OLD TIME RADIO - CD-ROM - 30 mp3
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Shell Chateau was a musical variety series that began on June 29, 1935, with Al Jolson serving as its host. Some sources even mention that the program was developed around Jolson and his talents. However, Jolson left the series briefly in the fall of 1935 due to a movie commitment. Wallace Beery, one of the country’s most popular film stars of the period took over the host position following a one week stint by radio newsman, Walter Winchell. Jolson returned in January of 1936, but didn’t hang around for long and departed permanently in April 1936.
Based on a recommendation by the program’s music director, Victor Young, Smith Ballew was installed as the new host and remained with the program for the remainder of 1936. Smith Ballew had previously worked extensively on records with Victor Young; they had been friends since 1926. The Shell Chateau program appears to be one of Ballew’s last gig’s as a big band musican and he started carving out a name for himself as an actor, when Sol Lesser invited Ballew to do a series of 'B' Westerns for Twentieth Century Fox as a singing cowboy.
In 1937, the program was reorganized around the Legendary Broadway comic Joe Cook. The essential format remained the same until the series ended in June 1937.
It’s unfortunate that this certified series is missing the episodes featuring Walter Winchell and Joe Cook, perhaps one day representative episodes will became available.
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Shell Chateau 350000 Wallace Beery, John Barrymore
Shell Chateau 350629 013 Guest Otto Kruger
Shell Chateau 350706 014 Guest Whitney Long
Shell Chateau 350713 015 Guest Lee Wiley
Shell Chateau 350720 016 Guest Loretta Turnbull
Shell Chateau 350727 017 Guest Ruth Chatterton
Shell Chateau 350803 018 Guest Laurel Taylor
Shell Chateau 350810 019 Guest Alice Dawn
Shell Chateau 350817 020 Guest The Watson Sisters
Shell Chateau 350824 021 Guest Marge Keeler
Shell Chateau 350831 022 Guest Boris Karloff
Shell Chateau 350907 023 Guest Betty Bordon
Shell Chateau 350914 024 Guest Henry Fonda
Shell Chateau 350921 025 Guest June Marlowe
Shell Chateau 350928 026 Guest Ginger Rogers
Shell Chateau 351012 028 Guest Wallace Beery
Shell Chateau 351109 032 Guest Chester Morris
Shell Chateau 351116 033 Guest Judy Garland
Shell Chateau 351123 034 Guest Mickey Rooney
Shell Chateau 351130 035 Dixie Lee, WS Van Dyke
Shell Chateau 351228 039 Guest Deanna Durbin
Shell Chateau 360125 043 Guest Cab Calloway
Shell Chateau 360629 Al Jolson with Guest Otto Kruger
Shell Chateau 370116 092 Guest Sonja Henie
Shell Chateau 370123 093 Guest The Happiness Boys
Shell Chateau 370206 095 Guest Hildegarde
Shell Chateau 370213 096 Guest Efrem Zimbalist
Shell Chateau 370529 111 Guest Walter Hampton
Shell Chateau Intro
Smith Ballew Biography