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Let's Pretend

It was simple concept, but it made for a revolutionary format in children’s radio. If the stories were for children, kids should be reading them. That was the concept for Nila Mack’s Let’s Pretend, and the show aired for two decades.

49 old time radio show recordings
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21 Audio CDs


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Lets PretendOutstanding Children's Theater (1929 - 54)

"Heel-looo, Pretenders! Helllloooo, Uncle Bill!"

Uncle Bill PretendsLet's Pretend started radio life as The Adventures of Helen and Mary in 1934 when it was transformed by Nila Mack into the show that would last for two decades until 1954. Mack believed that, if the stories were for children, then children should tell the story.

Nila Mack used a core of regular children's actor's including Sybil Trent, Arthur Anderson, Jack Grimes, Miriam Wolfe, Gwen Davies and Michael O'Day. Anderson went on to write a book about his time on the show called Let's Pretend and the Golden Age of Radio. Mack died in 1953 and the show lasted one more year under the direction of Jean Hight.

The Peabody award-winning show was broadcast with an audience full of children beginning with Uncle Bill Adams' salutation, "Hello Pretenders!" followed by the response "Hello, Uncle Bill!". After some back and forth with the kids, the show would launch into an adaptation of a classic children's stories and fairy tales like Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, Thumbelina and many, many more.

For other great Children's show see also: Howdy Doody Time, Minnesota School of the Air, Cinnamon Bear, Wormwood Forest, and Children's Collection.

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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.



    49 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 20 hours, 8 min
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      49 shows - total playtime 20 hours 8 minutes
      1. Lets Pretend 420822 Why The Sea is Salty.mp3
      2. Lets Pretend 420829 The Little Mermaid.mp3
      3. Lets Pretend 420905 The Elves and The Shoemaker.mp3
      4. Lets Pretend 420912 The Water of Life.mp3
      5. Lets Pretend 421219 Prince Gigi and the Magic Ring.mp3
      6. Lets Pretend 421226 House of the World- xmas special.mp3
      7. Lets Pretend 430320 Princess Moonbeam.mp3
      8. Lets Pretend 460504 Jorinda and Joringal.mp3
      9. Lets Pretend 460727 Yellow Dwarf, The.mp3
      10. Lets Pretend 460803 Goose Girl, The.mp3
      11. Lets Pretend 460810 Story of Faithfull John, The.mp3
      12. Lets Pretend 461026 Jack and The Bean Stalk.mp3
      13. Lets Pretend 461102 Puss and Boots.mp3
      14. Lets Pretend 470607 Six Swans.mp3
      15. Lets Pretend 470621 Bluebeard.mp3
      16. Lets Pretend 470628 Thumbelina.mp3
      17. Lets Pretend 470705 BrotherAndSister.mp3
      18. Lets Pretend 470719 Rapunzel.mp3
      19. Lets Pretend 470726 TheChineseNightingale.mp3
      20. Lets Pretend 470816 Youth who Learned to Shiver Shake.mp3
      21. Lets Pretend 470823 Mell-A-Lot.mp3
      22. Lets Pretend 470830 Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.mp3
      23. Lets Pretend 470906 Twelve Months.mp3
      24. Lets Pretend 470913 The Donkey the Table and the Stick.mp3
      25. Lets Pretend 470920 The Enchanted Frog.mp3
      26. Lets Pretend 470927 Cinderella.mp3
      27. Lets Pretend 490403 The Princess and the Pea.mp3
      28. Lets Pretend 490416 Snowdrop and the Seven Dwarves.mp3
      29. Lets Pretend 490709 Tinder Box, The.mp3
      30. Lets Pretend 520816 The White Cat.mp3
      31. Lets Pretend 521129 One Eye Two Eyes Three Eyes.mp3
      32. Lets Pretend 521213 Snow Queen.mp3
      33. Lets Pretend 521220 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.mp3
      34. Lets Pretend 531128 Ceres and Proserpina.mp3
      35. Lets Pretend 540109 Robin Hood.mp3
      36. Lets Pretend 540605 Beauty Beast.mp3
      37. Lets Pretend 540619 Andine.mp3
      38. Lets Pretend 541002 King Arthur.mp3
      39. Lets Pretend 541009 Hansel G.mp3
      40. Lets Pretend Douban the Physician.mp3
      41. Lets Pretend Emperor's New Clothes, The.mp3
      42. Lets Pretend Frog Prince.mp3
      43. Lets Pretend Golden Fleece.mp3
      44. Lets Pretend Juniper Tree.mp3
      45. Lets Pretend King Midas and the Golden Touch.mp3
      46. Lets Pretend King Thrushbeard.mp3
      47. Lets Pretend Puss and Boots.mp3
      48. Lets Pretend Sleeping Beauty.mp3
      49. Lets Pretend The Magic Carpet.mp3
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    49 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 20 hours, 8 min
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      49 shows - total playtime 20 hours 8 minutes
      1. Lets Pretend 420822 Why The Sea is Salty.mp3
      2. Lets Pretend 420829 The Little Mermaid.mp3
      3. Lets Pretend 420905 The Elves and The Shoemaker.mp3
      4. Lets Pretend 420912 The Water of Life.mp3
      5. Lets Pretend 421219 Prince Gigi and the Magic Ring.mp3
      6. Lets Pretend 421226 House of the World- xmas special.mp3
      7. Lets Pretend 430320 Princess Moonbeam.mp3
      8. Lets Pretend 460504 Jorinda and Joringal.mp3
      9. Lets Pretend 460727 Yellow Dwarf, The.mp3
      10. Lets Pretend 460803 Goose Girl, The.mp3
      11. Lets Pretend 460810 Story of Faithfull John, The.mp3
      12. Lets Pretend 461026 Jack and The Bean Stalk.mp3
      13. Lets Pretend 461102 Puss and Boots.mp3
      14. Lets Pretend 470607 Six Swans.mp3
      15. Lets Pretend 470621 Bluebeard.mp3
      16. Lets Pretend 470628 Thumbelina.mp3
      17. Lets Pretend 470705 BrotherAndSister.mp3
      18. Lets Pretend 470719 Rapunzel.mp3
      19. Lets Pretend 470726 TheChineseNightingale.mp3
      20. Lets Pretend 470816 Youth who Learned to Shiver Shake.mp3
      21. Lets Pretend 470823 Mell-A-Lot.mp3
      22. Lets Pretend 470830 Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.mp3
      23. Lets Pretend 470906 Twelve Months.mp3
      24. Lets Pretend 470913 The Donkey the Table and the Stick.mp3
      25. Lets Pretend 470920 The Enchanted Frog.mp3
      26. Lets Pretend 470927 Cinderella.mp3
      27. Lets Pretend 490403 The Princess and the Pea.mp3
      28. Lets Pretend 490416 Snowdrop and the Seven Dwarves.mp3
      29. Lets Pretend 490709 Tinder Box, The.mp3
      30. Lets Pretend 520816 The White Cat.mp3
      31. Lets Pretend 521129 One Eye Two Eyes Three Eyes.mp3
      32. Lets Pretend 521213 Snow Queen.mp3
      33. Lets Pretend 521220 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.mp3
      34. Lets Pretend 531128 Ceres and Proserpina.mp3
      35. Lets Pretend 540109 Robin Hood.mp3
      36. Lets Pretend 540605 Beauty Beast.mp3
      37. Lets Pretend 540619 Andine.mp3
      38. Lets Pretend 541002 King Arthur.mp3
      39. Lets Pretend 541009 Hansel G.mp3
      40. Lets Pretend Douban the Physician.mp3
      41. Lets Pretend Emperor's New Clothes, The.mp3
      42. Lets Pretend Frog Prince.mp3
      43. Lets Pretend Golden Fleece.mp3
      44. Lets Pretend Juniper Tree.mp3
      45. Lets Pretend King Midas and the Golden Touch.mp3
      46. Lets Pretend King Thrushbeard.mp3
      47. Lets Pretend Puss and Boots.mp3
      48. Lets Pretend Sleeping Beauty.mp3
      49. Lets Pretend The Magic Carpet.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



