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Sealtest Variety Hour (Dorothy Lamour)

Even when she was not on The Road in her sarong, Dorothy Lamour channeled Bing and Bob as hostess of The Sealtest Variety Theatre.

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Dorothy Lamour
Musical Variety
(1946-49)

Dorothy LamourStealtest VarietyFirst playing as "Front and Center," the show changed in Sept. 1948 to The Sealtest Variety Theater. On Thursday nights at 9:30, it was a variety comedy show with glamorous Dorothy Lamour as "hostess with the mostess". The show was known by fans as The Dorothy Lamour Show. Dorothy began life as Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton, was Miss New Orleans of 1931, and sang in her first hubby Herbie Kaye's band on the way to Hollywood and her trademark attire, the sarong. She wore it in her very first picture, Paramount's "The Jungle Princess" of 1936, and America loved the combination. She's beloved for being the book between the bookends of Bob and Bing in the classic series of Paramount romps, the "Road to " pictures. These were a perfect potpourri of adventure, slapstick, ad libs, Hollywood inside jokes and great song and patter numbers. Of these she said "I was the happiest and highest-paid straight woman in the business." Her nicknames were "the beautiful one" and, of course, "the Sarong."

Dorothy LamourAfter signing with Paramount, she immediately starting guesting on radio, and her bright, youthful delivery of a song landed her a featured spot on The Chase and Sanborn Radio Hour with Don Ameche and Bergen and McCarthy. Dorothy was just a lovely ray of sunshine before the squall that threw Mae West overboard as far as network radio was concerned on the infamous "Mae West as Eve" broadcast of that show, which is available on the Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Collection. The War War II years saw Dorothy give her all (with a sarong and a song) for the war effort, and the "Road Crew" really were on the road a great deal! She appeared on radio often, which led to "Front and Center."

After the war when this show became "peacetime" and was re-named The Sealtest Variety Theater. Dorothy's guest list packed famous stars like sardines into the half-hour. There was Bob Hope, David Niven, Joan Davis, Van Johnson, Boris Karloff, Gregory Peck, Ray Milland, and Burt Lancaster among many more. The radio stars of the day were well represented too, such as Edgar Bergen, The Nelson Family (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), Jim and Marion Jordan (Fibber McGee and Molly), Ed Gardner (Duffy's Tavern) and Harold Peary (of The Great Guildersleeve and Honest Harold), Dick Powell (Richard Diamond) and many more. Every week it was at least one big star, and sometimes two or three. One show is a wild and wooly attempt at a live remote that has a certain cache among old time radio buffs. But that's an anomaly. The show's essence is pure fun and entertainment, with The Crew Chiefs singing when Dorothy wasn't, and a good band under the direction of Henry Russell to keep the tempo way up.

In '49, actor Eddie Bracken signed on as a continuing feature. Johnny Lang announced, with the whole three-year affair directed by Glenhall Taylor. In John Dunning's "On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio," Taylor recalls that Dorothy Lamour was warm and unpretentious. He remembered her saying at the start of the series, "I can't sing and I can't act, it's up to you guys to make me look good." Obviously, a great deal of Hollywood's screen and radio talent rallied 'round Dorothy, and did their darndest to make The Sealtest Variety Theater a star-studded half hour of radio variety each and every

Sealtest Ice CreamFor more radio variety, please see Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore Collection, Burns and Allen, Command Performance, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, and The Phil Harris and Alice Faye Show featured comedy and songs, as did Jack Benny.

Please note these Sealtest Variety Hour programs can also be found on the Divas of . See also: Front & Center, the 1947 predecessor program of Sealtest Variety Hour also starring Dorothy Lamour.

