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Babysitting in Old Time Radio

Ever since there were kids, there was a need for babysitters to lend a helping hands.

40 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 17 hours, 59 min)
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"Date with Judy: Baby Trouble"



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    Baby 1950s funnyThere is an old showbiz adage which holds that successful performers should avoid acts which depend on kids or animals. With just a minimum amount of caution, a person can avoid adopting a pet, but sooner or later, boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, and, well, once this point is reached kids are practically inevitable.

    Even if you are foolish enough to adopt a puppy or some other pet if things do not turn out the way you hope you can get rid of the pet. If you just want to get away for a few hours to enjoy your life, you can tie the pup in the backyard, leave him a bowl of cool water, and things should be okay until you get home. However, you cannot get away with tying the kids up in the backyard. If nothing else, the neighbors are bound to complain.

    The only thing worse than needing a babysitter is getting roped into babysitting duty. The term "babysit" became popular in the Twenties. Around this time, young, suburban couples with a shiny new flivver parked in front of the house began hiring teenage girls to come over after the baby had been put down for the night. All the girl was expected to do was sit with the baby while Mommy and Daddy stole a couple hours to go to the local movie house or some other wholesome entertainment.

    Generally, this was a good situation for the girl called to do the babysitting. Young girls were expected to grow up to mommies, after all, so the responsibility of babysitting was good training. The bit of pocket money she earned helped to teach her the value of being thrifty, so it was a winning situation all around. Until, for whatever reason, the dependable neighbor girl was not able to babysit. If this happened, the rules which cause situation comedies to reflect real life state that the only available 'sitter will be the least appropriate one!

    Phil Harris and granddaughter 1961The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, December 3, 1950, NBC. Phil's band rehearsal gets a late start because Remley has not shown up yet. His excuse is that Phil is so tight with the money that he needed to start a second job, with a babysitting service. It seems to be working out until the end of the first day when he discovers he has an extra baby!

    Sealtest Variety Theatre, April 21, 1949, NBC. Star Dorothy Lamour breaks her date with Eddie Bracken for a "business meeting" with guest star Edgar Bergen. What Bergen and Dorothy don't count on is how big of a crush Charlie McCarthy has on her, so Dorothy comes up with a solution, she will hire Eddie to babysit Charlie.

    Philco Radio Time, April 21, 1948.  Bing wants to take Dixie out on a Tuesday but can't find a sitter for the boys. He remembers how well Clifton Webb did as Belvedere in Sitting Pretty (1948) so he convinces the dapper actor to take care of the Crosby boys.

    The Great Gildersleeve, September 15, 1948, NBC. The baby Gildy found in his car has the whole house upset, but it is nothing compared to when everyone except the Great Man will be out in the evening. Will the baby get the best of the Water Commissioner?

    Our Miss Brooks, January 1, 1950, CBS. New Year's Eve means parties for everyone, but our heroine doesn't have any cash for the party until she lands a babysitting gig which will be over by ten.

    My Favorite Husband, September 24, 1948, CBS. Liz is knitting baby booties for a friend's shower, but her friends believe it means she is in a family way.

    This is Your FBI, December 29, 1950, ABC. Babysitting is pretty serious business, but should it involve the FBI? It does when there is a baby-selling scam involved.

    ... and many more tales of adventures of babysitting!

