Good News of 1939

Good News was broadcast from Studio 30 at M-G-M each Thursday evening (9-10 p.m.) by NBC. It was sponsored by Maxwell House Coffee. Mr. Stewart is known to have appeared on the program at least nine times. This time was on March 2, 1939. The host of the show this evening was Robert Young. The announcer was Warren Hull and the music was supplied by Meredith Willson and His Orchestra. Besides Stewart, the other guests included Joan Crawford, Lew Ayres, Frank Morgan, Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford, Gertrude Niesen and Miliza Korjus.

Here is the way the show was previewed in several newspapers. First, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, NY.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle 3-2-39And here is one from the Santa Cruz Evening News, Santa Cruz, CA.

Santa Cruz (CA) Evening News 3-2-39

The main purpose of this night’s show was to promote the new film, Ice Follies of 1939, which would premiere at the Palace Theater in Superior, WI, the following Saturday, March 11th. Three of the stars of the film – Jimmy Stewart, Joan Crawford, Lew Ayres – appeared throughout the show.

In the first segment of the show, Stewart and Ayres talk with Robert Young about the plot of the film.

Stewart does not appear in the second segment of the program.

In segment three, the three stars act out a scene from the film.

Near the end of the final segment, many of the cast members, including Jimmy, take part in a musical number where they, for the most part, speak the lyrics to a song about going to see the film’s premiere.

Update: March 1, 2018

Here are two more newspaper listings from The Daily Home News, Brunswick, NJ, and the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY, respectively.