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    41 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 19 hours, 46 min
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      41 shows - total playtime 19 hours 46 minutes
      1. Sealtest 470320 Village Store.mp3
      2. Sealtest 480909 01 Waiting Room.mp3
      3. Sealtest 480916 02 Sir Lancelot.mp3
      4. Sealtest 480923 03 Love Pact.mp3
      5. Sealtest 481007 04 Pirate Of New Orleans.mp3
      6. Sealtest 481014 05 Daniel Boon Crush.mp3
      7. Sealtest 481021 06 Happy Ending.mp3
      8. Sealtest 481104 08 Sleight Of Hand.mp3
      9. Sealtest 481111 09.mp3
      10. Sealtest 481118 10 Cavalcade Gildersleeve.mp3
      11. Sealtest 481125 11.mp3
      12. Sealtest 481202 12.mp3
      13. Sealtest 481209 13.mp3
      14. Sealtest 481216 14 Fibber Mcgee.mp3
      15. Sealtest 481223 15 Christmas Show.mp3
      16. Sealtest 481230 16 New Years Show.mp3
      17. Sealtest 490106 17 Cornel Wilde.mp3
      18. Sealtest 490113 18 Gene Kelly.mp3
      19. Sealtest 490120 19 Lloyd Nolan.mp3
      20. Sealtest 490127 20 Douglas Fairbanks.mp3
      21. Sealtest 490203 21 Joan Davis.mp3
      22. Sealtest 490217 22 Dean Martin.mp3
      23. Sealtest 490224 23 Detective Show Parodys.mp3
      24. Sealtest 490303 24 Brian Ahern.mp3
      25. Sealtest 490310 25 Richard Widmark.mp3
      26. Sealtest 490317 26 Live From Shamrock Hotel.mp3
      27. Sealtest 490324 27 Alan Young.mp3
      28. Sealtest 490407 28 Burt Lancaste.mp3
      29. Sealtest 490414 29 Victor Moore.mp3
      30. Sealtest 490421 30 Edgar Bergen.mp3
      31. Sealtest 490428 31 Betting.mp3
      32. Sealtest 490505 32 Sidney Greenstreet.mp3
      33. Sealtest 490512 33 New Boyfriend.mp3
      34. Sealtest 490519 34 How To Become A Fighter.mp3
      35. Sealtest 490526 35 James Stewart.mp3
      36. Sealtest 490602 36 Charles Laugton.mp3
      37. Sealtest 490609 37 New Neighbor.mp3
      38. Sealtest 490616 38 Quiz Show Spoof.mp3
      39. Sealtest 490623 39 Boris Karloff.mp3
      40. Sealtest 490630 40 Dan Duryea.mp3
      41. Sealtest 490707 41 Last Show Harold Peary.mp3
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    41 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 19 hours, 46 min
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      41 shows - total playtime 19 hours 46 minutes
      1. Sealtest 470320 Village Store.mp3
      2. Sealtest 480909 01 Waiting Room.mp3
      3. Sealtest 480916 02 Sir Lancelot.mp3
      4. Sealtest 480923 03 Love Pact.mp3
      5. Sealtest 481007 04 Pirate Of New Orleans.mp3
      6. Sealtest 481014 05 Daniel Boon Crush.mp3
      7. Sealtest 481021 06 Happy Ending.mp3
      8. Sealtest 481104 08 Sleight Of Hand.mp3
      9. Sealtest 481111 09.mp3
      10. Sealtest 481118 10 Cavalcade Gildersleeve.mp3
      11. Sealtest 481125 11.mp3
      12. Sealtest 481202 12.mp3
      13. Sealtest 481209 13.mp3
      14. Sealtest 481216 14 Fibber Mcgee.mp3
      15. Sealtest 481223 15 Christmas Show.mp3
      16. Sealtest 481230 16 New Years Show.mp3
      17. Sealtest 490106 17 Cornel Wilde.mp3
      18. Sealtest 490113 18 Gene Kelly.mp3
      19. Sealtest 490120 19 Lloyd Nolan.mp3
      20. Sealtest 490127 20 Douglas Fairbanks.mp3
      21. Sealtest 490203 21 Joan Davis.mp3
      22. Sealtest 490217 22 Dean Martin.mp3
      23. Sealtest 490224 23 Detective Show Parodys.mp3
      24. Sealtest 490303 24 Brian Ahern.mp3
      25. Sealtest 490310 25 Richard Widmark.mp3
      26. Sealtest 490317 26 Live From Shamrock Hotel.mp3
      27. Sealtest 490324 27 Alan Young.mp3
      28. Sealtest 490407 28 Burt Lancaste.mp3
      29. Sealtest 490414 29 Victor Moore.mp3
      30. Sealtest 490421 30 Edgar Bergen.mp3
      31. Sealtest 490428 31 Betting.mp3
      32. Sealtest 490505 32 Sidney Greenstreet.mp3
      33. Sealtest 490512 33 New Boyfriend.mp3
      34. Sealtest 490519 34 How To Become A Fighter.mp3
      35. Sealtest 490526 35 James Stewart.mp3
      36. Sealtest 490602 36 Charles Laugton.mp3
      37. Sealtest 490609 37 New Neighbor.mp3
      38. Sealtest 490616 38 Quiz Show Spoof.mp3
      39. Sealtest 490623 39 Boris Karloff.mp3
      40. Sealtest 490630 40 Dan Duryea.mp3
      41. Sealtest 490707 41 Last Show Harold Peary.mp3
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    41 recordings on 21 Audio CDs
    total playtime 19 hours, 46 min

