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Birds Eye Open House (Dinah Shore)

comic sketch with everyone's best friend Dinah Shore and many guest stars including Burns and Allen as well as Groucho Marx.

55 old time radio show recordings
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"Dream"



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Birds Eye Open House
Dinah ShoreSolomon and Anna, Russian-Jewish immigrants who settled in Tennessee were happy to welcome their daughter Frances Rose, and surely dismayed when at the age of two she contracted infantile paralysis, as polio was known at the time. The doting parents provided intense care for their little girl, and she made a near complete recovery with a deformed foot and a slight lifetime limp.

Groucho MarxThe little girl loved to sing, and she was encouraged by her mother, who had operatic ambitions, and her father, who took her to his store to sing for his customers. Although shy because of her limp, she seems to have had a precocious streak; at the age of 14 she was hired as a torch singer in a Nashville nightclub only to find that when the lights went up for her first performance that her parents were sitting at a table in the front row - she finished the show but her premier was also her closing.

She went on to eventually graduate from Vanderbilt University, but never lost her dreams of a singing career. Part of her repertoire of audition numbers was the popular song "Dinah". When a New York disc jockey couldn't remember her name, and began referring to her as "that Dinah girl" the stage name Dinah Shore stuck.

Birds Eye Food Advertisement 1940sDinah auditioned for Benny Goodman and both of the Dorsey boys, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, but failed to raise any interest. She went on to establish herself as a solo artist.

She was soon headlining her own radio program, at first under the sponsorship of Bristol Myers. In 1943 The Dinah Shore Program became Birds Eye Frosted Food's first foray into the world of Radio Sponsorship. Flash-frozen foods were new to the American marketplace, and it certainly didn't hurt Birds Eye to have a wholesome, pretty girl that they could put in their print ads as well as on the radio.

During the first two seasons the show featured a comic sketch starring Roland Young and Cornelia Skinner playing married couple "William and Mary". They were eventually replaced by comedian Wally Brown, who also failed to fit the program.

For the 1944 fall season Birds Eye took their sponsorship, singer, and announcer Harry Van Zell from CBS to NBC and the show, now titled Birds Eye Open House, seemed to click. Dinah's singing continued to be the big draw, with her banter with Van Zell and the Guest Star holding things together. The weekly sketch now starred Dinah and the guest (and was greatly helped by the better writers hired for the show by NBC). During it's last season Birds Eye Open House found itself in the time slot immediately following The Burns and Allen Show; George and Gracie were guests during the "Sugar Throat Burns/Gracie Barges In" running gag. The two programs also combined for the 1945 Christmas show. Groucho Marx was also a frequent guest.

