Manhattan Merry-Go-Round

Manhattan Merry-Go-Round is an NBC musical variety radio program that was broadcast from November 6, 1932, until April 17, 1949. The musical revue was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert. Sponsored by Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder,[1] the radio series was adapted by Frank Hummert and producer Harry Sauber into a 1937 musical comedy feature film for Republic Pictures.

Manhattan Merry-Go-Round 1937 film poster. Note credit for Frank Hummert and the radio program.


The program simulated visits to New York night clubs. In a format slightly similar to Your Hit Parade, the top eight tunes of the week (a ranking based on the sales figures for records and sheet music) were performed by the orchestras of Andy Sannella and Victor Arden, with a line-up of vocalists that included Barry Roberts, Glenn Cross, Marian McManus and Thomas L. Thomas. The announcers were Ford Bond and Roger Krupp. The director was Paul Dumont.[1]

The program began on November 6, 1932, on the NBC Blue Network, broadcast at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, until April 9, 1933, when it moved to the NBC Red Network, airing Sunday evenings at 9 p.m., when it was heard in the same hour as the Hummerts' other music program, The American Album of Familiar Music.[1]


Charles Reisner directed the 1937 film, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction by John Victor Mackay.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 433. ISBN 9780195076783. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "NY Times: Manhattan Merry-Go-Round". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2008-12-08.