Bob Camardella

Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod

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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod

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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod originates from the 'Heart Of Historic Germantown," Philadelphia, Pa. Bob Camardella began podcasting at Podomatic in October 2005 and at the Radio Nostalgia Network at Libsyn.com in January 2006. From 2006 through 2009, in addition to the top ranked Boxcars711 show at Podomatic and Libsyn, "Humphrey/Camardella Media Productions" commanded a top ten slot at Podshow (1.5 million downloads per month), a top 10 ranking at Libsyn (1.7 million downloads per month) and top rankings, which continue to date, in the Kids & Family section at I-Tunes. For the last several years, and to date (2013), his podcast here at Podomatic generates over 5 million downloads a year and continues to grow. Prior to the onset of podcasting, he hosted WPNM Internet Radio, broadcasting a combination of talk, easy listening and early rock and from his hometown in Philadelphia, Pa. Bob was writer and bass singer for a popular 60's rock group with 6 releases on the Twist & Algonquin (EMI) labels. He's a member of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In his early 20's, Bob Attended Philadelphia Community College for Photography and the Antinelli School of Photography soon launching Robert Joseph Studios. specializing in portraits and weddings.

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Casey Crime Photographer - The Laughing Killer (05-08-47)

Mar 14, 2020 1803

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The Laughing Killer (Aired May 8, 1947)
Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask, under the watchful eyes of then-editor Joseph Shaw, Flashgun Casey was the originally fast-talking crime photographer, a big, hot-tempered Boston Mick with a gift for gab and a nose for trouble. No "artiste", Casey kept a bottle of hooch and a .38 in his desk drawer, and boasted of being able to put a "slug where he aimed" and having "two big fists he knew how to use". He appeared in several short stories in the pulps and several novels. Casey, whose first name was never revealed, was the major crime photographer at the fictional Morning Express newspaper. With the help of reporter Ann Williams, he tracked down criminals and solved numerous crimes on this popular mystery-adventure series. Often a picture snapped at a crime scene led Casey to play detective. Jackson Beck and Bernard Lenrow were heard as Captian Logan and John Gibson played Ethelbert. Sponsors included Anchor-Hocking glass, Toni home permanet, Toni Creme Shampoo and Philip Morris cigarettes. THIS EPISODE: May 8, 1947. CBS network. "The Laughing Killer". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. A strange caliber gun is used to frame a man just out of prison. Tony Marvin (announcer), Lawson Zerbe, Staats Cotsworth, Jan Miner, Herman Chittison (pianist), John Gibson, Alonzo Deen Cole (writer), John Dietz (director), Archie Bleyer (composer), George Harmon Coxe (creator). 30:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Bold Venture - Deadly Merchandise (03-26-51)

Mar 14, 2020 1604

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Deadly Merchandise (Aired March 26, 1951)
Bold Venture is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean. THIS EPISODE: March 26, 1951. Program #1. ZIV Syndication. "Deadly Merchandise". Commercials added locally. Bogart plays Slate Shannon who owns a hotel in Havana and gets involved in intrigue with his beautiful sidekick "Sailor." Shannon and Sailor get involved with a shipment of arms for a planned revolution. But Shannon never picked up the "Deadly Merchandise" in Key West, and two murders follow because he doesn't have the guns. The date above is noted as the first known broadcast of the first episode, but that is subject to correction. The title of the story is also subject to correction. David Rose (composer, conductor), Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Henry Hayward (director), Jay Novello (doubles), Tony Barrett, Eve McVeagh, Betty Lou Gerson, Peter Leeds. 26:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Secrets Of Scotland Yard - The Story Of Walter Miller (1944)

Mar 14, 2020 1617

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The Story Of Walter Miller (1944) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Secrets of Scotland Yardwas a successful crime drama series, initially airing internationally between 1949 and 1951. Selected episodes finally came to a US radio network for a brief run much later in 1957 over the Mutual Broadcasting System. The series boasted well over 100 episodes, one of which, "The Bone From A Voice Box", apparently served as the prototype for another well remembered Towers Of London dramatic series, The Black Museum. In both series, well known actors were employed as host / narrator, Orson Welles in The Black Museum and Clive Brook here. In fact, the shows were so similar that some of the same actual Scotland Yard cases were dramatized for both series (with totally different scripts, and casts). The Secrets of Scotland Yard was an independent production of the Towers of London syndicate in England for world wide distribution. THIS EPISODE: 1944. Program #94. "The Story Of Walter Miller " - Towers Of London syndication. Commercials added locally. Walter Miller kills two and has a fine night out on the town, then cheerfully pays for his crimes. Postwar. Clive Brook (host) 26:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Philo Vance - The Combination Murder Case (06-14-49)

Mar 13, 2020 1592

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The Combination Murder Case (Aired June 14, 1949)
Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: June 14, 1949. Program #49. ZIV Syndication. "The Combination Murder Case". Commercials added locally. Joyce Dixon, the owner of a gambling operation, reports to the cops that she's about to be murdered! However, her gardener and ex-fiance are the ones who get killed! Watch out for that sandwich! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Frederick W. Ziv (producer), Henry Sylvern (organist). 267:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Jack Carson Show - Jack Runs For County Commissioner (10-30-46)

Mar 13, 2020 1792

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Jack Runs For County Commissioner (Aired October 30, 1946)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. During the 1930s, as vaudeville went into decline owing to increased competition from radio and the movies, Willock and Carson sought work in Hollywood, initially landing bit roles at RKO. The radio also proved to be a source of employment for the team following a 1938 appearance on the Kraft Music Hall during Bing Crosby's period as program host. This led to a number of other appearances which would culminate in Carson's own radio show in 1943. From 1950-51, Carson was one of four alternating hosts of NBC's "4 Star Revue." Other hosts that season were Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn. and Danny Thomas. The show aired Wednesday evenings. Carson's second season was his last with the comedy-variety program when its title was changed to "All Star Revue. THIS EPISODE: October 30, 1946. "Jack Runs For County Commissioner" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Jack has a Halloween date with a girl from Brazil. Jack and Norma Jean conclude the show with a campaign song (he's running for County Commissioner), called, "One More Vote." Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Norma Jean Nilsson, Irene Ryan. 29:31.

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The Crime Club - Serenade Macabre (07-24-47)

Mar 13, 2020 1712

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Serenade Macabre (Aired July 24, 1947)
Crime club literary selections were all the rage during the first half of the 20th century. Doubleday was the first to form a literary Crime Club in 1928. Doubleday's distinctive 'Crime man' (left sidebar) was strategically imprinted on their Doubleday Crime Club selections. The Collins Publishing House in England had their Collins Crime Club launched in 1930, issuing Agatha Christie's first novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, as one of their first selections. The Collins Crime Club imprint (left sidebar) announced its Crime Club selections as "The sign of a good detective novel." Eno Fruit Salts, and the Columbia Basic Network joined forces in 1931 to air the Eno Crime Club. The program ran for two years over the Columbia Basic Network and for three years over NBC's Blue Network. During April 1933, the program was renamed Eno Crime Clues. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 24, 1947. Mutual network. "Serenade Macabre". Sustaining. A circus triangle story. A murdered lion tamer causes the trouble. Stedman Coles (writer), Raymond Edward Johnson, Joan Tompkins, Cameron Prud'Homme. 28:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Clock - Professor Leonard Higgens aka: The Shrunken Head (08-25-47)

Mar 13, 2020 1337

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Professor Leonard Higgens aka: The Shrunken Head (Aired April 6, 1947)
It was written by Lawrence Klee and narrated by "The Clock." First Broadcast in the United States was in November, 1946. It was syndicated by Grace Gibson syndication. At the time of production, the Australian accent, we now know and love, originating from the Irish and Cockney accents, was rather frowned upon by non other than Australians. The shows tried to sound neutral, then there was hope that the show could be sold to Great Britain and the United States. The show was bought by the ABC network in the States, although the ABC on the CD label (below) stands for the Australian Broadcast Company. The settings were usually generic and the actors tried to speak without a perceptible accent and for that reason the program sounded sort of "American". They occasionally slipped up on a few words, using 'boot' instead of 'trunk' when referring to a car. THIS EPISODE: April 6, 1947. ABC network. "Professor Leonard Higgens aka: The Shrunken Head". Sustaining. A mysterious traveler stops at a tourist court near Death Valley with a very large and very suspicious trunk. Bernard Green (music director), Berry Kroeger, Bill Craigo (announcer), Clark Andrews (director), King Calder, Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Peggy Allenby. 22:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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David Harding Counterspy - Arrogant Arsonist (09-06-49)

Mar 13, 2020 1925

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The Case Of The Arrogant Arsonist (Aired September 6, 1949)
The show was at the top of the list among programs that had developed the technique of sound effects to a fine art. Each program was written with the sound in mind, not so much sound for sound's sake, but to advance the plot, add color or create atmosphere. Two sound effects men spent a reported ten hours in rehearsal for each broadcast, in addition to the time spent by the actors. East coast actors House Jameson, Don MacLaughlin, Phil Sterling and Lawson Zerbe [MBS] (Zerbe appeared as both David Harding and Harry Peters) were the only four actors to ever assume the role of David Harding--Jameson for the first two episodes only, replaced by Don MacLaughlin for the remainder of its twelve year run. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: David Harding Counterspy - The Case Of The Arrogant Arsonist (09-06-49) September 6, 1949. ABC network. "The Case Of The Arrogant Arsonist". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola. The counterspies are forced to act as, "Cupids in reverse." The system cue has been deleted. Don MacLaughlin, Mandel Kramer, Phillips H. Lord (producer), Jesse Crawford (organ), Leonard L. Bass (director), Edward Adamson (writer). 32:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Dimension X - The Man In The Moon (Aired June 17, 1951)

Mar 12, 2020 1811

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The Man In The Moon (06-17-51)
Dimension X was first heard on NBC April 8, 1950, and ran until September 29, 1951. Strange that so little good science fiction came out of radio; they seem ideally compatible, both relying heavily on imagination. Some fine isolated science fiction stories were developed on the great anthology shows, Suspense and Escape. But until the premiere of Dimension X -- a full two decades after network radio was established -- there were no major science fiction series of broad appeal to adults. This show dramatized the work of such young writers as Ray Bradbury, Robert (Psycho) Bloch, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut. In-house script writer was Ernest Kinoy. THIS EPISODE: June 17, 1951. NBC network. "The Man In The Moon". Sponsored by: Wheaties. A colony on the far side of the moon is planning an invasion of the Earth. The script was subsequently used on "X Minus One" on May 29, 1955 and on "Future tense" during July, 1976. The "X Minus One" program was rebroadcast on "Monitor" during April, 1974. Luis Van Rooten, Santos Ortega, George Lefferts (writer), Van Woodward (producer), Norman Rose (host), Edward King (director), Bob Warren (announcer), Raymond Edward Johnson, Joe DeSantis, Larry Haines, Arthur Gary (announcer), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman). 30:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Big Town - Death Stalks The Hunter (04-26-49)

Mar 12, 2020 1772

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Death Stalks The Hunter (Aired April 26, 1949)
Big Town is a radio show that aired from 1937 to 1952. Edward G. Robinson had the lead role of Steve Wilson from 1937 to 1942. Claire Trevor was Wilson's society editor sidekick Lorelei Kilbourne, with Ona Munson taking over that role in 1940. Edward J. Pawley portrayed Wilson from 1942 until 1952 when Walter Greaza was heard as Wilson in the final episodes in the radio series. When Big Town moved to television, the program was telecast live, but in 1952 the production switched to film after the move from New York City to Hollywood. The television series ran on CBS from 1950 through 1954, continuing on NBC from 1955 through 1956. Repeat episodes aired on the DuMont Network (under the title City Assignment) while Big Town was still showing first-run episodes on CBS. Reruns were also shown under the titles Heart of the City, Headline and Byline Steve Wilson. THIS EPISODE: April 26, 1949. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Death Stalks The Hunter". Wealthy playboy George Martin has been killed while hunting, but it was no accident. AFRS program name: "Mystery Playhouse." AFRS fill: "Mr. and Mrs. North" in "Frizby Klizby." Internal evidence indicates this show was broadcast during the war, however, the program has been dated April 26, 1949 (perhaps April 26, 1944?). Peter Lorre (AFRS host). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Blondie - Mr. Dithers Gets Out Of The Hospital (04-17-44)

Mar 12, 2020 1520

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Blondie - Mr. Dithers Gets Out Of The Hospital (04-17-44)
Blondie was a radio situation comedy adapted from the long-run Blondie comic strip by Chic Young. The radio program had a long run on several networks from 1939 to 1950. After Penny Singleton was cast in the title role of the feature film Blondie (1938), co-starring with Arthur Lake as Dagwood, she and Lake repeated their roles December 20, 1938, on The Bob Hope Show. The appearance with Hope led to their own show, beginning July 3, 1939, on CBS as a summer replacement for The Eddie Cantor Show. However, Cantor did not return in the fall, so the sponsor, Camel Cigarettes chose to keep Blondie on the air Mondays at 7:30pm. Camel remained the sponsor through the early WWII years until June 26, 1944. In 1944, Blondie was on the Blue Network, sponsored by Super Suds, airing Fridays at 7pm from July 21 to September 1. The final three weeks of that run overlapped with Blondie's return to CBS on Sundays at 8pm from August 13, 1944, to September 26, 1948, still sponsored by Super Suds. Beginning in mid-1945, the 30-minute program was heard Mondays at 7:30pm. Super Suds continued as the sponsor when the show moved to NBC on Wednesdays at 8pm from October 6, 1948, to June 29, 1949. Ann Rutherford took over the radio role of Blondie in 1949, and at times, Patricia Van Cleve and Alice White were also heard as Blondie. In its final season, the series was on ABC from October 6, 1949, to July 6, 1950, first airing Thursdays at 8pm and then (from May) 8:30pm. The radio show ended the same year as the Blondie film series (1938-50).

