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Vallee's Varieties (Rudy Vallee & John Barrymore)

A rare Rudy Vallee old time radio show with John Barrymore and guest stars like Orson Welles and the beautiful Billie Burke. Update: additional recordings

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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Rudy ValleeRudy Vallee was one of the first on radio personalities to successfully use the variety show format.

Variety programs had long been a draw in Vaudeville. The theater-goer expected and got a number of different acts for his admission fee. Song and dance, comedy, perhaps some dramatic acting, and some magic or ventriloquism would all be on the bill at sometime or another. It seems like a natural fit for radio, but it didn't happen right away.

One of the early pioneers of radio programming was Bertha Brainard. Brainard drove an ambulance during WWI, and had ambitions to get into the motion picture industry when she returned home. It was while listening to her brother's "crystal set" that she discovered just how poor the quality of programming was in the early 20's. She began "Broadcasting Broadway" on local Newark station WJZ, and Bertha Brainardbecame the station's assistant manager. When the station was purchased by NBC, David Sarnoff's first inclination was to get rid of her because of her sex, but owing to her competence and expertise, she was promoted, eventually to NBC's Programing Manager. Her job was to find talent and get it on the air. One her crusades was to get the Metropolitan Opera on the air, and the traditional Saturday afternoon broadcasts still play today.

Although being female was considered a liability, many recognized that several NBC successes, notably The Met Opera, The Music Appreciation Hour, and The Goldbergs simply would not have happened without Brainard's feminine influence. She acknowledged it herself in the case of Rudy Vallee. "Only a woman" she would state "could understand the appeal of Rudy Vallee's voice."

John BarrymoreThe Rudy Vallee Show was an immediate hit, soon rising in popularity until it was second only to Amos 'n' Andy. Rudy would have a mix of well-known and unknown talent on the program. In fact he gained a reputation as a star-maker, introducing talents like Milton Berle, Martha RayeBetty GrableBurns and Allen, Alice Faye, the Mills Brothers and Kate Smith. One discovery that would long be associated with Rudy Vallee's Variety shows was Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.

Vallee showed professional courage, not only by featuring a ventriloquist on the radio, but also by inviting a number of black singers and musicians to the program. During Vallee's 1937 summer vacation, he insisted that Louis Armstrong take over as host through his absence, making Armstrong the first African American to host a nationally broadcast porgram. Vallee's eye for talent wasn't perfect, however. He believed that Barbara Streisand had no talent, and he turned down the Andrews Sisters.

Vallee Varieties is a rare Rudy Vallee old time radio show with the great profile John Barrymore and guest stars like Orson Welles and the beautiful Billie Burke.

