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Hollywood Spotlight

Syndicated musical variety program with comedy skits and famous guest appearances.

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17 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 4 hours, 3 min)
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5 Audio CDs


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"Keep Your Fingers Crossed"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Most of the great shows were products of the networks, but the syndication houses were doing some great stuff as well. Network radio was more expensive to produce, largely because they insisted on live broadcasts for almost everything, even late-night programming. The smaller stations could not afford such extravagance, and were unwilling or unable to gain network affiliation, even if the networks would have paid any attention to a station whose market was the fine folks of Podunk Springs or the United Farmers of Sheared Sheep Gulch.

Bob BurnsFor the stations in these small-town markets, syndication was a godsend, it would have been extremely difficult for such small stations to have found enough talent to fill an entire broadcast day. With syndicated programming, the small station had access to shows that were every bit as good as what the networks were producing.

The Hollywood Spotlight from Bruce Ells is a great example. This musical variety program from 1935 is a lot like The Chesterfield Supper Club, The Camel Caravan, or any of the dozens of similar programs. It featured a variety of musical numbers during its quarter hour, as well as a few comedy bits. The featured funnyman was Robert Burns, who would have been between his stint with Paul Whiteman and Rudy Vallee in New York, and co-starring with Bing Crosby in the Hollywood version of The Kraft Music Hall. Burns even plays his famous bazooka on an episode of Hollywood Spotlight.

Another familiar voice on Spotlight was bandleader Phil Harris. Hollywood Spotlight was recorded just a few months before Harris was picked up as the musical director for The Jack Benny Program. At this point, Harris does not quite have the comedy chops that he will display so ready with Jack's gang, but listening to Spotlight, you can tell the direction he is going.

About three dozen episodes of Spotlight were recorded in all, and unlike a network program, the work was probably done in a week or two. For a network program, the writers and producers got together and decided what was going to be on that week's show, wrote it down and then the actors and musicians would get together to rehearse, they would broadcast once or twice (once for each coast), and then repeat the process a week later. In syndication, several scripts would have been prepared, and multiple episodes could have been recorded in a single session. The local broadcaster may have received all of the disks in a single package, but would have spaced them out daily or weekly to get the most mileage out of the show.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    17 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50
    total playtime 4 hours, 3 min
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      17 shows - total playtime 4 hours 3 minutes
      1. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Between Devil And Deep Blue Sea.mp3
      2. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Blue Skies.mp3
      3. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Chasing Shadows.mp3
      4. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Congo.mp3
      5. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Darkness On Delta.mp3
      6. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Dixieland Band.mp3
      7. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Honeysuckle Rose.mp3
      8. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 I Never Saw Moon.mp3
      9. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 It Dont Mean Thing.mp3
      10. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Keep Your Fingers Crossed.mp3
      11. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Make Hay While Sun Shines.mp3
      12. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Phil Harris, Aunt Attie.mp3
      13. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Riddle Me This No Opening.mp3
      14. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 So At At Last Its Come To This.mp3
      15. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Under My Umbrella.mp3
      16. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Wish I Had Wings.mp3
      17. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 You Hit Spot.mp3
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    17 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 4 hours, 3 min
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      17 shows - total playtime 4 hours 3 minutes
      1. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Between Devil And Deep Blue Sea.mp3
      2. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Blue Skies.mp3
      3. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Chasing Shadows.mp3
      4. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Congo.mp3
      5. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Darkness On Delta.mp3
      6. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Dixieland Band.mp3
      7. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Honeysuckle Rose.mp3
      8. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 I Never Saw Moon.mp3
      9. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 It Dont Mean Thing.mp3
      10. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Keep Your Fingers Crossed.mp3
      11. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Make Hay While Sun Shines.mp3
      12. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Phil Harris, Aunt Attie.mp3
      13. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Riddle Me This No Opening.mp3
      14. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 So At At Last Its Come To This.mp3
      15. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Under My Umbrella.mp3
      16. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Wish I Had Wings.mp3
      17. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 You Hit Spot.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    17 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 4 hours, 3 min

    Hollywood Spotlight Disc A001

    1. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Between Devil And Deep Blue Sea
    2. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Blue Skies
    3. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Chasing Shadows
    4. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Congo

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    Hollywood Spotlight Disc A002

    1. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Darkness On Delta
    2. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Dixieland Band
    3. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Honeysuckle Rose
    4. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 I Never Saw Moon

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    Hollywood Spotlight Disc A003

    1. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 It Dont Mean Thing
    2. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Keep Your Fingers Crossed
    3. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Make Hay While Sun Shines
    4. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Phil Harris, Aunt Attie

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    Hollywood Spotlight Disc A004

    1. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Riddle Me This No Opening
    2. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 So At At Last Its Come To This
    3. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Under My Umbrella
    4. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Wish I Had Wings

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    Hollywood Spotlight Disc A005

    1. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 You Hit Spot

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