Radio: Beulah

It was a big week for Beulah, the Negro maid on Fibber McGee & Molly's famed air show (NBC, Tues., 9130 p.m., E.W.T.). Her sponsor, Johnson's Wax, gave her a fat, new two-year contract.

Few of Fibber McGee & Molly's millions of listeners know that Beulah is neither female nor Negro. She is a husky, 6-ft., 39-year-old radio actor named Marlin Hurt.

Beulah breezed into the show four months ago with an immediately successful trademark — "Love that man!" (meaning Fibber McGee). This opulent pronouncement is followed by good-natured philosophizing (e.g., "the proper...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!