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Dwarfs and Little People in Old Time Radio

Little people were common character in radio especially after the popular The Wizard of Oz and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Midget Collection: New and SensationalThere is a surprising amount of magic in the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. There is the magic mirror, the enchanted apple, a shape-shifting evil queen, the spell which gives the appearance of death, the glass coffin, and, of course, "love's first kiss" which eventually breaks the spell. The real magic of the fairy tale, however, is seen in the kindness shown by the seven "little people" toward the intruding princess who has come into their home.

Judy Garland and cast of Wizard of Oz

In Northern European mythology, dwarfs were often associated with smithing, mining, and crafting, however, the "evil dwarf" is common in many tales. To be fair, these evil tendencies are usually manifested in reaction to the way dwarfs are treated by average sized people rather than their condition itself. It was also a common practice for a king or lord to hire a little person as a "fool" to entertain himself and his guests, and according to some legends, the fool was the only person who could get away with stating an unpleasant truth to the sovereign since his diminutive stature prevented anyone from taking what he said truly seriously.

Dwarfism is a medical term which describes a condition that prevents a person from reaching normal size at maturity. In general, an adult of either sex who stands less than 4'10" is considered to have dwarfism. Many sources define a midget as someone who is of abnormally small stature but whose proportionality appears normal as opposed to disproportionate dwarfism which is characterized by short or misshapen limbs or torso. Another definition of midget is a person who is put on public display because of their diminutive size. Midgets were popular features in circus sideshows. 124 midgets were hired to act in MGM's The Wizard of Oz (1939). However, mostly because they were seen as freaks, "midget" is considered a derogatory term and is sometimes replaced by the more politically sensitive title "little people".

Radio Guide: Snow White

Walt Disney's release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in December 1937 brought little people into mainstream entertainment, albeit in cartoon form. The story was based on a story from Grimm's Fairy Tales, first published in 1812 as " Sneewittchen". The dwarfs were not given individual names until a Broadway adaption of the story in 1912, and the names (Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Pick, Whick, and Quee) were very different from those used by Disney. In fact, the animation genius began making notes for his feature in 1934 and admitted that his biggest attraction to the story was the potential for gags involving the dwarfs.

The first radio appearance of Disney's dwarfs was on the December 19, 1937, episode of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The fourth episode of the next year's Christmas serial Jonathon Thomas and His Christmas on the Moon, "The Valley of the Three Dwarfs" featuring elements of Snow White and Disney's 1933 animated short The Three Little Pigs. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was adapted for, The Camel Screen Guild Theatre, Academy Award Theatre Lux Radio Theatre, and This is My Best.

WSM Nashville's children's show, Wormwood Forest, was hosted by "Dippy the Dwarf", manager of the "Dwarf Waldorf" Hotel whose guests included several talking animals. In the Let's Pretend episode "Yellow Dwarf" the little person proves to be evil when he kills the lovers who are then saved by the good fairy who turns them into trees. A malignant Egyptian dwarf named "Arigne the Spider" causes trouble over several episodes of Chandu the Magician. An evil dwarf and his brother with a knack for ventriloquism run a séance racket on Quiet Please.

There are plenty of examples where a little person turns out to be surprisingly helpful. James Thurber's 1941 baseball story "You Could Look It Up" is dramatized by Hallmark Hall of Fame and CBS Radio Workshop, and tells how the St. Louis manager sent a midget to the plate, knowing that the opposing pitcher would not be able to deal with the tiny strike zone (in 1951, 3'7" Eddie Gaedel pulled the same stunt in the real-life second game of a doubleheader between the St. Louis Browns and the St. Louis Cardinals).  Hop Harrigan has a feature that describes a pair of midgets hired by the Air Force and trained to do maintenance in tiny aircraft spaces that normal sized men cannot reach. Behind the Scenes in Hollywood tells how 30-year-old Billy Barty stood in for a 7-year-old child actor. A dwarf lends a big hand to the investigation on The Adventures of the Saint in "The Carnival Murder".

