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The Phil Harris - Alice Faye Show

1940s US comedy show
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Phil Harris was on the The Jack Benny Program since 1934, playing the jive-talking hipster bandleader of questionable repute. His band members were helpful in the sarcastic, fast-talking department, too. So when Phil Harris (in real life) married the glamorous and talented movie star Alice Faye, it seemed more like a match made in Hollywood than in Heaven. They knew each other from the old days of the Rudy Vallee Show, and were both radio veterans when they decided, in the Benny tradition, to work together professionally, using their own show-biz personas on Fitch Bandwagon. Hey, Ozzie and Harriett had done well with it!

This show isn't like Ozzie and Harriett. Beside fame and glamour, Phil and Alice had two big things in their life, their lovely daughters. Jeanine Roose played Alice Jr. and Anne Whitfield was little Phyllis. Both took after Phil in the wisecrack department. The big headache in their lives - Phil's Band! It was a congregation with enough wise guys to make sit up and start take notes.

As both Phil and Alice were known singers, there were two musical numbers in each show, and they were always for real, except some of Phil's, which were for laughs. But Phil's band gave much more than music to the show. Frankie Remley was the band's left handed guitar player, with a sardonic sense of humor out of left field. The character was first done on The Jack Benny Program, and, of course, now on a show about the band itself, Frankie was even more obnoxious. Famed radio actor Elliott Lewis played him with relish. In fact, later in the run they actually started calling the character Elliott! (Elliott Lewis changes his name on the show from Frankie Remly to Elliott because Harris stopped leading Jack Benny's band -- so he wasn't connected to Remly any more.)

A couple of actors well known on other shows were Gale Gordon and Walter Tetley. Gale Gordon (Principal Conklin on Our Miss Brooks) was Mr. Scott, the long-suffering Rexall representative, doing stealth commercials for Rexall, again like The Jack Benny Program and Fibber McGee and Molly had done. Walter Tetley (Leroy on The Great Gildersleeve) played the delivery boy Julius Abbruzio. Nice guy? No. Other characters included Alice's deadbeat brother Willie, ably played by Robert North, and announcer Bill Forman. The show was produced and directed by Paul Phillips.

It's a hip show, as sharp and free-wheeling as Benny, but with a bite and abrasiveness that seems, looking back now, to foreshadow most modern television sit-coms.

John Dunning, in "On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio", writes "It remains, on tape, one of radio's brightest lights: the passage of time has done nothing to blunt its delightful impact. The characters were bums, but the listeners knew it and didn't care. When Harris crowed, 'Oh, you dawg!' a listener knew he was probably looking at himself in a mirror. The timing displayed by the star leaves a modern listener with nothing but admiration ..."

Text courtesy of otrcat.com.


From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Notes" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

