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The Railroad Hour was a radio series of musical dramas and comedies broadcast from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s.

Sponsored by the Association of American Railroads, the series condensed musicals and operettas to shorter lengths, concentrating on those written before 1943. Singer-actor Gordon MacRae starred in scripts by Jean Holloway, Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. Marvin Miller was the announcer. Warren Barker, at the age of 24, was appointed chief arranger for The Railroad Hour, a position he held for six years. The show's musical director was Carmen Dragon.
With its theme song, "I've Been Working on the Railroad", the series began on ABC October 4, 1948 as a 45-minute program, advertised as "World's Greatest Musical Comedies." It was reduced to 30 minutes on April 25, 1949, continuing until September 26, 1949. It then moved to NBC for a run from October 3, 1949, until June 21, 1954. On both networks it aired Monday evenings at 8pm(et).
Doris Day co-starred with MacRae in No, No, Nanette and Jane Powell co-starred in Brigadoon. Other offerings included The Desert Song, Holiday Inn, The Merry Widow, The Mikado, Naughty Marietta, Show Boat, Song of Norway, State Fair, The Student Prince and The Vagabond King. Soprano Dorothy Kirsten, Dorothy Warenskjold and Lucille Norman were frequent co-stars. Kirsten, Warenskjold, Rise Stevens and other performers on The Railroad Hour were also regular guests on Harvest of Stars during the late 1940s.

Gerald Wilson and Martin Grams, Jr. documented the program in their book The Railroad Hour (BearManor Media, 2007). It features an episode guide listing all 299 episodes with titles of all songs in correct sequence and the vocalist for each song, plus the origins of all musicals with plots and cast lists.

Many scripts for the series are on file at the Ohio State University's Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.

EPISODES LIST

Railroad Hour 48-10-04 (001) Good News
Railroad Hour 48-10-11 (002) Anything Goes
Railroad Hour 48-10-18 (003) The Cat and the Fiddle
Railroad Hour 48-10-25 (004) The Student Prince
Railroad Hour 48-11-01 (005) Roberta
Railroad Hour 48-11-08 (006) Rio Rita
Railroad Hour 48-11-15 (007) The Vagabond King
Railroad Hour 48-11-22 (008) Hit the Deck
Railroad Hour 48-11-29 (009) The New Moon
Railroad Hour 48-12-06 (010) Girl Crazy
Railroad Hour 48-12-13 (011) Sally
Railroad Hour 48-12-20 (012) Holiday Inn
Railroad Hour 48-12-27 (013) The Desert Song
Railroad Hour 49-01-03 (014) Whoopee
Railroad Hour 49-01-10 (015) The Red Mill
Railroad Hour 49-01-17 (016) Naughty Marietta
Railroad Hour 49-01-24 (017) Blossom Time (AFRS)
Railroad Hour 49-01-24 (017) Blossom Time
Railroad Hour 49-01-31 (018) Bittersweet
Railroad Hour 49-02-07 (019) Rose Marie
Railroad Hour 49-02-14 (020) Sweethearts
Railroad Hour 49-02-21 (021) Lady Be Good
Railroad Hour 49-02-28 (022) Song of Norway
Railroad Hour 49-03-07 (023) The Merry Widow
Railroad Hour 49-03-14 (024) Eileen
Railroad Hour 49-03-21 (025) State Fair
Railroad Hour 49-03-28 (026) Best Foot Forward
Railroad Hour 49-04-04 (027) Mademoiselle Modiste
