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Easy Aces Old Time Radio Program

15 minute comedy show

Easy Aces, a long-running American serial radio comedy (1930–1945), was trademarked by the low-keyed drollery of creator and writer Goodman Ace and his wife, Jane, as an urbane, put-upon realtor and his malaprop-prone wife. A 15-minute program, airing as often as five times a week, Easy Aces wasn't quite the ratings smash that such concurrent 15-minute serial comedies as Amos 'n' Andy, The Goldbergs or Vic and Sade were. But its unobtrusive, conversational, and clever style, and the cheerful absurdism of its storylines, built a loyal enough audience of listeners and critics alike to keep it on the air for 15 years.

Goodman Ace (b. Goodman Aiskowitz, 1899–1982) was a film critic for the Journal Post in his native Kansas City. On radio station KMBC, he read comic strips to children on Sunday mornings and reviewed films on Friday evenings. One night in 1930, the cast of the 15-minute show that followed his slot failed to show up, and Ace found himself having to fill in the time. His wife, Jane (b. Jane Epstein, 1897–1974), had accompanied him to the studio that night, and the two engaged in an impromptu chat about their weekend bridge game. This brought such a favorable response that the station invited Ace to create a domestic comedy---even though neither of the couple had ever really acted before.

The show became a half-hour entry one night a week from 1943 through January 1945.

Easy Aces storylines often ran several episodes, though there were many single-episode stories, and the show was performed live on the air but in an isolated studio, without an audience, which made perfect sense considering its conversational style. Goodman Ace wrote the show's scripts and played the exasperated but loving husband of Jane Ace as his deceptively scatterbrained, language-molesting, more than periodically meddlesome wife. There were no sound effects beyond the almost ambient-like playing of normal life sounds, and the Aces' inexperience as actors probably worked in their favor: they simply played as though they were allowing listeners to eavesdrop on their own real-life conversations, allowing Easy Aces listeners more than those of many shows to believe the Aces really could have been their own unusual neighbors.

A large part of the success of the show was due to Jane's twisting of language. Gracie Allen may be the most famous for these, but Jane was also very good at them. Just a smattering of them include:

  • Congress is back in season.

  • You could have knocked me down with a fender.

  • Up at the crank of dawn.

  • Time wounds all heels.

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All of our Old Time Radio Programs are in MP3 format. You can play them on your computer, you can transfer them to MP3 players (like the IPod), but, by and large, you cannot play them on stereos, walkmen, or car radios.

The sound quality of Old Time Radio Programs can vary greatly. Some episodes are excellent, others you have to turn up the volume a little and ignore the static. All of the episodes can be listened to and enjoyed. You can listen to our free samples to get a feel for how the programs sound.
You can purchase these episodes on CD or you can download them.
To purchase on CD: To download:

Click on the Buy on CD button. A few dollars will be added for shipping depending on your zip code and how many CDs you order. Pay with Paypal (you can use a credit card even if you do not have a Paypal account). You will receive a receipt from Paypal. We will mail you the CD(s) within a few days. Usually we get the CDs in the mail the next day. Shipping usually takes 2-3 days via USPS. The episodes will be in mp3 format.

 

 

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  • The files are large - it will take you a few minutes to download each file. Each zip file is around 40MBs. A full CD worth of episodes takes about 14 large files. if you are on a dial-up connection, we highly recommend you buy a CD.
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Easy Aces episode list
275 episodes

