The Aldrich Family 97 Eps


(4.5 stars; 13 reviews)

(97 Episodes) THE BEST sitcom BY FAR!! "The Aldrich Family" is one of those really GREAT and TIMELESS Old Time Radio sitcoms that make you laugh every time you listen to it. The main characters (created by Clifford Goldsmith) never age. Henry Aldrich (portrayed by Ezra Stone, Vic Jones and Bobby Ellis) is one of those types of teenagers everyone has met at sometime during life, as is his best buddy, Homer Brown (Jackie Kelk, Jack Grimes, Johnny Fieldler). More characters: Mary (Henry's sister); Alice and Sam Aldrich (his parents, played by House Jamieson, Katherine Ross and Barbara Robbins); Aunt Harriet; Dizzy & Herbert (Henry's buddies); Joe Graham (Mary's boyfriend); Homer's girlfriend (Agnes - May 1949). Henry's girlfriends: Constance Marshall , Barbara Pearson (Oct 1939, played by Betty Field); Nancy Adams (Sep 1940), Eleanore Wentworth (Oct 1941), Cynthia (May 1948), Kathleen(Jan 1949), Gladys (Apr 1949). The words: "Hen - Reeeeeeeeeey! HEN - REEEEY ALD - rich!!!! - "COM - miiiiing Moth - er!!"... immediatly bring to mind a pimply-faced, squeaky-voiced teenage boy - the junior high school science nerd. ... the boy who wants to be everyone's best friend ... so, he generally ends up with a whole heap of people upset with him over something he has done, to make that happen. The scene opens .... OTR * def gp ddh


