+ The "Sealtest Village Store" was a followup to the "Rudy Vallee Show" and premiered in 1943 with Joan Davis in the lead and Jack Haley taking over from Vallee as the male presence on the show. Davis carried the show so well, that she went on to her own solo series in mid-1945, leaving Haley to mind the store until he left in 1947. Then cast member Eve Arden took over the hosting duties for a few months when she was joined by Jack Carson. They both departed the series in 1948 with Arden getting the plum role of the sardonic schoolteacher in "Our Miss Brooks". Joan Davis (June 29, 1907 – May 22, 1961) was an American comedic actress whose career spanned vaudeville, film, radio and television. Remembered best for the 1950s television comedy I Married Joan, Davis had a successful earlier career as a B-movie actress and a leading star of 1940s radio comedy. Born Madonna Josephine Davis in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Davis had been a performer since childhood. She appeared with her husband Si Wills in vaudeville. Joan Davis entered radio with an August 28, 1941 appearance on The Rudy Vallee Show and became a regular on that show four months later. Swan soap ad featuring Davis' radio show, 1945. Davis then began a series of shows that established her as a top star of radio situation comedy throughout the 1940s. When Vallee left for the Coast Guard in 1943, Davis and Jack Haley became the co-hosts of the show. With a title change to The Sealtest Village Store, Davis was the owner-operator of the store from July 8, 1943 to June 28, 1945 when she left to do Joanie's Tea Room on CBS from September 3, 1945 to June 23, 1947. Sponsored by Lever Brothers on behalf of Swan Soap, the premise had Davis running a tea shop in the little community of Smallville. The supporting cast featured Verna Felton. Harry von Zell was the announcer, and her head writer was Abe Burrows, formerly the head writer (and co-creator) of Duffy's Tavern and eventually a legendary Broadway playwright. The tea shop setting continued in Joan Davis Time, a CBS Saturday night series from October 11, 1947 to July 3, 1948. With Lionel Stander as the tea shop manager, the cast also included Hans Conried, Mary Jane Croft, the Choraliers quintet and John Rarig and his Orchestra. Leave It to Joan ran from on July 4 to August 22, 1949 as a summer replacement for Lux Radio Theater and continued from September 9, 1949 to March 3, 1950. She was also heard on CBS July 3 through August 28, 1950. She was a frequent and popular performer on Tallulah Bankhead's legendary radio variety show, The Big Show (1950–52).
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Please enjoy these 19 old time radio episodes:
|09.09.1943||sealtest village store (xx) guest frank sinatra|
|10.28.1943||sealtest village store (xx) rudy is back from the coast guard||
+ Sponsored by: Sealtest (the second commercial is a music fill for local insert). Rudy is back fro...
|04.06.1944||sealtest village store (xx) joan davis wants to join the waves|
|08.03.1944||sealtest village store guest edward everett horton (afrs)|
|08.24.1944||sealtest village store (66) joan davis and jack haley||
+ Program #49. , AFRS rebroadcast. The first tune is, "The Trolley Song." Edward is watching the st...
|10.10.1944||sealtest village store (xx) joan tries to borrow $$500.00|
|10.26.1944||sealtest village store (xx) new hairdresser||
+ Program #58. , AFRS rebroadcast. The first tune is, "The Trolley Song." AFRS program name: "Villa...
|11.15.1945||sealtest village store (xx) guest george raft||
+ , AFRS rebroadcast. The first tune is, "Tampico." AFRS program name: "Joan Davis Program #12, rep...
|03.20.1947||sealtest village store (xx) guest vincent price||
+ Sponsored by: Sealtest Milk. Guest Vincent Price becomes, "Vinnie The Hillbilly." Leo Diamond pla...
|07.03.1947||sealtest village store caesar romero the gypsy|
|10.30.1947||sealtest village store (xx) home life of al jolson||
+ Sponsored by: Sealtest. The Starlighters sing, "The Home Life of Al Jolson," with Jack doing a pr...
|05.06.1948||sealtest village store (xx) yacht sailing||
+ Sponsored by: Sealtest, Kraft Cottage Cheese. Captain Carson sets out to sea on his yacht.
|05.13.1948||sealtest village store (xx) the big clock||
+ Sponsored by: Sealtest, Kraft Cottage Cheese. Jack considers buying a house. The cast does its ve...
|05.27.1948||sealtest village store (xx) jack plans to buy a radio station||
+ Sponsored by: Sealtest, Kraft Cottage Cheese. Jack plans to buy a small town radio station. What ...
|N/A||sealtest village store (xx) joan wants a motor cycle|
|N/A||sealtest village store (xx) first song don't sweetheart leave|
|N/A||sealtest village store (xx) computing joans income tax|
|N/A||sealtest village store (xx) joan has inherited property|