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The June 7th 1952 issue of The Billboard first teased the purchase of My Little Margie for Television by the Biow Agency for Philip Morris. It was to be a Summer replacement for I Love Lucy.
The June 7th 1952 issue of The Billboard first teased the purchase of My Little Margie for Television by the Biow Agency for Philip Morris. It was to be a Summer replacement for I Love Lucy.

The Summer 1952 success of My Little Margie resulted in a radio version, first teased in The Billboard's November 22nd 1952 issue.
The Summer 1952 success of My Little Margie resulted in a radio version, first teased in The Billboard's November 22nd 1952 issue.


Philip Morris sponsored the initial run of My Little Margie over Radio
Philip Morris sponsored the initial run of My Little Margie over Radio

December 6th 1952 Spot ad for My Little Margie sponsored by Philip Morris
December 6th 1952 Spot ad for My Little Margie sponsored by Philip Morris

Spot article caption reads: 'Screen favorites Charles Farrell and Gale Storm co-star as a problem parent and problem daughter on CBS Radio's new comedy series, 'My Little Margie,' which takes the air Sunday, Dec.7.
Spot article from December 18th 1952.

CBS Radio My Little Margie cast mugs for a promotional still. The Pee Wee Herman lookalike between Charlie Farrell and Gale Storm is Gil Stratton Jr., who was later known as a popular Southern California sports announcer.
CBS Radio My Little Margie cast mugs for a promotional still. The Pee Wee Herman lookalike between Charlie Farrell and Gale Storm is Gil Stratton Jr., later known as a popular Southern California sports announcer.

Campana and its Solitair makeup sponsored a season of My Little Margie over radio
Campana and its Solitair makeup sponsored a season of My Little Margie over radio


Campana also promoted its Ayds brand diet candy
Campana also promoted its Ayds brand diet candy

Background

Radio was a highly productive messaging medium for Philip Morris and Company, Limited throughout the period of The Golden Age of Radio. Philip Morris and Company was also one of the most prolific sponsors of Radio, bankrolling virtually every Radio genre heard during the era:

  • 1934 The Leo Reisman Orchestra
  • 1935 Johnny [Roventini] and The Foursome
  • 1938 The Perfect Crime
  • 1938 What's My Name?
  • 1939 Breezin' Along
  • 1939 Guess Where
  • 1939 Johnny [Roventini] Presents
  • 1939 Name Three
  • 1939 Where Are We?
  • 1940 Crime Doctor
  • 1941 Great Moments from Great Plays
  • 1941 Philip Morris Playhouse
  • 1942 Author's Playhouse
  • 1942 Purple Heart
  • 1942 The Philip Morris Program
  • 1944 It Pays to Be Ignorant
  • 1945 Talent Theater
  • 1946 Heart's Desire
  • 1946 The Johnny Desmond Follies
  • 1947 At Home with The Berles
  • 1947 Horace Heidt's Youth Opportunity Program
  • 1947 Kate Smith Sings
  • 1948 Call for Music
  • 1948 Everybody Wins
  • 1948 Philip Morris Playhouse
  • 1948 The Mel Torme Show
  • 1948 This Is Your Life
  • 1949 Against The Storm
  • 1949 Casey, Crime Photographer
  • 1949 Hogan's Daughter
  • 1949 Ladies, Be Seated
  • 1949 One Man's Opinion
  • 1950 Candid Microphone
  • 1950 Truth Or Consequences
  • 1951 Philip Morris Playhouse on Broadway
  • 1951 The Bickersons
  • 1951 The Strange Romance of Evelyn Winters
  • 1952 My Little Margie
  • 1952 What's My Line?
  • The Eddie Cantor Show Business Show

Cigarette advertising played a major role in Radio of the 1930s to 1950s. One of the Advertising Industry's most lucrative sectors, the Ad agencies of the era ruthlessly competed with each other for Tobacco Industry accounts. Given the addictive nature of tobacco products of any kind, the Tobacco Industry was one of the United States Economy's most recession-proof, inflation-proof, and depression-proof industries. And indeed, the tobacco industry of the era routinely poured a significant amount of its profits into both Print and Radio advertising throughout the period. The industry also ensured that tobacco products were routinely employed in all manner of Film productions of the 20th Century.

Philip Morris acquired the Miller Brewing Company in 1970, General Foods in 1985 and Kraft Foods in 1988. Thus, one could argue that Philip Morris, U.S.A. inherited the legacy for a lion's share of the most important sponsorships throughout the Golden Age of Radio, Philip Morris, Kraft Foods, and General Foods having sponsored over 300 popular Radio programs of the era. In 2003, the Philip Morris companies changed their name to the Altria Group.

Thoughout both World War I and World War II, the tobacco industries routinely shipped millions of free cartons and pouches of tobacco products to the G.I.s overeas on every fighting front--the better to ensure that overseas G.I's wouldn't be forced by circumstance to abandon their smoking addictions while they were at War. And also to ensure that American tobacco products made even more significant inroads into the occupied countries on the fighting fronts. The Tobacco Industry was equally generous to the G.I.s during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Conflict. And in fact, it's been estimated that three times as many of the G.I.s of the era ultimately died of tobacco-related illnesses than the entire estimated 292,000 fatal American servicemen casualties of World War II.

And of course, as history has revealed, Tobacco Advertising was also one of the era's most deceptive and misleading, routinely citing the health 'advantages' of a particular tobacco brand over its competitors. The more naked and bald-faced tobacco campaigns of the era routinely employed doctors and nurses to endorse the health efficacy of a particular brand's tobacco products. And quite naturally, another huge portion of the Tobacco Industry's profits were plowed back into influence peddling and lobbying against any form of regulation of tobacco products of the era--a practice that continued well into the 1990s.

Given the ruthlessly competitive and morally bereft nature of the Tobacco Industry of the era, it's no wonder that that same ruthless competition greatly influenced the Radio programming of the era. Indeed, to this day, most advertising historians and economists continue to cite the Tobacco Industry's influence peddling of the 20th Century to be the template from which most other deceptive corporate advertising practices achieved such illogical--and counter intuitive--success throughout the 20th Century.

Philip Morris sponsors My Little Margie over Television, Radio

From the December 10th 1952 edition of the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

'My Little Margie' Wins
Permanent Spot on Video

 By KING CHARLES
 
     Summer replacements in TV seldom get very far, primarily because they are designed to merely fill a gap while the "good" show is on vacation.
     "My Little Margie," starring Gale Storm, a not-too-well-known star of Class B  pictures, and Charles Farrell, a former movie star of long ago, was the sponsor's summer replacement for "I Love Lucy," top rated show.  But the idea caught on, fans loved "Margie" almost as much as "Lucy," so now the show comes back beginning Jan. 1.
     In the meantime, "My Little Margie" started on radio last Sunday, a real switch as usually radio shows move to TV, and it looks like another success.  Daily Variety, the show-biz magazine doesn't hesitate to pan a show or praise it.  Hard-boiled showmen write the reviews and they gave the radio version of "Margie" a great big hand.
     Funny part is, the "critics" panned "My Little Margie" when it first started on TV, but the public loved the show and has won out over the smart boys.

From the December 18th 1952 edition of theCedar Rapids Tribune:

NEW FAMILY 

     A young girl's problems in bringing up father set the stage for laughter on Sunday nights at 7:30 over WMT when Gale Storm and Charles Farrell star in "My Little Margie." ''
     Miss Storm, one of Hollywood's best known movie actresses, is Margie Albright, a 21-year-old who is determined to make her father behave himself.  Mr. Farrell, one of the biggest names in the silent days of film making, is the dashing, debonair father who refuses to recognize the fact that he's not quite as young as he used to be!
     Farrell is frankly fifty, white haired, handsome and as spry as any man half his age.  The star of many silent movies, he is best known for his co-starring role opposite Janet Gaynor in the classic "Seventh Heaven."  Until recently, Farrell was perfectly content to be classed as a retired actor.  He owned and operated the Racquet Club, a resort in the desert which does a half million dollar business in an eight-month season.  And he's mayor of Palm Springs.
Except for an occasional guest appearance, he was happy to forget his acting.  But when a tempting role came along, the lure of a dramatic work was too much for him and that's how come he's back in the limelight with this new radio
role.
     He claims he wasn't looking for a new career, "but it ought to be fun — and maybe I am a ham!"
     While Farrell has hit the top in movie circles, Gale Storm is rapidity arriving there.  And she got started the hard way via talent contests.  While still in high school in Houston, Texas, she won a Gateway to Hollywood contest and
later came out the winner over thousands of girls from all the major American cities.
     Coincidentally, the young man who won the male division was Lee Bonnell.  Two years later he and Gale were married.  And Gale hasn't let her career interfere with her home.  In fact, the career was sidelined while she had three children.
     Now she's back at work again, as trim a figure as ever, because as she explains "Raising children is hard work."

