06/9/2019 1:15 am  #1

Lost KMH Episodes

Recently I have become absolutely addicted to the Kraft Music Hall. Specifically the hour episodes featuring Bing and Bob Burns. They have such an easy chemistry and the skits and guest stars were top notch. KMH at that time was like a wonderful cross between Saturday Night Live and the Tonight Show. Unfortunately, from what I've read, the vast majority of the shows from 1936-1941 have been lost. The site I've downloaded episodes from only has 12 episodes of the 250 or so broadcast from that period. Does anyone know of any resource or website where I can get my KMH fix?


06/9/2019 5:49 am  #2

Re: Lost KMH Episodes

There are quite a few at http://otrarchive.blogspot.com/2009/04/kraft-music-hall-1933-to-1949.html

Last edited by Malcolm Macfarlane (06/9/2019 5:49 am)


07/9/2019 2:31 am  #3

Re: Lost KMH Episodes

I had a friend in England who had all of the Bing Crosby KMH shows on reel-to-reel tape. He was transferring the songs to CD for me when he unfortunately passed away. 

I cherish these CDs and I have the years 1937 thru 1941 and 1943. Great music!


09/9/2019 10:17 am  #4

Re: Lost KMH Episodes

Malcolm Macfarlane wrote:

There are quite a few at http://otrarchive.blogspot.com/2009/04/kraft-music-hall-1933-to-1949.html

Hi Malcolm! I should have been more clear in my post. I was looking for episodes from the period 1936-1941. The episodes at the link you provided are mostly KMH under Jolson's tenure in the late '40s. Thanks for the response though!

@Lobosco, I agree the music from the Hall was stellar. Some catchy, wonderful gems like "Twist of the Wrist," "Couldn't be Cuter," "How Could You?," "Hut-Sut Song," etc. A lot of stuff that Bing never formally recorded.

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10/9/2019 2:23 am  #5

Re: Lost KMH Episodes

Shadow, I suggest you go back to the web page referred to above and then SCROLL DOWN, there you will find dozens and dozens of KMH shows dating from 1933 thru 1946.   I don't think you explored that page enough, scrolling down would reveal what you're seeking.   Seek and ye shall find.   You got it easy, man, I had to look for albums or individual tapes that I had to BUY in order to hear Bing's shows.   All you have to do is hold down the down arrow.


26/9/2019 11:39 am  #6

Re: Lost KMH Episodes

OK I have CDs of some of the KMH songs from complete seasons. I was trying to figure out how to share them. Should I just upload them to my You Tube channel or should I make CDs for those interested?

The quality of the songs are fair to very good.


27/9/2019 2:25 am  #7

Re: Lost KMH Episodes

A good place to put it is on Internet Archive:
I have a lot of shows I'd like to put there myself, why?   Because there you can download easily if you want.  On Utube it's impossible to download unless you're an electronic genius.  
Now, if you can figure out how to upload onto Internet Archive, let me know, I haven't been able to figure it out.

Last edited by Archiefit (27/9/2019 2:25 am)


27/9/2019 6:50 am  #8

Re: Lost KMH Episodes

There are several items of software free to private users that will download video and audio from sites such as YouTube. 
One is 4k Video Downloader  which is available from https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader

There are others - just search on "Video Downloader" and most of those that I have found have options relating to different video quality, alternative device platforms and audio or video.  Most concentrate on downloads from Youtube but several (including the one I name) cover other popular sites.

Those that I have tried are straightforward to use but the time taken to download will of course depend on the quality of your connections. All depend on pasting the precise address of the item to be downloaded into the application.
Some will offer additional paid for services but they are not essential for the base operation.


28/9/2019 4:15 am  #9

Re: Lost KMH Episodes

I've tried those "free" internet things before, most I don't trust, others are extremely complicated, at least for me.  

But on the Internet Archive site I recommended you don't need to do any complicated downloading tool from an internet site, all you have to do at Archive's site is click on the download button and BINGO you'e got whatever you've chosen to add to your computer.   No muss, no fuss.


08/10/2019 4:27 pm  #10

Re: Lost KMH Episodes

I love the Internet Archive site, but I haven't looked into how to upload on there. You Tube is the easiest for me. 

If anyone wants CDs of the KMH songs I have from my friend, let me know. The sound is not perfect but they are rare. I may upload some of them on the Internet Archive site or You Tube - it just depends on my time. 


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