  1. no title (7Mb)
  2. no title (6.9Mb)
  3. no title (1.6Mb)
  4. Audition Show (30.1Mb)
  5. A Tutor for the Girls (27.3Mb)
  6. A Movie for Alice (27.3Mb)
  7. Phil's Self-Improvement (27.2Mb)
  8. Emily's Musicale (Returning from Lake Arrowhead) (27.2Mb)
  9. A Present for Phil aka Fitch Stockholders (27.3Mb)
  10. New Year's Resolution (26.5Mb)
  11. Phil's Enrolled At USC (26.7Mb)
  12. Will Benny Renew Phil's Contract (26.9Mb)
  13. Stockholder Phil (27.3Mb)
  14. Selling the House (27.3Mb)
  15. A Day with Phil Harris (26.6Mb)
  16. Phil's Band at High School (27.3Mb)
  17. Phil Sees the Doctor (27.2Mb)
  18. Phil's Hobby (27.1Mb)
  19. A Dog for the Kids (27.2Mb)
  20. Annual Christmas Show (6.6Mb)
  21. The Kids Come to See Daddy at Work (27.1Mb)
  22. First Show for Rexall (27.1Mb)
  23. Phil to Retrieve Contract from Frankie (27Mb)
  24. Phyllis' Boyfriend (27.1Mb)
  25. The Live Steer (27Mb)
  26. Homework (27.1Mb)
  27. A Job with Rexall for Willie (27Mb)
  28. New Drug (27.1Mb)
  29. Health Food Diet (26.8Mb)
  30. Homework Helper (27.2Mb)
  31. Frankie Borrows the Kids (27.1Mb)
  32. The Babysitter (27.1Mb)
  33. Hiring a Santa Claus (27.1Mb)
  34. The Christmas Present (27.1Mb)
  35. Phil is Drafted (27.1Mb)
  36. The Engagement Ring (27.1Mb)
  37. Broken Hearted Phil (27Mb)
  38. Truman's Inaugural (27.1Mb)
  39. The Fire Chief (27Mb)
  40. Mr Scott Wants to Fire Band (27.1Mb)
  41. An Admirer Sends Flowers to Alice (27Mb)
  42. Jury Duty (27.1Mb)
  43. Remley is Fired (27.1Mb)
  44. The Kangaroo (27Mb)
  45. Remley is Re-Hired (27Mb)
  46. Alice's Birthday (27.1Mb)
  47. The Ski Trip (27Mb)
  48. The Sponsor's Daughter (27.1Mb)
  49. The Circus (27Mb)
  50. Dinner for Teacher (27.1Mb)
  51. Movie Role (27Mb)
  52. Spring Housecleaning (27.1Mb)
  53. Mother's Day Present (27Mb)
  54. Cadillac in the Swimming Pool (27.1Mb)
  55. Phil's Boat (27Mb)
  56. The Picnic (27.1Mb)
  57. The Tonsillectomy (27.1Mb)
  58. The French Orphan (27.1Mb)
  59. Frankie's Foster Son (27Mb)
  60. Concern About Contract Renewal (27.1Mb)
  61. Phil Returns from Vacation (7Mb)
  62. Keeping Regular Office Hours (27Mb)
  63. Frankie Borrows Phil's New Chartreuse Car (27Mb)
  64. Three Grey Hairs (27.4Mb)
  65. A Fight in the Market (27.2Mb)
  66. Sponsor's Formal Party Honoring Harrises (6.8Mb)
  67. The Ukulele (27.4Mb)
  68. The Television Test (27.4Mb)
  69. The Engineer (27.4Mb)
  70. Talented Children's Screen Test (27.4Mb)
  71. Investment in Female Wrestler (27.4Mb)
  72. Sponsor to Hire Myrtle (13.7Mb)
  73. Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal (13.7Mb)
  74. Getting a Christmas Tree in the Mountains (26.7Mb)
  75. Annual Christmas Show (27.4Mb)
  76. Concert Stage (27.3Mb)
  77. Red Paint on Poodle (27.1Mb)
  78. Fixing the Furnace (26.9Mb)
  79. Statue for Phil's Birthday (26.9Mb)
  80. New York Trip (27.1Mb)
  81. Jump off Brooklyn Bridge (6.8Mb)
  82. Wrong Studio (27.8Mb)
  83. Unpaid Bills (26.9Mb)
  84. Wabash Avenue (27Mb)
  85. The Fortune Hunter (27Mb)
  86. Julius to Marry Mr Scott's Daughter (27Mb)
  87. Alice's New Car (27.2Mb)
  88. Alice's Palm Springs Weekend (27.1Mb)
  89. The Last Day In Palm Springs (aka Frankie's Flying Saucers) (27.4Mb)
  90. The Easter Bunny (27.4Mb)
  91. Phil Puts on Cinderella (27Mb)
  92. Darryl Zanuck's Dinner Party (27Mb)
  93. The New Secretary (26.9Mb)