And from the December 23rd 1952 edition of the San Mateo Times:

TV-RADIO

By BOB Foster

MY LITTLE MARGIE

     There are not many among America's younger generations who remember much about gray-thatched Charlie Farrell.  In case some o£ our readers are not familiar with the man, before he became costar of "My Little Margie,"
Charlie Farrell at one time enjoyed the top of motion picture stardom with a cute young thing called Janet Gaynor.
     Their pictures, " Seventh Heaven," "Delicious" and others thrilled romantic teenagers back in the early days of sound movies.
     Today, Janet Gaynor lives quietly in Hollywood as the wife of dress designer Adrian.  For the past 10 or 15 years Farrell has conducted several private businesses both in Hollywood and Palm Springs.
     Last summer, when "I Love Lucy" took its hiatus, CBS bought "My Little Margie" as a stand in.  Despite the fact that most of us, the critics couldn't see the thing at all—considering it so much junk—it clicked and in four weeks was fourth on the Hooper and Neilson ratings.
     Today Charles Farrell is known far better than he was in his motion picture days, and the attractive young lady who plays Margie, Gale Storm, has found herself with a new career.
     "My Little Margie" returns to our local television screens a week from Thursday on KPIX at 10 o'clock.

CBS Studio B audience ticket for the April 19th 1955 performance of My Little Margie
CBS Studio B audience ticket for the April 19th 1955
performance of My Little Margie

The extraordinary success of My Little Margie over Television--a consistent 30 Share over its entire run over television--was the compelling reason to bring My Little Margie to Radio. The 'norm' of the preceding years of program transitions was that a successful program over radio migrated to television--often employing the same casts or scripts. It was the early 1950s that saw this trend reverse itself in several instances; a popular television program would make its way to radio. My Little Margie being in the latter category, a few distinctions are in order:

  • The only cast members appearing in both radio and television renditions were Charlie Farrell and Gale Storm, although a few character actors like Herb Vigran and Peter Leeds appeared in both renditions.
  • While Gertrude Hoffman portrayed the Albrights' nosy neighbor Mrs. Odetts over television, it was veteran comedienne and actress Verna Felton who appeared in the role over radio.
  • Clarence Colb, the ubiquitous character actor most associated with Mr. Honeywell via his television appearances found his alter ego portrayed by perennially aged-looking character actor Will Wright in the radio version.
  • While Hillary Brooke remained Vern Albright's main squeeze as Roberta Townsend in the television version, it was a combination of Shirley Mitchell and/or Doris Singleton that portrayed either Roberta Townsend or Connie Carter as Vern Albright's 'companions' in the radio version.
  • Freddie Wilson, former Army Air Forces tail-gunner and Margie's long-suffering love interest was portrayed by Don Hayden over television and by Gil Stratton, Jr. in the radio version.
  • And while a handful of generalized plot points were common to both the television and radio renditions of My Little Margie, none of the scripts employed in either medium were common to both media versions of My Little Margie.

There was also quite a bit more continuity in the Television version of My Little Margie than that found in the Radio version of My Little Margie. The Television rendition of My Little Margie was a Film production throughout its entire 126 episodes, while the 140+ episodes of My Little Margie over Radio were recorded before live audiences on a weekly basis.

My Little Margie creator
Frank Fox retained that credit for the entire run over both television and radio--as well as the line of comic books spawned by My Little Margie's phenomenal success. There was also serious talk of a full-length movie version of My Little Margie as late as 1956. Gordon T. Hughes produced, directed and transcribed the entire run of My Little Margie over Radio for the Film [television] producers, Hal Roach, Jr. and Roland Reed.

The radio series' writers--Doris and Frank Hursley, Lee Carson, Jack Harvey, Maurice Richland and Richard P. Robbins--kept My Little Margie over radio almost as entertaining as the television films. The longer-running and more oft-repeated themes over radio were Freddie Wilson's perennial unemployment, Vern Albright's love interests, Florence Odetts' regular keyhole-snooping activities, and Margie's frequent attempts to either help or hinder her Dad's career success at Honeywell & Todd, Investments.

Series Derivatives:

My Little Margie Television series; AFRTS END-336 'My Little Margie'
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Situation Comedy
Network(s): CBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): 52-10-xx Title Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 52-12-07 01 Freddie Goes Job Hunting
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 52-12-07 to 55-10-09; CBS [KNX]; One hundred forty-nine, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: CBS; MBS;
Sponsors: Philip Morris Cigarettes; Campana [Soltair make-up; Ayds diet candy]; USAFI
Director(s): Gordon T. Hughes [Producer/Director/Transciber]
Hal Roach, Jr., Roland Reed [Producers]
Principal Actors: Charles Farrell, Gale Storm, Gil Stratton Jr., Verna Felton, Doris Singleton, Will Wright, Hans Conried, Lois Corbett, Sheldon Leonard, Whitfield Conner, Stuffy Singer, Mary Lansing, Tom Holland, George Neise, Ollie O'Toole, Jack Kruschen, Herb Butterfield, Frank Nelson, Jack Edwards, Jean Tatum, Jack Moyles, Shirley Mitchell, Lois Corbett, Parley Baer, Peter Leeds, Lou Krugman, Ken Christy, Herb Vigran, Peter Potter, Mary Jane Croft, Yvonne Fahey, Bern Surrey, Herb Butterfield,
Recurring Character(s): Margery 'Margie' Albright [Gale Storm]; Vernon 'Vern' Albright, Vice President of Honeywell and Todd [Charles Farrell]; Freddie Wilson [Gil Stratton, Jr.]; Roberta Townsend, Vern's girlfriend [Doris Singleton]; Connie Carter, Margie's sorority sister (or Vern's girlfriend) [Shirley Mitchell; Doris Singleton]; Neighbor, Mrs. Florence Odetts [Verna Felton]; Mr. George Honeywell [Will Wright]; Olaf the Doorman ;
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): Frank Fox [Creator]
Writer(s) Doris Hursley, Frank Hursley, Lee Carson, Jack Harvey, Maurice Richland, Richard P. Robbins,
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s): Roy Rowan, Frank Simms
Ken Roberts, Mason Adams, Frank Simms [Commercial spokesmen]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
149
Episodes in Circulation: 20
Total Episodes in Collection: 26
Provenances:

The Billboard of February 5th 1955 announces Campana's intent to co-sponsor My Little Margie.
The Billboard of February 5th 1955 announces Campana's intent to co-sponsor My Little Margie.

New York Public Library Digital Collection; Los Angeles Times; Contributor Jerry Haendiges.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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The My Little Margie Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
52-11-30
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52-11-25 Danville Bee
Television, which has depended much on radio for many of its program ideas, is getting to the point where it can return the favor.
Announcement comes that My Little Margie, originally produced on film for TV only, is to be turned into a radio series for CBS beginning Nov. 30. It will take the place of the Broadway Playhouse for the same sponsor when thatprogram is moved to Wednesday night.

52-11-25 Wisconsin State Journal
"My Little Margie," a summer television show, will become a radio program Sunday, Dec. 7, when it takes over the "Playhouse on Broadway" spot (7:30 p. m.) on CBS. "Playhouse" will move to 8:30 p. m. Wednesdays Dec. 3—replacing "What's My Line," due to leave the air.

52-11-30 Huronite and Plainsman
7:30-My Little Margie cbs

52-11-30 Beckley Register
8:30 — My Little Margie—cbs

52-11-30 Winona Republican
WCCO (CBS) - 8:00 - My Little Margie

52-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Playhouse on Broadway (WKOW): Gloria DeHaven in "
Practically Yours."

52-11-30 Washington Post
WTOP-8:30.
Gloria Dehaven stars in "Practically Yours," story of a girl who gets involved in a misunderstanding about a returning war hero and his dog

52-12-07
1
Freddie Goes Job Hunting
N
[Premiere; Takes Philip Morris Playhouse on Broadway's timeslot]

52-12-06 Racine Journal Times
My Little Margie, television's summer wonder child, makes its debut on CBS radio at 7:30 Sunday evening. The show will feature Charles Farrell as the widower Vern Allbright, with Gale Storm as his daughter, Margie. This is the same cast which did the television show. The first episode in the new radio series finds Vern criticising Margie's boy friend, Freddie, for his enthusiasm for unemployment.
Anxious to make a good impression, Freddie goes job hunting. It would be a safe guess that he was better off unemployed.
To make way for the new program, the Playhouse on Broadway moves to a spot at 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

52-12-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
new series with Gale Storm, Charles Farrell, Verna Felton.

