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Billie Burke Collection

Heard on Saturday mornings, she played a flaky lady with the distinct high voice and an abundance of generosity and good will towards individuals in her community. Update: additional broadcast

27 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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16 Audio CDs


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"Building a Playground"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Billy Burke
Billie Burke

Billie Burke "that bright morning star" was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885, in Washington, DC.  A child of a clown (literally), her family toured Europe as entertainers and she was born to perform . 

Billie Burke married Florenz Ziegfeld, a la Ziegfeld Follies, in 1914, and they had a daughter, Patricia. Though she preferred stage acting, the Stock Market crash of 1929 and following death of her husband in 1932 left Burke with debts and she returned to film acting.  She subsequently starred in many comedies and musicals, typecast as a ditzy lady, due to comedic flair and high pitched voice.  She is best remembered for her role of Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the Wizard of Oz; the character remains an icon of goodness, strength, and wisdom.

The Billie Burke Show was heard on Saturday mornings from April 3, 1943 to September 21, 1946.  The titlne character played as flaky lady with the distinct high voice and an abundance of generosity and good will towards individuals in her community.  Gullible and foolish, she mixed proverbs like "let sleeping dogs gather no moss.  In one of episode while helping a Willie, a homeless person, she mistakes him for a traveling salesman, but decides that he is a "respectable tramp" and feeds him all the food from her kitchen, angering her conniving brother Julius.  In the end of each episode, she teaches others of pathos and optimism.

Sponsored by Listerine, the show encouraged listeners to keep brushing and keep smiling with naturally bright shinning teeth. With Billie Burke's enchanting voice and heart of gold, it's hard not to smile.

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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.



    27 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 14 hours, 42 min
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      27 shows - total playtime 14 hours 42 minutes
      1. Bill Sterns Sports Newsreel 491007 518 Billie Burke.mp3
      2. Billie Burke Show 460000 Electric Wallpaper.mp3
      3. Billie Burke Show 460308 Building Playground.mp3
      4. Billie Burke Show 460427 Tramp.mp3
      5. Billie Burke Show 460603 Free For All Playground.mp3
      6. Billie Burke Show 460824 Thousand Dollar Bill.mp3
      7. Biography In Sound 550320 10 Ethel Barrymore.mp3
      8. Duffys 440201 115 Archie Needs Finnegan Marry Billie Burke.mp3
      9. Ft 480722 076 One In Million.mp3
      10. Ft 520130 255 Curtain Call For Genesis.mp3
      11. Ft 520917 285 Curtain Call For Genesis.mp3
      12. Good News 381020 043 W Joan Crawford.mp3
      13. Martin Lewis 490823 019 W Billie Burke.mp3
      14. Movietown Radio Theater 480000 You Must Meet Maggie.mp3
      15. Pabst Blue Ribbon 441022 Charlie Opens Frog Farm Welles.mp3
      16. Pabst Blue Ribbon 470216 Nelson Eddy Billie Burke.mp3
      17. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480513 073 Lauritz Melchior.mp3
      18. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480520 074 Revue Called Inside Hollywood.mp3
      19. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480527 36 Eddie Goes To Ucla.mp3
      20. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480608 Michael Redgrave Wants House.mp3
      21. Pabst Blue Ribbon480506 33 Going After Smith Vote.mp3
      22. Rudy Vallee 381201 George Gibbitt, Bille Burke, Paul Garetts.mp3
      23. Rudy Vallee 401128 Reh Escort Service.mp3
      24. Rudy Vallee 401226 Reh Courtroom Trial.mp3
      25. Screen Guild 390514 019 Variety.mp3
      26. Stagestruck 540321 Life And Career Of Florenz Ziegfeld.mp3
      27. Ziegfeld Follies Of Air 320403.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    27 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 14 hours, 42 min
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      27 shows - total playtime 14 hours 42 minutes
      1. Bill Sterns Sports Newsreel 491007 518 Billie Burke.mp3
      2. Billie Burke Show 460000 Electric Wallpaper.mp3
      3. Billie Burke Show 460308 Building Playground.mp3
      4. Billie Burke Show 460427 Tramp.mp3
      5. Billie Burke Show 460603 Free For All Playground.mp3
      6. Billie Burke Show 460824 Thousand Dollar Bill.mp3
      7. Biography In Sound 550320 10 Ethel Barrymore.mp3
      8. Duffys 440201 115 Archie Needs Finnegan Marry Billie Burke.mp3
      9. Ft 480722 076 One In Million.mp3
      10. Ft 520130 255 Curtain Call For Genesis.mp3
      11. Ft 520917 285 Curtain Call For Genesis.mp3
      12. Good News 381020 043 W Joan Crawford.mp3
      13. Martin Lewis 490823 019 W Billie Burke.mp3
      14. Movietown Radio Theater 480000 You Must Meet Maggie.mp3
      15. Pabst Blue Ribbon 441022 Charlie Opens Frog Farm Welles.mp3
      16. Pabst Blue Ribbon 470216 Nelson Eddy Billie Burke.mp3
      17. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480513 073 Lauritz Melchior.mp3
      18. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480520 074 Revue Called Inside Hollywood.mp3
      19. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480527 36 Eddie Goes To Ucla.mp3
      20. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480608 Michael Redgrave Wants House.mp3
      21. Pabst Blue Ribbon480506 33 Going After Smith Vote.mp3
      22. Rudy Vallee 381201 George Gibbitt, Bille Burke, Paul Garetts.mp3
      23. Rudy Vallee 401128 Reh Escort Service.mp3
      24. Rudy Vallee 401226 Reh Courtroom Trial.mp3
      25. Screen Guild 390514 019 Variety.mp3
      26. Stagestruck 540321 Life And Career Of Florenz Ziegfeld.mp3
      27. Ziegfeld Follies Of Air 320403.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    27 recordings on 16 Audio CDs
    total playtime 14 hours, 42 min