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Broadway Is My Beat - The Peg Miller Murder Case (07-11-54)

Mar 12, 2020 1816

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The Peg Miller Murder Case (Aired July 11, 1954)
Detective Danny Clover (played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer, as was Joe Walters. The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft. THIS EPISODE: July 11, 1954. "The Peg Miller Murder Case" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Doublemint gum. Peg Miller has disappeared, leaving her apartment. Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Jack Edwards, Jerry Hausner, Bill Anders (announcer), Charlotte Lawrence, Martha Wentworth, Junius Matthews. 30:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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I Was A Communist For The FBI - The American Kremlin (11-06-52)

Mar 12, 2020 1591

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The American Kremlin (Aired November 6, 1952)
Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. It was produced without assistance from the FBI, which refused to cooperate. THIS EPISODE: November 6, 1952. Program #8. ZIV Syndication. "The American Kremlin". Commercials added locally. After seeing a dead body at party headquarters, Cvetic is sent to New York to subvert a labor union. Cvetic is accused of being an FBI spy by a clever fat man. The date is subject to correction. Dana Andrews, Truman Bradley (announcer). 26:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Nightfall - The Thinking Room (08-06-82)

Mar 11, 2020 1686

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The Thinking Room (Aired August 6, 1982)
NIGHTFALL was a horror series heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation first from July 4, 1980 to May 22, 1981 and then from November 20, 1981 to June 24, 1983. Thirty shows were selected from the first season to be rebroadcast on NPR from October 2, 1981 to June 25, 1982. Since it is a fairly modern series, most shows are available in stereo. Because it's a modern series, it's not widely available (copyright issues). This show may be the most horrifying series ever done. It was so terrifying, that many stations refused to play it or had to cancel the broadcasts due to listener complaints. This is a well done series and well worth searching for sources. THIS EPISODE: August 6, 1982. Program #51. CBC network origination, NPR network, WPBH-FM, Middlefield, Conn. aircheck. "The Thinking Room". Sustaining. A modern visit to "The Suicide Club," and a toast to no-one. The WPBH-FM rebroadcast date is May 16, 1982. Henry Ramer (host), Tom Wynne-Jones (writer). 28:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The LineUp - The Murder Of Larry Zimmerman (11-23-50)

Mar 11, 2020 1728

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Murder Of Larry Zimmerman (Aired November 23, 1950)
Bill Johnstone gives his usual solid performance as Lieutenant Ben Guthrie of the San Francisco Police Department. He's aided for the first year of the run by the equally solid Wally Maher, with his gritty, sardonic voice characterizations. The stellar list of non-recurring talent represents some of the most respected names in Radio--and Television: Raymond Burr, Jay Novello, Joe Kearns, Elliott Lewis, Virginia Gregg, Ed Begley, Bill Bouchey, Herb Butterfield, Barton Yarborough, Wilms Herbert, Jeanette Nolan, Ted de Corsia, Howard McNear and Bill Conrad. It just doesn't get better than that. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: November 23, 1950. "The Murder Of Larry Zimmerman" - CBS network. Sustaining. The murder of Larry Zimmerman is solved with the help of a pair of topaz earrings. William Johnstone, Wally Maher, Gene Levitt (writer), Robert Mitchell (writer), Eddie Dunstedter (music), John Stevenson, Ken Christy, Jeanne Bates, Irene Winston, Sidney Miller, Howard McNear, Eddie Firestone, Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Parley Baer. 28:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Gentleman's Disagreement (07-26-52)

Mar 11, 2020 1883

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Gentleman's Disagreement (Aired July 26, 1952
The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television version ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and was the United States' longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes. In 2010, Law & Order tied this record of 20 seasons (but only 456 episodes). At the end of its run in 1975, Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith wrote "Gunsmoke was the dramatization of the American epic legend of the west. Our own Iliad and Odyssey, created from standard elements of the dime novel and the pulp western as romanticized by Buntline, Harte, and Twain. It was ever the stuff of legend. THIS EPISODE: July 26, 1952. CBS network. "Gentleman's Disagreement". Sustaining. Ed Beaudry comes to Dodge to kill Bert Wells. A showdown seems inevitable, but Beaudry is found dead! The script was used again on the program on September 20, 1959, and on the Gunsmoke television series on April 30, 1960. William Conrad, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Howard McNear, Norman Macdonnell (director), Les Crutchfield (writer), Tom Tully, Lynn Allen, Barney Phillips, Roy Rowan (announcer), Rex Koury (composer, conductor), Lawrence Dobkin. 31:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Sleep No More - 2 Episodes From 1957

Mar 11, 2020 1667

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"To Build A Fire" and "Three Skeleton Keys" (Aired February 27, 1957)
Nelson Olmsted was a national treasure. Over a broadcasting career of thirty-five years, Olmsted's soothing, reassuring, and highly versatile narrations graced thousands of broadcast recordings. While also a prolific and highly successful actor in both Radio and Television, it's Olmsted's literature readings and narrations that are the focus of this series and this article. Sleep No More was Nelson's Olmsted's contribution to The Golden Age of Radio's rich tradition of broadcasting compelling and stirring supernatural and suspense dramas, predominantly from the finest supernatural literature throughout modern history. Sleep No More arrived during the waning years of the Golden Age of Radio--understandably risky Radio programming for the mid-1950s. On the plus side of the equation were Nelson Olmsted's extremely loyal following throughout the U.S. combined with the classic nature of the stories which comprised the series. These stories were many of the most popular and compelling supernatural stories and adventures in literary history. THIS EPISODE: February 27, 1957. NBC network. "To Build A Fire" "Three Skeleton Key". Sustaining. A man all alone in the Yukon starts to freeze to death. Also, three men in a lighthouse are menaced by thousands of rats. Nelson Olmsted, Ben Grauer (announcer), Jack London (author). 27:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Shadow - The League Of Terror (01-09-38)

Mar 11, 2020 1888

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The League Of Terror (Aired January 9, 1938)
One of the most popular radio shows in history debuted in August 1930 when "The Shadow" went on the air. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" The opening lines of the "Detective Story" program captivated listeners and are instantly recognizable even today. Originally the narrator of the series of macabre tales, the eerie voice known as The Shadow became so popular to listeners that "Detective Story" was soon renamed "The Shadow," and the narrator became the star of the old-time mystery radio series, which ran until 1954. A figure never seen, only heard, the Shadow was an invincible crime fighter. He possessed many gifts which enabled him to overcome any enemy. Besides his tremendous strength, he could defy gravity, speak any language, unravel any code, and become invisible with his famous ability to "cloud men's minds." THIS EPISODE: January 9, 1938. Mutual network. "The League Of Terror". Sponsored by: Blue Coal. The Shadow tracks down the big boss of a counterfeit ring that is preying on the poor. Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Ken Roberts (announcer), Elsie Thompson (organist), Dwight Weist, Thomas Coffin Cooke (commercial spokesman). 31:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Nick Carter Master Detective - The Echo Of Death (07-05-43)

Mar 10, 2020 1772

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The Echo Of Death (Aired July 5, 1943)
Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer. THIS EPISODE: July 5, 1943. Program #13. Mutual network. "The Echo Of Death" or "Nick Carter and The Phantom Clue". Sustaining. The sound of nails being hammered into a coffin is heard near a woodland cabin, but the murder seems impossible. The program has also been dated July 6, 1943. The program switches to Mondays, (9:30 P.M.) next week. Lon Clark, Walter Gibson (writer), Edward Gruskin (writer), Lew White (music), Jock MacGregor (director), Helen Choate. 30:0 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Mr. & Mrs. North - Mistaken Countess (02-02-44)

Mar 10, 2020 1814

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Mistaken Countess (Aired February 2, 1944)
Mr. and Mrs. North was a radio mystery series that aired on CBS from 1942 to 1954. Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin had the title roles when the series began in 1942. Publisher Jerry North and his wife Pam lived in Greenwich Village at 24 St. Anne's Flat. They were not professional detectives but simply an ordinary couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week for 12 years. The radio program eventually reached nearly 20 million listeners. The characters originated in 1930s vignettes written by Richard Lockridge for the New York Sun, and he brought them back for short stories in The New Yorker. These stories were collected in Mr. and Mrs. North (1936). Lockridge increased the readership after he teamed with his wife Frances on a novel, The Norths Meet Murder (1940), launching a series of 40 novels, including Death takes a Bow, Death on the Aisle and The Dishonest Murderer. Their long-run series continued for over two decades and came to an end in 1963 with the death of Frances Lockridge. Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin had the title roles in the Broadway production Mr. and Mrs. North, which ran 163 performances at the Belasco Theatre from January 12, 1941, to May 31, 1941. Alfred De Liagre, Jr. produced and directed the play written by Owen Davis.

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The Great Gildersleeve - A Visit from Oliver (10-26-41)

Mar 10, 2020 1874

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A Visit from Oliver (Aired October 26, 1941)
Actor Harold Peary played the character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off and later in a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show's popularity. On Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary's Gildersleeve was a pompous windbag who became a consistent McGee nemesis. "You're a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!" became a Gildersleeve catch phrase. The character was given several conflicting first names on Fibber McGee and Molly, and on one episode his middle name was revealed as Philharmonic. Gildy admits as much at the end of "Gildersleeve's Diary" on the Fibber McGee and Molly series (10/22/40). He soon became so popular that Kraft Foods — looking primarily to promote its Parkay margarine spread — sponsored a new series with Peary's Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve as the central, slightly softened, and slightly befuddled focus of a lively new family. THIS EPISODE: October 26, 1941. NBC network. "A Visit from Oliver": - Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay. Marjorie's friend Oliver spends the night when Gildersleeve's cat gets treed and Gildy gets locked out. Harold Peary, Jim Bannon (announcer), Leonard L. Levinson (writer), Lillian Randolph, Lurene Tuttle, Verna Felton, Walter Tetley, Billy Mills (composer, conductor, billed as "William Randolph"). 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Unexpected - 2 Episodes From 1948

Mar 10, 2020 1828

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"Horoscope" (06-13-48) and "Eavesdropper" (06-20-48)
The fifteen minute format lends itself to quickly drawn weird stories, with a twist ending, so that the listener gets a sudden shock, like all good scary tales should deliver. The trick is to make the "unexpected" something the listen doesn't expect. Excellent actors like Barry Sullivan, Lurene Tuttle and Virginia Gregg, who played Helen Asher in The Adventures of Richard Diamond, make the quickie a little less abrupt. Director Frank Danzig kept the show, for the most part, on the highroad to thrilling, like Suspense, Lights Out, or Quiet Please that came before The Unexpected TODAY'S SHOW: June 13, 1948. Program #109. Hamilton Whitney syndication. "Horoscope". Music fill for local commercial insert. The horoscope of a woman shows that she's destined to commit murder. The date is approximate. Frank Burt (writer), Frank Danzig (director), Marjorie Riordan, Robert Libbott (writer). 15:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above. June 20, 1948. Program #110. Hamilton Whitney syndication. "Eavesdropper". Music fill for local commercial insert. An American is involved in a planned revolution is El Hondas. The date is approximate. Barry Sullivan, Frank Burt (writer), Frank Danzig (director), Robert Libbott (writer). 15:03.

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Suspense - In Fear And Trembling (02-16-43)

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In Fear And Trembling (Aired February 16, 1943)
Suspense is a radio drama series broadcast on CBS Radio from 1942 through 1962. One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 are extant. Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end. In its early years, the program made only occasional forays into science fiction and fantasy. THIS EPISODE: February 16, 1943. CBS network. "In Fear and Trembling". Sustaining. A hypochondriacal woman is sure that her husband and his lover want to kill her, so she decides to act first. Mary Astor, Verna Felton, Joseph Kearns ("The Man In Black"), William Spier (director), Ted Bliss (director), J. Donald Wilson (writer), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor). 30:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Rocky Jordan - Consignment For Naples (04-24-49)

Mar 9, 2020 1770

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Consignment For Naples (Aired April 24, 1949)
Rocky Jordan was a radio series about an American restaurateur in Cairo who each week became involved in some kind of mystery or adventure. The show was broadcast on CBS from October 31st 1948 to September 10th 1950. and then again from June 27th 1951 to August 22nd 1951. The character of Rocky Jordan had been introduced to listeners in a similar show called A Man Named Jordan that was broadcast in 1945 but set in Istanbul rather than Cairo. The two lead roles were those of Rocky Jordan and Captain Sam Sabaaya of the Cairo Police. For most of the show's history Jordan was played by veteran radio actor Jack Moyles, but he was replaced by a movie star, George Raft, for the brief 1951 run. THIS EPISODE: April 24, 1949. CBS Pacific network. "Consignment For Naples". Sustaining. Rocky accepts a check from an insurance company for five hundred Egyptian pounds for his lost cargo. Suddenly, everyone hates Rocky, and the pilot of the plane in which his cargo was flying is murdered. Jack Moyles, Larry Thor (announcer), Larry Roman (writer), Gomer Cool (writer), Bernard Gerard (idea), Richard Aurandt (composer, conductor), Cliff Howell (producer, director). 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Rocky Fortune (Starring Frank Sinatra) - Steven In A Rest Home (10-13-53)

Mar 9, 2020 1539

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Steven In A Rest Home (Aired October 13, 1953)
Frank Sinatra seemed very comfortable in the role of Rocco Fortunato--'Rocky Fortune'--and the scripts that George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy wrote for Sinatra made for some fascinating adventures. The role was clearly written specifically for him, and more importantly for the more 'adult' persona his agents and publicity reps were trying to portray of him at this point in his career. He'd already done the teen and 20-something idol gig, and he had been expressing more of an interest in dramatic work. Perhaps Sinatra's managers were simply hedging their bets. Sinatra's greatest initial dramatic role in From Here To Eternity was released October 19, 1953, just weeks after Rocky Fortune began its 26-week run on NBC. As we all know now, From Here to Eternity was a box-office smash, propelling Sinatra into a whole new career in Film. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 13, 1953. "Steven In A Rest Home" - NBC network. Sustaining. Rocky's job as a chauffeur in a tenement district leads him to a new identity as a mental patient in Denver! This is a network version. Frank Sinatra, Jack Mather, Herb Ellis, Francis Urey, Maurice Hart, Stanley Frazer, Lynn Allen, Andrew C. Love (director), Edward King (announcer), Stephen Chase. 25:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Screen Guild Theater - Why Jack Is Not Going To Appear On The Screen Guild Theater (03-27-44)

Mar 9, 2020 1594

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Why Jack Is Not Going To Appear On The Screen Guild Theater (Aired March 27, 1944)
Actors on the series included Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Agnes Moorehead, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Fees these actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors. The series came to an end on CBS June 29, 1952. THIS EPISODE: March 27, 1944. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Why Jack Is Not Going To Appear On The Screen Guild Theater". A funny story with lots of ad libs, as Jack Benny tries to get a part on the Screen Guild show in order to do a love scene with Barbara Stanwyck. AFRS program name: "Front Line Theatre." AFRS story title: "Ham For Sale." See cat. #49316 for a network, sponsored version of this broadcast. Barbara Stanwyck, Jack Benny, Basil Rathbone, Russ Morgan and His Orchestra (AFRS music fill), Michael Curtiz, Jean Hersholt (host), Truman Bradley (announcer), Wilbur Hatch (arranger, conductor). 29:01.

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Murder At Midnight - The Black Swan (08-18-47)

Mar 9, 2020 1681

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The Black Swan (Aired August 18, 1947)
The Murder at Midnight series was a thirty-minute broadcast featuring tales of the supernatural. The actors included Mercedes McCambridge and Lawson Zerbe and the show was narrated using the spooky, creepy voice of Raymond Morgan and always opened using the same gripping signature; “the witching hour, when night is darkest, our fears are the strongest, our strength at its lowest ebb… Midnight! … when graves gape open and death strikes!”. The show was produced in New York and was first heard in syndication between September 16, 1946 and September 8, 1947 on WJZ (now WABC). The show's writers included Robert Newman, Joseph Ruscoll, Max Erlich and William Norwood, and it was directed by Anton M. Leder. The host was Raymond Morgan. THIS EPISODE: August 18, 1947. Syndicated. "The Black Swan". Commercials added locally. A ship is "launched in blood" and continues to kill. Lawson Zerbe, Leon Meadow (writer), Charles Paul (music), Anton M. Leader (director), Louis G. Cowan (producer). 28:01.Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The NBC University Theater - The Ides Of March (01-15-50)

Mar 9, 2020 3568

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The Ides Of March (Aired July 2, 1949)
The NBC University Theater - dramatic anthology Offered novels, with programs for college credit. Broadcast History : July 30th, 1948 - February 14th, 1951 NBC. Mostly 60 minutes. Mostly aired on Sundays, with occasional weeknight airings. Announcer : Don Stanley Music : Albert Harris, Henry Russell Director : Andrew C. Love Writers : Claris A. Ross, Ernest Kinoy, George Lefferts, Jack C. Wilson Sound Effects : Bob Holmes, Rod Sutton. THIS EPISODE July 2, 1949. NBC network. "The Ides Of March". Sustaining. Love and intrigue in old Rome, a portrait painted by the intimate letters of Julius Caesar to an old friend. The story was subsequently used on "The NBC University Theatre" on January 15, 1950. Albert Harris (composer, conductor), Andrew C. Love (director), Beaumont Brustal (intermission commentator), Ben Wright, Brainard Duffield (adaptor), Charles Seel, Don Stanley (announcer), Doris Singleton, Eda Reiss Merin, Emerson Crocker (adaptor), Georgia Backus, Henry Hull, Jan Arvan, Lawrence Dobkin, Lynn Allen, Maya Gregory, Parley Baer, Thornton Wilder (author). 59:28.

