Food of the Seventies, Good-n-Plenty

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crazy amy - September 08, 2008 - Report this comment
CHARLIE says-love that good and plenty. catchy little jingle from the 50's or 60's i think but it served them well into the 70's-they still have them and they still taste the same.
Paul M - February 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I think the character from the 70's was called Choo Choo Charlie and he was a train engineer.
Chomper01 - September 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Here are the actual words sang in the 50s, 60, and 70s to Good-n-Plenty candies: "One upon a time, there was an engineer..Choo - Choo Charlie was the name we hear. He had a choo-choo engine, and it sure was fun; and he used Good-n-Plenty to make the engine run. Charlie says, 'Love my Good-n-Plenty'..Charlie says, 'It really rings the bell'. Charlie says, 'Love my good-n-plenty.. Don't know any other candy that I love so well.' Good-n-Plenty, Good-n-Plenty, Good-n-Plenty, etc., etc." (ends)
Rob Lambert - August 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I have a black-and white Good N Plenty TV commercial, which aired during the "Tom and Jerry" cartoon show (1/8/66, CBS). There were minor variations in which the commercials were done. Color ones began in 1967. Choo Choo Charlie and the girl with the funny hat were dropped in 1972.
Rob Lambert - February 28, 2015 - Report this comment
Found a copy of the Choo Choo Charlie comic book, published by Gold Key, from Dec., 1969. In mid-grade, cost $20. A difficult one to find.
Bill L - September 02, 2015 - Report this comment
Who was the voice of Choo Choo Charlie around 1970? Andy Devorine!
Rob Lambert - September 02, 2015 - Report this comment
Another good product with a long history. From 1893 to 1972, Good & Plenty was produced in Philadelphia by the Quaker City Confectionery Company. Production was suspended briefly toward the latter year of WWII (sugar and labor shortages). Early TV commercials, featuring the half-pound Family Size box, began airing in 1957. The first Choo-Choo Charlie ad (the famous one) first aired on the "Alvin" cartoon show over CBS in 1964, and continued being aired until 1966. In new color commercials, an animated piece of Good & Plenty was the star. Choo Choo Charlie returned in 1968, running for president. After that, we saw little of him. Good & Fruity was introduced in 1970. Hershey Foods now sells this product.
I♡R.Lambert - September 03, 2015 - Report this comment
I hated Good-N-Plenty because I do not like the taste of licorice...Jager..Nyquil..EW! But I sure do like Rob Lambert and all his info on food and drink of the 1970's! Great memories!
Rob Lambert - September 03, 2015 - Report this comment
Thank you, the person who texted last comment. Licorice is far from my favorite also. I always try to make this site more interesting for everyone. Much of what I comment on comes straight out of childhood memory...especially TV commercials from the 1960s and 1970s on Saturday morning cartoon shows. I rely on sources like Wikipedia to look up the history of products. I appreciate your comment, whether or not you like the product.
Rob Lambert - September 06, 2015 - Report this comment
After some digging, I found an airdate for the early Choo Choo Charlie TV commercial. 9/24/64 on the "Alvin" cartoon show over CBS. Along with Clyde Crashcup "inventing" baseball, this episode had lots of Alvin in it. One commercial for Soaky (bath soap by Colgate-Palmolive) Chipmunks bottle. Also, a minute-long PSA for Smokey Bear (a funny one) with David Seville and Chipmunks (first aired in 1963). Rest of commercial time was filled with network promos (Tennessee Tuxedo, Quick Draw McGraw, Linus the Lionhearted) and the first Kool-Aid ad with Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. The "Alvin" show left CBS in 1965, going into syndication. NBC revived it for a half season in 1977.
Robb Lambert - December 25, 2015 - Report this comment
Found a TV commercial with Choo Choo Charlie trying to entertain passengers on a pretend train, until the girl in the funny hat can bring him more Good N Plenty. Simple magic tricks are printed on back of box. This aired in March, 1971 over WFLD in Chicago, during the "B.J. and Dirty Dragon" (aka: Bill Jackson's Cartoon Town) kid show, which featured character puppets created by Jackson, who played the mayor of Cartoon Town, wearing a matching blue blazer and derby hat (called "Billy Blue Suit" by his puppet enemies).
