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Post by kschriever on 10/22/2016, 10:09 am

Well, feeling a little guilty at not pitching in as much as I'd like lately, so I thought I'd offer up this rather bizarre little bonbon of a series which I believe may at least have the benefit of not being in many collections.

The Tottering Van Teeters is a set of 26 short episodes offered up on a syndicated basis beginning, apparently, in 1935, although what little documentation can be turned up shows it airing as late as 1937-1938 in locales as far distant as Australia. The radio performer John Gibson is known to have appeared. The story is the not-too-sympathetic story of the wealthy, spoiled younger generation of an industrial family wiped out financially by the Great Depression; the tone is at least a little reminiscent of Wodehouse and the Woosters but the humor is very definitely not at that level. I'll put up a couple a day... please bear with me if I miss a day or two along the way!

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #1. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. A fascinating Depression series about the filthy rich and goofy Van Teeters. After going broke, the Van Teeters plan to get to Europe by buying a new yacht on credit. The program's open and close were done live.

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Post by kschriever on 10/22/2016, 10:10 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #2. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. The Van Teeters have two different problems to solve. A bookmaker must be paid off, a nightclub singer is to be hushed.

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Post by ghemrats on 10/22/2016, 2:59 pm

Thanks, Kurt. This is a new one for me.
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Post by bojim1 on 10/23/2016, 4:57 am

Never heard of this one. Thanks!!! Jim

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Post by kschriever on 10/23/2016, 8:02 am

You're very welcome, gentlemen! To continue...

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #3. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. The Van Teeters, aboard the yacht, "The Bankrupt," are about to depart. But first, a stop at Bar Harbor, Maine.

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Post by kschriever on 10/23/2016, 8:03 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #4. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. Willoughby Shelley continues to search for his homburg. A visit to Sol Goldberg's yacht.

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Post by kschriever on 10/24/2016, 8:50 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #5. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. The Van Teeters and their friends are aboard the new yacht, "The Sol Goldberg." In France, a chateau has been purchased (on credit).

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Post by kschriever on 10/24/2016, 8:51 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #6. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. How to finance a war without paying for it. The princess Asphasia of Shotavodka has appointed Willoughby Shelly her financial advisor. The Depression is over!

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Post by Wildcat44 on 10/24/2016, 12:02 pm

Thank you very much.

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Post by kschriever on 10/25/2016, 8:48 am

You're welcome, Wildcat!

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #7. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. The League of Nations protests! Even the announcer gets tired of the lengthy introduction! A payment to the taxi driver. There's something wrong, the Van Teeters has supplied arms to the enemy!

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Post by kschriever on 10/25/2016, 8:49 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #8. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. Freddy has jumped into an empty moat and hurt his neck. Pamela Van Teeter goes to London, Caper follows on a motorcycle...to the Ritz!

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Post by hotmix99 on 10/25/2016, 11:18 am

Thanks ks

Always nice to get something new

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Post by jb_steele on 10/25/2016, 1:16 pm

Nice to get something new as old as this... I like to find early surviving programming.
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Post by shadowsmom on 10/26/2016, 6:55 pm

Thank you for sharing these.

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Post by kschriever on 10/27/2016, 8:57 am

Very glad y'all are enjoying these. Not that easy... at least in my collection... to find anything that's likely to be "new" to most folks, so I'm glad it's worked out for some of you!

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #9. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. Pamela and Freddy are reunited in London. The army and air force have been signed over to the Duchess, the navy has been reserved for the Van Teeters.

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Post by kschriever on 10/27/2016, 8:58 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #10. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. The Van Teeters make world headlines. Aunt Alicia has finally come to appreciate her deceased husband, Exodus Leviticus.

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Post by kschriever on 10/29/2016, 8:20 am

Oops, missed a day. Sorry about that!

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #11. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. Aunt Alicia is "Kicking the gong around." She announces her engagement to, "The Battling Bedouin." Gorilla George feels her wrath.

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Post by kschriever on 10/29/2016, 8:21 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #12. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. Freddie and the Van Teeters plan to leave for New York. Pamela plans to accuse "The Battling Bedouin" of stealing her fur coat.

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Post by kschriever on 10/30/2016, 8:26 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #13. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. Pamela and Freddie become engaged while en route home aboard a battleship! Willoughby Shelly is using a sixteen-inch cannon to shoot at seagulls.! The end of "Book One" of the story.

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Post by kschriever on 10/30/2016, 8:27 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #14. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. Timothy Titus Van Teeter starts Willoughby Shelley in the Armor Plate Corset and Innerspring Bustle Company. Isn't that just lovely! What the deuce is a bustle?

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Post by Rosebud on 10/30/2016, 10:58 pm

Wow! Fun! Always exciting to hear something like this. Thanks so much, kschriever. Very Happy
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Post by kschriever on 10/31/2016, 8:42 am

And ALWAYS lovely to see you, Rosebud. Don't be such a stranger.

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #15. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. The Van Teeters are actually going to work, and the pay is $10 a week. Let's celebrate by holding a dance...and inviting Donald Drips.

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Post by kschriever on 10/31/2016, 8:43 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #16. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. At the "Industrial Costume Ball," Pamela takes a liking to Donald Drips. Willoughby Shelly has an to increase production, it's rhythm!

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Post by kschriever on 11/1/2016, 8:55 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #17. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. When Pamala reports for work late, Donald realizes that Pamela is just a Van Teeter after all.

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Post by kschriever on 11/1/2016, 8:56 am

The Tottering Van Teeters. 1935. Program #18. Star Program Service syndication, Radio Producers Sales Co. E. T.. The Van Teeter romance makes headlines around the country. Alas, the music idea fails after the musicians drink ten cases of scotch.

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