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12 Episodes (approx 12 mins each)
Total 147 mins on 2 CDs
DAD AND DAVE FROM SNAKE GULLY first went to air in 1937. A very Australian drama, these popular characters displayed a recognisable brand of bush humour which the public loved. Created by George Edwards, a popular radio actor and producer, the series ran for 16 years, finishing shortly after Gerorge Edward's death in 1953. Known also as the 'Man with a thousand voices', Edwards voiced Dad Rud, along with up to 10 other characters! Dave was played by John Saul.
Starting with Steele Rudd's book ON OUR SELECTION, published in 1899, the affectionately humourous bush stories of Dad Rudd, his not-so-bright son Dave, and the whole Rudd family were hugely popular in Australia. The dramatic rights were bought in 1912 by actor and entreprenueur Bert Bailey, who enjoyed a very successful stage career as Dad for nearly 20 years. Raymond Longford directed the first feature film - silent - of ON OUR SELECTION in 1920. With the coming of sound, Ken G. Hall chose ON OUR SELECTION - starring Bert Bailey - for it's first Australian "talkie" in 1932. Hugely successful, Hall and Bailey went on to make three more 'Dad and Dave' films in the 1930s.
So by 1937 when the radio programs went to air, the Australian public were very familiar with the Rudd family. It was eagerly accepted with all-time high radio ratings. The theme song "On the Road to Gundagai" was chosen and Snake Gully (somewhere vaguely in NSW) was on the map.
Disc 1 - 2 episodes from 1937
Dad is feeling ill and consults a medical encyclopedia.
Disc 1 - 4 episodes from 1944
Dad and Bill Smith both have measels. Meanwhile Dave and Mabel's twins are to be christened.
Disc 2 - 6 episodes from 1944
The running of the annual Snake Gully Cup!