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  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    55 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 26 hours, 40 min
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    Volume 1 - 28 shows - total playtime 13 hours 30 minutes
    MP3 CD
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    1. Birds Eye Open House 431007 002 Guest Donald Oconnor.mp3
    2. Birds Eye Open House 431014 003 Guest Phil Silvers.mp3
    3. Birds Eye Open House 431021 004 Ill Be Home For Christmas.mp3
    4. Birds Eye Open House 431028 005 Thank Your Lucky Stars.mp3
    5. Birds Eye Open House 431202 010 My Heart.mp3
    6. Birds Eye Open House 431209 011 For First Time.mp3
    7. Birds Eye Open House 431216 012 Paper Doll.mp3
    8. Birds Eye Open House 431223 013 Exactly Like You.mp3
    9. Birds Eye Open House 431230 014 My Heart.mp3
    10. Birds Eye Open House 440210 020 Sleepy Time Girl.mp3
    11. Birds Eye Open House 440217 021 Speak Low.mp3
    12. Birds Eye Open House 440224 022 I Couldnt Sleep A Wink.mp3
    13. Birds Eye Open House 440309 024 they Ask About You.mp3
    14. Birds Eye Open House 440323 026 Take It Easy.mp3
    15. Birds Eye Open House 440511 033 Dont Sweetheart Me.mp3
    16. Birds Eye Open House 440518 034 Imagine You.mp3
    17. Birds Eye Open House 440525 035 Must Been Beautiful Baby.mp3
    18. Birds Eye Open House 440608 037 Sleepy Time Gal.mp3
    19. Birds Eye Open House 440615 038 Ill Be Seeing You.mp3
    20. Birds Eye Open House 440629 040 Im Packing My Grip.mp3
    21. Birds Eye Open House 441012 042 Spoof On Gaslight.mp3
    22. Birds Eye Open House 441116 047 Guest Charles Laughton.mp3
    23. Birds Eye Open House 441212.mp3
    24. Birds Eye Open House 450125 057 Candy.mp3
    25. Birds Eye Open House 450315 064 Dreams Getting Better.mp3
    26. Birds Eye Open House 450419 069 Ginny Simms Subs.mp3
    27. Birds Eye Open House 450503 071 Candy.mp3
    28. Birds Eye Open House 450510 072 Kiss Gdnight Leads Another.mp3
    Volume 2 - 27 shows - total playtime 13 hours 9 minutes
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    1. Birds Eye Open House 450517 073 Dream.mp3
    2. Birds Eye Open House 450524 074 Good Good Good.mp3
    3. Birds Eye Open House 450531 075 El Rancho Rio Grande.mp3
    4. Birds Eye Open House 450906 076 Exactly Like You.mp3
    5. Birds Eye Open House 450913 077 Atchison Topeka And Santa Fe.mp3
    6. Birds Eye Open House 450920 078 Paper Moon.mp3
    7. Birds Eye Open House 450927 079 Im Gonna Love That Man.mp3
    8. Birds Eye Open House 451004 080 A Kiss Goodnight.mp3
    9. Birds Eye Open House 451018 082 Must Been Beautiful Baby.mp3
    10. Birds Eye Open House 451025 083 Im Gonna Love That Guy.mp3
    11. Birds Eye Open House 451101 084 Waitin For Train To Come In.mp3
    12. Birds Eye Open House 451108 085 Put That Ring On My Finger.mp3
    13. Birds Eye Open House 451122 087 But I Did.mp3
    14. Birds Eye Open House 451213 089 Guest Red Skelton.mp3
    15. Birds Eye Open House 451227 091 Locked In A Department Store.mp3
    16. Birds Eye Open House 460103 092 Arent You Glad Youre You.mp3
    17. Birds Eye Open House 460110 093 Let It Snow.mp3
    18. Birds Eye Open House 460131 096 Mississippi Riverboat Afrs.mp3
    19. Birds Eye Open House 460221 099 Let It Snow.mp3
    20. Birds Eye Open House 460228 100 Personality.mp3
    21. Birds Eye Open House 460314 102 Why Must We Say Goodbye.mp3
    22. Birds Eye Open House 460321 103 Atlanta Ga.mp3
    23. Birds Eye Open House 460328 104 Guest Joan Davis.mp3
    24. Birds Eye Open House 460425 108 Guest Marilyn Maxwell.mp3
    25. Birds Eye Open House 460509 110 Shoo Fly Pie.mp3
    26. Birds Eye Open House 460516 111 Whos Sorry Now.mp3
    27. Birds Eye Open House 460523 112 Coax Me A Little Bit.mp3
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    55 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 26 hours, 40 min
