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The Beulah Show is an American situation-comedy series that ran in radio on CBS from 1945 to 1954, and in television on ABC from 1950 to 1953. It is notable for being the first sitcom to star an African American.
Originally portrayed by White actor Marlin Hurt, Beulah Brown first appeared in 1939 when Hurt introduced and played the character on the Hometown Incorporated radio series and in 1940 on NBC radio's Show Boat series. In 1943, Beulah moved over to That's Life and then became a supporting character on the popular Fibber McGee and Molly radio series in late 1944. In 1945, Beulah was spun off into her own radio show, The Marlin Hurt and Beulah Show, with Hurt still in the role. Beulah was employed as a housekeeper and cook for the Henderson family: father Harry, mother Alice and son Donnie. After Hurt died of a heart attack in 1946, he was replaced by another white actor, Bob Corley, and the series was retitled The Beulah Show.
When black actress Hattie McDaniel took over the role on November 24, 1947, she earned $1000 a week for the first season, doubled the ratings of the original series and pleased the NAACP which was elated to see a historic first: a black woman as the star of a network radio program.
McDaniel continued in the role until she became ill in 1952 and was replaced by Lillian Randolph, who was in turn replaced for the 1953-54 radio season by her sister, Amanda Randolph.
Beulah 45-07-16 (003) Beulah Finds a Wedding Ring
Beulah 45-08-13 (007) Summer Heat
Beulah 45-08-26 (009) Audition
Beulah 47-02-09 (xxx) Audition Program - Marlin Hurt
Beulah 47-05-07 (050) The Slogan Contest
Beulah 50-06-27 (xxx) Vacation Troubles (Part 1 of 2)
Beulah 50-06-28 (xxx) Vacation Troubles (Part 2 of 2)
Beulah 50-06-29 (xxx) Still More Vacation Troubles
Beulah 50-06-30 (xxx) Vacation Troubles Continue
Beulah 53-03-23 (xxx) The Building Permit
Beulah 53-10-09 (xxx) Cutting Onions
Beulah 53-11-13 (xxx) Flash Magazine
Beulah 53-11-16 (xxx) Painting Donny's Room
Beulah 53-12-24 (xxx) Honorary Santa
Beulah 54-01-26 (xxx) Bill's Streetcar Lunchroom
Beulah 54-01-28 (xxx) Lunchroom Grand Opening
Beulah 54-02-03 (xxx) Beulah Becomes a Waitress
Beulah 54-02-04 (xxx) Writing a Love Story
Beulah 54-02-05 (xxx) Writing About the Family
Beulah 54-02-08 Rumpus Room Construction
Beulah 54-02-09 Bill Builds Rumpus Room
Beulah 54-09-10 Cutting Onions
Beulah xx-xx-xx Hires a Boy Friend
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