02-09-2018, 01:16 PM
The series began in 1929 as The Chase and Sanborn Choral Orchestra, a half-hour musical variety show heard Sundays at 8:30pm on NBC. When Maurice Chevalier became the show's star, he received a record-breaking salary of $5,000 a week. Violinist David Rubinoff (September 13, 1897 – October 6, 1986) became a regular in January 1931, introduced as "Rubinoff and His Violin." Beginning on January 7, 1940, the regular cast, apart from Bergen and McCarthy, were dropped and the show was cut to a half-hour and retitled The Chase and Sanborn Program. Ameche was replaced by his younger brother Jim Ameche. Also beginning in 1940, the program went on hiatus for a number of weeks each summer. CBS filled its airtime with a different substitute show each year, including The Bishop and the Gargoyle (1940), What's My Line?