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Frank Merriwell
Juvenile Adventure 1946 - 49

"There it is, an echo of the past - an exciting past, a romantic past - the era of the horse and carriage, gas-lit streets and free-for-all football games: the era of one of the most beloved characters in American fiction, Frank Merriwell."

Frank MerriwellThe precocious young scamp is a well loved stock character in sit-coms. The bib-overall wearing, tousle-headed lads are well represented by My Son Jeep, Leroy from The Great Gildersleeve, Henry Aldrich, culminating with TV's Bart Simpson. As much fun as these characters are, it is good to know that their exact opposite not only exists, but make great listening!

Examples of these fine young men, will call them un-scamps, may be easy to mock, but there adventures are always thrilling, and the only way they get through them is with grit, determination, and the moral strength of well-raised young American manhood. Examples include Terry from Terry and the Pirates, Jerry Dugan of Jerry of the Circus and Jerry Of Fair Oaks, and Jack Armstrong, All American Boy. Another addition to the list is Frank Meriwell.

Frank Meriwell was created by dime-novelist Gilbert Patten, writing under the pseudonym Burt Standish. Frank MerriwellPatten would write that his character "had little in common with his creator or his readers... The name was symbolic of the chief characteristics I desired my character to have. Frank for frankness, merry for a happy disposition, and well for health and abounding vitality."

Meriwell first appeared in magazine stories in 1896, and in a comic strip in 1928. He would become the model for many later athletic heroes. Meriwell's classmates said of him "He never drinks. That's how he keeps himself in such fine condition. He won't smoke, either, and he takes his exercise regularly. He is really a remarkable freshie."

Frank Meriwell first appeared on the radio in an serial from March through June, 1934. Twelve years later the network revived the series, with Frank and his friends Bart Hodge and Inza Burrage attending school at Yale. The series is a "case of the week" drama as opposed to a serial, peppered with turn of the century New England references. "An echo of the past, an exciting past, a romantic past, the era of horse and carriage, gas lit streets, and free-for-all football games. The era of one of the most beloved heroes of American fiction, Frank Meriwell."

For more all-American fun, see also Jack Armstrong, All American Boy.

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    39 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 18 hours, 27 min
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      39 shows - total playtime 18 hours 27 minutes
      1. Frank Merriwell 461005 001 Riddle Of Wrong Answers.mp3
      2. Frank Merriwell 461019 003 Clue Of Numbers.mp3
      3. Frank Merriwell 470315 024 Big Top Adventure.mp3
      4. Frank Merriwell 470809 045 Riddle Of Dry Wells-1st half.mp3
      5. Frank Merriwell 480515 085 Ballot Box Mystery.mp3
      6. Frank Merriwell 480522 086 Mystery Of Iron Door.mp3
      7. Frank Merriwell 480529 087 Missing Mascot.mp3
      8. Frank Merriwell 480605 088 Stolen Masterpiece.mp3
      9. Frank Merriwell 480612 089 Tap Day.mp3
      10. Frank Merriwell 480619 090 Thunderstorm Mystery.mp3
      11. Frank Merriwell 480626 091 Unreasonable Aunt.mp3
      12. Frank Merriwell 480703 092 Unwelcome Rescue.mp3
      13. Frank Merriwell 480724 095 Sold At Auction 2.mp3
      14. Frank Merriwell 480731 096 Secret Of Old Mill.mp3
      15. Frank Merriwell 480904 101 Magic Lantern Mystery.mp3
      16. Frank Merriwell 480911 102 Live Ghost.mp3
      17. Frank Merriwell 480925 104 Professors Decision.mp3
      18. Frank Merriwell 481002 105 Ransomed Football.mp3
      19. Frank Merriwell 481009 106 Yale Bulldog.mp3
      20. Frank Merriwell 481023 108 Mystery Of Missing Records.mp3
      21. Frank Merriwell 481106 110 Doubtful Alibi.mp3
      22. Frank Merriwell 481113 111 Front Page Story.mp3
      23. Frank Merriwell 481120 112 Senior Dinner.mp3
      24. Frank Merriwell 481127 113 Surprise Play.mp3
      25. Frank Merriwell 481204 114 Duplicate Dean.mp3
      26. Frank Merriwell 481211 115 Bench Warmer.mp3
      27. Frank Merriwell 481218 116 Quarantine.mp3
      28. Frank Merriwell 490108 118 Gold Fever.mp3
      29. Frank Merriwell 490115 119 Snow Trap.mp3
      30. Frank Merriwell 490129 121 Green Hill.mp3
      31. Frank Merriwell 490226 123 Unexpected Game.mp3
      32. Frank Merriwell 490305 124 Championship Game.mp3
      33. Frank Merriwell 490312 125 Danger In River.mp3
      34. Frank Merriwell 490319 126 Boomarang Pitch.mp3
      35. Frank Merriwell 490402 128 April Shower.mp3
      36. Frank Merriwell 490416 130 Urgent Errand.mp3
      37. Frank Merriwell 490507 133 Sawdust Adventure.mp3
      38. Frank Merriwell 490528 136 Frank Merriwells Promise.mp3
      39. Frank Merriwell 490604 137 Mystery Man.mp3
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    39 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 18 hours, 27 min
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      39 shows - total playtime 18 hours 27 minutes
      1. Frank Merriwell 461005 001 Riddle Of Wrong Answers.mp3
      2. Frank Merriwell 461019 003 Clue Of Numbers.mp3
      3. Frank Merriwell 470315 024 Big Top Adventure.mp3
      4. Frank Merriwell 470809 045 Riddle Of Dry Wells-1st half.mp3
      5. Frank Merriwell 480515 085 Ballot Box Mystery.mp3
      6. Frank Merriwell 480522 086 Mystery Of Iron Door.mp3
      7. Frank Merriwell 480529 087 Missing Mascot.mp3
      8. Frank Merriwell 480605 088 Stolen Masterpiece.mp3
      9. Frank Merriwell 480612 089 Tap Day.mp3
      10. Frank Merriwell 480619 090 Thunderstorm Mystery.mp3
      11. Frank Merriwell 480626 091 Unreasonable Aunt.mp3
      12. Frank Merriwell 480703 092 Unwelcome Rescue.mp3
      13. Frank Merriwell 480724 095 Sold At Auction 2.mp3
      14. Frank Merriwell 480731 096 Secret Of Old Mill.mp3
      15. Frank Merriwell 480904 101 Magic Lantern Mystery.mp3
      16. Frank Merriwell 480911 102 Live Ghost.mp3
      17. Frank Merriwell 480925 104 Professors Decision.mp3
      18. Frank Merriwell 481002 105 Ransomed Football.mp3
      19. Frank Merriwell 481009 106 Yale Bulldog.mp3
      20. Frank Merriwell 481023 108 Mystery Of Missing Records.mp3
      21. Frank Merriwell 481106 110 Doubtful Alibi.mp3
      22. Frank Merriwell 481113 111 Front Page Story.mp3
      23. Frank Merriwell 481120 112 Senior Dinner.mp3
      24. Frank Merriwell 481127 113 Surprise Play.mp3
      25. Frank Merriwell 481204 114 Duplicate Dean.mp3
      26. Frank Merriwell 481211 115 Bench Warmer.mp3
      27. Frank Merriwell 481218 116 Quarantine.mp3
      28. Frank Merriwell 490108 118 Gold Fever.mp3
      29. Frank Merriwell 490115 119 Snow Trap.mp3
      30. Frank Merriwell 490129 121 Green Hill.mp3
      31. Frank Merriwell 490226 123 Unexpected Game.mp3
      32. Frank Merriwell 490305 124 Championship Game.mp3
      33. Frank Merriwell 490312 125 Danger In River.mp3
      34. Frank Merriwell 490319 126 Boomarang Pitch.mp3
      35. Frank Merriwell 490402 128 April Shower.mp3
      36. Frank Merriwell 490416 130 Urgent Errand.mp3
      37. Frank Merriwell 490507 133 Sawdust Adventure.mp3
      38. Frank Merriwell 490528 136 Frank Merriwells Promise.mp3
      39. Frank Merriwell 490604 137 Mystery Man.mp3
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    39 recordings on 20 Audio CDs
    total playtime 18 hours, 27 min