001 JaneWritesALetter.mp3
002 JaneBuysJohnny2Suits.mp3
003 JohnnyArguesWithAceAbou.mp3
004 JohnnyGetsAJobAtEverett.mp3
005 JohnnyStartsHisNewJob.mp3
006 WhatIsJohnnyDoingAtNigh.mp3
007 CatchingFurThieves.mp3
008 JaneTipsOffTheTheives.mp3
009 NeffWantsJaneToSellLand.mp3
010 NeffTalksToJaneAboutDea.mp3
011 PhoneCalls.mp3
012 JaneSeesEverettAboutNef.mp3
013 JaneAndNeffTalkAboutDea.mp3
014 EverettTalksToAceAboutD.mp3
015 AceFindsOutAboutJaneAnd.mp3
016 NeffSuesOverLandDeal.mp3
017 Ace'sLawyerOutOfTown.mp3
018 Neff'sNewLawyerNeedsSui.mp3
019 GettingReadyForTrial.mp3
020 JaneGivesNeff'sLawyerAc.mp3
021 JaneGivesAwayAVest.mp3
022 StudyingForTheTrial.mp3
023 JaneTestifiesInCourt.mp3
024 Jane'sTestimonyAftermat.mp3
025 NeffSettlesTheSuitWithJ.mp3
026 AceFindsOutAboutNeff'sS.mp3
027 AceFindsOutAboutHisSuit.mp3
028 AceSetsUpABridgeGame.mp3
029 JaneTakesBridgeLessons.mp3
030 CheatingAtBridge.mp3
031 RunawayBoy.mp3
032 AceFindsOutAboutRunaway.mp3
033 JaneWantsToAdoptABaby.mp3
038 CokieKnocksOutAceAndJoh.mp3
039 CokieMightBeAPrizefight.mp3
040 NeilGetsCokieAFight.mp3
041 Cokie'sFirstFight.mp3
043 CokieIsSetUpForAKnock O.mp3
044 JaneTakesA$1000Bribe.mp3
045 Cokie'sSecondFight.mp3
046 AceIsWorkingNights.mp3
047 JaneWorriesAboutWhatAce.mp3
048 JaneFollowsAceInATaxi.mp3
049 JaneConfidesInJohnny.mp3
050 JaneTriesToMakeAceJealo.mp3
051 TheOldBoyfriend.mp3
052 ThePortraitIsFinished.mp3
053 TheOtherWoman.mp3
054 NewNeighborIsDirectorDo.mp3
055 JaneThinksOfANameForThe.mp3
056 JaneWantsNealToGetHerTh.mp3
057 NealThinksLorentzWantsJ.mp3
058 LorentzTriesToGetMargeF.mp3
059 Jane'sScreentest.mp3
060 NealGetsJealousOverLore.mp3
061 MargeAndJaneStopSpeakin.mp3
062 LorentzTriesToWooMarge.mp3
063 JaneAndMargeMakeUp Bett.mp3
063 JaneAndMargeMakeUp-Bett.mp3
064 BettyPullsAGunOnNealAnd.mp3
065 BettyTriesToKillMarge.mp3
066 JaneTellsTheNewspapersE.mp3
067 NealHasAnIdeaToSaveTheD.mp3
068 ThePoliceQuestionJane.mp3
069 LorenzSaysGoodbyeToMarg.mp3
070 JaneWantsMargeToMarryNe.mp3
071 TheAcesTryToFixUpNeffAn.mp3
072 MrsWilliamsHelpsNeff'sI.mp3
073 JaneGetsNeffToAskMrsWil.mp3
074 NeffTakesMrsWilliamsOut.mp3
075 NeffAndMrsWilliamsTakeR.mp3
076 NealRunsAStoryInThePape.mp3
077 NealWorksOutADealWithNe.mp3
078 NeffSignsADealWithAce.mp3
079 JaneIsPutOnABudget.mp3
080 JaneTakesChargeOfTheHou.mp3
081 JaneTriesToLearnHowToRu.mp3
084 TheAcesMeetLaura'sBoyfr.mp3
085 JaneTriesToGetRidOfHarr.mp3
086 JaneDecidesToGetALoan.mp3
087 JaneAndAceBothBorrowMon.mp3
088 JaneAndAceGetEachOther'.mp3
089 JaneTriesToGetA3RdPerso.mp3
090 JaneAsksNeffToSignHerLo.mp3
091 NeffLearnsAboutAce'sFin.mp3
092 TheAcesConvinceNeffThey.mp3
093 AceTalksJaneIntoOpening.mp3
094 JaneOpensACheckingAccou.mp3
095 JaneHasProblemsWithHerC.mp3
096 AllOfJanesChecksBounce.mp3
097 JaneHidesAMovieStar.mp3
098 JaneWantsJoyceToMakeMar.mp3
099 JoyceTellsJane'sPlanToM.mp3
100 AceBecomesSmittenWithJo.mp3
