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A curious concoction of cooking creations are included in this OTRCAT.com exclusive collection of old time radio cooking shows such as The Mystery Chef, The Mary Lee Taylor Program, Martha Meade Society Program, Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air, and more! There are also cooking-centric episodes from different radio series like Fibber McGee and Molly, Burns and Allen, Life of Riley, and Cavalcade of America.

71 old time radio show recordings
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Marie Wilson CookingTalcum powder may catch a man, but it takes baking powder to hold him.

1940s House WivesCooking shows were a natural progression to try to capture the homemaker market, many of whom were at home all day taking care of the kids and the house. It was a natural progression to create female specific programming and cooking was just one piece of the programming pie.

Truthfully, it is difficult to find information about cooking shows. Some of the shows are grouped under homemaking shows. Homemaking shows included a cooking element along with the housekeeping tips, child-rearing, and even laundry tips.

There was no roadmap for how to program radio in the 1920s and 1930s. Creating show content was hit and miss. By far the most popular type of program was the soap opera with Proctor & Gamble leading the way. Proctor & Gamble also lead the way in homemaking shows such as Sisters of the Skillet which aired two mornings each week as part of Mrs. Blake's Radio Column. Proctor & Gamble created Mrs. Blake's to showcase several brands and Sisters of the Skillet was sponsored by Crisco. In the 1940s and 1950s, radio technology changed and talent changed but the basic content of homemaker shows stayed the same, housekeeping, child-rearing, and cooking.

The Mystery Chef

One of the earliest cooking shows was The Mystery Chef. This show featured recipes for cooking on a budget, which was very appropriate considering the radio show started in 1930 and ran until 1945. The Mystery Chef was John MacPherson of Scotland and Boston. MacPherson was not a professional chef. Instead he came to cooking to defend himself against the bland meals in his boarding house.

The Mystery Chef started as a local show in Boston in 1930 and appeared on the NBC Red and Blue networks, CBS, and ABC. While his 10,000 recipe collection ran the gamutrich, rare, frugal,common, simple, complicatedhis frugal recipes during the depression were the most popular. The Mystery Chef's Own Cookbook was released in 1936 with simple recipes but, according to the chef, the most important ingredient was love. "You must go into the kitchen with love in your heart for what you are about to do, and for the people who will eat your cooking."

Mary Lee Taylor

Mary Lee TaylorSponsored by PET Milk, The Mary Lee Taylor Program was the creation of Erma Perham Proetz. While Mary Lee Taylor was an accomplished chef, a nutritionist, and a home economist, Erma Perham Pretz was an advertising executive at the Gardner Advertising Company in St. Louis, Missouri who created her and was Mary's first voice.

Martha MeadeThe Mary Lee Taylor Program was the longest running radio cooking show starting in November 1933 and ending in October 1954. The show began at 15 minutes at the height of the Depression. Her recipes were easy, economical, and, featured PET Milk, of course.

Shows included housekeeping tips, meal plans, cookbook promotions, and presenting a PET milk recipe. One of the most enduring PET Milk recipes featured on the show was the popular Pumpkin Pie. In 1948, The program was expanded to 30 minutes and a new soap opera segment was added at the beginning of the show.

The new segment was called The Story of the Week and followed the ups and downs of a young married couple, Jim and Sally Carter. After the soap opera, Mary came on to present her recipes and tips. Mary let listeners know that, for a PET Milk label, the company would send a recipe booklet.

Betty CrockerMartha Meade Society Program

The Sperry Flour Company of San Francisco sponsored the Martha Meade Society Program. Martha Meade was the face of Sperry Flour Company and was created to promote the company. The 15-minute show was on the air in the early 1930s. Much like other cooking and homemaking shows, Martha Meade Society featured recipes using Sperry Flour, offered housekeeping tips, and more. Like other cooking shows sponsored by a food manufacturer, the company offered booklets featuring recipes using the company's flour.

Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air

When you hear Betty Crocker, radio is probably the last thing on your mind but in 1924, the Washburn Crosby Milling Company presented the Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air. It was an immediate hit and in 1925, the show expanded to 13 radio stations, each with their own Betty Crocker voice.

