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Mail Call

These star-packed love letters to the troops, from Hollywood during WWII. Update: additional episodes

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Mail Call

Mail CallBefore the age of email, for most Servicemen the most important words they would hear all day would be Mail Call.

Mail Call simply could not come often enough. There could be no better medicine from the strain of being on the front lines or the boredom of long hours waiting for something to happen. The most important thing to come on-board a Navy ship when coming into port were the bags of mail, sometimes weeks old, but filled with news from loved ones back home. True, sometimes that news was a dreaded "Dear John" letter, but more often it was perfumed well-wishes from a Sweetheart, or even just "kitchen-table gossip" from Mom. Often the letter would be tucked into a uniform pocket, closest to the soldier or sailor's heart, to be read and reread when ever there was time for a break.

This was the spirit of the AFRS program Mail Call. The program was a love letter to the troops. Even though it featured many of the most popular and highest paid talent in Hollywood (all providing their services for free to AFRS), the program was not available to the folks back home.

Chester Lauck, Bob Willis, Norris Goff
Chester Lauck, Bob Wills, Norris Goff (1943)

The Armed Forces Radio Service was established in the early months of WWII. Before AFRS was officially established, Command Performance began production March 1, 1942. The Networks also provided shows for the service (with the commercials removed). AFRS produced a number of their own comedy variety programs at their Hollywood Studios, such as G.I. Journal, Jubilee, and G.I. Jive, along with Mail Call.

The guest stars include comedians Bing Crosby, Betty GrableJack Benny, Tito Guizar, Harpo and Groucho Marx; starlets Dinah Shore, Dorothy LamourClaire TrevorTallulah Bankhead, Bette Davis, Betty Hutton, Marilyn Maxwell, and Judy Garland; and comic duos Burns and Allen, among others.

See also the Command Performance and Request Performance.

