Old Time Radio History #4

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another edition of “Old Time Radio History”.  Now, while thinking of this week’s topic, I noticed that there was already some sort of pattern going.  So far, we’ve covered a serious bit (Suspense and “Sorry, Wrong Number”), a funnier bit (Abbott and Costello and “Who’s on First?”), and last week’s serious show (The Mercury Theater on The Air and “War of the Worlds”).  So, what would you think this week’s bit will be?

If you guessed comedy, you’d be correct.  Specifically, a gag.  Now, you probably take it for granted nowadays.  You’ve probably seen it over a dozen of times in your lifetime.  It probably produced a few laughs, or at least a chuckle as some poor schmuck falls victim to the gag.  Can you think of it? Go ahead…I can wait.

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Give up? It’s…

Fibber McGee’s closet! Yes, the messy, stuffed closet that will drop all of it’s contents on your head once you open the door.  The show first used the gag on-air March 5, 1940, titled “Cleaning the Hall Closet”.  Over time, it become one of the most well-known audio clips in old time radio history, as well as being the grandfather of the overly full closet gag.  Below is the closet’s first show in it’s entirety.

Did you enjoy that? I sure did! Especially since you’ll never know what will fall out of Fibber’s closet, or who it will fall on to.

That’s all I’ve got for you today folks.  Thank you so much for dropping by.  Tune in next week for when we get into yet another piece of Old Time Radio history. Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.


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