The cooking school of the air was actually a cooking school. In the first year, 238 "graduates" sent in reports for grading with an age range from 16 to 82. In 1927, the Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air debuted on the new NBC network. On the air for 24 years, the school had over 1 million people enrolled.

Before there was ever a red and white Betty Crocker Cookbook, there were recipe booklets listeners could request. The recipes for the show and for the booklets were created by 21 home economists in the Home Service Department, the predecessor to the Betty Crocker Kitchens.

Frannie FarmerVolume 1 of the collection contains cooking-centric episodes from different radio series like Fibber McGee and Molly, Burns and Allen, Life of Riley, and Cavalcade of America.

Fibber tries to have his way in the kitchen cooking his signature recipe "Shrimps McGee."

George Burns wins a blue ribbon at the county fair for his ladyfingers. Irma takes cooking lessons in a half baked scheme to catch a man.

Also included in this collection is the Cavalcade of America episode about Frannie Farmer, the pioneer in the domestic science movement who introduced to America standardized cups and spoons. Her books so popular are still in print today!

Cooking shows have had a place on the air waves from the very beginning. It is a testament to the popularity of presenting delicious food, simple food, or a frugal meal that cooking shows were popular over the radio.

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    71 recordings on 5 MP3 CDs for just $25.00
    total playtime 30 hours, 20 min
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    Volume 1 - 24 shows - total playtime 10 hours 35 minutes
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    1. Alan Young Show 461115 Duffys Tavern Caters French Dinner.mp3
    2. Aldrich Family 481209 441 Grouse For Dinner.mp3
    3. Bob Ray 490825 Untitled.mp3
    4. Calv 470908 532 Kitchen Scientist.mp3
    5. Down Our Way 09 Mens Cooking Contes.mp3
    6. Fibber 410520 0288 Fibber Bakes Mollys Birthday Cake.mp3
    7. Fibber 470527 0518 Old Family Recipe Shrimps Mcgee.mp3
    8. Fibber 471216 Aunt Sarah Fruitcake.mp3
    9. Fibber 481123 0563 Docs Pheasants.mp3
    10. Fred 470615 Renting Room.mp3
    11. Ft 521112 293 Vacation For Mom.mp3
    12. Good News 390420 069 W Mickey Rooney.mp3
    13. Hobby Lobby 490122 Cooking With Cold.mp3
    14. Jack Benny 340511 Home Cooking At Dons.mp3
    15. Life Of Riley 501027 Cake Baking Contest.mp3
    16. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 04 Sidney Comes To Dinner.mp3
    17. Mr Keen 490929 Case Of Murder With Thousand Witnesses.mp3
    18. My Friend Irma 530421 Way Mans Hear-Takes Cooking Course.mp3
    19. Mystery Chef (1944).mp3
    20. Phil Harris 500514 Cooking Dinner For Alice.mp3
    21. Rudy Vallee Vallee Varieties 410814 076 Barbecue Rehearsal.mp3
    22. Vic And Sade 420824 Rushs New School Clothes.mp3
    23. Voice Of Army 500324 494 Mood In Music.mp3
    24. Wild Bill Hickok 531209 190 Silk Hat Hogans Donkey.mp3
    Volume 2 - 5 shows - total playtime 2 hours 25 minutes
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    1. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530301 Mango Tree.mp3
    2. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530308 Mail Order Bride.mp3
    3. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530315 Impressario.mp3
    4. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530412 New Man.mp3
    5. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530510 Egbert Haw.mp3
    Volume 3 - 3 shows - total playtime 0 hours 25 minutes
