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Romance, Rhythm and Ripley Radio Program

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Bourjois Inc. sponsored Romance Rhythm and Ripley over CBS
Bourjois Inc. sponsored Romance Rhythm and Ripley over CBS


Spot ad for Romance, Rhythm and Ripley from May 3rd 1945
Spot ad for Romance Rhythm and Ripley from May 3rd 1945

Background

Alexandre-Napoléon Bourjois et Companie began selling cosmetics to the Stage and Theatre trade of Paris in 1863. Over the years Bourjois expanded several of their makeup and scent lines to consumer products throughout France and soon after throughout Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. Primarily concentrating on its unique baking process for its patented face powders, by the 1890s Bourjois had begun acquiring several international awards for it expanding line of innovative products and processes. Its steaming process for a line of 1891 Java rice powder-based products soon translated into a brand new plant for steaming the new patented face powder cakes.

By 1898 Bourjois had diversified into offering nearly 700 unique female--and male--cosmetics, scents, waxes, balms, powders, and requisites. By the 1920s Bourjois was becoming known for it's "Soir de Paris" and "Mon Parfum" lines of perfumes and face powders. During the 1930s Bourjois' Soir de Paris caught on in the United States, soon after renamed Bourjois' "Evening In Paris" line from the mid-1930s forward.

Soon becoming one of North America's most popular perfume lines, Bourjois' Evening in Paris was heavily advertised throughout the Print media of the era, and was also one of Television's earliest sponsors. Indeed Bourjois began sponsoring early Television fully two years prior to its sponsorship of Radio offerings. By 1946, Bourjois had sponsored:

Bourjois continued sponsoring both Radio and Televsion into the mid-1950s, promoting mostly light orchestral features or romantic vocalists of the era.

Bourjois and CBS bring Here's to Romance to a wider audience

Bourjois' Here's To Romance enjoyed ever widening popularity over its first three years on the air. In an apparent effort to widen its popularity even further, Bourjois repackaged Here's to Romance as a more structured and segmented Romance, Rhythm Ripley. Romance, Rhythm and Ripley was conceived to present a 'romance' segment, a 'rhythm' segment, and a 'human interest' segment, in this case in the form of Robert L. Ripley's fascinating historical oddities, dramatized for Radio.

For the new series' first two installments, the 'romance' element was represented by crooner Larry Douglas, and the 'rhythm' element by a guest rhythm and jazz vocalist. By Episode No. 3, jazz vocalist Marion Hutton joined the cast as the permanent 'rhythm' element of the series. From that episode forward, each episode generally followed a segmented approach for the remainder of the series.

Ray Bloch's dance orchestra provided the instrumentals, often accompanied by The Swing Fourteen Choir. Shortly after the midpoint of its run, Bourjois announced that Romance, Rhythm and Ripley wouldn't be renewed in favor of a production to be called "Dreamboat." As it turned out, Bourjois ditched Romance, Rhythm and Ripley in favor of a somewhat less costly production, Powder Box Theater in the same timeslot.

Series Derivatives:

Here's To Romance; AFRS 'Here's To Romance'
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Mystery Dramas
Network(s): CBS; AFRS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 45-04-12 01 Guest Peggy Mann
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 45-04-12 to 45-10-04; CBS; Twenty-six, 30-minute programs; Thursday evenings.
Syndication: CBS; AFRS [as 'Here's To Romance']
Sponsors: Bourjois, Inc.
Director(s):
Principal Performers: Marion Hutton, Robert Ripley, Jim Ameche, Larry Douglas, Peggy Mann, Evelyn Knight, Corp. Joseph Aiello, Matthew Little, Lt CDR Robert W. Goehring, Lt David C. Besbris, Coast Guardsman George Kennedy, Sir Alexander Fleming
Recurring Performer(s): Marion Hutton, Robert Ripley, Larry Douglas
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s)
Music Direction: Ray Bloch and orchestra; The Swing Fourteen Choir
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Jim Ameche
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
26
Episodes in Circulation: 3
Total Episodes in Collection: 3 [AFRS only]
Provenances:

The Billboard of July 14th 1945 teases the possbility that Romance, Rhythm and Ripley wouldn't be renewed
The Billboard of July 14th 1945 teases the possbility that Romance, Rhythm and Ripley wouldn't be renewed
Hickerson Guide.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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Romance, Rhythm and Ripley Radio Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
45-04-05
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45-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Here's to Romance (WBBM): with Evelyn Knight as guest; "Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread," "Grandfather's Clock," "If You Are But a Dream," medly from "Up in Central Park.
45-04-12
1
Guest Peggy Mann
N
45-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM):
Robert L. Ripley joins Larry Douglas as regular member of former "Here's to Romance" program; guest vocalist, Peggy Mann.

