Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, June 22, 2023


 In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something brought to you by the Association of American Railroads.

The Railroad Hour was an anthology series of popular musicals and comedies (mainly from 1943 and earlier) that ran from 1948 to 1954, first on ABC Radio, then on NBC for a total of 299 episodes.  Each show was condensed to fit into the time slot.  Gordon MacRae was the host.  Marvin Miller was the announcer.  The show's theme song was "I've Been Working on the Railraod."

Anything Goes features the music and lyrics of Cole Porter, with the original book by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse, revised by Howard Lindsey and Russell Crouse.  The show premiered on Broadway in 1934, with Ethel Merman and William Gaxton staring as Reno Sweeney and Billy Crocker.  The version on The Railroad Hour features Victor Moore and Margaret Whiting.

A tale of romance gone astray, false identities, gangsters, revivalists, business mergers, and an ocean voyage add up to one of the most popular musical comedies of the American theater.


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