Radio Memories



     The name says it all - The Big Show.  This was radios great and last major attempt to stop the encroachment that television was having on their audience.  Budgeted at $100,000.00 per broadcast, NBC finally cancelled the program after two years with a one million dollar loss.  But while it was aired, it was something special with Tallulah Bankhead as Mistress of Ceremonies and many of the top entertainment stars of the day.  You will enjoy each of these 90 minute broadcasts.  This series was heard from 11/05/50 to 05/06/51 for the first season, and from 09/30/51 until 04/20/52 for the second season.  Multiple sponsors were heard on this Sunday 6:00 p.m. evening program.
C04322 11/05/50 # 1 w/Fred Allen, Jimmy Durante, Paul Lukas, Danny Thomas,
                                   Larraine Day, Portland Hoffa
C04323 11/12/50 # 2 w/Groucho Marx, Fanny Brice, Ezio Pinza, Hanley Stafford,
                                   John Agar, Jane Powell
C04324 11/19/50 # 3 w/Eddie Cantor, Mindie Carson, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope,
                                   Perry Como, Jose Ferrer, Ray Middleton, Evelyn Bordon
C04325 11/26/50 # 4 w/Fred Allen, Ed Wynn, Jack Carson, Ed "Archie" Gardner,
                                   Meredith Wilson
C14121 12/03/50 # 5 w/Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Fred Allen
C04326 12/10/50 # 6 w/Clifton Webb, Jimmy Durante, Imogene Coca, Joe Buskin,
                                   Charles Boyer
C04327 12/17/50 # 7 w/Bob Hope, Phil Harris, Louis Armstrong,
                                   Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Deborah Kerr, Dorothy McGuire
C04328 12/24/50 # 8 w/Jimmy Durante, Robert Merrill, Margaret O'Brien, Bert Lahr,
                                   Ed Wynn, Fran Warren
C04329 12/31/50 # 9 w/Vivian Blaine, Jose Ferrer, Margaret O'Brien, Sam Levine,
                                   Ken Murray, Gloria Swanson
C17790 01/07/51 #10 w/Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Danny Thomas
                                    Edward G. Robinson, Marlene Dietrich, Phil Baker
C04330 01/14/51 #11 w/Louis Calhern, Jack Carter, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye
C04331 01/21/51 #12 w/Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Eddie Cantor, Judy Holliday,
                                    Gypsy Rose Lee, Vaughn Monroe, Patrice Munsel
C04332 01/28/51 #13 w/Ray Bolger, Gary Cooper, Danny Kaye, Maxie Rosenbloom,
                                    Rudy Vallee, Julie Wilson
C04333 02/04/51 #14 w/Fred Allen, Robert Cummings, Jimmy Durante, Leo Durocher,
                                    Larraine Day, Frankie Laine, Judy Holliday, Jane Pickens
C04334 02/11/51 #15 w/Groucho Marx, Judy Garland, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis
C04335 02/18/51 #16 w/Fred Allen, Jack Carson, Dennis King, Beatrice Lille,
                                    The West Point Choir, Ed Wynn
C04336 02/25/51 #17 w/Jack Haley, Paul Kelly, Olson And Johnson, Monte Wooly,
                                    Robert Merrill
C04337 03/04/51 #18 w/Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Clive Brook, Frankie Laine,
                                    Ethel Merman, Herb Shriner, Margaret Truman
C04339 03/18/51 #20 w/Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Phil Baker, Eddie Cantor,
                                    Ella Fitzgerald, Eddie Fisher, Ethel Waters
C04340 04/08/51 #23 w/Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Ossie Davis, Jane Morgan,
                                     Jimmy Durante, Vivian Blaine, Rudy Vallee
C16075 04/22/51 #25 w/Fred Allen, Joan Davis, Judy Holiday, Lisa Kirk, Fran Warren,
                                    Herb Shriner, Portland Hoffa, Dennis King
C16076 05/06/51 #27 w/Groucho Marx, Fred Allen, Ginger Rogers, George Jessel,
                                    Margaret Truman
C16072 03/09/52 #51 w/Phil Foster, Richard Easthan, Ethel Merman, Joe Frisco