Let’s Pretend, created and directed by Nila Mack (1891-1953), was a long-run CBS radio series for children. Mack’s Let’s Pretend began March 24, 1934, running for two decades before the final show on October 23, 1954. Adaptations included classics and fairy tales.The series received numerous awards, including two Peabody Awards, a Women’s National Radio Committee Award and five Radio Daily Awards.In 1970 Telegeneral adapted these stories on vinyl records.
1970 Let’s Pretend: Bluebeard / The Donkey, the Table & the Stick
Label: TELEGENERAL RECORDS
Format: 33 rpm 12″ LP mono
Country: United States
Year Released: 1970
“Bluebeard” (French: La Barbe bleue) is a French literary folktale written by Charles Perrault and published in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697. The tale tells the story of a violent nobleman in the habit of murdering his wives and the attempts of one wife to avoid the fate of her predecessors. Gilles de Rais, a 15th-century aristocrat and prolific serial killer, has been suggested as the source for the character of Bluebeard as has Conomor the Accursed, an early Breton king. “The White Dove”, “Mister Fox” and “Fitcher’s Bird” are tales similar to “Bluebeard”. “Heer Halewijn”, a medieval Dutch folk ballad, and a story found in Night 16 of The Arabian Nights, also share notable plot details with the Bluebeard tale.
Bluebeard is an immensely wealthy aristocrat, feared and shunned because of his “frightfully ugly” blue beard. He has been married several times, but no one knows what became of his wives. He is therefore avoided by the local girls. When Bluebeard visits one of his neighbours and asks to marry one of her two daughters, the girls are terrified, and each tries to pass him on to the other. Eventually he persuades the younger daughter to visit him, and after hosting a wonderful banquet, he convinces her to marry him. After the ceremony she goes to live with him in his château.
Once upon a time, there was a man and his three sons, Tom, Bob and Jack. The three sons went to work for one year in different jobs.
Tom went to work with a man who made tables. The man gave to Tom a magic table. When you said: “Be covered”, it was covered with nice food. One day, he went to a man’s house and asked for a bed to sleep and Tom gave food with the magic table. At night, the man stole his table. In trhe morning, Tom went to his father’s house and showed him a magic table. He invited his friends to dinner and said: “Be covered2, but the table didn’t. Bob worked with a man who had donkeys. The man gave to Tom a magic donkey because he worked very hard. This donkey spoke gold, when you said “Bricklebrit”. He left with the donkey and stopped at the same house as his brother and asked for a bed. Bob promised to the man a lot of gold. At night, when Bob slept, the man stole the donkey and changed it for another. In the morning Bob rode the donkey to his father’s and showed it to him. Bob asked his father to invite all his friends. When his friend were in his house, Bob said “Bricklebrit” but the donkey didn’t speak gold. Bob left.
Jack worked with a man who had wodds. He worked very hard and his boss gave him one box with a magic stick. If he said “Stick, out of the box” the stick would jump and hit the bad man, but if you said “Stick, back into the box” the stick would stop hitting the man.
Jack went to the bad man’s house where his two brothers had stayed before. He asked for some food and explained him about a magic table and a magic donkey. And he said that box was even better.
They went to sleep and at midnight the bad man came into Jack’s room and wanted to steal the box. Then Jack said “Stick, out of the box” and the stick hit the man and then Jack asked the man for the table and the donkey. Finally the bad man gave them to him. Jack went to his father’s house and asked him to invite his two brthers and friend. The had a party and the magic table gave food and the magic donkey spoke gold. And they lived happily ever after.