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    69 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 34 hours, 16 min
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    Volume 1 - 35 shows - total playtime 17 hours 13 minutes
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    1. Vallee Varieties 400219 Audition Rehearsal.mp3
    2. Vallee Varieties 400307 001 Andy Devine.mp3
    3. Vallee Varieties 400314 002 Una Merkel.mp3
    4. Vallee Varieties 400321 003 Martha Raye.mp3
    5. Vallee Varieties 400404 005 Priscilla Lane.mp3
    6. Vallee Varieties 400411 006 Miriam Hopkins.mp3
    7. Vallee Varieties 400418 007 Dolores Del Rio.mp3
    8. Vallee Varieties 400425 008 Nan Grey.mp3
    9. Vallee Varieties 400523 012 Dorothy Lamour.mp3
    10. Vallee Varieties 400530 013 Simone Simone.mp3
    11. Vallee Varieties 400606 014 Martha Raye.mp3
    12. Vallee Varieties 400613 015 Betty Grable.mp3
    13. Vallee Varieties 400620 016 Walter Okeefe.mp3
    14. Vallee Varieties 400704 018 Dinah Shore.mp3
    15. Vallee Varieties 400711 019 Milton Berle.mp3
    16. Vallee Varieties 400718 020 Walter Okeefe.mp3
    17. Vallee Varieties 400725 021 Grace Macdonald.mp3
    18. Vallee Varieties 400801 022 Helen Jepson.mp3
    19. Vallee Varieties 400808 023 Edward Everett Horton.mp3
    20. Vallee Varieties 400815 024 Mitzi Green.mp3
    21. Vallee Varieties 400822 025 Dinah Shore.mp3
    22. Vallee Varieties 400829 026 Alan Reed.mp3
    23. Vallee Varieties 400905 027 Shirley Ross.mp3
    24. Vallee Varieties 400912 028 Hollis Shaw.mp3
    25. Vallee Varieties 400926 030 Shirley Ross.mp3
    26. Vallee Varieties 401003 031 Audrey Marsh.mp3
    27. Vallee Varieties 401010 032 Betty Garde.mp3
    28. Vallee Varieties 401017 033 John Barrymore.mp3
    29. Vallee Varieties 401024 034 Benny Rubin.mp3
    30. Vallee Varieties 401107 036 Tim And Irene Ryan,.mp3
    31. Vallee Varieties 401114 037 Maxie Rosenbloom.mp3
    32. Vallee Varieties 401121 038 Vera Vague.mp3
    33. Vallee Varieties 401128 039 Escort Service Rehearsal.mp3
    34. Vallee Varieties 401205 040 Lurene Tuttle.mp3
    35. Vallee Varieties 401212 041 Marlene Dietrich.mp3
    Volume 2 - 34 shows - total playtime 17 hours 3 minutes
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    1. Vallee Varieties 401219 042 Orson Welles.mp3
    2. Vallee Varieties 401226 043 Courtroom Trial Rehearsal.mp3
    3. Vallee Varieties 410102 044 Supporting Cast Rehearsal.mp3
    4. Vallee Varieties 410109 045 Mounted Police Rehearsal.mp3
    5. Vallee Varieties 410116 046 Horror Story Rehearsal.mp3
    6. Vallee Varieties 410206 049 Shirley Ross.mp3
    7. Vallee Varieties 410213 050 Tugboat Annie.mp3
    8. Vallee Varieties 410220 051 Lurene Tuttle, Bill.mp3
    9. Vallee Varieties 410227 052 Billy Gilbert.mp3
    10. Vallee Varieties 410306 053 Joan Merrill, Frank.mp3
    11. Vallee Varieties 410320 055 Marjorie Rambeau.mp3
    12. Vallee Varieties 410327 056 Groucho Marx.mp3
    13. Vallee Varieties 410403 057 Joe E. Brown.mp3
    14. Vallee Varieties 410410 058 Virginia Bruce.mp3
    15. Vallee Varieties 410424 060 Charles Laughton.mp3
    16. Vallee Varieties 410501 061 Richard Third.mp3
    17. Vallee Varieties 410508 062 Kilowatts Rehearsal.mp3
    18. Vallee Varieties 410515 063 Unconservative Conservatory Reh.mp3
    19. Vallee Varieties 410522 064 Carmen Miranda.mp3
    20. Vallee Varieties 410605 066 Lionel Barrymore.mp3
    21. Vallee Varieties 410612 067 Marie Wilson, Edmun.mp3
    22. Vallee Varieties 410619 068 Phil Silvers.mp3
    23. Vallee Varieties 410626 069 Spinach And Sand.mp3
    24. Vallee Varieties 410703 070 Abbott And Costello.mp3
    25. Vallee Varieties 410710 071 Martha Raye.mp3
    26. Vallee Varieties 410807 075 Boarding House Rehearsal.mp3
    27. Vallee Varieties 410814 076 Barbecue Rehearsal.mp3
    28. Vallee Varieties 410821 077 Real Estate Rehearsal.mp3
    29. Vallee Varieties 410904 079 Edna May Oliver.mp3
    30. Vallee Varieties 420319 106 Charles Laughton.mp3
    31. Vallee Varieties 420521 115 Reginald Gardiner.mp3
    32. Vallee Varieties 420521 115 Stuart Erwin.mp3
    33. Vallee Varieties 420813 128 Village Store Rehearsal.mp3
    34. Vallee Varieties 421015 136 Ransom Sherman.mp3
