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Old Gold Comedy also known as Harold Lloyd Comedy Theater

(update) with additional episodes: laugh with this old time radio comedic variety hour starring Alan Young, Francis Langford, Dick Powell, Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, and many others!

30 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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15 Audio CDs


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"The Lady Eve"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Old Gold

It seems strange, but movies and radio turned out to be a great match for each other. They really shouldn't been. Radio depends on sound and dialogue to deliver the story. Moving pictures depend on, well, pictures. In the end, the important part of both media is the stories and the skill with which they are presented.

Old GoldThe idea of adapting stories from the movies for radio plays worked remarkably well for several programs, notably Academy Award Theater, Skippy Hollywood Theater, Screen Guild Theater, Screen Directors' Playhouse, and the long running Lux Radio Theater.

The Old Gold Comedy Theatre was an attempt to capitalize on a similar format. All of these programs benefited from the use of the movie stories. The name of the picture would have been familiar to listeners, and so attract audiences. Listeners also got to enjoy many more movies over the radio than they would have been able to see in their local movie palace, especially listeners for whom the movie palace was not all that local. The movie based shows were also an effective means of advertising the pictures themselves.

Old Gold AdvertisementOld Gold Old Time Radio ShowAdvertising was the driving force behind commercial radio, and The Old Gold Comedy Theatre is an unabashed attempt by the Lorillard Tobacco Company to make their product seem attractive, fun, and refreshing. Comedy Theatre used a couple of different tactics to differentiate itself from the other movie anthology programs. Film pioneer Cecil B. DeMille hosted Lux Radio Theater. Comedy Theatre enlisted the services of silent film star Harold Lloyd. Lloyd's career can be compared to that of his contemporary, Charlie Chaplin. Although Chaplin's films were more commercially successful, Lloyd was more prolific, releasing 12 feature films during the 1920's to Chaplin's three.

DeMille's radio role was largely that of scholarly and dignified presenter, whereas Harold Lloyd became part of the action, participating in the "play within a play" commercials, as well as introducing the plays.

The biggest factor to set Old Gold Comedy Theatre apart from the other movie anthology shows was its concentration on Screwball Comedies. The screwball comedy became popular during the Great Depression with its fast pace, farcical situations, and romantic "Boy And Girl Fall In Love Against The Odds" themes.

The comic film adaptations were well written for the radio, but the half-hour format made it necessary to cut a significant amount of either the humor or the story from the final script. All too often, too much of each was lost. The other factor that hobbled Comedy Theatre was that Lloyd, who was a genius in silent films, had a fear of the live microphone. Although most critics agree he improved as the season progressed, the show only lasted one year.

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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.



    30 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 14 hours, 49 min
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      30 shows - total playtime 14 hours 49 minutes
      1. Old Gold 441029 01 Palm Beach Story.mp3
      2. Old Gold 441112 03 True To Life.mp3
      3. Old Gold 441119 04 Vivacious Lady.mp3
      4. Old Gold 441126 05 Clarence.mp3
      5. Old Gold 441203 06 Take A Letter Darling.mp3
      6. Old Gold 441217 08 Lucky Partners.mp3
      7. Old Gold 441224 09 Bachelor Mother.mp3
      8. Old Gold 441231 10 Room Service.mp3
      9. Old Gold 450107 11 Lady Eve.mp3
      10. Old Gold 450114 12 Nothing But Truth.mp3
      11. Old Gold 450121 13 Showoff.mp3
      12. Old Gold 450128 14 Appointment For Love.mp3
      13. Old Gold 450204 15 My Favorite Wife.mp3
      14. Old Gold 450211 16 A Girl A Guy And A Gob.mp3
      15. Old Gold 450218 17 Milky Way.mp3
      16. Old Gold 450225 18 You Cant Ration Love.mp3
      17. Old Gold 450304 19 Standing Room Only.mp3
      18. Old Gold 450311 20 Magnificent Dope.mp3
      19. Old Gold 450318 21 A Lady Takes A Chance.mp3
      20. Old Gold 450325 22 Brewsters Millions.mp3
      21. Old Gold 450401 23 Major And Minor.mp3
      22. Old Gold 450408 24 A Slight Case Of Murder.mp3
      23. Old Gold 450422 25 Nervous Wreck.mp3
      24. Old Gold 450429 26 Scatterbrain.mp3
      25. Old Gold 450506 27 Hired Wife.mp3
      26. Old Gold 450513 28 She Loves Me Not.mp3
      27. Old Gold 450520 29 Boy Meets Girl.mp3
      28. Old Gold 450527 30 June Moon.mp3
      29. Old Gold 450603 31 Having A Wonderful Crime.mp3
      30. Old Gold 450610 32 Tom Dick And Harry.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    30 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 14 hours, 49 min
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    Click here to see disc contents


