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'Hap Hazard Illustrations' hint at the nature of premiere of The Hap Hazard Show in a spot ad from July 1st 1941
'Hap Hazard Illustrations' hint at the nature of premiere of The Hap Hazard Show in a spot ad from July 1st 1941


Caption: 'Ransom Sherman (above) alias 'Hap Hazard' will present the new Johnson Wax show during the summer months.'
Caption: 'Ransom Sherman (above) alias 'Hap Hazard' will present the new Johnson Wax show during the summer months.'

Ransom Sherman, having relocated from the Midwest to Hollywood for Hap Hazard finds little welcome solace while dining alone at Hollywood's Tropics Club.
Ransom Sherman, having relocated
from the Midwest to Hollywood for Hap Hazard finds little welcome solace
while dining alone at Hollywood's
Tropics Club.

Hap Hazard spot ad from July 12th 1941
Hap Hazard spot ad from July 12th 1941


Johnson Wax promoted its 'Car Nu' car wax over Hap Hazard
Johnson Wax promoted its 'Car Nu' car wax over Hap Hazard


Caption reads: 'Elmira Roessler is heard in the role of secretary to Hap Hazard (nee Ransom Sherman, remember?), manager of Crestfallen Manor, over the NBC-Red network Tuesdays in the vacationing Fibber McGee’s spot. She was in radio work in St Louis seven years before transferring her activities to Chicago in 1939.'
Caption reads: 'Elmira Roessler is heard in the role of secretary to Hap Hazard (nee Ransom Sherman, remember?), manager of Crestfallen Manor, over the NBC-Red network Tuesdays in the vacationing Fibber McGee’s spot. She was in radio work in St Louis seven years before transferring her activities to Chicago in 1939.'

Procter & Gamble promoted their Ivory Soap and Ivory Snow over the 1942 CBS run of Hap Hazard
Procter & Gamble promoted their Ivory Soap and Ivory Snow over the 1942 CBS run of Hap Hazard

1869 Procter & Gamble 'Family Lard' ad shows their 'man-in-the-moon and stars' trademark already in use.
1869 Procter & Gamble 'Family Lard' ad shows their 'man-in-the-moon and stars' trademark already in use.



Background

Throughout the Golden Age of Radio, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. remained one of Radio's most enduring and successful sponsors and supporters. For over twenty years over Radio, S.C. Johnson sponsored a popular array of variety and comedy programs:

  • 1933 The House by the Side of the Road [Tony Won]
  • 1934 Tony Won’s Scrapbook
  • 1935-1950 Fibber McGee and Molly
  • 1938 Attorney At Law
  • 1939 Alec Templeton Time
  • 1940 Meredith Willson’s Musical Revue
  • 1941 Hap Hazard
  • 1942 Meredith Willson’s Musical Revue
  • 1943 The Passing Parade
  • 1943 Words At War
  • 1945 The Victor Borge Show
  • 1946 The Fred Waring Show
  • 1947 Call the Police
  • 1947 The Fred Waring Show
  • 1948 Dizzy Dean
  • 1948 The Fred Waring Show
  • 1949 The King's Men
  • 1950 The Penny Singleton Show
  • 1950 Presenting Charles Boyer
  • 1951 The Jack Pearl Show

By far the most memorable of S.C. Johnson's programs was the long running Fibber McGee and Molly situation comedy-variety series, airing between 1935 and 1956, sponsored by S.C. Johnson for the overwhelming number of its seasons. Most of the other S.C. Johnson-sponsored programs above aired as 'Summer replacement' programs for Fibber McGee and Molly.

A family-owned business for five generations, in 1886 Johnson patriarch, Samuel Curtis Johnson, Sr., purchased the parquet flooring business of the former Racine Hardware Company and launched his 'Johnson's Prepared Paste Wax Company.' As S.C. Johnson diversified and expanded its product line, household products such as Johnson Wax, Glo-Coat, Car-Nu and Blem became synonymous with waxing, polishing and cleaning products throughout North America and beyond.

S.C. Johnson and Family is also remembered for its ultra-streamlined, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Johnson Wax Administration Building, whose main structure was erected in 1939. Commissioned by Herbert F. "Hib" Johnson, the series of Wright-designed administrative buildings and research facilities eventually comprised fourteen structures that were ultimately completed in 1950.