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    69 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 33 hours, 54 min
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 3 minutes
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    1. Mail Call 421104 011 Betty Rhodes Bing Crosby Fred Astaire.mp3
    2. Mail Call 421111 012 Bob Burns Shore G Montgomery Mercer.mp3
    3. Mail Call 430109 019 Groucho Betty Grable Judy Garland.mp3
    4. Mail Call 430331 031 Claire Trevor Connie Haines Bergen.mp3
    5. Mail Call 430407 032 Lionel Barrymore Langford Phil Baker.mp3
    6. Mail Call 430630 044 George Jessel Mary Lee Paulette Goddard.mp3
    7. Mail Call 430715 046 EG Robinson D.Powell M.Hutton A.Miller.mp3
    8. Mail Call 430826 053 Groucho Irene Manning Paulette Goddard.mp3
    9. Mail Call 430930 058 Lionel Barrymore Baby Snooks Dennis Day.mp3
    10. Mail Call 431020 061 Bing N.L.Martin F.Morgan John Conte.mp3
    11. Mail Call 431027 062 B.Grable Carlos Ramirez Fibber Mcgee.mp3
    12. Mail Call 431124 066 Laurel And Hardy.mp3
    13. Mail Call 431208 068 Al Pearce Eddie Anderson Janet Blair.mp3
    14. Mail Call 431222 070 W Fred Allen.mp3
    15. Mail Call 440105 072 Benny Garland Mercer Delta Rhythm Boys.mp3
    16. Mail Call 440112 073 B.Crosby Skinnay Ennis Dorothy Lamour.mp3
    17. Mail Call 440209 077 A.Menjou Williams Brothers I.Manning.mp3
    18. Mail Call 440216 078 Bing Richard Crooks Connee Boswell.mp3
    19. Mail Call 440223 079 Lum N Abner Jerry Cooper Judy Canova.mp3
    20. Mail Call 440308 081 Barrymore Connie Haines Pied Pipers.mp3
    21. Mail Call 440315 082 K.Smith R.Benchley William Brothers.mp3
    22. Mail Call 440426 088 W Ed Gardner.mp3
    23. Mail Call 440503 089 J.Jones Davis Street Kathryn Grayson.mp3
    24. Mail Call 440510 090 F. Langford Judy Canova Jerry Colonna.mp3
    25. Mail Call 440517 091 Judy Garland Jimmy Durante Bing Crosby.mp3
    26. Mail Call 440524 093 P.Goddard WCFields V.Obrien E.Bergen.mp3
    27. Mail Call 440621 097 J.Blondell J.Melton Marilyn Maxwell.mp3
    28. Mail Call 440628 097 Judy Garland Bing Crosby Bob Hope.mp3
    29. Mail Call 440628 098 H.Marshall Marjorie Main Gloria Dehaven.mp3
    30. Mail Call 440726 102 Hawaii B.Crosby C.Haines Betty Grable.mp3
    31. Mail Call 440802 103 Canada Norma Shearer Cecilia Parke.mp3
    32. Mail Call 440809 104 Maine Vallee Sinatra Allen Livingstone.mp3
    33. Mail Call 440823 106 J.Macdonald N.Eddy Burns And Allen.mp3
    34. Mail Call 440913 109 G.Moore L.Albritton M.Maxwell Amos Andy.mp3
    35. Mail Call 440920 110 Don Ameche Joe Besser Nancy Walker.mp3
    36. Mail Call 440927 111 Ginny Simms Johnny Mercer Jo Stafford.mp3
    37. Mail Call 441005 112 K.Kyser G.Gibbs K.Grayson Ish Kabibble.mp3
    38. Mail Call 441025 115 T.Bankhead Danny Kaye Ethel Smith.mp3
    39. Mail Call 441122 120 Bing Crosby Rise Stevens Garry Moore.mp3
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    1. Mail Call 441214 123 Dinah Shore.mp3
    2. Mail Call 441221 124 Ann Rutherford.mp3
    3. Mail Call 441227 125 D.Shore C.Ramirez J.Durante V.Obrien.mp3
    4. Mail Call 441228 124 Groucho Marx.mp3
    5. Mail Call 450110 126 A.Rutherford Jo.Mercer G.Moore.mp3
    6. Mail Call 450117 127 G.Marx R.Benchley I.Lupino G.Dehaven.mp3
    7. Mail Call 450124 128 Bing Crosby Lauritz Melchior Cass Daley.mp3
    8. Mail Call 450131 129 J.Allyson H.Hilliard O.Nelson.mp3
    9. Mail Call 450214 131 D.Ameche M.Chapman Bobbie Baker.mp3
    10. Mail Call 450214 133 Frances Langford.mp3
    11. Mail Call 450228 134 D.Haymes King Sist J.Durante E.Jackson.mp3
    12. Mail Call 450307 135 J.Benny P.Goddard C.Colbert J.Crain.mp3
    13. Mail Call 450314 136 Nelson Eddy.mp3
    14. Mail Call 450321 137 F.Morgan Burns Allen H.Marx R.Hayworth.mp3
    15. Mail Call 450328 138 Bing Crosby Betty Davis Jack Benny.mp3
    16. Mail Call 450404 139 Jack Carson.mp3
    17. Mail Call 450411 140 Judy Garland.mp3
    18. Mail Call 450418 141 G.Simms Robert Benchley Gildersleeve.mp3
    19. Mail Call 450425 142 Betty Hutton.mp3
    20. Mail Call 450502 143 B.Hope C.Gable M.Obrien Dame May Whitty.mp3
    21. Mail Call 450516 145 B.Grable George Jessel Mills Brothers.mp3
    22. Mail Call 460327 188 G.Marx Kenny Baker Kathryn Grayson.mp3
    23. Mail Call 460501 193 I Got Blues.mp3
    24. Mail Call 460515 195 It’s Just My Luck.mp3
    25. Mail Call 460520 193 G.Murphy V.Obrien Burns-Allen.mp3
    26. Mail Call 460603 195 F.Macmurray Yvonne Decarlo R.Edwards.mp3
    27. Mail Call 470000 Cathy Downs Victor Borge Johnny Green.mp3
    28. Mail Call 470122 231 Gloria Dehaven.mp3
    29. Mail Call 481013 320 P.Knudsen B.Grable G.Ratoff O.Welles.mp3
    30. Mail Call 490425 340 F.Gifford J.Stafford D.Thomas C.Dennis.mp3
