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The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy Radio Program

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Spot ad for The Fabulous Dr Tweedy from June 22 1946
Spot ad for The Fabulous Dr Tweedy from June 22 1946

Pall Mall Cigarettes sponsored the entire fun of The Fabulous Dr Tweedy
Pall Mall Cigarettes sponsored the entire run of The Fabulous Dr Tweedy

Frank Morgan at the NBC Mike
Frank Morgan at the NBC Mike

Don Hancock was the commercial spokesperson for Pall Mall on The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy
Don Hancock was the commercial spokesperson for Pall Mall on The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy

Harry VonZell got featured billing for his role as Dr. Tweedy's rehabilitated tramp cum valet Welby Skinkle
Harry VonZell got featured billing for his role as Dr. Tweedy's rehabilitated tramp cum valet Welby Skinkle

Eddie Green portrayed the recurring character Willie Beezer in Dr. Tweedy
Eddie Green portrayed the recurring character Willie Beezer in Dr. Tweedy

Background

Frank Morgan was no newcomer to Radio. From the earliest days of Radio Frank Morgan could be heard on any number of variety, comedy and dramatic programs of the era. While Morgan often filled in for other performers in long-running variety programs of the era, he was rarely headlined as the lead in a program of his own. In fact, the entire Morgan family was prominent in Radio throughout the Golden Age of Radio.

Frank's brother Ralph Morgan, another great dramatic actor of the era was famous in Film and the Stage as well as in Radio. Frank's niece, Claudia Morgan, headlined several popular, long-running Radio programs of the era. But it was Frank Morgan's natural comedic talents that brought him most often to Radio audiences.

With the success of The Frank Morgan Show (1944-1945) for Maxwell House Coffee, both NBC and Morgan were understandably interested in another Radio vehicle for Morgan's talents. Several of Frank Morgan's more popular Film portrayals found him cast in all manner of overly officious characterizations, the most memorable of which were his charming roles as Professor Marvel, The Gatekeeper, the carriage driver, the doorman, and of course, The Wizard of Oz in the wildly popular 1939 film of the same name.

NBC introduces The Fabulous Dr. Thaddeus Q. Tweedy

An obvious effort to leverage Frank Morgan's most popular characterizations over the years, the quixotic, selectively absent-minded Doctor of Philosphy, Thaddeus Q. Tweedy seemed the perfect amalgam of Morgan's various film personae. A tenured Professor of Philosophy at his previous college, Dr. Tweedy got the boot for repeatedly flunking star players of the school's football team. The last straw was his flunking the entire backfield of Willowitz, Mankiewitz, Horowitz and Stinkowitz. The president of the college suggested that Dr. Tweedy pursue a recent opening with Potts College, in Pottsfield.

Enroute to Potts College, Tweedy inadvertently insults Miss Tilcy (Nana Bryant), the Headmistress of Potts College, who happens to be traveling on the same train. Originally a girls' college of long standing, within a couple of episodes--again owing to Dr. Tweedy's misadventures--Dr. Thaddeus Q. Tweedy finds himself installed as the Dean of Men. That unlikely position was created for him after persuading the founding family of Potts College to go co-ed, the better to capitalize on the thousands of G.I.s pursing the G.I. Bill of Education.

As the series progresses, Dr. Tweedy acquires a tramp as his valet, Welby Skinkle (Harry Von Zell), the friendship of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Potts (Gale Gordon), and a dog named Baldy. The show continues to trace the charming and humorous misadventures of Dr. Tweedy for a total of twenty-six scripts.

Frank Morgan, as The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy, sets a rugged pace for fellow-actors Sara Selby, Sara Berner, William Johnston

Recorded, transcribed and broadcast from Hollywood, the sponsor's commercial spots came out of New York. The American Tobacco Company (Pall Mall Cigarettes) was the series' sponsor for the entire run of The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy. John 'Bud' Hiestand announced the Hollywood segments and Don Hancock was the Pall Mall spokesperson out of New York.

