The Wintergreen Witch tries to turn our heros into frogs. After her last encounter though she has lost her magic powers. Even so she poses a real threat to Jim, Judy, Cinnamon Bear and Crazy Quilt. Will our heros get away? Will they get their star back? Will they ever find the Singing tree? Things look bleak when everybody grows too sleepy to stay awake. Imagine their surprise when they awake to find a large flying hat.
No sooner do the cowboys leave, than our heros are being chased by Indians. After being cornered, our heros bravely decide to turn and face their attackers, only to find a lone wooden Indian. He is willing to trade, but is his price too high? With Christmas getting closer, will our gang get the Silver Star repaired in time? Even more trouble arises when they run into the Wintergreen Witch again.
While at the Wishing Well, the curious Cinnamon Bear leaned over too far and fell in. Judy wishes him out, but the magic instructions required their only wish be in finding a repair for their broken star. Now what will they do? On finding their way out of the woods, our gang meet a strange race of people called the Muddlers. Soon there is no end to the mud slinging.
Note: More about the cast of the show.
The voice of the Cinnamon Bear was provided by Buddy Duncan, a little person and vaudeville comedian. Many notable radio voices lent their talents, including:
The story and all the songs were written in six weeks time by Glan Heisch, aided by his wife, Elisabeth A. Heisch (1908-2003). He was specifically directed to create something in the style of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
When all seems lost, our gang meet up with a friend who manages to read their magic instructions for them. As they continue on their way they come across a strange but helpful character in Oliver Ostrich.
Note: The short Christmas series had a cast of some of radio’s greats including:
- Barbara Jean Wong
- as Judy Barton
- Joseph Kearns
- as The Crazy-Quilt Dragon
- Verna Felton
- as Judy & Jimmy’s mother
- Lou Merrill
- as Santa Claus
- Martha Wentworth
- as The Wintergreen Witch
- Gale Gordon
- as Weary Willie the Stork and Oliver Ostrich
- Rosa Barcelo
- as Queen Melissa
- Elvia Allman
- as Penelope the Pelican
- Joe DuVal
- as Fe Fo, the Giant
- Frank Nelson
- as Captain Tin Top
- Hanley Stafford
- as Snapper Snick, the Crooning Crocodile
- Howard McNear
- as Samuel the Seal and Slim Pickins, the Cowboy
- Cy Kendall
- as Captain Taffy, the Pirate, and Chief Cook and Bottle Washer (Indian Chief)
- Ted Osborne
- as King Blotto the Third, and Professor Whiz, the Owl
- Elliott Lewis
- as Mr. Presto the Magician
- Ed Max
- as the Inkaboo Assistant Execu
Jim, Judy, and Cinnamon Bear get the good word from Queen Melissa. The Silver Star can be repaired. They are now on a quest to find the Wishing Woods. They first have to get past a cantankerous crocodile who eats their magic instructions.
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After leaving the gentle giant, our heros get a scare. The roaring monster is soon revealed to be Crazy Quilt. He recounts his adventure since he last saw the twins. The Silver Star is missing again, and it looks like Jim, Judy and Cinnamon Bear will have to face the Wintergreen Witch. But first they get some advice from the Rhyming Rabbit.
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Our heros are afraid as the giant approaches, but soon find out he is a gentle and kind giant. He carries all his new friends to find some food to eat. The twins agree to help the giant if they can, and the giant gives them a whistle to use to call him if they get into trouble.
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Though the Cinnamon Bear has disappeared, Jim and Judy soon find him again, as well as a strange house with a talking owl named Professor Whiz. They learn about the Wintergreen Witch and her invisibility spell. In their continued search for the Crazy Quilt Dragon they meet a new friend, Fraidy Cat.
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The first issue of “Bear Facts” celebrated the Cinnamon Bear’s 50th birthday in 1987.
THE BEAR BRIGADE is, simply, an unassuming fan club for the hero of the 26-part Christmas radio series, THE CINNAMON BEAR, created in 1937 by the late Glanville T. (Glan) Heisch. The series is so popular that I believe it has played somewhere in USA every Christmas holiday season since then.
While sailing with Captain Taffy and the Candy pirates, the twins spot their Silver Star pinned to the chest of the Rolly Polly Policeman. Leaving the pirates behind, the twins set out to explore a new, and mysterious island. Once Jim and Judy explain their story, the Rolly Polly Policeman agrees to give them back their star. Before they can get together, more trouble pops up, and the Silver Star gets away again.
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