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    total playtime 15 hours, 52 min
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      41 shows - total playtime 15 hours 52 minutes
      1. Academy Award Th 460427 05 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs.mp3
      2. All Star Western Theater 480515 Circus Pitch.mp3
      3. Barrie Craig 540713 Murder By Error.mp3
      4. Btsih 450000 09 Sound Technicians Role In Making Movies.mp3
      5. Cbs Radio Workshop 570707 75 You Could Look It Up.mp3
      6. Chandu 481105 095 Dwarf Spotted.mp3
      7. Chandu 491119 001 Drug Runner.mp3
      8. Chandu Magician 480923 Series 1 Episode 63 Arenia Is Shot.mp3
      9. Chase And Sanborn Hour 371219 Jack Benny.mp3
      10. Christmas On Moon 381202 In Valley Of Three Dwarfs Ep04.mp3
      11. Christmas Shows Collection 491219 Follow That Train.mp3
      12. Cisco Kid 550203 266 Midget Of Broken Spur.mp3
      13. Columbia Workshop 420607 028 Little One.mp3
      14. Hallmark Playhouse 490512 049 You Could Look It Up.mp3
      15. Hop Harrigan 480112 1376 Secret Of Lakeville Bell 17.mp3
      16. Jerry Of Circus 370000 030 Major Mike Locked In Monkey Cage.mp3
      17. Jerry Of Circus 370000 048 Jerrys Court Action Is Delayed.mp3
      18. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 015 Helping Clara.mp3
      19. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 018 Prowler Is Aga.mp3
      20. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 019 Showdown With Major Mike.mp3
      21. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 063 Tom Joins Circus.mp3
      22. Let George Do It 490822 Empress Of Fish Falls.mp3
      23. Lets Pretend 460727 Yellow Dwarf.mp3
      24. Lets Pretend 490416 Snowdrop And 7 Dwarfs.mp3
      25. Lux Radio Theater 381226 199 Snow White.mp3
      26. Murder At Midnight 460000 He Secret Of Xr3.mp3
      27. Night Beat 510518 042 Juke Box Romance.mp3
      28. Philo Vance 480907 Midget Murder Case.mp3
      29. Quiet Please 471215 028 Little Fellow.mp3
      30. Quiet Please 480823 062 3000 Words.mp3
      31. Saint 510204 156the Carnival Murder.mp3
      32. Screen Guild Theater 440424 193 Snow White.mp3
      33. Screen Guild Theater 461223 327 Snow White.mp3
      34. Screen Guild Theater 480607 Snow White.mp3
      35. Sherlock Holmes 470428 29 Island Of Death.mp3
      36. Taos 480121 1663 Dead Mans Secret Pt 06.mp3
      37. Taos 480127 1667 Dead Mans Secret Pt 10.mp3
      38. This Is My Best 450327 29 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs.mp3
      39. Unexpected 132 Nightmare Lurene Tuttle.mp3
      40. Whistler 440903 120 Practically Foolproof.mp3
      41. Wormwood Forest 490108 Wormwood Forest.mp3
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      41 shows - total playtime 15 hours 52 minutes
      1. Academy Award Th 460427 05 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs.mp3
      2. All Star Western Theater 480515 Circus Pitch.mp3
      3. Barrie Craig 540713 Murder By Error.mp3
      4. Btsih 450000 09 Sound Technicians Role In Making Movies.mp3
      5. Cbs Radio Workshop 570707 75 You Could Look It Up.mp3
      6. Chandu 481105 095 Dwarf Spotted.mp3
      7. Chandu 491119 001 Drug Runner.mp3
      8. Chandu Magician 480923 Series 1 Episode 63 Arenia Is Shot.mp3
      9. Chase And Sanborn Hour 371219 Jack Benny.mp3
      10. Christmas On Moon 381202 In Valley Of Three Dwarfs Ep04.mp3
      11. Christmas Shows Collection 491219 Follow That Train.mp3
      12. Cisco Kid 550203 266 Midget Of Broken Spur.mp3
      13. Columbia Workshop 420607 028 Little One.mp3
      14. Hallmark Playhouse 490512 049 You Could Look It Up.mp3
      15. Hop Harrigan 480112 1376 Secret Of Lakeville Bell 17.mp3
      16. Jerry Of Circus 370000 030 Major Mike Locked In Monkey Cage.mp3
      17. Jerry Of Circus 370000 048 Jerrys Court Action Is Delayed.mp3
      18. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 015 Helping Clara.mp3
      19. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 018 Prowler Is Aga.mp3
      20. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 019 Showdown With Major Mike.mp3
      21. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 063 Tom Joins Circus.mp3
      22. Let George Do It 490822 Empress Of Fish Falls.mp3
      23. Lets Pretend 460727 Yellow Dwarf.mp3
      24. Lets Pretend 490416 Snowdrop And 7 Dwarfs.mp3
      25. Lux Radio Theater 381226 199 Snow White.mp3
      26. Murder At Midnight 460000 He Secret Of Xr3.mp3
      27. Night Beat 510518 042 Juke Box Romance.mp3
      28. Philo Vance 480907 Midget Murder Case.mp3
      29. Quiet Please 471215 028 Little Fellow.mp3
      30. Quiet Please 480823 062 3000 Words.mp3
      31. Saint 510204 156the Carnival Murder.mp3
      32. Screen Guild Theater 440424 193 Snow White.mp3
      33. Screen Guild Theater 461223 327 Snow White.mp3
      34. Screen Guild Theater 480607 Snow White.mp3
      35. Sherlock Holmes 470428 29 Island Of Death.mp3
      36. Taos 480121 1663 Dead Mans Secret Pt 06.mp3
      37. Taos 480127 1667 Dead Mans Secret Pt 10.mp3
      38. This Is My Best 450327 29 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs.mp3
      39. Unexpected 132 Nightmare Lurene Tuttle.mp3
      40. Whistler 440903 120 Practically Foolproof.mp3
      41. Wormwood Forest 490108 Wormwood Forest.mp3
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    41 recordings on 17 Audio CDs
    total playtime 15 hours, 52 min