Railroad Hour 49-04-18 (029) Apple Blossoms
Railroad Hour 49-07-11 (041) The Jimmy McHugh Story
Railroad Hour 49-08-01 (044) Ethelbert Nevin Salute
Railroad Hour 49-08-15 (046) Mack Gordon - Joseph Warren Salute
Railroad Hour 49-09-19 (051) Nacio Herb Brown Salute
Railroad Hour 49-10-03 (053) Showboat
Railroad Hour 49-10-10 (054) The New Moon
Railroad Hour 49-10-17 (055) The Chocolate Soldier
Railroad Hour 49-10-24 (056) Music in the Air
Railroad Hour 49-10-31 (057) Blossom Time
Railroad Hour 49-11-21 (060) No, No Nanette
Railroad Hour 49-11-28 (061) The Student Prince
Railroad Hour 49-12-05 (062) The Mikado
Railroad Hour 49-12-19 (064) Rose Marie
Railroad Hour 49-12-26 (065) Snow White
Railroad Hour 50-01-02 (066) The Red Mill
Railroad Hour 50-01-23 (069) The Merry Widow
Railroad Hour 50-01-30 (070) Brigadoon
Railroad Hour 50-02-13 (072) Sweethearts
Railroad Hour 50-02-20 (073) The Count of Luxembourg
Railroad Hour 50-02-27 (074) Mademoiselle Modiste
Railroad Hour 50-03-13 (076) Little Nellie Kelly (AFRS)
Railroad Hour 50-03-20 (077) The Only Girl
Railroad Hour 50-03-27 (078) Sunny
Railroad Hour 50-04-03 (079) Song of Norway
Railroad Hour 50-04-10 (080) Naughty Marietta (AFRS)
Railroad Hour 50-04-10 (080) Naughty Marietta
Railroad Hour 50-04-17 (081) Madame Sherry
Railroad Hour 50-04-24 (082) The Prince of Pilsen
Railroad Hour 50-05-01 (083) Sally
Railroad Hour 50-05-08 (084) The Pink Lady
Railroad Hour 50-05-15 (085) Robin Hood
Railroad Hour 50-05-22 (086) Princess Pat
Railroad Hour 50-05-29 (087) Review of 1927
Railroad Hour 50-06-05 (088) Review of 1937
Railroad Hour 50-06-12 (089) Review of 1931
Railroad Hour 50-06-19 (090) Review of the Gay Nineties
Railroad Hour 50-06-26 (091) Review of 1925
Railroad Hour 50-07-03 (092) Review of 1900-1905
Railroad Hour 50-07-10 (093) Review of 1934
Railroad Hour 50-07-24 (095) Review of 1938
Railroad Hour 50-08-07 (097) Review of 1932
Railroad Hour 50-08-14 (098) Review of 1926
Railroad Hour 50-08-21 (099) Review of 1935
Railroad Hour 50-08-28 (100) Review of 1929
Railroad Hour 50-09-04 (101) Review of 1922
Railroad Hour 50-09-11 (102) Review of 1933
Railroad Hour 50-10-09 (106) Roberta
Railroad Hour 50-10-16 (107) Countess Maritza
Railroad Hour 50-10-23 (108) Revenge with Music
Railroad Hour 50-10-30 (109) Show Boat
Railroad Hour 50-11-06 (110) Irene
Railroad Hour 50-11-13 (111) Orange Blossoms
Railroad Hour 50-11-27 (113) A Connecticut Yankee
Railroad Hour 50-12-11 (115) The Pirates of Penzance
Railroad Hour 50-12-18 (116) Brigadoon
Railroad Hour 50-12-25 (117) Christmas Songs
Railroad Hour 51-01-01 (118) Review of 1950
Railroad Hour 51-01-08 (119) Carousel
Railroad Hour 51-01-15 (120) The Student Prince
Railroad Hour 51-01-29 (122) The New Moon
Railroad Hour 51-02-05 (123) The Cat and the Fiddle
Railroad Hour 51-02-12 (124) Sari
Railroad Hour 51-02-19 (125) Song of Norway
Railroad Hour 51-02-26 (126) Two Hearts in Three-Quarter Time
Railroad Hour 51-03-05 (127) The Vagabond King
Railroad Hour 51-03-12 (128) Rosalinda
Railroad Hour 51-03-19 (129) Apple Blossoms
Railroad Hour 51-03-26 (130) The Fortune Teller
Railroad Hour 51-04-02 (131) Annie Laurie
Railroad Hour 51-04-16 (133) One Touch of Venus
