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Telephones (Aired February 26, 1946)
Red Skelton was drafted in March 1944, and the popular series was discontinued June 6, 1944. Shipped overseas to serve with an Army entertainment unit as a private, Red Skelton had a nervous breakdown in Italy, spent three months in a hospital and was discharged in September, 1945. He once joked about his military career, "I was the only celebrity who went in and came out a private." On December 4, 1945, The Raleigh Cigarette Program resumed where it left off with Red Skelton introducing some new characters, including Bolivar Shagnasty and J. Newton Numbskull. Lurene Tuttle and Verna Felton appeared as Junior's mother and grandmother. THIS EPISODE: February 26, 1946. NBC network, Hollywood origination. Sponsored by: Raleigh Cigarettes, Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco. The Skelton Scrapbook Of Satire: "Telephones." Chapter 88, "I Want A Telephone," with Willie Lump-Lump. Chapter 89: "The New Telephone," with "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid." Red Skelton, Rod O'Connor (announcer), GeGe Pearson, David Forrester and His Orchestra, Anita Ellis, Pat McGeehan, Verna Felton. 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.