45-04-15 Lincoln Star
THURSDAY
Lilting-voiced Evelyn Knight will guest star on the "Romance, Rhythm and Ripley" show over KFAB at 9:30 p.m.

45-04-19
2
Guest Evelyn Knight
N
45-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM):
Evelyn Knight, guest singer; Ray Bloch orchestra and choir; Robert Ripley presents dramatized version of a "Believe It Or Not" story.
45-04-26
3
The Story of Roy Dikkers
N
[Marion Hutton joins the cast as the 'rhythm' component]

45-04-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM):
Marion Hutton becomes member of cast; "Believe It or Not" story of a merchant marine; music, "Good, Good, Good," "Dream," "My Dreams Are Gettings Better."

45-04-26 Mason City GLobe-Gazette
MARION HUTTON, popular rhythm singer becomes the program's regular vocalist when she joins Larry Douglas and Robert L. (Believe It or Not) RIpley on KGLO-CBS' "Romance, Rhythm and RIpley" program Thursday, at 9:30 p.m.
On her opening program Miss Hutton offers a song she introduced in her picture "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time," and "Good, Good, Good." Douglas sings "I'm Beginning to See the Light" and "Dream."
Ripley presents the "Believe It or Not" story of a Merchant Marine Roy Dikkers.
Miss Hutton, a native of Detroit, has been a featured vocalist with the late Glenn Miller's orchestra and has appeared in a number of major motion picture productions.
Ray Bloch conducts. Jim Ameche is emcee.
45-05-03
4
Guest Joseph Aiello
N
45-05-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM):
Ripley dramatizes "Believe It Or Not story of his guest, Corp. Joseph Aiello; Ray Bloch orchestra, Marion Hutton, and Larry Douglas, vocalists: "I Should Care," "If You Are But a Dream," "Pig-Foot Pete, the Boogie Woogie Elite," "Bell Bottom Trousers."
45-05-10
5
Saved by A Letter from Home
N
45-05-10 Mason City Globe-Gazette
A LETTER from home that saved the life of Sgt. Joseph Charles is the Believe-It-Or-Not dramatized by Robert L. Ripley on "Romance, Rhythm and Ripley" over KGLO-CBS Thursday, at 9:30 p.m. Marion Hutton and Larry Douglas sing "I Begged Her" as their featured number. Miss Hutton solos in "Every Time I Fall In Love" and Douglas sings "Let's Take The Long Way Home" and "Sweetheart Of All My Dreams." Ray Bloch conducts orchestra and Swing Fourteen Choir in "Laura" and "Down in Chi-Chi-Hotcha-Watchee." Jim Ameche is emcee.

45-05-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM):
Ripley tells how a letter from home saved the life of Sgt. Joseph Charles.
45-05-17
6
Guest Matthew Little
N
45-05-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM):
guest, Matthew Little 83-year-old merchant seaman, who weathered four wars and many torpedoings without injury but was hit by a truck while crossing a street; musical numbers by Ray Bloch orchestra and choir, Larry Douglas and Marion Hutton.
45-05-24
7
Guest Lt Cdr Robert W. Goehring
N
45-05-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM):
Lieut. Comdr. Robert W. Goehring tells of his experience when swept overboard by a wave; music, "Take It Easy," "Hora Staccato," "Close as the Pages In a Book."
45-05-31
8
Guest Lt David C. Besbris
N
[AFRS only]

45-05-31 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM):
guest, Lieut. David C. Besbris, whose odd combat experiences will be dramatized; music, "Good, Good, Good," "I Begged Her," "Deep Night," "The Fireman's Bride."
45-06-07
9
Guest Coast Guardsman George Kennedy
N
45-06-07 New York Times
10:30-11--Musical Variety:
Larry Douglas, Robert L. Ripley, Coast Guardsman George Kennedy--WABC.
45-06-14
10
How Beethoven Sold His 9th Symphony
N
45-06-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM):
Ripley tells how Beethoven sold his Ninth Symphony to a butcher for veal worth 7 1/2 cents; music, "Love That Guy," "There, I've Said It Again," "Skip to My Lou," "All the Things You Are."
45-06-21
11
Guests 500 Purple Hearts Vets
N
[AFRS only]

45-06-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM):
program for 300 Purple Heart servicemen, guests of bond buyers.