Procter & Gamble: a giant in Radio sponsorship

Procter and Gamble - Progress Through Constantly Trying to Please

Procter and Gamble (P&G) was one of radio's most prolific sponsors from the earliest days of radio:

1930 Emily Post [Camay]
1931 Sisters of the Skillet [Crisco]
1932 Stoopnagle and Bud [Ivory]
1932 The Ivory Program [Ivory]
1932 The Mills Brothers [Crisco and Chipso]
1933 Ma Perkins [Oxydol]
1934 Dreams Come True [Camay]
1934 Ivory Stamp Club [Ivory]
1934 The Story of Mary Marlin [Ivory]
1934 Vic and Sade [Crisco]
1935 Pat Barnes in Person
1935 The O’Neills [Ivory]
1936 Barry Wood [Drene]
1936 Five–Star Jones [Oxydol]
1936 Pepper Young’s Family [Camay]
1936 The Ivory Reporter [Ivory]
1936 The Jerry Cooper Show [Drene]
1937 Kitty Keene, Inc. [Dreft]
1937 Road of Life
1937 The Goldbergs [Oxydol]
1937 The Guiding Light [White Naptha]
1938 Central City [Oxydol]
1938 Life Can Be Beautiful [Ivory]
1938 This Day is Ours [Crisco]
1939 Against the Storm [Ivory]
1939 Midstream [Teel]
1939 Professor Quiz [Teel]
1939 The Man I Married [Oxydol]
1939 The Right to Happiness
1939 The Trouble with Marriage
1939 What’s My Name? [Oxydol]
1940 Everyman’s Theater [Oxydol]
1940 Knickerbocker Playhouse [Drene]
1940 Lone Journey [Dreft]
1940 Those We Love [Teel]
1940 Truth or Consequences [Ivory]
1941 The Woman in White [Oxydol, Camay]  
1942 Abie’s Irish Rose [Drene]
1942 Hap Hazard
1942 Junior Miss
1942 Snow Village Sketches
1942 Young Dr. Malone
1943 A Woman of America [Ivory]
1943 Brave Tomorrow [Ivory]
1943 Dreft Star Playhouse [Dreft]
1943 I Love a Mystery [Ivory]
1943 Perry Mason [Camay]
1944 Glamour Manor [Ivory]
1944 Let’s Listen To Spencer [Ivory]
1944 Rosemary
1945 Joyce Jordan, M.D. [Dreft]
1945 Life of Riley [Teel]
1945 Meet Margaret MacDonald
1945 Mommie and the Men
1945 Teel Variety Hall [Teel]
1946 Lanny Ross
1946 Mystery of the Week [Ivory]
1946 The Bickersons (as Drene Time) [Drene]
1947 Life of Riley [Dreft, Prell]
1947 Welcome Travelers
1948 Gang Busters [Tide]
1948 The Brighter Day [Dreft]
1948 What Makes You Tick? [Ivory]
1949 Bob Burns [Dreft]
1949 Lorenzo Jones
1949 Red Ryder [Tide]
1950 The David Rose Show [Tide]
1951 Jack Smith [Oxydol]
1951 The Sheriff
1952 Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons

A quick scan of the above list will amply demonstrate why serial melodramas of the era were referred to as 'soap operas.' Procter & Gamble was a steadfast sponsor of 'soaps' throughout Radio's Golden Age.

British candlemaker William Procter and Irish soapmaker James Gamble had emigrated to the United States during the early 1800s, eventually settling in Cinncinati, Ohio. Sisters Olivia and Elizabeth Norris brought the unlikely pair together through marriage.

The girls' father, Alexander Norris, subequently persuaded his pair of new sons-in-law to become business partners, and on Halloween 1837 they formed Procter & Gamble.

By the mid-1850s their sales had grown to $1 million and they were employing approximately eighty workers. Seizing on the outbreak of The Civil War, Procter & Gamble won contracts to supply the Union Army with both soap and candles.

During the 1880s, P&G began marketing inexpensive floating soap bars--the Ivory Soap we know today.

Thereafter followed a period of rapid expansion, extending their factories well outside of Cinncinati, and diversifying into products such as Crisco, the now ubiquitous shortening made of vegetable oils as opposed to animal fats. The advent of Radio brought them even greater opportunities to expand the reach of both Ivory and Crisco, and their several sponsored serial melodramas soon became identified as "soap operas" in the popular vernacular of the day.

