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The Tottering Van Teeters

A tongue-in-cheek rare 1930's serial about Willoughby Shelly Van Teeter and his sister Pamela who are the heirs to a corset and bustle factory during the Great Depression.

26 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 5 hours, 2 min)
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"Van Teeters Need Yacht For Escape To Europe"



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Much has been written of how the Great Depression affected the poor and the working class, but what about the idle rich? The generations of hard working capitalists and industrialists who built this Great Nation left a drunken progeny who put the Jazz in the Jazz Age and then found themselves lost when the Depression came along and wiped out their unearned fortunes.

1930s MicrophoneWilloughby Shelly Van Teeter and his sister Pamela are the heirs to a corset and bustle factory which has been around since the days of their pioneer forebears. However, between the fact that corsets and bustles have gone out of fashion and a terribly inconvenient worldwide economic depression find themselves penniless and unable to afford a decent martini. A similar fate has befallen their good friend, playboy Freddie Fitzhubert, the scion of a hairpin fortune. With the collusion of Freddie's "gentleman's gentleman", Caper, our intrepid trio hit upon the idea of moving to Europe where the idle rich can be idle for less money. Whether it is possible with less than none remains to be seen, as they purchase a yacht for the crossing and then trade it for an even bigger yacht, again on credit. They manage to cross the pond finding that few problems arise which cannot be solved with a well-shaken cocktail, but by the mid-point of this serial they have started a war in the Balkans and are supplying arms to both sides, on credit, of course! It should be noted that the Van Teeter's notes are bringing a measure of economic prosperity to Europe, but the war is every bit as real as a morning-after hangover.

This decidedly tongue-in-cheek serial produced by Star Program Services and Radio Producers Sales in 1935 is an OTR treasure.  He appeared in a number of Hummert Radio Factory shows and followed up The Van Teeters with shows like Calling All Cars, Town Hall Tonight, Columbia Workshop, Don Winslow of the Navy, Flashgun Casey, and several others. Disney Studios hired him to be the voice of "Sleepy" in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and the animators were given film loops of his facial expressions to draw the character by.

One of his longest-lasting roles was Ethelbert the bartender at The Blue Note on Casey, Crime Photographer, a role he kept for the first season that the show was on TV. Although Casey was soon canceled, hewas one of the first Radio Row players to realize that the future was on the small screen, and his sense of comic timing assured him a lasting place in television where he worked for 22 years. He played Judge Harper in a TV version of Miracle on 34th Street in 1959 and portrayed Joe Pollock on The Edge of Night.