45-06-28
12
Opens with No Boudt Adoubt It
N
45-06-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM): Believe It or Not story by Riplley; music, "No Boudt Adoubt It," "If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You."

45-06-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Marion Hutton vivacious vocalist, features the double-talk song,
"No Boudt Adoubt It" Thursday, at 9 p. m., over KGLO-CBS on "Romance Rhythm and Ripley." Singing star Larry Douglas offers the romantic tune "If There Is Someone Lovelier." Robert L (Believe It Or Not) Ripley presents another of his unusual dramatizations. Ray Bloch conducts the orchestra and the Swing Fourteen Choir. Jim Ameche is emcee.

45-07-01 Zanesville Signal
The sponsors of "Romance Rhythm and Ripley" turned their CBS playhouse studio over to 500 Purple "Heart Vets and their sweethearts and to the 500 Manhattan millionaires who bought a least a $10,000.00 bond to enable a wounded vet and his girl to see the June 21st "Romance, Rhythm and Ripley" broadcast (CBS, 10:30 p. m., EWT). The vets were wined and dined by their hosts before the show, and after the broadcast there was two-hour show featuring the top stars of stage, screen and radio. The cast of the "R. R & R." show, which features Robert L. Ripley, Marion Hutton, Larry Jouglas, Jim Ameche and Ray Bloch and his fine orchestra and choir, put on a forty-five minute show just before the broadcast The show chalked up a new reccord for theatre war bond sales. War Bonds totaling more than $6,200,000.00 were sold.
45-07-05
13
Da Vinci's Last Supper
N
[AFRS only]

45-07-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM): "Believe It or Not" dramatization; music, "Out of Nowhere," "Sentimental Journey," "Dark Eyes," "Every Time I Fall in Love."
45-07-12
14
Title Unknown
N
45-07-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM): "Believe It or Not" story by Ripley; music, "No Can Do," "I Should Care," "Joshua Fit De Battle," "You'll Never Walk Alone."

45-07-12 Mason City Globe-Gazette
MARION HUTTON and Larry Douglas feature the tune "No Can Do" on KGLO-CBS' "Romance, Rhythm and Ripley" program Thursday, at 9:30 p. m. Douglas solos in "Joshua Fit The Battle" and "I Should Care." Miss Hutton sings "No More Toujour Lamour." Ray Bloch conducts his orchestra and the Swing Fourteen Choir in "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Gotto Be This Or That." Robert L. Ripley presents another of his usual "Believe It Or Not" dramatizations. Jim Ameche is emcee.
45-07-19
15
Title Unknown
N
45-07-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM): "Believe It Or Not" dramatization; music, "While You're Away," "Without A Song," "I'll See You In My Dreams," "Baja."

45-07-19 Mason City Globe-Gazette
MARION HUTTON features the tune "True, Mon, True" on KGLO-CBS.' "Romance, Rhythm and Ripley" Thursday, at 9:30 p. m. Miss Hutton also offers "You Only Want Me When There's Nobody Else." Baritone star Larry Douglas sings "While You're Away" and "Without A Song." Kay Bloch conducts his orchestra and Swing Fourteen Choir in "I'll See You In My Dreams" and "Baja." Robert L. Ripley presents another of his unusual "Believe It Or Not" dramatizations. Jim Ameche is emcee.
45-07-26
16
The Story of Franz Lehar
N
45-07-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM): Ripley story about Franz Lehar, composer; music, "Dream," "I'm Gonna Love That Guy," "Little Brown Jug," "There Must Be a Way."

45-07-26 Mason City Globe-Gazette
LARRY DOUGLAS, baritone star of KGLO-CBS' "Romance, Rhythm and Ripley" program features the song "Dream" on the program Thursday, at 9:30 p. m. Douglas also offers "There Must Be A Way." Marion Hutton sings "I'm Gonna Love That Guy" and "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe." Robert L. Ripley dramatizes a "Believe It Or Not" story about the composer Franz Lehar. Ray Bloch conducts his orchestra and Swing Fourteen Choir in "My Baby Said Yes" and "Little Brown Jug." Jim Ameche is emcee.
45-08-02
17
Title Unknown
N
45-08-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM): music, "Take It Easy," "I Begged Her," "The More I See You," "When Day is Done," "When I Grow Too Old To Dream."