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Calling All Cars - The Steele Kidnapping (01-17-34)

Mar 8, 2020 1791

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The Steele Kidnapping (Aired January 17, 1934)
As shows of this nature do it dealt with tracking killers and robbers with a recap of the justice which was enforced. The writer and director was William N. Robson. Calling All Cars episodes were dramatized true crime stories that were not only introduced by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department but were true life crime stories of the LAPD. If you are thinking early version of Dragnet, yes, but not quite as polished. Dragnet was believed to have been inspired by Calling All Cars. THIS EPISODE: January 17, 1934. Program #8. CBS Pacific net (Don Lee network). "The Steele Kidnapping". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil ("Junior Police Department Kit" premium). A major Los Angeles kidnapping case. The child of the dean of the School of Music of U.S.C. has been taken. This program was also issued as a Freeman-Lang transcription dated June 11, 1936. Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator). 30:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Aldrich Family - Cross Country Race (06-12-40)

Mar 8, 2020 1837

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Cross Country Race (Aired June 12, 1940)
The Aldrich Family, a popular radio teenage situation comedy (1939-1953), is remembered first and foremost for its unforgettable introduction: awkward teen Henry's mother calling, "Hen-reeeeeeeeeeeee! Hen-ree Al-drich!" A top-ten ratings hit within two years of its birth (in 1941, the showm carried a 33.4 Crossley rating, landing it solidly alongside Jack Benny and Bob Hope), the show is considered a prototype for teen-oriented situation comedies to follow on radio and television and is a favourite if dated find for old-time radio collectors today. THIS EPISODE: June 12, 1940. NBC network. Sponsored by: Jell-O. Henry's out to win the "Cross Country Race". Henry's pal in this program is Dizzy Stevens, not Homer. The program leaves the air until June 23, 1940, when it returns as a summer replacement for Jack Benny. Ezra Stone, Clifford Goldsmith (creator, writer), House Jameson, Katharine Raht, Harry Von Zell (announcer), Jack Miller (composer, conductor). 30:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Weird Circle - The Mark Of The Plague (10-08-44)

Mar 8, 2020 1545

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The Mark Of The Plague (Aired October 8, 1944)
The stories offered by "The Weird Circle" were generally adapted from popular fiction - popular fiction of the 19th century, that is. And since the focus was on horror and suspense, the macabre, atmospheric, and often ironic tales of such writers as Edgar Allan Poe and Honore de Balzac were a staple of its success. Also included were such familiar chestnuts as "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens' "The Queer Client", Charlotte Bronte’s novel "Jane Eyre" (also a particular favorite of Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater company), and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson. Stories of this vintage, rooted in the Victorian attitudes and morality of the 1800s, generally made for good radio drama; they were, after all, classics, familiar to anyone with a public school education. THIS EPISODE: October 8, 1944. Program #45. NBC syndication. "The Mark Of The Plague". Commercials added locally. A young girl and her lover find romance during the Black Plague in London. The story is also known as, "A Journal Of The Plague Year." The date is approximate. Daniel Defoe (author). 25:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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You Are There - Columbus Discovers America (10-10-48)

Mar 8, 2020 1670

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Columbus Discovers America (Aired October 10, 1948)
Imagine if CBS radio news existed when the Bastille was stormed in 1789, or if radio reporters were stationed in Ford Theater as Lincoln was assassinated, or again at the Battle of Gettysburg? Indeed, such was the premise behind the CBS series, You Are There. Audiences witnessed history through the present-tense accounts of newsmen allegedly witnessing historical events transpiring before their eyes. Don Hollenbeck and John Daley (known for his TV game show panelist appearances) played the lead anchors, while real-life newsman provided the remote commentaries as the dramas unfolded. As show opened, an anchor would describe the present situation with "As it stands now…" and segue into commentaries, live remote feeds or analysis as the story unfurled.The show was well received, but perhaps was doomed to eventual failure in part due John Daly's emoting. THIS EPISODE: October 10, 1948. CBS network. "Columbus Discovers America". Sustaining. The events of October 12, 1492. Reports from the three ships in the New World and from rejoicing Europe. Don Hollenbeck, John Daly, Robert Lewis Shayon (writer, producer, director), Ken Roberts, Ned Calmer, Art Hannes, William Morwood (writer). 27:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Whitehall 1212 - The Murder Of Phillip Avery (01-27-52)

Mar 8, 2020 1751

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The Murder Of Phillip Avery (Aired January 27, 1952)
The Whitehall 1212 series boasted that for the first time Scotland Yard opened its files and the producers promised to bring to the public authentic true stories of some of the most celebrated cases. Permission for these records came from Sir Harold Scott, Commissioner of the yard at that time. There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. The research for the shows was done by Percy Hoskins, chief crime reporter for the London Daily Express. For the benefit of American audiences, Wyllis Cooper of Quiet Please fame was hired as script writer. Interestingly enough both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 had all-British casts; both ran concurrently. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: January 27, 1952. NBC network. "The Murder Of Phillip Avery" Sustaining. An eleven-year old schoolboy named Phillip Avery has been murdered. The clues are an oil stained handkerchief and the torn corner of a one pound note. Percy Hoskins (researcher), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director). 29:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Richard Diamond Private Detective - The John Blackwell Case (12-17-49)

Mar 7, 2020 1767

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The John Blackwell Case (Aired December 17, 1949)
The television series was produced by Powell's company, Four Star Television, and that series ran for 3 years from 1957 to 1960. On TV, David Janssen played the hard boiled private eye and his secretary renamed “Sam”, was only ever shown on camera from the waist down, most assurardidly to display her beautiful legs. It was later leared that the legs belonged to Mary Tyler Moore. Original music by Frank DeVol and pete rugolo and later by richard shores. Good scripts, a solid cast and Powell’s exceptional talent made a good time 30 minute program that was quite popular during that Golden Age of Radio. So Let’s sit back now, relax and enjoy this truly otr radio classic.,…, Dick powell as Richard Diamond.., Private Detective. THIS EPISODE: December 17, 1949. "The John Blackwell Case" - NBC network. Sustaining. A man tells Diamond that he's going to commit a murder. A little guy with a big gun is put out of commission by Diamond's yo-yo! Dick sings, "I Only Have Eyes For You" after the story. Blake Edwards (editor, director), Dick Powell, Ed Begley, Frank Worth (music director), Grace Albertson, Hans Conried, Herb Purdum (writer), Hy Averback, Sidney Miller, Tol Avery (announcer), Virginia Gregg, Wilms Herbert. 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Abbott & Costello Show - Opening A Gas Station (11-29-45)

Mar 7, 2020 1747

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Opening A Gas Station (Aired November 29, 1945)
After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbrook, Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott & Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello insulted his on-air wife routinely); he was succeeded by Michael Roy. THIS EPISODE: November 29, 1945. "Opening A Gas Station" - Red network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Tobacco. Costello has given his girlfriend Lena a quart of purfume (because he doesn't give a dram)! Abbott and Costello are running a gas station. Camels salutes the 38th "Cyclone" Division. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Iris Adrian, Connie Haines, Will Osborne and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Elvia Allman, Dick Mack (director), Sidney Fields, Frederick Shields (commercial spokesman). 29:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Blair Of The Mounties - The Hamilton Mystery 03-21-38 (2 Parts Complete)

Mar 7, 2020 1482

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The Hamilton Mystery 03-21-38 (2 Parts Complete)
Blair of the Mounties is the story of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police -- a fictional series based on the work of the Northwest Mounted Police before the World War I. It was a fifteen minute weekly serial heard every Monday for 36 weeks beginning January 31st, 1938 and running through the 3rd of October of 1938. It may have been on the air as early as 1935, although there’s no actual proof of this. Little is known of the series other than it followed the exploits of Sgt. Blair of the Northwest Mounted Police. and probably was the inspiration for Trendell, Campbell and Muir's Challenge of the Yukon. The series was written by Colonel Rhys Davies, who also played the Colonel Blair in the series. Jack Abbot played the Constable. Jack French, one of OTR’s best researchers says this about the series: “Blair is not restricted to Canada, as other Mounties, as we find him, in a few cases, in Great Britain, solving cases. Overall the series is amateurishly written, with the actor playing Blair coming accros as a bit stuffy.” THIS EPISODE: "The Hamilton Mystery" (Parts 1 and 2 (COMPLETE) 03-21-38 and 03-28-38 March 21, 1938. Program #8. Walter Biddick syndication. "The Hamilton Mystery" Part one. While on leave in England, Blair gets involved in the Hamilton murder, an open and shut case against Mrs. Hamilton. . 12 1/2 minutes.

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Bold Venture - Slate's Stolen Da Vinci (11-19-52)

Mar 7, 2020 1595

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Slate's Stolen Da Vinci (Aired November 19, 1951)
Bold Venture is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean." Calypso singer King Moses (Jester Hairston) provided musical bridges by threading plot situations into the lyrics of his songs. Music by David Rose. Beginning March 26, 1951, the Frederic W. Ziv Company syndicated 78 episodes. THIS EPISODE: November 19, 1951. "Slate's Stolen Da Vinci" - Slate is given a painting in appreciation for his "helping hand". Suddenly, people seem over interested in buying the "worthless" art. Kip Ross, Jester Hairston, Barbara Hill, Gordon McLean, Nestor Paiva. 26:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe (Starring Van Heflin) - Trouble Is My Business (08-06-47)

Mar 7, 2020 1747

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Trouble Is My Business (Aired August 5, 1947)
The first portrayal of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio Theater on June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944 movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead. Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13 shows. On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe, this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in 1951. THIS EPISODE: August 5, 1947. NBC network. "Trouble Is My Business". Sponsored by: Pepsodent. John Arbogast has been murdered, a $50,000 blackmail attempt leads to more mayhem. The program is referred to as "The Pepsodent Program." Van Heflin, Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), Wendell Niles (announcer), Raymond Chandler (creator, writer), Milton Geiger (adaptor). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Arch Oboler's Plays - My Chicago (07-26-45)

Mar 6, 2020 1085

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My Chicago (Aired July 26, 1945)
Arch Oboler's Plays was a radio drama series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945. Leading film actors were heard on this series, including Gloria Blondell, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Page, Gale Sondergaard, Franchot Tone and George Zucco. THIS EPISODE: July 26, 1945. Mutual network. "My Chicago". Sustaining. A well-written, amusing look over a young Chicago boy's shoulder, as he writes a description of his city to a Chinese pen-pal. Tommy Cook, Cathy Lewis, Bea Benaderet, Arch Oboler, Joseph Gilbert, Truda Marson, Eddie McCambridge, Evelyn Scott. 18:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Amazing Mr. Malone - Haste Maketh Waste (07-13-51)

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Haste Maketh Waste (Aired July 13, 1951)
Despite being billed as "Chicago's noisiest and most noted criminal lawyer," Malone acts more like a private eye than a member of the court. And a particularly hard-drinking private eye, at that. Despite a rep for courtroom pyrotechniques, he's far more likely to be found at Joe the Angel's City Hall Bar than in any court. Along with his boozing buddies, Jake and Helene Justus, an affable young couple, he drank his way through a whole slew of novels and short stories, not to mention later film, radio and television appearances. Seemingly inept and irresponsible, he nevertheless somehow (luck of the Irish?) managed to crack the case everytime. Even if his methods were a wee bit, uh, unorthodox, and his interpretation of the law rather imaginative. Malone always seems less interested in going to trial than in playing P.I. THIS EPISODE: July 13, 1951. NBC network. "Haste Maketh Waste". Sustaining. Arthur Hall has been killed, George Kelk claims to know who's done it! The last show of the series. George Petrie, Larry Haines, Craig Rice (creator), Eugene Wang (writer), Richard Lewis (director), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Fred Collins (announcer). 33:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Pursuit - (Inspector Peter Black) - Pursuit Of The Asiatic Killer (03-11-52)

Mar 6, 2020 1757

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Pursuit - (Inspector Peter Black) - Pursuit Of The Asiatic Killer (Aired March 11, 1952)
PURSUIT (CBS 1949 - 1952) was a detective series that presented the cases of the fictional Scotland Yard Inspector Peter Black. (The leading character was called Inspector Harvey in the audition show and the first episode.) The Inspector was a dedicated policeman, a man hunter, who once on the case, would not rest until the wrongdoer was brought to justice. Black was assisted in cases by Sgt. Moffet. The series was unusual in that it featured dual narration. Starting in the Spring of 1950, Bill Johnstone provided the opening and closing narrations and sometimes, bridges between commercials. Inspector Black furnished the change of scenes and overall case narrations. Show Notes From Times Past. THIS EPISODE: March 11, 1952. CBS network. "The Asiatic Killer". Sponsored by: Haley's M-O, Dr. Lyon's Tooth Powder, Energine, Molle Shaving Cream. James Callender has been poisoned by Asiatic cholera germs. Inspector Peter Black of Scotland Yard investigates. Ben Wright, Raymond Lawrence, Sally Cassell, Julian Upton, William Johnstone, John Sherman, Bob Stevenson (announcer), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Antony Ellis (writer), Eddie Dunstedter (music). 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Top Secret - The Case Of The Tattooed Pigeon (08-13-50)

Mar 6, 2020 1791

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The Case Of The Tattooed Pigeon (Aired August 13, 1950)
The role played by Ilona Massey, a Hungarian-born actress, was created in her likeness, which included her sultry voice and her heavy accent. As a government agent, Massey witnesses train murders, orders poisoned glasses of brandy, and examines the tattoos on a rebellious pigeon. She travels to Tangiers, London, and discovers Nazi spy rings in Berlin. Pack your suitcase, slip into your designer incognito clothiers, and cut your tongue out because Ilona Massey is ready to take you on the top secret mission of a lifetime!6-12-50 to 10-26-50 NBC, various 30 minute timeslots. STAR: Ilona Massey as a Mata Hari-style operative in World War II. ORCHESTRAL: Roy Shield. WRITER-DIRECTOR: Harry W. Junkin. Top secret was highly effective, said Radio Life: the role played by the Hungarian actress was “tailor-made for her sultry voice and heavy accent”. The series was a summer replacement for, "The American Album Of Familiar Music." THIS EPISODE: August 13, 1950. Program #10. NBC network. "The Case Of The Tattooed Pigeon". Sustaining. The battleship "Royal Oak" has been sunk at Scappa Flow because of a security leak! Alfred Shirley, Brook Byron, Bryna Raeburn, David McKaye, Fred Collins (announcer), Harry W. Junkin (writer), Ilona Massey, Luis Van Rooten, Roy Shields (composer, conductor). 29:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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This Is Your FBI - The Bogus Bankruptcy (11-09-45)

Mar 5, 2020 1822

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The Bogus Bankruptcy (Aired November 9, 1945)
This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air." Producer-director Jerry Devine was given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946-47) and William Woodson (1948-53). Stacy Harris had the lead role of Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen. This Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). This is Your FBI had counterparts on the other networks. The FBI in Peace and War also told stories of the FBI, although some were not authentic. THIS EPISODE: November 9, 1945. ABC network. "The Bogus Bankruptcy". Sponsored by: The Equitable Life Assurance Society. Stacy Harris, William Woodson (narrator), Frederick Steiner (composer, conductor), Jerry D. Lewis (writer), Jerry Devine (producer), Larry Keating (announcer), Michael Ann Barrett, George Baxter, Wally Maher, Charles Maxwell, Charles McGraw, Sidney Miller. 30:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Frank Merriwell - The Unreasonable Aunt (06-26-48)

Mar 5, 2020 1686

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The Unreasonable Aunt (Aired June 26, 1948) >BR> Adventures of Frank Merriwell first ran on NBC radio from March 26 to June 22, 1934 as a 15-minute serial airing three times a week at 5:30pm. Sponsored by Dr. West's Toothpaste, this program starred Donald Briggs in the title role. Harlow Wilcox was the announcer. After a 12-year gap, the series returned October 5, 1946 as a 30-minute NBC Saturday morning show, continuing until June 4, 1949. Lawson Zerbe starred as Merriwell, Jean Gillespie and Elaine Rostas as Inza Burrage, Harold Studer as Bart Hodge and Patricia Hosley as Elsie Belwood. The announcer was Harlow Wilcox, and the Paul Taubman Orchestra supplied the background music. There are at least three generations of Merriwells: Frank, his half-brother Dick, and Frank's son, Frank Jr. There is a marked difference between Frank and Dick. Frank usually handled challenges on his own. Dick has mysterious friends and skills that help him, especially an old Indian friend without whom the stories would not have been quite as interesting. THIS EPISODE: June 26, 1948. NBC network. "The Unreasonable Aunt". Sustaining. Frank saves a woman from being cheated out of her soap factory. This program has also been dated June 5, 1948. Lawson Zerbe, Hal Studer, Elaine Rost, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Burt L. Standish (creator). 28:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Fibber McGee & Molly - Spaghetti Dinner (06-04-40)