Tide laundry detergent emerged in 1946, Prell shampoo in 1947, Crest toothpaste in 1955, Charmin paper towels in 1957, Downey laundry softener in 1960, and Bounce dryer softener sheets in 1972. Their innovative Pampers synthetic diaper line was first test-marketed in 1961. Continued diversification throughout the remainder of the 20th century found P&G acquiring Folgers Coffee, Pepto-Bismol, Noxzema, Old Spice, Max Factor, and Iams, among many others.

Given its product offerings throughout the 20th Century, it becomes obvious that P&G's principal demographic continued to be domestic wives and mothers, 25-54 years of age. With P&G's dominant position in its sector, it's understandable that P&G became increasingly sensitive to cultural pressures. 1981 proved that even an industrial giant like P&G was not immune to innuendo and whispering campaigns emanating from its consumer base and competitors. Case in point, P&G's iconic corporate trademark, a 'man in the moon' surrounded by thirteen stars symbolizing the original thirteen colonies, came under fire during the early 1980s:

Rumors had spread that the P&G man-in-the-moon and stars trademark was a satanic symbol, the charge based upon a passage in the Bible--Revelation 12:1--which states:

"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of 12 stars."

"Some" claimed that the trademark was a "mockery" of the above quoted verse, ergo the 116-year-old, iconic trademark "must be satanic." The ending curls of its flowing beard were said to be a mirror image of the number "666"--the reflected number of the mark of the beast. And last but not least, where the flowing hair at the top and bottom meet the surrounding ring of the 'moon', were said to be "the two horns of the ram."

So sensitive was the giant international conglomerate to such a concerted--albeit spurious and ridiculous--attack, that it ultimately dropped its iconic trademark of over one hundred and sixteen years in 1985, and at a cost of millions of dollars in rebranding and repackaging. But as must be obvious from the 1869 Procter & Gamble newspaper advertisement in the sidebar (left), a rendition of P&G's man in the moon had graced their products as early as the post-Civil War years--without objection from either The North or The South during America's most divisive and tumultuous years.

Hap Hazard replaces Fibber McGee & Molly during Summer of 1941

The fourth in a series of Johnson Wax Program Summer replacements for Fibber McGee & Molly, Hap Hazard premiered on July 1st 1941 as a situation comedy-variety series of thirteen weeks. The new series was headlined by Ransom Sherman, who'd previously appeared in Fibber McGee & Molly--more by his absence than his presence--as Uncle Dennis Driscoll, Molly's hard-living, hard-drinking Irish uncle. Sherman had also appeared in Fibber McGee & Molly as Wistful Vista's movie theater manager, Mr. Wellington.

The setting for Hap Hazard was the summer resort hotel, Crestfallen Manor, owned by Kitty Carson [portrayed by Mary Patton.] Hapgood 'Hap' Hazard, portrayed by Ransom Sherman, was the manager of Crestfallen Manor--and an ardent suitor of its attractive owner, Kitty Carson. Felix Mills and his orchestra provided the music and underscore for the series.

As 'rural slice of life' fare, the series acquitted itself well. The dynamics between Hap and his guests, as well as his interactions with his radio station staff were entertaining, well writting and well paced. As summer replacement fare for Fibber McGee & Molly, Hap Hazard filled the bill as a placeholder for Fibber and Molly's adoring fans, while seamlessly meeting the demographics of its sponsor of long standing and its target audience.

The incorporation of mythical radio station W-U-U into the resort hotel setting was an inspired artifice for the series. It created far more comedic turns for the scripts as well as creating seamless opportunities for the 'comedy-variety' nature of the series--again, entirely in keeping with the format of most of Fibber McGee & Molly's earliest productions. Ray Grant's interpretation of 'Cyclone' smacked as much of Stepin Fetchit as Freeman and Gosden's 'Amos 'n' Andy.' Cyclone also contributed an element of slapstick to the series.

Hap Hazard and Crestfallen Manor move to CBS

The managerial problems of Crestfallen Manor, mythical hotel of Columbia network’s new “Hap Hazard” program, which has its premiere Jan. 23, are many and varied and at the moment happy-go-lucky Ransom Sherman’s main problem is how to get away from the electrical octopus called a telephone switchboard. Ransom is the proprietor of the Manor--gets into this mess everytime he fires the telephone operator.