The producers and writers tinkered with the formula for the relatively short series several times over its broadcast run. Premiering as a summer replacement for The Jack Benny Program, it was originally scheduled for only seventeen episodes, but as the series progressed it seemed likely that the series might well extend into the fall season after Jack Benny's return. A number of the early episodes carried a 'topic', such as 'love', 'money', 'horses', 'fashion', etc', and at the close of each installment, Frank Morgan would give his 'thought of the day.' That format was more infrequently employed upon Jack Benny's return to The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy's spot in the Sunday lineup.

After NBC moved The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy to Wednesday evenings, the series appears to have repeated the scripts and/or performances of thirteen of the previous episodes until the broadcast of New Year's Day, 1947. From that point forward, the series introduced another seven new scripts intermixing them with further repeats of the first seventeen episodes.

The series weaves together a rich tapestry of characters in the course of its short run. So much so that before the series left the air, Frank Morgan was talking to a couple of interested studios about making a feature film version of The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy. In the final analysis, the series seemed a plausible enough premise to spawn at least two other highly successful programs: Our Miss Brooks in 1948 and The Halls of Ivy in 1950. And indeed, Gale Gordon appeared in both the Radio and Television versions of Our Miss Brooks and was a recurring character in The Halls of Ivy.

In the end, Frank Morgan's loss was Eve Arden and The Colmans' gain--as well as the millions of Radio fans that enjoyed both subsequent programs. Neither Our Miss Brooks nor The Halls of Ivy could hope capture the flamboyance, blustery tone, and quick-witted resourcefulness of Dr. Thaddeus Q. Tweedy. They'd have needed Frank Morgan for that.

The Entertainment World lost Frank Morgan in 1949, but his brilliance lives on in his hundred or so Film roles and the thousands of his Radio appearances throughout the Golden Age of Radio.

Series Derivatives:

The Frank Morgan Show; Frank Morgan Time; AFRS
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Situation Comedies
Network(s): NBC
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 46-06-02 01 Dr Tweedy At Potts College
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 46-06-02 to 47-03-26; NBC; Forty-three, 30-minute programs; Sundays, then Wednesdays
Syndication:
Sponsors: Pall Mall Cigarettes
Director(s): Robert Riley Crutcher [Creator]
Principal Actors: Frank Morgan, Gale Gordon, Harry Von Zell, Minerva Pious, Shirley Mitchell, Richard Crenna, Noreen Gammill, Jerry Hausner, Nana Bryant, Dawn Bender, Jack Edwards Jr., Georgia Backus, Lurene Tuttle, Dawn Bender
Recurring Character(s): Thaddeus Q. Tweedy, PhD, Dean of Men at Potts College for Girls, Pottsfield, U.S.A. [Frank Morgan]
Mr. Potts, Chairman of the Board of Trustees [Allen Bridge, then Gale Gordon]
Welby Skinkle, Dr. Tweedy's valet [Harry Von Zell and Ed Max]
Miss Mary Tilcy, Headmistress of Potts College [Nana Bryant]
Mrs. Lysistrata Appopolous [Minverva Pious]
Mary Potts, daughter of the Chairman [Barbara Eiler]
Colonel Beauregard C. Jackson, Commandant of Humansville Military Institute [Bill Johnstone]
Willie Beezer, the Train Porter [Eddie Green]
Mrs. Potts [Sarah Selby]
Mrs. Boggs, the school's Janitress [Verna Felton]
Grandma Potts [Jane Morgan]
Susan Woodward, Dr. Tweedy's Secretary [Nancy Gates]
Mrs. Muldoon, proprietor of the local Malt Shop [Verna Felton]
Protagonist(s): Dr. Thaddeus Q. Tweedy
Author(s): None
Writer(s)
Music Direction: Eliot Daniel orchestra
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Bud Hiestand; Ernest Chappell and Don Hancock for Pall Mall
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
43 [26 original scripts]
Episodes in Circulation: 6
Total Episodes in Collection: 6 [AFRS Only]
Provenances:

The Billboard cites the cancellation of The Frank Morgan Show in the April 12 1947 issue.
The Billboard cites the cancellation of The Frank Morgan Show in the April 12 1947 issue.
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, Foote, Cone and Belding scripts.