Mar 5, 2020 1808

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Spaghetti Dinner (Aired June 4, 1940)
Fibber McGee and Molly premiered in 1935. The program struggled in the ratings until 1940, when it became a national sensation. Within three years, it was the top-rated program in America. Few radio shows were more beloved than Fibber McGee and Molly. The program’s lovable characters included Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Mrs. Uppington, Wallace Wimple, Alice Darling, Gildersleeve, Beulah, Myrt, and the Old Timer. 79 Wistful Vista was one of America’s most famous addresses and Molly’s warning to Fibber not to open the hall closet door (and his subsequent decision to do it) created one of radio’s best remembered running gags that audiences expected each week. Jim Jordan (Fibber) was born on a farm on November 16, 1896, near Peoria, Illinois. Marian Driscoll (Molly), a coal miner’s daughter, was born in Peoria on November 15, 1898. After years of hardship and touring in obscurity on the small-time show biz circuit, they arrived in Chicago in 1924, where they eventually performed on thousands of shows and developed 145 different voices and characters. THIS EPISODE: June 4, 1940. NBC network. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax. Fibber is determined to cook a Spaghetti Dinner. Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Bill Thompson, Isabel Randolph, Sara Berner, Harold Peary, Billy Mills and His Orchestra, The King's Men, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Don Quinn (writer). 29:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Creaking Door - Bring Back Her Bones (06-22-64)

Mar 5, 2020 1995

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Bring Back Her Bones (Aired June 22, 1964)
The Creaking Door was South African Radio's attempt to create a compelling program of highly suspenseful, dramatic thrillers with a supernatural bent for their sponsor, State Express Cigarettes. Some commentators insist it was conceived as a spin-off of the already successful Inner Sanctum episodes that had been syndicated for broadcast in Australia and South Africa during the 1950s. Given the format, one can see the inference, but in fact The Creaking Door stands on its own as a unique, well-produced, engaging supernatural thriller series on its own merit. The etymology of the name, The Creaking Door, bears some reflection. When legendary producer and director, Himan Brown first presented Inner Sanctum as one of three requested sponsorship candidates to Carter Products, he presented Inner Sanctum as The Creaking Door. Carter didn't care for the name, so on the spur of the moment Hi Brown suggested Inner Sanctum as an alternative, and voila, Radio history was made. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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The Diary Of Fate - Paul Reese (03-23-48)

Mar 5, 2020 1696

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Paul Reese (Aired March 23, 1948
The twist with Diary of Fate was the total absence of pretense. The program jumps right to the 'source' of Man's ultimate destiny--Fate itself--in the form of the Guardian of the Diary of Fate. It is within the Diary of Fate, that every soul's fate is painstakingly chronicled by book and page number--or so we're very persuasively given to understand. Fate itself--in this instance, at least--is the great character actor Herbert Lytton, providing the forboding vocal gravitas we might expect from such an all-powerful cosmic force. Produced from Hollywood, the entire production was voiced by primarily west coast actors. Famous Radio and Television promoter Larry Finley produced and syndicated the program to at least some 94 affiliate stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Jamaica. Most local or regional broadcasts were either sustained offerings by an independent affiliate, or were sponsored by spot advertisers ranging over a wide variety of offerings or services. The production didn't stint on talent, as hinted above. No less than Ivan Ditmars provided the music direction and in addition to Herb Lytton as 'Fate', the varying casts included Lurene Tuttle, Larry Dobkin, Hal Sawyer, Gloria Blondell, Frank Albertson, Jerry Hausner, Howard McNear, Peter Leeds, Ken Peters, Daws Butler and William Johnstone. All in all a superb well of talent from which to draw each week. While a bit difficult to document, the production remains quite collectable and the perspective of the presentation is also unique for the era--or since for that matter. Diary of Fate is one of Radio's little, oft-overlooked gems that demand pulling out, polishing up for better enjoyment, then dutifully returning them to their preserve for another airing one day in the future.

Danger Dr. Danfield - Stolen Diamond Pendant (11-10-46)

Mar 4, 2020 1516

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Stolen Diamond Pendant (Aired November 10, 1946)
Danger, Dr Danfield was first broadcast on August 18, 1946 and consisted of 26 episodes with the last one being April 13, 1947. All episodes are available. It starred Michael Dunn as Dr. Danfield, with JoAnne Johnson as Rusty Fairfax, his secretary. The series was written by Ralph Wilkinson and produced by Wally Ramsey. The show had a formula with the crime usually being committed in the first third of the program, the good doctor solving it in the second third, and then pedantically explaining the solution to someone (usually his "pretty, young" secretary, Rusty) in the conclusion. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 10, 1946. Program #13. "Stolen Diamond Pendant". ABC network origination, Teleways Radio Productions syndication. Commercials added locally. The program is listed as #13 on the label, #29 on the transcription matrix. A famous diamond pendant has been stolen, for reasons of romance! Michael Dunn, Joanne Johnson. 25:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Dr. Christian - The Runaway (06-06-51)

Mar 4, 2020 1756

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The Runaway (Aired June 6, 1951)
Dr. Christian is a long-running radio series with Jean Hersholt in the title role. It aired on CBS Radio from November 7, 1937, to January 6, 1954.[1] In 1956, the series was adapted for television where it aired in syndication until 1957. After Hersholt portrayed the character Dr. John Luke, based on Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, the obstetrician who delivered and cared for the Dionne Quintuplets, in the 20th Century Fox movie The Country Doctor (1936) and its two sequels. He wanted to do the same role on radio but could not get the rights. He decided to create his own doctor character for radio, and since he was a Hans Christian Andersen enthusiast, he borrowed that name for his character of philosophical Dr. Paul Christian. THIS EPISODE: June 6, 1951. CBS network. "The Runaway". Sponsored by: Vaseline Hair Tonic, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. A college basketball player may be involved in a gambling scandal. He needs the doctor's help avoiding murderous gangsters and getting out of town. Jean Hersholt, Rosemary De Camp, Herb Ellis, Jeffrey Silver, Stanley Farrar, Art Gilmore (announcer), Ronald J. Donlevy (writer). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Chase - Circumstantial Evidence (05-03-53)

Mar 4, 2020 1747

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Circumstantial Evidence (Aired May 3, 1953)
NBC first envisioned The Chase as a new Television feature. This was not uncommon during the later 1940s and early 1950s. Several Radio features straddled both media, with varying success. Developed as a psychological drama, the premise was that many life situations place their subjects in a 'chase' of one type or another. A chase for fame. A chase from peril. A chase to beat the clock. A chase to escape death. The added twist was the question of who is the hunter or the hunted in these situations. The scripts were faced paced, starred quality east coast talent and were well written. The series' plots and themes focused primarily on predominantly fear inducing pursuits of one form or another. Thus most of the scripts were fraught with tension of one type or another. THIS EPISODE: May 3, 1953. NBC network. "Circumstantial Evidence". Sustaining. A series of strange coincidences finds a traveling salesman accused of murder. Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Fred Weihe (director, transcriber), Fred Collins (announcer), Don Briggs, Joe Latham, Jane Webb, Ted Osborne, Ken Williams. 30:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Gangbusters - The Case Of The Alcatraz Prison Riot (05-11-46)

Mar 4, 2020 1561

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The Case Of The Alcatraz Prison Riot (Aired May 11, 1946)
The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover insisted that only closed cases would be used. The initial series was on NBC Radio from July 20 - October 12, 1935. It then aired on CBS from January 15, 1936 to June 15, 1940, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive and Cue magazine. From October 11, 1940 to December 25, 1948, it was heard on the Blue Network, with various sponsors that included Sloan's Liniment, Waterman pens and Tide. Returning to CBS on January 8, 1949, it ran until June 25, 1955, sponsored by Grape-Nuts and Wrigley's chewing gum. The final series was on the Mutual Broadcasting System from October 5, 1955 to November 27, 1957. It was once narrated by Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr., former head of the New Jersey State Police. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1946. Program #433. ABC network origination, syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Case Of The Alcatraz Prison Riot aka: Battle Of Alcatraz". Participating sponsors. A dramatization of the riot and inmate unrest on the prison island in San Francisco. The dramatized events occured only nine days previously! Syndicated rebroadcast date: February 19, 1973. Mercedes McCambridge, Phillips H. Lord (producer). 30:11. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Pat Novak For Hire (Starring Jack Webb) - Agnes Bolton (06-05-49)

Mar 4, 2020 1925

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Agnes Bolton (Aired June 5, 1949)
Typically, a person unknown to Pat asks him to do an unusual or risky job. Pat reluctantly accepts and finds himself in hot water in the form of an unexplained dead body. Police Inspector Hellman (played by Raymond Burr) arrives on the scene and pins the murder on Novak. With only circumstantial evidence to go on, Hellman promises to haul Novak in the next day for the crime. The rapid, staccato dialogue between Webb & Burr is typical of harboiled fiction and is often humorous. Pat uses the time to try to solve the case. He usually employs the help of his friend Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owen) - a drunken ex-doctor typically found at some disreputable tavern or bar - to help him solve the case. As Pat asks for his help, Jocko launches a long-winded philosophical diatribe, full of witty and funny remarks, until Novak cuts him off. Jocko and Pat unravel the case and Hellman makes the arrest. Finally, we hear the foghorn and Novak's footsteps on the pier again before Novak spells out the details of the case for us. THIS EPISODE: June 5, 1949. Program #13. "Agnes Bolton" - ABC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. The fat lady with a green package in a bowling alley. Espionage and the usual frame for Novak. Jack Webb, Richard Breen (writer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Charles McGraw, Tudor Owen. 32:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Hall Of Fantasy - The Man Form Second Earth (08-10-53)

Mar 3, 2020 1362

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The Man Form Second Earth (Aired August 10, 1953)
When it comes to The Hall of Fantasy, there are some mysteries that persist to this day. Maybe that's appropriate, because it claimed to be "the series of radio dramas dedicated to the supernatural, the unusual, and the unknown." One mystery that remains unknown is who the announcer actually was. His lines were so over-the-top, maybe he wished to remain anonymous. But it's this same dead serious approach to monsters, horror, and the supernatural that makes this series so much fun to listen to in a modern context. Despite this campy dimension to the program, do not assume that the series wasn't scary. Many episodes were rather frightening. If the dark, desolate atmospheres didn't get at your nerves, the down-beat endings usually did. A common scene occurred at night, with the crickets chirping in the background. The two protagonists would be lost or running for their lives (or both!). They would hear a far off scream, and they would realize-- along with the audience-- that the friend was a goner. One episode, 'Hang Man's Rope,' never revealed exactly how the killer managed to catch and hang his victims, or why. The only thing we knew for sure was when the crickets stopped chirping and the dog started howling, someone would wind up hanging from the nearest tree.

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Father Knows Best - Vacation Arrives (07-06-50)

Mar 3, 2020 2022

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Vacation Arrives (Aired July 6, 1950)
The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954. The show is often regarded as an example of the conservative and paternalistic nature of American family life in the 1950s and it is also cited as an overly rosy portrayal of American family life. On the radio program, the character of Jim differs from the later television character. The radio Jim is far more sarcastic and shows he really "rules" over his family. THIS EPISODE: July 6, 1950. "Vacation Arrives" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Maxwell House Coffee. Where will the Andersons go on their vacation? This is not an easy decision! The last show of the season, the last show until September 7th. Robert Young, June Whitley, Rhoda Williams, Ted Donaldson, Norma Jean Nilsson, Barney Phillips, Herb Vigran, Eleanor Audley, Ed James (creator), Ken Burton (director), Roy Bargy (music), Marvin Miller (commercial spokesman), Bill Forman (announcer). 33:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Cloak & Dagger - The Eyes Of Buddha (07-02-50)

Mar 3, 2020 1714

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The Eyes Of Buddha (Aired July 2, 1950)
This is the story of the WWII special governmental agency, the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services. Its mission was to develop and maintain spy networks throughout Europe and into Asia, while giving aid to underground partisan groups and developing espionage activities for Allied forces overseas.The show is based on the book of the same name by Lt. Col. Corey Ford and Major Alastair MacBain (who were associated with the OSS from its early days.) The dramas are not Hollywood-style, in that they sometimes end with plans foiled or leading characters dead. THIS EPISODE: July 2, 1950. NBC network. "The Eyes Of Buddha". Sustaining. 4:00 P. M. is preceded by a news bulletin: "Seoul Korea has been raided by American and Australian war planes. One of two North Korean planes shot down had a Russian red star." An O. S. S. operative flies to Siam to rescue an American held by the Japanese. After witnessing a Japanese decapitation, a daring escape is made from a Japanese prison camp. Part of the system cue has been deleted. Jerry Jarrett, Jon Gart (music director), Sherman Marks (director, supervisor), Everett Sloane, Ralph Bell, Berry Kroeger, Raymond Edward Johnson, Eileen Heckart, Martin Balsam, Winifred Wolfe (writer), Jack Gordon (writer), Corey Ford (originator), Alistair MacBain (originator), Louis G. Cowan (producer), Alfred Hollander (producer), Grant Richards, Karl Weber. 28:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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David Harding Counterspy - The Curious Conspiracy (10-20-50)

Mar 3, 2020 1757

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The Curious Conspiracy (Aired October 20, 1950)
The show was at the top of the list among programs that had developed the technique of sound effects to a fine art. Each program was written with the sound in mind, not so much sound for sound's sake, but to advance the plot, add color or create atmosphere. Two sound effects men spent a reported ten hours in rehearsal for each broadcast, in addition to the time spent by the actors. East coast actors House Jameson, Don MacLaughlin, Phil Sterling and Lawson Zerbe [MBS] (Zerbe appeared as both David Harding and Harry Peters) were the only four actors to ever assume the role of David Harding--Jameson for the first two episodes only, replaced by Don MacLaughlin for the remainder of its twelve year run. THIS EPISODE: October 20, 1950. NBC network. "The Case Of The Curious Conspiracy". Sustaining. The program is preceded by a news bulletin: Henry Stimson (former Secretary of State and former Secretary of War) has died. Don MacLaughlin, Phillips H. Lord (producer), Mandel Kramer, Marx B. Loeb (director), Edward Adamson (writer). 29:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Devil & Mr. O - Nature Study (11-05-71)

Mar 2, 2020 1766

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Nature Study (Aired November 5, 1971)
The sound of a butcher knife rending a piece of uncooked pork was, when accompanied by shrieks and screams, the essence of murder to a listener alone at midnight. Real bones were broken - spareribs snapped with a pipe wrench. Bacon in a frypan gave a vivid impression of a body just electrocuted. And the cannibalism effect was actually a zealous actor. Cooper left the show in 1936 and Oboler was given the job. Oboler lost no time establishing himself as the new master of the macabre. Between May 1936 and July 1938, he wrote and directed more than 100 Lights Out plays. To follow Cooper was a challenge: he was "the unsung pioneer of radio dramatic techniques," but Oboler had passed the test with his first play. His own name soon became synonymous with murder and gore, though horror as a genre had always left him cold. THIS EPISODE: November 5, 1971. Program #8. CBS network origination, syndicated rebroadcast. "Nature Study". Commercials added locally. A walk in the woods, along with death and confession. Syndicated program name: "The Devil and Mr. O." Arch Oboler (writer, host), Cathy Lewis, Mary Jane Croft. 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Man Called X - Operation Fifty (01-06-51)

Mar 2, 2020 1518

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Operation Fifty (Aired January 6, 1951)
The Man Called X started over Radio with the 1944 CBS Summer replacement run for Lux Radio Theatre, comprising a total of eight episodes. The only circulating exemplar from the first run is contained within the AFRS Globe Theatre canon of transcriptions. So, yet again, we are indebted to the incredible output of AFRS and AFRTS transcriptions over the years in preserving some of Radio's rarest exemplars from The Golden Age of Radio. But if one compares that circulating episode to the spot ad for the summer run in the sidebar, one sees the program promoted as a comedy-mystery. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 6, 1951. "Operation Fifty" - NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor, Anacin. The story of "The Himmler Plates," the most important fifty-dollar bills in the world. The trail leads to Montevideo, Uruguay. Herbert Marshall, Leon Belasco, Joan Banks, Maggie Morely, Will Wright, Stan Waxman, Daws Butler, Lou Merrill, J. Richard Kennedy (producer), Felix Mills (composer, conductor), Sidney Marshall (writer), Jack Latham (announcer). 25:13. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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The Milton Berle Show - A Salute To Wall Street (01-20-48)

Mar 2, 2020 1724

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A Salute To Wall Street (Aired January 20, 1948)
In 1934–36, Berle was heard regularly on The Rudy Vallee Hour, and he got much publicity as a regular on The Gillette Original Community Sing, a Sunday night comedy-variety program broadcast on CBS from September 6, 1936 to August 29, 1937. In 1939, he was the host of Stop Me If You've Heard This One with panelists spontaneously finishing jokes sent in by listeners. Three Ring Time, a comedy-variety show sponsored by Ballantine Ale, was followed by a 1943 program sponsored by Campbell's Soups. The audience participation show Let Yourself Go (1944–1945) could best be described as slapstick radio with studio audience members acting out long suppressed urges (often directed at host Berle). Kiss and Make Up, on CBS in 1946, featured the problems of contestants decided by a jury from the studio audience with Berle as the judge. He also made guest appearances on many comedy-variety radio programs during the 1930s and 1940s. Scripted by Hal Block and Martin Ragaway, The Milton Berle Show brought Berle together with Arnold Stang, later a familiar face as Berle's TV sidekick. THIS EPISODE: January 20, 1948. "A Salute To Wall Street" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. A salute to high finance and the stock market. Frank Gallop (announcer), Milton Berle, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra. 28:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Henry Fauntleroy (1953)

Mar 2, 2020 1698

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Henry Fauntleroy (1953) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
In an earlier time, just prior to and following the Second World War, the general public was fascinated by the subject of crime. Numerous magazines of "True Crime Stories" filled the newsstands. Radio also helped fill the need with fictional heroes such as Johnny Dollar and The Saint. Few true crime dramas, other than Gangbusters or Dragnet, sustained long term success on radio. The Secrets of Scotland Yard was a successful crime drama series, initially airing internationally between 1949 and 1951. Selected episodes finally came to a US radio network for a brief run much later in 1957 over the Mutual Broadcasting System. The series boasted well over 100 episodes, one of which, "The Bone From A Voice Box", apparently served as the prototype for another well remembered Towers Of London dramatic series, The Black Museum. In both series, well known actors were employed as host / narrator, Orson Welles in The Black Museum and Clive Brook here. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli.

