Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 19, 1937 - Chase & Sanborn Radio Show

With just two days before the premiere of Snow White, the film's cast would make their first ever live radio appearance on Sunday, December 19, 1937. The Chase and Sanborn Program was hosted by Don Ameche and starred Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy.

In this episode, Charlie plans to trap Santa Claus and reads a letter he's written to him. The Snow White segment kicks in around the 10:25 mark. 

Charlie interacts with the Dwarfs played by Billy Gilbert (Sneezy), Pinto Colvig (Grumpy), and Roy Atwell (Doc). It's also a treat to hear both Lucille La Verne as the Queen and then the Witch, plus Adriana Caselotti as Snow White. In future radio productions, their characters are performed by other actors. Moroni Olsen is also present as the voice of the Magic Mirror.

The music is performed by Robert Armbruster and His Orchestra. Songs include Heigh-Ho and Whistle While You Work.

You can listen to the show at Comic Book Plus. Segments of this particular recording have been deleted including the commercials and musical performances by Nelson Eddy and Dorothy Lamour. TRT: 20:27.

The show sponsor was Chase and Sanborn Coffee. Learn more at Old Time Radio Archive.

Image via Old Time Radio Catalog.

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