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 3 minutes
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    1. Mail Call 421104 011 Betty Rhodes Bing Crosby Fred Astaire.mp3
    2. Mail Call 421111 012 Bob Burns Shore G Montgomery Mercer.mp3
    3. Mail Call 430109 019 Groucho Betty Grable Judy Garland.mp3
    4. Mail Call 430331 031 Claire Trevor Connie Haines Bergen.mp3
    5. Mail Call 430407 032 Lionel Barrymore Langford Phil Baker.mp3
    6. Mail Call 430630 044 George Jessel Mary Lee Paulette Goddard.mp3
    7. Mail Call 430715 046 EG Robinson D.Powell M.Hutton A.Miller.mp3
    8. Mail Call 430826 053 Groucho Irene Manning Paulette Goddard.mp3
    9. Mail Call 430930 058 Lionel Barrymore Baby Snooks Dennis Day.mp3
    10. Mail Call 431020 061 Bing N.L.Martin F.Morgan John Conte.mp3
    11. Mail Call 431027 062 B.Grable Carlos Ramirez Fibber Mcgee.mp3
    12. Mail Call 431124 066 Laurel And Hardy.mp3
    13. Mail Call 431208 068 Al Pearce Eddie Anderson Janet Blair.mp3
    14. Mail Call 431222 070 W Fred Allen.mp3
    15. Mail Call 440105 072 Benny Garland Mercer Delta Rhythm Boys.mp3
    16. Mail Call 440112 073 B.Crosby Skinnay Ennis Dorothy Lamour.mp3
    17. Mail Call 440209 077 A.Menjou Williams Brothers I.Manning.mp3
    18. Mail Call 440216 078 Bing Richard Crooks Connee Boswell.mp3
    19. Mail Call 440223 079 Lum N Abner Jerry Cooper Judy Canova.mp3
    20. Mail Call 440308 081 Barrymore Connie Haines Pied Pipers.mp3
    21. Mail Call 440315 082 K.Smith R.Benchley William Brothers.mp3
    22. Mail Call 440426 088 W Ed Gardner.mp3
    23. Mail Call 440503 089 J.Jones Davis Street Kathryn Grayson.mp3
    24. Mail Call 440510 090 F. Langford Judy Canova Jerry Colonna.mp3
    25. Mail Call 440517 091 Judy Garland Jimmy Durante Bing Crosby.mp3
    26. Mail Call 440524 093 P.Goddard WCFields V.Obrien E.Bergen.mp3
    27. Mail Call 440621 097 J.Blondell J.Melton Marilyn Maxwell.mp3
    28. Mail Call 440628 097 Judy Garland Bing Crosby Bob Hope.mp3
    29. Mail Call 440628 098 H.Marshall Marjorie Main Gloria Dehaven.mp3
    30. Mail Call 440726 102 Hawaii B.Crosby C.Haines Betty Grable.mp3
    31. Mail Call 440802 103 Canada Norma Shearer Cecilia Parke.mp3
    32. Mail Call 440809 104 Maine Vallee Sinatra Allen Livingstone.mp3
    33. Mail Call 440823 106 J.Macdonald N.Eddy Burns And Allen.mp3
    34. Mail Call 440913 109 G.Moore L.Albritton M.Maxwell Amos Andy.mp3
    35. Mail Call 440920 110 Don Ameche Joe Besser Nancy Walker.mp3
    36. Mail Call 440927 111 Ginny Simms Johnny Mercer Jo Stafford.mp3
    37. Mail Call 441005 112 K.Kyser G.Gibbs K.Grayson Ish Kabibble.mp3
    38. Mail Call 441025 115 T.Bankhead Danny Kaye Ethel Smith.mp3
    39. Mail Call 441122 120 Bing Crosby Rise Stevens Garry Moore.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 14 hours 51 minutes
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    1. Mail Call 441214 123 Dinah Shore.mp3
    2. Mail Call 441221 124 Ann Rutherford.mp3
    3. Mail Call 441227 125 D.Shore C.Ramirez J.Durante V.Obrien.mp3
    4. Mail Call 441228 124 Groucho Marx.mp3
    5. Mail Call 450110 126 A.Rutherford Jo.Mercer G.Moore.mp3
    6. Mail Call 450117 127 G.Marx R.Benchley I.Lupino G.Dehaven.mp3
    7. Mail Call 450124 128 Bing Crosby Lauritz Melchior Cass Daley.mp3
    8. Mail Call 450131 129 J.Allyson H.Hilliard O.Nelson.mp3
    9. Mail Call 450214 131 D.Ameche M.Chapman Bobbie Baker.mp3
    10. Mail Call 450214 133 Frances Langford.mp3
    11. Mail Call 450228 134 D.Haymes King Sist J.Durante E.Jackson.mp3
    12. Mail Call 450307 135 J.Benny P.Goddard C.Colbert J.Crain.mp3
    13. Mail Call 450314 136 Nelson Eddy.mp3
    14. Mail Call 450321 137 F.Morgan Burns Allen H.Marx R.Hayworth.mp3
    15. Mail Call 450328 138 Bing Crosby Betty Davis Jack Benny.mp3
    16. Mail Call 450404 139 Jack Carson.mp3
    17. Mail Call 450411 140 Judy Garland.mp3
    18. Mail Call 450418 141 G.Simms Robert Benchley Gildersleeve.mp3
    19. Mail Call 450425 142 Betty Hutton.mp3
    20. Mail Call 450502 143 B.Hope C.Gable M.Obrien Dame May Whitty.mp3
    21. Mail Call 450516 145 B.Grable George Jessel Mills Brothers.mp3
    22. Mail Call 460327 188 G.Marx Kenny Baker Kathryn Grayson.mp3
    23. Mail Call 460501 193 I Got Blues.mp3
    24. Mail Call 460515 195 It’s Just My Luck.mp3
    25. Mail Call 460520 193 G.Murphy V.Obrien Burns-Allen.mp3
    26. Mail Call 460603 195 F.Macmurray Yvonne Decarlo R.Edwards.mp3
    27. Mail Call 470000 Cathy Downs Victor Borge Johnny Green.mp3
    28. Mail Call 470122 231 Gloria Dehaven.mp3
    29. Mail Call 481013 320 P.Knudsen B.Grable G.Ratoff O.Welles.mp3
    30. Mail Call 490425 340 F.Gifford J.Stafford D.Thomas C.Dennis.mp3
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    69 recordings on 34 Audio CDs
    total playtime 33 hours, 54 min

