Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories

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Aunt Jenny’s Real Life Stories
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Aunt Jenny's recipes (1943)
Running time15 minutes
Country of origin United States
Syndicates CBS
StarringEdith Spencer
Agnes Young
AnnouncerDan Seymour
Narrated byEdith Spencer, Agnes Young
Original releaseJanuary 18, 1937 – November 16, 1956
Opening theme"Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms"
Sponsored bySpry shortening
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Edith Spencer as Aunt Jenny

Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories is a 15-minute radio soap opera that aired January 18, 1937 – November 16, 1956, on CBS, sponsored by Spry shortening. [1] The program was heard weekdays at 11:45 a.m. until 1946, when it moved to 12:15 p.m.

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Unlike most continuing soap operas, on Monday of each week a new, self-contained storyline was begun, one which would then reach its conclusion on Friday. [1] A review in the trade publication Radio Daily noted that the program's "dramatic playlets with popular appeal plots hold good human interest." [2] Aunt Jenny (Edith Spencer, Agnes Young) offered cooking tips and homespun philosophy from her home in Littleton where she lived on Indian Hill with her canary (Henry Boyd). Her full name was Jennifer F. Wheeler.

Aunt Jenny's recipes often included a mention of her sponsor, Spry shortening. Jimmy Dwan supplied the sound effects of rattling pots and pans. Every day, her friend Danny (announcer Dan Seymour) would drop by for a chat in her kitchen. Then Aunt Jenny would introduce and narrate one of her stories. These were five-chapter daytime dramas with different casts in stories which came to a conclusion on Fridays. One actor who began his radio career on this series was Richard Widmark. Eleanor Abbey also was a member of the cast. [3]

Aunt Jenny was a widow, but in early episodes she was married to Calvin, who edited the Littleton News.

The show's theme was a strings interpretation of "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms", and the background music was supplied by organist Elsie Thompson. Various Aunt Jenny cookbooks were offered as Spry premiums.

There was a Canadian equivalent of Aunt Jenny: Aunt Lucy.

Satire

For years, this series was satirized on a regular basis on various Bob and Ray shows as "Aunt Penny's Sunlit Kitchen", with Bob Elliott as Danny and Ray Goulding as Aunt Penny; the alleged sponsor was Chicken Fat. The slogan about anything cooked in chicken fat "won't sit in your stomach like a half-dollar piece". With Danny's bumbling interference, Aunt Jenny was never able to complete a story.

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References

  1. 1 2 Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p.  50. ISBN   978-0-19-507678-3 . Retrieved 2018-08-15. Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories, soap opera.
  2. "Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories" (PDF). Radio Daily. February 9, 1937. p. 10. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN   978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 9.

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