Railroad Hour 51-04-30 (135) Music in the Air
Railroad Hour 51-05-07 (136) High Button Shoes
Railroad Hour 51-05-14 (137) Nina Rosa
Railroad Hour 51-05-28 (139) Katinka
Railroad Hour 51-06-04 (140) Very Warm for May
Railroad Hour 51-06-11 (141) Gypsy Princess
Railroad Hour 51-06-18 (142) The Boys from Syracuse
Railroad Hour 51-06-25 (143) The Merry Widow
Railroad Hour 51-07-02 (144) Beautiful Dreamer
Railroad Hour 51-07-09 (145) Casey at the Bat
Railroad Hour 51-07-16 (146) Springtime in Paris
Railroad Hour 51-08-06 (149) The Big Top
Railroad Hour 51-08-13 (150) A Thousand and One Nights
Railroad Hour 51-08-20 (151) Long Ago
Railroad Hour 51-08-27 (152) Danny Freel
Railroad Hour 51-09-03 (153) Innocents Abroad
Railroad Hour 51-09-10 (154) Journey into the Sun
Railroad Hour 51-09-17 (155) Rip Van Winkle
Railroad Hour 51-09-24 (156) The Emperor of San Francisco
Railroad Hour 51-10-01 (157) State Fair
Railroad Hour 51-10-08 (158) Madame Sherry
Railroad Hour 51-10-15 (159) Martha
Railroad Hour 51-10-22 (160) Sweethearts
Railroad Hour 51-10-29 (161) Holiday Inn
Railroad Hour 51-11-05 (162) Rose Marie
Railroad Hour 51-11-12 (163) The Bohemian Girl
Railroad Hour 51-11-19 (164) Jubilee
Railroad Hour 51-11-26 (165) Mademoiselle Modiste
Railroad Hour 51-12-03 (166) Marinka
Railroad Hour 51-12-10 (167) The Red Mill
Railroad Hour 51-12-17 (168) Rosalie
Railroad Hour 51-12-24 (169) The Happy Prince
Railroad Hour 51-12-31 (170) Review of 1951
Railroad Hour 52-01-07 (171) Blossom Time
Railroad Hour 52-01-14 (172) I Married an Angel
Railroad Hour 52-01-21 (173) The Desert Song
Railroad Hour 52-01-28 (174) The Three Musketeers
Railroad Hour 52-02-04 (175) The East Wind
Railroad Hour 52-02-11 (176) Orange Blossoms
Railroad Hour 52-02-18 (177) Frederika
Railroad Hour 52-02-25 (178) The Firefly
Railroad Hour 52-03-03 (179) The White Eagle
Railroad Hour 52-03-10 (180) The Cat and the Fiddle
Railroad Hour 52-03-17 (181) Sari
Railroad Hour 52-03-24 (182) Kiss Me Kate
Railroad Hour 52-03-31 (183) Countess Maritza
Railroad Hour 52-04-14 (185) Rosalinda
Railroad Hour 52-04-21 (186) Erminie
Railroad Hour 52-05-05 (188) Sunny
Railroad Hour 52-05-12 (189) Spring Is Here
Railroad Hour 52-05-19 (190) The Great Waltz
Railroad Hour 52-05-26 (191) My Maryland
Railroad Hour 52-06-02 (192) Minstrel Boy
Railroad Hour 52-06-09 (193) The Swedish Nightingale
Railroad Hour 52-06-16 (194) The Right Dress
Railroad Hour 52-06-23 (195) The Little Minister
Railroad Hour 52-07-07 (197) Scheherezade
Railroad Hour 52-07-14 (198) The Necklace
Railroad Hour 52-07-21 (199) Love Song
Railroad Hour 52-07-28 (200) The Pirate of New Orleans
Railroad Hour 52-08-04 (201) Starlight
Railroad Hour 52-08-11 (202) The Brownings
Railroad Hour 52-08-18 (203) Miss Cinderella
Railroad Hour 52-08-25 (204) Fantasy Impromptu
Railroad Hour 52-09-01 (205) Pirates of Picadilly
Railroad Hour 52-09-08 (206) Swan Lake
Railroad Hour 52-09-15 (207) Maestro
Railroad Hour 52-09-22 (208) Golden Curtain
Railroad Hour 52-09-29 (209) Annie Laurie
Railroad Hour 52-10-06 (210) Maytime
Railroad Hour 52-10-13 (211) A Waltz Dream
Railroad Hour 52-10-20 (212) Naughty Marietta
Railroad Hour 52-10-27 (213) The Gypsy Princess
Railroad Hour 52-11-03 (214) Seventh Heaven