52-12-07 Syracuse Post Standard
My Little Margie will make her debut on radio tonight, replacing the Philip Morris Playhouse on Broadway at 9 p.m. on WFBL. Charles Farrell and Gale Storm will take the same roles in which they are seen on television. Others in the cast are Gill Stratton, Jr. Doris Singleton, Verna Felton and Will Wright.

52-12-07 Mason City Globe Gazette
Margie
(7:30 p. m.) Gale Storm stars in "My Little Margie,"
making its debut for Philip Morris tonight.
52-12-14
2
Princess Margie
Y
[Edited recording]

52-12-13 San Mateo Times
Advising Margie that she drop her boy friend Freddie, Vern Albright gets himself into hot water on "My Little Margie" on KCBS at 8:30

52-12-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
52-12-21
3
An Albright Christmas Carol
N
[Christmas program; AFRTS Only]

52-12-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
disillusioned youngster challenges Yuletide spirit.
52-12-28
4
Title Unknown
N
52-12-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-01-04
5
Title Unknown
N
53-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-01-11
6
Margie the Artist
N
53-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Margie takes up art.
53-01-18
7
Title Unknown
N
53-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-01-25
8
Vern's Suprise Party
N
[AFRTS Only; poor, edited]

53-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
plans for surprise party go awry.
53-02-01
9
Title Unknown
N
53-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-02-08
10
Trigger Mortis
N
53-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
adventure with gambler Trigger Mortis.
53-02-15
11
Title Unknown
N
53-02-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-02-22
12
Papa's Pal
N
53-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
a pal for Papa.
53-03-01
13
Charity Begins At Home
N
53-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
charity begins at home.
53-03-08
14
Freddie the Boxer
N
53-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
boy friend becomes boxer.
53-03-15
15
Title Unknown
N
53-03-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-03-22
16
Connie's Crush
N
53-03-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
girl friend seeks date with matinee idol.
53-03-29
17
Title Unknown
N
53-03-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-04-05
18
Title Unknown
N
53-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-04-12
19
Parrot Peace Offering
N
53-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Father sends parrot as peace offering.
53-04-19
20
Title Unknown
N
53-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-04-26
21
Title Unknown
N
53-04-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-05-03
22
Title Unknown
N
53-05-03 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-05-10
23
Title Unknown
N
53-05-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-05-17
24
Title Unknown
N
53-05-17 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-05-24
25
Title Unknown
N
53-05-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-05-31
26
Title Unknown
N
53-05-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Father dooms hopes of joining exclusive club.
53-06-07
27
The Counterfeiters
N
53-06-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
women foil counterfeiters.
53-06-14
28
Double Indemnity
N
53-06-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW): "
Double Indemnity."
53-06-21
29
Saving for Father's Day
N
[Father's Day program]

53-06-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
earning money for Father's Day gift.
53-06-28
30
Title Unknown
N
53-06-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
a lit-crazy sensation.
53-07-05
31
Vacations Plans
N
53-07-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
vacation plans.
53-07-12
32
Romance for Father
N
53-07-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
actress seeks romance with Father.
53-07-19
33
Title Unknown
N
53-07-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-07-26
34
Title Unknown
N
53-07-26 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-08-02
35
The Scandal
N
53-08-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
scandal involves Margie.
53-08-09
36
Title Unknown
N
53-08-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
ex-convict gets a job.
53-08-16
37
Margie's Diary
N
53-08-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
diary causes a calamity.
53-08-23
38
The Elopement
N
53-08-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
helping with elopment.
53-08-30
39
Title Unknown
N
53-08-30 New York Times
8:30-WCBS: My Little Margie
53-09-06
40
Male Mail Mixup
N
53-09-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
males mixed up in mails.
53-09-13
41
Margie the Dancing Instructor
N
53-09-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
job as dancing instructor.
53-09-20
42
Serviceman Letters
N
53-09-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
servicemen answer letters in person.
53-09-27
43
Margie Inherits A Boat
N
53-09-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie

53-10-01 Brownwood Bulletin
When KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie" learns she is to inherit a boat on tonight's program, 8:30-9, home becomes a madhouse as frantic preparations are made for a long trip. Margie, portrayed by Gale Storm, suffers a big letdown on learning it's a miniature ship sealed in a bottle. Her father (Charles Farrell) manages to restore her equilibrium.
53-10-04
44
Criss Cross
N
3-10-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
inter-apartment double date.

53-10-08 Brownwood Bulletin
New neighbors bring trying moments for KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie" tonight, 8:30-9. Margie (Gale Storm) and her dad (Charles Farrell) make a date with their fellow tenants and two feuds come to light in a "Criss Cross."
53-10-11
45
Connie the Cover Girl
N
53-10-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Connie wants to be a cover girl.
53-10-18
46
Who's Crazy?
N
53-10-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Connie and Margie trade identities.

53-10-22 Brownwood Bulletin
It takes some unusual maneuvering to do it, but KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie," tonight at 8:30, manages to wind up as her father's date. Margie (Gale Storm) and her dad (Charles Farrell) start asking, "Who's Crazy?" in a hilarious double-cross.
53-10-25
47
Vern's Spaceship
N
53-10-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Vern buys a space ship.
53-11-01
48
Margie and Freddie in Jail
N
53-11-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Margie and Freddie land in jail.
53-11-08
49
Title Unknown
N
53-11-08 Wisconsin State Journal - WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie

53-11-15
50
Vern's Politics
Y
[ Heavily edited recording ]

53-11-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie

53-11-19 Brownwood Bulletin
Vern (Charles Farrell) is off and running— for mayor.
''Vern's Politics", with Margie (Gale Storm) hot on the campaign trail starts things popping for KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie" broadcast tonight, 8:30-9.
53-11-22
51
Thanksgiving Pilgrim
N
[Thanksgiving program; AFRTS Only; poor transfer, heavily edited]

53-11-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
refugee girl gives Thanksgiving lesson.

53-11-26 Brownwood Bulletin
When an eight-year-old refugee girl arrives at a dock, Vern, the father of KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie," gets a Thanksgiving lesson tonight at 8:30. The special holiday program brings new meaning to the Day. Charles Farrell and Gale Storm are co-starred.
53-11-29
52
High Finance
100 Shares of Stock
N
[AFRS Only]

53-11-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Father loses his job.

53-12-03 Brownwood Bulletin
Margie (Gale Storm) rocks the stock Market for a "High Finance" comedy adventure on KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie" program tonlght. 8:30-9. She does it to get "even" with finance moguls she erroneously thinks caused her father (Charles Farrell) to be fired.
53-12-06
53
Who's Margie?
N
53-12-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Vern tries to trap a gold-digger.

53-12-10 Brownwood Bulletin

Margie's Suitors Are
Stumped By Change

"Who's Margie?" Philip Morris has a good Idea that KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie," (Thursdays, 8:30-9 p.m.), is the beauteous dale Storm. But Vern, costar Charles Farrell, hires a girl to pretend she's Margie during tonight's, broadcast—to save her from an unfortunate romance. The question naturally stumps Margie's suitors.

53-12-13
54
Vern's Promotion
N
53-12-12 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Sunday Highlights
Presidency
. . . (7:30 p.m.)
Vern Albright applies for the presidency of Honeywell and Todd on Philip Morris' "My Little Margie."

53-12-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Vern seeks a promotion.

53-12-17 Brownwood Bulletin
When Vern applies for presidency of his company, he doesnt count on complications arising from the fact that he is unmarried.
How he solves this predicament will be heard on KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie" comedy tonight, 8:30-9. Gale Storm and Charles Fairell co-star.
53-12-20
55
Surprising Surprise Party
N
53-12-19 Bakersfield Californian
8:30
MY LITTLE MARGIE
Margie and her father plan a surprise party . . . and both are surprised.

53-12-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
53-12-27
56
New Year's Eve Party
N
[New Years program]

53-12-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
New Year's Eve party.

53-12-27 Morning Avalanche
MBS personality star Gale Storm is getting her Christmas wish. She'll be able to sing on radio, on "My Little Margie" broadcast from 8:30-9 p. m. Jan. 3 over KSEL. And it'll be an operatic aria
54-01-03
57
Margie Sings

N
54-01-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Gale Storm sings.
54-01-10
58
Pretend Engagement
N
54-01-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
a pretended engagement.
54-01-17
59
The Stamp
N
54-01-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
classmates' reunion.

54-01-21 Brownwood Bulletin
"
The Stamp" marks KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie" show tonight, 8:30-9. for some hectic hilarity. Gale Storm, as Margie, mistakes a $3,000 stamp for a three-center—and sets the stage for fun.
54-01-24
60
Vern's Prize Pistol
N
54-01-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Father loses a prize pistol.
54-01-31
61
The Bullfight
N
54-01-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
south of the border.

