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Rudy Vallee's Royal Gelatin Hour

Crooner Rudy Vallee became one of the earliest mass-media pop stars in this 1930's comedy variety old time radio show. Rivaled in popularity by only Amos & Andy,The Royal Gelatin Hour broadcast introduced writers and comedians (including Edgar Bergen) to the world via radio.

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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Rudy ValleeRudy Vallee started performing at an early age, and then joined the Navy during WWI. However the Navy was not amused when they found out he had lied about his age; he was only 15 when he joined. Back in show business after only 41 days of service, Rudy eventually hooked up with a band playing clarinet and saxophone at the Savoy Hotel in London. His band mates "discouraged" his attempts as a vocalist.

Rudy ValleeAt the time a singer needed a powerful voice to not only be heard over the band, but to reach the ears of audience members in the back of the hall. Two things saved Rudy's singing career. The first was the introduction of the electric microphone; with amplification Rudy's wavering, thin tenor voice took on power and intimacy. Even more important to Rudy's singing career was the fact that he was a suave, good looking young man.

Vallee became the first of what would be known as "crooners". The crooner's soft voice was perfect for the new medium of radio, and Vallee's trombone-like phrasing and vocal style would become an inspiration to later artists like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Perry Como.

As a crooner Rudy Vallee became one of the earliest mass-media pop stars. He was mobbed by screaming girls where ever he performed. In venues that did not have electric microphones and amplification, the crowd couldn't hear him they would swoon just to get a glimpse of his lips through his megaphone.

The head of programming at NBC, Bertha Brainard, was the network's first female executive. In the late 20's she began pushing for a new type of program, the Variety Show, and she insisted on having Rudy Vallee as the host. "Only a woman" she would explain "could understand the appeal" of Vallee's voice.

The show was sponsored by Standard Brands, which J.P. Morgan had formed by merging the Fleischmann Yeast Co, Royal Baking Powder, Chase and Sanborn Coffee, and others. Originally titled The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour, the show was only rivaled in popularity by Amos and Andy.

Rudy ValleeBeginning in the 1936 season the name of the program was changed to The Royal Gelatin Hour, (Standard Brands apparently decided they were better served pushing desserts than yeast.)

As The Royal Gelatin Hour the program began to feature guests from the Motion Picture World, including writer Noel Coward, Fay Wray, Tyrone Power, Bob Hope, Roland Young, Gertrude Lawrence, Fanny Brice, and Ed Wynn. During the first season of The Royal Gelatin Hour Vallee introduced a young ventriloquist, Edgar Bergen. Although even Vallee expressed doubts at having a ventriloquist on the radio, Bergen's comedic timing and style, with the precociousness of his "sidekick" Charlie McCarthy, made him a hit. Bergen appeared on several more episodes during the 36 season, and in 1937 Standard Brands rebuilt The Chase and Sanborn Hour around Bergen and McCarthy, running until 1949.

The Royal Gelatin Hour also made history during Rudy Vallee's 1937 summer vacation. Vallee insisted that the sponsor hire jazz great Louis Armstrong as summer host, making Armstrong the first African American to host a major network program.

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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.