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The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
46-06-02
1
Dr Tweedy At Potts College
N
[Premiere; Summer replacement for The Jack Benny Program; Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-06-02 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Frank Morgan Show (WIBA): summer program replacing Jack Benny, with Morgan, Nana Bryant, Barbara Eiler, Eddie Green, Bud Heistand, Eliot Daniel orchestra.
46-06-09
2
Dr. Tweedy Almost 'Busts Up' the Potts'
Dr Tweedy And Mr Phats
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-06-09 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Fabulous Dr. Tweedy (WIBA): Frank Morgan, as
Dr. Tweedy, almost breaks up a home.
46-06-16
3
Dr. Tweedy Creates A Personnel Crisis
The Janitor
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script; There is no 'Janitor in the script. The Janitress, Mrs. Boggs is the person in question]

46-06-16 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Fabulous Dr. Tweedy (WIBA):
takes over college employment problem.
46-06-23
4
Dr. Tweedy and The Tramp
A Big Tree Attracts Much Wind
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-06-23 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Dr. Tweedy (WIBA):
meets a tramp while tramping.
46-06-30
5
Dr. Tweedy, The Detective
One Touch Of Nature Makes The Whole World Kin
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-06-30 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 NBC Frank Morgan Show
46-07-07
6
Dr. Tweedy and the Mary Mix-up
Bells Are The Music Of Laughter
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-07-07 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Frank Morgan (WIBA): as
Dr. Tweedy, plays Cupid.
46-07-14
7
Dr. Tweedy and The School Song
A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-07-14 Wisconsin State Journal - 5:00 NBC Frank Morgan Show
46-07-21
8
Dr Tweedy's Adventures with Patsy
N
[AFRS Only; Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-07-21 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Fabulous Dr. Tweedy (WIBA):
a five-year-old girl is center of latest confusion for Dr. Tweedy (Frank Morgan).

46-07-28
9
Dr. Tweedy's Valet Falls for Miss Tilcy's Maid
They Say No Man Is A Hero To His Valet
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-07-28 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Fabulous Dr. Tweedy (WIBA):
Welby, the tramp, falls in love with Miss Tilcy's maid.
46-08-04
10
Dr. Tweedy Chases Off A Gold Digger
They Say The Way To A Man's Heart Is Through His Stomach
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-08-04 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Fabulous Dr. Tweedy (WIBA):
Dr. Tweedy takes his hobo friend on a fishing trip.
46-08-11
11
Dr. Tweedy Goes to The Circus
The Houseguest Named Patsy
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-08-11 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Fabulous Dr. Tweedy (WIBA):
Dr. Tweedy takes little Patsy to the circus.
46-08-18
12
Dr. Tweedy and His Black Cat Troubles
Dr Tweedy Is Fond Of Children
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-08-18 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 NBC Frank Morgan Show
46-08-25
13
Dr. Tweedy Has Insurance Problems
Windy Daye Needs Money
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-08-25 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 NBC Frank Morgan Show
46-09-01
14
Dr. Tweedy and The Chancellery
Willie Breezer Is Afraid of The Dart
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-09-01 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 NBC Frank Morgan Show
46-09-08
15
Dr Tweedy Is Engaged To Mrs Muldoon
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-09-08 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 NBC Frank Morgan Show
46-09-15
16
Dr Tweedy And The Telegram
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 NBC Frank Morgan Show
46-09-22
17
Mary Potts Elopes
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-09-22 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 NBC Frank Morgan Show

Announces
the return of the Jack Benny Program





46-10-02
18
Title Unknown
N
[Jack Benny Program returns; The Fabulous Dr Tweedy moves to Wednesdays at 10 p.m.]

