Thursday, April 12, 2007

Breaking Wynn

For your entertainment and edification, here is the February 5, 1945 episode of Happy Island starring Ed Wynn. As you'll notice, this particular episode sounds like a decidedly average mid-40s radio comedy. Ed is just plain "Bubbles" rather than "King Bubbles", there's absolutely no mention of Happy Island, and there's nothing particularly fantasy-like about the plot (Bubbles is made warden of "the State Prison"). If I had to venture a guess, I'd say that this conceptual, and no doubt budgetary, streamlining was a last-ditch effort to save the show. Good fun, nonetheless, and keep an ear out for a very young Jim Backus who plays at least three roles in this episode, including one who is a definite forerunner of Thurston Howell III.

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