16 June 2014

Henry Aldrich

The Aldrich Family, a popular radio teenage situation comedy (1939-1953), was also presented in films, television and comic books. In the radio series' well-remembered weekly opening exchange, awkward teen Henry's mother called, "Hen-reeeeeeeeeeeee! Hen-ree Al-drich!", and he responded with a breaking adolescent voice, "Com-ing, Mother!"
    The creation of playwright Clifford Goldsmith, Henry Aldrich began on Broadway as a minor character in Goldsmith's play What a Life. Produced and directed by George Abbott, What a Life ran for 538 performances (April 13, 1938 to July 8, 1939).
    There were 11 HENRY ALDRICH movies.
     In 1939 Rudy Vallee started including Aldrich Family sketches on his radio program, which led to a 14 year run on radio for THE ALDRICH FAMILY.
     The TV program ran from 1949 to 1953, ending a month after the radio version.

This story is from Dell's HENRY ALDRICH comic, #10 Feb 1952. Art by Bill WIlliams

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