Railroad Hour 52-11-10 (215) Dearest Enemy
Railroad Hour 52-11-17 (216) On Your Toes
Railroad Hour 52-11-24 (217) The Vagabond King
Railroad Hour 52-12-01 (218) Babes in Toyland
Railroad Hour 52-12-08 (219) The Gypsy Baron
Railroad Hour 52-12-15 (220) Holiday Inn
Railroad Hour 52-12-22 (221) Christmas Party
Railroad Hour 52-12-29 (222) Review of 1952
Railroad Hour 53-01-05 (223) My Romance
Railroad Hour 53-01-12 (224) Two Hearts in Three-Quarter Time
Railroad Hour 53-01-19 (225) Showboat
Railroad Hour 53-01-26 (226) The Merry Widow
Railroad Hour 53-02-02 (227) Carousel
Railroad Hour 53-02-09 (228) Miss Liberty
Railroad Hour 53-02-16 (229) Blue Paradise
Railroad Hour 53-02-23 (230) Bittersweet
Railroad Hour 53-03-02 (231) Rose of Algeria
Railroad Hour 53-03-09 (232) Up in Central Park
Railroad Hour 53-03-16 (233) Eileen
Railroad Hour 53-03-23 (234) Lute Song
Railroad Hour 53-03-30 (235) The Princess Pat
Railroad Hour 53-04-06 (236) Sally
Railroad Hour 53-04-13 (237) The Fortune Teller
Railroad Hour 53-05-04 (240) Mary
Railroad Hour 53-05-25 (243) Irene
Railroad Hour 53-06-01 (244) Quality Street
Railroad Hour 53-06-08 (245) Dear Yesterday
Railroad Hour 53-06-15 (246) Love Story
Railroad Hour 53-06-22 (247) New Wine
Railroad Hour 53-06-29 (248) The Man Without a Country
Railroad Hour 53-07-06 (249) Penny Whistle
Railroad Hour 53-07-13 (250) The Rudolph Friml Story
Railroad Hour 53-07-20 (251) Starlight
Railroad Hour 53-07-27 (252) The Golden Empress
Railroad Hour 53-08-03 (253) On Wings of Song
Railroad Hour 53-08-10 (254) Trilby
Railroad Hour 53-08-17 (255) Roaring Camp
Railroad Hour 53-08-24 (256) Hope Is a Woman
Railroad Hour 53-08-31 (257) Lorna Doone
Railroad Hour 53-09-07 (258) Night Music
Railroad Hour 53-09-14 (259) The Million Pound Bank Note
Railroad Hour 53-09-21 (260) The Minstrel Boy
Railroad Hour 53-09-28 (261) Familiar Stranger
Railroad Hour 53-10-05 (262) The Student Prince
Railroad Hour 53-10-26 (265) The Firefly
Railroad Hour 53-11-02 (266) Rosalinda
Railroad Hour 53-11-09 (267) Roberta
Railroad Hour 53-11-16 (268) The Merry Widow
Railroad Hour 53-11-23 (269) The Chocolate Soldier
Railroad Hour 53-11-30 (270) State Fair
Railroad Hour 53-12-07 (271) Sweethearts
Railroad Hour 53-12-21 (273) Snow White (AFRS)
Railroad Hour 53-12-21 (273) Snow White
Railroad Hour 53-12-28 (274) Review of 1953
Railroad Hour 54-01-18 (277) The Girl from Utah
Railroad Hour 54-01-25 (278) Music in the Air
Railroad Hour 54-02-08 (280) The Schumann Story
Railroad Hour 54-02-15 (281) Through the Years
Railroad Hour 54-02-22 (282) Martha
Railroad Hour 54-03-01 (283) The Great Waltz
Railroad Hour 54-03-08 (284) The Red Mill
Railroad Hour 54-03-22 (286) Irene
Railroad Hour 54-03-29 (287) The Three Musketeers
Railroad Hour 54-04-05 (288) Great Day
Railroad Hour 54-04-12 (289) Babes in Toyland
Railroad Hour 54-04-19 (290) Smiles
Railroad Hour 54-05-03 (292) Birthday
Railroad Hour 54-05-10 (293) The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay
Railroad Hour 54-05-24 (295) Penny Whistle
Railroad Hour 54-05-31 (296) Homecoming
Railroad Hour 54-06-07 (297) Rosalie
Railroad Hour 54-06-14 (298) The Pink Lady

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