54-02-04 Brownwood Bulletin

'Little Margie' Has
'Bullfight Laughs

A trip to Mexico with Vern going out on a limb over "The Bullfight" makes for lots of laughs with the gang on KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie" broadcast for tonight, 8:30-9 o'clock. Gale Storm and Charles Farrell co-star as Margie and daddy Vern.

54-02-07
62
The Neighbors
N
54-02-07 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie

54-02-11 Brownwood Bulletin
Being a good neighbor can be complicated, and it is for KBWDMutual's "My Little Margie" tonight 8:30-9 o'clock. Margie (Gale Storm) and Vern (Charles Farrell) go out to find an apartment for a client but get themselves in the middle when the client finds one himself in "
The Neighbors."
54-02-14
63
Title Unknown
N
54-02-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
54-02-21
64
Vern's Movie Career

N
54-02-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
movie career for Father.
54-02-28
65
Title Unknown
N
54-02-27 Oshkosh Daily Northwestern

'My Little Margie'
Reaches Top Place

In the short space of one year, "My Little Margie," the Philip Morris radio series starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell, has climbed to the top of the heap.
Latest Nielsen ratings indicated "Margie" is No. 1. Nielsen shows the series was just nosed out by Jack Benny for top honor on CBS Radio, but "Margie" has over 300 Mutual stations not even tallied in the poll, mainly in TV-less cities


54-02-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie

54-03-07
66
Vern Returns To High School
N
54-03-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Father visits high school.

54-03-11 Brownwood Bulletin

Margie's Dad Looks
At His Old School

When papa, the athletic hero returns to the high school scene of his triumphs—accompanied, naturally, by his darling daughterit can provide some unusual comedy situations. That is just what happens during KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie" fun show tonight, 8:30-9 o'clock. The story's called "Vern Returns To High School" with daddy Vern Albright portrayed by Charles Farrell and daughter Margie played by Gale Storm.

54-03-14
67
Grand Opera
N
54-03-14 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie

54-03-14 Arizona Republic
At 6:30 p.m., KOOL,
My Little Margie and father Vern go in for low lights and jazzy music.

54-03-18 Brownwood Bulletin
A trip to a "
Grand Opera" is in store for KBWD-Mutual's "My Little Margie" tonight, 8:30-9 o'clock. It comes about when fern's girl friend has a visitor from the South and to make an impression, they go to the opera. Gale Storm and Charles Farrell are co-starred.
54-03-21
68
Vern's Double
N
54-03-20 San Mateo Times
SUNDAY
Gale Storm, as Margie, plays a trick on her father when she discovers a man of identical appearance on "My Little Margie" heard on KCBS at 8:30

54-03-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Vern has a double.
54-03-28
69
Title Unknown
N
54-03-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WKOW 7:30 My Little Margie
54-04-04
70
Settling A Quarrel
N
54-04-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
settling a quarrel.
54-04-11
71
Vern Rehearses A Play
N
54-04-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
Vern rehearses a play too well.
54-04-18
72
Margie's Spy Scare
N
54-04-17 San Mateo Times
SUNDAY
Gale Storm as
Margie, ventures into big business when she concocts a special salad dressing for a business associate of her father, on "My Little Margie" at 8:30, KCBS

54-04-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
hat starts spy scare.
54-04-25
73
Margie the Clairvoyant
N
54-04-24 Tucson Daily Citizen
Radio Tomorrow
6:30—My Little Margie, Gale Storm, as
Margie, bumps her head and becomes clairvoyant (KOPO).

54-04-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--My Little Margie (WKOW):
predicting the future.

54-04-25 Walla Wall Bulletin
"My Little Margie" has been renewed for another year on TV and radio—the only 52-week series in both media.
54-05-02
74
French Gold-Digger
N
54-05-01 San Mateo Times
SUNDAY
Gale Storm as
Margie, suspects that her father is being taken by a French gold digger on a boat trip to Paris on KCBS at 8:30

54-05-02 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
54-05-09
75
Hunting Trip to Kentucky
N
54-05-08 San Mateo Times
SUNDAY
Gale Storm, as Margie, follows her father to Kentucky on a hunting trip on "Our Little Margie" heard on KCBS at 8:30

54-05-09 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
54-05-16
76
Margie's Special Salad Dressing
N
54-05-16 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie

54-05-16 San Antonio Light
My Little Margie (KGBS,
7:30 p. m.).
Gale Storm develops a special salad dressing and goes into business in this episode of the comedy series.
54-05-23
77
No Bad Boys
N
54-05-22 San Mateo Times
SUNDAY
Gale Storm as Margie sets out to prove to her father that there's no such thing as a bad boy on "My Little Margie" on KCBS at 9:30.

54-05-23 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie

54-05-24 Bradford Eras
CHARLES FARRELL, co-star with Gale Storm on raio and television's "My Little Margie", has been chosen as the best dressed man in show business.
54-05-30
78
Memorial Day at the Farm
N
[Memorial Day program]

54-05-30 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie

54-05-30 San Mateo Times
My Little Margie—7:30 p.m.—KGBS—
Gale Storm as Margie and Charles Farrell as father spend Memorial Day on a farm . . . which happens to be near the home of the handsome real estate agent Margie has fallen for.
54-06-06
79
The Rare Coin
N
54-06-05 San Mateo Times
SUNDAY
Gale Storm, aids her father in trying to secure a rare coin for a crochety client on "My Little Margie" on KCBS at
8:30

54-06-06 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
54-06-13
80
Father's Nights Out
N
54-06-12 San Mateo Times
SUNDAY
Gale Storm, as Margie, worries over her father's nights out on "My Little Margie" heard on KCBS at 8:30.

54-06-13 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
54-06-20
81
Father's Day Surprise
N
[ Father's Day Program]

54-06-20 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie

54-06-20 The Avalanche Journal
FATHER'S DAY SURPRISE
PROVIDED BY "MARGIE"
Gale Storm as Margie plots a Father's Day surprise for her dad (Charles Farrell) while he shares with her his recollections of her baby days, on "My Little Margie" at 7:30 p,m. today on KFYO.

54-06-20 San Mateo Times
Gale Storm as Margie, plots a Father's Day surprise for her dad, on "My Little Margie" on KCBS at 8:30.
54-06-27
82
Girl Trouble
N
[AFRS only]

54-06-27 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: with Gale Storm

54-06-27 The Avalanche Journal
Gale Storm as Margie and Charles Farrell as her father find themselves in trouble with their respective amours, on "My Little Margie" at 7:30 p.m. today.
54-07-04
83
Fourth of July at the Farm
N
[Fourth of July program]

54-07-04 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: with Gale Storm

54-07-04 The Avalanche Journal
Gale Storm as Margie and Charles Farrell as her father drive to the cooutnry to spend the Fourth of July on their farm but find themselves wishing they'd stayed home, on "My Little Margie" at 7:30 p.m. today.
54-07-11
84
Freddie's Uncle Visits
N
[ AFRS only ]

54-07-11 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: with Gale Storm

54-07-11 The Avalanche Journal
When her father (Charles Farrell) goes out of town, Gale Storm as "My Little Margie" poses as a maid to promote a romance, at 7:30 p.m. today.
54-07-18
85
Finding a Job for Freddie
N
[ AFRS only; Speed and pitch adjusted ]

54-07-18 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: with Gale Storm

54-07-18 Corpus Christi Times
Gale Storm as Margie and Charles Farrell as her father set to work finding a job for her boy friend Freddie on "My Little Margie" at 7:30 p. m, today.
54-07-25
86
'Little Moose' Visits
N
[ AFRS only ]

54-07-25 Bridgeport Sunday Post
8:30--MY LITTLE MARGIE: Gale Storm and Charles Farrell in situation comedy WCBS

54-07-25 Corpus Christi Times
Vern tries to encourages a romance between Margie and the son of a friend on MY LITTLE MARGIE at 7:30 p.m. today on KEYS.
54-08-01
87
The Testimonial Dinner
N
54-08-01 Bridgeport Sunday Post
8:30--MY LITTLE MARGIE: Gale Storm and Charles Farrell in situation comedy WCBS

54-08-01 Corpus Christi Times
Gale Storm as MY LITTLE MARGIE attends a testimonial dinner for her father, played by Charles Farrell, on KEYS today at 7:30.
54-08-08
88
Margie Romances Lord Cyril
N
[ AFRS only; Speed and pitch adjusted ]

54-08-08 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: with Gale Storm

54-08-08 Corpus Christi Times
Gale Storm as Margie romances a blue-blooded Englishman when he threatens to interfere in her father's love life, on CBS Radio's "MY LITTLE MARGIE" tonight at 7:30 p.m. on KEYS.