    Disc A001

    1. Mail Call 421104 011 Betty Rhodes Bing Crosby Fred Astaire
    2. Mail Call 421111 012 Bob Burns Shore G Montgomery Mercer

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    Disc A002

    1. Mail Call 430109 019 Groucho Betty Grable Judy Garland
    2. Mail Call 430331 031 Claire Trevor Connie Haines Bergen

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    Disc A003

    1. Mail Call 430407 032 Lionel Barrymore Langford Phil Baker
    2. Mail Call 430630 044 George Jessel Mary Lee Paulette Goddard

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    Disc A004

    1. Mail Call 430715 046 EG Robinson D.Powell M.Hutton A.Miller
    2. Mail Call 430826 053 Groucho Irene Manning Paulette Goddard

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    Disc A005

    1. Mail Call 430930 058 Lionel Barrymore Baby Snooks Dennis Day
    2. Mail Call 431020 061 Bing N.L.Martin F.Morgan John Conte

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    Disc A006

    1. Mail Call 431027 062 B.Grable Carlos Ramirez Fibber Mcgee
    2. Mail Call 431124 066 Laurel And Hardy

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    Disc A007

    1. Mail Call 431208 068 Al Pearce Eddie Anderson Janet Blair
    2. Mail Call 431222 070 W Fred Allen

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    Disc A008

    1. Mail Call 440105 072 Benny Garland Mercer Delta Rhythm Boys
    2. Mail Call 440112 073 B.Crosby Skinnay Ennis Dorothy Lamour

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    Disc A009

    1. Mail Call 440209 077 A.Menjou Williams Brothers I.Manning
    2. Mail Call 440216 078 Bing Richard Crooks Connee Boswell

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    Disc A010

    1. Mail Call 440223 079 Lum N Abner Jerry Cooper Judy Canova
    2. Mail Call 440308 081 Barrymore Connie Haines Pied Pipers

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    Disc A011

    1. Mail Call 440315 082 K.Smith R.Benchley William Brothers
    2. Mail Call 440426 088 W Ed Gardner

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    Disc A012

    1. Mail Call 440503 089 J.Jones Davis Street Kathryn Grayson
    2. Mail Call 440510 090 F. Langford Judy Canova Jerry Colonna

