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Wrestlers in Old Time Radio

Wrestling traces its roots to the earliest forms of unarmed combat and it makes excellent entertainment in all genres of old time radio.

33 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 13 hours, 7 min)
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"Burns and Allen: Georges Wrestling Match"



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Women WrestlingIn most fields of endeavor, when an activity is raised to a professional level it gains status and respect. At the most basic level, "turning pro" usually means that you are good enough at what you do that someone is willing to pay you to do it, while the amateur participates for the love of doing what they do. In modern wrestling, the distinction between amateur and professional divides between genuine competition and stylized mock combat.

Wrestling traces its roots to the earliest forms of unarmed combat and may have been one of the first sports to have formal rules. The wrestler's goal is to subdue his opponent, but the wrestler uses no other weapon than his body and he is generally not allowed to strike his adversary with his fists or feet. Rather, the wrestler engages in grappling, defeating the opponent with clinches, throws, takedowns, and holds. Determining a winner varies with different wrestling traditions but usually, the loser is determined when both of his shoulders are pinned to the ground.

Modern professional wrestling is more about showmanship than about competition. In many cases, the matches are highly choreographed and scripted striking a balance between the safety of the wrestlers and entertaining the fans. This should not imply that professional wrestlers are not highly trained athletes, it is a taxing and dangerous sport, but the show is closer to an acrobatic performance than actual combat.

1940s wrestlerThe tradition of professional wrestling has its roots in traveling circus and carnival sideshows. The performer would offer a challenge to the local favorites when the show reached a new community. Because of his training, the circus strongman was usually at an advantage, but there was always a chance that the local farm boy could possess enough native strength and cunning to defeat the outsider. If there was any suspicion that the professional was engaging in an unfair contest, or if he caused serious injury to a local favorite, the danger of mob violence was ever-present. These are just a few of the factors which gave rise to the more showmanship oriented professional wrestling tradition. The fact that it is "fake" is considered an open secret between the performers and the audience.

These circus origins are the basis of many wrestling stories in Old Time Radio, the regular hero finds himself forced into a match and the comedy ensues as he struggles to find a way to avoid being clobbered. This works especially well when our hero is less than naturally combative, like Jack Benny. Several stories are based on pro-wrestling's lack of mainstream respectability, it is something to be enjoyed with your buddies but not something you would share with your wife or boss. This is a plot point which works especially well on comedies like Meet the Meeks, The Life of Riley, and Fibber McGee and Molly.

Less menacing but with greater shock value are encounters with lady wrestlers Just ask Remley on The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show or Jack Paar. The circus background also gives rise to seedier, underworld types, requiring the help of Boston Blackie and This is Your FBI.