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The Sealed Book - I'll Die Laughing (05-27-45)

Mar 2, 2020 1793

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I'll Die Laughing (Aired May 27, 1945)
The Sealed Book reprised 26 of the Arthur/Kogan scripts written for The Mysterious Traveler. The Sealed Book, each epsisode opened with the sound of the great gong, followed by Philip Clarke's observation that the Keeper of The Book had once again opened the door to the secret vault, within which was contained the 'great sealed book' recording 'all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.' At the end of all but the last episode, Clarke would tell listeners to tune in the following week when "the sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... the sealed book." Keep in mind that even though the 26 scripts of The Sealed Book were derived from The Mysterious Traveler, it's instructive to note that each production used a different cast than that of it's associated production from The Mysterious Traveler. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: May 27, 1945. Program #11. Mutual network. "I'll Die Laughing". Sustaining. A horror story about a treasure cave with a curse on it. Anyone who goes in to get the treasure, never comes out again. The date is subject to correction. The system cue has been deleted. This program has also been dated July 29, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Jock MacGregor (producer, director), Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host). 28:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Vanishing Point - Death Of A Physicist (05-12-86)

Mar 1, 2020 1746

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Death Of A Physicist (Aired May 12, 1986)
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) began airing a fascinating range of classic, mystery, comedy, documentary, and supernatural drama throughout the 1970s to 1990s to a steadily expanding audience--both in Canada and throughout the northern portions of the U.S. The CBC's extensive Radio offerings were a fairly even mix of organic dramas and comedies showcasing Canada's own great actors, writers and production talent, as well as several popular transcribed, syndicated features from throughout the British Empire and the United States. Indeed many of America's most beloved, popular, versatile and award-winning character actors, musicians, and comedians were Canadian citizens who'd honed their craft in all manner of original Canadian Radio drama.

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Your's Truly Johnny Dollar - (Stuart Palmer) The Man Who Wrote Himself To Death (03-21-50)

Mar 1, 2020 1588

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(Stuart Palmer) The Man Who Wrote Himself To Death - (Aired March 21, 1950)
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar attracted some of the best writers in Hollywood, including Jack Johnstone, E. Jack Neuman (using the pen name John Dawson), Robert Ryf, and Les Crutchfield. Bob Bailey also wrote a script while he was playing Johnny Dollar. He used the pen name Robert Bainter (Bainter was his middle name) as the scriptwriter for "The Carmen Kringle Matter", which was aired on Saturday, December 21, 1957 on the West Coast, and on the following day for the rest of the country. Bob Bailey, generally thought of as the most popular of the Johnny Dollars, brought a new interpretation to the character – tough, but not hard-boiled; streetwise, but not overly cynical, Bailey's Dollar was smart and gritty when he had to be. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: March 21, 1950. CBS network. "Stuart Palmer, The Man Who Wrote Himself To Death". Sustaining. No music cues are heard on this recording. A crazed writer tries to get himself killed to collect on a $100,000 policy. The music credit is given to Leith Stevens, but none of his music is present. The system cue has been deleted. Possibly recorded March 16, 1950. Edmond O'Brien, Lurene Tuttle, Bill Bouchey, Lawrence Dobkin, Bill Grey, Jack Kruschen, Herb Butterfield, Gil Doud (writer), David Ellis (writer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Roy Rowan (announcer). 27:07 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Screen Director's Playhouse" - Fort Apache (Starring John Wayne) 08-05-49

Mar 1, 2020 1868

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Screen Director's Playhouse" - Fort Apache (Starring John Wayne) Aired August 5, 1949
The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse. Actors on the radio series included Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Kirk Douglas, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, William Holden, Burt Lancaster, James Mason, Gregory Peck, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, John Wayne, and Loretta Young. The television version was broadcast for one season of 35 half hour episodes on NBC, airing from October 5, 1955 to September 12, 1956. THIS EPISODE: August 5, 1949. NBC network. "Fort Apache". Sponsored by: Pabst Beer. A classic western about Cochise battling the cavalry, with a group of travelers caught in the middle. This is a network, sponsored version. John Wayne, Ward Bond, Paul McVey, Lou Merrill, Tony Barrett, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), John Ford (guest screen director). 30:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Night Beat - Julie The Juke Box Girl (05-18-51)

Mar 1, 2020 1771

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Julie The Juke Box Girl (Aired May 18, 1951)
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the nightbeat for the Chicago Star looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people, most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to help them, sometimes he wasn’t. It is generally regarded as a ‘quality’ show and it stands up extremely well. Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isn’t remembered today, but he was a powerful and believable actor with a strong delivery, and his portrayal of Randy Stone as tough guy with humanity was perfect. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. THIS EPISODE: May 18, 1951. NBC network. Sustaining. Randy Stone, night reporter for the Chicago Star, looks into a bizarre romance between a dwarf newsdealer and "Julie The Juke Box Girl" aka: Juke Box Romance Excellent writing! Frank Lovejoy, William Conrad, Jeff Corey, Betty Lou Gerson, Ray Hartman, Eddie Fields, Warren Lewis (producer, director), Larry Marcus (writer), Robert Armbruster (music). 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Murder By Experts - The Creeper (07-23-49)

Mar 1, 2020 1791

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The Creeper (Aired July 23, 1949)
Murder By Experts was a radio drama anthology series that ran on American radio from 1949-1951, and was hosted first by John Dickson Carr, and later by Brett Halliday. Evidently, a mystery, authored by a leading crime fiction writer, was presented, and "guest experts," such as Alfred Hitchcock or Craig Rice, were invited to solve it. Or maybe not -- nobody seems to know much about this one. David Kogan, the writer/creator of Murder by Experts, also created and wrote The Mysterious Traveler. Guest experts: Alfred Hitchcock, Craig Rice. Guest stars: Ann Shepard, Larry Haines, Carl Eastman, Ann Sheperd, Bill Zuckert, Ralph Camargo, Burt Cullen, Lawson Zerbe, Marilyn Erskin. THIS EPISODE: July 23, 1949. Mutual network, WOR, New York aicheck. "The Creeper". Sponsored by: Sustaining, Bulova Watch (local). A suspense story about a mad killer who strangles his red-headed victims. See cat. #333 for the same script used on "The Molle Mystery Theatre." See cat. #50533 for the same script used on "Murder At Midnight." See cat. #54674 for the same script on "The Chase." The program is moving to Sundays at 10:00 P. M., being replaced in this time slot by, "The Damon Runyon Theatre." John Dickson Carr (host, narrator), Joseph Ruscoll (writer), Marilyn Erskine. 29:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - The Bruce Partington Plans (11-06-39)

Feb 29, 2020 1777

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The Bruce Partington Plans (Aired November 6, 1939)
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He is the creation of Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skillful use of deductive reasoning (somewhat mistakenly so called — see inductive reasoning) and astute observation to solve difficult cases. He is arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created, and is one of the best known and most universally recognisable literary characters in any genre. Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories that featured Holmes. All but four stories are narrated by Holmes' friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson; two are narrated by Holmes himself, and two others are written in the third person. THIS EPISODE: November 6, 1939. NBC network. "The Bruce Partington Plans". Sponsored by: Bromo Quinine. The case of the missing submarine plans. Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Edith Meiser (writer), Harold Kemp (producer), Knox Manning (announcer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author). 29:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Life of Riley - The Black Market Bread Business (06-08-46)

Feb 29, 2020 1765

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The Black Market Bread Business (Aired June 8, 1946)
The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, was a popular radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film and continued as a long-running television series during the 1950s. The show began as a proposed Groucho Marx radio series, The Flotsam Family, but the sponsor balked at what would have been essentially a straight head-of-household role for the comedian. Then producer Irving Brecher saw Bendix as taxicab company owner Tim McGuerin in the movie The McGuerins from Brooklyn (1942). The Flotsam Family was reworked with Bendix cast as blundering Chester A. Riley, riveter at a California aircraft plant, and his frequent exclamation of indignation---"What a revoltin' development this is!"---became one of the most famous catch phrases of the 1940s. The radio series also benefited from the immense popularity of a supporting character, Digby "Digger" O'Dell (John Brown), "the friendly undertaker. THIS EPISODE: June 8, 1946. NBC network. Sponsored by: Teel, Dreft. Riley finds himself in the "Black Market Bread Business. Alan Lipscott (writer), Ashmead Scott (writer), Don Bernard (director), Herb Vigran, Irving Brecher (creator, producer), Jerry Hausner, John Brown, Ken Carpenter (announcer), Lou Kosloff (music), Lou Merrill, Reuben Ship (writer), Scotty Beckett, William Bendix. 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Charlie Chan - The Marching Ants (10-01-45)

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The Case Of The Marching Ants (Aired October 1, 1945)
Charlie Chan was the Chinese detective created by Earl Derr Biggers. Over 40 Charlie Chan movies were done from the early 1930's through 1949, all of which starred non-Chinese actors as Charlie. Supposedly working as a Honolulu police detective, Charlie was almost always somewhere else, like Paris, Rio, LA, even Treasure Island…but he did have a wonderful home life, too, with a reported 14 children, including his famous #1, #2 etc. sons, ever intent on helping "pop" solve the case. On radio, Charlie Chan was heard in different series on four networks (Blue, NBC, ABC, MBS) between 1932 and 1948. Walter Connolly initially portrayed Chan as part of Esso Oil's Five Star Theater, which serialized adaptations of Biggers novels. Ed Begley, Sr. had the title role in NBC's The Adventures of Charlie Chan (1944–45), followed by Santos Ortega (1947–48). Leon Janney and Rodney Jacobs were heard as Lee Chan, Number One Son, and Dorian St. George was the program's announcer. Radio Life magazine described Begley's Chan as "a good radio match for Sidney Toler's beloved film enactment."

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I Deal In Crime - The Laura Shields Case (01-21-46)

Feb 29, 2020 1844

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Laura Shields Case (Aired January 21, 1946)
I Deal in Crime ran for almost two years on ABC network radio and starred the very capable radio and Hollywood actor, William Gargan. In this, one of his many PI radio series (he's best known, of course, for his role as Martin Kane), Gargan played ROSS DOLAN, described as a veteran detective who returned to his sleuthing job after his WW II service as a sailor. Or as Dolan puts it, "a hitch in Uncle Sugar's Navy." This series was written by Ted Hediger and directed by Leonard Reeg. The show's announcer was Dresser Dahlstead and Skitch Henderson (later to win fame on television) handled the music. The show began in January 1946 and ran as a 30 minute show, first on Monday nights but for the last eleven months on Saturday evenings. It ended in October 1947. THIS EPISODE: January 21, 1946. ABC network. "The Laura Shields Case." Sustaining. Possibly the first show of the series. William Gargan as detective Ross Dolan. Laura Shields hires Dolan to be her bodyguard. He finds plenty of murder. Dresser Dahlstead (announcer), Leonard Reeg (director), Skitch Henderson (composer, conductor), Ted Hediger (director), William Gargan. 30:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Judas Clock (04-17-45)

Feb 28, 2020 1772

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The Judas Clock (Aired April 17, 1945)
Inner Sanctum Mysteries was a popular old-time radio program that aired from January 7, 1941 to October 5, 1952. Created by Himan Brown, the anthology series featured stories of mystery, terror and suspense. The tongue-in-cheek introductions were in sharp contrast to shows like Suspense and The Whistler. A total of 526 episodes are known to have been produced. The early 1940s programs opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, "Your host, Raymond," in a mocking sardonic voice. A spooky melodramatic organ score punctuated Raymond's many morbid jokes and playful puns. Raymond's closing was an elongated "Pleasant dreaaaaammmmssss!" His tongue-in-cheek style and ghoulish relish of his own tales became the standard for many such horror narrators to follow. THIS EPISODE: April 17, 1945. Program #1. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Judas Clock". Death to those who own this clock, it uses Judas' thirty pieces of silver as counterweights! AFRTS program name: "Mystery Theatre." Berry Kroeger, Santos Ortega, Jackson Beck, Raymond Edward Johnson (host), Alice Reinheart, Christopher Mayo (writer). 23:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Halls Of Ivy - Pregnant Student (06-04-52)

Feb 28, 2020 1497

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Pregnant Student (Aired June 4, 1952)
The Halls of Ivy was an NBC radio sitcom that ran from 1950-1952. It was created by Fibber McGee & Molly co-creator/writer Don Quinn before being adapted into a CBS television comedy (1954-55) produced by ITC Entertainment and Television Programs of America. Quinn developed the show after he had decided to leave Fibber McGee & Molly. The audition program featured radio veteran Gale Gordon (then co-starring in Our Miss Brooks) and Edna Best in the roles that ultimately went to British husband-and-wife actors Ronald Colman and Benita Hume. The Colmans had shown a flair for radio comedy in recurring roles on The Jack Benny Program in the late 1940s, and they landed the title roles in the new show. The Halls of Ivy featured Colman as William Todhunter Hall, the president of small, Midwestern Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria, a former British musical comedy star who sometimes felt the tug of her former profession, and followed their interactions with students, friends and college trustees. Others in the cast included Herbert Butterfield as testy Clarence Wellman, Willard Waterman (then starring as Harold Peary's successor as The Great Gildersleeve) as John Merriweather, and Elizabeth Patterson and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maid. THIS EPISODE: June 4, 1952. "Pregnant Student" - NBC network origination, Voice Of America rebroadcast. One of the Ivy students is about to have a baby...just before final exams! Ronald Colman, Benita Hume, Ken Carpenter (announcer), James Gleason, Janet Warren, Jean Tatum, Barbara Merlin (writer), Milton Merlin (writer), Don Quinn (creator, writer). 25:07.

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Duffy's Tavern - Special Guest Is Linda Darnell (01-19-45)

Feb 28, 2020 1785

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Special Guest Is Linda Darnell (Aired January 19, 1945)
Duffy's Tavern, an American radio situation comedy (CBS, 1941-1942; NBC-Blue Network, 1942-1944; NBC, 1944-1952), often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment's malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. In the show's familiar opening, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone and Gardner's New Yorkese accent as he answered, "Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin'. Duffy ain't here — oh, hello, Duffy." Duffy, the owner, was never heard (or seen, when a film based on the show was made in 1945 or when a bid to bring the show to television was tried in 1954). But Archie always was — bantering with Duffy's man-crazy daughter, Miss Duffy (played by several actresses, beginning with Gardner's real-life first wife, Shirley Booth); with Eddie, the waiter/janitor (Eddie Green); and, especially, with Clifton Finnegan (Charlie Cantor), a likeable soul with several screws loose and a knack for falling for every other salesman's scam.