During October 1941, both NBC and Johnson's Wax intimated that they might spin Ransom Sherman and his Hap Hazard off onto his own network show--teased to begin October 15th, 1941. However, owing to the steel shortage at the time, S.C. Johnson couldn't produce enough cans of Car-Nu to justify its sponsorship of a Fall run under NBC. Sherman apparently persuaded Procter & Gamble to sponsor a full run, but only over CBS. The move to CBS, resulted in the loss of Sherman's Music Director, Billy Mills, which prevented the series from commencing on December 30th, 1941 for P&G over CBS. That delayed the new series another three weeks while Sherman scrambled to find another Music Director. Once CBS Music Director Gordon Jenkins came on board, the series finally premiered in prime time on January 23rd 1942.

Sherman's new cast comprised songbird Martha Tilton, the orchestra of Gordon Jenkins, and
Paula Winslowe, Shirley Mitchell, and Arthur Kohl as supporting cast members.

Series Derivatives:

AFRS; The Johnson Wax Program; The Hap Hazard Show
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Situation Comedy - Variety
Network(s): NBC; CBS; The AFRS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 41-07-01 01 Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 41-07-01 to 41-09-23; NBC; Thirteen, 30-minute programs;
Syndication:
Sponsors: S. C. Johnson [Johnson's Wax; Car-Nu; Glo Coat; Blem]

Procter & Gamble [Ivory Suds]
Director(s): Van Fleming [Producer]
Principal Actors: Ransom Sherman, Durward Kirby, Edna O'Dell, Elmira Roessler, Cliff Soubier, Mary Patton, Ray Grant, Paula Winslowe, Shirley Mitchell, Arthur Kohl
Recurring Character(s): 'Hap' Hazard, manager of the mythical Summer hotel, 'Crestfallen Manor' [Ransom Sherman]; 'Cyclone', Crestfallen Manor's cook [Ray Grant]; Miss Mink [Elmira Roessler]; Mr. Pittaway [Cliff Soubier]; Kitty Carson, owner of Crestfallen Manor and Hap Hazard's love interest [Mary Patton];
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Dick McNight
Music Direction: Billy Mills and His Orchestra; Edna O'Dell, "The Girl with the Midnight Voice"

Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Durward Kirby [also Commercial spokesman]
Harlow Wilcox [Commercial spokesman]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
39 [ 36 broadcast episodes ]
Episodes in Circulation: 39
Total Episodes in Collection: 20
Provenances:


Billboard review of Hap Hazard from February 21st 1942
Billboard review of Hap Hazard from February 21st 1942


Billboard announces the last episode of The Ransom Sherman Show as June 24th 1942
Billboard announces the last episode of The Ransom Sherman Show as June 24th 1942

Salt Lake City spot ad for CBS run of 'Ransom Sherman' from March 18th 1942
Salt Lake City spot ad for CBS run of 'Ransom Sherman' from March 18th 1942

Library of Congress; Contributor Jerry Haendiges.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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Hap Hazard Radio Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
41-06-24
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41-06-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Fibber McGee and Molly (WIBA, WMAQ): just before the vacation.
41-07-01
1
Premiere -- Hap Meets the Boss
Y
[ Presto recording; 19:45 minute excerpts only]

41-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA):
new series with Ransom Sherman as manager of Crestfallen manor.

41-07-01 Capital Times
FIREWORKS will start early this year when
Hap Hazard sets off a series of crazy and hilarious antics on the new Johnson Wax program over WIBA tonight at 7:30.
The new show will star Ransom Sherman as "Hap Hazard," manager of "Crestfallen Manor." mythical hotel, and will replace Fibber McGee and Molly for the summer season.

41-07-08
2
The Murphy Bed Mystery
Y
[ Presto recording; 21:29 minute excerpts only]

41-07-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA, WMAQ):
some crazy antics at the hotel.

41-07-08 Charleston Gazette
Edna O'Dell, petite songstress, will make her debut on the "Hap Hazard" program over NBC-WGKV ar 8:30 p. m. Just returning from a 3,000 mile solo automobile trip covering 14 states in 11 days, Miss O'Dell will come to the microphones as a familiar personality, having been heard for several years over various NBC programs originating, in Chicago. Ransom Sherman will again welcome listeners to "Crestfallen Manor'' in his role as "Hap Hazard'' with Durward Kirby handling the announcer and chief stooge duties.

41-07-15
3
The Coal Shortage
Y
[ Presto recording; 20:54 minute excerpts only]

41-07-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA, WMAQ):
more hotel adventures.

41-07-22
4
Held For Ransom
Y
41-07-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA, WMAQ):
more hotel mishaps.