54-08-08 Bakersfield Californian
8:30
MY LITTLE MARGIE dons a monocle in a romance with a blue-blooded Englishman.
54-08-15
89
A Wealthy Bachelor
N
54-08-15 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: with Gale Storm

54-08-15 The Avalanche Journal
7:30 P. M.
MY LITTLE MARGIE
Margie And Her Father Entertain A Wealthy Bachelor. Charlie Farrell and Gale Storm
54-08-22
90
Posing as An Heiress
N
54-08-22 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell

54-08-22 The Avalanche Journal
Gale Storm as Margie helps a Summer romance along by telling her boy friend that she's a rich heiress on CBS Radio's "My Little Margie" today. It will be heard overr KFYO at 7:30 p. m.
54-08-29
91
Boy's Club Benefit
N
54-08-29 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell

54-08-29 Corpus Christi Times
Gale Storm as MY LITTLE MARGIE stages a benefit show for a boy's club, with an assist from her father, played by Charles Farrell on KEYS at 7:30 tonight.
54-09-05
92
Cousin Cactus Kate
N
54-09-05 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell

54-09-05 Corpus Christi Times
Gale Storm as Margie and Charles Farrell as her father go out west to visit their cousin, Cactus Kate, on MY LITTLE MARGIE tonight at 7:30 on KEYS
54-09-12
93
Title Unknown
N
54-09-12 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell
54-09-19
94
Title Unknown
N
54-09-19 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell

54-09-24 Blytheville Courier
CHARLIE FARRELL groaning that he can't escape "My Little Margie" trouble even on vacation: "I spent a couple of weeks at Balboa Bay Club. One day I took, a gang of kids for a ride in my speedboat, Little Margie. So what happens? I wind up on a sandbar and the boat and the kids have to be towed to shore."





54-09-26
95
Title Unknown
N
[New Season]

54-09-26 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie, with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell
54-10-03
96
Title Unknown
N
54-10-03 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie, with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell
54-10-10
97
Happy Birthday In Jail
N
54-10-10 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie, with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell

54-10-10 San Antonio Light
My Little Margie (KGBS, 7:30 p.m.).
A birthday party in jail.

54-10-10 The Avalanche Journal
And Vern starts out to give a surprise birthday party for Freddie—and it turns out to be a real surprise when everybody sings "Happy Birthday" in jail, on 'My Little Margie" at 7:30 p.m. today.
54-10-17
98
The Bunco Artist
N
54-10-17 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie, with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell

54-10-17 San Antonio Express
My Little Margie 7:30 p.m. KGES.
Margie, Gale Storm, needs a bunco artist to prove to father, Charles Farrell, that her head is more than a hatrack.
54-10-24
99
Margie's Second Honeymoon
N
[ AFRS Only ]

54-10-24 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie, with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell

54-10-24 San Antonio Express
My Little Margie (KGBS, 7:30 p. m.).
Father takes to his bed to prevent Margie from marrying.
54-10-31
100
Margie the Policewoman
N
[ Newspapers annnounce this as the 100th program over CBS Radio]

54-10-31 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie, with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell

54-10-31 The Avalanche Journal
Pinwheel Mentality
"My Little Margie," the darling with the pinwheel mentality who keeps her widower father on a laugh-padded anxious scat for the entertainment of the nation's radio listerns, will make her
100th broadcast on CBS Radio at 7:30 p.m. today.
The fiasco in which she and sundry other contributors to the program's merriment will find themselves involved concerns Margie's sudden desire to become a policewoman and her father's hair-breadth escape from under the wheels of the juggernaut of justice.
Gales Storm is Margie and Charles Farrell is her father.
Since the program went on the air, Miss Storm has served a term as mayor of Sherman Oaks, Calif., her co-star, Farrell, as mayor of Palm Springs.
54-11-07
101
Vern Adopts Freddie
N
[ AFRS only ]

54-11-07 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
54-11-14
102
Title Unknown
N
54-11-14 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie

54-11-17 Racine Times Journal
GIL STRATTON, JR., who portrays Margie's boyfriend on the "My Little Margie" series, recently rode to the rescue of the sound man who lacked the toot of a motorcycle horn for the airing of an episode of the comedy.
Stratton raced out of the studio, hopped on his own motorcycle (his only mode of transportation), drove it into the studio, down the corridors and right onto the stage. Paul Revere on a motorcycle!
54-11-21
103
Winter Sports Resort
Call for Charlie Farrell
N
54-11-21 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie; Situation Comedy With Gale Storm, Charles Farrell

54-11-21 Provo Daily Herald
Charlie Farrell will be talking to himself on a forthcoming "My Little Margie" show. Charles Farrell pays a call on Verne Albright.
54-11-28
104
Painting the Apartment
N
54-11-27 Mason City Globe-Gazette
SUNDAY
Humor
. . . (7:30 p. m.)
The Albrights decide to have their apartment painted, but run into some difficuty on "My Little Margie" for Philip Morris.

54-11-28 Bridgeport Sunday Post
8:30--MY LITTLE MARGIE: Gale Storm and Charles Farrell in situation comedy WCBS
54-12-05
105
Winter Sports Resort
Call for Charlie Farrell
N
54-12-05 Bridgeport Sunday Post
8:30--MY LITTLE MARGIE: Gale Storm and Charles Farrell in situation comedy WCBS

54-12-05 Corpus Christi Times
Margie Albright and her father, Vern, decide they need the expert help of Charlie Farrell to run a winter sports resort on MY LITTLE MARGIE on KEYS at 7:30 tonight. Charlie Farrell proves that two heads are better than one, particularly if they are attached to the same shoulders. Gale Storm and Charles Farrell co-star.

54-12-04 Mason City Globe-Gazette
SUNDAY
Little Margie
(7:30 p. m.) Charlie Farrell proves that two heads are better than one when on the same shoulders on "My Little Margie" for Philip.-Morris;
54-12-12
106
Thirty Days to Live
Y
[ Speed and pitch corrected]

54-12-11 Mason City Globe-Gazette
SUNDAY
30 Days
(7:30 p. m.) Laugh tonight when Philip Morris's "My Little Margie" somehow comes to the conclusion that her father has only
30 days to live.

54-12-12 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
54-12-19
107
A Sensible Christmas
N
[ Christmas program; AFRS only]

54-12-19 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie

54-12-19 European Star and Stripes
Charles Farrell, who plays the role of father to Mistress Gale Storm on the CBS show "My Little Margie," heard over AFX, sounds jingling bells in his daughter's ear as a reminder to shop early for Christmas
54-12-26
108
Juke Box Jury
N
54-12-26 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: Gale Storm, Charles Farrell

54-12-26 Corpus Christie Times
With a song in her heart, Margie manages to involve Peter Potter, host of CBS Radio's Juke Box Jury, in a plot to prove to her father she has musical talent on MY LITTLE MARGIE tonight; at 7:30 on KEYS. Potter is Margie's special guest.

54-12-27 Newport Daily News
The sponsor Just sent congrats to the cast and crew of "My Little Margie" with news that product sales are soaring. So it looks as though the option for the show which was panned by the critics when it started, will be picked up again When it's due next May. I asked Gale Storm how long she could play a girl who's under 21. She foresees the time when it'll be "My Old Margie." But that won't be soon. She still looks like a debutante.
55-01-02
109
Title Unknown
N
54-01-02 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: Gale Storm, Charles Farrell

54-01-03 Daily Journal Gazette
Closeups and Longshots:
Hal Roach, Jr, will turn "Racket Squad" and "My Little Margie" into big screen theater movies next year.