Paul D - February 20, 2018 - Report this comment
I see the posts here are somewhat old . The voice of Choo Choo Charlie was Dick Beals Dick voiced Speedy, Davey[Davey And Goliath]
Rob Lambert - February 21, 2018 - Report this comment
Paul: Remember the "Roger Ramjet" cartoons from 1965? Dick Beals voiced two of the American Eagle kids, Dan and Yank, who assisted Roger (Gary Owens) in fighting baddies like Noodles Romanoff and the Solenoid Robots (Dave Ketchum, who also narrated each episode).
Paul D - March 16, 2018 - Report this comment
I sure do Rob. Another show i found on youtube is Chatter the chimpanzee. Brings back memories of my childhood.
Paul D - March 16, 2018 - Report this comment
Rob: You might be able to help me, For a short time the Good N Fruity jingle was sung by Elaine Mc Farlane.(Spanky And Our Gang]. I swear it was her singing. The commercial ran for a short time from the NY City area.
Paul D - March 16, 2018 - Report this comment
Rob: I found another masterpiece by Dick Beals, Cracker Jack. Jack Guilford is in it of course.
Rob Lambert - March 16, 2018 - Report this comment
Paul: YouTube has a 1970 radio commercial with the Good N Fruity Rainbow Band. Sounds like Elaine McFarlane, backed by studio musicians. I think the audio was sped up some, distorting it. Video has still pictures of the candy, plus Peace symbols and other stuff. I also believe it was Beals who sang the Cracker Jack song, as well as the Roger Ramjet song in the cartoon opening and closing. Good N Plenty was made in Philadelphia, so it all adds up.
Paul D - March 17, 2018 - Report this comment
Many thanks Rob!!!!!!
Rob Lambert - March 19, 2018 - Report this comment
To Paul: I did some more digging on Dick Beals. While he rarely voiced any girl characters, he must have done the girl who rode with Choo Choo Charlie on the Good N Plenty train. Beals voiced several kids in the 1963 cartoon, "Funny Company," and sang the open and close songs. The only other notable voice was Hal Smith (Otis on "Andy Griffith") as Belly Laguna. I'll next cover Beals's work with Art Clokey. In 1960, the Lutheran Church in America (now ELCA) hired Clokey to crank out "Davey & Goliath" stop-motion cartoons that gently taught kids about morality. Dick Beals voiced Davey in the first two sets (1960 and 1962), plus a 1964 Christmas special. Afterward, Norma McMillian (voice of Casper the Ghost in 1963) was hired to to voice Davey for the 1971 set of cartoons. Also, for one or two cartoons, Clokey may have used Beals to voice Gumby in the early 1960s. In the 1956-59 set, Gumby was voiced by Dallas McKennon, who later voiced Archie Andrews for Filmation, plus co-star on "Daniel Boone." Starting in 1964, Norma McMillian voiced Gumby, doing so in the 1967 set. McKennon returned to work in the 1984 set of cartoons. Of other note, Art Clokey voiced Pokey, and Hal Smith did extensive work for him, as Davey's dad, John, among the characters.
Paul - March 19, 2018 - Report this comment
Thanks for the info Rob: I read the info awhile back about Art Clokey.I used to watch shows as a child. I am in my 60's. This is what i like about being older. I remember Funny Company. Wonderful info presentation Rob, Thumbs up!!!!!!!!!
Yugerf - March 19, 2018 - Report this comment
I bought some recently and it seem to me that pieces are way smaller than I remember in the 1970s. Or is it I just got bigger. Does anyone know if the made the candy pieces smaller now.
Paul D - March 19, 2018 - Report this comment
Good possibility Yugerf. Rob should have that answer.Same thing was done to pasta in the store.
Rob Lambert - March 19, 2018 - Report this comment
Yugerf, a change in ownership started the decrease in quality regarding Good N Plenty. In early years, it was Quaker City. Succeeding companies responded to higher sugar prices in the 1980s and later. In order to maintain quality, and feasibility, the candy size was reduced, and nominal consumer price hikes also happened. Not only Good N Plenty, but the entire food industry. Paul, I'll keep in touch here if I find more on Dick Beals. There should be more.
Paul D - March 19, 2018 - Report this comment
Thanks Rob I read about his hobby flying planes , and a special vehicle to get himself around. YouTube has an interview with him. Neat to watch.