    50 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 45 hours, 33 min
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    Volume 1 - 25 shows - total playtime 22 hours 28 minutes
    MP3 CD
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    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 360820 Fanny Brice-14 min.mp3
    2. Royal Gelatin Hour 361203 Gertrude Lawrence.mp3
    3. Royal Gelatin Hour 361217 Shirley Booth.mp3
    4. Royal Gelatin Hour 361231 Bea Lillie.mp3
    5. Royal Gelatin Hour 370128 Percy Grainger.mp3
    6. Royal Gelatin Hour 370218 Jean Arthur.mp3
    7. Royal Gelatin Hour 370225 Jean Hersholt.mp3
    8. Royal Gelatin Hour 370304 Walter Abel.mp3
    9. Royal Gelatin Hour 370311 Mary Borland.mp3
    10. Royal Gelatin Hour 370325 Bob Hope.mp3
    11. Royal Gelatin Hour 370401 Marc Connelly.mp3
    12. Royal Gelatin Hour 370408 Henry Hull.mp3
    13. Royal Gelatin Hour 370415 Lou Holtz.mp3
    14. Royal Gelatin Hour 370422 Sir Cedric And Lady Hardwicke.mp3
    15. Royal Gelatin Hour 370429 Claude Rains.mp3
    16. Royal Gelatin Hour 370506 Charles Laughton.mp3
    17. Royal Gelatin Hour 370520 Maurice Evans.mp3
    18. Royal Gelatin Hour 370617 Tallulah Bankhead.mp3
    19. Royal Gelatin Hour 370916 Maurice Evans.mp3
    20. Royal Gelatin Hour 371202 Lou Holtz.mp3
    21. Royal Gelatin Hour 371216 Luther Adler.mp3
    22. Royal Gelatin Hour 371223 Ethel Barrymore.mp3
    23. Royal Gelatin Hour 380106 Elsie Houston.mp3
    24. Royal Gelatin Hour 380310 Thomas Mitchell.mp3
    25. Royal Gelatin Hour 380324 Maxine Sullivan.mp3
    Volume 2 - 25 shows - total playtime 23 hours 4 minutes
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    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380407 Ethel Barrymore.mp3
    2. Royal Gelatin Hour 380414 Maurice Evans.mp3
    3. Royal Gelatin Hour 380421 Arthur Bryan Irving Caesar.mp3
    4. Royal Gelatin Hour 380428 Ezra Stone.mp3
    5. Royal Gelatin Hour 380505 Boris Karloff.mp3
    6. Royal Gelatin Hour 380512 Grace George.mp3
    7. Royal Gelatin Hour 380519 Jane Cowl.mp3
    8. Royal Gelatin Hour 380526 Judy Canova.mp3
    9. Royal Gelatin Hour 380602 Sir Cedric Hardwicke.mp3
    10. Royal Gelatin Hour 380609 Irving Caesar.mp3
    11. Royal Gelatin Hour 380616 Raymond Johnson Irving Caesar.mp3
    12. Royal Gelatin Hour 380630 Eddie Green.mp3
    13. Royal Gelatin Hour 380707 Dennis King Judy Canova.mp3
    14. Royal Gelatin Hour 380714 I.Claire R.Ragland J.Durante.mp3
    15. Royal Gelatin Hour 380728 Gertrude Lawrence.mp3
    16. Royal Gelatin Hour 380818 Walter Hampden.mp3
    17. Royal Gelatin Hour 380825 E.Blore F.Craven R.Litz E.Merman.mp3
    18. Royal Gelatin Hour 380901 Grace George William Brady.mp3
    19. Royal Gelatin Hour 380908 Maurice Evans.mp3
    20. Royal Gelatin Hour 380915 Brian Aherne.mp3
    21. Royal Gelatin Hour 381020 Raymond Massey.mp3
    22. Royal Gelatin Hour 381027 Walter Huston.mp3
    23. Royal Gelatin Hour 381117 Benita Hume.mp3
    24. Royal Gelatin Hour 381201 Paul Gerrits.mp3
    25. Royal Gelatin Hour 390216 Maurice Evans.mp3
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    50 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 45 hours, 33 min
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    Volume 1 - 25 shows - total playtime 22 hours 28 minutes
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    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 360820 Fanny Brice-14 min.mp3
    2. Royal Gelatin Hour 361203 Gertrude Lawrence.mp3
    3. Royal Gelatin Hour 361217 Shirley Booth.mp3
    4. Royal Gelatin Hour 361231 Bea Lillie.mp3
    5. Royal Gelatin Hour 370128 Percy Grainger.mp3
    6. Royal Gelatin Hour 370218 Jean Arthur.mp3
    7. Royal Gelatin Hour 370225 Jean Hersholt.mp3
    8. Royal Gelatin Hour 370304 Walter Abel.mp3
    9. Royal Gelatin Hour 370311 Mary Borland.mp3
    10. Royal Gelatin Hour 370325 Bob Hope.mp3
    11. Royal Gelatin Hour 370401 Marc Connelly.mp3
    12. Royal Gelatin Hour 370408 Henry Hull.mp3
    13. Royal Gelatin Hour 370415 Lou Holtz.mp3
    14. Royal Gelatin Hour 370422 Sir Cedric And Lady Hardwicke.mp3
    15. Royal Gelatin Hour 370429 Claude Rains.mp3
    16. Royal Gelatin Hour 370506 Charles Laughton.mp3
    17. Royal Gelatin Hour 370520 Maurice Evans.mp3
    18. Royal Gelatin Hour 370617 Tallulah Bankhead.mp3
    19. Royal Gelatin Hour 370916 Maurice Evans.mp3
    20. Royal Gelatin Hour 371202 Lou Holtz.mp3
    21. Royal Gelatin Hour 371216 Luther Adler.mp3
    22. Royal Gelatin Hour 371223 Ethel Barrymore.mp3
    23. Royal Gelatin Hour 380106 Elsie Houston.mp3
    24. Royal Gelatin Hour 380310 Thomas Mitchell.mp3
    25. Royal Gelatin Hour 380324 Maxine Sullivan.mp3
    Volume 2 - 25 shows - total playtime 23 hours 4 minutes
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    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380407 Ethel Barrymore.mp3
    2. Royal Gelatin Hour 380414 Maurice Evans.mp3
    3. Royal Gelatin Hour 380421 Arthur Bryan Irving Caesar.mp3
    4. Royal Gelatin Hour 380428 Ezra Stone.mp3
    5. Royal Gelatin Hour 380505 Boris Karloff.mp3
    6. Royal Gelatin Hour 380512 Grace George.mp3
    7. Royal Gelatin Hour 380519 Jane Cowl.mp3
    8. Royal Gelatin Hour 380526 Judy Canova.mp3
    9. Royal Gelatin Hour 380602 Sir Cedric Hardwicke.mp3
    10. Royal Gelatin Hour 380609 Irving Caesar.mp3
    11. Royal Gelatin Hour 380616 Raymond Johnson Irving Caesar.mp3
    12. Royal Gelatin Hour 380630 Eddie Green.mp3
    13. Royal Gelatin Hour 380707 Dennis King Judy Canova.mp3
    14. Royal Gelatin Hour 380714 I.Claire R.Ragland J.Durante.mp3
    15. Royal Gelatin Hour 380728 Gertrude Lawrence.mp3
    16. Royal Gelatin Hour 380818 Walter Hampden.mp3
    17. Royal Gelatin Hour 380825 E.Blore F.Craven R.Litz E.Merman.mp3
    18. Royal Gelatin Hour 380901 Grace George William Brady.mp3
    19. Royal Gelatin Hour 380908 Maurice Evans.mp3
    20. Royal Gelatin Hour 380915 Brian Aherne.mp3
    21. Royal Gelatin Hour 381020 Raymond Massey.mp3
    22. Royal Gelatin Hour 381027 Walter Huston.mp3
    23. Royal Gelatin Hour 381117 Benita Hume.mp3
    24. Royal Gelatin Hour 381201 Paul Gerrits.mp3
    25. Royal Gelatin Hour 390216 Maurice Evans.mp3
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    50 recordings on 50 Audio CDs
    total playtime 45 hours, 33 min