54-01-04 Fairbanks Daily News Miner
KFRB
8:30— MY LITTLE MARGIE (CBS)
55-01-09
110
Title Unknown
N
54-01-09 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie: Gale Storm, Charles Farrell
55-01-16
111
Title Unknown
N
54-01-16 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-01-23
112
Title Unknown
N
55-01-23 Bridgeport Sunday Post
8:30--MY LITTLE MARGIE: Gale Storm and Charles Farrell in situation comedy WCBS
55-01-30
113
Title Unknown
N
55-01-30 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-02-06
114
Margie Babysits
N
[ AFRS only; 1st half only ]

55-02-06 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-02-13
115
Title Unknown
N
55-02-13 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-02-20
116
Margie's Inheritance
Y
55-02-20 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie

Announces
Suspense at a new day and time, the following Tuesday. And the new season of Mr. Keen on Tuesday evening.
55-02-27
117
Title Unknown
N
55-02-27 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie





55-03-06
118
Title Unknown
N
[Campana begins co-sponsorship of My Little Margie, with Philip Morris]

55-03-06 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-03-13
119
Miss Guided Missle
Y
55-03-13 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-03-20
120
Title Unknown
N
55-03-20 Bridgeport Sunday Post
8:30--MY LITTLE MARGIE: Gale Storm and Charles Farrell in situation comedy WCBS
55-03-27
121
Title Unknown
N
55-03-27 Bridgeport Sunday Post
8:30--MY LITTLE MARGIE: Gale Storm and Charles Farrell in situation comedy WCBS
55-04-03
122
Title Unknown
N
55-04-03 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-04-10
123
The Stolen Pearls
N
[ AFRS Only ]

55-04-10 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-04-17
124
Bubbles laTour
N
[ AFRS Only ]

55-04-17 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie

a.k.a. Vern Buys A Race Horse

55-04-24
125
Title Unknown
N
55-04-24 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-05-01
126
Title Unknown
N
55-05-01 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-05-08
127
Title Unknown
N
55-05-08 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-05-15
128
Title Unknown
N
55-05-15 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-05-22
129
Title Unknown
N
55-05-22 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-05-29
130
Title Unknown
N
55-05-29 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-06-05
131
Crooked Campaign Manager
Y
[ Contains both Campana and Philip Morris messages]

55-06-05 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-06-12
132
Camping On the Roof
Y
55-06-12 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-06-19
133
Title Unknown
N
55-06-19 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--My Little Margie
55-06-26
134
Title Unknown
N
55-06-26 Bridgeport Sunday Post
8:30--MY LITTLE MARGIE: Gale Storm and Charles Farrell in situation comedy WCBS

55-07-03
135
Title Unknown
N
55-07-02 Coshocton Tribune
Gale Storm is getting out of her "My Little Margie" video characterization for the first time in four years by starring as a secretary whose borrowed mink coat brings a case of mistaken identity. It's a tele-play called "Mink Does Something" for a weekly TV dramatic series.

55-07-03 Council Buffs Nonpareil
The radio networks are departing sharply from the old pattern of big one-hour and half-hour nighttime shows at fixed times each week.
More casualties can be expected among the last ditch holdouts in that category as radio adjusts to make a stronger stand against TV's raids on evening audiences.
Among the old radio reliables who may not be back next season are Jack Benny and Bob Hope, busy with TV, and the radio version of My Little Margie. Some who are on a weekly half-hour basis may change to what the industry calls strip shows — 15 minutes at the same time each evening Monday through Friday.

55-07-03 Bridgeport Sunday Post
WCBS 8:30 Gary Crosby
55-07-10
136
Title Unknown
N
55-07-17
137
Friendship
N
[AFRS only; Speed and Pitch adjusted]

55-07-24
138
Title Unknown
N
55-07-31
139
Freddie Buys KREJ
N
[AFRS only]

55-08-07
140
Title Unknown
N
55-08-14
141
Title Unknown
N
55-08-21
142
Title Unknown
N
55-08-28
143
Title Unknown
N
55-09-04
144
Quiz Show Trip to Hawaii
N
[AFRS only]

55-09-03 Indiana Evening Gazette
This Is Your Life—Ralph Edwards surprises actress Gale Storm of "Margie" fame, 7:00 WJAC.
55-09-11
145
Title Unknown
N
55-09-18
146
Title Unknown
N
55-09-25
147
Title Unknown
N
55-10-02
148
Title Unknown
N
55-10-02 Tipton Tribune

In Hollywood
Louella Parsons

Gale Storm continues to amaze me. She looks like a young girl, yet last week she celebrated 14 years of marriage to Lee Bonnell, by whom she has three tall sons.
Gale leaves for New York Sunday to do the Perry Como show, and when she returns she'll report to Hal Roach, Jr. for a new television show.
"My Little " Margie," which enjoyed several years of success; has gone the way of most TV serials after a certain period of look and listen
.

55-10-09
149
Title Unknown
N
55-10-16
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AFRTS END-336 'My Little Margie' Program Log

Date AFRTS # Title Avail. Notes
52-12-07
Freddie Goes Job Hunting
N
52-12-21
An Albright Christmas Carol
Y
53-01-25
Vern's Suprise Party
Y
53-11-22
Thanksgiving Pilgrim
Y
53-11-29
7
High Finance
Y
54-06-27
71
Girl Trouble
Y
54-07-11
72
Freddie's Uncle Visits
Y
54-07-18
73
Finding a Job for Freddie
Y
[Speed and Pitch adjusted]

54-07-25
74
'Little Moose' Visits
Y
54-08-08
76
Margie Romances Lord Cyril
Y
[Speed and Pitch adjusted]

54-11-07 Vern Adopts Freddie
Y
54-12-24 Margie's Second Honeymoon
Y
54-10-19 A Sensible Christmas
Y
55-02-06
Margie Babysits
Y
[ 1st half only ]

55-04-10 The Stolen Pearls
Y
55-04-17 Bubbles laTour
Y
55-07-17
93
Friendship
Y
[Speed and Pitch adjusted]

55-07-31 Freddie Buys KREJ
Y
55-09-04
Quiz Show Trip to Hawaii
Y
Freddie Joins the Foreign Legion
Y






The My Little Margie Radio Program Biographies




Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle]
(Margie Albright)

(1922-2009)

Birthplace: Bloomington, Texas, U.S.A.

Education: San Jacinto High School

Radiography:

1939 Gateway To Hollywood
1945 Salute To Victory
1947 Lux Radio Theatre
1948 Your Movietown Radio Theatre
1948 Family Theatre
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1952 My Little Margie
Let's Go To Town
Proudly We Hail
Hollywood Calling


Gale Storm circa 1952
Gale Storm circa 1952





Gale Storm and hubby Lee Bonnell circa 1953
Gale Storm and hubby Lee Bonnell circa 1953

Gale Storm and hubby oversea son Peter's bike modifications
Gale Storm and hubby oversea son Peter's bike modifications
From the June 30th 2009 edition of The New York Times:

Gale Storm, TV Star of ‘My Little Margie,’ Dies at 87
By ANITA GATES

Gale Storm, the Texas-born actress who made wholesome perkiness a defining element of television’s golden age on two hit sitcoms, “My Little Margie” and “The Gale Storm Show,” died on Saturday in Danville, Calif. She was 87.

Her death was confirmed by a representative of the convalescent hospital where she died.

Ms. Storm had been a B-movie actress for more than a decade when “My Little Margie” had its premiere on CBS in June 1952 as a summer replacement for the era’s biggest hit series, “I Love Lucy.” Ms. Storm played a young Manhattanite living with her widowed father (Charles Farrell), an affluent businessman, and often trying to keep amorous single women away from him. Critics dismissed the show as silly, but the public disagreed and the series ran for three full seasons.

A year later Ms. Storm returned to television with another sitcom, “The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna.” The title character was a social director on a cruise ship who, with her beautician sidekick (ZaSu Pitts), regularly confounded the ship’s stuffy captain and, every third episode, burst into song (a condition of Ms. Storm’s contract). The show ran from 1956 to 1960.

During the same decade Ms. Storm had a successful recording career, with a gold record for “I Hear You Knockin’ ” and other pop hits including “Teen Age Prayer,” “Tell Me Why” and “Dark Moon.” Six of her records reached the Top 10 between 1955 and 1957.

After her decade of television fame, Ms. Storm turned to stage work in Las Vegas and to regional theater. But she also battled alcoholism in the 1970s and wrote about her struggle in her 1981 autobiography, “I Ain’t Down Yet.”

“I was the star of my own cornball B movie,” she wrote, alluding to her success and her stable, happy home life, “and suddenly it turned into a horror story.” She gave the credit for her recovery to a California hospital’s aversion-therapy program.

Josephine Owaissa Cottle was born on April 5, 1922, in Bloomington, Tex., a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She was the youngest of five children (an older sister suggested her middle name, an American Indian word for bluebird). Her father, a potter, died when Josephine was a year old, and her mother became a seamstress to make ends meet.

The family moved to Houston, where Josephine was active in high school dramatics. Two teachers there persuaded her to enter the Gateway to Hollywood talent contest, sponsored by the producer Jesse L. Lasky, RKO Radio Pictures and Wrigley, the chewing gum manufacturer.

In 1939 she won the local competition and traveled with her mother to Hollywood, where she won the national prize, which included the preordained screen name Gale Storm and an RKO contract. In a fairy tale twist, she also met and fell in love with the contest’s male winner, Lee Bonnell, a young actor from Indiana. She married him in 1941.

Ms. Storm made her film debut in the boys’ boarding school drama “Tom Brown’s School Days” (1940), starring Cedric Hardwicke. But RKO soon canceled her contract, and the three dozen or so movies she made during the next decade were less than artistic triumphs.

“Where Are Your Children?” (1943), an early treatment of juvenile delinquency starring Jackie Cooper, garnered some positive attention. She played opposite the cowboy star Roy Rogers in three films, including “Red River Valley” (1941). Her personal favorites among her films were “It Happened on Fifth Avenue” (1947), a holiday comedy with Don DeFore, in which she was cast as a millionaire’s daughter, and “The Dude Goes West” (1948), a comedy with Eddie Albert.

