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The Charlotte Greenwood Show

The Charlotte Greenwood Show is a radio situation comedy in the United States. It was broadcast on NBC from June 13 to September 5, 1944 and on ABC from October 15, 1944 to January 6, 1946.[1]

The Charlotte Greenwood Show
Other namesThe Hallmark Charlotte Greenwood Show
GenreSituation Comedy
Running time30 minutes
Country of originUnited States
StarringCharlotte Greenwood
AnnouncerWendell Niles
Written byRay Singer
Phil Leslie
Jack Hasty
Don Johnson
Produced byJohn Guedel
Thomas Freebairn Smith
Arnold McGuire
Original releaseJune 13, 1944 – January 6, 1946
Sponsored byPepsodent (1944)
Hallmark Cards (1945–46)



The program began as a summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show.[2] Newspaper columnist Hedda Hopper reported, "The interesting thing is that she (Charlotte Greenwood) got the job on a couple of scripts written by her husband, Martin Broones, who's never before written for radio."[3]


The 1944 version of the show had Greenwood in the role of a cub reporter who worked for a small newspaper while she harbored dreams of becoming a Hollywood star. When the program resurfaced in 1945, Greenwood's character had the responsibility of raising three children, teenagers Jack and Barbara and little Robert[1] after her good friend died, making her executor of the estate. The setting was the fictional town of "Lakeview".[4]

An old time radio reference commented that Greenwood's character "managed to be single, moral, and peppy."[5]

Characters, cast and personnelEdit

The main characters of the program and the actors portraying them are shown in the table below.[1][4]

Character Actor/actress
Jack Barton Edward Ryan
Barbara Barton Betty Moran
Robert Barton Bobby Larson
Judge Cronin Charles Cantor
William Anderson John Brown
Mr. Reynolds Edward Arnold

Others in the cast were Shirley Mitchell, Arthur Q. Bryan, Harry Bartell and Will Wright.[1] Wendell Niles was the announcer.[6] The writers included Jack Hasty, Don Johnson,[4] Ray Singer, and Phil Leslie.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press; ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 150.
  2. ^ "Photo caption" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 10, 1944. p. 49. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  3. ^ Hopper, Hedda (April 3, 1944). "Looking at Hollywood". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 18. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Boyd, Malcolm (April 22, 1945). "The Winnah!" (PDF). Radio Life. pp. 26–27. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "Stereotypes on Radio" (PDF). Routledge. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  6. ^ West, Virginia (November 4, 1945). "KECA mike memos" (PDF). Radio Life. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "On All Accounts" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 21, 1949. pp. 10, 84. Retrieved April 17, 2015.

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