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    33 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 13 hours, 7 min
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      33 shows - total playtime 13 hours 7 minutes
      1. Adventures Of Maisie 501116 Orphanage.mp3
      2. Adventures Of Maisie 511004 Killer Diller.mp3
      3. Adventures Of Sea Hound 440125 Wrestling Match Over.mp3
      4. Bb 4803244 tiny the mountainous wrestler.mp3
      5. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 461206 369 Sammy Baugh.mp3
      6. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 500526 551 Jackie Robinson.mp3
      7. Burns Allen 460321 George's Wrestling Match.mp3
      8. Can You Imagine That 400000 Two Days On Streetcar.mp3
      9. Candid Microphone 500718 72 Bela Lugosi.mp3
      10. CBSRMT 770317 Jobo.mp3
      11. CBSRMT 780705 My Kingdom for a Horse.mp3
      12. Eb And Zeb 330000 113 Hectors Career As Wrestler.mp3
      13. Fmm 390606 0208 Mcgee Wrestler.mp3
      14. Henry Morgan 500404 133 Magazine Ads.mp3
      15. It Pays To Be Ignorant 441229 117 New Years Resolution.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 510422 767 Irs Visits Jack Go To Circus.mp3
      17. Jack Benny 550227 912 Television Wrestling.mp3
      18. Jack Paar 470914 16 Interview Beauty Contest Loser.mp3
      19. LOR 480221 189 Lies Peg About Going To Wrestling Match.mp3
      20. Martin And Lewis 511005 041 Dinah Shore.mp3
      21. Meet Meeks 481127 64 Spending Time At Home.mp3
      22. Omf 580411 B130c10 Front Page Party.mp3
      23. Phil Harris 491127 120 Investment In Female Wrestler.mp3
      24. Phil Harris 491204 121 Sponsor To Hire Myrtle.mp3
      25. Player 480000 28 Professor Goes To Wrestling Match.mp3
      26. Player ep81 Pinwheel Roles to Wrestling Match.mp3
      27. Private Life Of Rochester 500512 Audition Part 2.mp3
      28. Richard Diamond 500705 Mike Burton Murder Case.mp3
      29. Sea Hound 440125 Wrestling Match Over.mp3
      30. Studio X 480000 81 Pinwheel Rolls To A Wrestling Match.mp3
      31. Taos 410908 0247 Metropolis Football Team Poisoned Pt 04.mp3
      32. This Is Your Fbi 490603 218 Hungry Wrestler.mp3
      33. Wormwood Forest 490416.mp3
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      33 shows - total playtime 13 hours 7 minutes
      1. Adventures Of Maisie 501116 Orphanage.mp3
      2. Adventures Of Maisie 511004 Killer Diller.mp3
      3. Adventures Of Sea Hound 440125 Wrestling Match Over.mp3
      4. Bb 4803244 tiny the mountainous wrestler.mp3
      5. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 461206 369 Sammy Baugh.mp3
      6. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 500526 551 Jackie Robinson.mp3
      7. Burns Allen 460321 George's Wrestling Match.mp3
      8. Can You Imagine That 400000 Two Days On Streetcar.mp3
      9. Candid Microphone 500718 72 Bela Lugosi.mp3
      10. CBSRMT 770317 Jobo.mp3
      11. CBSRMT 780705 My Kingdom for a Horse.mp3
      12. Eb And Zeb 330000 113 Hectors Career As Wrestler.mp3
      13. Fmm 390606 0208 Mcgee Wrestler.mp3
      14. Henry Morgan 500404 133 Magazine Ads.mp3
      15. It Pays To Be Ignorant 441229 117 New Years Resolution.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 510422 767 Irs Visits Jack Go To Circus.mp3
      17. Jack Benny 550227 912 Television Wrestling.mp3
      18. Jack Paar 470914 16 Interview Beauty Contest Loser.mp3
      19. LOR 480221 189 Lies Peg About Going To Wrestling Match.mp3
      20. Martin And Lewis 511005 041 Dinah Shore.mp3
      21. Meet Meeks 481127 64 Spending Time At Home.mp3
      22. Omf 580411 B130c10 Front Page Party.mp3
      23. Phil Harris 491127 120 Investment In Female Wrestler.mp3
      24. Phil Harris 491204 121 Sponsor To Hire Myrtle.mp3
      25. Player 480000 28 Professor Goes To Wrestling Match.mp3
      26. Player ep81 Pinwheel Roles to Wrestling Match.mp3
      27. Private Life Of Rochester 500512 Audition Part 2.mp3
      28. Richard Diamond 500705 Mike Burton Murder Case.mp3
      29. Sea Hound 440125 Wrestling Match Over.mp3
      30. Studio X 480000 81 Pinwheel Rolls To A Wrestling Match.mp3
      31. Taos 410908 0247 Metropolis Football Team Poisoned Pt 04.mp3
      32. This Is Your Fbi 490603 218 Hungry Wrestler.mp3
      33. Wormwood Forest 490416.mp3
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    33 recordings on 14 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 7 min

    Wrestlers Disc A001

    1. Player ep81 Pinwheel Roles to Wrestling Match
    2. Eb And Zeb 330000 113 Hectors Career As Wrestler
    3. Fmm 390606 0208 Mcgee Wrestler
    4. Can You Imagine That 400000 Two Days On Streetcar

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    Wrestlers Disc A002

    1. Taos 410908 0247 Metropolis Football Team Poisoned Pt 04
    2. Adventures Of Sea Hound 440125 Wrestling Match Over
    3. Sea Hound 440125 Wrestling Match Over
    4. It Pays To Be Ignorant 441229 117 New Years Resolution

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    Wrestlers Disc A003

    1. Burns Allen 460321 George's Wrestling Match
    2. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 461206 369 Sammy Baugh

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    Wrestlers Disc A004

    1. Jack Paar 470914 16 Interview Beauty Contest Loser
    2. Player 480000 28 Professor Goes To Wrestling Match
    3. Studio X 480000 81 Pinwheel Rolls To A Wrestling Match

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    Wrestlers Disc A005

    1. LOR 480221 189 Lies Peg About Going To Wrestling Match
    2. Bb 4803244 tiny the mountainous wrestler

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    Wrestlers Disc A006

    1. Meet Meeks 481127 64 Spending Time At Home
    2. Wormwood Forest 490416

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    Wrestlers Disc A007

    1. This Is Your Fbi 490603 218 Hungry Wrestler
    2. Phil Harris 491127 120 Investment In Female Wrestler

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    Wrestlers Disc A008

    1. Phil Harris 491204 121 Sponsor To Hire Myrtle
    2. Henry Morgan 500404 133 Magazine Ads

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    Wrestlers Disc A009

    1. Private Life Of Rochester 500512 Audition Part 2
    2. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 500526 551 Jackie Robinson
    3. Richard Diamond 500705 Mike Burton Murder Case

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    Wrestlers Disc A010

    1. Candid Microphone 500718 72 Bela Lugosi
    2. Adventures Of Maisie 501116 Orphanage

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    Wrestlers Disc A011

    1. Jack Benny 510422 767 Irs Visits Jack Go To Circus
    2. Adventures Of Maisie 511004 Killer Diller

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    Wrestlers Disc A012

    1. Martin And Lewis 511005 041 Dinah Shore
    2. Jack Benny 550227 912 Television Wrestling

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    Wrestlers Disc A013

    1. Omf 580411 B130c10 Front Page Party
    2. CBSRMT 770317 Jobo

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    Wrestlers Disc A014

    1. CBSRMT 780705 My Kingdom for a Horse

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