Retro Radio Memories – Meet Corliss Archer (1947)

Thanks to the suggestion on the Retroist Facebook Page we are going with Meet Corliss Archer as our first Retro Radio Memories post!

The comedy program Meet Corliss Archer started on the CBS Radio Network on January 7th, 1943 and lasted until 1956. The program was created in response to NBC’s hit A Date With Judy and was even picked up by NBC as a Summer replacement for their Bob Hope Show.

The program revolved around a perky and well-intentioned 16 year-old Corliss Archer and her nerdy boyfriend next-door neighbor Dexter Franklin and how their teenaged antics get them into all sorts of trouble, while her stressed out but loving Father and Mother try to help them out.

The part of Corliss Archer during the radio program’s long run was played by Priscilla Lyon and Janet Waldo while Dexter Franklin was voiced by Bill Christy and Sam Edwards. Harry Archer, Corliss’ Father, was played by Fred Shields and Frank Martin with Irene Tedrow, Monty Margetts, and Gloria Holden playing the part of Corliss’ Mother, Irene Archer.

The popularity of the radio program ensured that it would make the jump to Live TV in 1951 and lasted two years and returning again as a syndicated program for 1954 and 1955. Meet Corliss Archer even made a splash as a comic book character when it was published by Fox Feature Syndicate for three issues, it was even written and drawn by Al Feldstein, who would later become the ediot of MAD magazine.

So now without further ado let us travel back to a simpler time when the Family would sit and bask in the warm glow of the Radio as we listen to this episode from 1947, Meet Corliss Archer in “Sweetheart of the Year”.

Now I have that Campbell’s Soup jingle stuck in my head.


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7 thoughts on “Retro Radio Memories – Meet Corliss Archer (1947)

  1. Badwolf says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE old time radio. Really great stuff and a great idea for a Sunday feature!

  2. David Lovejoy says:

    Thanks for the great retro reccomendation! I listen to Old Time Radio shows on Sirius/XM and TuneIn Radio on a daily basis. I can’t get enough of them and now I have a new title to chase down and “catch up” on.

  3. Badwolf and David, thank you both for the very kind comments. We hope you’ll like the other radio programs that we plan on bringing you in the following weeks. :)

  4. I’ve had something of a rollercoaster relationship with OTR stuff. Originally i shunned them out of hand because I thought it was all just “only the shadow knows” type stuff, which simply doesn’t appeal to me. Then a number of years back I stumbled onto some stuff and realized that the world of OTR was far more varied than I had previously assumed. I then got into it pretty heavily for a while. After a time though, the novelty began to fade and I haven’t listened to much in a long time.

    I hadn’t heard of this series before, but when I saw the comics mentioned, I went to a public domain comic site that I know of and found that they have 2 issues of it available:

  5. Thanks for posting this. What a blast to hear Janet Waldo at the start of her career. I’ve always had a crush on her voice. Are you planning on posting some of the early ARCHIE radio series episodics? I had a bunch of them in mp3 format and lost them during a system crash.

  6. Manny, Mwentworth, thanks for the kind words my friends. I look forward to bringing you more OTR goodies!

    Drahken that cover to #3 of Meet Corliss Archer made me do a double-take! Thanks for sharing that link, friend.

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