101 JaneFinallyGetsJealousO.mp3
103 JoyceLeavesForHollywood.mp3
104 JaneTriesToWriteForTheN.mp3
105 JanePretendsShe'sAWrite.mp3
106 JaneClimbsTheSocialLadd.mp3
107 BridgeWithTheMarshes.mp3
108 LauretteAndNannette Mis.mp3
109 JaneInvitesTheMarshesFo.mp3
110 TheDetectiveTrapsJaneIn.mp3
111 JaneIsASuspect AceBuysA.mp3
112 JaneAndLauraTryToFindTh.mp3
113 JaneAgreesToHaveTheHous.mp3
114 ColliinsFindsTheBracele.mp3
115 TheMarshesApologize.mp3
116 Ace'sBigDeal JaneLeadsA.mp3
117 AceAsksJane'sPermission.mp3
118 JaneIsPutInChargeOfPubl.mp3
119 JaneGetsNeal'sHelpWithT.mp3
120 TheCityDecidesAgainstAc.mp3
121 AceLosesHisRealEstateBu.mp3
122 JaneFindsA$150ErrorInHe.mp3
123 AceTellsJaneAboutLosing.mp3
124 Jane'sNieceBettyArrives.mp3
125 JaneLooksForAnApartment.mp3
126 JaneTriesToLetMaidGo.mp3
127 TheAcesMoveIntoTheirNew.mp3
128 NealGetsAceANewspaperJo.mp3
129 NealGetsABlindDateForBe.mp3
130 BettyHasACrushOnNeal=Ja.mp3
131 MargeAndNealFightAboutB.mp3
132 EveryoneIsFightingCokie.mp3
133 CokieFallsForBetty.mp3
134 MarshOffersAceADealToGe.mp3
135 AceTellsJaneAboutTheTri.mp3
136 TheAcesGetReadyForTheir.mp3
137 BettyAndCokieFindANoteS.mp3
138 NealJoinsTheInvestigati.mp3
139 NealSuspectsMarshForThe.mp3
140 CityFilesAreMissingOnTh.mp3
141 NealHiresASafecrackerTo.mp3
142 MarshHearsOfNeal'sInves.mp3
143 NealGetsAStatementFromH.mp3
144 NealTakesHisProofToHisE.mp3
145 NealConfrontsMarsh.mp3
146 NealConfrontsHisBoss.mp3
147 GettingTheHouseReadyToS.mp3
148 TroubleMovingIntoTheHou.mp3
149 TheAcesReturnByTrain.mp3
150 SurprisePartyMakesJaneB.mp3
151 AceExplainsHowHeGotHisM.mp3
152 CokieAndBettyWantToGetM.mp3
153 BettyArguesWithTheAcesA.mp3
154 JaneHelpsBettyPlanAnElo.mp3
155 CokieTellsAceHe'sNotGet.mp3
156 CokieTellsJaneHe'sNotGe.mp3
157 JaneTellsBettyAboutCoki.mp3
158 AcePlacesAnAdForANewBus.mp3
159 AceGetsJane'sAnswerToHi.mp3
160 JaneAndAceMeetAboutTheP.mp3
161 TheAcesDiscussOpeningAB.mp3
162 JaneChecksOutTheBeautyS.mp3
163 AceDecidesNotToBuyTheBe.mp3
164 JaneListensToAQuizShow.mp3
166 JaneAppearsOnTheQuizSho.mp3
167 AceWantsToBecomePartner.mp3
168 JaneGetsBettyToWorkForA.mp3
169 JaneMeddlesInAce'sFirst.mp3
170 NeffTriesToCalmMrThomps.mp3
171 JanePreparesToPlayTheFa.mp3
172 JanePlaysHerPartTooWell.mp3
173 JaneWorriesAboutAceWork.mp3
174 AceIsTryingToSellTheFar.mp3
175 JaneSuspectsAceIsSeeing.mp3
176 MargeGetsAce'sStory=Jan.mp3
177 JaneThinksAceWantsToGet.mp3
178 JaneHasLeftAceIsUsingHe.mp3
179 AceSellsTheFarm=JaneTea.mp3
180 JaneIsUpsetOverLeavingA.mp3
181 MrsAdamsTalksToJane.mp3
182 JaneHasTroubleWithLaura.mp3
183 LauraTriesToBluffARaise.mp3
184 LauraGetsHerRaise.mp3
185 Jane'sSisterWritesALett.mp3
186 NoOneKnowsWhoBetty'sBoy.mp3
187 BettyIsSeeingAnOlderMan.mp3
188 JaneGetsCokieToTrailBet.mp3
189 Betty'sBoyfriendIsInTro.mp3
191 JaneThinksNeff'sNephewS.mp3
192 JaneThrowsADinnerForBet.mp3
193 BettyTellsOffEveryoneIn.mp3
194 JaneTriesToGetCarlAndBe.mp3