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Crime Classics - The Younger Brothers: Why Some Of Them Grew No Older (01-06-54)

Feb 28, 2020 1734

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The Younger Brothers: Why Some Of Them Grew No Older (Aired January 6, 1954)
Though ostensibly "adapted from the original court reports and newspaper accounts," it's quite clear that they were scripted more for entertainment, than for a college classroom--but entertaining they definitely were, and remain. This was a very busy time for Elliott Lewis. Lewis had launched his Cathy & Elliott Lewis On Stage program in January of 1953. Halfway through its run, Crime Classics and Cathy and Elliott Lewis On Stage were heard back-to-back in CBS's lineup for much of Crime Classics' run, in most markets. Indeed, for the Crime Classics program, The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, which aired December 9, 1953 outside of California, Lewis chose to re-enact the play, 'Our American Cousin' for the Cathy and Elliott Lewis On Stage program, immediately following. Though clearly a brilliant segue for On Stage that night, it's anecdotally reported that the combination met with disfavor from no less than William S. Paley himself. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 6, 1954. CBS network. "The Younger Brothers: Why Some Of Them Grew No Older.". Sustaining. Life and death in 1866 Missouri...mostly death. Lou Merrill (host), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Bernard Herrmann (composer), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Jack Edwards, Sam Edwards, Barney Phillips, Walter Tetley, Bob Lemond (announcer), James Eagles, Clayton Post, Bill Bissell. 30:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Boston Blackie - Millicent Bromley Kidnapped (04-22-47)

Feb 28, 2020 1604

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Millicent Bromley Kidnapped (Aired April 22, 1947)
The Boston Blackie radio series, also starring Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show: Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer. On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. THIS EPISODE: April 22, 1947. Program #106. "Millicent Bromley Kidnapped"ABC network origination, Ziv syndication. Commercials added locally. Millicent Bromley has been kidnapped, "The Professor" has been murdered, and a dog is the most important member of the gang. An interesting show in which Blackie never appears! Shorty solves the case with the help of telegrams and (unheard) phone calls from Blackie! Tony Barrett, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin, Henry Sylvern (organist), Jeanne Harrison (director). 26:43.

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Adventures Of Horatio Hornblower - Chasing The Papillion (05-15-53)

Feb 27, 2020 1264

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Chasing The Papillion (Aired May 15, 1953)
Horatio Hornblower is a fictional Royal Navy officer who is the protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester, and later the subject of films and television programs. The original Hornblower tales began with the appearance of a junior Royal Navy Captain on independent duty on a secret mission to Central America, though later stories would fill out his earlier years, starting with an unpromising beginning as a seasick midshipman. As the Napoleonic Wars progress, he gains promotion steadily as a result of his skill and daring, despite his initial poverty and lack of influential friends. Eventually, after surviving many adventures in a wide variety of locales, he rises to the pinnacle of his profession, promoted to Rear admiral of the Red Squadron, knighted as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, and named the 1st Baron Hornblower. Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying, "I recommend Forester to everyone literate I know," and Winston Churchill stated, "I find Hornblower admirable." There are many parallels between Hornblower and real naval officers of the period, including Joseph Needham Tayler, Thomas Cochrane and Horatio Nelson. The name "Horatio" was inspired by the character in William Shakespeare's Hamlet and chosen also because of its association with contemporary figures such as Nelson. The name Hornblower was probably derived from the American film producer Arthur Hornblow, Jr., with whom C. S. Forester had been working prior to writing the first Hornblower novel.

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X Minus One - Junkyard (02-22-56

Feb 27, 2020 1768

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X Minus One - Junkyard (Aired February 22, 1956)
Episodes of the show include adaptations of Robert Sheckley's "Skulking Permit," Bradbury's "Mars Is Heaven," Heinlein's "Universe" and "The Green Hills of Earth", " Pohl’s "The Tunnel under the World," J. T. McIntosh’s "Hallucination Orbit," Fritz Leiber’s "A Pail of Air" and George Lefferts' "The Parade". The program opened with announcer Fred Collins delivering the countdown, leading into this introduction (although later shows were partnered with Galaxy Science Fiction rather than Astounding Science Fiction):...Countdown for blastoff... X minus five, four, three, two, X minus one... Fire! [Rocket launch SFX] From the far horizons of the unknown come transcribed tales of new dimensions in time and space. These are stories of the future; adventures in which you'll live in a million could-be years on a thousand may-be worlds. The National Broadcasting Company in cooperation with Street and Smith, publishers of Astounding Science Fiction presents... X Minus One. THIS EPISODE: February 22, 1956. NBC network. "Junkyard". Sustaining. A crew of spacemen land on a planet that contains alien junk that causes a loss of memory. The problem is how to remember the way operate the spaceship! John Larkin, Bob Hastings, Mercer McLeod, Stan Early, Jack Orrison, Clifford Simak (author), George Lefferts (adaptor), William Welch (producer), Daniel Sutter (director), Fred Collins (anouncer). 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Green Hornet - Charity Takes It On The Chin (06-06-39)

Feb 27, 2020 1699

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Charity Takes It On The Chin (Aired June 6, 1939)
The character debuted in The Green Hornet, an American radio program that premiered on January 31, 1936, on WXYZ, the same local Detroit station that originated its companion shows The Lone Ranger and Challenge of the Yukon. Beginning on April 12, 1938, the station supplied the series to the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network, and then to NBC Blue and its successors, the Blue Network and ABC, from November 16, 1939, through September 8, 1950. It returned from September 10 to December 5, 1952. It was sponsored by General Mills from January to August 1948, and by Orange Crush in its brief 1952 run. THIS EPISODE: June 6, 1939. Mutual network, WXYZ, Detroit origination, Michelson syndication. "Charity Takes It On The Chin". Commercials deleted. WFAA, Dallas aircheck. The Hornet breaks up a gang stealing money from the city's charities. A different story with the same title was used on the program of February 21, 1942. Al Hodge, Fran Striker (writer), George W. Trendle (creator, producer), Charles D. Livingstone (director), Lee Allman, Raymond Toyo, Fielden Farrington (announcer). 28:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The General Electric Theater - The Token (01-18-53)

Feb 27, 2020 1945

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The Token (Aired January 18, 1953)
The first two seasons of General Electric Theater established the half-hour anthology format of adaptations of popular plays, short stories, novels, magazine fiction and motion pictures. "The Eye of the Beholder," for example, a Hitchcock-like telefilm thriller starring Richard Conte and Martha Vickers, dramatized an artist's relationship with his model from differing, sometimes disturbing psychological perspectives. The addition of Ronald Reagan as program host commencing the third season 26 September 1954 reflected GE's decision to pursue a campaign of continuous, consistent company voice advertising. The Reagan role of program host and occasional guest star brought needed continuity to disparate anthology offerings. THIS EPISODE: January 18, 1953. CBS network. "The Token". Sponsored by: General Electric. 8:30 P. M. (EST). After the story, Dana Andrews mentions that he recently flew from London to Bombay on "the only commercial jetliner in the world." It was the British built "Comet." He describes it as, "quite an experience." The program is announced as, "The General Electric Summer Theatre," despite the date above. It may have been recorded on the above date, but there are 13 other known shows in the series, and a 14 show series would be unusual. Dana Andrews, Joseph Hergeshimer (author), Ken Carpenter (announcer), John Meston (adaptor), Jeanne Bates, Georgia Ellis, Theodore Von Eltz, Harry Bartell, John Dehner, Wilbur Hatch (music), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director). 32:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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ABC Mystery Time - Death By Proxy (1958)

Feb 26, 2020 1414

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Death By Proxy (1958) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
ABC Mystery Time was hosted by Don Dowd and starred Sir Laurence Olivier. Great special effects will grab your attention, accented by creepy organ rips. Stories are offered such as death gathered round a card table at a local chapter of The Suicide Club, or a man who desperately tries to hire a 24 hour bodyguard all the while trying to make himself the victim of a murder, and other baffling peculiar tales of yore. Also known as Mystery Time and Mystery Time Classics, this one is sure to excite and mystify. Unfortunately this is an old time radio show with few surviving episodes in existence. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli.

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Our Miss Brooks - New Driving Class (11-26-50)

Feb 26, 2020 1721

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New Driving Class (Aired November 26, 1950)
Our Miss Brooks, an American situation comedy, began as a radio hit in 1948 and migrated to television in 1952, becoming one of the earlier hits of the so-called Golden Age of Television, and making a star out of Eve Arden (1908-1990) as comely, wisecracking, but humane high school English teacher Connie Brooks. The show hooked around Connie's daily relationships with Madison High School students, colleagues, and pompous principal Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), not to mention favourite student Walter Denton (future television and Rambo co-star Richard Crenna, who fashioned a higher-pitched voice to play the role) and biology teacher Philip Boynton ( Jeff Chandler), the latter Connie's all-but-unrequited love interest, who saw science everywhere and little else anywhere. THIS EPISODE: November 26, 1950. CBS network. "Madison High's New Driving Class". Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpaste, Lustre-Creme Shampoo, Palmolive Soap. Miss Brooks has an idea to start a student police force and a driving education class. Harriet gets a lesson from Mr. Conklin (giving him a chance for a vocal double-take). After crashing into a hedge, Walter Denton gives him a ticket. Eve Arden, Larry Berns (producer), Al Lewis (writer, director), Verne Smith (commercial spokesman), Bob Lemond (announcer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Jane Morgan, Richard Crenna, Gale Gordon, Gloria McMillan, Leonard Smith, Jeff Chandler. 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Dark Fantasy - Sea Phantom (02-06-42)

Feb 26, 2020 1560

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Sea Phantom (Aired February 6, 1942)
Dark Fantasy was a short series with tales of the weird, adventures of the supernatural, created for you by Scott Bishop. The series aired as a horror drama on NBC between 1941 and 1942. Dark Fantasy was a series dedicated to dealings with the unknown. Originating from radio station WKY, Oklahoma City, it was written by Scott Bishop (of Mysterious Traveler and The Sealed Book fame) and was heard Fridays over stations. Tom Paxton served as announcer. The shows covered horror, science fiction and murder mysteries. Although a short series, the shows are excellent with some stories way ahead of their time. THIS EPISODE: February 6, 1942. Program #12. NBC network, WKY, Oklahoma City origination. "Sea Phantom". Sustaining. Scott Bishop (writer), Tom Paxton (announcer), Ben Morris, Fred Wayne, Muir Hite, Garland Moss. 25:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Hermit's Cave - Spirit Vengeance (1940)

Feb 26, 2020 1469

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Spirit Vengeance (1940) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Hermit's cave Ghost stories ... weird stories ... of murder, too ... the Hermit knows them all. Horror stories with Mel Johnson and howling wolves (or dogs with indigestion?) in the background, obliterating some of the introduction. This syndicated show was one of the treats for the kiddies, cuddled up to their hollow-state radio sets to keep warm in Detroit, between 1940 and 1944. The show was also heard in Beverly Hills, CA in 1943-1944, a radio horror anthology series, syndicated by WJR Detroit in the mid-1930s, sponsored by Olga Coal after the first two years. As the wind howled, the ancient Hermit narrated his horror fantasies from his cave. The cackling character of the Hermit was played by John Kent, Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, and Klock Ryder. William Conrad produced when the show moved to KMPC Los Angeles with Mel Johnson as the Hermit (1940-42), followed by John Dehner (1942-44). THIS EPISODE: 1940. World syndication. "Spirit Vengeance". Sponsored by: Commercials deleted or added locally. Professor Santos welcomes a couple seeking shelter from a storm. He plans to use them as experimental subjects, but they receive a warning from their daughter, who had been killed by Professor Santos previously! . 24:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Campbell Playhouse (Starring Orson Welles) - Rebecca (12-09-38)

Feb 26, 2020 3593

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Rebecca (Aired December 9, 1938)
The Campbell Playhouse was a sponsored continuation of the Mercury Theater on the Air, a direct result of the instant publicity from the War of the Worlds panic. The switch occurred on December 9, 1938. In spite of using the same creative staff, the show had a different flavor under sponsorship, partially attributed to a guest star policy in place, which relegated the rest of the Mercury Players to supporting cast for Orson Welles and the Hollywood guest of the week. There was a growing schism between Welles, still reaping the rewards of his Halloween night notoriety, and his collaborator John Houseman, still in the producer's chair but feeling more like an employee than a partner. The writer, as during the unsponsored run, was Howard Koch. THIS EPISODE: December 9, 1938. CBS network. "Rebecca". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. The first show of the series (which is actually a continuation of "The Mercury Theatre On The Air," but with a sponsor). The show is introduced by Edwin C. Hill, who praises the program so much it sounds like a eulogy. A new bride at a wealthy estate hears constantly about the previous mistress of the house...Rebecca. Agnes Moorehead, Alfred Shirley, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Daphne du Maurier (author, who speaks from London by telephone after the story), Edwin C. Hill (commentator), Ernest Chappell (announcer), Eustace Wyatt, Frank Readick, George Coulouris, Margaret Sullavan, Mildred Natwick, Orson Welles (host), Ray Collins (narrator). 59:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Black Museum - The Wooden Mallet (1952)

Feb 25, 2020 1552

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The Wooden Mallet *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The museum is not open to members of the public but is now used as a lecture theatre for the curator to lecture police and like bodies in subjects such as Forensic Science, Pathology, Law and Investigative Techniques. A number of famous people have visited the musuem including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Orsen Welles hosted and narrated the shows. Following the opening, Mr. Welles would introduce the museum's item of evidence that was central to the case, leading into the dramatization. He also provided narration during the show and ended each show with his characteristic closing from the days of his Mercury Theater on the Air, 'remaining obediently yours'. THIS EPISODE: 1952. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Wooden Mallet". Participating sponsors. On Guy Fawkes day, a man's body is found inside a burning car. The date is approximate. Syndicated rebroadcast date: February 5, 1975. Harry Alan Towers (producer), Orson Welles (narrator), Ira Marion (writer), Sidney Torch (composer, conductor). 28:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Broadway Is My Beat - The John Stewart Murder Case (03-28-53)

Feb 25, 2020 1746

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The John Stewart Murder Case (Aired March 28, 1953)
The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." Danny Clover narrated the tales of the Great White Way to the accompaniment of music by Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage, and the recreation of Manhattan's aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects technicians (David Light, Ralph Cummings, Ross Murray). Bill Anders was the show's announcer, as was Joe Walters. The supporting cast included regulars Charles Calvert (as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia) and Jack Kruschen (as Sgt. Muggavan), with episodic roles filled by such radio actors as Irene Tedrow, Barney Phillips, Lamont Johnson, Herb Ellis, Hy Averback, Edgar Barrier, Betty Lou Gerson, Harry Bartell, Sheldon Leonard, Martha Wentworth, Lawrence Dobkin and Mary Jane Croft. THIS EPISODE: March 28, 1953. "The John Stewart Murder Case" - CBS network. Sustaining. A man who expects to be killed named John Stewart has been collecting strange things. This is a network version. Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Paula Winslowe, Herb Butterfield, Billy Halop, James McCallion, Steve Roberts, Lou Merrill, Bill Anders (announcer). 29:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Whistler - Practically Foolproof (09-03-44)

Feb 25, 2020 1770

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Practically Foolproof (Aired September 3, 1944)
The Whistler was one of radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955. If it now seems to have been influenced explicitly by The Shadow, The Whistler was no less popular or credible with its listeners, the writing was first class for its genre, and it added a slightly macabre element of humor that sometimes went missing in The Shadow's longer-lived crime stories. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. A total of 692 episodes were produced, yet despite the series' fame, over 200 episodes are lost today. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer. THIS EPISODE: September 3, 1944. CBS Pacific network. "Practically Foolproof". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. An interesting story about two robbers who are running a lending library. Things get weird when they plan to use a dwarf to commit a robbery against his will! George W. Allen (producer, director), Harriet Reig (writer), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor), Bill Pennell (announcer), Jane Morgan. 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Lights Out - Man In The Middle (08-25-45)

Feb 25, 2020 1925

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Man In The Middle (Aired August 25, 1945)
Lights Out, featuring "tales of the supernatural and the supernormal", was created in Chicago by writer Wyllis Cooper in 1934, and the first series of shows (each 15 minutes long) ran on a local NBC station, WENR. By April 1934, the series was expanded to a half hour in length and moved to midnight Wednesdays. In January 1935, the show was discontinued in order to ease Cooper's workload (he was then writing scripts for the network's prestigious Immortal Dramas program), but was brought back by huge popular demand a few weeks later. After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. Cooper's run was characterized by grisly stories spiked with dark, tongue-in-cheek humor, a sort of radio Grand Guignol. A character might be buried or eaten or skinned alive, vaporized in a ladle of white-hot steel, absorbed by a giant slurping amoeba, have his arm torn off by a robot, tortured or decapitated -- always with the appropriate blood-curdling acting and sound effects.