    Disc A001

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 360820 Fanny Brice-14 min

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    Disc A002

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 361203 Gertrude Lawrence

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    Disc A003

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 361217 Shirley Booth

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    Disc A004

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 361231 Bea Lillie

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    Disc A005

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370128 Percy Grainger

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    Disc A006

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370218 Jean Arthur

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    Disc A007

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370225 Jean Hersholt

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    Disc A008

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370304 Walter Abel

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    Disc A009

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370311 Mary Borland

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    Disc A010

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370325 Bob Hope

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    Disc A011

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370401 Marc Connelly

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    Disc A012

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370408 Henry Hull

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    Disc A013

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370415 Lou Holtz

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    Disc A014

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370422 Sir Cedric And Lady Hardwicke

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    Disc A015

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370429 Claude Rains

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    Disc A016

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370506 Charles Laughton

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    Disc A017

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370520 Maurice Evans

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    Disc A018

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370617 Tallulah Bankhead

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    Disc A019

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 370916 Maurice Evans

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    Disc A020

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 371202 Lou Holtz

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    Disc A021

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 371216 Luther Adler

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    Disc A022

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 371223 Ethel Barrymore

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    Disc A023

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380106 Elsie Houston

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    Disc A024

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380310 Thomas Mitchell

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    Disc A025

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380324 Maxine Sullivan

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    Disc A026

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380407 Ethel Barrymore

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    Disc A027

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380414 Maurice Evans

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    Disc A028

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380421 Arthur Bryan Irving Caesar

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    Disc A029

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380428 Ezra Stone

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    Disc A030

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380505 Boris Karloff

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    Disc A031

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380512 Grace George

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    Disc A032

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380519 Jane Cowl

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    Disc A033

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380526 Judy Canova

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    Disc A034

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380602 Sir Cedric Hardwicke

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    Disc A035

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380609 Irving Caesar

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    Disc A036

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380616 Raymond Johnson Irving Caesar

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    Disc A037

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380630 Eddie Green

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    Disc A038

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380707 Dennis King Judy Canova

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    Disc A039

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380714 I.Claire R.Ragland J.Durante

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    Disc A040

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380728 Gertrude Lawrence

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    Disc A041

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380818 Walter Hampden

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    Disc A042

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380825 E.Blore F.Craven R.Litz E.Merman

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    Disc A043

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380901 Grace George William Brady

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    Disc A044

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380908 Maurice Evans

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    Disc A045

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 380915 Brian Aherne

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    Disc A046

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 381020 Raymond Massey

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    Disc A047

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 381027 Walter Huston

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    Disc A048

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 381117 Benita Hume

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    Disc A049

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 381201 Paul Gerrits

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    Disc A050

    1. Royal Gelatin Hour 390216 Maurice Evans

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