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    total playtime 5 hours, 2 min
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      26 shows - total playtime 5 hours 2 minutes
      1. TVT 1935 01 Van Teeters Need Yacht For Escape To Europe.mp3
      2. TVT 1935 02 Paying Off Bookie.mp3
      3. TVT 1935 03 Stop At Bar Harbor.mp3
      4. TVT 1935 04 Visit To Sol Goldbergs Yacht.mp3
      5. TVT 1935 05 Aboard Yacht.mp3
      6. TVT 1935 06 Willoughby Money Advisor Princess.mp3
      7. TVT 1935 07 Supplying Arms To Enemy.mp3
      8. TVT 1935 08 Pamela Goes To London.mp3
      9. TVT 1935 09 Van Teeters Get Navy.mp3
      10. TVT 1935 10 Van Teeters Make World Headlines.mp3
      11. TVT 1935 11 Aunt Alicia Engaged To Battling Bedouin.mp3
      12. TVT 1935 12 Pamela Accuses Battling Bedouin Fur Theft.mp3
      13. TVT 1935 13 Return To New York By Battleship.mp3
      14. TVT 1935 14 Armor Plate Corset And Innerspring Bustle Co.mp3
      15. TVT 1935 15 Working For Ten Bucks Week.mp3
      16. TVT 1935 16 Industrial Costume Ball.mp3
      17. TVT 1935 17 Pamela Late For Work.mp3
      18. TVT 1935 18 Romance Makes National Headlines.mp3
      19. TVT 1935 19 Butlers Alchemy Recipe.mp3
      20. TVT 1935 20 Five Thousand Dollar Goldmaking Machine.mp3
      21. TVT 1935 21 Caper Incarcerated.mp3
      22. TVT 1935 22 Caper Joined By Willoughby And Freddy.mp3
      23. TVT 1935 23 Beans For Jailbirds.mp3
      24. TVT 1935 24 Pamelas Shyster Springs Prisoners.mp3
      25. TVT 1935 25 Van Teeter Fortune Destroyed.mp3
      26. TVT 1935 26 No Butter On Caviar Sandwiches.mp3
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    26 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      26 shows - total playtime 5 hours 2 minutes
      1. TVT 1935 01 Van Teeters Need Yacht For Escape To Europe.mp3
      2. TVT 1935 02 Paying Off Bookie.mp3
      3. TVT 1935 03 Stop At Bar Harbor.mp3
      4. TVT 1935 04 Visit To Sol Goldbergs Yacht.mp3
      5. TVT 1935 05 Aboard Yacht.mp3
      6. TVT 1935 06 Willoughby Money Advisor Princess.mp3
      7. TVT 1935 07 Supplying Arms To Enemy.mp3
      8. TVT 1935 08 Pamela Goes To London.mp3
      9. TVT 1935 09 Van Teeters Get Navy.mp3
      10. TVT 1935 10 Van Teeters Make World Headlines.mp3
      11. TVT 1935 11 Aunt Alicia Engaged To Battling Bedouin.mp3
      12. TVT 1935 12 Pamela Accuses Battling Bedouin Fur Theft.mp3
      13. TVT 1935 13 Return To New York By Battleship.mp3
      14. TVT 1935 14 Armor Plate Corset And Innerspring Bustle Co.mp3
      15. TVT 1935 15 Working For Ten Bucks Week.mp3
      16. TVT 1935 16 Industrial Costume Ball.mp3
      17. TVT 1935 17 Pamela Late For Work.mp3
      18. TVT 1935 18 Romance Makes National Headlines.mp3
      19. TVT 1935 19 Butlers Alchemy Recipe.mp3
      20. TVT 1935 20 Five Thousand Dollar Goldmaking Machine.mp3
      21. TVT 1935 21 Caper Incarcerated.mp3
      22. TVT 1935 22 Caper Joined By Willoughby And Freddy.mp3
      23. TVT 1935 23 Beans For Jailbirds.mp3
      24. TVT 1935 24 Pamelas Shyster Springs Prisoners.mp3
      25. TVT 1935 25 Van Teeter Fortune Destroyed.mp3
      26. TVT 1935 26 No Butter On Caviar Sandwiches.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



    26 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 2 min

    Tottering Van Teeters Disc A001

    1. TVT 1935 01 Van Teeters Need Yacht For Escape To Europe
    2. TVT 1935 02 Paying Off Bookie
    3. TVT 1935 03 Stop At Bar Harbor
    4. TVT 1935 04 Visit To Sol Goldbergs Yacht
    5. TVT 1935 05 Aboard Yacht
    6. TVT 1935 06 Willoughby Money Advisor Princess

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    Tottering Van Teeters Disc A002

    1. TVT 1935 07 Supplying Arms To Enemy
    2. TVT 1935 08 Pamela Goes To London
    3. TVT 1935 09 Van Teeters Get Navy
    4. TVT 1935 10 Van Teeters Make World Headlines
    5. TVT 1935 11 Aunt Alicia Engaged To Battling Bedouin

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    Tottering Van Teeters Disc A003

    1. TVT 1935 12 Pamela Accuses Battling Bedouin Fur Theft
    2. TVT 1935 13 Return To New York By Battleship
    3. TVT 1935 14 Armor Plate Corset And Innerspring Bustle Co
    4. TVT 1935 15 Working For Ten Bucks Week
    5. TVT 1935 16 Industrial Costume Ball
    6. TVT 1935 17 Pamela Late For Work

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    Tottering Van Teeters Disc A004

    1. TVT 1935 18 Romance Makes National Headlines
    2. TVT 1935 19 Butlers Alchemy Recipe
    3. TVT 1935 20 Five Thousand Dollar Goldmaking Machine
    4. TVT 1935 21 Caper Incarcerated
    5. TVT 1935 22 Caper Joined By Willoughby And Freddy

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    Tottering Van Teeters Disc A005

    1. TVT 1935 23 Beans For Jailbirds
    2. TVT 1935 24 Pamelas Shyster Springs Prisoners
    3. TVT 1935 25 Van Teeter Fortune Destroyed
    4. TVT 1935 26 No Butter On Caviar Sandwiches

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