Red Skelton Show on the Radio
First Episode: October 7, 1941
Last Episode: May 26, 1953
Number of Episodes: 230+ (Very Rough Estimate)
Network: NBC (10/7/41-5/20/49), CBS (1/8/50-5/??/53)
Cast Members: Red Skelton (Cauliflower McPugg, Willie Lump-Lump, Junior, San Fernando Red, Clem Kadiddlehopper, Bolivar Shagnasty, Newton Numbskull), Verna Felton (Junior's Grandmother), Lurene Tuttle (Junior's Mother), GeGe Pearson (Sara Dew), Anita Ellis, Harriet "Hilliard" Nelson, Ozzie Nelson, Pat McGeehan, Dick Ryan, Martha Wentworth
Producer/Director: Mel Williamson
Announcer: Truman Bradley, Rod O'Connor
Sound Effects: Unknown
Music: Harriet "Hilliard" Nelson (Vocalist), Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra, David Forrester & His Orchestra, David Rose & His Orchestra, Anita Ellis (Vocalist), The Four Knights
Sponsor: Raleigh Cigarettes, Tide Detergent, Norge Appliances
Typical Episode Length: 30 Minutes
The actual name of this series was "The Raleigh Cigarette Program" but it was all about Red Skelton and, therefore, is commonly referred to as the Red Skelton Radio Show! Red had been a regular on another program titled, "Avalon Time" in 1939 and became so popular with audiences that NBC offered him his own show. Before Avalon Time, he also had performed several times on "Rudy Vallee’s Royal Gelatin Hour".
Red Skelton was drafted into the Army as a private in an entertainment unit so the show temporarily stopped airing on June 6, 1944. Eighteen months later, Red suffered a nervous breakdown and was discharged. The radio show then returned to the air on December 4, 1945.
There was also a Red Skelton Show On TV.
Listen to a Red Skelton Show on the Radio episode by clicking on a link below:
The Life of a Fireman - September 30, 1947 - 30 Minutes
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