"Mistress of Ceremonies" Tallulah Bankhead hosted what has now become known as one of old time radio's most extravagant and highly entertaining variety programs on air. The Big Show was big in every way, featuring high-flying acts, comedic stunts as well as good old-fashioned drama that kept the nation glued to their radio sets every Sunday Night. In fact, the show was so enthralling that it was able to stand toe-to-toe with other Sunday night old radio shows like "The Jack Benny Program" and "The Charlie McCarthy Show" and compete for the public's attention.
With all the great names working on this project, it was no wonder that it received many sponsors and supporters which enabled the producers to keep coming up with over-the-top performances week after week. Entertainers of note that graced the show with their talent and presence were Fred Allen, Groucho Marx, Judy Garland, Gary Copper, and Bob Hope to name a few.
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 29 old time radio episodes:
|N/A||big show 501112 groucho marx, fanny brice||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA Victor. The second show of the series. Baby Snooks gets an acting lesso...
|N/A||big show 501224 jimmy durante, robert merrill||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA Victor. The first tune is, "If I Were King," sung by Bert Lahr. General...
|N/A||big show 501231 vivian blaine, jose ferrer||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. Vivian Blaine sings, "What Is This Thing Called Love?" G...
|N/A||big show 510225 jack haley, paul kelly||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. Uta Hagen and Paul Kelly do scenes from, "The Country Gi...
|N/A||big show 510325 judy holliday, carmen miranda||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. Jimmy Durante and Eddie Jackson do a duet. Judy Holiday ...
|N/A||big show 510401 groucho marx, bob hope||
+ Sponsored by: RCA, Chesterfield, Anacin. Tallulah and Bob Hope do a comedy routine with Tallulah ...
|N/A||big show 510429 jimmy durante, milton berle||
+ Sponsored by: Canon Towels, Chesterfield, Anacin, RCA. Ethel Merman opens the show with, "There's...
|N/A||big show 510506 fred allen, georgie jessell||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Canon Towels. The last show of the season. Groucho Marx does a funny d...
|N/A||big show 510218 fred allen, jack carson||
+ For an hour and thirty minutes The Big Show will present the most scintillating personalities in t...
|11.05.1950||big show 501105 fred allen, jimmy durante||
Sponsored by: RCA, Anacin. The first show of the series. Fred Allen's new radio show is called, "Th...
|11.19.1950||big show 501119 eddie cantor, mindie carson||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA. Third show of the series. The first tune is, "You Can't Have A Show Wi...
|11.26.1950||big show 501126 fred allen, ed wynn, jack carson||
+ NBC net, WNBC, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Ford, RCA Victor TV, Anacin. Fred and Tallulah do ...
|12.03.1950||big show 501203 fred allen, phil silvers||
+ Sponsored by: Ford, Anacin, Chesterfield, RCA. The first tune is, "This Is It." Douglas Fairbanks...
|N/A||big show 510114 louis calhern, jack carter||
+ Sponsored by: RCA Victor, Anacin, Buick. Tallulah complains about 10:00 A. M. rehearsals for the ...
|N/A||big show 510128 ray bolger, gary cooper||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA. Julie Wilson sings, "For Every Man There's A Woman." While Rudy Vallee...
|N/A||big show 510204 fred allen, robert cummings||
+ Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Anacin, RCA-TV. Judy Holliday does a scene from "Born Yesterday." Tal...
|N/A||big show 510211 groucho marx, judy garland||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. The program originates from Hollywood. Groucho Marx adve...
|N/A||big show 510304 fred allen, clive brook||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. Frankie Laine sings, "Aba Dabba Honeymoon" and a strange...
|N/A||big show 510311 bob burns, jimmy durante||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. Evelyn Knight sings, "I Remember The Cornfields." Billy ...
|N/A||big show 510318 fred allen, phil baker||
+ The first tune is, "Oh! Oh! Oh! There's Nothing Like Radio".
|N/A||big show 510408 fred allen, vivian blaine||
+ Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Anacin, RCA. William Marshall, Ossie Davis and Alonzo Buzaine do a sc...
|N/A||big show 510422 fred allen, portland hoffa||
+ Sponsored by: Anacin, Chesterfield, RCA. Tallulah and Joan Davis compare ailments. Lisa Kirk sing...
|N/A||big show 510930 george sanders, bea lillie||
+ NBC net, WNBC, New York aircheck. The first show of the season. The program originates from the L...
|N/A||big show 520309 richard eatham, joe frisco||
+ Sponsored by: Reynolds Aluminum, Chesterfield, Anacin, Dentyne. Fibber McGee and Molly celebrate ...
|N/A||big show 501210 clifton webb, jimmy durante||
+ Sponsored by: Chesterfield, RCA Victor, Anacin, Ford. The first tune is, "You Go To My Head." Tal...