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Posted Image Abie's Irish Rose (radio)

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Sponsor: Drene Shampoo
Network: NBC
Years: 1942-1944
Inspired by or Based on: the hit Anne Nichols Broadway comedy, Abie's Irish Rose
Theme Song: My Wild Irish Rose

The weekly NBC radio program ran from 1942 through 1944. The cast included Richard Bond, Sydney Smith, Richard Coogan and Clayton "Bud" Collyer as Abie Levy; Betty Winkler, Mercedes McCambridge, Julie Stevens, and Marion Shockley as Rosemary Levy; Walter Kinsella as Patrick Murphy; Alfred White, Charlie Cantor, and Alan Reed as Solomon Levy; Menesha Skulnik as Isaac Cohen; Anna Appel as Mrs. Cohen; Ann Thomas as Casey; Bill Adams as Father Whelan; Amanda Rudolph as the maid; Joe Boland as a police sargeant; and Dolores Gillenas as the Levys' twins. The announcer was Howard Petrie, and music by Joe Stopak. The director was Joe Rines, and Anne Nichols served as writer.

Abieís Irish Rose focused on young newlyweds from Jewish and Catholic background, Abie and Rosemary Levy. It began as a Broadway show in 1922 with a long run of 2,327 performances. The radio show premiered on Knickerbocker Playhouse. Abie and Rosemary are deeply in love and elope much to their familiesí disgust. Family bickering ensues until Rosemary gives birth to twins on Christmas Day. A few small bickers brew beneath the surface of the father-in-laws in order to give the show flavor and flair. So lather up and rinse that Drene out of your curly locks, because itís time to sit by the fire for another entertaining episode of Abieís Irish Rose.

Other episodes available online to hear: Jan 13, 1941, The Hotel,

Sources: OTRcat.com; Ebay.com; Old-Time Radio: Music Theme List
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