    Disc A001

    1. Sealtest 470320 Village Store
    2. Sealtest 480909 01 Waiting Room

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    Disc A002

    1. Sealtest 480916 02 Sir Lancelot
    2. Sealtest 480923 03 Love Pact

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    Disc A003

    1. Sealtest 481007 04 Pirate Of New Orleans
    2. Sealtest 481014 05 Daniel Boon Crush

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    Disc A004

    1. Sealtest 481021 06 Happy Ending
    2. Sealtest 481104 08 Sleight Of Hand

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    Disc A005

    1. Sealtest 481111 09
    2. Sealtest 481118 10 Cavalcade Gildersleeve

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    Disc A006

    1. Sealtest 481125 11
    2. Sealtest 481202 12

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    Disc A007

    1. Sealtest 481209 13
    2. Sealtest 481216 14 Fibber Mcgee

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    Disc A008

    1. Sealtest 481223 15 Christmas Show
    2. Sealtest 481230 16 New Years Show

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    Disc A009

    1. Sealtest 490106 17 Cornel Wilde
    2. Sealtest 490113 18 Gene Kelly

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    Disc A010

    1. Sealtest 490120 19 Lloyd Nolan
    2. Sealtest 490127 20 Douglas Fairbanks

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    Disc A011

    1. Sealtest 490203 21 Joan Davis
    2. Sealtest 490217 22 Dean Martin

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    Disc A012

    1. Sealtest 490224 23 Detective Show Parodys
    2. Sealtest 490303 24 Brian Ahern

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    Disc A013

    1. Sealtest 490310 25 Richard Widmark
    2. Sealtest 490317 26 Live From Shamrock Hotel

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    Disc A014

    1. Sealtest 490324 27 Alan Young
    2. Sealtest 490407 28 Burt Lancaste

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    Disc A015

    1. Sealtest 490414 29 Victor Moore
    2. Sealtest 490421 30 Edgar Bergen

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    Disc A016

    1. Sealtest 490428 31 Betting
    2. Sealtest 490505 32 Sidney Greenstreet

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    Disc A017

    1. Sealtest 490512 33 New Boyfriend
    2. Sealtest 490519 34 How To Become A Fighter

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    Disc A018

    1. Sealtest 490526 35 James Stewart
    2. Sealtest 490602 36 Charles Laugton

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    Disc A019

    1. Sealtest 490609 37 New Neighbor
    2. Sealtest 490616 38 Quiz Show Spoof

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    Disc A020

    1. Sealtest 490623 39 Boris Karloff
    2. Sealtest 490630 40 Dan Duryea

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    Disc A021

    1. Sealtest 490707 41 Last Show Harold Peary

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