    Great Gildersleeve

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    40 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 17 hours, 59 min
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      40 shows - total playtime 17 hours 59 minutes
      1. Aldrich Family 481021 Baby Sitting.mp3
      2. Archie Andrews 510527 Babysitting To Earn Money.mp3
      3. Avalon Time 390826 E034 High School Dance Baby Sitting.mp3
      4. Bergen Mccarthy 470223 Nelson Eddy Elsa Maxwell.mp3
      5. Breakfast Club 610300 Champion Babysitter.mp3
      6. Burns Allen 480212 Babysitting For Kay Kyser.mp3
      7. Claudia 490202 353 Jared Tucker Babysitter.mp3
      8. Damon Runyon 490227 09 Butch Minds Baby.mp3
      9. Date With Judy 420707 016 Baby Trouble.mp3
      10. Duffys Tavern 511207 417 Archie Fatherbaby Left Door.mp3
      11. Eaa480506 Babysitter Guild.mp3
      12. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 470204 0502 Baby Sitting Teenie.mp3
      13. Fred 490522 Babysitting Col. Stoopnagle.mp3
      14. Great Gildersleeve 411102 Baby Sitting.mp3
      15. Great Gildersleeve 480915 293 Taking Care Of Baby.mp3
      16. Guest Star 480912 077 Babysitter Frag..mp3
      17. Hearts In Harmony 461203 1482 Babysitter Sent .mp3
      18. Jack Carson Show 470409 27 Baby On Doorstep.mp3
      19. Jack Carson Show 470416 28 Taking Care Of Baby.mp3
      20. Jack Carson Show 470423 29 Lease Forbids Keeping Baby.mp3
      21. Life Of Riley 491007 248. Babs Wedding Baby Sitting.mp3
      22. Lux Radio Theater 530302 818 Close To My Heart.mp3
      23. Meet Corliss Archer 460811 Babysitting Job.mp3
      24. My Favorite Husband 480924 010 Knitting Baby Booties.mp3
      25. My Favorite Husband 491111 062 Baby Sitting.mp3
      26. My Little Margie 550206 Babysittinghalf Only.mp3
      27. Our Miss Brooks 481107 014 Work Horse.mp3
      28. Our Miss Brooks 481114 015 Babysitting.mp3
      29. Our Miss Brooks 500101 073 Babysitting On New Years Eve.mp3
      30. Our Miss Brooks 550807 301 Cat Burglars.mp3
      31. Phil Harris 481212 081 Babysitter.mp3
      32. Phil Harris 501203 158 Missing Baby.mp3
      33. Philco Radio Time 480421 066 Clifton Webb And Crosby Boys.mp3
      34. Rocky Fortune 531215 Companion To Chimp.mp3
      35. Sealtest Variety Theater 490421 030 Edgar Bergen.mp3
      36. Strange Adventure 450000 185 Babysitter.mp3
      37. Thats Rich 540319 11 Baby Sitting Bobbie High Noon Spoof.mp3
      38. This Is Your Fbi 501229 300 Temporary Father.mp3
      39. Tommy Riggs And Betty Lou Show 460819.mp3
      40. Tommy Riggs Betty Lou Show 460819.mp3
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    40 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 17 hours, 59 min
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      40 shows - total playtime 17 hours 59 minutes
      1. Aldrich Family 481021 Baby Sitting.mp3
      2. Archie Andrews 510527 Babysitting To Earn Money.mp3
      3. Avalon Time 390826 E034 High School Dance Baby Sitting.mp3
      4. Bergen Mccarthy 470223 Nelson Eddy Elsa Maxwell.mp3
      5. Breakfast Club 610300 Champion Babysitter.mp3
      6. Burns Allen 480212 Babysitting For Kay Kyser.mp3
      7. Claudia 490202 353 Jared Tucker Babysitter.mp3
      8. Damon Runyon 490227 09 Butch Minds Baby.mp3
      9. Date With Judy 420707 016 Baby Trouble.mp3
      10. Duffys Tavern 511207 417 Archie Fatherbaby Left Door.mp3
      11. Eaa480506 Babysitter Guild.mp3
      12. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 470204 0502 Baby Sitting Teenie.mp3
      13. Fred 490522 Babysitting Col. Stoopnagle.mp3
      14. Great Gildersleeve 411102 Baby Sitting.mp3
      15. Great Gildersleeve 480915 293 Taking Care Of Baby.mp3
      16. Guest Star 480912 077 Babysitter Frag..mp3
      17. Hearts In Harmony 461203 1482 Babysitter Sent .mp3
      18. Jack Carson Show 470409 27 Baby On Doorstep.mp3
      19. Jack Carson Show 470416 28 Taking Care Of Baby.mp3
      20. Jack Carson Show 470423 29 Lease Forbids Keeping Baby.mp3
      21. Life Of Riley 491007 248. Babs Wedding Baby Sitting.mp3
      22. Lux Radio Theater 530302 818 Close To My Heart.mp3
      23. Meet Corliss Archer 460811 Babysitting Job.mp3
      24. My Favorite Husband 480924 010 Knitting Baby Booties.mp3
      25. My Favorite Husband 491111 062 Baby Sitting.mp3
      26. My Little Margie 550206 Babysittinghalf Only.mp3
      27. Our Miss Brooks 481107 014 Work Horse.mp3
      28. Our Miss Brooks 481114 015 Babysitting.mp3
      29. Our Miss Brooks 500101 073 Babysitting On New Years Eve.mp3
      30. Our Miss Brooks 550807 301 Cat Burglars.mp3
      31. Phil Harris 481212 081 Babysitter.mp3
      32. Phil Harris 501203 158 Missing Baby.mp3
      33. Philco Radio Time 480421 066 Clifton Webb And Crosby Boys.mp3
      34. Rocky Fortune 531215 Companion To Chimp.mp3
      35. Sealtest Variety Theater 490421 030 Edgar Bergen.mp3
      36. Strange Adventure 450000 185 Babysitter.mp3
      37. Thats Rich 540319 11 Baby Sitting Bobbie High Noon Spoof.mp3
      38. This Is Your Fbi 501229 300 Temporary Father.mp3
      39. Tommy Riggs And Betty Lou Show 460819.mp3
      40. Tommy Riggs Betty Lou Show 460819.mp3
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    40 recordings on 19 Audio CDs
    total playtime 17 hours, 59 min