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    1. Betty Crocker 470714 Miss Kerr.mp3
    2. Betty Crocker Magazine 450810.mp3
    3. Bloopers Betty Crocker Upside Down.mp3
    Volume 4 - 4 shows - total playtime 0 hours 56 minutes
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    1. Martha Meade Society Program 330516 100 Desert Maschet.mp3
    2. Martha Meade Society Program 330517 101 Dinner Weetheart.mp3
    3. Martha Meade Society Program 331012 Women In India.mp3
    4. Martha Meade Society Program 331019 Halloween Parties.mp3
    Volume 5 - 35 shows - total playtime 15 hours 56 minutes
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    1. Mary Lee Taylor 390921 Stuffed Vanilla Wafers.mp3
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 480710 Skeleton In Attic.mp3
    3. Mary Lee Taylor 481023 Moving To Capitol City.mp3
    4. Mary Lee Taylor 481030 Good Friend.mp3
    5. Mary Lee Taylor 481106 Strange Reunion.mp3
    6. Mary Lee Taylor 481111 Sally Finds An Apartment.mp3
    7. Mary Lee Taylor 481119 Life In New Apartment.mp3
    8. Mary Lee Taylor 481126 Jims Surprise.mp3
    9. Mary Lee Taylor 481203 Old Friend Charlie.mp3
    10. Mary Lee Taylor 481210 Redecorating.mp3
    11. Mary Lee Taylor 481217 Home For Christmas.mp3
    12. Mary Lee Taylor 481225 Christmas Story.mp3
    13. Mary Lee Taylor 490108 Will Landlord Accept Baby.mp3
    14. Mary Lee Taylor 490115 Worried About Prowlers.mp3
    15. Mary Lee Taylor 490129 Sallys Birthday Party.mp3
    16. Mary Lee Taylor 490205 Twenty Dollar Question.mp3
    17. Mary Lee Taylor 490212 Budget Problems.mp3
    18. Mary Lee Taylor 490219 Dads Old Flame.mp3
    19. Mary Lee Taylor 490226 Threes Crowd.mp3
    20. Mary Lee Taylor 490305 Horoscopes.mp3
    21. Mary Lee Taylor 490312 Doc Bradley.mp3
    22. Mary Lee Taylor 490319 Naming Baby.mp3
    23. Mary Lee Taylor 490326 Now We Are Three.mp3
    24. Mary Lee Taylor 490402 Sallys One Track Mind.mp3
    25. Mary Lee Taylor 490409 Sally Comes Home.mp3
    26. Mary Lee Taylor 490416 Whose Baby Is She.mp3
    27. Mary Lee Taylor 490423 Who Will Be Betsys Godfather.mp3
    28. Mary Lee Taylor 490430 Friday Night Dilemma.mp3
    29. Mary Lee Taylor 490507 Sallys Night Out.mp3
    30. Mary Lee Taylor 490514 Is Nicki After Jim.mp3
    31. Mary Lee Taylor 490521 New Man In Nickis Life.mp3
    32. Mary Lee Taylor 490528 Photo Finish.mp3
    33. Mary Lee Taylor 490604 Hero.mp3
    34. Mary Lee Taylor 490611 Whats Cooking.mp3
    35. Mary Lee Taylor 490618 Will.mp3
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    71 recordings on 5 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $25.00
    total playtime 30 hours, 20 min
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    Volume 1 - 24 shows - total playtime 10 hours 35 minutes
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    1. Alan Young Show 461115 Duffys Tavern Caters French Dinner.mp3
    2. Aldrich Family 481209 441 Grouse For Dinner.mp3
    3. Bob Ray 490825 Untitled.mp3
    4. Calv 470908 532 Kitchen Scientist.mp3
    5. Down Our Way 09 Mens Cooking Contes.mp3
    6. Fibber 410520 0288 Fibber Bakes Mollys Birthday Cake.mp3
    7. Fibber 470527 0518 Old Family Recipe Shrimps Mcgee.mp3
    8. Fibber 471216 Aunt Sarah Fruitcake.mp3
    9. Fibber 481123 0563 Docs Pheasants.mp3
    10. Fred 470615 Renting Room.mp3
    11. Ft 521112 293 Vacation For Mom.mp3
    12. Good News 390420 069 W Mickey Rooney.mp3
    13. Hobby Lobby 490122 Cooking With Cold.mp3
    14. Jack Benny 340511 Home Cooking At Dons.mp3
    15. Life Of Riley 501027 Cake Baking Contest.mp3
    16. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 04 Sidney Comes To Dinner.mp3