Paul D - March 19, 2018 - Report this comment
Walter Tetley was another great: [Peabody And Sherman]
Rob Lambert - March 20, 2018 - Report this comment
Yeah! His real name was Walter Tetzlaff. He lived from 1915 to 1975. A medical condition prevented his body from fully growing. Tetley began work in radio in 1938. As Sherman, his canine mentor, Mr. Peabody, was voiced by Bill Scott (1919-84), who partnered with Jay Ward in producing Bullwinkle and so many others. Also, Paul, found another TV commercial with Dick Beals as one of the Smacking Brothers twins for Kellogg's Sugar Smacks The twins are in football uniforms, and Gary Owens narrates. It aired on "Bugs Bunny-Road Runner Hour" over CBS (9/27/69). The Smacking Brothers would hit each other with boxing gloves, pillows and the like They represented Sugar Smacks from 1967 to early 1970.
Paul D - March 20, 2018 - Report this comment
Thanks Rob regarding Walt Tetley, I see he voiced Reddy Kilowatt.YouTube has a video with Tetley sitting a table with a girl. George Reeves is in it to.!950's- 1970's Kellogs cereal. Genius is the author. nov 28 2010 was the date. it first shows stills of Tony The Tiger and then goes to commercial. I do remember The Smacking Brothers. Dick Beals made a commercial for Bugles.
Rob Lambert - March 20, 2018 - Report this comment
I'll look up that George Reeves-Tetley video. Incidentally, "Superman" was never on network TV, only syndicated. The first season, 1951-2, was unsponsored. Kellogg's expressed interest in sponsoring season two. The hang-up Kellogg's had was that season one was too violent for its tastes. Simulated murders were in about 1/3 of episodes. Kellogg's wanted "Superman" to be less violent, more family-friendly. It happened, and Reeves (mainly as Clark Kent) appeared in many commercials until production ended in 1957.
Rob Lambert - April 21, 2018 - Report this comment
eBay has a Choo Choo Charlie board game (Milton Bradley) from 1968 selling for $40. Fairly simple game for kids under 12 years. Charlie, the girl in older women's clothes, and a dog printed. Game rules printed on inner box tray. Object was to be first to reach the Good N Plenty box space, possessing three matching pink or white candy cards. From the Saturday morning cartoon vault, this was pictured with other M-B games in a sponsor billboard, airing on "Top Cat" over NBC (6/26/68). The main M-B commercials were for Twister and Life games.
Paul - April 23, 2018 - Report this comment
Thanks Rob!!!!!!!!!
Rob Lambert - April 23, 2018 - Report this comment
Paul: Found another Dick Beals commercial from 1965. The cartoon Oscar Mayer wiener one with several kids marching, and the lone dissenter who got confronted by the girl leader. It's on YouTube.
Paul - April 23, 2018 - Report this comment
I saw it Rob Thanks!!!!!!
Rob Lambert - April 29, 2018 - Report this comment
Paul D: Another TV commercial with Dick Beals, with a little twist. For Beech Nut's Hot Shots candy and stick gum. Four cartoon kids with Beatle wigs dance around with instruments. After Beals recorded the jingle, it was slowed some in post-production, meant to make the boys sound a bit more like 11 or 12 years old. YouTube has 30-second and minute-long versions. I've got a kinescope of one which aired on a Saturday "Milton the Monster" show over ABC (11/6/65). The Hal-Seeger-produced show featured Bob McFadden doing most of the voice work. Along with Milton, "Fearless Fly" and "Stuffy Durma" (millionaire hobo) were filler cartoons. ABC ran "Milton" until 1968. Hot Shots came in a canister with a fuse you'd pull out to get the candy.
Paul - April 30, 2018 - Report this comment
Saw the commercial Rob, Thanks !!! The announcer sounds a lot like Dan Ingram WABC radio New York.
Paul - April 30, 2018 - Report this comment
Milton The Monster Show. I used to watch it. Music by Winston Sharples. Winston wrote the theme song.
Rob Lambert - May 01, 2018 - Report this comment
Yeah. Winston Sharples did all the theme and background music for Paramount, starting around 1946. His music was also on Popeye and Harvey cartoons, among others. Hal Seeger hired the studio to animate his cartoons. Other "Milton" show fillers were Penny Penguin and Lucky Luke. Cap'n Crunch, Daisy Air Rifles, Milky Way bars and Florida Citrus Growers were other sponsors in the 11/6/65 episode of "Milton."
