CHARLIE MCCARTHY SHOW
Old-Time Radio Series


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CHARLIE MCCARTHY SHOW
CHARLIE MCCARTHY SHOW
Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy characterization while attending high school, basing his alter ego on a brash Irish newsboy named Charlie who sold papers on a Decator street corner. Bergen sketched the newsboy inside his history book and paid part-time woodcarver Theodore Mack to sculpt a ventriloquism dummy head out of a block of white pine. Bergen performed with the dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like Chicago’s fashionable Chez Paree and New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his newsboy friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society: "We were booked to play the Helen Morgan Club in New York," he recalled, "and I didn’t think a newsboy was quite the thing for a nightclub. I asked Esquire if I could make a dummy out of their mascot, ‘Esky.’ At first they thought it was a good idea but then they changed their minds . . . so there was nothing left to do except to make Charlie the ‘man about town,’ and that’s how he got his monocle, top hat and tails." Following a three-month guest stint on Rudy Vallee’s Royal Gelatin Hour, Edgar Bergen was signed as headliner of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The series premiered May 9, 1937 and ended the next three seasons as radio’s top-rated series.
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   1. Charlie McCarthy Show /Whistler
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   3. Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy: Ladies' Men
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   4. CHARLIE MCCARTHY / ESCAPE
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   5. Bergen & McCarthy: The Funny Fifties
Item #: 45472
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Charlie cheerfully threatens, insults, and...
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   7. Phil Harris - Alice Faye Show: Smoother and Sweeter
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EPISODES AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD:
(5/9/1937) W/ ANN HARDING, FIRST SHOW OF THE SERIES
 59 min
(6/27/1937) Guest: Sonja Henie
 59 min
(7/11/1937) GUEST: GLADYS GEORGE
 60 min
(8/1/1937) GUEST: BRUNA CASTAGNA
 60 min
(8/22/1937) GUEST: GLENDA FARRELL
 60 min
(9/5/1937) Guest: Ida Lupino
 60 min
(9/12/1937) W/ BETTE DAVIS "WOOLENS"
 59 min
(12/12/1937) w/ Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy with special guest Mae West
 60 min
(7/24/1938) GUEST: SPENCER TRACY
 60 min
(10/30/1938) w/ Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy
 60 min
(1/23/1939) GUEST: MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN
 59 min
(1/29/1939) Guest: Maureen O'Sullivan
 60 min
(11/30/1941) Guest: Hedy Lamarr aka Charlie's Orchestra
 29 min
(12/7/1941) Guest: Judy Garland
 29 min
(12/14/1941) Guest: Lana Turner
 30 min
(6/21/1942) W/ ABBOTT & COSTELLO AND GUEST: JUDY GARLAND
 30 min
(6/28/1942) Walter Brennan
 31 min
(4/11/1943) Guest : Martha Raye
 28 min
(4/18/1943) Ronald Coleman
 29 min
(4/25/1943) Guest: Irene Dunne
 28 min
(5/2/1943) Guest: Barbara Stanwyck
 27 min
(5/9/1943) Victor Moore and Billy Gaxton
 29 min
(5/16/1943) Claudette Colbert and Rags Ragland
 28 min
(5/23/1943) W/ CHARLES BOYER
 22 min
(5/30/1943) GUEST: WALTER PIDGEON
 29 min
(9/12/1943) Humphrey Bogart
 28 min
(9/17/1944) Leo Carillo
 30 min
(10/1/1944) Olivia DeHavilland
 30 min
(10/15/1944) Guest: Gertrude Niesen
 29 min
(10/22/1944) Guest: Billie Burke aka Raising Frogs
 28 min
(10/29/1944) ORSON WELLES LEADS A MUSEUM TOUR
 29 min
(11/5/1944) John Robert Powers
 28 min
(11/19/1944) Elsa Maxwell
 29 min
(11/26/1944) Lauritz Melchior
 29 min
(12/3/1944) Don Ameche
 29 min
(12/10/1944) Guest: Signo Hasso
 30 min
(12/17/1944) Rudy Vallee
 29 min
(12/24/1944) OVERSIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (THE)
 30 min
(1/7/1945) Carmen Miranda
 31 min
(1/14/1945) Louie Bromfield
 29 min
(1/28/1945) GUEST FRANK SINATRA
 29 min
(2/4/1945) DR. ALBERT EDWARD WIGGEM
 29 min
(2/11/1945) Guest: Dorothy Lamour aka Ransom Note
 29 min
(2/25/1945) Guest: Gene Tierney aka Charlie the Hero
 29 min
(3/4/1945) Guest: Anne Baxter aka Charlie's Rich
 29 min
(3/11/1945) Guest: Joan Blondell aka Charlie's Bodyguard
 29 min
(3/18/1945) Guest: Maria Montez aka Joint Bank Account
 29 min
(3/25/1945) Guest: Lynn Bari aka Red Riding Hood
 29 min
(4/22/1945) RITA HAYWORTH
 30 min
(10/28/1945) BORIS KARLOFF'S HAUNTED HOUSE
 30 min
(3/24/1946) GUEST: W. C. FIELDS
 29 min
(1/26/1947) GUEST ROY ROGERS
 29 min
(5/9/1947) DON AMECHE AND MARSHA HUNT
 29 min
(9/14/1947) MICHAEL ROMANOFF
 30 min
(9/21/1947) WALT DISNEY AND DONALD DUCK
 30 min
(9/28/1947) BETTY HUTTON
 30 min
(10/5/1947) DON AMECHE
 30 min
(10/12/1947) Guest: Linda Darnell
 29 min
(10/19/1947) JANE WYMAN
 30 min
(10/26/1947) W/ RICHARD WIDMARK
 29 min
(11/2/1947) Guest: Fred Allen
 29 min
(11/9/1947) MAURICE EVANS AND LULU MCCONNELL TRYING TO PUT ON ROMEO & JULIET
 29 min
(11/16/1947) LANA TURNER
 30 min
(11/23/1947) CARMEN MIRANDA
 30 min
(11/30/1947) EDWARD EVERETT HORTON
 28 min
(12/7/1947) ROY RODGERS AND THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS
 30 min
(12/14/1947) GARY COOPER
 30 min
(4/4/1948) RUDY VALLE AND KEN MURRAY
 29 min
(10/17/1948) DON AMECHE
 30 min
(11/7/1948) CHARLIE FINDS A WALLET
 30 min
(12/26/1948) HIGHLIGHTS FROM BERGEN'S CAREER
 29 min
(12/26/1948) Season Finale
 29 min
(10/2/1949) GUEST: DINAH SHORE
 29 min
(11/13/1949) GUEST: DICK POWELL
 30 min
(1/20/1950) GUEST: ALEC TEMPLETON
 29 min
(11/9/1952) CHARLIE TO MARRY MARILYN MONROE
 29 min
(6/11/1953) HIGHLIGHTS FROM EDGAR BERGEN'S CAREER
 25 min
(1/17/1954) GUEST: LIBERACE
 29 min

