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Joe Penner Collection

Known for his zany antics and slapstick comedy, Joe Penner kept audiences laughing during the Depression years. He was the "it-man" of radio comedy when the nation needed laugher.

13 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 5 hours, 20 min)
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Joe Penner, 1930's Wanna Buy a Duck Toy

Joe PennerKnown for his zany antics and slapstick comedy, Joe Penner kept audiences laughing during the Depression years. In 1933 and 1934, the nation had Penner-fever and Joe Penner was seen in advertisements, films, toys, and heard on radio shows. He was the "it-man" of radio comedy when the nation needed laugher.

Born as József Pintér, Joe Penner immigrated to America on the S.S. Carpathia at the young age of nine to join his parents in Detroit. His father got a job at the Ford Factory which allowed for the family to live comfortably. The young József was a hard worker in school and quickly caught up with his classmates despite his language barrier.

A talented soprano in the choir at the St. Paul Cathedral, he was inspired to be a concert singer. His father had other ideas for his son and signed him in a amateur night at a Detroit Theater. He imitated Charlie Chaplin in his routine, complete with his fathers shoes and a cane. The audience loved it and József caught the comedy bug working the amateur nights regularly working odd jobs at the Ford Plant, selling musical instruments, and even as a mind reader's assistant with a Vaudeville act.

After an audition on the radio, Joe Penner secured a spot on the Rudy Vallee's Radio Program July 13, 1933. On the air, Joe Penner used his famous catchphrases, "Wanna buy a duck?", CoCo Malt Sign"You naaasty man," "Don't never doooo that," and "I dunno." It was a stunning success and made Joe Penner a household name overnight. In 1934, he was voted as Radio's Top Comedian and had his own show The Joe Penner Show.

He successfully moved to film with College Rhythm (1934), New Faces of 1937 (1937), Mr. Doodle Kicks Off (1938), The Day the Bookies Wept (1939) and Millionaire Playboy (1940). Sadly his career ended due to his untimely death in 1941 at the young age of 36.

This collection includes all known episodes of The Joe Penner Show as well as guest appearances of Joe Penner.

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    Back in 2011 I ordered Joe Penner for my dad who was in a nursing home at the time. He enjoyed the disc so much - it was wonderful to see him so happy. I am grateful to you for that. Best wishes to you, and, again, thanks for the happiness that you gave my dad and me.

    Karen

    All Joe Penner fans who love the Baker's Broadcast era programs, will be excited that OTRCat has released the ll-26-1933 episode, "The Prince of Pistachios"! This also has comedy and songs by Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard. Now the total number of existing Baker's Broadcast shows has increased by one to NINE! OTRCat should consider releasing the other Penner programs, such as more of the "Park Avenue Penners" and "Time Out For Huskies" series. Several episodes of each exist, in good audio quality. Thanks for putting this disk out, MEOW, OTRCat!

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    13 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 20 min
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      13 shows - total playtime 5 hours 20 minutes
      1. Joe Penner 331126 008 Prince of Pistachios.mp3
      2. Joe Penner 340513.mp3
      3. Joe Penner 341104 W O Nelson Band.mp3
      4. Joe Penner 361203 Trip To Russia.mp3
      5. Joe Penner 361213.mp3
      6. Joe Penner 370207 The Penners Are Broke.mp3
      7. Joe Penner Interview 1938 [16 min].mp3
      8. Joe Penner on Rudy Vallee Radio Show 330713 [Excerpt].mp3
      9. Little Known Facts 341010 [3 min] Dale Carnegie.mp3
      10. Recollections At 30 561017 17 Judy Garland At 12 Years Old.mp3
      11. Recollections At 30 570109 29 Speed Reading Contest.mp3
      12. Rudy Vallee 330824 201 Little Minister Helen Hayes.mp3
      13. Joe Penner Show - poor sound.mp3
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    13 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      13 shows - total playtime 5 hours 20 minutes
      1. Joe Penner 331126 008 Prince of Pistachios.mp3
      2. Joe Penner 340513.mp3
      3. Joe Penner 341104 W O Nelson Band.mp3
      4. Joe Penner 361203 Trip To Russia.mp3
      5. Joe Penner 361213.mp3
      6. Joe Penner 370207 The Penners Are Broke.mp3
      7. Joe Penner Interview 1938 [16 min].mp3
      8. Joe Penner on Rudy Vallee Radio Show 330713 [Excerpt].mp3
      9. Little Known Facts 341010 [3 min] Dale Carnegie.mp3
      10. Recollections At 30 561017 17 Judy Garland At 12 Years Old.mp3
      11. Recollections At 30 570109 29 Speed Reading Contest.mp3
      12. Rudy Vallee 330824 201 Little Minister Helen Hayes.mp3
      13. Joe Penner Show - poor sound.mp3
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    13 recordings on 6 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 20 min

    Joe Penner Disc A001

    1. Joe Penner Interview 1938 [16 min]
    2. Joe Penner Show - poor sound
    3. Joe Penner on Rudy Vallee Radio Show 330713 [Excerpt]

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    Joe Penner Disc A002

    1. Rudy Vallee 330824 201 Little Minister Helen Hayes

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    Joe Penner Disc A003

    1. Joe Penner 331126 008 Prince of Pistachios
    2. Joe Penner 340513
    3. Little Known Facts 341010 [3 min] Dale Carnegie

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    Joe Penner Disc A004

    1. Joe Penner 341104 W O Nelson Band
    2. Joe Penner 361203 Trip To Russia

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    Joe Penner Disc A005

    1. Joe Penner 361213
    2. Joe Penner 370207 The Penners Are Broke

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    Joe Penner Disc A006

    1. Recollections At 30 561017 17 Judy Garland At 12 Years Old
    2. Recollections At 30 570109 29 Speed Reading Contest

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