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Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour

Premiere Episode: 1934-00-00
Final Episode: 1952-09-18

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Broadcast History:

Dates: 1934 - 1934
Network: Other

Dates: 3/24/1935 - 9/13/1936
Network: NBC
Days: Sunday
Starting time: 8:00PM
Sponsor: Chase and Sanborn
Length of show: 60 minutes

Dates: 9/17/1936 - 1/22/1942
Network: CBS
Days: Thursday
Starting time: 9:00PM
Sponsor: Chrysler Sales Co. (Motor Cars)
Length of show: 60 minutes

Dates: 1/23/1942 - 7/19/1945
Network: CBS
Days: Sunday
Starting time: 9:00PM
Sponsor: Chrysler
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 9/29/1948 - 7/28/1949
Network: ABC
Days: Wednesday
Starting time: 8:00PM
Sponsor: Old Gold Cigarettes
Length of show: 60 minutes

Dates: 7/29/1949 - 9/18/1952
Network: ABC
Days: Thursday
Starting time: 9:00PM
Sponsor: Old Gold Cigarettes
Length of show: 45 minutes

Series Synopsis: Major Bowes Amateur Hour, American radio's best-known talent show, was one of the most popular programs broadcast in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s. It was created and hosted by Edward Bowes (18741946). In the 1920s Bowes was the imposing manager of New York's equally imposing Capitol Theatre and would insist on being addressed as "Major Bowes." He acted the part to the hilt, complete with military bearing and imperious manner. He once admonished an underling, "How will people think you're important if you don't act important?" He brought his tour to the New York City radio station WHN in April 1934. On March 24, 1935, Chase and Sanborn chose this show to fill The Chase and Sanborn Hour on NBC. This arrangement only lasted until September 17, 1936, when the show moved to the CBS Radio Network. The show remained on CBS for the remainder of its run on radio. Each week, Bowes would chat with the contestants and listen to their performances. He usually seemed vaguely impatient with the proceedings, and his constant refrain of "All right, all right" was lampooned by radio and films of the day. Bowes was known for his quick dispatch of untalented performers by sounding either a loud bell (similar to that used to denote the end of a boxing round) or a gong (thus inspiring a later series, The Gong Show). (www.wikipedia.com)
Creator: ***  
Cast: Sara Berner(Contestant)
Major Edward Bowes(Host)
Jay C. Flippin(Host)
Ted Mack(Host)
Lloyd Marx(Music)
   
Director: Bob Reed
Announcer: Norman Brokenshire
 Phil Carlin
 Ted Cott
 Ralph Edwards
 Roy Greece
 Don Hancock
 Tony Marvin
 Graham McNamee
 Dan Seymour
 Warren Sweeney
 Jimmy Wallington