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The "Sealtest Village Store" was a followup to the "Rudy Vallee Show" and premiered in 1943 with Joan Davis in the lead and Jack Haley taking over from Vallee as the male presence on the show. Davis carried the show so well, that she went on to her own solo series in mid-1945, leaving Haley to mind the store until he left in 1947. Then cast member Eve Arden took over the hosting duties for a few months when she was joined by Jack Carson. They both departed the series in 1948 with Arden getting the plum role of the sardonic schoolteacher in "Our Miss Brooks".
Joan Davis (June 29, 1907 – May 22, 1961) was an American comedic actress whose career spanned vaudeville, film, radio and television. Remembered best for the 1950s television comedy I Married Joan, Davis had a successful earlier career as a B-movie actress and a leading star of 1940s radio comedy.
Born Madonna Josephine Davis in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Davis had been a performer since childhood. She appeared with her husband Si Wills in vaudeville.
Joan Davis entered radio with an August 28, 1941 appearance on The Rudy Vallee Show and became a regular on that show four months later.
Swan soap ad featuring Davis' radio show, 1945.
Davis then began a series of shows that established her as a top star of radio situation comedy throughout the 1940s. When Vallee left for the Coast Guard in 1943, Davis and Jack Haley became the co-hosts of the show. With a title change to The Sealtest Village Store, Davis was the owner-operator of the store from July 8, 1943 to June 28, 1945 when she left to do Joanie's Tea Room on CBS from September 3, 1945 to June 23, 1947. Sponsored by Lever Brothers on behalf of Swan Soap, the premise had Davis running a tea shop in the little community of Smallville. The supporting cast featured Verna Felton. Harry von Zell was the announcer, and her head writer was Abe Burrows, formerly the head writer (and co-creator) of Duffy's Tavern and eventually a legendary Broadway playwright.
The tea shop setting continued in Joan Davis Time, a CBS Saturday night series from October 11, 1947 to July 3, 1948. With Lionel Stander as the tea shop manager, the cast also included Hans Conried, Mary Jane Croft, the Choraliers quintet and John Rarig and his Orchestra.
Leave It to Joan ran from on July 4 to August 22, 1949 as a summer replacement for Lux Radio Theater and continued from September 9, 1949 to March 3, 1950. She was also heard on CBS July 3 through August 28, 1950. She was a frequent and popular performer on Tallulah Bankhead's legendary radio variety show, The Big Show (1950–52).
Sealtest Village Store 43-09-09 Guest - Frank Sinatra
Sealtest Village Store 43-10-28 Rudy Is Back From The Coast Guard
Sealtest Village Store 44-03-09 Joan Gets Help With Her Income Tax
Sealtest Village Store 44-08-07 Edward Everett Horton is Buying an Engagement Ring
Sealtest Village Store 44-10-10 Joan Tries to Borrow $500
Sealtest Village Store 44-10-26 New Hairdresser
Sealtest Village Store 44-xx-xx First Song - Don't Sweetheart Leave
Sealtest Village Store 45-11-15 Guest - George Raft
Sealtest Village Store 47-03-20 Guest - Vincent Price
Sealtest Village Store 47-10-30 Home Life Of Al Jolson
Sealtest Village Store 47-xx-xx The Gypsy
Sealtest Village Store 48-05-06 Yacht Sailing
Sealtest Village Store 48-05-13 The Big Clock
Sealtest Village Store 48-05-27 Jack Plans To Buy A Radio Station
Sealtest Village Store 4x-xx-xx Joan Wants A Motocycle
Sealtest Village Store xx-xx-xx Joan Has Inherited Property
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