    Disc A001

    1. Frank Merriwell 461005 001 Riddle Of Wrong Answers
    2. Frank Merriwell 461019 003 Clue Of Numbers

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    Disc A002

    1. Frank Merriwell 470315 024 Big Top Adventure
    2. Frank Merriwell 470809 045 Riddle Of Dry Wells-1st half

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    Disc A003

    1. Frank Merriwell 480515 085 Ballot Box Mystery
    2. Frank Merriwell 480522 086 Mystery Of Iron Door

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    Disc A004

    1. Frank Merriwell 480529 087 Missing Mascot
    2. Frank Merriwell 480605 088 Stolen Masterpiece

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    Disc A005

    1. Frank Merriwell 480612 089 Tap Day
    2. Frank Merriwell 480619 090 Thunderstorm Mystery

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    Disc A006

    1. Frank Merriwell 480626 091 Unreasonable Aunt
    2. Frank Merriwell 480703 092 Unwelcome Rescue

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    Disc A007

    1. Frank Merriwell 480724 095 Sold At Auction 2
    2. Frank Merriwell 480731 096 Secret Of Old Mill

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    Disc A008

    1. Frank Merriwell 480904 101 Magic Lantern Mystery
    2. Frank Merriwell 480911 102 Live Ghost

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    Disc A009

    1. Frank Merriwell 480925 104 Professors Decision
    2. Frank Merriwell 481002 105 Ransomed Football

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    Disc A010

    1. Frank Merriwell 481009 106 Yale Bulldog
    2. Frank Merriwell 481023 108 Mystery Of Missing Records

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    Disc A011

    1. Frank Merriwell 481106 110 Doubtful Alibi
    2. Frank Merriwell 481113 111 Front Page Story

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    Disc A012

    1. Frank Merriwell 481120 112 Senior Dinner
    2. Frank Merriwell 481127 113 Surprise Play

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    Disc A013

    1. Frank Merriwell 481204 114 Duplicate Dean
    2. Frank Merriwell 481211 115 Bench Warmer

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    Disc A014

    1. Frank Merriwell 481218 116 Quarantine
    2. Frank Merriwell 490108 118 Gold Fever

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    Disc A015

    1. Frank Merriwell 490115 119 Snow Trap
    2. Frank Merriwell 490129 121 Green Hill

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    Disc A016

    1. Frank Merriwell 490226 123 Unexpected Game
    2. Frank Merriwell 490305 124 Championship Game

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    Disc A017

    1. Frank Merriwell 490312 125 Danger In River
    2. Frank Merriwell 490319 126 Boomarang Pitch

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    Disc A018

    1. Frank Merriwell 490402 128 April Shower
    2. Frank Merriwell 490416 130 Urgent Errand

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    Disc A019

    1. Frank Merriwell 490507 133 Sawdust Adventure
    2. Frank Merriwell 490528 136 Frank Merriwells Promise

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    Disc A020

    1. Frank Merriwell 490604 137 Mystery Man

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