Fred and Portland head down to Allens' Alley to ask "How do you fell about Mayor La Guardia's return to private life?". Fred talks with Gregory Ratoff about what American radio shows would sound like in Russia. The program ends early, and listeners are transferred to the Cafe Zanzibar for the music of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.
Raymond Edward Johnson performs in a play about what Thomas Jefferson would say to this country during war, called Toward The Future. Fred Allen appears with opera singer Lauritz Melchior, in a parody sketch along with the cast from his radio show called Life Can Be Melchior.
The Texaco News Of The Week presents the Lowlights Awards Of 1940. Portland tells of her mothers problems caused by Freds' gift to her. Fred introduces an amateur opera singer from the Major Bowes show, then tells how the Major got his name. Fred and Portland try to get Kenny to make a New Years resolution. The Texaco Workshop Players do a play called The Quiz Nippers, a satire of the show Quiz Kids.
George and Gracie plan a big New Years Eve celebration, but Gracie forgot to mail out the invitations. Everyone has made other plans for New Years and can't make it then, so Gracie decides to hold the party early and fool George into thinking he overslept a whole day.
Lux Radio presents Alice in Wonderland, based on Walt Disneys' version of the Lewis Carroll classic. Starring Kathryn Beaumont as Alice, Jerry Colonna as The March Hare, Sterling Holloway as The Cheshire Cat, Bill Thompson as The White Rabbit, Gale Gordon as The Caterpillar, and Verna Felton as The Queen Of Hearts.
A woman who got involved with a murdering crook, flees town from him, only to be found by a detective. She tells him he has the wrong person and proceeds to tell him the story of the woman he's looking for.
Bob Hope is the Master of Ceremonies for this special Christmas broadcast, with Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Jimmy Durante, Ed Gardner, Frances Langford, Ginny Simms, Merwyn Bogue, Kay Kyser and His Orchestra, and many others. Special messages to the troops from Washington, from Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall, Secretary Of The Navy Frank Knox, and the Secretary Of War Henry Stimson.
Fred interviews a Lunch Wagon operator, and then a photographer for Radio Guide. Guest Jack Benny tries to get Fred to buy his Maxwell, after they talk about their old vaudeville days. The Mighty Allen Art Players perform a Christmas story called, "Santa Clause Sits Down, or Jingle Bells Shall Not Ring Tonight."
President Roosevelt is joined by the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, in giving speeches at the White House Christmas Community Tree Ceremony. This was the first time that the lighting of the National Christmas Community Tree occurred within the White House grounds. The tree was not lit for security reasons.
President Franklin Roosevelt (center), and Winston Churchill (right).
News of the Russian offensive. British forces in Burma. Allied offensive in Tunisia. Report from Algiers despite Axis jamming. Report on the British war effort against the Germans. Report from Cairo. In the US, opposition to charges of Sedition, by isolationists. Government discourages personal travel.
On Christmas Eve, Gracie tells Herman the Duck a bedtime story to get him to go to sleep. After he's asleep, Gracie goes to sleep as well and dreams of taking Herman to the North Pole to see Santa, but Herman gets duck-napped by a Wicked Witch.
Fibber goes snooping around in the hall closet looking at all the presents and finds one neither he nor Molly know anything about. While Fibber tries to figure it out, Molly ends up letting him open up a couple of his presents.
Joseph Cotten Hosts. Constance Moore sings "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas". Joseph Cotten introduces a story based on actual events during the war, involving a soldiers' promise to deliver a letter to the unborn son of his dead comrade.
Joseph Cotten, Host of America — Ceiling Unlimited
The kids want to go away for Christmas, but that upsets Riley who wants to spend the holiday at home. Riley tells them the story (in flashback) of the trouble he had getting a home for his first Christmas with Peg.
After Nick makes a failed attempt at soliciting a donation for a Christmas party from a rich miser, some people from the mans past show up, thanks to Nick, and remind him of the things he's lost because of his Scrooge-like attitude.
Announcer Jimmy Wallington doesn't appreciate having to work on Christmas. The Texaco News presents people involved in the new Sixth Avenue subway that just opened. Fred interviews sausage stuffer Otto Hottendorf. Fred and Portland talk about their Christmas presents. Kenny Baker is disappointed to learn there is no Santa Clause. The Texaco Workshop Players present a murder mystery.
A scientist who has amplified the size of insects in his basement laboratory, must take a short trip out of town, leaving his wife who is terrified of the insects. The wife and a delivery boy become trapped in the lab with the monstrous insects.
Ronald Colman hosts this variety show beginning with Cary Grant singing Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Chico Marx accuses Groucho of owing him money. Ronald Colman performs in a drama about a doctor who meets desperate strangers with a wounded man while driving on a road through Gettysburg. Carole Lombard tells Cary what it would be like if women ran the world. Ronald Colman reads a speech of Socrates after he was condemned to death.
Cary Grant, Groucho Marx, Carole Lombard, Lawrence Tibbett, Chico Marx and host Ronald Colman
Marlowe attends the reading of the Will of a man he once sent to jail, and is now supposed to be dead. The "dead man" appears after the will is read, to expose his practical joke, but he soon turns up dead anyway.