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(8/1/1937)
W. C. Fields, Don Ameche
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(8/22/1937)
Part 1
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(8/22/1937)
Part 2
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(3/26/1942)
Pepperwood
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(6/21/1942)
Guest: Judy Garland
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(6/21/1942)
w/Abbott & Costello and guest Judy Garland Part 1
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(6/21/1942)
w/Abbott & Costello and guest Judy Garland Part 2
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(6/28/1942)
W/ GUEST: WALTER BRENNAN PART 1
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(6/28/1942)
W/ GUEST: WALTER BRENNAN PART 2
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(4/11/1943)
Guest: Martha Raye
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(4/11/1943)
Guest: Martha Raye
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(4/11/1943)
w/ guest, Martha Raye
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(4/25/1943)
Guest: Irene Dunne - Part 1
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(4/25/1943)
Guest: Irene Dunne - Part 1
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(4/25/1943)
Guest: Irene Dunne - Part 2
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(4/25/1943)
Guest: Irene Dunne - Part 2
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(5/2/1943)
Guest: Barbara Stanwyck - Part 1
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(5/2/1943)
Guest: Barbara Stanwyck - Part 1
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(5/2/1943)
Guest: Barbara Stanwyck - Part 2
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(5/2/1943)
Guest: Barbara Stanwyck - Part 2
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(5/16/1943)
Guest: Claudette Colbert
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(5/16/1943)
Guest: Claudette Colbert
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(5/23/1943)

