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The Love Story of Dick and Jeanie

Produced with just a boy, a girl, an organist and starring "canteen girl" Phyllis Creore as Jeannie was a small town girl who came to the big city to be a singer.

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About this Old Time Radio Show

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One of the really fascinating things about Old Time Radio is how much it might take to create some great entertainment. A high-priced variety program needed a big-name host, a few regular sidekicks, an orchestra, popular and exciting guests, and a highly creative writer and director to pull it all together. A detective show started with a great writer to create a compelling story, a gritty and handsome-sounding star to sell it, a cast of several for support, and possibly a studio orchestra on broadcast night to help set the mood. Even a straight musical program needs plenty of studio space for different acts and some on-the-ball technicians to set up the microphones to catch everything.

At the other end of the spectrum are shows like Dick and Jeannie which only needed a boy, a girl, an organist, and a writer to send them in the proper direction. The writer, in this case, was the prolific Margaret E. Sanger. Named for her grandmother who had been a prolific poet, her father had been a newspaper editor in New York City. Margaret was a correspondent for The Christian Herald magazine during WWI, spent time editing for the magazine and other publications, and wrote scripts for ABC for many years. The boy was a crooner named Roy Williams and the girl was Phyllis Creore known for her work as a "canteen girl" during the War.

Dick and Jeanie

Phyllis moved to the big city from her small hometown of Rochester, New York, in 1937, and settled into The Rehearsal Club, a boarding house shared by about 40 other girls trying to make it in show business. During the 1939 New York World's Fair, Phyllis worked as Miss Television, smiling and touting the new technology for fair goers. She was one of the few residents awake at The Rehearsal Club when she tuned in the house radio one early morning near the end of 1941 and was the first of her housemates to hear of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor. A notice soon appeared on the House bulletin board looking for volunteers for the Stagedoor Canteen. Although the lesser known girls did not work as hard at the Canteen and the big stars who cooked, cleaned, and waited tables for the visiting servicemen, they were always on hand to make sure the G.I.s got to dance with a pretty girl before shipping out.

Inspired by her experiences at the Canteen, Phyllis put together a script for a one-girl-show and through some contacts persuaded NBC to run with the idea. For 15 minutes every Friday, she went out over shortwave broadcast as The Canteen Girl. The show included Phyllis just talking to the boys, singing a few songs, and eventually reading some of the letters G.I.s would send in. Phyllis also kept many of the letters in leather-bound scrapbooks.

Dick and Jeannie was transcribed and syndicated Harry Jacobs Productions in 1947. Jeannie was a small town girl who came to the big city to be a singer and wound up as a tour guide in a big studio resembling Radio City. Dick had dreams of being a singer on the radio, but could only find a job as an elevator operator network headquarters building. One day Dick hears Jeannie singing in an unused rehearsal hall and joins her in a duet. Naturally, they fall in love, even though between them they barely make enough money to pay attention.

At five minutes per episode, which included music for a local sponsor's voice over and at least one duet by the couple, the story on Dick and Jeannie moved slowly, especially when you consider that the actors and organist probably cut as many as a dozen episodes in an afternoon. As slow as it is, the notion of being young and in love is savored and makes it worth drawing out.