    Disc A001

    1. Ziegfeld Follies Of Air 320403

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    Disc A002

    1. Good News 381020 043 W Joan Crawford

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    Disc A003

    1. Rudy Vallee 381201 George Gibbitt, Bille Burke, Paul Garetts

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    Disc A004

    1. Screen Guild 390514 019 Variety
    2. Rudy Vallee 401128 Reh Escort Service

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    Disc A005

    1. Rudy Vallee 401226 Reh Courtroom Trial
    2. Duffys 440201 115 Archie Needs Finnegan Marry Billie Burke

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    Disc A006

    1. Pabst Blue Ribbon 441022 Charlie Opens Frog Farm Welles
    2. Billie Burke Show 460000 Electric Wallpaper

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    Disc A007

    1. Billie Burke Show 460308 Building Playground
    2. Billie Burke Show 460427 Tramp

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    Disc A008

    1. Billie Burke Show 460603 Free For All Playground
    2. Billie Burke Show 460824 Thousand Dollar Bill

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    Disc A009

    1. Pabst Blue Ribbon 470216 Nelson Eddy Billie Burke
    2. Movietown Radio Theater 480000 You Must Meet Maggie

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    Disc A010

    1. Pabst Blue Ribbon480506 33 Going After Smith Vote
    2. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480513 073 Lauritz Melchior

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    Disc A011

    1. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480520 074 Revue Called Inside Hollywood
    2. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480527 36 Eddie Goes To Ucla

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    Disc A012

    1. Pabst Blue Ribbon 480608 Michael Redgrave Wants House
    2. Ft 480722 076 One In Million

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    Disc A013

    1. Martin Lewis 490823 019 W Billie Burke
    2. Bill Sterns Sports Newsreel 491007 518 Billie Burke

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    Disc A014

    1. Ft 520130 255 Curtain Call For Genesis
    2. Ft 520917 285 Curtain Call For Genesis

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    Disc A015

    1. Stagestruck 540321 Life And Career Of Florenz Ziegfeld

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    Disc A016

    1. Biography In Sound 550320 10 Ethel Barrymore

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