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The Lux Radio Theater (Philip Marlowe) - The Lady In The Lake (02-09-48)

Feb 25, 2020 2624

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The Lady In The Lake (Aired February 9, 1948)
In October of 1934, "Lux Radio Theater" debuted in New York on NBC's Blue radio network. Presenting audio versions of popular Broadway plays, the show failed to garner an audience and soon ran out of material. After switching networks to CBS and moving to Hollywood, Lux found its true market. The show began featuring adaptations of popular films, performed by as many of the original stars as possible. With an endless supply of hit films scripts and an audience of more than 40 million, Lux enjoyed a prosperous run until the curtain fell in 1956. THIS EPISODE: February 9, 1948. CBS network. "The Lady In The Lake". Sponsored by: Lux, Pepsodent. A two-fisted detective yarn. Philip Marlowe tries to track down the murderer of a woman found at the bottom of a lake...and of a man shot to death in the shower. Tom Tully, William Keighley (host), John Milton Kennedy (announcer), Louis Silvers (music director), Gerald Mohr, William Johnstone, Frances Robinson, George Neise, Edward Marr, Robert Griffin, Janet Scott, Herb Butterfield, Marie Windsor, Steve Fisher (screenwriter), Raymond Chandler (creator), Fred MacKaye (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects), Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter. 43:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Mysterious Traveler - The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea (01-06-49)

Feb 24, 2020 1483

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The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea (Aired January 6, 1949)
Written and directed by Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan, the series began on the Mutual Broadcasting System, December 5, 1943, continuing in many different timeslots until September 16, 1952. Unlike many other shows of the era, The Mysterious Traveler was without a sponsor for its entire run. The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the malevolent narrator, portrayed by Maurice Tarplin, who introduced himself each week in the following manner. This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable -- if you can! THIS EPISODE: January 6, 1949. Mutual network. "The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea". Sustaining. Three treasure hunters in the Caribbean find a sunken treasure ship, and a ghost guarding it! David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Maurice Tarplin (as "The Traveler"), Robert A. Arthur (writer). 24:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet - The Handy Man (11-28-52)

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The Handy Man (Aired November 28, 1952)
In an arrangement that amplified the growing pains of American broadcasting, as radio "grew up" into television (as George Burns once phrased it), the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network itself the right to move the show to television whenever it wanted to do it---they wanted, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, to have talent in the bullpen and ready to pitch, so to say, on their own network, rather than risk it defecting to CBS (where the Nelsons began) or NBC. Their sons, David and Ricky, did not join the cast until five years after the radio series began. The two boys felt frustrated at hearing themselves played by actors and continually requested they be allowed to portray themselves. Prior to April 1949, the role of David was played by Joel Davis (1944-45) and Tommy Bernard, and Henry Blair appeared as Ricky. Since Ricky was only nine years old when he began on the show, his enthusiasm outstripped his ability at script reading, and at least once he jumped a cue, prompting Harriet to say, "Not now, Ricky." Other cast members included John Brown as Syd "Thorny" Thornberry, Lurene Tuttle as Harriet's mother, Bea Benaderet as Gloria, Janet Waldo as Emmy Lou, and Dick Trout as Roger. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: November 28, 1952. "The Handy Man" - ABC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Ozzie's the handyman, but Thorny's power tools are needed. Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Verne Smith (announcer), John Brown. 26:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Philo Vance - The Case Of The Girl Who Came Back (07-26-45)

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The Case Of The Girl Who Came Back (Aired July 26, 1945)
Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. THIS EPISODE: July 26, 1945. NBC network origination, AFRS #124 rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Girl Who Came Back". A girl appears at a rich man's house and insists she's the man's daughter. The man says he's never seen her before, but Vance believes the girl! AFRS program name: "Mystery Playhouse." Jose Ferrer, Frances Robinson, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Bob Shaw (writer). 23:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Price Of Fear - Come As You Are (04-06-74)

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Come As You Are (Aired April 6, 1974)
Recorded in every corner of the world when first broadcast over the BBC's World Service, The Price of Fear soon became one of the most widely recorded offerings of its era. As with most BBC productions, the acting talent and production values were excellent throughout. The stories dramatized in the series are from some of the supernatural fiction world's finest authors. William Ingram was responsible for almost half of the stories and scripts, backed up the works of Bram Stoker, Roald Dahl, Robert Arthur, Rene Basilico, Stanley Ellin, and R. Chetwynd-Hayes. John Dyas produced and directed all three series over the ten year period. Host Vincent Price, already long since recognized throughout the world as the reigning Master of The Macabre, virtually ensured that the series would be heard. True to his legend, Price's imprimatur on the series provided a voice as chilling and familiar to World Service listeners as that of their own Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The Price of Fear has been an international favorite ever since it's first airing. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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Stand By For Crime - Lonely Hearts Club Of Doom (1953)

Feb 24, 2020 1482

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Lonely Hearts Club Of Doom (1953) ^The Exact Date Is Unknown.
This show, from the early 1950s, is a good example of the true story style of delivery made popular in radio's classic crime shows Gangbusters and Mr. District Attorney. Of course, the best and most popular of the true crime shows was Dragnet -- the monotone, "just the facts" style demanded by Jack Webb in the show made two points at once: first, that the show wasn't a typical melodramatic crime show, as had been on radio since "the good old days", and more importantly, that we were along for the ride on another day at the office -- in this case, a policeman's “day at the office". Not a true crime show, as this is drama, but this show features Chuck Morgan, as played by Glen Langen, a very believable news anchor at KOP, a Los Angeles radio station. He is pals with Lieutenant Bill Miggs of the police force, who tips him off to hot crime news. Also in on the capers is Morgan's "Gal Friday", Carol Curtis, played by Adele Jurgens. The three meet all types -- mostly on the shady side of the street. In real life, Glen and Adele were husband and wife, the two marrying in 1949. They had met on the movie set of The Treasure of Monte Cristo. On the show, the repartee between the two is strictly old school and quite enjoyable. The dialogue is solid and makes the most of the plots. Unheralded and left for dead, Stand By for Crime is well worth your time. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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Dad's Army - Mum's Army (05-12-74)

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Mum's Army (Aired May 12, 1974)
"Dad's Army" probably depicted more of an accurate version of the Home Guard than anyone could actually realise. Initially it was felt the series was maybe mocking England's finest hour and its first episodes were reviewed with great criticism. However, Jimmy Perry , David Croft and the cast felt that the show had many strengths and so did the steady flow of the British public which began following the Walmington-On-Sea platoon's exploits on Television each week. In 1969, "Dad's Army" embarked on its first Colour TV series, and with that success followed. A feature length film based on the series was made by Columbia Pictures in 1971, and a stage show based on the series toured the UK between 1975 - 76. The programme was also adapted for BBC Radio. Most of the cast are now no longer with us, but their memory lives on through regular repeats on BBC Television and UK Gold as well as many video and DVD releases. THIS EPISODE: May 12, 1974. "Mum's Army" - Mainwaring informs the platoon that the women of Walmington-on-Sea want to join their platoon to help the war effort. He and Wilson thought that this was a good idea, as it would allow the men of the platoon to 'grapple' with the enemy. Mainwaring suggests that they could serve in the canteen, and Frazer adds that they could sew on their jacket buttons. The platoon are asked to bring as many female volunteers as they can. The next evening, Mainwaring enrols some of the women, including the flashy Mrs Fox, the quiet Ivy Samways, and the tarty Edith Parish, who were recruited by Jones, Pike and Walker respectively. Frazer informs Mainwaring that his recruit, Miss Ironside of the Gas Light and Coke Company, will be unavailable until tomorrow, as will Mrs Pike. As Wilson leaves to dismiss the parade, a lady of about middle-age enters and introduces herself as Mrs Fiona Gray. Mainwaring is immediately smitten with her, and it is clear that his feelings are reciprocated.

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The FBI In Peace & War - The Good Boy (11-17-54)

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The Good Boy (Aired November 17, 1954)
The FBI in Peace and War was a radio crime drama inspired by Frederick Lewsis Collins' book, The FBI in Peace and War. The idea for the show came from Louis Pelletier who wrote many of the scripts. Among the show's other writers were Jack Finke, Ed Adamson and Collins. Airing on CBS from November 25, 1944 to September 28, 1958, it had a variety of sponsors (including Lava Soap, Wildroot Cream Oil, Lucky Strike, Nescafe and Wrigley's) over the years. Martin Blaine and Donald Briggs headed the cast. THIS EPISODE: November 17, 1954. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Good Boy". The nicest kid in town turns out to be a professional punk. Martin Blaine, Don Briggs, Frederick L. Collins (creator), Betty Mandeville (producer, director). 24:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Clock - Lefty And Delilah (10-09-47)

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Lefty And Delilah (Aired October 9, 1947)
The settings were usually generic and the actors tried to speak without a perceptible accent and for that reason the program sounded sort of "American". They occasionally slipped up on a few words, using 'boot' instead of 'trunk' when referring to a car. At the end of the fifteen month series run it continued for another 13 weeks but now with an All-American cast with new scripts and the entire crew including the cast, directors, musicians, etc., Americans. The series aired beyond this 13 week time period because some time after May 1948 there are at least three circulating "The Clock" programs from late 1948. There is some confusion as to whether the American version originated from New York and then moved to Los Angeles, or just broadcast from Los Angeles for the complete American run. THIS EPISODE: October 9, 1947. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "Lefty and Delilah". Participating sponsors. A prize fighter learns that women and training don't mix. WRVR rebroadcast date: June 29, 1973. 23:01. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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Alien Worlds - The Infinity Factor Pt2 Of 2 (08-19-79)

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The Infinity Factor Pt2 Of 2 (Aired August 19, 1979)
The creator, producer and director of "Alien Worlds" is Lee Hansen, a native of Tekoa, Washington. Hansen often found himself snowed in on the family farm during the winter and spent much of his childhood listening to the radio. Although he first worked as a ventriloquist, he quickly made the transition to his first love, radio, and worked as a disc jockey in Oregon, Nevada and Los Angeles. "Science fiction seems to lend itself," says Hansen, "to the scope of what we wanted to do. With what we now know about space travel, what we think about space migration, it offers the chance to toy with some provocative images and pictures in the mind." "This is not Buck Rogers. Our creatures aren't just bug-eyed monsters. We're trying for a stereo theater effect. We're using what I call rock 'n roll production techniques. The difference between this and early radio drama is that in the old days scenes could go on forever. Here, no scene lasts more than a minute-and-a-half. There are no long-winded speeches. I think people have become desensitized to listening, so here we will try to give them something to trip through for a half-hour. It's a great travel companion for your car CD player," Hansen explains. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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Alien Worlds - The Infinity Factor Pt1 Of 2 (05-12-79)

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The Infinity Factor Pt1 Of 2 (Aired May 12, 1979)
The concept behind "Alien Worlds" is that an organization called the International Space Authority ''watches over an eternity of uncharted galaxies and the countless planets orbiting within their starlit borders." In command of ISA is Commissioner White whose base is Starlab, a nickname for the Arthur C. Clarke Astronomical Observatory, a floating space headquarters and research center. Under his command are research director Dr. Maura Cassidy, her comedy relief assistant Tim and two space happy rocket jockies, Captains Jon Graydon and Buddy Griff. "Alien Worlds" incorporates the best elements of "Star Wars," "Star Trek - The Next Generation" and other recently successful science-fiction production and writing. The series emerges as a creative with-it, uptempo space adventure which takes full advantage of its medium. "Alien Worlds" excels in its use of multi-track sound, synthesizer tricks and symphonic music. Voices are filtered in unique ways so that the extraterrestrial beings always have a unique sound. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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Agatha Christie Presents Miss Marple - 450 From Paddington Pt.3 of 3 (1957)

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450 From Paddington Pt.3 of 3 (1957)
Miss Marple's first appearance in a full-length novel was in The Murder at the Vicarage in 1930. Miss Jane Marple is an elderly lady who lives in the little English village St. Mary Mead. Superficially stereotypical, she is dressed neatly in tweed and is frequently seen knitting or pulling weeds in her garden. Miss Marple sometimes comes across as confused or "fluffy", but when it comes to solving mysteries, she has a sharp logical mind, and an almost unmatched understanding of human nature with all its weaknesses, strengths, quirks and foibles. In the detective story tradition, she often embarrasses the local "professional" police by solving mysteries that have them stumped.

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The Adventures Of Sam Spade - The Queen Bee Caper (07-10-49)

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The Queen Bee Caper (Aired July 10, 1949)
The Adventures of Sam Spade was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America. THIS EPISODE: July 10, 1949. CBS network. "The Queen Bee Caper". Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil. Murder occurs at an exclusive girls school...with formic acid! Most of the final commercial has been deleted. Howard Duff, Lurene Tuttle, Lud Gluskin (music), Dick Joy (announcer), Dashiell Hammett (creator). 28:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Agatha Christie Presents Miss Marple - 450 From Paddington Pt.2 of 3 (1957)

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450 From Paddington Pt.2 of 3 (1957)
Jane Marple, usually referred to as Miss Marple, is a fictional character appearing in twelve of Agatha Christie's crime novels. Miss Marple is an elderly spinster who lives in the village of St. Mary Mead and acts as an amateur detective. She is one of the most famous of Christie's characters and has been portrayed numerous times on screen. Her first published appearance was in issue 350 of The Royal Magazine for December 1927 with the first printing of the short story "The Tuesday Night Club", which later became the first chapter of The Thirteen Problems (1932).

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Agatha Christie Presents Miss Marple - 450 From Paddington Pt.1 of 3 (1957)

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450 From Paddington Pt.1 of 3 (1957) *Published in November of 1957. The exact date is unknown.
Dame Agatha Christie DBE (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), was an English crime writer of novels, short stories and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but is best remembered for her 80 detective novels and her successful West End theatre plays. Her works, particularly those featuring detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, have given her the title the 'Queen of Crime' and made her one of the most important and innovative writers in the development of the genre. Christie has been referred to by the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling writer of books of all time and the best-selling writer of any kind, along with William Shakespeare. Only the Bible is known to have outsold her collected sales of roughly four billion copies of novels. THIS EPISODE: 4.50 from Paddington is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in November 1957. The 1961 film "Murder, She Said" was based on it. This work was also published in the United States as "What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw." 29:45.

