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Mail Call
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Mail Call was an American radio program that entertained American soldiers from 1942 until 1945, during World War II. Lt. Col. Thomas A.H. Lewis (commander of the Armed Forces Radio Service) wrote in 1944, "The initial production of the Armed Forces Radio Service was Mail Call, a morale-building half hour which brought famed performers to the microphone to sing and gag in the best American manner." The program featured popular entertainers of that day, such as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, and  Dinah Shore, performing musical numbers and comedy skits to boost the morale of soldiers stationed far from their homes. Lewis added, "To a fellow who has spent months guarding an outpost in the South Seas, Iceland or Africa a cheery greeting from a favorite comedian, a song hit direct from Broadway, or the beating rhythm of a hot band, mean a tie with the home to which he hopes soon to return.
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Mail Call
Guest: Groucho Marx, Betty Grable, Judy Garland
Aired 1-9-1943

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Guest George Jessel, Paulette Goddard, Tommy Dorsey
Aired 6-30-1943

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Mail Call
Guest: Edward G Robinson, Dick Powell, Ann Miller
Aired 8-26-1943

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Guest: Bing Crosby, Skinnay Ennis, Dorothy Lamour
Aired 1-12-1944

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Mail Call
Guest: Lucille Ball, Harry Richman, Kay Thompson, Laurel & Hardy
Aired 11-24-1943

  


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