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The Railroad Hour

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:32 am
by kwiksand
I'm looking for old radio broadcasts of The Railroad Hour which was a production of operettas (The Desert Song, Naughty Marietta, etc.). I listened to these from 1948 - 1952 and they usually were hosted by and starred Gordon MacRae as the male lead. I will appreciate any leads as to how I can locate these old programs. Thanks for your help!!

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:14 pm
by Hank
The Railroad Hour was on the air from 10/04/48 to 06/21/54.

Gordon MacRae was the host and lead performer with a variety of female guests to perform on the shows such as Nadine Conner, Lucille Norman, Dorothy Kirsten, Dorothy Warenskjold, Mimi Benzell, Elaine Malbin, Frances Langford, Jeanette MacDonald, Evelyn Case, Marion Bell, Jane Powell, and Ginny Simms.

Programs were based on well-known operettas and Broadway shows with some original musicals from time to time. The Crabapple Sound OTR catalog lists 52 CD's containing 104 Railroad Hour shows at

Hank Hinkel

The Railroad Hour

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:07 pm
by kwiksand
Hi Hank, Thanks so much for the information. I'm glad to know that copies of these programs are available. I will visit the web site and start collecting some programs. This is great!!

New Railroad Hour Book

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:16 am
by batman2
Gerald Wilson and Martin Gram, Jr. has written a new book about this show.

Lists every episode and who co-starred with MacRae.
And Other fun-filled facts.

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:47 am
by Hal Evans
Gosh that was a wonderful show. Absolutely amazing how they got the essence of operettas and the like genre so well-done and excerpted on that show. :) :D

Railroad Hour on WNAR web radio

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:27 am
by Hal Evans
WNAR internet radio has The Railroad Hour on Sundays at Noon, which is the time I used to hear it years ago.