41-07-22 Charleston Gazette
"Hap Hazard "Ransom Sherman of "Club Matinee" fame, again takes his cohorts and stooges to "Crestfall Manor," the hotel "of half-wits, for another riotous evening of fun and action at 8:30 p. m.

41-07-29
5
Gildersleeve Visits Crestfallen Manor
Y
[ Presto recording; 21:34 minute excerpts only; very poor]

41-07-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA):
Throckmorton Gildersleeve of Fibber and Molly is a hotel guest.
Elmira Roessler is heard in the role of secretary to Hap Hazard (nee Ransom Sherman, remember?), manager of Crestfallen Manor, over the NBC-Red network Tuesdays in'the vacationing Fibber McGee's spot. She was in radio work in St. Louis seven years before transferring her activities to Chicago in 1939.

41-08-05
6
The Crestfallen Flower Club
Y
[ Presto recording; 21:11 minute excerpts only]

41-08-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA):
a garden club convention

41-08-05 Lima News
Ransom Sherman as "Hap Hazard" will carry on his funatics as manager of "Crestfallen Manor" on the Hap Hazard program Tuesday, Aug. 5, 8:00 P. M. over WEAF. Billy Mills orchestra will feature a swing arrangement of the "Procession of the Sarder," "Hi Neighbor," and "Sweet Night." Edna O'Dell will sing. "Oh, Look at Me Now." "Hap" will be assisted by a crew of stooges headed by Elmira Roessler as Miss Mink;" Cliff Soubier as "Mr. Pittaway;" Mary Patton as "Kitty" and Ray Grant as "Cyclone." Durward Kirby will announce.

41-08-12
7
Hap Speaks At Hotel Convention
Y
41-08-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA):
the manager of the hotel finds his guests do some silly things.

41-08-19
8
Mrs Fleming's Missing Pearls
Y
[Production moves to Hollywood; Presto recording; 20:20 minute excerpt only]

41-08-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA):
more hotel adventures.

41-08-19 Capital Times
HAP HAZARD
The cinema city of Hollywood will hang out the welcome signs tonight when "Hap Hazard," formerly of Chicago, makes his first broadcast in the Johnson Wax series, over WIBA tonight at 7:30.
"Hap" (Ransom Sherman) will open his Crestfallen Manor, hotel of hilarity, for an indefinite stay in Hollywood. Accompanying him are Edna O'Dell, the girl with the midnight voice, and Billy Mills, orchestra conductor

41-08-26
9
Hap's Travel Bureau
Y
[ Presto recording; 20:43 minute excerpts only]

41-08-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA):
a guest complains about Hap's hotel service.

41-08-26 Charleston Gazette
Marking the second broadcast of his summer series from the West coast, "Hap Hazard" will be heard at 8:30 p. m. with his versatile cast of humor men and women lor another broadcast about the mythical hostelry of mirth, "Crestfallen Manor."

41-09-02
10
The Butcher Shop
N
41-09-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:30 NBC Hap Hazard

41-09-09
11
The Crestfallen Manor Dress Shop
Y
41-09-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA):
rebellion among the guests at Crestfallen manor.

41-08-19 Capital Times
HAP HAZARD
Hap Hazard, proprietor of Crestfallen Manor, who knows less and talks more about hotel operation than any Boniface in the land, is faced with a rebellion among his guests during the broadcast tonight at 7:30 over WIBA.
Contralto Edna O'Dell will sing "Time Was" and Billy Mills' orchestra will play "Green Eyes."

41-09-16
12
'Mary Jones Fights Back'
Y
41-09-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA):
sings "So You're the One."

41-08-19 Capital Times
HAP HAZARD
RANSOM SHERMAN the zany comic, will also sing on the "Hap Hazard" program tonight at 7-30 over WIBA, when he does a comedy version of the tune "So You're the One."
Billy Mills orchestra will feature a swing" version of "American Patrol" and Edna O'Dell will sing "Time Was." There will also be another hilarious episode from the mythical hotel, "Crestfallen Manor" operated by Hap Hazard.

41-09-23
13
A Lecture on Birds
Y
41-09-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hap Hazard (WIBA):
another radio burlesque in the hotel.

41-09-26 The Oregonian
Martha Tilton has been signed to warble on the Hap Hazard show when it reopens its fall season Oct. 15. Hap's show closed temporarily last Tuesday and when it resumes will be heard on KGW at 4:30 Wednesdays.