    17. Mr Keen 490929 Case Of Murder With Thousand Witnesses.mp3
    18. My Friend Irma 530421 Way Mans Hear-Takes Cooking Course.mp3
    19. Mystery Chef (1944).mp3
    20. Phil Harris 500514 Cooking Dinner For Alice.mp3
    21. Rudy Vallee Vallee Varieties 410814 076 Barbecue Rehearsal.mp3
    22. Vic And Sade 420824 Rushs New School Clothes.mp3
    23. Voice Of Army 500324 494 Mood In Music.mp3
    24. Wild Bill Hickok 531209 190 Silk Hat Hogans Donkey.mp3
    Volume 2 - 5 shows - total playtime 2 hours 25 minutes
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    1. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530301 Mango Tree.mp3
    2. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530308 Mail Order Bride.mp3
    3. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530315 Impressario.mp3
    4. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530412 New Man.mp3
    5. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530510 Egbert Haw.mp3
    Volume 3 - 3 shows - total playtime 0 hours 25 minutes
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    1. Betty Crocker 470714 Miss Kerr.mp3
    2. Betty Crocker Magazine 450810.mp3
    3. Bloopers Betty Crocker Upside Down.mp3
    Volume 4 - 4 shows - total playtime 0 hours 56 minutes
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    1. Martha Meade Society Program 330516 100 Desert Maschet.mp3
    2. Martha Meade Society Program 330517 101 Dinner Weetheart.mp3
    3. Martha Meade Society Program 331012 Women In India.mp3
    4. Martha Meade Society Program 331019 Halloween Parties.mp3
    Volume 5 - 35 shows - total playtime 15 hours 56 minutes
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    1. Mary Lee Taylor 390921 Stuffed Vanilla Wafers.mp3
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 480710 Skeleton In Attic.mp3
    3. Mary Lee Taylor 481023 Moving To Capitol City.mp3
    4. Mary Lee Taylor 481030 Good Friend.mp3
    5. Mary Lee Taylor 481106 Strange Reunion.mp3
    6. Mary Lee Taylor 481111 Sally Finds An Apartment.mp3
    7. Mary Lee Taylor 481119 Life In New Apartment.mp3
    8. Mary Lee Taylor 481126 Jims Surprise.mp3
    9. Mary Lee Taylor 481203 Old Friend Charlie.mp3
    10. Mary Lee Taylor 481210 Redecorating.mp3
    11. Mary Lee Taylor 481217 Home For Christmas.mp3
    12. Mary Lee Taylor 481225 Christmas Story.mp3
    13. Mary Lee Taylor 490108 Will Landlord Accept Baby.mp3
    14. Mary Lee Taylor 490115 Worried About Prowlers.mp3
    15. Mary Lee Taylor 490129 Sallys Birthday Party.mp3
    16. Mary Lee Taylor 490205 Twenty Dollar Question.mp3
    17. Mary Lee Taylor 490212 Budget Problems.mp3
    18. Mary Lee Taylor 490219 Dads Old Flame.mp3
    19. Mary Lee Taylor 490226 Threes Crowd.mp3
    20. Mary Lee Taylor 490305 Horoscopes.mp3
    21. Mary Lee Taylor 490312 Doc Bradley.mp3
    22. Mary Lee Taylor 490319 Naming Baby.mp3
    23. Mary Lee Taylor 490326 Now We Are Three.mp3
    24. Mary Lee Taylor 490402 Sallys One Track Mind.mp3
    25. Mary Lee Taylor 490409 Sally Comes Home.mp3
    26. Mary Lee Taylor 490416 Whose Baby Is She.mp3
    27. Mary Lee Taylor 490423 Who Will Be Betsys Godfather.mp3
    28. Mary Lee Taylor 490430 Friday Night Dilemma.mp3
    29. Mary Lee Taylor 490507 Sallys Night Out.mp3
    30. Mary Lee Taylor 490514 Is Nicki After Jim.mp3
    31. Mary Lee Taylor 490521 New Man In Nickis Life.mp3
    32. Mary Lee Taylor 490528 Photo Finish.mp3
    33. Mary Lee Taylor 490604 Hero.mp3
    34. Mary Lee Taylor 490611 Whats Cooking.mp3
    35. Mary Lee Taylor 490618 Will.mp3
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    71 recordings on 33 Audio CDs
    total playtime 30 hours, 20 min