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    Volume 1 - 28 shows - total playtime 13 hours 30 minutes
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    Volume 1: $5.00
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    1. Birds Eye Open House 431007 002 Guest Donald Oconnor.mp3
    2. Birds Eye Open House 431014 003 Guest Phil Silvers.mp3
    3. Birds Eye Open House 431021 004 Ill Be Home For Christmas.mp3
    4. Birds Eye Open House 431028 005 Thank Your Lucky Stars.mp3
    5. Birds Eye Open House 431202 010 My Heart.mp3
    6. Birds Eye Open House 431209 011 For First Time.mp3
    7. Birds Eye Open House 431216 012 Paper Doll.mp3
    8. Birds Eye Open House 431223 013 Exactly Like You.mp3
    9. Birds Eye Open House 431230 014 My Heart.mp3
    10. Birds Eye Open House 440210 020 Sleepy Time Girl.mp3
    11. Birds Eye Open House 440217 021 Speak Low.mp3
    12. Birds Eye Open House 440224 022 I Couldnt Sleep A Wink.mp3
    13. Birds Eye Open House 440309 024 they Ask About You.mp3
    14. Birds Eye Open House 440323 026 Take It Easy.mp3
    15. Birds Eye Open House 440511 033 Dont Sweetheart Me.mp3
    16. Birds Eye Open House 440518 034 Imagine You.mp3
    17. Birds Eye Open House 440525 035 Must Been Beautiful Baby.mp3
    18. Birds Eye Open House 440608 037 Sleepy Time Gal.mp3
    19. Birds Eye Open House 440615 038 Ill Be Seeing You.mp3
    20. Birds Eye Open House 440629 040 Im Packing My Grip.mp3
    21. Birds Eye Open House 441012 042 Spoof On Gaslight.mp3
    22. Birds Eye Open House 441116 047 Guest Charles Laughton.mp3
    23. Birds Eye Open House 441212.mp3
    24. Birds Eye Open House 450125 057 Candy.mp3
    25. Birds Eye Open House 450315 064 Dreams Getting Better.mp3
    26. Birds Eye Open House 450419 069 Ginny Simms Subs.mp3
    27. Birds Eye Open House 450503 071 Candy.mp3
    28. Birds Eye Open House 450510 072 Kiss Gdnight Leads Another.mp3
    Volume 2 - 27 shows - total playtime 13 hours 9 minutes
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    Volume 2: $5.00
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    1. Birds Eye Open House 450517 073 Dream.mp3
    2. Birds Eye Open House 450524 074 Good Good Good.mp3
    3. Birds Eye Open House 450531 075 El Rancho Rio Grande.mp3
    4. Birds Eye Open House 450906 076 Exactly Like You.mp3
    5. Birds Eye Open House 450913 077 Atchison Topeka And Santa Fe.mp3
    6. Birds Eye Open House 450920 078 Paper Moon.mp3
    7. Birds Eye Open House 450927 079 Im Gonna Love That Man.mp3
    8. Birds Eye Open House 451004 080 A Kiss Goodnight.mp3
    9. Birds Eye Open House 451018 082 Must Been Beautiful Baby.mp3
    10. Birds Eye Open House 451025 083 Im Gonna Love That Guy.mp3
    11. Birds Eye Open House 451101 084 Waitin For Train To Come In.mp3
    12. Birds Eye Open House 451108 085 Put That Ring On My Finger.mp3
    13. Birds Eye Open House 451122 087 But I Did.mp3
    14. Birds Eye Open House 451213 089 Guest Red Skelton.mp3
    15. Birds Eye Open House 451227 091 Locked In A Department Store.mp3
    16. Birds Eye Open House 460103 092 Arent You Glad Youre You.mp3
    17. Birds Eye Open House 460110 093 Let It Snow.mp3
    18. Birds Eye Open House 460131 096 Mississippi Riverboat Afrs.mp3
    19. Birds Eye Open House 460221 099 Let It Snow.mp3
    20. Birds Eye Open House 460228 100 Personality.mp3
    21. Birds Eye Open House 460314 102 Why Must We Say Goodbye.mp3
    22. Birds Eye Open House 460321 103 Atlanta Ga.mp3
    23. Birds Eye Open House 460328 104 Guest Joan Davis.mp3
    24. Birds Eye Open House 460425 108 Guest Marilyn Maxwell.mp3
    25. Birds Eye Open House 460509 110 Shoo Fly Pie.mp3
    26. Birds Eye Open House 460516 111 Whos Sorry Now.mp3
    27. Birds Eye Open House 460523 112 Coax Me A Little Bit.mp3
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    55 recordings on 28 Audio CDs
    total playtime 26 hours, 40 min

