+ 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. 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 , 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'd been seen as a streetwalker in His Girl Friday. Myrt & Marge continued until 1946. Approximately 110 episodes of Myrt & Marge survive.-WikiPedia
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Please enjoy these 110 old time radio episodes:
|11.02.1931||story of two chorus dancers pilot||
+ Myrt and Marge is a story of Broadway, a story that goes beyond the lights of the gay white way in...
|12.27.1937||myrt marge plan to open theater||
+ Sponsored by: Super Suds. Myrt and Marge are planning to re-open Hayfield's Theatre. Mr. Hayfield...
|09.21.1939||myrt and marge jimmy visits marge||
+ WJSV, Washington D. C. aircheck. Sponsored by: Super Suds, Halo Shampoo. 9:15 A.M. Jimmie, secret...
|04.01.1946||myrt and marge (001) myrt and marge||
+ Finley syndication, World transcription. The first show of the syndicated series; also used as a...
|04.02.1946||myrt and marge (002) marge gets a job||
+ Finley syndication. Marge gets her big break and a job in the chorus as a "Chick-Chick." The dat...
|04.03.1946||myrt and marge (003) myrt has her first fitting||
+ Finley syndication. Myrt suspects that there's a strange coincidence in the real name of her new...
|04.04.1946||myrt and marge (004) myrt and marge eat at mamma mia's||
+ Finley syndication. Myrt and Marge have dinner at Mama Spinelli's (known affectionately as "Mama...
|04.05.1946||myrt and marge (005) myrt and marge|
|04.05.1946||marges brother jimmy shows up||
+ Finley syndication. Margie is concerned about the whereabouts of her brother Jimmy, but is very ...
|04.08.1946||myrt and marge (006) marge tells myrt about her background||
+ Finley syndication. Margie is a trooper and goes on stage with tears in her eyes. Margie tells M...
|04.09.1946||myrt and marge (007) myrt helps marge with make up||
+ Finley syndication. Just before the final dress rehearsal, Myrt hurts her knee and cannot get on...
|04.10.1946||myrt and marge (008) opening night||
+ Finley syndication. After the opening night, Myrt and Marge and their friends are held up by Myr...
|04.11.1946||myrt and marge (009) the morning after||
+ Finley syndication. On the morning after opening night, Myrt makes breakfast for Marge, and Clar...
|04.12.1946||myrt and marge (010) marge talks to jimmy||
+ Finley syndication. The girls' play has opened and is a hit. Meanwhile, step-brother Jimmy has b...
|04.15.1946||myrt and marge (011) farewell party for anne||
+ Finley syndication. Step-brother Jimmy has been shot during his first holdup attempt. The date i...
|04.16.1946||myrt and marge (012) marge disappears||
+ Finley syndication. Anne is leaving the cast and a farewell party is being given. Mr. Darnell cr...
|04.17.1946||myrt and marge (013) marge kidnapped by houston gang||
+ Finley syndication. What has happened to Marge? She was kidnapped by members of her brother's ga...
|04.18.1946||myrt and marge (014) jack and ray lead raid on the red rooster||
+ Finley syndication. Ray Hunt and Jack Arnold have a romantic dance with Myrt while planning a ra...
|04.19.1946||myrt and marge (015) rescuing marge||
+ Finley syndication. Myrt tells her friends that Margie was in her apartment all the time, but Gw...
|04.22.1946||myrt and marge (016) marge moves in with myrt||
+ Finley syndication. Back at the theatre, the obviously effeminate stage manager is named Clarenc...
|04.23.1946||myrt and marge (017) jimmy going home||
+ Finley syndication. Marge has moved in with Myrt. Jimmy (Myrt's brother) has to leave town and s...
|04.24.1946||myrt and marge (018) billie de vere raises questions||
+ Finley syndication. Billie Devere has certain information about Myrt...and it's damaging gossip!...
|04.25.1946||myrt and marge (019) tabloid picture of marge||
+ Finley syndication. The damging gossip is that Myrt was found in a nightclub, in a gangster's pr...
|04.26.1946||myrt and marge (020) marge dances in place of myrt||
+ Finley syndication. Billie Devere denies that she leaked the gossip to the newspapers. The date ...
|04.29.1946||myrt and marge (021) ray says he loves marge||
+ Finley syndication. Alena leaves her solo number in anger and Margie steps in to save the show. ...
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