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(5/30/1943)
Guest: Walter Pidgeon
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(9/26/1943)
Guest: Hedy Lamarr
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(9/26/1943)
Guest: Hedy Lamarr
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(9/17/1944)
Guest: Leo Carillo
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(10/15/1944)
Guest: Gertrude Niesen - Part 1
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(10/15/1944)
Guest: Gertrude Niesen - Part 2
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(11/5/1944)
Guests: Orson Welles & John Robert Powers
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(11/5/1944)
Guests: Orson Welles & John Robert Powers
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(11/26/1944)
Guest: Lauritz Melchior
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(11/26/1944)
Guest: Lauritz Melchior
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(12/3/1944)
Guest: Don Ameche Part 1
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(12/3/1944)
Guest: Don Ameche Part 1
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(12/3/1944)
Guest: Don Ameche Part 2
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(12/3/1944)
Guest: Don Ameche Part 2
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(12/24/1944)
The Oversight Before Christmas Part 1
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(12/24/1944)
The Oversight Before Christmas Part 2
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(1/28/1945)

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(2/4/1945)

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(2/4/1945)
Part 1
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(2/4/1945)
Part 2
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(4/22/1945)
Guest Rita Hayworth Part 1
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(4/22/1945)
Guest Rita Hayworth Part 2
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(9/9/1945)
Guest: Keenan Wynn & June Kilgore Pt.2
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(9/9/1945)
Keenan Wynn & June Kilgore
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(9/9/1945)
W/ GUESTS: KEENAN WYNN & JUNE KILGORE PART 1
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(9/9/1945)
W/ GUESTS: KEENAN WYNN & JUNE KILGORE PART 2
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(10/21/1945)
Guest: Fred Allen
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(10/21/1945)
W/ GUEST: FRED ALLEN PART 1
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(10/21/1945)
W/ GUEST: FRED ALLEN PART 2
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(11/4/1945)
W/GUEST: ELSA MAXWELL PART 1
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(11/4/1945)
W/GUEST: ELSA MAXWELL PART 2
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(11/18/1945)
Book Club (Part 1 of 2)
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(11/18/1945)
Book Club (Part 2 of 2)
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(3/24/1946)
Guest: W. C. Fields Part 1
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(3/24/1946)
Guest: W. C. Fields Part 2
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(11/17/1946)

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(11/24/1946)

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(11/24/1946)

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(1/5/1947)
Guest: Charles Boyer (Clip)
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(1/5/1947)
Guest: Charles Boyer (Clip) S475
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(1/5/1947)
Guest: Charles Boyer (Clip) S475
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(1/5/1947)
W/ GUEST CHARLES BOYER PART 1
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(1/5/1947)
W/ GUEST CHARLES BOYER PART 2
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(1/12/1947)
W/ GUEST EDWARD ARNOLD PART 1
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(1/12/1947)
W/ GUEST EDWARD ARNOLD PART 2
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(1/19/1947)
10th Anniversary Show
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(1/19/1947)
10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW W/ GUEST RUDY VALLEE PART 1
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(1/19/1947)
10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW W/ GUEST RUDY VALLEE PART 2
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(2/2/1947)
Guest: Jane Wyman
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(2/2/1947)
Guest: Jane Wyman Part 1
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(2/2/1947)
Guest: Jane Wyman Part 2
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(5/9/1947)
Don Ameche and Marsha Hunt
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(5/9/1947)
Hunting Trip (Part 1)
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(5/9/1947)
Hunting Trip (Part 2)
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(9/14/1947)
(Part 1)
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(9/14/1947)
(Part 2)
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(9/14/1947)
Guest Michael Romanoff
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(9/21/1947)
(Part 1)
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(9/21/1947)
(Part 2)
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(9/21/1947)
Guest: Walt Disney Part 1
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(9/21/1947)
Guest: Walt Disney Part 2
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(9/21/1947)
Walt Disney & Donald Duck - Pt.1
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(9/21/1947)
Walt Disney & Donald Duck - Pt.2
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(9/28/1947)
Guest: Betty Hutton Part 1
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(9/28/1947)
Guest: Betty Hutton Part 2
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(10/26/1947)
Guest: Richard Widmark Part 1
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(10/26/1947)
Guest: Richard Widmark Part 2
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(11/2/1947)

