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About The Bickersons

Premiering in 1946, The Bickersons was a radio comedy series that ran until 1951. The sketch comedy show followed the verbal, hilarious, battles of John and Blanche Bickerson. Comedy duo Don Ameche and Frances Langford starred as the titled couple. In the beginning, Ameche and Langford were tagged to only complete a short sketch on The Old Gold Show and The Chase and Sanborn Hour, as well as a 15-minute situational sketch on Drene Time. However, the act became a hit.

During the show's run, it moved stations. It was introduced to radio audiences on NBC before moving to CBS. Marvin Miller was the announcer of the show. The listeners loved the show because the couple spent most of their time arguing (bickering) in a hilarious fashion. One might wonder how the two characters stayed together before witnessing their tender moments.

The Creator

The creative mind behind the show was Philip Rapp (March 26, 1907 – January 23, 1996). He was an award-winning writer, director, and producer who also the created the Baby Snooks character for Fanny Brice of the Ziegfeld Follies of the Air and Maxwell House Coffee Time. He wrote six movies for Danny Kaye and directed and produced TV series, including Topper from 1953 to 1955.

Mr. Rapp was considered to be the greatest comedy writer of the 19th century. He was such an important figure in American comedy that, upon his death, The New York Times placed his obituary on the front page.

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