46-10-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Fabulous Dr. Tweedy (WIBA): with Frank Morgan;
new day.
46-10-09
19
Title Unknown
N
46-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 9:00 Frank Morgan Show
46-10-16
20
Title Unknown
N
46-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 9:00 Frank Morgan Show
46-10-23
21
Title Unknown
N
46-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 9:00 Frank Morgan Show
46-10-30
22
Title Unknown
N
46-10-30 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 9:00 Frank Morgan
46-11-06
23
Dr Tweedy's Adventures with Patsy
N
46-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal - 9 p.m. Frank Morgan (WIBA): as Dr. Tweedy, acts as proxy father at a banquet.
46-11-13
24
Title Unknown
N
46-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal - 9 p.m. Frank Morgan (WIBA): as Dr. Tweedy, becomes keeper of college mascot.
46-11-20
25
Title Unknown
N
46-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 9:00 Frank Morgan Show
46-11-27
26
Title Unknown
N
46-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m. Frank Morgan (WIBA): as
Dr. Tweedy, gets mixed up in a murder mystery.
46-12-04
27
Title Unknown
N
46-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Frank Morgan
46-12-11
28
Title Unknown
N
46-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 9:00 Frank Morgan
46-12-18
29
Title Unknown
N
46-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 8:00 Basketball: Wisconsin-Oklahoma

46-12-18 Salt Lake Tribune
KDYL 8:00 The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy
46-12-25
30
Title Unknown
N
46-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA Wednesday 9:00 Frank Morgan
47-01-01
31
The New Years' Eve Party
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

46-12-31 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA Wednesday 8:00 Basketball: Wisconsin-Illinois

46-12-31 Evening Independent - WTAM 10:00 Dr. Tweedy
47-01-08
32
The Athletic Trophies
N
[AFRS Only; Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m. Frank Morgan (WIBA):
organizes a chamber music society.
47-01-15
33
Dr Tweedy Wants To Adopt Sidney
Dr Tweedy Wants To Adopt Welby
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m. The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy (WIBA):
decides to adopt Sidney.
47-01-22
34
Dr Tweedy Teaches Kindergarten
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m. Frank Morgan (WIBA): as
Dr. Tweedy, crusades for higher pay for Pottsville's teachers.
47-01-29
35
Romeo and Juliet
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-01-29 Manitowoc Herald-Times
9 P.M. The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy, WTMJ
47-02-05
36
Mrs Potts Dinner Party
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m. Frank Morgan (WIBA): as
Dr. Tweedy, is suspected of robbery.
47-02-12
37
The Valentine's Day Dance
N
[AFRS Only; Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-02-12 Nevada State Journal
7:00 KPO--Fabulous Dr. Tweedy
47-02-19
38
Dr Tweedy Makes Out His Will
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m. Dr. Tweedy (WIBA):
hears about a murder plot.
47-02-26
39
Dr Tweedy, In Search of Socrates
N
[AFRS Only; Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m. Dr. Tweedy (WIBA):
has trouble understanding Mrs. Oppopulus' brother, Socrates.
47-03-05
40
Operatic Romantic Triangle
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Frank Morgan Show
47-03-12
41
Dr Tweedy Hires A Secretary
N
[AFRS Only; Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Frank Morgan
47-03-19
42
Dr Tweedy, The Match Maker
N
[AFRS Only; Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Frank Morgan
47-03-26
43
Sidney And Mary Get Married
N
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]

47-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m. Dr. Tweedy (WIBA):
gets involved in a wedding.





AFRS 'The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy' Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
46-07-21
8
Dr Tweedy's Adventures with Patsy
Y
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]


47-01-08
32
The Athletic Trophies

Y
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]
47-02-12
37
The Valentine's Day Dance
Y
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]
47-02-26
39
Dr Tweedy Finds A Baby
Y
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]
47-03-12
41
Dr Tweedy Hires A Secretary
Y
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]
47-03-19
42
Dr Tweedy, The Match Maker
Y
[Broadcast date and plot verified by original script]






The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy Radio Program Biographies




Frank Morgan [Francis Philip Wupperman]
(Dr. Tweedy)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1890-1949)

Birthplace: Richmond, Surrey, England, U.K.

