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Joe Penner (1904–1941)

Mostly forgotten today, radio comic Joe Penner was a major craze back in Depression-era 1933 and 1934. There was no heavy social significance to his work and certainly no subtlety -- just alot of slapstick silliness that helped audiences forget their troubles and get happy. People today equate Penner's zany, simpering, man-child delivery to that ... See full bio »

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New Faces of 1937 Seymore Seymore
Go Chase Yourself Wilbur Meeley


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 1940 The Boys from Syracuse
Dromio of Ephesus / Dromio of Syracuse
 1940 Millionaire Playboy
Joe Zany, aka Mr. Joe Potter
 1939 The Day the Bookies Wept
Ernest 'Ernie' Ambrose
 1938 Mr. Doodle Kicks Off
Jimmie 'Doodle' Bugs
 1938 I'm from the City
Peter 'Pete' Pepper
 1938 Go Chase Yourself
Wilbur Meeley
 1937 The Life of the Party
 1937 New Faces of 1937
Seymore Seymore
 1936 Collegiate
 1934 College Rhythm
 1932 Here, Prince (Short)
Crown Prince Michael of Deleria
 1932 The Toreador (Short)
The Toreador
 1931 The Season's Greetings (Short)
Joe Penner
 1931 Rough Sailing (Short)
 1931 Where Men Are Men (Short)
Joe Pipgrass
 1931 Gangway (Short)
Joe - The Gangster's Jester
 1931 Moving In (Short)
 1931 Sax Appeal (Short)
Joe - the Son of a Junk Dealer
 1931 Making Good (Short)
The Cobbler's Apprentice
 1930 Service Stripes (Short)
Private Joe
 1930 A Stuttering Romance (Short)
The Stammering Romeo
 1930 Seeing Off Service (Short)
 1930 Stepping Out (Short)
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Show Show Writer (4 credits)
Show Show Self (5 credits)
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Other Works:

Radio: The Joe Penner Show (AKA: The Tip Top Show). NBC's Blue Network: Thursdays 8:30-9:00 pm. Debut: 5 Oct 1939. Sponsor: Ward's Tip Top Bread (31 episodes). Ended: 25 April 1940. See more »

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3 Portrayals | 4 Articles | See more »

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Personal Quote:

His trademark: "Wanna buy a duck?"


There are few surviving recordings of his radio show because widespread recording of popular radio shows did not begin until the mid-1930s, about the time his radio show was coming to an end. See more »

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