    Disc A001

    1. Birds Eye Open House 431007 002 Guest Donald Oconnor
    2. Birds Eye Open House 431014 003 Guest Phil Silvers

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    Disc A002

    1. Birds Eye Open House 431021 004 Ill Be Home For Christmas
    2. Birds Eye Open House 431028 005 Thank Your Lucky Stars

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    Disc A003

    1. Birds Eye Open House 431202 010 My Heart
    2. Birds Eye Open House 431209 011 For First Time

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    Disc A004

    1. Birds Eye Open House 431216 012 Paper Doll
    2. Birds Eye Open House 431223 013 Exactly Like You

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    Disc A005

    1. Birds Eye Open House 431230 014 My Heart
    2. Birds Eye Open House 440210 020 Sleepy Time Girl

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    Disc A006

    1. Birds Eye Open House 440217 021 Speak Low
    2. Birds Eye Open House 440224 022 I Couldnt Sleep A Wink

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    Disc A007

    1. Birds Eye Open House 440309 024 they Ask About You
    2. Birds Eye Open House 440323 026 Take It Easy

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    Disc A008

    1. Birds Eye Open House 440511 033 Dont Sweetheart Me
    2. Birds Eye Open House 440518 034 Imagine You

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    Disc A009

    1. Birds Eye Open House 440525 035 Must Been Beautiful Baby
    2. Birds Eye Open House 440608 037 Sleepy Time Gal

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    Disc A010

    1. Birds Eye Open House 440615 038 Ill Be Seeing You
    2. Birds Eye Open House 440629 040 Im Packing My Grip

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    Disc A011

    1. Birds Eye Open House 441012 042 Spoof On Gaslight
    2. Birds Eye Open House 441116 047 Guest Charles Laughton

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    Disc A012

    1. Birds Eye Open House 441212
    2. Birds Eye Open House 450125 057 Candy

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    Disc A013

    1. Birds Eye Open House 450315 064 Dreams Getting Better
    2. Birds Eye Open House 450419 069 Ginny Simms Subs

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    Disc A014

    1. Birds Eye Open House 450503 071 Candy
    2. Birds Eye Open House 450510 072 Kiss Gdnight Leads Another

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    Disc A015

    1. Birds Eye Open House 450517 073 Dream
    2. Birds Eye Open House 450524 074 Good Good Good

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    Disc A016

    1. Birds Eye Open House 450531 075 El Rancho Rio Grande
    2. Birds Eye Open House 450906 076 Exactly Like You

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    Disc A017

    1. Birds Eye Open House 450913 077 Atchison Topeka And Santa Fe
    2. Birds Eye Open House 450920 078 Paper Moon

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    Disc A018

    1. Birds Eye Open House 450927 079 Im Gonna Love That Man
    2. Birds Eye Open House 451004 080 A Kiss Goodnight

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    Disc A019

    1. Birds Eye Open House 451018 082 Must Been Beautiful Baby
    2. Birds Eye Open House 451025 083 Im Gonna Love That Guy

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    Disc A020

    1. Birds Eye Open House 451101 084 Waitin For Train To Come In
    2. Birds Eye Open House 451108 085 Put That Ring On My Finger

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    Disc A021

    1. Birds Eye Open House 451122 087 But I Did
    2. Birds Eye Open House 451213 089 Guest Red Skelton

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    Disc A022

    1. Birds Eye Open House 451227 091 Locked In A Department Store
    2. Birds Eye Open House 460103 092 Arent You Glad Youre You

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    Disc A023

    1. Birds Eye Open House 460110 093 Let It Snow
    2. Birds Eye Open House 460131 096 Mississippi Riverboat Afrs

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    Disc A024

    1. Birds Eye Open House 460221 099 Let It Snow
    2. Birds Eye Open House 460228 100 Personality

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    Disc A025

    1. Birds Eye Open House 460314 102 Why Must We Say Goodbye
    2. Birds Eye Open House 460321 103 Atlanta Ga

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    Disc A026

    1. Birds Eye Open House 460328 104 Guest Joan Davis
    2. Birds Eye Open House 460425 108 Guest Marilyn Maxwell

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    Disc A027

    1. Birds Eye Open House 460509 110 Shoo Fly Pie
    2. Birds Eye Open House 460516 111 Whos Sorry Now

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    Disc A028

    1. Birds Eye Open House 460523 112 Coax Me A Little Bit

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