Amos ’n’ Andy

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

    One of the longest-running radio shows ever. Amos ’n’ Andy debuted in 1928 and ran continuously, in one form or another, clear into the 1950s. Although the show’s title characters were African-American, the leads were played by two white men: Freeman Gosden (who played Amos, Kingfish, and Lightnin’) and Charles Correll. In the early 1930s, the show was far and away the most popular on the air; some movie theatres even piped in the show, readjusting their schedules to do so.

    The show is referred to in the Goopy Geer short The Queen Was in the Parlor (Harman/Ising, 1932), and at the end of Lighter Than Hare (Freleng, 1960) after Bugs tunes in to the comeuppance of Yosemite Sam of Outer Space.

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