41-09-30
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[ Fibber McGee and Molly resumes its timeslot on NBD for Johnsons Wax]

41-09-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 NBC Johnny Presesnts; 8:30 p.m.--Fibber McGee and Molly (WIBA): Fibber returns with tales from his hunting trip.

41-10-15
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41-10-10 Canton Repository
The first world war took Billy Mills out of theater music and into the army. Now the second world war has hit him again by robbing him of a radio program. Sponsors of the "Hap Hazard" show for which Mills supplies the music have placed the show on the shelf because they find themselves unable to get enough cans to market their product.

41-10-15 Harrisburg Evening News
BEGINNING tonight at 7:30 over WEAF, Hap Hazard becomes a regular Wednesday night feature starring Ransom Sherman, Songstress Edna O'Dell and Billy Mills' orchestra. This series during the summer replaced Fibber McGee and Molly.

41-11-29
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41-11-29 Canton Repository
Hap Hazard, who was first introduced to the radio audience by the sponsor of Fibber McGee and Molly as a summer substitute, is coming back on the air as a CBS feature.

41-12-02 Oregonian
Ransom Sherman and his Hap Hazard show open on CBS December 30.

41-12-20
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41-12-20 Belvidere Daily Republican
"Hap Hazard" gets Friday 9 p.m. spot on C.B.S. probably after Jan. 2. "Hollywood Premiere" used to have the time.

41-12-28
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41-12-28 Zanesville Times Recorder
Ten minutes and four city blocks cost Billy Mills another network program last week. Offered his old job of batoning the "Hap Hazard" program, which is soon to return to the airwaves, Billy was forced to decline because he would have to shift from CBS (site of the Hazard show) to NBC in ten minutes to conduct his regular Fibber McGee spot. Hollywood traffic being what it is, Mills saw no way to make connections, without the aid of a flying carpet.






42-01-02
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42-01-02 Fresno Bee The Republican
Ransom Sherman, who originated the comedy character of Hap Hazard last Summer as a substitute for the Fibber McGee and Molly programs, will make his bow at 7 o'clock tonight in a new weekly series of CBS programs.

41-01-02 The Oregonian
Four new weekly programs start tonight (Friday). (4) Hap Hazard--KOIN, 7. This is Ransom Sherman who was heard on NBC last summer as the host of Crestfallen Manor. On his hotel staff this time he'll have Martha Tilton to warble. Plus Irene Ryan, who is half the team of Tim & Irene.

42-01-09
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42-01-12 Canton Repository
Ransom Sherman brings his "Hap Hazard" program back to CBS Jan. 23 at 10.

42-01-16
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42-01-16 Lima News
9:00--The Friday Night's Playhouse—CBS

42-01-16 New York Times
10:00-WABC-Concert Orchestra; Eileen Farrell, Soprano

42-01-16 Washington Post
WJSV--10:00--Columbia- Concert Orchestra

42-01-17 Belvedere Daily Republican
On Joe Parker's move from NBC to produce the new Ransom Sherman "Hap Hazard, Arnold McGuire stepped into Parker's network contract spot on "The Great Gildersleeve" and Ned Tollinger moved into the vacancy he made on Fibber McGee and Molly.

42-01-23
1
The Grand Opening Inspection
Y
[Premiere of new series over CBS, sponsored by Ivory Soap; Presto recording; 21:49 minute excerpts only]

42-01-19 Wisconsin State Journal
The managerial problems of Crestfallen Manor, mythical hotel of Columbia network's new "Hap Hazard" program, which has its premiere Jan. 23, are many and varied and at the moment happy-go-lucky Ransom Sherman's main problem is how to get away from the electrical octopus called a telephone switchboard.
Hansom is the proprietor of the Manor—gets into this mess every time he fires the telephone operator
.

42-01-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Ransom Sherman (WBBM): as Hap Hazard and his Crestfallen Manor plus Songstress Martha Tilton.

42-01-23 Harrisburg Telegraph
Hap Hazard (WHP)--The woes of hotelkeepers from coast-to-coast are to be incorporated in the zany happenings at Crestfallen Manor when Comedian Ransom Sherman impersonates "Hap Hazare," proprietor of that fictional hostelrly, in a new weekly series over Columbia network beginning tonight at 10. As the happy-go-lucky guiding hand of Crestfallen Manor, Mine Host Sherman has a wearing life, with demands of the guests for a variety of entertainment ranging from music appreciation lessons to talks on the international situation. Sherman's hilarious finagling invariably ends with a complete loss of his boasted dignity as the perfect host.

