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Forever Ernest

Forever Ernest is an American old-time radio situation comedy. It was broadcast on CBS from April 29, 1946, to July 22, 1946,[1] replacing Vox Pop on the CBS schedule.[2] It was also carried on CFRB in Canada.[3]

Forever Ernest
Genre Situation comedy
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates CBS
Starring Jackie Coogan
Lurene Tuttle
Arthur Q. Bryan
Announcer Dick Joy
Written by Rupert Pray
Leonard Soll
Daved DeKoven
Directed by Harry Kronman
Produced by John Guedel
Original release April 29, 1946 (1946-04-29) – July 22, 1946 (1946-07-22)
Sponsored by Bromo-Seltzer

Ernest, the title character, is a shy, fearful clerk at a pharmacy. He goes out of his way to help people — an attribute that his girlfriend, Candy, wishes he would change, because she thinks people take advantage of him. Most episodes focus on Ernest's attempts to please Candy. The other main character is fast-talking Duke, Ernest's friend who often gets him into trouble.[4]

In his first regular role on radio,[5] Jackie Coogan played the title character, with Lurene Tuttle as Candy and Arthur Q. Bryan as Duke. Dick Joy was the announcer. Harry Kronman was the director, and John Guedel was the producer. Billy May and his orchestra provided the music.[1] Rupert Pray, Leonard Soll, and Daved DeKoven were the writers.[2]

Forever Ernest was sponsored by Bromo-Seltzer.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. ^ a b "Production" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 22, 1946. p. 60. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Trade Winds" (PDF). Canadian Broadcaster. May 4, 1946. p. 11. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  4. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  5. ^ Gordon, Shirley (June 9, 1946). "The Kid Takes to the Air" (PDF). Radio Life. 13 (14): 8, 28. Retrieved 5 November 2017.