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    Disc A013

    1. Mail Call 440517 091 Judy Garland Jimmy Durante Bing Crosby
    2. Mail Call 440524 093 P.Goddard WCFields V.Obrien E.Bergen

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    Disc A014

    1. Mail Call 440621 097 J.Blondell J.Melton Marilyn Maxwell
    2. Mail Call 440628 097 Judy Garland Bing Crosby Bob Hope
    3. Mail Call 440628 098 H.Marshall Marjorie Main Gloria Dehaven

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    Disc A015

    1. Mail Call 440726 102 Hawaii B.Crosby C.Haines Betty Grable
    2. Mail Call 440802 103 Canada Norma Shearer Cecilia Parke

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    Disc A016

    1. Mail Call 440809 104 Maine Vallee Sinatra Allen Livingstone
    2. Mail Call 440823 106 J.Macdonald N.Eddy Burns And Allen

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    Disc A017

    1. Mail Call 440913 109 G.Moore L.Albritton M.Maxwell Amos Andy
    2. Mail Call 440920 110 Don Ameche Joe Besser Nancy Walker

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    Disc A018

    1. Mail Call 440927 111 Ginny Simms Johnny Mercer Jo Stafford
    2. Mail Call 441005 112 K.Kyser G.Gibbs K.Grayson Ish Kabibble

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    Disc A019

    1. Mail Call 441025 115 T.Bankhead Danny Kaye Ethel Smith
    2. Mail Call 441122 120 Bing Crosby Rise Stevens Garry Moore

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    Disc A020

    1. Mail Call 441214 123 Dinah Shore
    2. Mail Call 441221 124 Ann Rutherford

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    Disc A021

    1. Mail Call 441227 125 D.Shore C.Ramirez J.Durante V.Obrien
    2. Mail Call 441228 124 Groucho Marx

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    Disc A022

    1. Mail Call 450110 126 A.Rutherford Jo.Mercer G.Moore
    2. Mail Call 450117 127 G.Marx R.Benchley I.Lupino G.Dehaven

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    Disc A023

    1. Mail Call 450124 128 Bing Crosby Lauritz Melchior Cass Daley
    2. Mail Call 450131 129 J.Allyson H.Hilliard O.Nelson

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    Disc A024

    1. Mail Call 450214 131 D.Ameche M.Chapman Bobbie Baker
    2. Mail Call 450214 133 Frances Langford

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    Disc A025

    1. Mail Call 450228 134 D.Haymes King Sist J.Durante E.Jackson
    2. Mail Call 450307 135 J.Benny P.Goddard C.Colbert J.Crain

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    Disc A026

    1. Mail Call 450314 136 Nelson Eddy
    2. Mail Call 450321 137 F.Morgan Burns Allen H.Marx R.Hayworth

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    Disc A027

    1. Mail Call 450328 138 Bing Crosby Betty Davis Jack Benny
    2. Mail Call 450404 139 Jack Carson

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    Disc A028

    1. Mail Call 450411 140 Judy Garland
    2. Mail Call 450418 141 G.Simms Robert Benchley Gildersleeve

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    Disc A029

    1. Mail Call 450425 142 Betty Hutton
    2. Mail Call 450502 143 B.Hope C.Gable M.Obrien Dame May Whitty

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    Disc A030

    1. Mail Call 450516 145 B.Grable George Jessel Mills Brothers
    2. Mail Call 460327 188 G.Marx Kenny Baker Kathryn Grayson

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    Disc A031

    1. Mail Call 460501 193 I Got Blues
    2. Mail Call 460515 195 It’s Just My Luck

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    Disc A032

    1. Mail Call 460520 193 G.Murphy V.Obrien Burns-Allen
    2. Mail Call 460603 195 F.Macmurray Yvonne Decarlo R.Edwards

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    Disc A033

    1. Mail Call 470000 Cathy Downs Victor Borge Johnny Green
    2. Mail Call 470122 231 Gloria Dehaven

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    Disc A034

    1. Mail Call 481013 320 P.Knudsen B.Grable G.Ratoff O.Welles
    2. Mail Call 490425 340 F.Gifford J.Stafford D.Thomas C.Dennis

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