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Shell Chateau

Hosted by Al Jolson, Shell Chateau featured big name guest stars like Boris Karloff, Judy Garland, Deanna Durbin, Wallace Beery, Cab Calloway, Henry Fonda, Sonja Henie and many others.

25 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 24 hours, 21 min)
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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Sometimes an entertainer comes along who seems to have the ability to make everything they touch turn to gold. One of these miracle workers was Al Jolson.

Al JolsonJolson hit the national spotlight when “the movies learned to talk” in The Jazz Singer(1927). With that much star power, it was only natural that radio would soon be knocking at his door. Chevrolet and Kraft Foods both built programs in the early thirties built around Jolson doing what Jolson does best - entertain people. However, especially with the early Kraft effort, Jolson's other commitments made his appearances somewhat sporadic. The Kraft Program would eventually repackage itself as The Kraft Music Hall and enjoy a long run hosted by Bing Crosby and even Al Jolson again.

The Shell Oil Company began looking for a radio presence for the 1935 season, and turned to the J. Walter Thompson agency, the creators of The Chase and Sanborn Hour, The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour and The Kraft Music Hall. The agency gave the project to writer/producer Carroll Carroll.

Carroll came up with the unusual title of Shell Chateau knowing that the sponsor wanted to have their name featured prominently, and feeling that Chateau gave the variety program the feeling of coming from an exotic location. In fact, Los Angeles was exotic enough for most of the show's listeners. The show has been called “typical Depression fare”, with “five acts and Jolson”. The general format for the hour long show was Jolson with an opening/warm up song, some comedy, another song, a number by the musical guest, Jolson singing again, the station break, and so on. Fans of The Rudy Vallee Show or Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour will feel right at home.

Jolson would find himself in other projects halfway through the second season of Chateau, and the series would struggle on with other hosts, but without Jolson, ratings dropped. The program did enjoy a healthy selection of guests, including Boris Karloff, Judy Garland, Deanna Durbin, Wallace Beery, Cab Calloway, Henry Fonda, Sonja Henie 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.



    25 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 24 hours, 21 min
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      25 shows - total playtime 24 hours 21 minutes
      1. Shell Chateau 350629 013 Otto Kruger.mp3
      2. Shell Chateau 350706 014 Whitney Long.mp3
      3. Shell Chateau 350713 015 Lee Wiley.mp3
      4. Shell Chateau 350720 016 Loretta Turnbull.mp3
      5. Shell Chateau 350727 017 Ruth Chatterton.mp3
      6. Shell Chateau 350803 018 Laurel Taylor.mp3
      7. Shell Chateau 350810 019 Alice Dawn.mp3
      8. Shell Chateau 350817 020 Watson Sisters.mp3
      9. Shell Chateau 350824 021 Marge Keeler.mp3
      10. Shell Chateau 350831 022 Boris Karloff.mp3
      11. Shell Chateau 350907 023 Betty Bordon.mp3
      12. Shell Chateau 350914 024 Henry Fonda.mp3
      13. Shell Chateau 350921 025 June Marlowe.mp3
      14. Shell Chateau 350928 026 Ginger Rogers.mp3
      15. Shell Chateau 351012 028 Wallace Beery.mp3
      16. Shell Chateau 351109 032 Chester Morris.mp3
      17. Shell Chateau 351116 033 Judy Garland.mp3
      18. Shell Chateau 351123 034 Mickey Rooney.mp3
      19. Shell Chateau 351228 039 Deanna Durbin.mp3
      20. Shell Chateau 360125 043 Cab Calloway.mp3
      21. Shell Chateau 370116 092 Sonja Henie.mp3
      22. Shell Chateau 370123 093 Happiness Boys.mp3
      23. Shell Chateau 370206 095 Hildegarde.mp3
      24. Shell Chateau 370213 096 Effrem Zimbalist.mp3
      25. Shell Chateau 370529 111 Walter Hampton.mp3
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    25 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 24 hours, 21 min
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      25 shows - total playtime 24 hours 21 minutes
      1. Shell Chateau 350629 013 Otto Kruger.mp3
      2. Shell Chateau 350706 014 Whitney Long.mp3
      3. Shell Chateau 350713 015 Lee Wiley.mp3
      4. Shell Chateau 350720 016 Loretta Turnbull.mp3
      5. Shell Chateau 350727 017 Ruth Chatterton.mp3
      6. Shell Chateau 350803 018 Laurel Taylor.mp3
      7. Shell Chateau 350810 019 Alice Dawn.mp3
      8. Shell Chateau 350817 020 Watson Sisters.mp3
      9. Shell Chateau 350824 021 Marge Keeler.mp3
      10. Shell Chateau 350831 022 Boris Karloff.mp3
      11. Shell Chateau 350907 023 Betty Bordon.mp3
      12. Shell Chateau 350914 024 Henry Fonda.mp3
      13. Shell Chateau 350921 025 June Marlowe.mp3
      14. Shell Chateau 350928 026 Ginger Rogers.mp3
      15. Shell Chateau 351012 028 Wallace Beery.mp3
      16. Shell Chateau 351109 032 Chester Morris.mp3
      17. Shell Chateau 351116 033 Judy Garland.mp3
      18. Shell Chateau 351123 034 Mickey Rooney.mp3
      19. Shell Chateau 351228 039 Deanna Durbin.mp3
      20. Shell Chateau 360125 043 Cab Calloway.mp3
      21. Shell Chateau 370116 092 Sonja Henie.mp3
      22. Shell Chateau 370123 093 Happiness Boys.mp3
      23. Shell Chateau 370206 095 Hildegarde.mp3
      24. Shell Chateau 370213 096 Effrem Zimbalist.mp3
      25. Shell Chateau 370529 111 Walter Hampton.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



