The Garden of Eden - Mae West - Don Ameche - Arch Oboler
On December 12, 1937, West appeared in two separate sketches on ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's radio show The Chase and Sanborn Hour. By the second half of the 1930s, West's popularity was affected by her dialogue being severely censored. She went on the show eager to promote Every Day's a Holiday. Appearing as herself, West flirted with Charlie McCarthy, Bergen's dummy, using her usual brand of wit. West was on the verge of being banned from radio.
More outrageous still was this sketch written by Arch Oboler, starring Don Ameche and West as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Praised as one of broadcasting's top talents, he is regarded today as a key innovator of radio drama. Oboler's personality and ego were larger than life. Radio historian John Dunning wrote, "Few people were ambivalent when it came to Arch Oboler. He was one of those intense personalities who are liked and disliked with equal fire."
Originally Broadcast 12/12/1937
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