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Mama Bloom's Brood - Single Episodes

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MAMA BLOOM'S BROOD

This early series (circa 1934) combines elements of the soap opera with those of the situation comedy. The episodes are fifteen minutes long and serialized as well as having a domestic focus, tending to place the show in the soap opera genre. But the treatment of plot and character is light-hearted and humorous, similar to what is found in the myriad of sitcoms that sprang up during radio's golden age. Papa Bloom (Jake) has reached retirement age, and with some astute help from Mama (Becky) sells his kneepants factory at a nice profit. Together with their "brood" -- daughters Yetta and Sarah and sons-in-law Harold and Sidney -- they embark on an automobile trip to Hollywood to enjoy their first vacation in twenty-five years. The party has various adventures along the way. They stop at a resort hotel in Michigan, where Jake stuns even himself by proving to be a fantastically lucky bridge player. In the Arizona desert they are terrified by "Indians" (actually movie actors), but escape with scalps intact and soon reach their destination. There Jake, who Becky says is never happy unless he is worrying about something, invests in the motion picture business even though he knows nothing about it. Mama Becky Bloom is a delightful character, much like Molly in "The Goldbergs," with which this series has been compared. She speaks with a heavy Yiddish accent and has trouble with both American English and history. In the desert, she tells Jake that they probably won't see any Indians because she's pretty sure that General Custer killed all of them! She also peppers her speech with fractured platitudes like "you can't make a zebra change his spots" and "you shouldn't go to the well with the same bucket once too many times." The program was syndicated about 1934 by Broadcasters Program Syndicate/Bruce Eells and Associates. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

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Chapters

New Dresses

14:16

Abe Morgenstern

15:44

Girls Are Late

13:53

Sidney Comes to Dinner

14:45

A Picnic Proposed

13:42

The Picnic Planned

13:32

Finding a Place

13:38

Jake's Lawsuit

13:36

Gold Mine Investment

13:57

Yetta's Lesson

13:47

Jake Buys a New Car

13:02

Planning an Afternoon Party

14:08

Engagement Announced

13:43

Sidney Goes to Work for Jake

13:26

Red Uniform Profit

13:49

Where's Sidney

13:41

One Hundred Seventy Five Dollar Dress Bargain

14:03

Making the Wedding List

14:09

Sidney's Visit at Night

14:06

Sara Is Jealous

13:38

Honeymoon in Europe Rumor

13:21

Mrs Fink Told Off

13:26

Blank Checks

13:44

The Day Before the Wedding

13:13

The Wedding Day Arrives

13:28

Another Engagement

13:45

New Furniture

13:52

Yetta and Harold Elope

13:51

Out of Honeymoon Money

13:18

Harold Becomes a VIP

13:28

Should Papa Retire

13:37

Papa Wants a Vacation

13:35

Travel Plans Changed

13:50

Should Sam Retire

13:32

First to Hollywood

13:25

Grandparents Soon

13:26

Mr Greenville's Offer

13:35

Eighty Thousand Dollar Price

13:55

The Hollywood Trip Begins

14:07

The Bridge Game

14:02

Indian Trouble

13:55

In the Pictures

14:03

Papa Buys In

13:58

Sidney and Harold Are Also In

13:59

A Controlling Interest

14:17

Getting Used to It

14:25

Learning the Ropes

14:15

A Quiet Evening At Home

13:51

Marsha Valle's Temper Tantrum

13:57

Back to Normal

14:07

One Hundred Suits of Armor

14:15

One Hundred More Arrive

14:04

A Super Picture

13:58

Movie Premier

14:06

Mama Is Homesick

13:21

Yascha Bloomakoff

13:20

New Name Accepted

13:30

Shooting Gallery

13:27

Papa's Dancing Partner

13:24

Sara Is Jealous

13:42

New Neighbors

13:37

Movie Plot Problem

13:25

Sara Has Twins

13:23

Going to the Hospital

13:19

Getting to Sleep

13:22

Shopping for a New Suit

13:22

Picking Baby Names

13:49

Naming Party

13:40

The Fortune Teller

13:38

Arthur S Mollington

13:36

Almost Caught at Pinochle

13:48

To the Restaurant

13:48

The Magician's Show

13:56

Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollar Super Picture

14:08

Sneak Preview

14:04

Retirement

13:48

Bewertungen

Fanny Brice???

(5 Sterne)

I'm positive that Mama is Fanny Brice. so that pretty much tells me all I need to know. I would listen to Fanny read a grocery list (which I'm sure world be HILARIOUS). Again I am so grateful to OTR and Librivox for bringing these treasures to us.

Loved every moment

(5 Sterne)

Felt like I could be in my grandmother's kitchen as a little child again. Sorry that series is over. perfect cast

Episode Numbers

(4 Sterne)

Episode #2 is actually episode 1 And 2, joined. Also, this set fails to identify two missing programs, episode #51 & 52. As you listen to beginning of the episode that follows #50, it becomes apparent that there's a lack of continuity between It, and #50. Therefore, all (available) programs that follow #50 are two episode-numbers higher (ex, #76 is actually #78, as depicted by the Radio Gold Index). However, that doesn't detract from the this fact that this is a crisply-encoded, well-written sketch! Thanks for sharing it.

Files Updated!

(0 Sterne)

FYI: Replaced files on this page from the Version 1.2 Release (05-Jan-2020). For the full OTRR Release, see the OTRR Certified page: <a href="https://archive.org/details/OTRR_Certified_Mama_Blooms_Brood" rel="nofollow">OTRR Mama Bloom's Brood</a> - Old Time Radio Researchers Group

Very Nice

(4 Sterne)

Very nice and charming soap opera. Sound quality is good. I'm glad so many episodes have survived.

This is cute!

(5 Sterne)

Very funny, very charming series - will definitely put a smile on your face :D

(5 Sterne)

Wise momma & can she mess up the English language 😂👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Love It!

(5 Sterne)

Great show! Really funny and entertaining!