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    total playtime 34 hours, 16 min
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    Volume 1 - 35 shows - total playtime 17 hours 13 minutes
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    1. Vallee Varieties 400219 Audition Rehearsal.mp3
    2. Vallee Varieties 400307 001 Andy Devine.mp3
    3. Vallee Varieties 400314 002 Una Merkel.mp3
    4. Vallee Varieties 400321 003 Martha Raye.mp3
    5. Vallee Varieties 400404 005 Priscilla Lane.mp3
    6. Vallee Varieties 400411 006 Miriam Hopkins.mp3
    7. Vallee Varieties 400418 007 Dolores Del Rio.mp3
    8. Vallee Varieties 400425 008 Nan Grey.mp3
    9. Vallee Varieties 400523 012 Dorothy Lamour.mp3
    10. Vallee Varieties 400530 013 Simone Simone.mp3
    11. Vallee Varieties 400606 014 Martha Raye.mp3
    12. Vallee Varieties 400613 015 Betty Grable.mp3
    13. Vallee Varieties 400620 016 Walter Okeefe.mp3
    14. Vallee Varieties 400704 018 Dinah Shore.mp3
    15. Vallee Varieties 400711 019 Milton Berle.mp3
    16. Vallee Varieties 400718 020 Walter Okeefe.mp3
    17. Vallee Varieties 400725 021 Grace Macdonald.mp3
    18. Vallee Varieties 400801 022 Helen Jepson.mp3
    19. Vallee Varieties 400808 023 Edward Everett Horton.mp3
    20. Vallee Varieties 400815 024 Mitzi Green.mp3
    21. Vallee Varieties 400822 025 Dinah Shore.mp3
    22. Vallee Varieties 400829 026 Alan Reed.mp3
    23. Vallee Varieties 400905 027 Shirley Ross.mp3
    24. Vallee Varieties 400912 028 Hollis Shaw.mp3
    25. Vallee Varieties 400926 030 Shirley Ross.mp3
    26. Vallee Varieties 401003 031 Audrey Marsh.mp3
    27. Vallee Varieties 401010 032 Betty Garde.mp3
    28. Vallee Varieties 401017 033 John Barrymore.mp3
    29. Vallee Varieties 401024 034 Benny Rubin.mp3
    30. Vallee Varieties 401107 036 Tim And Irene Ryan,.mp3
    31. Vallee Varieties 401114 037 Maxie Rosenbloom.mp3
    32. Vallee Varieties 401121 038 Vera Vague.mp3
    33. Vallee Varieties 401128 039 Escort Service Rehearsal.mp3
    34. Vallee Varieties 401205 040 Lurene Tuttle.mp3
    35. Vallee Varieties 401212 041 Marlene Dietrich.mp3
    Volume 2 - 34 shows - total playtime 17 hours 3 minutes
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    1. Vallee Varieties 401219 042 Orson Welles.mp3
    2. Vallee Varieties 401226 043 Courtroom Trial Rehearsal.mp3
    3. Vallee Varieties 410102 044 Supporting Cast Rehearsal.mp3
    4. Vallee Varieties 410109 045 Mounted Police Rehearsal.mp3
    5. Vallee Varieties 410116 046 Horror Story Rehearsal.mp3
    6. Vallee Varieties 410206 049 Shirley Ross.mp3
    7. Vallee Varieties 410213 050 Tugboat Annie.mp3
    8. Vallee Varieties 410220 051 Lurene Tuttle, Bill.mp3
    9. Vallee Varieties 410227 052 Billy Gilbert.mp3
    10. Vallee Varieties 410306 053 Joan Merrill, Frank.mp3
    11. Vallee Varieties 410320 055 Marjorie Rambeau.mp3
    12. Vallee Varieties 410327 056 Groucho Marx.mp3
    13. Vallee Varieties 410403 057 Joe E. Brown.mp3
    14. Vallee Varieties 410410 058 Virginia Bruce.mp3
    15. Vallee Varieties 410424 060 Charles Laughton.mp3
    16. Vallee Varieties 410501 061 Richard Third.mp3
    17. Vallee Varieties 410508 062 Kilowatts Rehearsal.mp3
    18. Vallee Varieties 410515 063 Unconservative Conservatory Reh.mp3
    19. Vallee Varieties 410522 064 Carmen Miranda.mp3
    20. Vallee Varieties 410605 066 Lionel Barrymore.mp3
    21. Vallee Varieties 410612 067 Marie Wilson, Edmun.mp3
    22. Vallee Varieties 410619 068 Phil Silvers.mp3
    23. Vallee Varieties 410626 069 Spinach And Sand.mp3
    24. Vallee Varieties 410703 070 Abbott And Costello.mp3
    25. Vallee Varieties 410710 071 Martha Raye.mp3
    26. Vallee Varieties 410807 075 Boarding House Rehearsal.mp3
    27. Vallee Varieties 410814 076 Barbecue Rehearsal.mp3
    28. Vallee Varieties 410821 077 Real Estate Rehearsal.mp3
    29. Vallee Varieties 410904 079 Edna May Oliver.mp3
    30. Vallee Varieties 420319 106 Charles Laughton.mp3
    31. Vallee Varieties 420521 115 Reginald Gardiner.mp3
    32. Vallee Varieties 420521 115 Stuart Erwin.mp3
    33. Vallee Varieties 420813 128 Village Store Rehearsal.mp3
    34. Vallee Varieties 421015 136 Ransom Sherman.mp3
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    69 recordings on 35 Audio CDs
    total playtime 34 hours, 16 min