    Disc A001

    1. Bloopers Betty Crocker Upside Down
    2. Down Our Way 09 Mens Cooking Contes
    3. Mystery Chef (1944)
    4. Martha Meade Society Program 330516 100 Desert Maschet
    5. Martha Meade Society Program 330517 101 Dinner Weetheart

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    Disc A002

    1. Martha Meade Society Program 331012 Women In India
    2. Martha Meade Society Program 331019 Halloween Parties
    3. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 04 Sidney Comes To Dinner
    4. Jack Benny 340511 Home Cooking At Dons

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    Disc A003

    1. Good News 390420 069 W Mickey Rooney

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    Disc A004

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 390921 Stuffed Vanilla Wafers
    2. Fibber 410520 0288 Fibber Bakes Mollys Birthday Cake

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    Disc A005

    1. Rudy Vallee Vallee Varieties 410814 076 Barbecue Rehearsal
    2. Vic And Sade 420824 Rushs New School Clothes
    3. Betty Crocker Magazine 450810

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    Disc A006

    1. Alan Young Show 461115 Duffys Tavern Caters French Dinner
    2. Fibber 470527 0518 Old Family Recipe Shrimps Mcgee

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    Disc A007

    1. Fred 470615 Renting Room
    2. Betty Crocker 470714 Miss Kerr
    3. Calv 470908 532 Kitchen Scientist

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    Disc A008

    1. Fibber 471216 Aunt Sarah Fruitcake
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 480710 Skeleton In Attic

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    Disc A009

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 481023 Moving To Capitol City
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 481030 Good Friend

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    Disc A010

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 481106 Strange Reunion
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 481111 Sally Finds An Apartment

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    Disc A011

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 481119 Life In New Apartment
    2. Fibber 481123 0563 Docs Pheasants

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    Disc A012

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 481126 Jims Surprise
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 481203 Old Friend Charlie

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    Disc A013

    1. Aldrich Family 481209 441 Grouse For Dinner
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 481210 Redecorating

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    Disc A014

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 481217 Home For Christmas
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 481225 Christmas Story

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    Disc A015

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 490108 Will Landlord Accept Baby
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490115 Worried About Prowlers

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    Disc A016

    1. Hobby Lobby 490122 Cooking With Cold
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490129 Sallys Birthday Party

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    Disc A017

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 490205 Twenty Dollar Question
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490212 Budget Problems

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    Disc A018

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 490219 Dads Old Flame
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490226 Threes Crowd

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    Disc A019

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 490305 Horoscopes
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490312 Doc Bradley

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    Disc A020

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 490319 Naming Baby
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490326 Now We Are Three

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    Disc A021

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 490402 Sallys One Track Mind
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490409 Sally Comes Home

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    Disc A022

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 490416 Whose Baby Is She
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490423 Who Will Be Betsys Godfather

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    Disc A023

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 490430 Friday Night Dilemma
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490507 Sallys Night Out

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    Disc A024

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 490514 Is Nicki After Jim
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490521 New Man In Nickis Life

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    Disc A025

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 490528 Photo Finish
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490604 Hero

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    Disc A026

    1. Mary Lee Taylor 490611 Whats Cooking
    2. Mary Lee Taylor 490618 Will

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    Disc A027

    1. Bob Ray 490825 Untitled
    2. Mr Keen 490929 Case Of Murder With Thousand Witnesses

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    Disc A028

    1. Voice Of Army 500324 494 Mood In Music
    2. Phil Harris 500514 Cooking Dinner For Alice

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    Disc A029

    1. Life Of Riley 501027 Cake Baking Contest
    2. Ft 521112 293 Vacation For Mom

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    Disc A030

    1. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530301 Mango Tree
    2. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530308 Mail Order Bride

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    Disc A031

    1. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530315 Impressario
    2. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530412 New Man

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    Disc A032

    1. My Friend Irma 530421 Way Mans Hear-Takes Cooking Course
    2. Bakers Theater Of Stars 530510 Egbert Haw

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    Disc A033

    1. Wild Bill Hickok 531209 190 Silk Hat Hogans Donkey

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