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(11/2/1947)

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(11/2/1947)
Guest: Fred Allen
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(11/9/1947)

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(11/9/1947)
Guest: Maurice Evans Part 1
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(11/9/1947)
Guest: Maurice Evans Part 2
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(11/16/1947)
Guest: Lana Turner Part 1
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(11/16/1947)
Guest: Lana Turner Part 2
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(11/23/1947)
Guest: Carmen Miranda - Part 1
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(11/23/1947)
Guest: Carmen Miranda - Part 2
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(11/23/1947)
Guest: Carmen Miranda Part 1
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(11/23/1947)
Guest: Carmen Miranda Part 2
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(11/30/1947)
Guest: Edward Everett Horton Part 1
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(11/30/1947)
Guest: Edward Everett Horton Part 2
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(12/7/1947)
Edgar Bergen, Mortimer Snerd (Clip)
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(12/14/1947)
Guest: Gary Cooper Part 1
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(12/14/1947)
Guest: Gary Cooper Part 2
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(4/4/1948)
Guests: Geddes, Vallee, & Murray - Part 1
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(4/4/1948)
Guests: Geddes, Vallee, & Murray - Part 1
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(4/4/1948)
Guests: Geddes, Vallee, & Murray - Part 2
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(4/4/1948)
Guests: Geddes, Vallee, & Murray - Part 2
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(4/4/1948)
W/ GUESTS: BARBARA BELGEDDES, RUDY VALLEE AND KEN MURRAY PART 1
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(4/4/1948)
W/ GUESTS: BARBARA BELGEDDES, RUDY VALLEE AND KEN MURRAY PART 2
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(11/7/1948)
Charlie Finds A Wallet
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(12/18/1948)
Christmas Show
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(12/18/1948)
Christmas Show
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(12/26/1948)
Part 1
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(12/26/1948)
Part 2
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(11/13/1949)
w/ guest, Dick Powell
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(11/13/1949)
Guest: Dick Powell Part 1
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(11/13/1949)
Guest: Dick Powell Part 2
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(1/20/1950)

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(1/19/1951)
10th Anniversary Show
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(12/21/1951)

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(1/13/1952)
Guest: Edward Arnold - Part 1
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(1/13/1952)
Guest: Edward Arnold - Part 1
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(1/13/1952)
Guest: Edward Arnold - Part 2
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(1/13/1952)
Guest: Edward Arnold - Part 2
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(11/9/1952)
Charlie To Marilyn Monroe
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(11/9/1952)
Charlie To Marilyn Monroe
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(11/9/1952)
Charlie To Marilyn Monroe - Part 1
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(11/9/1952)
Charlie To Marilyn Monroe - Part 2
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(11/9/1952)
Charlie to Marry Marilyn Monroe Part 1
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(11/9/1952)
Charlie to Marry Marilyn Monroe Part 2
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(6/11/1953)

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(6/11/1953)
Highlights of Bergen's Career - Part 1
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(6/11/1953)
Highlights of Bergen's Career - Part 2
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(6/11/1953)
Highlights of Bergen's Career-Pt 1
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(6/11/1953)
Highlights of Bergen's Career-Pt 2
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(6/11/1953)
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(1/17/1954)
Guest: Liberace Part 1
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(1/17/1954)
Guest: Liberace Part 2
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(12/26/1954)
Guest: William Boyd Part 1
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(12/26/1954)
Guest: William Boyd Part 2
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(12/25/1955)