American Old Time Radio Show Classic
The Cinnamon Bear MP3 CD
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The Cinnamon Bear is an old time radio program. The program was
produced by TRANSCO, the Transcription Company of America, based in
Hollywood, California and specifically designed to be listened to
(six days a week – excluding Sundays) between Thanksgiving and
Christmas. It was first broadcast between Friday, November 26, and
Saturday December 25, 1937. Although some markets like Portland,
Oregon jumped the gun, debuting the program on November 25,
Original newspaper Lipman-Wolfe & Company ad from The Portland
Oregon Journal, November 25, 1937 page 28: "IN-TRO-DUC-ING Paddy
O'Cinnamon, Santa Claus's right-hand man! Meet him with Santa in
Toyland at Lipman's...and don't miss his exciting adventures with
Judy and Jimmy (two of the nicest playmates you could want!) over
the air every night but Saturday! Early-to-bedders can listen at 6
and stay-up-laters at 7...and some nights you'll be so anxious to
hear how they got the Silver Star back from the wicked Crazyquilt
Dragon that you'll listen twice! And here's a secret..the Cinnamon
Bear is just as excited about meeting you as he can be."
The story focused on Judy and Jimmy Barton who must venture from
their home to the enchanted world of Maybeland to recover their
missing Silver Star that belongs on top of their Christmas tree.
Helping on this quest for the missing star is The Cinnamon Bear, a
stuffed bear with shoe button eyes and a green scarf. They meet
other memorable characters on this quest, including the Crazy Quilt
Dragon (who repeatedly tries to take the star for himself) , the
Wintergreen Witch, Fe Fo the Giant, and even Santa Claus. The
episodes would air starting at Thanksgiving and would end at
Christmas, with one episode airing each night. The show was created
by a group of merchants as an advertising promotion, and was
recorded in a hurry in just a few weeks. It was produced by Lindsay
MacHarrie (who also provided the voice of Westley the Whale and
several other characters in the show).
The voice of the Cinnamon Bear was done by Buddy Duncan, a little
person, and several other notable radio voices lent their talents.
These included Verna Felton (as Jimmy and Judy's mother), Joseph
Kearns (as the Crazyquilt Dragon), Lou Merrill (as Santa Claus),
Howard McNear (as Slim Pickings the Cowboy and Samuel the Seal),
Elvia Allman (as Penelope Pelican), Frank Nelson (Captain Tintop),
and Gale Gordon (Weary Willie the Stork and Oliver Ostrich).
Asian-American actress Barbara Jean Wong played Judy. The actor who
portrayed Jimmy is unrecorded. (Some think it may have been Walter
Tetley.) The story and all the songs were written in six weeks time
by Glan Heisch, aided by his wife, Elisabeth Heisch. He was
specifically directed to create something in the style of The
Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The radio show proved to be so popular that it is said to be
broadcast by a station somewhere in the world every year during the
holidays, even today. In fact, many malls had a Cinnamon Bear that
children would tell what they wanted for gifts instead of a Santa,
and he would show up in Christmas parades. The Cinnamon Bear
remained popular especially in the Northwest, with Portland, Oregon
often cited as a "Cinnamon Bear hotspot." In 1987, upon the 50th
anniversary of The Cinnamon Bear, a fan of the show started an
annual newsletter called "Bear Facts" and put out by "The Cinnamon
Bear Brigade," which ran for five years.
So sit back and have a wonderful time
with your children and bring back memories of your own Thanksgiving
and Christmas by listening to 26 episodes of The Cinnamon Bear!
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