42-01-23 Daily Illinois State Journal
"Hap Hazard," New Comic Variety Show--The woes of hotel keepers from coast to coast are to be incorporated in the zany happenings at Crestrallen Manor when Comedian Ransom Sherman impersonates "Hap Hazard" proprietor of that fictional hostelry, in a new weekly series over WBBM at 9 p.m. today.

42-01-23 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00 p.m.--WBBM--Hap Hazard, with Ransom Sherman, Martha Tilton, and Gordon Jenkins' orchestra chronicling the zany happenings at CrestFallen manor.
[Premiere.]

42-01-30
2
A Cow for Crestfallen Manor
Y
42-01-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Ransom Sherman (WBBM):
a crusade for a paying radio station

42-02-06
3
The Mystery of Missing Tiara
Y
42-02-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Ransom Sherman (WBBM):
lectures on health.

42-02-13
4
Traffic School
Y
42-02-13 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00 p.m.--WBBM--Ransom Sherman's show, with Martha Tilton and Gordon Jenkins' orchestra

42-02-20
5
The Crestfallen Merry Go Round
Y
42-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 Ransom Sherman--WBBM WCCO

42-02-27
6
The Health Lecture
Y
42-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 Ransom Sherman--WBBM WCCO

42-03-04
7
Friday the 13th at Crestfallen Manor
Y
[Moves to Wednesdays]

42-03-04 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30 p.m.--WBBM--Ransom Sherman show, with Martha Tilton and Gordon Jenkins' orchestra.
[New time.]

42-03-11
8
Sir Rancelot Sherman
Y
42-03-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Ransom Sherman--WBBM WCCO

42-03-11 Lima News
Ransom Sherman hires a genealogist who discovers he had an ancestor named Sir Rancelot Sherman on the Crestfallen Manor program at 9:30 p.m. via WABC. Sherman, in homage to his ancestor, rents a suit of armor to wear at his hotel, and then the fun begins.

42-03-18
9
Title Unknown
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42-03-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Ransom Sherman--WBBM WCCO

42-03-25
10
Title Unknown
N
42-03-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Ransom Sherman--WBBM WCCO

42-03-25 Lima News
Merriment rules the roost in Ransom Sherman's Crestfallen Manor when Ranse hears from an uncle living on Sherman's farm that he has found oil on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. over WABC. The celebration turns out to be a fiasco when a second communication tells Ransom that his uncle meant he found a bottle of liniment oil that Ranse had left at the farm.

42-04-01
11
Title Unknown
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42-04-01 Lima News
Ransom Sherman receives what he believes to be a threatening note to the welfare of Crestfallen Corners on hte Ransom Sherman program at 9:30 p.m. WABC. Gathering Crestfallen's citizens around him, Sherman heads an anti-crime movement to lecture the citizens on crime. Gordon Jenkins' orchestra is heard.

42-04-08
12
Title Unknown
N
42-04-08 Lima News
9:30--Ransom Sherman's Hap Hazard--cbs

42-04-15
13
Title Unknown
N
42-04-15 Lima News
9:30--Ransom Sherman's Hap Hazard--cbs

42-04-22
14
Title Unknown
N
42-04-22 Lima News
9:30--Ransom Sherman's Hap Hazard--cbs

42-04-29
15
Title Unknown
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42-04-29 Lima News
9:30--Ransom Sherman's Hap Hazard--cbs

42-05-06
16
Title Unknown
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42-05-06 Lima News
9:30--Ransom Sherman's Hap Hazard--cbs

42-05-13
17
Title Unknown
N
42-05-13 Lima News
9:30--Ransom Sherman's Hap Hazard--cbs

42-05-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Ransom Sherman (WBBM):
confusion among writers.

42-05-20
18
Title Unknown
N
42-05-20 Lima News
9:30--Ransom Sherman's Hap Hazard--cbs

42-05-27
19
Title Unknown
N
42-05-27 Lima News
9:30--Ransom Sherman's Hap Hazard--cbs

42-06-03
20
Title Unknown
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42-06-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Ransom Sherman (WBBM):
childhood days at Crestfallen Corners.

42-06-03 Chicago Daily Tribune
8:30 p.m.--WBBM--Ransom Sherman show, with Martha Tilton and Gordon Jenkins;
Ransom reveals mismanagement of Crestfallen Manor.