195 CarlAndBettyFightOverAB.mp3
196 EveryoneMakesUp.mp3
197 NeffIsUpsetWithCarlForS.mp3
198 CarlProposesToBetty.mp3
199 JaneTalksToNeffAboutBet.mp3
200 NeffThreatensToBreakThe.mp3
201 CarlFindsAClauseInTheCo.mp3
202 BettyRefusesABribeFromN.mp3
203 JaneTakesACheckFromNeff.mp3
204 JaneGetsAnotherChanceTo.mp3
205 JaneTricksNeff+BettyAnd.mp3
206 JanePlansAPartyForCokie.mp3
207 JaneVisitsCokie'sOrphan.mp3
208 JaneTriesToCrashThePart.mp3
209 JaneBringsHomeALetterFr.mp3
210 JaneTriesToGetEvidenceO.mp3
211 TheAcesMeetMrsDuffy.mp3
212 JaneWantsToManageAnOrph.mp3
213 JaneGetsJohnnyReadyForA.mp3
215 JaneTriesToPickAStageNa.mp3
216 JohnnyIsCutFromHisRadio.mp3
217 JohnnyGetsHisStartOnThe.mp3
218 CarlAndBettyBreakUp.mp3
219 BettyTalksToJaneAboutTh.mp3
220 TheAcesDiscussBettyAndC.mp3
221 BettyWantsToMakeUpWithC.mp3
222 BettyAndCarlAlmostMakeU.mp3
223 TheAcesPlanAFightForBet.mp3
224 TheAcesPretendToHaveAnA.mp3
225 CarlAndBettyAreHappy.mp3
226 JaneWantsAMinkCoat.mp3
227 JaneSellsTicketsToAChar.mp3
228 AceGetsNeffToBuyABunchO.mp3
229 JaneIsGivenThePartOfAMa.mp3
230 JaneExplainsHerPartToMa.mp3
231 JaneRehearses+AceFindsO.mp3
232 JaneFindsOutSheOwesMone.mp3
233 Jane'sPhoneCallsInterru.mp3
234 AceGetsJaneOutOfSelling.mp3
235 JanePreparesForHerRole.mp3
236 TheStarOfThePlayInAShoo.mp3
237 JaneTellsMargeAndAceAbo.mp3
238 JaneTheUnderstudyIsMade.mp3
239 JaneGetsRaveNoticesForH.mp3
240 JaneGetsAnOfferInATeleg.mp3
241 JaneWantsAceToSeeADocto.mp3
242 JohnnyWantsToSellLifeIn.mp3
243 JohnnyTriesToExplainIns.mp3
244 JaneTalksToADoctorAbout.mp3
245 ABridgeGameToMakeAceFor.mp3
246 AceTriesToTeachJaneBrid.mp3
247 JaneStartsTakingBridgeL.mp3
248 AceInvitesNeffForBridge.mp3
249 NeffEndsUpWithJaneAsHis.mp3
250 Jane'sInstructorWantsHe.mp3
251 JaneIsUsedAsMrsAverageP.mp3
252 AceLearnsAboutJane'sBri.mp3
253 JaneGivesAnotherLesson.mp3
254 JaneTalksAboutHerBridge.mp3
255 Jane'sBridgeMethodBecom.mp3
256 JaneDiscussesHerNewCont.mp3
257 NewspaperWantsToIntervi.mp3
258 EveryoneIsMadAtJane.mp3
259 JacksonRunsABridgeScam.mp3
260 JaneTalksWithAceAboutAB.mp3
261 RentingAnOfficeForTheBr.mp3
262 PlanningTheNewBridgeBus.mp3
263 AceCallsTheBridgeBusine.mp3
264 Jane Hires a Bridge Pla.mp3
265 MichaelIsProCardDealer.mp3
266 FirstDayOfBusiness.mp3
267 PartnersWantedAsDancers.mp3
268 CustomerThinksServiceIs.mp3
269 MargeQuitsHerJob.mp3
270 JaneTalksWithAce.mp3
271 JaneAsSilentPartnerCrac.mp3
272 JaneMeetsNewNeighbor.mp3
273 JaneTakesMarriageLesson.mp3
274 JaneGetsAnIdeaToHelpAce.mp3
275 JaneLearnsHowToHelpAceI.mp3
276 JaneButtersUpAce'sCusto.mp3
277 Ace'sCustomerComesToDin.mp3
278 NeffSpoilsTheDealOver$5.mp3
279 JaneGetsTheCustomerToSi.mp3
280 MrFredericWarnsAceAbout.mp3
281 JaneWantsToHireAButler.mp3
282 ANewPlanToGetJaneOutOfA.mp3
283 MrsFredericIsJealous.mp3
284 MrsFredericSuspectsMarg.mp3
285 JaneSuspectsMarge.mp3


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