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    total playtime 1 hours, 56 min
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      24 shows - total playtime 1 hours 56 minutes
      1. Dick And Jeanie 01 Dick And Jeannie Introduce Themselves.mp3
      2. Dick And Jeanie 02 My Heart Stood Still.mp3
      3. Dick And Jeanie 03 My Heart Sings.mp3
      4. Dick And Jeanie 04 Side By Side.mp3
      5. Dick And Jeanie 05 Manhattan Serenade.mp3
      6. Dick And Jeanie 06 I Cant Give You Anything But Love.mp3
      7. Dick And Jeanie 19 Believe It Beloved.mp3
      8. Dick And Jeanie 20 Just Like Girl That Married Dear Old Dad.mp3
      9. Dick And Jeanie 21 Paper Doll.mp3
      10. Dick And Jeanie 22 Gonna Dance Dolly Hole In Her Stocking.mp3
      11. Dick And Jeanie 23 Blue Room.mp3
      12. Dick And Jeanie 24 Pennies From Heaven.mp3
      13. Dick And Jeanie 37 This Heart Of Mine.mp3
      14. Dick And Jeanie 38 Charm Of You.mp3
      15. Dick And Jeanie 39 I Dream Of You More Than You Dream I Do.mp3
      16. Dick And Jeanie 40 Im Through With Love.mp3
      17. Dick And Jeanie 41 I Only Have Eyes For You.mp3
      18. Dick And Jeanie 42 Dont Blame Me.mp3
      19. Dick And Jeanie 79 Ill Be With You In Everything I Do.mp3
      20. Dick And Jeanie 80 Im Little On Lonely Side.mp3
      21. Dick And Jeanie 81 I Aint Got Nobody.mp3
      22. Dick And Jeanie 82 All Of My Love With All Of My Heart.mp3
      23. Dick And Jeanie 83 Irish Lullaby.mp3
      24. Dick And Jeanie 84 Under Blanket Of Blue.mp3
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      24 shows - total playtime 1 hours 56 minutes
      1. Dick And Jeanie 01 Dick And Jeannie Introduce Themselves.mp3
      2. Dick And Jeanie 02 My Heart Stood Still.mp3
      3. Dick And Jeanie 03 My Heart Sings.mp3
      4. Dick And Jeanie 04 Side By Side.mp3
      5. Dick And Jeanie 05 Manhattan Serenade.mp3
      6. Dick And Jeanie 06 I Cant Give You Anything But Love.mp3
      7. Dick And Jeanie 19 Believe It Beloved.mp3
      8. Dick And Jeanie 20 Just Like Girl That Married Dear Old Dad.mp3
      9. Dick And Jeanie 21 Paper Doll.mp3
      10. Dick And Jeanie 22 Gonna Dance Dolly Hole In Her Stocking.mp3
      11. Dick And Jeanie 23 Blue Room.mp3
      12. Dick And Jeanie 24 Pennies From Heaven.mp3
      13. Dick And Jeanie 37 This Heart Of Mine.mp3
      14. Dick And Jeanie 38 Charm Of You.mp3
      15. Dick And Jeanie 39 I Dream Of You More Than You Dream I Do.mp3
      16. Dick And Jeanie 40 Im Through With Love.mp3
      17. Dick And Jeanie 41 I Only Have Eyes For You.mp3
      18. Dick And Jeanie 42 Dont Blame Me.mp3
      19. Dick And Jeanie 79 Ill Be With You In Everything I Do.mp3
      20. Dick And Jeanie 80 Im Little On Lonely Side.mp3
      21. Dick And Jeanie 81 I Aint Got Nobody.mp3
      22. Dick And Jeanie 82 All Of My Love With All Of My Heart.mp3
      23. Dick And Jeanie 83 Irish Lullaby.mp3
      24. Dick And Jeanie 84 Under Blanket Of Blue.mp3
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    24 recordings on 2 Audio CDs
    total playtime 1 hours, 56 min

    Dick and Jeanie Disc A001

    1. Dick And Jeanie 01 Dick And Jeannie Introduce Themselves
    2. Dick And Jeanie 02 My Heart Stood Still
    3. Dick And Jeanie 03 My Heart Sings
    4. Dick And Jeanie 04 Side By Side
    5. Dick And Jeanie 05 Manhattan Serenade
    6. Dick And Jeanie 06 I Cant Give You Anything But Love
    7. Dick And Jeanie 19 Believe It Beloved
    8. Dick And Jeanie 20 Just Like Girl That Married Dear Old Dad
    9. Dick And Jeanie 21 Paper Doll
    10. Dick And Jeanie 22 Gonna Dance Dolly Hole In Her Stocking
    11. Dick And Jeanie 23 Blue Room
    12. Dick And Jeanie 24 Pennies From Heaven
    13. Dick And Jeanie 37 This Heart Of Mine
    14. Dick And Jeanie 38 Charm Of You

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    Dick and Jeanie Disc A002

    1. Dick And Jeanie 39 I Dream Of You More Than You Dream I Do
    2. Dick And Jeanie 40 Im Through With Love
    3. Dick And Jeanie 41 I Only Have Eyes For You
    4. Dick And Jeanie 42 Dont Blame Me
    5. Dick And Jeanie 79 Ill Be With You In Everything I Do
    6. Dick And Jeanie 80 Im Little On Lonely Side
    7. Dick And Jeanie 81 I Aint Got Nobody
    8. Dick And Jeanie 82 All Of My Love With All Of My Heart
    9. Dick And Jeanie 83 Irish Lullaby
    10. Dick And Jeanie 84 Under Blanket Of Blue

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