    49 recordings on 21 Audio CDs
    total playtime 20 hours, 8 min

    Disc A001

    1. Lets Pretend Douban the Physician
    2. Lets Pretend Emperor's New Clothes, The

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    Disc A002

    1. Lets Pretend Frog Prince
    2. Lets Pretend Golden Fleece
    3. Lets Pretend Juniper Tree

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    Disc A003

    1. Lets Pretend King Midas and the Golden Touch
    2. Lets Pretend King Thrushbeard

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    Disc A004

    1. Lets Pretend Puss and Boots
    2. Lets Pretend Sleeping Beauty
    3. Lets Pretend The Magic Carpet

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    Disc A005

    1. Lets Pretend 420822 Why The Sea is Salty
    2. Lets Pretend 420829 The Little Mermaid

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    Disc A006

    1. Lets Pretend 420905 The Elves and The Shoemaker
    2. Lets Pretend 420912 The Water of Life

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    Disc A007

    1. Lets Pretend 421219 Prince Gigi and the Magic Ring
    2. Lets Pretend 421226 House of the World- xmas special

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    Disc A008

    1. Lets Pretend 430320 Princess Moonbeam
    2. Lets Pretend 460504 Jorinda and Joringal

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    Disc A009

    1. Lets Pretend 460727 Yellow Dwarf, The
    2. Lets Pretend 460803 Goose Girl, The
    3. Lets Pretend 460810 Story of Faithfull John, The

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    Disc A010

    1. Lets Pretend 461026 Jack and The Bean Stalk
    2. Lets Pretend 461102 Puss and Boots

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    Disc A011

    1. Lets Pretend 470607 Six Swans
    2. Lets Pretend 470621 Bluebeard

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    Disc A012

    1. Lets Pretend 470628 Thumbelina
    2. Lets Pretend 470705 BrotherAndSister

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    Disc A013

    1. Lets Pretend 470719 Rapunzel
    2. Lets Pretend 470726 TheChineseNightingale
    3. Lets Pretend 470816 Youth who Learned to Shiver Shake

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    Disc A014

    1. Lets Pretend 470823 Mell-A-Lot
    2. Lets Pretend 470830 Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
    3. Lets Pretend 470906 Twelve Months

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    Disc A015

    1. Lets Pretend 470913 The Donkey the Table and the Stick
    2. Lets Pretend 470920 The Enchanted Frog
    3. Lets Pretend 470927 Cinderella

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    Disc A016

    1. Lets Pretend 490403 The Princess and the Pea
    2. Lets Pretend 490416 Snowdrop and the Seven Dwarves

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    Disc A017

    1. Lets Pretend 490709 Tinder Box, The
    2. Lets Pretend 520816 The White Cat

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    Disc A018

    1. Lets Pretend 521129 One Eye Two Eyes Three Eyes
    2. Lets Pretend 521213 Snow Queen
    3. Lets Pretend 521220 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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    Disc A019

    1. Lets Pretend 531128 Ceres and Proserpina
    2. Lets Pretend 540109 Robin Hood

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    Disc A020

    1. Lets Pretend 540605 Beauty Beast
    2. Lets Pretend 540619 Andine

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    Disc A021

    1. Lets Pretend 541002 King Arthur
    2. Lets Pretend 541009 Hansel G

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