    Babysitting Disc A001

    1. Avalon Time 390826 E034 High School Dance Baby Sitting
    2. Great Gildersleeve 411102 Baby Sitting

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    Babysitting Disc A002

    1. Date With Judy 420707 016 Baby Trouble
    2. Strange Adventure 450000 185 Babysitter
    3. Meet Corliss Archer 460811 Babysitting Job

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    Babysitting Disc A003

    1. Tommy Riggs And Betty Lou Show 460819
    2. Tommy Riggs Betty Lou Show 460819

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    Babysitting Disc A004

    1. Hearts In Harmony 461203 1482 Babysitter Sent
    2. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 470204 0502 Baby Sitting Teenie

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    Babysitting Disc A005

    1. Bergen Mccarthy 470223 Nelson Eddy Elsa Maxwell
    2. Jack Carson Show 470409 27 Baby On Doorstep

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    Babysitting Disc A006

    1. Jack Carson Show 470416 28 Taking Care Of Baby
    2. Jack Carson Show 470423 29 Lease Forbids Keeping Baby

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    Babysitting Disc A007

    1. Burns Allen 480212 Babysitting For Kay Kyser
    2. Philco Radio Time 480421 066 Clifton Webb And Crosby Boys

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    Babysitting Disc A008

    1. Eaa480506 Babysitter Guild
    2. Guest Star 480912 077 Babysitter Frag.
    3. Great Gildersleeve 480915 293 Taking Care Of Baby

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    Babysitting Disc A009

    1. My Favorite Husband 480924 010 Knitting Baby Booties
    2. Aldrich Family 481021 Baby Sitting

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    Babysitting Disc A010

    1. Our Miss Brooks 481107 014 Work Horse
    2. Our Miss Brooks 481114 015 Babysitting

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    Babysitting Disc A011

    1. Phil Harris 481212 081 Babysitter
    2. Claudia 490202 353 Jared Tucker Babysitter

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    Babysitting Disc A012

    1. Damon Runyon 490227 09 Butch Minds Baby
    2. Sealtest Variety Theater 490421 030 Edgar Bergen

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    Babysitting Disc A013

    1. Fred 490522 Babysitting Col. Stoopnagle
    2. Life Of Riley 491007 248. Babs Wedding Baby Sitting

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    Babysitting Disc A014

    1. My Favorite Husband 491111 062 Baby Sitting
    2. Our Miss Brooks 500101 073 Babysitting On New Years Eve

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    Babysitting Disc A015

    1. Phil Harris 501203 158 Missing Baby
    2. This Is Your Fbi 501229 300 Temporary Father

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    Babysitting Disc A016

    1. Archie Andrews 510527 Babysitting To Earn Money
    2. Duffys Tavern 511207 417 Archie Fatherbaby Left Door

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    Babysitting Disc A017

    1. Lux Radio Theater 530302 818 Close To My Heart

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    Babysitting Disc A018

    1. Rocky Fortune 531215 Companion To Chimp
    2. Thats Rich 540319 11 Baby Sitting Bobbie High Noon Spoof
    3. My Little Margie 550206 Babysittinghalf Only

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    Babysitting Disc A019

    1. Our Miss Brooks 550807 301 Cat Burglars
    2. Breakfast Club 610300 Champion Babysitter

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