Paul - May 01, 2018 - Report this comment
As a child, i loved listening to the trumpet on the King Leonardo Show. Another gem by Sharples.
Paul D - May 01, 2018 - Report this comment
Another Sharples piece i like is the orchestral intro for King Features, Beetle Bailey, Barney Google.
Rob Lambert - May 01, 2018 - Report this comment
Found the Sharples bio. He lived 1909 to 1978. His early work included the 1939 "Gulliver" film for Max Fleischer. After the Fleischer Brothers left Paramount (1943), Sharples had a lengthy career, until Paramount closed its cartoon studio in 1967. Other studios contracted him when Paramount had no work. Don't forget the Krazy Kat-Ignatz Mouse-cartoons from 1963. They were bundled for King Features also.
Paul D - May 02, 2018 - Report this comment
Little LuLu: For years i was curious of who sang the theme song. Thanks to YouTube someone wrote about The Satisfiers.I have their album with that song .Not like the studio version, but close. Sammy Timberg had his hand in the music besides Winston.
Rob Lambert - May 12, 2018 - Report this comment
More Choo Choo Charlie premiums. From 1968, two "mod" posters. One has the phrase "Chew-In." These were offered for 50c and a Good N Plenty box panel. From 1969, a Charlie sweat shirt selling for $1.50 each. From 1970, two Charlie tote bags for 35c and a box panel. From 1970, a set of six (different color) Good N Fruity whistles with key rings selling for 75c and a box panel. All premiums required customer to mail to a distributor in Palisades Park, NJ (Jersey residents had to include sales tax). Also saw vinyl bendable figures of Charlie and the girl who rode on his pretend train, around 1970.
Paul D - May 12, 2018 - Report this comment
Rob: You got me!!!! I do not remember those offerings at all.
Rob Lambert - May 12, 2018 - Report this comment
Those items were mail-in premiums. The offers were printed on back of boxes. Images of most of them can be found on Pinterest. Quaker City Candy Co. had an east-coast novelty outlet manufacture them. The offers usually lasted six months, depending on how well they sold. The bendable figures are a mystery. They may have been Canadian made. The Topps bubble gum company offered similar, cheap novelties, printed on the Bazooka Joe comic slips.
Rob Lambert - May 14, 2018 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault, a non-Choo Choo Charlie TV commercial. It featured Oodle, an animated piece of G&P candy that interacted with live-action kids, to present simple magic tricks that were printed on back of box (secret to tricks on inner flap). The catch-phrase "Moodleagic" was created. This aired on "Alvin" over CBS (5/15/65). Kenner, Nestle and Quaker Oats were other sponsors. Network promos for "Tennessee Tuxedo" and "Mister Mayor" with Bob Keeshan, a one-season replacement for the Saturday "Captain Kangaroo." Also, Ad Council/Green Cross PSA for traffic safety.
Paul D - May 14, 2018 - Report this comment
Rob: You got me again lol.!!! I don't remember that one either.
Rob Lambert - May 14, 2018 - Report this comment
YouTube has a compilation video titled GOOD & PLENTY COLLECTION SO SWEEET. It has the commercial I mentioned, along with one from 1958, and the Choo Choo Charlie For President ad. Also, a second commercial with Oodle and a pink girl candy piece. It teaches kids the "Oodle language" (printed on back of box). That one aired on "Mighty Mouse Playhouse" over CBS (1/30/65).
Paul D - May 15, 2018 - Report this comment
Well Rob, You win. Another one i do not remember. I saw the Youtube ones you described.I am chuckling while i type this. I saw the bonomo candy commercial for taffy. I remember the jingle big time.
Rob Lambert - May 16, 2018 - Report this comment
The Oodle character was obscure and not a fan favorite. Yet, Quaker City stuck with it throughout 1965. Choo Choo Charlie was brought back in 1966, in a color version of the original commercial, which is currently unavailable. Charlie was even more popular after his comeback, and Quaker City began offering premiums in 1967. None of the premiums were sold in stores, nor widely advertised. You had to buy the candy and mail in money and box panels to get them.

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