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Myrt and Marge was a popular radio program during the period 1932-1946. It was created by Myrtle Vail based on anecdotal stories of her vaudeville career.
Vail thought of the idea while living in the Chicago area, after having spent several years as a vaudeville performer (often with her husband, George Damerel), basing it almost entirely on her own vaudeville experiences. She took the idea to the Wrigley chewing gum makers, who had yet to sponsor a radio show, naming her lead characters Myrtle Spear and Marge Minter (playing on the company's best-known gum), while casting herself as Myrtle and her real-life daughter Donna Damerel as Marge, with Myrt the elder, experienced chorus girl taking young, inexperienced, and innocent Marge under her wing. Wrigley liked the idea and Myrt & Marge debuted in late 1931. Originally a prime-time entry, the show proved so popular with women that it was moved to daytime programming.
The soap tracked the doings and undoings of the two close friends with some of the usual soap opera twists (kidnappings, organized crime, murder) and injected a degree of comedy into a genre not usually known at the time for wit. In later years the show was sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive-Peet, who promoted its Super Suds laundry detergent among other products on the show.
Damerel died, in 1941, while giving birth to her third son. Damerel had done a Myrt & Marge performance hours before going into labor. Vail was quoted (by Movie-Radio Guide) as saying she believed her daughter had wanted it that way and that the show should not die, she wrote Marge out of the script for the time being, depicting her as hiding in the hills until a murder could be resolved, and set about casting a new Marge. The role finally went to Helen Mack, who had been seen as a streetwalker in His Girl Friday, but after just a few months with Mack playing the role, Myrt & Marge ended in 1942.
Myrtle Vail attempted to revive the show in 1946, in a syndicated version that sometimes included updated re-writes of the original scripts, according to radio historian John Dunning. But the new Myrt & Marge was a short-lived rating failure, however, and the one-time favourite disappeared quietly in 1947.
Approximately 110 episodes of Myrt & Marge survive, most from the 1946-47 syndication revival but three—including, somehow, the show's pilot episode—from its 1930s heyday are known to survive as well.
Myrtle Vail (January 7, 1888—September 18, 1978), sometimes credited as Myrtle Damerel, was an American actress and writer who was a radio fixture with the show.
Tragedy had earlier struck Myrt & Marge directly. In 1933, Vail was injured seriously in an automobile accident, forcing her to turn the show's writing over to a colleague named Charles Thomas, who wrote a storyline having Myrt kidnapped by gangsters, allowing Vail to recuperate completely.
A film adaptation by Universal Studios, starring Vail and Demerel turned the show into a vehicle for the Three Stooges, as well as their former front man Ted Healy. Myrt Spear's touring vaudeville revue is full of talent and bound for Broadway, but low on funds. Conniving and lecherous producer Mr. Jackson (Thomas Jackson) helps the show so he can romance the young star, Marge Minter. Myrt, and Marge's boyfriend Eddie Hanley (Eddie Foy Jr.), step in to save the revue and Marge. Ted Healy, Moe, Larry and Curly are stagehands with hopes to join the show, and deal with the antics of backstage crasher Bonnie Bonnell.
