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Chase and Sanbourn Hour 1937-1939

Chase and Sanborn tried an opera format for a while when ventriloquist named Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy took over the show.

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"Ann Harding"



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Bergen McCarthy
Standard Brands was the result of a merger brokered by JP Morgan in 1929. Patterned roughly after the General Foods conglomerate which was lead by Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband, financier E.F. Hutton, Standard Brands amalgamated Fleischmann's Yeast, The Royal Baking Powder Company, E.W. Gillet, Widlar Foods Product Company and the Chase and Sanborn Coffee Company of Boston.

Chase & Sanbourn AdvertisementOne of the first things that Fleischmann's did with the influx of cash was to enter the relatively new arena of radio sponsorship with The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour, a variety show hosted by singer and bandleader Rudy Vallee. The show was a runaway success, second only to Amos 'n' Andy in popularity.

Naturally, Standard tried to achieve this success for their other brands, but struggled to find a host as appealing as Vallee. The Chase and Sanborn Hour paid a record breaking $5,000 a week for French variety star Maurice Chevalier, but the fit wasn't quite right and Chevalier went back to Paris. Eddie made a hit when he appeared on The Rudy Vallee Show, and was given The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1931. Cantor was the highest paid star in radio when he decided to move on in 1934.

Chase and Sanborn tried an opera format for a while, and became a vehicle for the Major Bowes' Amateurs for a while before the Major moved to CBS. The answer again came in the form of a wildly popular guest on The Rudy Vallee Show, a ventriloquist named Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy.

A ventriloquist on the radio did not make a lot of sense (who can tell if his lips are moving or not?), but Bergen's alter ego stole the show when he appeared on The Fleischmann's Hour. The question was whether Bergen and McCarthy could carry it off week after week. The answer was a resounding yes. Beginning in May of 1937, Bergen was supported by Don Ameche as master of ceremonies, with singers Dorothy Lamour and Nelson Eddy, and a guest star each week. Everyone had an interaction with Charlie, and each program featured a sketch or drama between Ameche and Lamour or the guest, along with songs from each of the singers (and guest, as appropriate).

Notable misanthrope and liquor aficionado W.C. Fields' film career had been sidetracked due to illness, but he was part of the regular cast in the first months after Bergen and McCarthy took over the show. Fields' role was a comic foil for Charlie, and they began feuding in the first episode. The exposure renewed the studio's interest in Fields, and he left the show in September, 1937, to renew his movie career.

W.C. Fields was not there when his most famous co star, Mae West made her infamous appearance on the show on December 12, 1937. Ms. West engaged in some racy banter with Charlie, but what really upset the censors was a sketch with Don Ameche based on Adam and Eve. Enough people found the play sacrilegious that Mae West was banned from radio.

In 1940 most of the cast was dropped and the show went to a half hour format. Bergen also began taking summer breaks, and the show was either replaced or found a temporary host during these periods, notably Frances Langford and Spike Jones. In 1948, Chase and Sanborn announced that they would not renew Edgar Bergen's contract. Not that Bergen and McCarthy missed a beat. CBS and Coca Cola were happy to have them.

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    23 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 22 hours, 47 min
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      23 shows - total playtime 22 hours 47 minutes
      1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370509 01 Ann Harding.mp3
      2. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370516 02 Carole Lombard.mp3
      3. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370523 03 Mary Boland.mp3
      4. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370530 04 Josephine Hutchinson.mp3
      5. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370606 05 Constance Bennett.mp3
      6. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370613 06 Joan Blondell.mp3
      7. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370620 07 Mae Robson.mp3
      8. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370627 08 Sonja Henie.mp3
      9. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370704 09 Zazu Pitts.mp3
      10. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370711 10 Gladys George.mp3
      11. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370801 13 Bruna Castagna.mp3
      12. Chase And Sanborn Hour 371212 Mae West Garden of Eden.mp3
      13. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390813 119 Joan Blondell.mp3
      14. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390827 121 Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      15. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390903 122 Wendy Barrie.mp3
      16. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390917 124 Helen Broderick.mp3
      17. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390924 125 Anita Louise.mp3
      18. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391112 132 Jean Arthur.mp3
      19. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391119 133 John Garfield.mp3
      20. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391126 134 Loretta Young.mp3
      21. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391203 135 Maureen Ohara.mp3
      22. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391210 136 Lansing Hatfield.mp3
      23. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391217 137 Geraldine Fitzgerald.mp3
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    23 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 22 hours, 47 min
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      23 shows - total playtime 22 hours 47 minutes
      1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370509 01 Ann Harding.mp3
      2. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370516 02 Carole Lombard.mp3
      3. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370523 03 Mary Boland.mp3
      4. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370530 04 Josephine Hutchinson.mp3
      5. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370606 05 Constance Bennett.mp3
      6. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370613 06 Joan Blondell.mp3
      7. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370620 07 Mae Robson.mp3
      8. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370627 08 Sonja Henie.mp3
      9. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370704 09 Zazu Pitts.mp3
      10. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370711 10 Gladys George.mp3
      11. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370801 13 Bruna Castagna.mp3
      12. Chase And Sanborn Hour 371212 Mae West Garden of Eden.mp3
      13. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390813 119 Joan Blondell.mp3
      14. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390827 121 Miriam Hopkins.mp3
      15. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390903 122 Wendy Barrie.mp3
      16. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390917 124 Helen Broderick.mp3
      17. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390924 125 Anita Louise.mp3
      18. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391112 132 Jean Arthur.mp3
      19. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391119 133 John Garfield.mp3
      20. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391126 134 Loretta Young.mp3
      21. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391203 135 Maureen Ohara.mp3
      22. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391210 136 Lansing Hatfield.mp3
      23. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391217 137 Geraldine Fitzgerald.mp3
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    23 recordings on 23 Audio CDs
    total playtime 22 hours, 47 min

    Disc A001

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370509 01 Ann Harding

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    Disc A002

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370516 02 Carole Lombard

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    Disc A003

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370523 03 Mary Boland

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    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370530 04 Josephine Hutchinson

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    Disc A005

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370606 05 Constance Bennett

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    Disc A006

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370613 06 Joan Blondell

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    Disc A007

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370620 07 Mae Robson

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    Disc A008

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370627 08 Sonja Henie

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    Disc A009

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370704 09 Zazu Pitts

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    Disc A010

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370711 10 Gladys George

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    Disc A011

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 370801 13 Bruna Castagna

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    Disc A012

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 371212 Mae West Garden of Eden

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    Disc A013

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390813 119 Joan Blondell

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    Disc A014

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390827 121 Miriam Hopkins

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    Disc A015

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390903 122 Wendy Barrie

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    Disc A016

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390917 124 Helen Broderick

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    Disc A017

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 390924 125 Anita Louise

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    Disc A018

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391112 132 Jean Arthur

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    Disc A019

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391119 133 John Garfield

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    Disc A020

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391126 134 Loretta Young

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    Disc A021

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391203 135 Maureen Ohara

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    Disc A022

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391210 136 Lansing Hatfield

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    Disc A023

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391217 137 Geraldine Fitzgerald

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