      30 shows - total playtime 14 hours 49 minutes
      1. Old Gold 441029 01 Palm Beach Story.mp3
      2. Old Gold 441112 03 True To Life.mp3
      3. Old Gold 441119 04 Vivacious Lady.mp3
      4. Old Gold 441126 05 Clarence.mp3
      5. Old Gold 441203 06 Take A Letter Darling.mp3
      6. Old Gold 441217 08 Lucky Partners.mp3
      7. Old Gold 441224 09 Bachelor Mother.mp3
      8. Old Gold 441231 10 Room Service.mp3
      9. Old Gold 450107 11 Lady Eve.mp3
      10. Old Gold 450114 12 Nothing But Truth.mp3
      11. Old Gold 450121 13 Showoff.mp3
      12. Old Gold 450128 14 Appointment For Love.mp3
      13. Old Gold 450204 15 My Favorite Wife.mp3
      14. Old Gold 450211 16 A Girl A Guy And A Gob.mp3
      15. Old Gold 450218 17 Milky Way.mp3
      16. Old Gold 450225 18 You Cant Ration Love.mp3
      17. Old Gold 450304 19 Standing Room Only.mp3
      18. Old Gold 450311 20 Magnificent Dope.mp3
      19. Old Gold 450318 21 A Lady Takes A Chance.mp3
      20. Old Gold 450325 22 Brewsters Millions.mp3
      21. Old Gold 450401 23 Major And Minor.mp3
      22. Old Gold 450408 24 A Slight Case Of Murder.mp3
      23. Old Gold 450422 25 Nervous Wreck.mp3
      24. Old Gold 450429 26 Scatterbrain.mp3
      25. Old Gold 450506 27 Hired Wife.mp3
      26. Old Gold 450513 28 She Loves Me Not.mp3
      27. Old Gold 450520 29 Boy Meets Girl.mp3
      28. Old Gold 450527 30 June Moon.mp3
      29. Old Gold 450603 31 Having A Wonderful Crime.mp3
      30. Old Gold 450610 32 Tom Dick And Harry.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



    30 recordings on 15 Audio CDs
    total playtime 14 hours, 49 min

    Disc A001

    1. Old Gold 441029 01 Palm Beach Story
    2. Old Gold 441112 03 True To Life

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    Disc A002

    1. Old Gold 441119 04 Vivacious Lady
    2. Old Gold 441126 05 Clarence

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    Disc A003

    1. Old Gold 441203 06 Take A Letter Darling
    2. Old Gold 441217 08 Lucky Partners

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    Disc A004

    1. Old Gold 441224 09 Bachelor Mother
    2. Old Gold 441231 10 Room Service

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    Disc A005

    1. Old Gold 450107 11 Lady Eve
    2. Old Gold 450114 12 Nothing But Truth

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    Disc A006

    1. Old Gold 450121 13 Showoff
    2. Old Gold 450128 14 Appointment For Love

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    Disc A007

    1. Old Gold 450204 15 My Favorite Wife
    2. Old Gold 450211 16 A Girl A Guy And A Gob

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    Disc A008

    1. Old Gold 450218 17 Milky Way
    2. Old Gold 450225 18 You Cant Ration Love

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    Disc A009

    1. Old Gold 450304 19 Standing Room Only
    2. Old Gold 450311 20 Magnificent Dope

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    Disc A010

    1. Old Gold 450318 21 A Lady Takes A Chance
    2. Old Gold 450325 22 Brewsters Millions

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    Disc A011

    1. Old Gold 450401 23 Major And Minor
    2. Old Gold 450408 24 A Slight Case Of Murder

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    Disc A012

    1. Old Gold 450422 25 Nervous Wreck
    2. Old Gold 450429 26 Scatterbrain

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    Disc A013

    1. Old Gold 450506 27 Hired Wife
    2. Old Gold 450513 28 She Loves Me Not

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    Disc A014

    1. Old Gold 450520 29 Boy Meets Girl
    2. Old Gold 450527 30 June Moon

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    Disc A015

    1. Old Gold 450603 31 Having A Wonderful Crime
    2. Old Gold 450610 32 Tom Dick And Harry

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