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Request Performance

Enjoy the laughs and gags of the "Civilian Version" of Command Performance.

7 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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4 Audio CDs


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Play a sample episode from October 07, 1945:

"Tour of New Orleans with Ronald Coleman"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Request Performance is a very well done comedy/variety program, with all the entertainment value of Mail Call and Command Performance.

Ronald ColemanOne of the pleasant memories come out of the tribulations of WWII was the terrific programing of the Armed Forces Radio Service, and two of the most memorable programs were Mail Call and Command Performance. Both shows were built around the premise of Servicemen writing in with requests for the performances they would want to hear.

The programs of AFRS were just for the troops, although civilians were sometimes able to get into the studio for the recording session. The shows had such a great reputation that soon after VE day executives, Campbell's Soup, and the Masquers Club, a West Coast actors club, put together a civilian version of the shows, Request Performance.

Many of the radio executives had been involved with the Office of War Information, and so had worked on the shows. Members of the Masquers Club had provided talent on a volunteer basis for Mail Call and Command Performance. (As part of the production deal, the Masquers insisted that the program also be broadcast over short-wave, so that servicemen around the world could pick it up.) Bea BenaderetIt can be assumed that the performers were paid for Request Performance, and they are generally much more professional sounding than the somewhat informal appearances on the AFRS shows. Sponsorship from Campbell's is also apparent; these are much more polished shows than their military inspirations were.

The biggest difference between Command Performance and Request Performance (besides the larger production budget) was fact that the requests could come from any listener. The program itself announced that the most original requests would get the most attention. This led to some very interesting guest combinations, like Allan Jones, Roy Rogers, and Boris Karloff.

Other requested performers included Ronald Colman, Bea Benedaret, Mel Blanc, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, W.C. Fields, Jack Benny (answering a request from a Mr. Fred Allen of New York City), Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Lucille Ball, Burns and Allen, and many others.

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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.



    7 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 24 min
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      7 shows - total playtime 3 hours 24 minutes
      1. Request Performance 451007 01 Tour New Orleans Ronald Colman.mp3
      2. Request Performance 451014 02 Huckleberry Finn Morgan Vallee.mp3
      3. Request Performance 451021 03 Trip Moon Welles Bracken.mp3
      4. Request Performance 451104 5 Basil Rathbone Dick Powell.mp3
      5. Request Performance 460203 18 Morgan Karloff Rogers.mp3
      6. Request Performance 460224 21 One Money Vallee Daley.mp3
      7. Request Performance 460303 My Mothers Eyes Fairbanks.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    7 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 24 min
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      7 shows - total playtime 3 hours 24 minutes
      1. Request Performance 451007 01 Tour New Orleans Ronald Colman.mp3
      2. Request Performance 451014 02 Huckleberry Finn Morgan Vallee.mp3
      3. Request Performance 451021 03 Trip Moon Welles Bracken.mp3
      4. Request Performance 451104 5 Basil Rathbone Dick Powell.mp3
      5. Request Performance 460203 18 Morgan Karloff Rogers.mp3
      6. Request Performance 460224 21 One Money Vallee Daley.mp3
      7. Request Performance 460303 My Mothers Eyes Fairbanks.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



    7 recordings on 4 Audio CDs
    total playtime 3 hours, 24 min

    Disc A001

    1. Request Performance 451007 01 Tour New Orleans Ronald Colman
    2. Request Performance 451014 02 Huckleberry Finn Morgan Vallee

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    Disc A002

    1. Request Performance 451021 03 Trip Moon Welles Bracken
    2. Request Performance 451104 5 Basil Rathbone Dick Powell

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    Disc A003

    1. Request Performance 460203 18 Morgan Karloff Rogers
    2. Request Performance 460224 21 One Money Vallee Daley

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    Disc A004

    1. Request Performance 460303 My Mothers Eyes Fairbanks

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