This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

Chapters

AF 1939-10-03 #014 & #454 Henry's Blind Date (aka 1939-04-07) (#454 is Transcri… 27:05
AF 1939-10-10 #015 Henry's Engagement 29:52
AF 1939-10-17 #016 Girl Trouble (aka Date Mix-Up) 29:05
AF 1939-12-19 #025 & #443 Christmas Show Vers 1 26:17
AF 1940-02-20 #034 Pigeon Coops 29:30
AF 1940-02-27 #035 Carrier Pigeons 28:06
AF 1940-04-23 #043 Coupon Craze 29:22
AF 1940-04-30 #044 Model Airplane 29:27
AF 1940-05-07 #045 Mother's Day 29:21
AF 1940-05-21 #047 (AFRS) School Picnic (aka 1945-01-12 #267 (AFRS) Date w 2 Gi… 29:58
AF 1940-06-11 #048 Cross Country Race 29:45
AF 1940-09-05 #060 & #222 Generous Gentleman Vers 1 (aka Movie Star) 25:17
AF 1940-09-12 #061 & #562 Lost Watch (Vers 1) (aka Henry Loses Gift a Watch fro… 23:49
AF 1940-10-31 #068 Halloween Prank Backfires (aka Halloween) 28:06
AF 1941-01-23 #080 Pen Pal 28:55
AF 1941-10-23 #116 Henry Forgets to Mail Letter (aka Soaked Letter to be Mailed… 28:51
AF 1941-1943 (AFRS) Bringing Home Head Cheese (Henry & Mary shopping) 26:02
AF 1942-01-22 #129 Girlfriend 29:49
AF 1942-01-29 #130 Henry's Secret Admirer (aka Henry's Loan Co Letter) 27:02
AF 1942-04-02 #139 & #418 April Fools Joke Runs Amok (aka Reused Script 1948-04… 23:56
AF 1942-06-11 #149 Homer Invites himself to Dinner (aka Is Henry's Date w Glady… 23:59
AF 1942-06-18 #150 Selling Xmas Cards (aka Xmas Cards & War Bonds) 24:06
AF 1943-02-11 #180 Valentines Day Party 28:42
AF 1943-02-25 #182 Homer's Love Note Goes to Henry's Teacher 29:57
AF 1943-03-11 #184 Legal Trouble 28:32
AF 1943-04-01 #187 War Bonds (aka Lost in the Snow) 28:59
AF 1943-04-15 #189 (AFRS) Props for the School Play (Henry Collects..) 29:15
AF 1943-10-07 #206 Everybody Sleeps Over (aka Moving Day) (aka 1943-10-07) (aka… 27:54
AF 1944-01-27 #222 & #060 Generous Gentleman Vers 2 (aka Movie Star) 29:36
AF 1944-03-02 #227 Homer's Piano Recital 28:25
AF 1944-03-09 #228 Warmest Day in March 25:46
AF 1944-04-13 #233 Close That Door 22:54
AF 1944-04-20 #234 Sam & Henry Both Await Calls 27:47
AF 1944-04-27 #235 Henry to Replace Box of Chocolates (aka Henry Trades a Baseb… 27:56
AF 1944-05-11 #237 & #434 Babysitting or Movies Vers 1 (aka Babysitting & Losin… 29:05
AF 1944-09-15 #250 Homer is Popular (aka Everyone is asking Homer for a Date) 27:13
AF 1944-11-24 #260 & #582 McCall's Bicycle Vers 1 (aka Mrs. Aldrich Returns a B… 30:58
AF 1944 (AFRS) (Comm Perf) Waste Paper Drive (neighbour Mrs jones old clothes) … 21:48
AF 1945-01-25 #269 Church & Chocolate (aka Too Much Chocolate) 32:18
AF 1946-09-26 #352 Mary Has Joe Graham Over for Dinner (aka Roast Duck) 30:38
AF 1947-03-13 #376 Birthday Pipe 28:07
AF 1947-12-11 #402 School Ring (aka Henry Wants a School Ring) 27:36
AF 1948-05-13 #424 Wedding Day Date w Helen Forbes 28:09
AF 1948-06-24 #430 Henry Paints the Garage (aka Painting the Garage) 27:36
AF 1948-09-16 #431 Homer's Party (aka Rotating Parties) 27:57
AF 1948-10-07 #432 Mary's Surprise (aka Mary's 1st job) (aka Henry Rents out Ma… 24:06
AF 1948-10-14 #433 The Great Weiner Roast 25:36
AF 1948-10-21 #434 & #237 Babysitting or Movies Vers 2 (aka Babysitting & Losin… 28:57
AF 1948-10-28 #435 Lead Role (aka Detention or Basketball Game) 29:14
AF 1948-11-04 #436 Henry Buys a Hat 26:23
AF 1948-11-11 #437 Herbert's Broken Toy (aka Trouble w Kathleen's Father) 29:42
AF 1948-11-18 #438 Grab Bag at Springer's Hardware 29:19
AF 1948-11-25 #439 Thanksgiving Dance & Turkey Run 25:33
AF 1948-12-09 #441 & #477 Grouse for Dinner Vers 1 24:36
AF 1948-12-16 #442 & 478 Homer's Party (aka Homer Hosts Weekly Rotating Party) … 29:40
AF 1948-12-23 #443 & #025 Christmas Program Vers 2 27:17
AF 1948-12-30 #444 New Years Eve Party (aka Masquerade Party) 24:21
AF 1949-01-13 #446 French Notes Mixup 27:50
AF 1949-01-20 #447 Kathleen's Dinner (aka Kathleen & Homer Both Come to Dinner)… 23:49
AF 1949-02-03 #449 Shoveling Snow (aka 1952 Summertime) 29:05
AF 1949-02-10 #450 Geometry Homework (aka Henry the Procrastinator) 22:36
AF 1949-02-17 #451 Mrs Aldrich's Antique Chairs 25:20
AF 1949-03-03 #453 Planning Trip to Washington DC 21:24
AF 1949-04-14 #459 Henry The Shortstop 28:46
AF 1949-04-21 #460 Henry Takes Gladys To School Play (wheres DR leaf) 29:20
AF 1949-04-28 #461 Henry has a Date with a Tall Girl 29:41
AF 1949-05-05 #462 Homer Acc. Engaged To Agnes (Vers 1 Earlier Version w 3rd YR… 27:52
AF 1949-05-05 #462 Homer Acc. Engaged To Agnes (Vers 2 Reused Script but new ve… 28:05
AF 1949-12-09 #477 & 441 Grouse for Dinner Vers 2 24:36
AF 1949 (AFRS - in Drugstore) Broke up with Homer (aka Homer expects a horse fr… 24:10
AF 1950-01-26 #484 The Great Sled Race (aka Henry Not Wanted at Sleigh Ride Par… 25:12
AF 1950-09-14 #509 Contest to win Money for Motor Scooter 27:20
AF 1951-04-19 #540 School Gossip Column (aka Henry Alters School Paper) 26:16
AF 1951-06-28 #550 Everyone Expects a Surprise Party 23:53
AF 1952-09-21 #551 The Barter System (aka Paid In Corn) 29:05
AF 1952-09-28 #552 He-Man or Mouse (aka Physical Development) 29:01
AF 1952-10-05 #553 The Haircut & New Pix (aka Class Debt Chairman) 29:08
AF 1952-10-12 #554 The Big Deal (aka The Birthday Present for Mom) 29:07
AF 1952-10-19 #555 The Camping Trip 29:12
AF 1952-10-26 #556 Parent's Day 28:59
AF 1952-11-02 #557 The Overdue Library Book 29:03
AF 1952-11-09 #558 The Hand-Me-Down Suit (aka ''The New'' Suit) 28:59
AF 1952-11-16 #559 The Debating Team (aka 1952-02-21 The Debating Team) 28:54
AF 1952-11-23 #560 The Last Turkey (aka The Thanksgiving Turkey) 29:13
AF 1952-11-30 #561 Sam Aldrich Is Sick (aka Henry's Father is Sick) 29:05
AF 1952-12-07 #562 & #061 Lost Watch (Vers 2) (aka Henry Loses Gift Watch from … 29:04
AF 1952-12-14 #563 Roadside Stand (aka Roadside Refreshment Stand) 26:32
AF 1952-12-21 #564 Christmas Eve with the Family 28:02
AF 1953-03-15 #576 Latin Exam (aka Latin Homework) 30:37
AF 1953-04-26 #582 & 260 McCall's Bicycle Vers 2 (aka Mrs. Aldrich Returns a Bi… 29:43
AF Henry Spills Glue at School (1st Line - empty classroom at Central High - fo… 25:38
AF Looking for Tuxedos for School Formal (1st Line - Mr A's Bedroom) 25:31
AF Sidewalk Graffiti Causes Trouble For Henry (Poor Sound) 24:17
AF The Boys Throw Farewell Party for Girls 25:07
AF Twin Trouble (Very Poor Sound) 24:17
AF (AFRS) Cleaning the Furnace (1st Line - 117 Elm Street Evening LR - put any … 24:39
AF (AFRS) Henry Goes Ice Skating (aka The Fruitcake) 23:37

