib Art Linkletter
    3. Pillsbury House Party 450521 People Unusal Names

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    Art Linkletter Disc A005

    1. Alan Young Show 461213 108 Singing Lessons
    2. Movietown Radio Theater 480000 Hollywood Agent

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    Art Linkletter Disc A006

    1. Pillsbury House Party 491006
    2. Lone Ranger 491102 2620 Boastful Bandit

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    Art Linkletter Disc A007

    1. PAF 500000 Boys and Dogs
    2. PAF 500131 Cinderella Is Here At Last

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    Art Linkletter Disc A008

    1. PAF 500207 Goats Milk
    2. PAF 500214 Movie Star And Husband

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    Art Linkletter Disc A009

    1. Vincent Price 500715 Directors Guild, Los Angeles
    2. PAF 500919 1st Show 10th Season

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    Art Linkletter Disc A010

    1. Screen Guild Theater 501005 476 Champagne For Caesar

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    Art Linkletter Disc A011

    1. Twenty Anniv Salute To Bing 510109 Art Linkletter

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    Art Linkletter Disc A012

    1. How To 511108 Host Roger Price Art Linkletter

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    Art Linkletter Disc A013

    1. PAF 520106 Giving Away Frogs
    2. PAF 520113 Violinist Plays for Money

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    Art Linkletter Disc A014

    1. Lux Radio Theater 530202 814 Captain Carey, Usa

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    Art Linkletter Disc A015

    1. PAF 530310 Dick Haymes - Freddy Martin
    2. PAF 530317 Freddy Martin

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    Art Linkletter Disc A016

    1. Ft 530909 335 Just Like Lady
    2. PAF 531013 Scare Away Tax Collector

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    Art Linkletter Disc A017

    1. PAF 531020 Where Is Your Husband Tonight
    2. PAF 531027 Afrts 154 Single Woman Pretends To Be Married

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    Art Linkletter Disc A018

    1. PAF 540105 Con Man 1
    2. PAF 540112 Con Man 2

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    Art Linkletter Disc A019

    1. Lux Radio Theater 540201 866 Laura Repeat

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    Art Linkletter Disc A020

    1. PAF 541026 Could You Buy A Hamburger
    2. PAF 541102 Free Mink Stole

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    Art Linkletter Disc A021

    1. PAF 550000 Dancing With Three Men
    2. PAF 550000 Getting People for Wedding

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    Art Linkletter Disc A022

    1. PAF 560117 Whos Smarter GOP-Democrat
    2. PAF 560124 Mental Telepathy

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    Art Linkletter Disc A023

    1. PAF 560214 Beliefs
    2. PAF 560221 Fib White Lie - Whopper

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    Art Linkletter Disc A024

    1. PAF 580716 Two Times Two Is Four
    2. PAF 580723 Making Up Your Mind
    3. PAF 580924 Is There A King In The House

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    Art Linkletter Disc A025

    1. PAF 581001 Quickest Way To Borrow Money
    2. PAF 600513 Tammy Merrihue 1

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    Art Linkletter Disc A026

    1. PAF 600520 Tammy Merrihue 2

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    Art Linkletter Disc A027

    1. Arthur Godfrey Collection 640121 30th Anniversary

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