  94. Gangster's Trunk (27Mb)
  95. Mother's Day (27Mb)
  96. Driver's License Renewal (27.4Mb)
  97. Tickets to South Pacific (27Mb)
  98. Phil's Vaccination (27.4Mb)
  99. New Contract With RCA (27.2Mb)
  100. Phil Has No Sponsor (27Mb)
  101. Forbidden To Mention Sponsor's Name (27Mb)
  102. Brownie's Camping Trip (27Mb)
  103. A Sick Phil Harris (27.1Mb)
  104. Getting Out The Vote (27Mb)
  105. Talking To Mr. Scott About Mentioning Sponsor's Name (27Mb)
  106. Alice And The Kids Go To Palm Springs Without Phil (27.1Mb)
  107. Investment In A Female Wrestler (27Mb)
  108. The Missing Baby (27.1Mb)
  109. Watering The Lawn (27Mb)
  110. Buying Alice A Christmas Present (27.1Mb)
  111. Annual Christmas Show With Andy Devine (27.1Mb)
  112. Sponsor's New Year's Eve Party (27.1Mb)
  113. Cutting The Band's Wages (27.1Mb)
  114. The New Singer (27.1Mb)
  115. The Pony (27Mb)
  116. Phil Donates Blood (27.1Mb)
  117. Helping Alice With The Household Budget (27Mb)
  118. Are Phil And Alice Legally Married (27Mb)
  119. USO Entertaining At An Army Camp (27Mb)
  120. Phil's Golf Game (27.1Mb)
  121. Waiting For Darryl Zanuck's Call (26.9Mb)
  122. Phil, the Dramatic actor (27Mb)
  123. Spring in the Air (26.9Mb)
  124. Frankie and Easter Dinner (27Mb)
  125. The Songwriters (26.9Mb)
  126. Selling RCA Victor Television Sets (27Mb)
  127. Joining a Country Club (27.1Mb)
  128. Improvement is Necessary (26.9Mb)
  129. The Beautiful Child Contest (27Mb)
  130. Vacation Plans (26.9Mb)
  131. Hired Mothers (26.7Mb)
  132. Phil the Flying Sergeant (27Mb)
  133. Contract Worries (26.9Mb)
  134. Musician Union Troubles (27Mb)
  135. Julius Wants to get Married (26.9Mb)
  136. Phil's Eye Exam (27Mb)
  137. The School Orchestra (27.1Mb)
  138. The Life Story of Phil Harris and Alice Faye (27.1Mb)
  139. Frankie Wants to Buy a Business (26.9Mb)
  140. Red Cross Blood Drive (27.2Mb)
  141. Phil's USC College Benefit (27.1Mb)
  142. Indians Don't Pay Income Taxes (27.1Mb)
  143. Frankie's TV Show (27Mb)
  144. Mr Scott's Clock (27Mb)
  145. Phil's Easy Chair Must Go (27.1Mb)
  146. Stolen Christmas Presents (27.1Mb)
  147. Need Tickets to the Rose Parade (26.9Mb)
  148. Pebble Beach Golf Trip (27Mb)
  149. Surprise Present for Phil's Birthday (27.1Mb)
  150. Fund Raising for the March of Dimes (27Mb)
  151. Phil is in Charge of the House (27.1Mb)
  152. The Day After Mr. Scott's Dinner Party (27Mb)
  153. A Wife for Frankie (26.9Mb)
  154. Seeing Phil's New Movie (27.1Mb)
  155. Phil's Band to Play for Mr Scott's Daughter (27.1Mb)
  156. Frankie is Not Going with Phil to Las Vegas (27.1Mb)
  157. Children's Costume Party (27.1Mb)
  158. Choosing Where to Go on Vacation (26.9Mb)
  159. Phil is Made Honorary Colonel (27.1Mb)
  160. Grogan Wants a Party at Phil's House (27Mb)
  161. Is Alice Broke (26.9Mb)
  162. Alice's Easter Dress (27.4Mb)
  163. Alice's Old Boyfriend (27.2Mb)
  164. Phil Is Directed To Fire His Band (27.4Mb)
  165. Helping Alice With Spring Cleaning (27.4Mb)
  166. The Harris Kids On Television (27.4Mb)
  167. Julius Is Missing (27.4Mb)
  168. Alice's Surprise Party For Mr. Scott (27.5Mb)
  169. Hotel Harris (27.4Mb)
  170. The Stolen U.S. Mail (27.2Mb)
  171. Phil, The Television Star (27.2Mb)
  172. Baby Alice's First Date (27.4Mb)
  173. Phil Helps Get Out The Vote (27.4Mb)
  174. Surprise Party For Phil (27.2Mb)
  175. Alice Buys A Business (27.5Mb)