    25 recordings on 25 Audio CDs
    total playtime 24 hours, 21 min

    Shell Chateau Disc A001

    1. Shell Chateau 350629 013 Otto Kruger

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    Shell Chateau Disc A002

    1. Shell Chateau 350706 014 Whitney Long

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    Shell Chateau Disc A003

    1. Shell Chateau 350713 015 Lee Wiley

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    Shell Chateau Disc A004

    1. Shell Chateau 350720 016 Loretta Turnbull

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    Shell Chateau Disc A005

    1. Shell Chateau 350727 017 Ruth Chatterton

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    Shell Chateau Disc A006

    1. Shell Chateau 350803 018 Laurel Taylor

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    Shell Chateau Disc A007

    1. Shell Chateau 350810 019 Alice Dawn

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    Shell Chateau Disc A008

    1. Shell Chateau 350817 020 Watson Sisters

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    Shell Chateau Disc A009

    1. Shell Chateau 350824 021 Marge Keeler

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    Shell Chateau Disc A010

    1. Shell Chateau 350831 022 Boris Karloff

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    Shell Chateau Disc A011

    1. Shell Chateau 350907 023 Betty Bordon

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    Shell Chateau Disc A012

    1. Shell Chateau 350914 024 Henry Fonda

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    Shell Chateau Disc A013

    1. Shell Chateau 350921 025 June Marlowe

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    Shell Chateau Disc A014

    1. Shell Chateau 350928 026 Ginger Rogers

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    Shell Chateau Disc A015

    1. Shell Chateau 351012 028 Wallace Beery

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    Shell Chateau Disc A016

    1. Shell Chateau 351109 032 Chester Morris

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    Shell Chateau Disc A017

    1. Shell Chateau 351116 033 Judy Garland

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    Shell Chateau Disc A018

    1. Shell Chateau 351123 034 Mickey Rooney

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    Shell Chateau Disc A019

    1. Shell Chateau 351228 039 Deanna Durbin

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    Shell Chateau Disc A020

    1. Shell Chateau 360125 043 Cab Calloway

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    Shell Chateau Disc A021

    1. Shell Chateau 370116 092 Sonja Henie

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    Shell Chateau Disc A022

    1. Shell Chateau 370123 093 Happiness Boys

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    Shell Chateau Disc A023

    1. Shell Chateau 370206 095 Hildegarde

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    Shell Chateau Disc A024

    1. Shell Chateau 370213 096 Effrem Zimbalist

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    Shell Chateau Disc A025

    1. Shell Chateau 370529 111 Walter Hampton

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