Education: London University

Military Service: Served with London Scottish during World War I; decorated Mons Medal

Radiography:
1937 Shakespeare Festival
1938 Good News
1939 Gulf Screen Guild Theater
1939 Maxwell House Coffee Time
1940 Bundles For Britain
1940 Dedication Ceremonies Columbia Square Memorial
1941 Tenth Anniversary Salute To Movie Radio Guide
1941 America Calling
1942 Post Toasties Time
1942 Command Performance
1942 Lux Radio Theatre
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1944 The Frank Morgan Show
1944 The Fanny Brice-Frank Morgan Show
1944 Radio Hall Of Fame
1944 G.I. Journal
1944 The Amos 'n' Andy Show
1945 Mail Call
1945 Kraft Music Hall
1945 Birds Eye Open House
1945 Request Performance
1945 Cavalcade Of America
1946 The Fabulous Dr Tweedy
1946 Radio's Biggest Show
1948 The Jimmy Durante Show
1948 Old Gold Time
1948 Sealtest Variety Theater
The Adventures Of Barnaby
Frank Morgan circa 1935
Frank Morgan circa 1935

Frank Morgan by Earl Christy (1938)
Frank Morgan by Earl Christy (1938)

Frank Morgan at the NBC Mike
Frank Morgan at the NBC Mike

Caption: Frank Morgan rehearsing for a Good News broadcast. It's not an especially comfortable seat he's selected to use. (1938)
Caption: Frank Morgan rehearsing for a Good News broadcast. It's not an especially comfortable seat he's selected to use. (1938)
From the September 20, 1949 edition of the Syracuse Herald Journal:

Happy Landing to Frank Morgan

By MARJORIE TURNER

     HOLLYWOOD LOST one of its finest character actors, and the world lost an infallible source of mirth in the death of Frank Morgan yesterday.  But the trite "best way to go" comment must apply.  Morgan would have detested retirement, disability and inactivity.

     MR. MORGAN finished a picture with Clark Gable and Loretta Young three days before he died.  "Key To the City'' was completed last Thursday at MGM, and everything indicated that he would be around, spicing up MGM comedies, for a long time to come.
     MILLIONS of people will mourn the passing of this talented performer of stage, radio and screen, whose greatest asset was a voice which, within a matter of seconds, could convey waspishness, bewilderment, bombast and a leering flirtatiousness. 
     Morgan's acting career stemmed from a vaudeville skit, which he tried out because his brother Ralph had abandoned a lawyer's career to go on the stage, and Frank was jealous.  One of eleven children of Mr. and Mrs. George Wupperman, the Morgan tag was taken by the brothers for their stage name.
     There was never any money worry as Frank flitted from private school to Cornell University, to selling toothbrushes, to advertising for the "Boston Traveler," to ranching, and finally to the stage.
     The Wupermans controlled the manufacture and distribution of Angostura Bitters, and when the elder Wupperman died in 1915 Mrs. Wupperman made an effort to bring her three sons into the business.  Only one consented, and Frank and Ralph made a life business of acting.
     In 1934, Frank Morgan became vice president of the company, handling the business in the West while he continued in motion pictures.  He was an enthusiastic yachtsman, had been married to his wife, Alma, for 23 years, and apparently merely brought his private jole de vivre along when he made millions laugh in theaters and living rooms the country over.
 
     THE SOFT VOICE which made him famous had its first training in a choir.  Morgan was called the best boy soprano in New York when he was soloist in St. Thomas and All Angels Churches.  His flair for comedy was revealed when he played the fluttery king in "Rosalie" and he never deviated from the comic type he actually created.  He always was the bewildered, besotted (by his own account) and leering fraud, who told preposterous lies, became involved in agonizing difficulties, and always came up with a plausible explanation for his chicaneries.
     His roles in stage hits included "Seventh Heaven," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "Topaze," "The Firebrand" and "The Bandwagon."  He always considered his role in "Topaze" his best, because, he said, it led him to Hollywood.
     A long list of nearly 70 motion pictures include "Broadway Serenade," "The Wizard of Oz," "The Great Ziegfeld" and "The Last of Mrs. Cheney," to name a few, and he did one of the best if more serious pieces of his movie career as the baseball scout in "The Stratton Story."  He plays the role of a professor who has succumbed to the life of gambling in "The Great Sinner," now showing at Loew's State.
 