  176. Football Tickets (27.4Mb)
  177. Elliott's Girlfriend's Name (27.3Mb)
  178. Julius Is In Jail (27.3Mb)
  179. An Elephant For Mr. Scott (27.2Mb)
  180. Alice Volunteers to Play Santa Claus (27.4Mb)
  181. New Year's Eve Party At The Harrises (27.2Mb)
  182. Alice's Day (27.3Mb)
  183. The Kitchen Sink (27.4Mb)
  184. The $800 Kiss (27.3Mb)
  185. Promoting The Product (27.2Mb)
  186. Phil Fasthorse (27.3Mb)
  187. Last Of The Mohicans (27.3Mb)
  188. Free College Education For Indians (27.4Mb)
  189. The 4D Camera (27.3Mb)
  190. The Mink Cape Mix-up (27.3Mb)
  191. The Gang Leader's Phone Number (27.2Mb)
  192. Who Will Replace Phil (27.3Mb)
  193. Saving Phil's Job (27.2Mb)
  194. Coloring Easter Eggs Phil's Way (27.3Mb)
  195. The Little Mother's Helpers Club (27.2Mb)
  196. Willie And The Fortune Hunter aka Chloe, Gold Digger (27.3Mb)
  197. Willie And The Fortune Hunter aka Chloe, Gold Digger (AFRTS) (5.3Mb)
  198. A Trip To Tijuana (27.2Mb)
  199. Elliott's Free Trip To The Orient (27.4Mb)
  200. Mother's Day Gift Trouble (27.2Mb)
  201. A Pool For The Kids (27.3Mb)
  202. The Harrises Visit The Dentist (27.2Mb)
  203. Grogan's Sister (13.5Mb)
  204. Willie's Ice Maker (13.6Mb)
  205. The Forgotten Father (13.6Mb)
  206. Vacation Without Effort (13.6Mb)
  207. The Courtship of Elliott Lewis (13.6Mb)
  208. The Courtship of Elliott Lewis (with warmup) (9.4Mb)
  209. A Day at Santa Anita (13.6Mb)
  210. Little Alice's First Date (27Mb)
  211. Little Alice's First Date (plus warmup) (13.9Mb)
  212. The Barbells of Scotland (27.5Mb)
  213. How to Repair a Living Room (13.5Mb)
  214. How to Repair a Living Room (with warmup) (9.3Mb)
  215. The Romance of Alice and Phil (27.1Mb)
  216. How Long Will The Genius of Phil Go Undiscovered (13.6Mb)
  217. A Trip to the Moon (28.1Mb)
  218. A Trip to the Moon (plus warmup) (14.8Mb)
  219. The Birthday Gift (27Mb)
  220. The Birthday Gift (plus post show) (7.1Mb)
  221. The Traffic Problem in Los Angeles (13.5Mb)
  222. The Traffic Problem in Los Angeles (plus warmup) (14.2Mb)
  223. A Night with Phil Harris (28.2Mb)
  224. A Night with Phil Harris (plus warmup) (14.5Mb)
  225. Phil and Elliott Play Detective (27.2Mb)
  226. The Chaperones (27.7Mb)
  227. The Chaperones (with warmup) (39Mb)
  228. Hosting French Refugee Kids for Christmas (13.6Mb)
  229. Phil Gives Up Smoking For the New Year (13.6Mb)
  230. An English Dinner for a New Year (13.5Mb)
  231. Phil's Band Turns to Drama (27.2Mb)
  232. Life Insurance for Phil (27.2Mb)
  233. Royalty Check Celebration (27.2Mb)
  234. Build It Yourself Television Set (27.2Mb)
  235. A Bad Case of Nerves (27.2Mb)
  236. Firing Elliott (27.2Mb)
  237. A Night at the Movies (27.2Mb)
  238. Job Hunting (27.1Mb)
  239. Expired Drivers License (27.3Mb)
  240. Phil Writes His Life Story (27.3Mb)
  241. Who Sent Flowers (27.2Mb)
  242. What Would You Do If You Were a Dog (27.3Mb)
  243. Phil's Pain in the Side (27.2Mb)
  244. This Band is Underpaid (27.2Mb)
  245. Herbert's Happy Hacienda (27.1Mb)
  246. Special Red Cross Blood Drive Program (27.3Mb)
  247. Phil's African Movies (27.4Mb)
  248. This Is Your Past (27.4Mb)
  249. A Date For Herman (27.2Mb)
  250. The Trouble With Honest Fred (27.2Mb)
  251. The Pink Bed Jacket (27Mb)
  252. Vacation Without Elliott (26.9Mb)

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