After her second television series went off the air, Ms. Storm’s screen-acting career largely ended. She did two episodes of “Burke’s Law” in the 1960s and one of “The Love Boat” (considered something of an “Oh! Susanna” copycat) in 1979. Her final screen appearance, in 1989, was on the CBS drama series “Murder, She Wrote” playing a bridegroom’s mother.

Ms. Storm’s marriage to Mr. Bonnell, who abandoned his acting career early on and became an insurance executive, lasted until his death, in 1986. They had four children. In 1988 she married Paul Masterson, a former ABC television executive, who died in 1996.

She is survived by three sons, Phillip, Peter and Paul; a daughter, Susie; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In her memoir, Ms. Storm looked back on her greatest success, “My Little Margie,” and the difficulties of doing a weekly series for several years.

“I’d get tired, but I’d wake up every morning looking forward to the day’s work,” she wrote. “I think that the secret to happiness is being surrounded by people you love and having work that you look forward to doing.”





Charlie Farrell [Charles David Farrell]
(Vernon Albright)

(1902-1990)

Birthplace: Onset Bay, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Education: Unknown

Radiography:

1941 The Jell-O Program
1948 The Lucky Strike Program
1951 Lux Radio Theatre
1952 The Bob Hope Show
1952 My Little Margie


Charles Farrell circa 1932
Charles Farrell circa 1932

Charles Farrell and long-time leading lady Janet Gaynor circa 1931
Charles Farrell and long-time leading lady Janet Gaynor circa 1931





Spot article caption reads: 'Screen favorites Charles Farrell and Gale Storm co-star as a problem parent and problem daughter on CBS Radio's new comedy series, 'My Little Margie,' which takes the air Sunday, Dec.7.
Spot article from December 18th 1952.
From the January 25th 1953 edition of the Kingsport Times News:

Charlie Farrell
Made Chumps
Of Historians 

By JAMES BACON
 
      HOLLYWOOD (AP)--After 25 years Charlie Farrell finally has made chumps out of the Hollywood historians.
     Farrell probably would have gone to his grave resigned to the erroneous epitaph of "silent picture star" had it not been for a television series called "My Little Margie."
     Actually Charlie made about 10 silent pictures as compared with more than 40 talkies.
     One of the silents, "Seventh Heaven," is the cause of the history book fog.  That picture, one of the all-time greats of the industry, established Farrell and Janet Gaynor as the screen's top heartbeats.
     It's not that Charlie wants to forget "Seventh Heaven," but since then he has been as much identified with that as is Edward G. Robinson with "Little Caesar."
     Last summer, Farrell, 50 and silver-thatched, had planned to take a trip to Europe, even had the passport.  Then Hal Roach, an old friend, talked him into going into television.  He became the video father of "Margie" as played by winsome Gale Storm.
             The TV film was Farrell's first appearance before the cameras in 15 years and the show was spotted in the toughest of spots-as-summer replacement for the top-rated "I Love Lucy."
     The critics were not kind to Farrell and the show.  Several referred to him as the old-time silent picture star who never weathered the talkie revolution and who didn't look like he could weather the television revolution either.
     One reviewer said it was nice that TV could give a break to Farrell, "who has had a tough time of it in recent years."
     This gave a chuckle to those who know Farrell, mayor of Palm Springs, Calif., and owner of the Racquet Club, swank desert hangout of the movie crowd.
      Charlie (everybody calls him Charlie) admits he was a little irked that the critics should go back 25 years in order to pan his TV debut.
     The show continued, despite the bad reviews.  Then Charlie realized the dream of all actors--he proved the critics wrong.  The show suddenly jumped into the top-rated three of the national shows.
     The sponsors found that the old-timers who made Farrell and Miss Gaynor one of the all-time movie box office teams liked the mature Farrell as well.
     In addition, with the help of Miss Storm, who appears little older than a teen-ager herself, the younger generation took to the show.
     "God bless those kids," commented Miss Storm.  "Charlie and I thought we were sophisticated when we started, but the kids liked us anyway."
     Miss Storm, the mother of three children, says the TV show did more for her career in 10 days than the movies did in 10 years.
     What started out as a lark for Farrell now has turned into an entire new career.  The columns now refer to him as "Charles Farrell, television star."
     When it came time for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz to return last fall, the sponsor, (Philip Morris) didn't want to let go of "Margie."
     The show went on another network while the sponsor shopped for a regular time slot.  Now "Margie" is on CBS-TV with a rare five-year contract.

From the May 11th 1990 edition of the Syracuse Herald Journal:

Charlie Farrell,
film, TV star was 87

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -Charlie Farrell, silent film star of "Seventh Heaven" and the TV father in the popular 1950s series "My Little Margie," died at his desert home Sunday of heart failure at age 87.
     Farrell leaped into stardom with a minor role in "The Ten Commandments." It was in the 1927 silent film "Seventh Heaven" that Farrell and Janet Gaynor established themselves as the screen's top heartthrobs. "Seventh Heaven' walked away with the best director and actress Oscars at the first Academy Awards.
     Farrell played a widower father opposite Gale Storm on 150 episodes on television's "My Little Margie."
     His movie roles included "Wings of Youth," "Sandy," "Old Ironsides," "The Rough Riders," "Aggie Appleby" and "The World is Ours."
     Farrell also was mayor of Palm Springs from 1948 to 1953.





William Henry 'Will' Wright
(George Honeywell)
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1891-1962)

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.A

Radiography:
1942 Mayor Of the Town
1943 This Is My Story
1943 Cavalcade Of America
1944 Suspense
1944 Harold Lloyd Comedy Theatre
1945 The Eddie Bracken Show
1946 The Jack Kirkwood Show
1947 Maxwell House Coffee Time
1948 Your Movietown Radio Theatre
1948 In Your Name
1948 The Amazing Mr Tuft
1948 The Baby Snooks Show
1948 Errand Of Mercy
1948 The Amos 'n' Andy Show
1949 My Home Town
1949 Camel Screen Guild Theatre
1949 Four Star Playhouse
1949 Let George Do It
1950 The Adventures Of Christopher London
1950 Night Beat
1950 The Story Of Doctor Kildare
1950 The Man Called X
1950 Here Comes Mr Kitzel
1951 Guest Star
1951 Tales Of the Texas Rangers
1951 The Lucky Strike Program
1951 Romance
1951 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1951 Wild Bill Hickok
1951 The Railroad Hour
1951 The Pendleton Story
1952 The Great Gildersleeve
1952 My Little Margie
1953 The Roy Rogers Show
1953 Bakers' Theatre Of Stars
1953 Rogers Of the Gazette
1953 Lux Radio Theatre
1953 The Six Shooter
1953 You Were There
1953 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1954 That's Rich
1954 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
1955 The Lone Ranger
1955 Our Miss Brooks
1955 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1956 Gunsmoke
1958 Frontier Gentleman
1958 Heartbeat Theater
1959 The Jack Benny Program
The Adventures Of Maisie

Will Wright circa 1959
Will Wright circa 1959

Will Wright as John Chamberlain in Sugarfoot from December 24, 1957
Will Wright as John Chamberlain in Sugarfoot from December 24, 1957

Will Wright as Pete, at Firehouse 7 from Leave It To Beaver from February 7, 1958
Will Wright as Pete, at Firehouse 7 from Leave It To Beaver from February 7, 1958

Will Wright as Frank Goody from The Real McCoys, January 30, 1958
Will Wright as Frank Goody from The Real McCoys, January 30, 1958

Will Wright circa 1958
Will Wright circa 1958

Will Wright as Chuck Clark in the Perry Mason episode The Case of The Petulant Partner (1959)
Will Wright as Chuck Clark in the Perry Mason episode The Case of The Petulant Partner (1959)

Will Wright circa 1961
Will Wright circa 1961

Will Wright as Ben Weaver from The Andy Griffith Show of March 5, 1962, which aired three months before Will Wright's passing
Will Wright as Ben Weaver from The Andy Griffith Show of March 5, 1962, which aired three months before Will Wright's passing.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Will Wright was a newspaper reporter before he caught the Vaudeville bug and took to the Stage. After both appearing in, and staging several plays throughout America, he eventually found his way to Hollywood during the late 1930s. By the 1940s he was finding regular work as a durable and versatile character actor.

Will Wright's Stage career didn't end with those first productions between 1920 and 1930. During the late 1950s, Will Wright [as William H. Wright] co-wrote The Man In The Dog Suit with Albert Belch. The play was an adaptation of the Edwin Corle novel of the same name. It ran for 58 performances at the Coronet Theatre. As Will Wright, he later appeared as 'Doc' Spooner in Happy Town (1959) at the 54th Street Theatre, closing after only five performances.

