Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, and Lauren Bacall on Command Performance—08/30/1945

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Command Performance took to the airwaves on March 1, 1942 over a special service division of the war department, called The Armed Forces Radio Service. Lauded by Time, the program had an estimated weekly budget of $75,000. The entire crew, including the performers, were donated. Both CBS and NBC gave free use of talent. The show arouse when the war department asked Lou Cowan of its Radio Division to think up a format to entertain overseas troops. The troops were desperate for American radio. Cowan decided to let them choose their own fare. It would be a “Command Performance...” the GI who was trained to obey commands could now command anything he or she wanted from the radio world. Frank Sinatra appeared at least 9 times on the program during its World War II era broadcasts. This episode features a comedy scene between Sinatra, Bogart, and Bacall.

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