The Mink Coat (Aired June 10, 1951)
This was a variety show starring Don Ameche and singer-actress Frances Langford as co-hosts, airing on NBC and sponsored by Drene Shampoo. Announcing the show—and later familiar to television viewers as The Millionaire's presenter and executive secretary, Michael Anthony—was Marvin Miller. Drene Time typically opened with Langford singing a big band-style arrangement before Ameche and Langford would slip into routine comedy, often aided by co-star Danny Thomas, in routines that often expressed Ameche's frustration that Thomas was more interested in modern technology and discoveries than in women. After another musical number and a commercial spot for Drene Shampoo, Miller would announce Ameche and Langford as the Bickersons, "in 'The Honeymoon's Over'," for the final 15 minutes of the show. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.
June 10, 1951. Program #2. "The Mink Coat"
- CBS network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. Unedited tape. Frances starts the show by singing, "On The Sunny Side Of The Street." Blanche uses John's insurance money to buy a new mink coat. One of the Philip Morris commercials has "a lady from the Bronx" take "the Philip Morris Nose Test." Blanche tells John that she's going to visit her mother. Broadcast June 12, 1951. Frances Langford, Lew Parker, Phil Rapp (creator), Tony Romano, Jay Jackson (commercial spokesman), Verna Felton, John Holbrook (announcer). 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.