Wright's Film career spanned twenty years and 140 feature films, beginning as Mr. Tucker in Blondie Plays Cupid (1940) and ending with his role as Dr. Pearsall in the original Cape Fear, which premiered in April 1962, just two months before Will Wright's death in June of 1962. One of Hollywood's more ubiquitous character actors of the period, Wright most often appeared as crusty, world-weary, or irrascible older characters, ranging from sod-busters and house-dicks to judges and generals--and virtually every crusty codger in-between. In one of his most memorable roles, Wright appeared as the duplicitous House Detective, 'Dad' Newell in The Blue Dahlia (1946) with Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and William Bendix.

Will Wright's voice was clearly one of his greatest assets, despite that wonderful, craggy, dour, and elastic face. He was heard as Friend Owl in Walt Disney's classic animated feature, Bambi (1942), but that same unmistakable voice also propelled him into a Radio career at the same time he began his Film career. Wright's Radio career was as versatile and far-reaching as his Film career.

In addition to reprising his screen role as 'Doc' Newell in the Camel Screen Guild Theatre production of The Blue Dahlia (49-04-21), Wright regularly appeared in an extraordinary array of character roles between 1941 and 1961, a radiography spanning some 2,000 appearances over Radio. Wright was a returning ensemble player in some of Radio's most popular programs throughout his remarkable career. With recurring credits in Suspense, Let George Do It, The Adventures of Maisie (he'd also appeared with Ann Sothern in Maisie Was A Lady in 1941), The Adventures of Christopher London, Here Comes Mr. Kitzel, Tales of The Texas Rangers, Wild Bill Hickok, The Great Gildersleeve, The Roy Rogers Show, Rogers of The Gazette, The Six Shooter, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Our Miss Brooks, and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

Will Wright starred in The Amazing Mr. Tuft (1948) over Radio. But Will Wright's most memorable recurring role for many of his Radio fans was as the The Chief in The Man Called X (1949-1952). Never really identified, The Chief was ostensibly one of the State Department's most powerful intelligence directors--if one accepted the premise of the program.

One of those all too familiar character actors, Will Wright, God bless his memory, seemed to have been born old. Even in his mid-40s he seemed as if he'd seen everything a man could see of the world. That craggy, elastic, world-wizened face seemed capable of expressing every nuance any senior citizen could conjure up. And yet, he wasn't that chronologically old during his most successful early years in Film and Radio.

But Will Wright wasn't done yet. When Television took off, Will Wright took off with it. Again quickly becoming one of the new popular medium's most recognizable faces, Will Wright appeared in virtually every successful recurring Television program from The Golden Age of Television.

With at least 140 known Television credits, that number will more likely rise to 300-400 as more of his exemplar appearances reenter circulation. Wright's range in Television was certainly the equal of his Film and Radio careers. But Television simply underscored what many of his Film fans had already learned--Wright was a regular scene-stealer. That fact can't have escaped the notice of the producers of the many 'laugh track' and live audience situation comedies he appeared in over the years. But even in straight dramatic roles, one couldn't help but notice every nuance of his performances.

His versatility and popularity as a character actor found him returning over and over in recurring roles in Television. He appeared regularly in Fury, Sugarfoot, Bat Masterson, Ozzie and Harriett, General Electric Theatre, Dennis The Menace, Rawhide, Perry Mason, Maverick, Laramie, Bonanza, and perhaps most memorably in The Andy Griffith Show.

Widely beloved, gifted, durable character actor, Will Wright, passed away from cancer in 1962 at the age of 71. And yet despite the appearance of advanced age in virtually every role he undertook throughout his extraordinary career, the exemplars of his work, in Radio especially, remind us that he possessed one of Radio's strongest, most authoritative and unmistakable voices.



Verna Felton
(Mrs. Odetts)
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1890-1966)

Birthplace:
Salinas, California

Radiography:
1936 Lux Radio Theatre 
1937 The Jello Program 
1937 John Barrymore Theater 
1937 The Cinnamon Bear 
1938 Dr Christian 
1938 Good News 
1939 Fibber McGee and Company 
1940 Little Old Hollywood 
1940 Arch Oboler's Plays 
1940 Fibber McGee and Molly 
1940 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre 
1941 Forecast 
1941 The Sealtest Show 
1941 The Great Gildersleeve 
1941 Hap Hazard 
1941 The Pepsodent Show 
1941 Barrel of Fun 
1941 The Chase and Sanborn Program 
1942 The Jack Benny Program 
1942 The New Swan Show 
1943 This Is My Story 
1943 The Sealtest Village Store 
1943 The Al Jolson Program 
1944 The Sweeeney and March Show 
1944 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 
1944 The Charlie McCarthy Show 
1944 Radio Almanac 
1944 Radio Hall of Fame 
1944 Suspense 
1944 Four For the Fifth 
1944 G. I. Journal 
1944 Let's Listen To Spencer 
1944 The Lucky Strike Program 
1944 Command Performance 
1945 Cavalcade of America 
1945 The Harold Lloyd Comedy Theater 
1945 The Joan Davis Show 
1945 The Judy Canova Show 
1945 That's My Pop 
1945 Wednesday With You 
1945 Theatre of Romance 
1945 Birds Eye Open House 
1945 The Raleigh Cigarette Program 
1945 Textron Theater 
1946 Purple Heart Theater 
1946 Maxwell House Coffee Time 
1946 The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre 
1946 Holywood Star Time 
1946 The Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou Show 
1946 Encore Theatre 
1946 A Day In the Life of Dennis Day
1946 NBC Parade of Stars
1947 Here's To Veterans 
1947 Mulligan's Travels 
1947 Guest Star 
1947 The Jack Paar Program
1947 The Life of Riley 
1947 The Camel Screen Guild Theatre 
1947 Voyage of the Scarlet Queen 
1948 Point Sublime
1948 The Jack Benny Show 
1948 Family Theater 
1948 The First Nighter Program
1948 The Abbott and Costello Show 
1948 Guest Star 1948
In Your Name
1948 Red Feather Round-Up
1948 Errand Of Mercy
1948 Mail Call 
1948 Hallmark Playhouse 
1948 The Red Skelton Show 
1949 Sealtest Variety Theater
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse 
1949 Strengthen the Arm of Liberty
1949 The Railroad Hour 
1949 Opportunity U.S.A. 
1949 Young Love 
1949 Let George Do It 
1949 The Whistler 
1950 For the Living 
1950 The Adventures of Philip Marlowe 
1950 The American Challenge 
1950 Family Theatre

Verna Felton circa 1952
Verna Felton circa 1952

Actress Verna Felton circa 1920
Actress Verna Felton circa 1920

Verna Felton before ABC mike circa 1954
Verna Felton before ABC mike circa 1954

Verna Felton as Mrs. Potts in the film, 'Picnic' (1955)
Verna Felton as Mrs. Potts in the film, 'Picnic' (1955)


Verna Felton (right) with Harry Morgan and Spring Byington, c. 1957
Verna Felton (right) with Harry Morgan and Spring Byington, c. 1957

Verna Felton was one of the most endearing character actresses on stage, radio, screen and television. Her characteristic cheeky, grandmotherly face and velvety smooth, husky, voice were her greatest assets in a career that spanned 40 years.

She was a mainstay throughout The Golden Age of Radio, but her vocal abilities were, arguably best remembered through animated films, such as the the 'Fairy Godmother' in Disney's Cinderella (1950) singing Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Boo, and 'Aunt Sarah' in Lady and the Tramp (1955). And though those two animated films attracted her largest worldwide audience, her contributions to the most memorable programs from The Golden Age of Radio stand head and shoulders above those of the vast majority of her peers.

Among her most notable film appearances were:
  • If I Had My Way (1940) as Mrs. DeLacey, her film debut
  • Northwest Passage (1940) as Mrs. Towne
  • Dumbo (1941) as the voice of the Elephant Matriarch
  • The Fuller Brush Man (1948) with Red Skelton, as Grandmother
  • Buccaneer's Girl (1950) as a Dowager
  • The Gunfighter (1950) with Gregory Peck, as Mrs. Pennyfeather
  • Little Egypt (1951) as Mrs. Doanne
  • Disney's and Alice in Wonderland (1951) as the Queen of Hearts
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955) as Aunt Sarah
  • Picnic (1955) as Helen Potts
  • The Oklahoman (1957) as Mrs. Waynebrooke her last live acting role
  • The Jungle Book (1967) as the Elephant, her final film.

She is probably equally well remembered for her role as matronly Hilda Crocker on the television series' December Bride (1954-59) and Pete and Gladys (1960-61). She also was a regular on The Ezio Pinza Show (1952) as Mrs. Day.




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