The series was a star vehicle for Dinah Shore, the Tennessee-born pop vocalist who'd climbed steadily up the ladder since her network debut in the late 1930s. Shore blended a jazz-conscious approach to the pop hits of the day with a breezy, easy-to-take microphone personality that made her a sensation on radio and records -- and her sense for comedy, honed by an early apprenticeship with Eddie Cantor, helps her carry off the non-musical portions of each week's program. She's accompanied by announcer Harry Von Zell, a practiced foil who'd worked with her on the Cantor program, and the lush melodies of an orchestra conducted by Broadway melodist Robert Emmett Dolan. But the real interest in the Birds Eye programs is in the guest stars, drawn from the top ranks of Hollywood comedy talent. No less a personality than Groucho Marx appears as a semi-regular on the show -- and while his characterization is somewhat muted by the demands of a scripted series, the programs offer a rare chance to hear the foremost Marx Brother experimenting within the framework of a wide assortment of sketch ideas and comic settings.
American wit and humor.
Popular music -- 1941-1950.
Variety shows (Radio programs)
Live sound recordings.
|Publisher|| Spokane Valley, WA :Radio Archives,2016
Distributed by Dreamscape,
|Other Titles|| Birds Eye open house :
1917-1994, host, performer.
Von Zell, Harry, host.
Marx, Groucho, 1890-1977, performer.
Jordan, Marian, 1897-1961, performer.
Jordan, Jim, 1896-1988, performer.
Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998, performer.
Bey, Turhan, 1922-2012, performer.
Morgan, Frank, 1890-1949, performer.
Cotten, Joseph, 1905-1994, performer.
Romero, Cesar, 1907-1994, performer.
Colonna, Jerry, 1904-1986, performer.
Carson, Jack, 1910-1963, performer.
Hopper, Hedda, 1885-1966, performer.
Vallée, Rudy, 1901-1986, performer.
Skelton, Red, 1913-1997, performer.
Laughton, Charles, 1899-1962, performer.
Russell, Andy, 1919-1992, performer.
Dolan, Robert Emmett, 1908-1972, conductor.
Radio Archives (Firm), publisher.
Dinah Shore, host/performer ; Harry Von Zell, announcer ; Groucho Marx, Marian Jordan, Jim Jordan, Frank Sinatra, Turhan Bey, Frank Morgan, Joseph Cotten, Cesar Romero, Jerry Colonna, Jack Carson, Hedda Hopper, Rudy Vallee, Red Skelton, Charles Laughton, Andy Russell, guest stars ; unnamed orchestra, conducted by Robert Emmett Dolan.
Title from disc label.
10 audio discs (10 hr.) ; 4 3/4 in.