     THERE WILL be a spate of stories about Morgan.  His colorful personality and his glib tongue have made him perfect "copy" for years.  But one he liked to tell of himself was of the proud moment when, as advertising salesman for the "Boston Traveler," his boss wrote him a letter raising his salary from $27 to $50 a week.  Morgan's big moment, he said, was when he showed the letter to his father, who had once told him he was worth no more than $11 a week.  His father was so impressed that he offered to match the "Traveler's" offer, but Frank took off to become a more or less unsuccessful cowboy.
     It was after this venture that he beat his way back to New York by freight train and boat, and took the initial fling at vaudeville.
 
     ASIDE FROM his actor's career, his sporting activities and his private life, Mr. Morgan was a serious student of contemporary life and times.  A few years ago he wrote the Encyclopedia Britannica article on the motion picture industry.  He loved the movies, and watched closely every advance in technical and artistic progress.  He considered that sound had opened a whole new world for motion pictures.  Silent pictures were boring, he said, which was quite natural for a actor whose trademark was the breathy chuckle and the falsetto laugh.  His inflection pumped joy into a movie like a dash of his own Angostura Bitters in a cocktail.  It is said for everyone to have so much laughter removed from the world.



John Hallam 'Bud' Hiestand
(Announcer)
(1907-1987)

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1937 The Cinnamon Bear
1937 The Chase and Sanborn Hour
1937 The Baker's Broadcast
1938 The Mickey Mouse Theatre Of the Air
1938 The Rudy Vallee Hour
1939 Silver Theater
1940 The Jello Program
1940 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1940 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1940 Community Mobilization For Human Needs
1941 Cavalcade Of America
1942 The March Of Time
1943 Homicide O'Kane
1943 The Westinghouse Program
1944 The Lucky Strike Program
1945 Music For Millions
1945 Jimmy Fidler's Diary
1945 Kay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical Knowledge
1946 The Fabulous Doctor Tweedy
1946 Let George Do It
1946 The Mel Blanc Show
1946 Pacific Story
1948 Here's To Veterans
1948 My Favorite Husband
1949 Young Love
1950 The Great Gildersleeve
1955 The New Edgar Bergen Hour
The Adventures Of Maisie
The Curt Massey Show
Meet Corliss Archer
John 'Bud' Hiestand announces the end of Prohibition from A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
John 'Bud' Hiestand announces the end of Prohibition from A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

John Hiestand as a remote reporter at the site of the alien landing in The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
John Hiestand as a remote reporter at the site of the alien landing in The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

John 'Bud' Hiestand was one of Film, Radio and Television's most memorable character actors and announcers for almost fifty years. Suffering under the double-whammy of both character actor and announcer, it's even more significant that he's been elevated to the level of Dick Joy, Fred Foy, Don Wilson, Fred Collins, Harry Von Zell, and Dan Seymour in the minds of most Golden Age Radio fans.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Hiestand hied himself to Chicago, then Hollywood to pursue a Radio, then Film career. Nor was Film merely a lark for Bud Hiestand. He worked at it, received little on-screen credit for it, and yet remained in demand for uncredited performances for the first fifteen years of his Film career. Overlapping and conflicting Union rules being what they were, Bud Hiestand wasn't complaining. The continued exposure in Film kept him in demand in Film, while allowing him to pursue his Radio work in every capacity he wished to take it.

The legendary Cinnamon Bear (1937) was Hiestand's first significant outing on Radio. The Cinnamon Bear is legendary for far more than it's apparently timeless juvenile Christmas adventure alone. The Cinnamon Bear comprised an ensemble cast that would eventually become many of Radio's most well-respected, widely heard, most loved and most successful Radio performers to begin their careers together on one program.