    Dwarfs Disc A001

    1. Unexpected 132 Nightmare Lurene Tuttle
    2. Jerry Of Circus 370000 030 Major Mike Locked In Monkey Cage
    3. Jerry Of Circus 370000 048 Jerrys Court Action Is Delayed
    4. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 015 Helping Clara
    5. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 018 Prowler Is Aga

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    Dwarfs Disc A002

    1. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 019 Showdown With Major Mike
    2. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 063 Tom Joins Circus
    3. Chase And Sanborn Hour 371219 Jack Benny
    4. Christmas On Moon 381202 In Valley Of Three Dwarfs Ep04

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    Dwarfs Disc A003

    1. Lux Radio Theater 381226 199 Snow White

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    Dwarfs Disc A004

    1. Columbia Workshop 420607 028 Little One
    2. Screen Guild Theater 440424 193 Snow White

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    Dwarfs Disc A005

    1. Whistler 440903 120 Practically Foolproof
    2. Btsih 450000 09 Sound Technicians Role In Making Movies

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    Dwarfs Disc A006

    1. This Is My Best 450327 29 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs
    2. Murder At Midnight 460000 He Secret Of Xr3

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    Dwarfs Disc A007

    1. Academy Award Th 460427 05 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs
    2. Lets Pretend 460727 Yellow Dwarf

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    Dwarfs Disc A008

    1. Screen Guild Theater 461223 327 Snow White
    2. Sherlock Holmes 470428 29 Island Of Death

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    Dwarfs Disc A009

    1. Quiet Please 471215 028 Little Fellow
    2. Hop Harrigan 480112 1376 Secret Of Lakeville Bell 17
    3. Taos 480121 1663 Dead Mans Secret Pt 06
    4. Taos 480127 1667 Dead Mans Secret Pt 10

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    Dwarfs Disc A010

    1. All Star Western Theater 480515 Circus Pitch
    2. Screen Guild Theater 480607 Snow White

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    Dwarfs Disc A011

    1. Quiet Please 480823 062 3000 Words
    2. Philo Vance 480907 Midget Murder Case
    3. Chandu Magician 480923 Series 1 Episode 63 Arenia Is Shot

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    Dwarfs Disc A012

    1. Chandu 481105 095 Dwarf Spotted
    2. Wormwood Forest 490108 Wormwood Forest
    3. Lets Pretend 490416 Snowdrop And 7 Dwarfs

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    Dwarfs Disc A013

    1. Hallmark Playhouse 490512 049 You Could Look It Up
    2. Let George Do It 490822 Empress Of Fish Falls

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    Dwarfs Disc A014

    1. Chandu 491119 001 Drug Runner
    2. Christmas Shows Collection 491219 Follow That Train

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    Dwarfs Disc A015

    1. Saint 510204 156the Carnival Murder
    2. Night Beat 510518 042 Juke Box Romance

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    Dwarfs Disc A016

    1. Barrie Craig 540713 Murder By Error
    2. Cisco Kid 550203 266 Midget Of Broken Spur

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    Dwarfs Disc A017

    1. Cbs Radio Workshop 570707 75 You Could Look It Up

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