    Disc A001

    1. Vallee Varieties 400219 Audition Rehearsal
    2. Vallee Varieties 400307 001 Andy Devine

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    Disc A002

    1. Vallee Varieties 400314 002 Una Merkel
    2. Vallee Varieties 400321 003 Martha Raye

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    Disc A003

    1. Vallee Varieties 400404 005 Priscilla Lane
    2. Vallee Varieties 400411 006 Miriam Hopkins

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    Disc A004

    1. Vallee Varieties 400418 007 Dolores Del Rio
    2. Vallee Varieties 400425 008 Nan Grey

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    Disc A005

    1. Vallee Varieties 400523 012 Dorothy Lamour
    2. Vallee Varieties 400530 013 Simone Simone

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    Disc A006

    1. Vallee Varieties 400606 014 Martha Raye
    2. Vallee Varieties 400613 015 Betty Grable

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    Disc A007

    1. Vallee Varieties 400620 016 Walter Okeefe
    2. Vallee Varieties 400704 018 Dinah Shore

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    Disc A008

    1. Vallee Varieties 400711 019 Milton Berle
    2. Vallee Varieties 400718 020 Walter Okeefe

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    Disc A009

    1. Vallee Varieties 400725 021 Grace Macdonald
    2. Vallee Varieties 400801 022 Helen Jepson

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    Disc A010

    1. Vallee Varieties 400808 023 Edward Everett Horton
    2. Vallee Varieties 400815 024 Mitzi Green

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    Disc A011

    1. Vallee Varieties 400822 025 Dinah Shore
    2. Vallee Varieties 400829 026 Alan Reed

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    Disc A012

    1. Vallee Varieties 400905 027 Shirley Ross
    2. Vallee Varieties 400912 028 Hollis Shaw

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    Disc A013

    1. Vallee Varieties 400926 030 Shirley Ross
    2. Vallee Varieties 401003 031 Audrey Marsh

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    Disc A014

    1. Vallee Varieties 401010 032 Betty Garde
    2. Vallee Varieties 401017 033 John Barrymore

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    Disc A015

    1. Vallee Varieties 401024 034 Benny Rubin
    2. Vallee Varieties 401107 036 Tim And Irene Ryan,

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    Disc A016

    1. Vallee Varieties 401114 037 Maxie Rosenbloom
    2. Vallee Varieties 401121 038 Vera Vague

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    Disc A017

    1. Vallee Varieties 401128 039 Escort Service Rehearsal
    2. Vallee Varieties 401205 040 Lurene Tuttle

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    Disc A018

    1. Vallee Varieties 401212 041 Marlene Dietrich
    2. Vallee Varieties 401219 042 Orson Welles

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    Disc A019

    1. Vallee Varieties 401226 043 Courtroom Trial Rehearsal
    2. Vallee Varieties 410102 044 Supporting Cast Rehearsal

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    Disc A020

    1. Vallee Varieties 410109 045 Mounted Police Rehearsal
    2. Vallee Varieties 410116 046 Horror Story Rehearsal

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    Disc A021

    1. Vallee Varieties 410206 049 Shirley Ross
    2. Vallee Varieties 410213 050 Tugboat Annie

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    Disc A022

    1. Vallee Varieties 410220 051 Lurene Tuttle, Bill
    2. Vallee Varieties 410227 052 Billy Gilbert

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    Disc A023

    1. Vallee Varieties 410306 053 Joan Merrill, Frank
    2. Vallee Varieties 410320 055 Marjorie Rambeau

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    Disc A024

    1. Vallee Varieties 410327 056 Groucho Marx
    2. Vallee Varieties 410403 057 Joe E. Brown

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    Disc A025

    1. Vallee Varieties 410410 058 Virginia Bruce
    2. Vallee Varieties 410424 060 Charles Laughton

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    Disc A026

    1. Vallee Varieties 410501 061 Richard Third
    2. Vallee Varieties 410508 062 Kilowatts Rehearsal

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    Disc A027

    1. Vallee Varieties 410515 063 Unconservative Conservatory Reh
    2. Vallee Varieties 410522 064 Carmen Miranda

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    Disc A028

    1. Vallee Varieties 410605 066 Lionel Barrymore
    2. Vallee Varieties 410612 067 Marie Wilson, Edmun

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    Disc A029

    1. Vallee Varieties 410619 068 Phil Silvers
    2. Vallee Varieties 410626 069 Spinach And Sand

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    Disc A030

    1. Vallee Varieties 410703 070 Abbott And Costello
    2. Vallee Varieties 410710 071 Martha Raye

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    Disc A031

    1. Vallee Varieties 410807 075 Boarding House Rehearsal
    2. Vallee Varieties 410814 076 Barbecue Rehearsal

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    Disc A032

    1. Vallee Varieties 410821 077 Real Estate Rehearsal
    2. Vallee Varieties 410904 079 Edna May Oliver

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    Disc A033

    1. Vallee Varieties 420319 106 Charles Laughton
    2. Vallee Varieties 420521 115 Reginald Gardiner

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    Disc A034

    1. Vallee Varieties 420521 115 Stuart Erwin
    2. Vallee Varieties 420813 128 Village Store Rehearsal

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    Disc A035

    1. Vallee Varieties 421015 136 Ransom Sherman

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