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Blackstone Plantation

Blackstone Plantation is an old-time radio musical variety program in the United States. It was broadcast on CBS (1929–1930) and on NBC (1930–1934).[1] The program was one of NBC's top-rated programs in 1932.[2]

Blackstone Plantation
Julia Sanderson Frank Crumit Columbia Radio Playhouse 1935.jpg
Julia Sanderson and Frank Crumit starred in Blackstone Plantation.
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Starring Frank Crumit
Julia Sanderson
Announcer Ed Herlihy
Produced by Frank Vallan
Original release 1929 – January 2, 1934


Frank Crumit and Julia Sanderson, a husband-and-wife team[3] who had been headliners in vaudeville,[4] were hosts for the show. Alfred Swenson played Captain Blackstone, Santos Ortega played Don Rodrigo, and Ted de Corsia played Don Philippe.[5] The program also featured guest stars such as Lanny Ross[6] and Parker Fennelly[7]

Ed Herlihy was the program's announcer,[8] and Jack Shilkret's orchestra provided music.[7]

Frank Vallan was the producer when the program was on CBS.[9]


The book Vaudeville old & new: an encyclopedia of variety performances in America summarized the program as follows: "The two stars sang and exchanged banter. Music and gab with guests in their breezy and humorous style characterized their programs."[10] The show was sponsored by Blackstone cigars.[11]


  1. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 96.
  2. ^ "A Chronicle of Popular Programs" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 26, 1951. p. 62. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  3. ^ "(untitled brief)" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 3, 1975. p. 71. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. ^ Slide, Anthony (2006). New York City Vaudeville. Arcadia Publishing. p. 61. ISBN 9780738545622. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  5. ^ Key, Pierre V.R. (ed.) (1933). Pierre Key's Radio Annual (PDF). Pierre Key Publishing Corporation. p. 218. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  6. ^ Cox, Jim (2012). Musicmakers of Network Radio: 24 Entertainers, 1926–1962. McFarland. p. 262. ISBN 9780786489626. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  7. ^ a b "The Radio Parade" (PDF). Radioland. January 1934. p. 8. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  8. ^ Cusick, Fred (2006). Fred Cusick: Voice of the Bruins. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 29. ISBN 9781582619811. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  9. ^ Jackson, Earle (May 1931). "out of the east" (PDF). Radio Doings. p. 22. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  10. ^ Vaudeville old & new: an encyclopedia of variety performances in America. Psychology Press. p. 284. ISBN 9780415938532. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  11. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924–1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 44.