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The Cinnamon Bear

The Cinnamon Bear was a delightful children's adventure series that was first broadcast on November 26 through December 25, 1937. The show was created by a group of merchants as an advertising promotion, and was recorded in only a few weeks. It was produced by Lindsay MacHarrie, who also provided the voice of Westley the Whale and several other characters. Buddy Duncan played the Cinnamon Bear, Barbara Jean Wong as Judy Barton, and Verna Felton as Mother Barton. Despite the best efforts of many fans over the years, the name of the young actor who played Jimmy Barton remains to be discovered. The Cinnamon Bear was specifically designed to be listened to between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There were a total of 26 chapters, 15 minutes each. All episodes began at Thanksgiving and ended at Christmas, with one episode airing each night.

The story focuses on Judy and Jimmy Barton who go to the enchanted world of Maybeland to recover their missing Silver Star that belongs on their Christmas tree. Helping with the search is the Cinnamon Bear, a stuffed bear with shoe-button eyes and a green scarf.

They meet other memorable characters during their quest, including the Crazy Quilt Dragon, the Wintergreen Witch, Fe Fo the Giant, and Santa Claus. Cinnamon Bear is fantastic radio entertainment with excellent sound effects, charming background music, memorable songs, as well as very well-drawn characters.

There are 26 shows in our collection! Date Aired
Muddlers December 15, 1937
Snaper Stick Crocodile December 13, 1937
Wooden Indian December 17, 1937
Flying Hat December 18, 1937
The Parade December 22, 1937
Fee Foo the Gentle Gian December 9, 1937
Presto The Magician December 5, 1937
Crazy Quilt Dragon December 1, 1937
Professor Whiz December 8, 1937
Samuel Seal December 4, 1937
North Pole December 24, 1937
Rhyming Rabbit December 10, 1937
Weary Willy November 30, 1937
Weasley Wailing Whale December 3, 1937
Candy Pirates December 6, 1937
Cocklebur Cowboys December 16, 1937
Snowman December 19, 1937
Captain Tintop December 23, 1937
Queen Melissa December 12, 1937
Santa Claus December 20, 1937
The Wintergreen Witch December 11, 1937
Paddy O'Cinnamon November 29, 1937
The Ikaboos December 2, 1937
The Bad Dolls December 21, 1937
Rolly Polly Policeman December 7, 1937

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