The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show
, a comedy radio program which ran on NBC
from 1948 to 1954, evolved from an earlier music and comedy variety program, The Fitch Bandwagon
. Singer-bandleader Phil Harris
and his wife, actress-singer Alice Faye
, became the earlier show's breakout stars, and the show was retooled into a full situation comedy, with Harris and Faye playing fictionalized versions of themselves as a working show business couple raising two daughters in a slightly madcap home.
- Alice Faye: "Oh, Phil, are you ready?"
- Phil Harris: "Darn, you made me swallow a bobby pin!"
Harris had been a mainstay and musical director for The Jack Benny Program
; Faye had been a frequent guest on programs such as Rudy Vallée
's. Their marriage provoked a 1941 episode of the Benny show.
In 1946, they were invited to co-host The Fitch Bandwagon
, a musical variety and comedy show that had been a Sunday night fixture on NBC since 1938, featuring such orchestras as Tommy Dorsey
, Jimmy Grier, Harry James
, Freddy Martin
and Jan Savitt
and Harry Sosnik. In The Big Broadcast 1920-1950
Frank Buxton and Bill Owen wrote: "Even though many people thought that The Fitch Bandwagon
was lucky to be sandwiched in between Jack Benny at 7pm and Edgar Bergen
at 8pm on NBC, the pioneered Sunday evening entertainment programming, because prior to its appearance most broadcasters felt that Sunday programming should be of a more religious or serious nature."
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