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The Cinnamon Bear

     The Cinnamon Bear is an enduring 1937 children's radio series featuring Paddy O'Cinnamon, the Cinnamon Bear.  It's a delightful six and a half hour, twenty-six chapter story syndicated around the country, with daily radio broadcasts usually beginning just after Thanksgiving and ending just before Christmas.
     First heard in 1937, the story of The Cinnamon Bear is wonderfully popular with children and parents alike, due to its universal appeal and wholesome entertainment value.  In the tradition of Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, The Cinnamon Bear takes children to a make-believe world of giants, pirates, dragons and other fascinating characters.  It begins in the home of twins Judy and Jimmy Barton as they anxiously await the arrival of Christmas.  When their mother sends them to the attic for the Silver Star, the traditional ornament for the top of their Christmas tree, their adventures begin.  There, they meet Paddy O'Cinnamon, a tiny, stuffed teddy bear that comes to life.  The Cinnamon Bear tells them that the Silver Star has been stolen by the fun-loving, but mischievous, Crazy Quilt Dragon, who's escaped with it to the fascinating world of Maybeland.  If the twins are ever to see their Star again, they must find Crazy Quilt.
     The Cinnamon Bear teaches the twins to "de-grow" to only four inches high.  Together, they fly off in The Cinnamon Bear's soda-pop powered airplane, into the world of Maybeland.  Their quest for the Silver Star takes them across Looking Glass Valley and over the Root Beer Ocean where they meet The Inkabbos, Wesley the Wailing Whale, Samuel the Seal, Mr. Presto the Magician, Captain Taffy, Professor Whiz the educated Owl, Fraidy Cat, Fee-Fo the Friendly Giant, Queen Melissa, Snappersnick the Crooning Crocodile, Oliver the Ostrich, Big Chief Cook'n Bottlewasher, Jack Frost and even Santa Claus himself!
Cast members include:
     Judy Barton:  Barbara Jean Wong
     Jimmy Barton:  Unknown
     Mother Barton:  Verna Felton
     The Cinnamon Bear:  Buddy Duncan
     The Crazy Quilt Dragon:  Joseph Kearns
     Snappersnick The Crocodile:  Hanley Stafford
     Samuel the Seal:  Howard McNear
     The Cowboy:  Slim Pickens
     Penelope The Pelican:  Elvia Allman
     Mr. Presto the Magician:  Elliott Lewis
     Santa Claus:  Lou Merrill
     Captain Tin Top:  Frank Nelson
     Captain Taffy the Pirate:  Cy Kendall
     Indian Chief:  Cy Kendall
     Weary Willie the Stork:  Gale Gordan
     Oliver the Ostrich:  Gale Gordan
     Professor Whiz the Owl:  Ted Osborne
     Fee-Fo the Giant:  Joe DuVal
     The Wintergreen Witch:  Martha Wentworth
     Fraidy Cat:  Dorothy Scott
     Assistant Blooto Executioner:  Ed Max
     Narrator:  Bud Heistand
     Queen Melissa:  Rosa Barcelo
     Wesley the Whale, others:  Lindsay MacHarrie


Broadcast History:
Network: Syndicated
  11/29/37 to 12/24/37 - Original dates
  Felix Mills (orchestra), Don Honrath (music), Glanville Heisch (lyrics)
  Paul Taylor Quartet
Writer / Creator:
  Glanville Heisch
  Lindsay MacHarrie (also several starring roles in series)
Each of the following broadcasts are 15 minutes in length.
Click here to see a broadcast log for this series.
To order, select the following CD number(s) of your choice:
  The Cinnamon Bear  # 1
    11/29/37 # 1 Meeting The Twins And The Cinnamon Bear
    11/30/37 # 2 Flight To Maybe Land
    12/01/37 # 3 Chasing The Quilt Dragon For The Silver Star
    12/02/37 # 4 Condemned To Execution In An Inkwell
  The Cinnamon Bear  # 2
    12/03/37 # 5 Escaping the Inkaboos
    12/04/37 # 6 Penelope Penguin Takes The Silver Star
    12/05/37 # 7 Presto The Magician Tries To Help
    12/06/37 # 8 Among The Candy Pirates
  The Cinnamon Bear  # 3
    12/07/37 # 9 A Roly Poly Policeman
    12/08/37 #10 Entering The Magic Forest From Wintergreen's House
    12/09/37 #11 The Gentle Giant
    12/10/37 #12 Finding Crazy Quilt Dragon Again
  The Cinnamon Bear  # 4
    12/11/37 #13 Wintergreen The Witch
    12/12/37 #14 Seeing Queen Melissa About The Broken Star
    12/13/37 #15 The Magic Lunch Box
    12/14/37 #16 The Secret Instructions
  The Cinnamon Bear  # 5
    12/15/37 #17 Wasting A Wish
    12/16/37 #18 Cowboy Rescue
    12/17/37 #19 The Indian
    12/18/37 #20 The Singing Tree
    12/19/37 #21 The Land Of Ice And Snow
  The Cinnamon Bear  # 6
    12/20/37 #22 Jack Frost Will Fix The Star
    12/21/37 #23 The Bad Dolls Have Taken The Star
    12/22/37 #24 A Ride On Santa's Train
    12/23/37 #25 At Santa's Banquet
    12/24/37 #26 Chasing Crazy Quilt (End of the series)


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