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Myrt and Marge 46-04-01 (001) Myrt and Marge.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-02 (002) Marge Gets A Job.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-03 (003) Myrt Has Her First Fitting.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-04 (004) Myrt and Marge Eat At Mamma Mia's.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-05 (005) Myrt and Marge.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-08 (006) Marge Tells Myrt About Her Background.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-09 (007) Myrt Helps Marge With Make-up.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-10 (008) Opening Night.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-11 (009) The Morning After.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-12 (010) Marge Talks To Jimmy.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-15 (011) Farewell Party For Anne.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-16 (012) Marge Disappears.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-17 (013) Marge Kidnapped By Houston Gang.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-18 (014) Jack and Ray Lead Raid on the Red Rooster.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-19 (015) Rescuing Marge.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-22 (016) Marge Moves In With Myrt.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-23 (017) Jimmy Going Home.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-24 (018) Billie De Vere Raises Questions.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-25 (019) Tabloid Picture of Marge.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-26 (020) Marge Dances In Place of Myrt.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-29 (021) Ray Says He Loves Marge.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-04-30 (022) Myrt Discovers That Ray Is Married.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-01 (023) Ray Sends Roses To Myrt.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-02 (024) Myrt and Marge Ignore Ray and Play Gin Rummy.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-03 (025) Ray Injured in Auto Crash.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-06 (026) Myrt Learns About Mrs. Hunt.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-07 (027) Myrt Asks Jack To Arrange Adoption for Marge.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-08 (028) Jack Investigates Marge's Past.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-09 (029) It Is Legally Possible for Marge to be Adopted.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-10 (030) Myrt Receives a Letter from Mrs. Hunt.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-13 (031) Mrs. Hunt Threatens to Sue Myrt.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-14 (032) Myrt Meets With Ray.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-15 (033) Marge and Myrt Go Shopping.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-16 (034) Sonny Darnell Proposes To Marge.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-17 (035) Showdown Between Myrt and Billie.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-20 (036) Ray Leaves For Lake Placid.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-21 (037) Jimmy Returns.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-22 (038) Story of Myrt's Baby Girl.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-23 (039) Minters Arrive to Sign Adoption Papers.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-24 (040) Myrt Meets Gangster Harry Duffy.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-27 (041) Ray Returns With His Wife.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-28 (042) Myrt Dates Harry.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-29 (043) Jack Kisses Myrt.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-30 (044) Ray Tries To Make Up.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-05-31 (045) Myrt Is Not Interested.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-06-03 (046) Myrt Goes Out With Harry.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-06-04 (047) Myrt Disappears.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-06-05 (048) Myrt Held Captive.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-06-06 (049) Harry Found Murdered.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-06-07 (050) Myrt Reappears.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-06-10 (051) Myrt Tells Jack What Happened.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-06-11 (052) Jimmy Is Frightened.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-06-12 (053) Ray Threatens To Fire Myrt And Marge.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-06-13 (054) Duke Sends A Note.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-06-14 (055) Myrt and Marge Are Summoned To Mr Hayfields Office.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-06-17 (056) Myrt Calls On Duke Sanfield.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-07-11 (074) Marge Replaces Vivian In Show.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-07-12 (075) Marge's Debut As The Butterfly.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-07-15 (076) A Man Looks For Agnes Hallon.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-07-16 (077) Mr Hunt Asks Myrt About Agnes Hallon.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-07-17 (078) Mrs Hunt Comes To Mr Hunt's Office.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-07-18 (079) Myrt Discovers Ray Hunt's Body.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-07-19 (080) Cast And Crew Questioned.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-07-22 (081) Myrt Is Questioned.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-07-23 (082) Cast Discusses Crime.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-07-30 (087) Captain O'Toole Questions Myrt.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-07-31 (088) Myrt Questioned About The Hunt Relationship.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-08-01 (089) Jack Victor Questions Vivian.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-08-02 (090) Clarence Plays Detective.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-11 (118) Myrt is Found Guilty of Murder.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-12 (119) Lawyer Asks to Set Aside Verdict.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-13 (120) Mr. Sanfield Testifies at New Court Appearance.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-16 (121) Loaded Gun is Removed from Sanfield.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-17 (122) Sanfield Tells How He Killed Ray Hunt.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-18 (123) Myrt Is Released.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-19 (124) Jack Throws Cast Party.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-20 (125) Myrt Given Featured Role.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-23 (126) Marge's Mother Goes Home.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-24 (127) Duke Sanfield Tells Myrt He Loves Her.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-25 (128) Billie Makes Up With Myrt.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-26 (129) Saying Goodbyes and Leaving For Chicago.mp3
Myrt and Marge 46-09-27 (130) On The Road To Chicago.mp3