Reviews

The Best Comedy Radio Show I've ever seen.

(5 stars)

Great to see it free here. And to think people charge others to download these on other websites. Let me share you the story on how I got to listening to this. My brother and I were sitting in the car waiting for our father. The car was new and came with a free 1 month XM radio subscription. So we could listen to anything. One station had old radio shows in the 40's so we tried listening to anything that was interesting. And what do you know, we were listening to The Aldrich Family. And loved it. I mostly only like the ones starring Ezra Stone, and Jackie Kelk, and the original Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich. It is not the same without that cast. Thanks for the downloads! Anyone know if there are any more different ones? :D

Genesis of Henry Aldrich

(5 stars)

It might have started on the radio on the Kate Smith show, but the real birth of The Aldrich Family was a Broadway play of 1938 called WHAT A LIFE! by Clifford Goldsmith. That was the basis for the radio series. There was then a movie version of the play, followed by a series of movies. Like so many other radio shows, there was a television version in the early Fifties. During the radio-TV years, there was even a Dell comic book, called "Henry Aldrich Comics." There aren't many things in history that can lay claim to having appeared in that many media, so it must have had something going for it.

The Aldrich Family

(5 stars)

I've been listening to OTR since I was a teenager. Now 30+ years later I'm able to listen to what shows I enjoy most when I'd like to hear them. I listen mainly to the comedies most every night. These shows have gotten me through what would be sleepless nights. I specifically wanted to thank you for streaming The Aldrich Family. It's my personal favorite and here I found about 50 episodes I'd not heard before after searching quite extensively. I truly appreciate your collection.

The Kate Smith Connection

(0 stars)

robertsradio---Yes, Kate Smith first presented the Aldriches. I've never forgiven Kate Smith for that. (Sorry---I never could wrap around an adenoidal teenager who sounded like he didn't have two brain cells to rub together on his best days, or his mother sounding old enough to be his grandmother . . .)

The Aldrich Family

(5 stars)

Agree about the origins of the character Henry Aldrich. Those iconic words: "Hen - Reeeeeeeeeey! HEN - REEEEY ALD - rich!!!! we uttered by by none other than Lea Penman in the play "What a Life" by George Abbott in 1938.

A Great Collection

(5 stars)

It's Great to find this many episodes of The Aldrich Family. I've wondered if the show first originated on the Kate Smith Hour, does anyone know?

Great campy entertainment.

(5 stars)

Great campy entertainment. I LOVE these ol' Aldrich Family radio shows, they take me back to the good ol' days.

Aldrich Family

(4 stars)

Love this family. In fact. Love All the old radio movie family stuff.Beats modern TV any day.