Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Saturday, September 19, 2015


One of my favorite newspaper comics when I was a kid was Our Boarding House.  I loved the antics of the pompous Major Hoople and his never-ending battle with his wife.  These Sundays were among the last from creator Gene Ahern, who left the strip early in 1936.  Ahern created the strip in 1921.  The Sunday strip ended sixty years later in 1961; the daily strip continued until late December 1984.

The comic strip made it to radio as Major Hoople for ten months, beginning in June 1942, with Arthur Q. Bryan (who also played Doc Grumble in Fibber McGee and Molly and was an early voice -- and inspiration for the character's physical appearance -- of Elmer Fudd) in the title role.  Playing one of his boarders was the great Mel Blanc.  Sadly, no copies of the radio program are known to exist.


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