With virtually the entire Cinnamon Bear cast performing double--or triple--duty, Bud Hiestand was no exception. In addition to announcing the program, Hiestand performed as Lefty, Muddler Captain, Penguin and the Royal Secretary. As is often the case, Hiestand came to the production through serendipity. His sister was Elizabeth Heisch, author and co-creator with her husband, Glan Heisch of the entire concept. Hiestand agreed to do the narration for the series as a favor, and ended up doing quintuple duty on the program along with much of the cast.

In another fascinating wrinkle of Hiestand's Radio career, he legally impersonated Walt Disney himself in The Mickey Mouse Theatre of The Air (1938). Disney had gotten hung-up on the way to the recording session, so Hiestand had to step in for him. The arrangment worked so well, Hiestand reportedly stood in for Walt Disney on other occasions by prior agreement.

There's no denying how busy John Hiestand remained throughout his Radio career. While juggling several Film projects a year, Hiestand was almost continually on Radio for twenty years in one capacity or another. During World War II Hiestand reportedly worked on assignment for the Office of War Information's Radio Bureau. Indeed, John Hiestand's estate donated his papers from the period 1942-1945 to The Hoover Institution, who subsequently donated them to The State of California's Online Archive.

Upon returning to active commercial Radio, Bud Hiestand landed the announcer position in the cast of Let George Do It, a detective comedy sponsored by Standard Oil of Southern California and it's Chevron Supreme Gasoline stations which were, for the most part, independent lessees of their stations. This was fairly unprecedented for its day. In subsequent years, the major Petroleum companies would operate their gas station franchises like West Virginia Coal Mining company stores. But this was another time and another generation of corporate America.

Let George Do It turned out to be a plum assignment for Hiestand. Not only did it run for almost nine years, but it remained in Southern California for eight of those years. It kept the mostly ensemble cast very tightly integrated and stable and the cast clearly grew to enjoy each other's company and performances immensely.

There's no question that both Hiestand's exposition of the script as well as his highly entertaining homilies regarding car care contributed equally to the success of the program. Any comparison between either the Pream-sponsored programs, the AFRTS syndicated programs or the recently discovered Harry S. Goodman remastered transcriptions to the original Chevron-sponsored programs leaves the later--or adulterated--recordings wanting. For dyed in the wool Let George Do It fans, the absence of Bud Hiestand's car care advice or homilies leaves the production lacking. Not to mention a consequential absence of Hiestand's wonderful segues and expositional commentaries throughout the course of most scripts.

Let George Do It was by no means Hiestand's only gig during its run. While narrating and announcing Let George Do It, Hiestand was also announcing for The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy, Pacific Story, The Mel Blanc Show, Here's To Veterans, The Adventures of Maisie, My Favorite Husband and The Great Gildersleeve. Note that these were--and remain--some of Radio's most popular programs of their era. He was also continuing to appear in numerous feature films during the same period.

Bud Hiestand moved almost seamlessly into Television. Between 1951 and 1983, Bud Hiestand appeared in, announced or narrated over 200 productions. All told, Bud Hiestand compiled a twenty-year, 5,000 appearance Radio career, a Film career comprising over fifty films, and a Television career of thirty-years.

By any measure, either contemporary or from The Golden Ages of Radio and Television themselves, John 'Bud' Hiestand compiled a truly extraordinary record of excellence in Broadcasting, and solid large and small screen character performances. There are only a handful of announcers from either Radio or Television that have ever managed to bridge announcing and acting. That handful shrinks to the fingers of one hand when you reduce that count to those who did both with consistently excellent results.

That leaves Bud Hiestand standing with perhaps three or four genuine peers who achieved what Bud Hiestand did over a multi-faceted career. Golden Age Radio programs like Let George Do It, The Great Gildersleeve, and The Adventures of Maisie, not to mention The Jack Benny Show, The Burns and Allen Show, and Cavalcade of America are in the collection of virtually every Golden age Radio collector around the world.

Bud Hiestand's body of work is very well represented, indeed.



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