42-06-10
21
Title Unknown
N
42-06-10 Lima News
9:30--Ransom Sherman's Hap Hazard--cbs

42-06-13 Billboard
Radio Talent New York By JERRY LESSER . . .
That RANSOM SHERMAN Crestfallen Manor show is still the funniest show on the air to my way of thinking, with RED SKELTON taking second honors . . .

42-06-17
22
Title Unknown
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42-06-17 Lima News
9:30--Ransom Sherman's Hap Hazard--cbs

42-06-24
23
Title Unknown
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[Final episode]

42-06-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Ransom Sherman--WBBM WCCO

42-07-01
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42-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Big Town-WBBM WCCO KMOX

42-07-01 New York Times
Variety Show: Bing Crosby, Joan Blondell, Others-WABC, 9:30-10.

42-07-01 Washington Post
WJSV--9:30--Ransom Sherman.

42-07-01 Los Angeles Times
6:30--KNX-Soldlers With Wings

42-07-01 Ogden Standard Examiner
KSL--7:30--Ransom Sherman show






Hap Hazard Radio Program Biographies




Ransom M. Sherman
('Hap' Hazard)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1898-1985)

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

Radiography:
1937 The World Of Music
1937 Club Matinee
1938 Smile Parade
1941 Hap Hazard
1942 Grapevine Rancho
1942 Command Performance
1942 The Rudy Vallee Sealtest Show
1943 Fibber McGee and Molly
1943 Fiesta Rancho
1943 Mirth and Madness
1944 G.I. Journal
Mail Call

Ransom Sherman circa 1927
Ransom Sherman circa 1927
From the November 29th 1985 edition of the Los Angeles Times:

Broadcasting's Ransom Sherman Dies;
Encouraged Garry Moore and Others
 

Los Angeles Times
     Ransom Sherman, the radio writer and actor, television host and monologuist who found and encouraged such talent as Jonathan Winters, Garry Moore and Fran Allison, has died at age 87.
     The retired comic died of the infirmities of age at a Henderson, Nev., convalescent home.
     For nearly 50 years the owlish entertainer was a mainstay on such old radio shows as "Club Matinee," "Grapevine Rancho," "Hap Hazard," "Smile Parade," "Mirth and Madness" and "Fibber McGee and Molly," in which he and Bill Thompson shared the character of "Uncle Dennis."
     On television he was the father of the groom on "Father of the Bride" and hosted "And Here's the Show" in 1955, the George Gobel summer replacement that introduced the zany Winters to national audiences.  He first brought his monologues and wry wit to TV in 1950 as host of "The Ransom Sherman Show," which featured the Art Van Damme Quintet.  Sherman typically called him Art Van Darn.
     He also did character and comic roles in the films "Swing Your Partner," "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer," "Gentleman's Agreement," "Always Leave Them Laughing" and "Pretty Baby" his last in 1950.
     He was a small-town boy (Appleton, Wis.) who worked with a partner in the early days of radio, primarily on NBC in Chicago.
     In 1937 he became the host of "Club Matinee," a daily hour of mirth known for its gentle patter and off-key orchestra which gleefully fractured the classics.
     A crew-cut youngster named Thomas Garrison Morfit made his debut on the show and became Garry Moore after the station offered $50 in a "rename Morfit" contest.  Moore became not only a performer but a student of Sherman's learning to both write and perform comedy.
     Allison was the female singer on the show in the years before she teamed with puppeteer Burr Tillstrom on "Kukla, Fran & Ollie."
     In July 1941, with "Club Matinee" still on the air, Sherman became "Hap Hazard," proprietor of Crestfallen Manor, part of the Stop and Flop chain of penurious inns.  It lasted only that one summer as a replacement for "Fibber Magee and Molly."
     After "Club Matinee" went off the air in 1942 Sherman moved to CBS for "Grapevine Rancho," a wine-sponsored program in which Sherman played the owner of a ranch which concerned itself more with comedy than cattle and where Leo Carillo was the hired help.
     "Mirth and Madness," another variety series, followed in 1943.  The program also starred Jack Kirkwood who was often featured in sketches spoofing Westerns.  Kirkwood would invariably get shot, say to no one in particular, "Well, gal, I'm a-goin' fast.  But before I go, I got somethin' to say...."  He would then take up several minutes of air time with his zany non sequiturs.
     But whatever the format, Sherman was always the unsophisticated "just plain folks" character who stood just a bit apart from the dramatic insanity going on about him.
     "I just feel sorry for anyone who didn't know him," Allison said after learning of his death.



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