45-08-02 Mason City Globe-Gazette
MARION HUTTON features the catchy popular song hit "Take It Easy" on Columbia network's "Romance. Rhythm and Ripley" Thursday. Aug. 2 (KGLO-CBS, 9:30 p. m.) With baritone star Larry Douglas, she sings "Two Sleepy People." Douglas offers "I Begged Her" and "The More I See You." Ray Bloch's orchestra and the "Swing Fourteen" choir present special arrangements of "When Day Is Done" and "When I Grow Too Old To Dream." Robert L. Ripley presents another of his unusual "Believe It Or Not" dramatizations on the program. Jim Ameche is master of ceremonies.
45-08-09
18
Title Unknown
N
45-08-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM): Marion Hutton and Larry Douglas, vocalists, and Robert L. Ripley "Believe It or Not" dramatization.
45-08-16
19
Title Unknown
N
45-08-16 New York Times
10:30-11--Variety and Music: Larry Douglas, Marion Hutton, Robert L. Ripley, Bloch Orchestra--WABC.

MARION HUTTON and baritone star Larry Douglas sing the top popular tunes of the week on KGLO-CBS' "Romance, Rhythm and Ripley" Thursday, at 9:30 p. m. Robert L. Ripley presents another of his unusual Believe-It-or-Not dramatizations. Ray Bloch conducts the orchestra and the Swing Fourteen Choir Jim Ameche is emcee.
45-08-23
20
Title Unknown
N
45-08-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 Rhythm and Ripley--WBBM
45-08-30
21
Title Unknown
N
45-08-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM): "Two Sleepy People," "Bell Bottom Trousers," "Along the Navajo Trail," "There's No You," "Missouri Waltz."

45-08-30 Mason City Globe-Gazette
MARION HUTTON and Larry Douglas in duet feature the song "Tow Sleepy People" on KGLO-CBS' "Romance, Rhythm and Ripley" Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Miss Hutton also sings "Bell Bottom Trousers," and Douglas offers "Along the Navajo Trail" and "There's No You." Ray Bloch conducts his orchestra and the Swing Fourteen Choir in "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody" and "Missouri Waltz." Robert L. Ripley dramatizes another of his unusual "Believe It or Not" stories. Jim Ameche is emcee.
45-09-06
22
Title Unknown
N
45-09-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 Rhythm and Ripley--WBBM
45-09-13
23
Title Unknown
N
45-09-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 Rhythm and Ripley--WBBM
45-09-20
24
Title Unknown
N
5-09-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM): "Believe It or Not" story by Ripley; music, "Something to Remember You By," "Two Guitars," "I'll Buy That Dream," "Till the End of Time."
45-09-27
25
Title Unknown
N
45-09-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM): "Twicklingham Ferry."

45-09-27 Mason City Globe-Gazette
MARION HUTTON sings fhe novelty tune"Twickingham Ferry" on KGLO-CBS' "Romance, Rhythm and Ripley" Thursday at 8:30 p. m. Larry Douglas, Ray Bloch's orchestra and Swing Fourteen Choir also are heard to popular. tune. Robert L. Ripley presents another of his "Believe It Or Not" dramatizations Jim Ameche is emcee.
45-10-04
26
Title Unknown
N
45-10-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Romance, Rhythm and Ripley (WBBM): "Gotta Be This Or That," "Orchids in the Moonlight," "Dark Eyes," "If You Were the Only Girl in the World."
45-10-11
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45-10-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Powder Box Theater (WBBM): new program, featuring Danny O'Neill, tenor; Evelyn Knight, Vocalist; Jim Ameche, premiere guest Elissa Landi.





AFRS 'Here's to Romance' Radio Log

Date AFRS No. Title Avail. Notes
45-05-31
52
Guest AAF Lt. David C. Besbris
Y
a.k.a. The Boot, The Fish and The Caterpillar
45-06-21
55
Guest 500 Purple Hearts Vets
Y
[Before 500 recipients of The Purple Heart]

45-07-05
57
Da Vinci's Last Supper
Y






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