Old Gold Comedy Theater

Comedy show hosted and directed by silent film star Harold Lloyd
from archive.org

The Old Gold Comedy Theater aired over NBC for one season, from October 29, 1944 to June 10, 1945. The Lennen and Mitchell ad agency wanted to produce a comedy series for Old Gold cigarettes, a brand of the Lorillard Tobacco Company.

The show was patterned after the successful format used by the Lux Radio Theatre and Cecil B. DeMille. Preston Sturges, an up and coming director, was originally tapped to host the show, but was already committed elsewhere, and so suggested Harold Lloyd, a silent film star, with whom he had worked in the past. As this was his first radio program, Lloyd worked for many months to get over his fear of the microphone. Critics believed he was improving as the season progressed, and would have eventually mastered the art had the series lasted more than one season.

Though the adapted scripts and the actors were top-notch, the show eventually suffered from its 30 minute format, as too much had to be cut from the original movie scripts. Lennen and Mitchell pulled the plug on the show on May 28, 1945 when they announced Meet Me at Parky's would air in its place.

Currently, there are 30 of the 32 episodes still in circulation -- 29 come from the estate of Harold Lloyd, in the original un-cut version, and one from the Armed Forces Radio Service.

From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

  1. The Palm Beach Story (26.9Mb)
  2. True To Life (27.4Mb)
  3. Vivacious Lady (27.5Mb)
  4. Clarence (27.4Mb)
  5. Take a Letter, Darling (27.5Mb)
  6. Lucky Partners (26.8Mb)
  7. Bachelor Mother (27.3Mb)
  8. Room Service (21.8Mb)
  9. The Lady Eve (27.2Mb)
  10. Nothing But the Truth (27.2Mb)
  11. The Show-Off (27.7Mb)
  12. Appointment for Love (27.7Mb)
  13. My Favorite Wife (27.5Mb)
  14. A_Girl, a Guy and a Gob (27.4Mb)
  15. The Milky Way (27.6Mb)
  16. You Can't Ration Love (26.6Mb)
  17. Standing Room Only (27.6Mb)
  18. The Magnificent Dope (27.5Mb)
  19. A Lady Takes A Chance (27.3Mb)
  20. Brewster's Millions (27.5Mb)
  21. The Major and the Minor (27.5Mb)
  22. A Slight Case of Murder (27.5Mb)
  23. The Nervous Wreck (27.4Mb)
  24. Scatterbrain (27.5Mb)
  25. Hired Wife (27.3Mb)
  26. She Loves Me Not (27.5Mb)
  27. Boy Meets Girl (27.5Mb)
  28. June Moon (27.4Mb)
  29. Having a Wonderful Crime (27.3Mb)
  30. Tom, Dick and Harry (27.3Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org.