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Mr. Keen Tracer Of Lost Persons - The Skull & Crossbones Murder Case (06-15-50)

Feb 21, 2020 1718

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The Skull & Crossbones Murder Case (Aired May 22, 1950)
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons was one of radio's longest running shows, airing (October 12, 1937 to April 19, 1955), continuing well into the television era. It was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert. The sponsors included Whitehall Pharmacal (as in Anacin, Kolynos Toothpaste, BiSoDol antacid mints, Hill's cold tablets and Heet liniment), Dentyne, Aerowax, RCA Victor and Chesterfield cigarettes. It aired on the NBC Blue network until 1947, when it switched to CBS. Bennett Kilpack began as Mr. Keen in 1937 with Phil Clarke stepping into the role late in the series. For 18 years the kindly Keen and his faithful assistant, Mike Clancy (Jim Kelly), entertained followers with their intuitive perception that kept listeners coming back for more. With 1690 nationwide broadcasts, Mr. Keen was the most resilient private detective in a namesake role. THIS EPISODE: May 22, 1950. CBS network. "The Skull and Crossbones Murder Case". Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos, Heet, Kriptin, Bisodol, Hills Cold Tabs. A murder victim receives the skull and crossbones from a poison bottle before being murdered. His wife then receives the same warning. Frank Hummert (originator, producer), Anne Hummert (originator, producer), Richard Leonard (director), Lawrence Klee (dialogue), Bennett Kilpack, Larry Elliott (announcer). 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Mr. & Mrs. North - Shoot To Kill (11-24-53)

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Shoot To Kill (Aired November 24, 1953)
Mr. and Mrs. North was a radio mystery series that aired on CBS from 1942 to 1954. Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin had the title roles when the series began in 1942. Publisher Jerry North and his wife Pam lived in Greenwich Village at 24 St. Anne's Flat. They were not professional detectives but simply an ordinary couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week for 12 years. The radio program eventually reached nearly 20 million listeners. The characters originated in 1930s vignettes written by Richard Lockridge for the New York Sun, and he brought them back for short stories in The New Yorker. These stories were collected in Mr. and Mrs. North (1936). Lockridge increased the readership after he teamed with his wife Frances on a novel, The Norths Meet Murder (1940), launching a series of 40 novels, including Death takes a Bow, Death on the Aisle and The Dishonest Murderer. Their long-run series continued for over two decades and came to an end in 1963 with the death of Frances Lockridge. THIS EPISODE: November 24, 1953. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Shoot To Kill". Sammy Mercer has been going straight since getting out of jail. A fellow-criminal named Art Gatti gets him involved in the murder of Herman Wagner, an antique dealer. The system cue has been deleted. Barbara Britton, Richard Denning, Jackson Beck, Frances Lockridge (creator), Richard Lockridge (creator). 25:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Escape - Yellow Wake (07-21-50)

Feb 21, 2020 1761

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Yellow Wake (Aired July 21, 1950)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” Following the opening theme, a second announcer (usually Roy Rowan) would add: "We offer you... Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!" THIS EPISODE: July 21, 1950. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Yellow Wake". An exciting story about a fabulous treasure hidden in the Panamanian jungles, and the ruthless men who try to get it. Two public service announcements and the AFRTS music fill have been deleted. Paul Frees (doubles), Bud Nelson (writer), William N. Robson (producer, director), William Conrad, John Hoyt, John Dehner, Will Geer, Stacy Harris, Harry Bartell, George Opperman Jr., Ivan Ditmars (organist), Tom Hanlon (announcer). 26:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of The Saint - The Chiseling Chimpanzee (12-10-50)

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The Chiseling Chimpanzee (Aired December 10, 1950)
The Saint over Radio opened all of the Vincent Price canon and beyond. Any sponsor messages usually prefaced the signature whistle and opening theme. The Trim Hair Tonic-sponsored regional run of The Saint from CBS' KNX studios provided three sponsor messages: one at the open, one in the middle and one near the close. From that run forward, Vincent Price would customarily close the program with a personal message directed at one of several pet causes. Though it's not currently known if this was at Price's request or the producers', one can well imagine Vincent Price requesting the closing appeal. The formula continued through the Mutual rebroadcasts and the move to NBC in June of 1950. Vincent Price's closing comments were generally directed towards social issues of the era: race, ethnic and religious discrimination, tolerance and worthy causes of the era. Price at first tied his closing message to the theme of the preceding script. By the later scripts, Vincent Price simply closed with whatever social comment he felt most compelled to address. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: December 10, 1950. NBC network. "The Chiseling Chimpanzee" aka: The Monkey. Sustaining. A monkey is murdered, leading the Saint to a human murder and a stolen jewel. Sheldon Leonard, Louis Vittes (writer), Theodore Von Eltz, James L. Saphier (producer), Helen Mack (director), Don Stanley (announcer), Maggie Morely, Jack Moyles, Jerry Hausner (as the monkey!), Vincent Price, Leslie Charteris (creator), George Neise. 28:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Broadway Is My Beat - The Lily Nelson Murder Case (10-06-51)

Feb 21, 2020 1779

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The Lily Nelson Murder Case (Aired October 6, 1951)
Broadway Is My Beat, a radio crime drama, ran on CBS from February 27, 1949 to August 1, 1954. With Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Detective Danny Clover, the show originated from New York during its first three months on the air. The series featured music by Robert Stringer, and scripts by Peter Lyon. John Dietz directed for producer Lester Gottlieb (eventually succeeding him as producer). Bern Bennett was the original announcer. Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton S. Fine and David Friedkin. The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." THIS EPISODE: October 6, 1951. Program #60. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. A famous actress named "Lily Nelson" is found with her wrists slashed. The program may be dated December 2, 1960. Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Bill Anders (announcer), Charles Calvert, Clayton Post, Edwin Max, Elliott Lewis, Jack Kruschen, Jay Novello, Joyce McCluskey, Larry Thor, Paul Frees. 1/2 hour. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Big Town - The Harding Factory Fire aka: Fire Trap (10-26-37)

Feb 21, 2020 1681

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The Harding Factory Fire" aka: Fire Trap (Aired October 26, 1937)
Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. The stories were well written and directed by William N. Robson as well as McGill. The skill of this group shows in making the series very good radio. The show was a big promoter of the free press and the first amendment with its opening sequence: "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword! Use it justly...hold it high...guard it well!" The second series began immediately in the 1943 season when the production moved from Hollywood to New York. Robinson left (Trevor left two years earlier as her career starting taking off) and McGill reorganized the series placing Edward Pawley in the role of Wilson opposite Fran Carlon as Lorelei. Pawley's Wilson was more mellifluous compared to the rather nasty Robinson. THIS EPISODE: October 26, 1937. Program #2. CBS network. "The Harding Factory Fire" aka: Fire Trap. Sponsored by: Rinso. The Illustrated Press is being sued for libel by William Harding. Lorelei has called the Harding factory fire, "Harding's Inferno." Steve Wilson is an even bigger louse than his boss Peabody. He organizes a divorce scandal to bring down Harding. Steve is such a rat, that his actions shame himself! He plans to resign from The Illustrated Press and Lorelei plans to do so as well. The middle Rinso commercial dramatizes a scene in which a society lady complains that before Rinso, her servant Bertha was always so cross on laundry day. Steve also has a Swedish maid named Mina (whose accent is thick enough to be cut with a linotype machine). Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Hanley Stafford, Carlton KaDell (announcer), Victor Rodman, Don Wilson, Ellen Brown, Beaudelann Rosing. 29:20. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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MOVIE: Bill Cosby Himself "On Stage" 05-20-83 **Three Days Only

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Bill Cosby Himself "On Stage" 05-20-83 **Three Days Only
Cosby was born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is one of four sons of Anna Pearl (née Hite),and William Henry Cosby Sr., who served as a mess steward in the U.S. Navy. Cosby was the class president as well as captain of both the baseball and track and field teams at Mary Channing Wister Public School in Philadelphia. Teachers noted his propensity for joking around instead of studying, and he described himself as the class clown. At FitzSimons Junior High School, Cosby acted in plays and continued to compete in sports. Cosby attended Philadelphia's Central High School, a magnet school and academically rigorous college prep school, where he ran track and played baseball, football, and basketball. He transferred to Germantown High School but failed the tenth grade. In 1956, Cosby enlisted in the Navy and served as a hospital corpsman at the Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.He worked in physical therapy with Navy and Marine Corps personnel who were injured during the Korean War. THIS MOVIE: May 20, 1983. Filmed before a live audience at the First Ontario Concert Hall, in Hamilton, Ontario, Cosby gives the audience his views ranging from marriage to parenthood. The film also showcases Cosby's trademark conversational style of stand up comedy. For most of the performance, Cosby is seated at the centre of the stage, only getting up to emphasise a joke. Many of the comedic routines presented in the film were precursors to Cosby's most popular sitcom, The Cosby Show. An album of the same name was also released on Motown Records. The film is regarded by some as "the greatest stand up concert movie ever".

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The Amos & Andy Show - Wedding Invitation Mixup" AKA: Andy's Wedding Plans (12-09-51)

Feb 20, 2020 1795

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Wedding Invitation Mixup (Aired December 9, 1951)
Amos Jones and Andy Brown worked on a farm near Atlanta, Georgia, and during the episodes of the first week, they made plans to find a better life in Chicago, despite warnings from a friend. With four ham and cheese sandwiches and $24, they bought train tickets and headed for Chicago where they lived in a State Street rooming house and experienced some rough times before launching their own business, the Fresh Air Taxi Company. With the listening audience increasing in the spring and summer of 1928, the show's success prompted the Pepsodent Company to bring it to the NBC Blue Network on August 19, 1929. THIS EPISODE: December 9, 1951. CBS network. "Wedding Invitation Mixup" AKA: Andy's Wedding Plans Sponsored by: Rexall. Andy meets Theresa Thompkins at night school and soon becomes engaged. Lightnin' mixes up the wedding invitations and all of Andy's old girlfriends get invited! Even Miss Blue appears to have a chat with Theresa. Abigail Thompson and Madame Queen complicate the situation. Madeline Lee, Ruby Dandridge, Freeman Gosden, Lillian Randolph, Charles Correll, Griff Barnett (commercial spokesman), Millie Bruce, Horace Stewart, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Corny Anderson, Joe Connelly (writer), Bob Mosher (writer), Johnny Lee, Jeff Alexander and His Orchestra (music). 29:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Frank Race - The Adventure Of The Mormon Country (10-23-49)

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The Adventure Of The Mormon Country (Aired October 23, 1949 )
The Adventures of Frank Race was a syndicated show, out of Bruce Ells Productions in Hollywood, and began airing on radio in the spring of 1949. A total of 43 episodes were produced, broadcast first on the East coast 1949-50, and then on the West coast 1951-52. The title hero was described in the introduction by announcer Art Gilmore with these words: "Before the war, FRANK RACE worked as an attorney, but he traded his law books for the cloak-and-dagger of the OSS. When the war was over, his former life was over too....adventure became his business!" Starring "Chandu The Magician" Star Tom Collins. THIS EPISODE: October 23, 1949. Program #27. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Mormon Country". Commercials added locally. A wealthy playboy named Sonny Krueger has been kidnapped and held for $50,000 ransom. Paul Dubov, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Michael Roy (announcer), Wilms Herbert, Bert Holland, William Johnstone, Michael Ann Barrett, Inga Yolis. 26:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Barry Craig Confidential Investigator - The Missing Hotel Room (02-09-55)

Feb 20, 2020 1334

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The Missing Hotel Room (Aired February 9, 1955) Like Sam Spade, Craig narrated his stories, in addition to being the leading character in this 30 minute show. Nearly sixty episodes are in trading circulation today William Gargan as a Detective (and an actor) If William Gargan brought an air of authenticity to his roles as a private detective, there were some good very reasons. His father was a bookmaker, so Gargan learned a lot about the gambling world and met a lot of interesting characters from across the spectrum of society. The main reason why Gargan was so convincing as a detective was that he was probably the only actor of his time who had actually been a private detective. He first worked as a credit investigator and collection agent for a clothing firm. Once Gargan was shot at when he attempted to get a deadbeat customer to pay his overdue account. THIS EPISODE: February 9, 1955. NBC network. "The Missing Hotel Room". Sustaining. "One nice thing about being a murderer, you don't have to worry about being included in the old age pension fund...you're not going to have an old age." The program opening is slightly upcut. William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Andrew C. Love (director), Jerry Hausner, Joan Banks, Stanley Farrar, Doris Singleton. 22:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Chase - My Love Is A Ghost (11-16-52)

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My Love Is A Ghost (Aired November 16, 1952)
NBC first envisioned The Chase as a new Television feature. This was not uncommon during the later 1940s and early 1950s. Several Radio features straddled both media, with varying success. Developed as a psychological drama, the premise was that many life situations place their subjects in a 'chase' of one type or another. A chase for fame. A chase from peril. A chase to beat the clock. A chase to escape death. The added twist was the question of who is the hunter or the hunted in these situations. The scripts were faced paced, starred quality east coast talent and were well written. The series' plots and themes focused primarily on predominantly fear inducing pursuits of one form or another. THIS EPISODE: November 16, 1952. NBC network. "My Love Is A Ghost". Sustaining. A man buys an oil painting of a woman, and finds himself being haunted by her spirit. The final public service announcement and system cue has been deleted. Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Paul McGrath, Anne Seymour, Bryna Raeburn, Edward King (director, transcriber), Fred Collins (announcer), Roger De Koven. 29:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Damon Runyon Theater - The Idyll Of Miss Sarah Brown (11-07-48)

Feb 19, 2020 1516

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The Idyll Of Miss Sarah Brown (Aired November 7, 1948)
Damon Runyon Theater - Broadcast from January to December 1949, "The Damon Runyon Theater" dramatized 52 of Runyon's short stories for radio. Damon Runyon (October 4, 1884 – December 10, 1946) was a newspaperman and writer. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. He spun tales of gamblers, petty thieves, actors and gangsters; few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead to be known as "Nathan Detroit", "Big Jule", "Harry the Horse", "Good Time Charlie", "Dave the Dude", and so on. These stories were written in a very distinctive vernacular style: a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. THIS EPISODE: November 7, 1948. Program #6. Mayfair syndication. "The Idyll Of Miss Sarah Brown". Commercials added locally. The story of "Sky," a tin-horn gambler and Sarah Brown, a missionary. The story from which "Guys and Dolls" was taken. Gerald Mohr, John Brown, Damon Runyon (author), Russell Hughes (adaptor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor), Richard Sanville (director), Frank Gallop (announcer). 26:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Story Of Dr. Kildare - Kildare's Old Girlfriend (05-10-50)

Feb 19, 2020 1516

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Kildare's Old Girlfriend (Aired May 10, 1950)
Dr. James Kildare was a fictional character, the primary character in a series of American theatrical films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, an early 1950s radio series, a 1960s television series of the same name and a comic book based on the TV show. The character was invented by the author Frederick Schiller Faust (aka Max Brand). The character began in the film series as a medical intern; after becoming a doctor he was mentored by an older physician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. After the first ten films, the series eliminated the character of Kildare and focused instead on Gillespie. In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. The supporting cast included Ted Osborne as hospital administrator Dr. Carough, Jane Webb as nurse Mary Lamont and Virginia Gregg as Nurse Parker, labeled "Nosy Parker" by Gillespie, with appearances by William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Jay Novello, Isabel Jewell and Jack Webb.

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Dangerous Assignment - Captain Rock (02-13-50)

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Captain Rock (Aired February 13, 1950)
Dangerous Assignment stands as one of the most durable programs of its genre and era in the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio. Espionage or foreign intrigue dramas weren't particularly groundbreaking undertakings by the 1950s. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. Dangerous Assignment, while airing ahead of The Man Called X, never seemed to get the buildup that The Man Called X invariably received. It may well have been as simple as a lack of sponsorship. For much of 1950 and 1951, both Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X remained either network sustained or shared the sponsorship of Ford, Anacin, Chesterfield, and RCA Victor. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: February 13, 1950. NBC network. Sustaining. Steve Mitchell is sent to Tangiers to impersonate "Captain Rock," who had just been murdered. Brian Donlevy, Robert Ryf (writer), Bill Cairn (director), Bruce Ashley (music). 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The CBS Radio Workshop - The Exurbanites (03-30-56)

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The Exurbanites (Aired March 30, 1956)
The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. Creator William Froug launched the series with this powerhouse two-part adaptation of "Brave New World" and booked author Aldous Huxley to narrate his famous novel. "We’ll never get a sponsor anyway," CBS vice president Howard Barnes explained to Time, "so we might as well try anything." The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce. THIS EPISODE: March 30, 1956. CBS network. "The Exurbanites". Sustaining. A chilling (but true) horror story about the problems of living in the suburbs. Eric Sevareid (narrator). 28:24Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index

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The CBS Radio Mystery Theater - Much Too Much (05-02-77)

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Much Too Much (Aired May 2, 1977)
The late E.G. Marshall hosted the program every year but the final one, when actress Tammy Grimes took over. Each episode began with the ominous sound of a creaking door, slowly opening to invite listeners in for the evening's adventure. At the end of each show, the door would swing shut, with Marshall signing off, "Until next time, pleasant...dreams?" Despite the show's title, Brown expanded its scope beyond mysteries to include horror, science fiction, historical drama, and even comedy. In addition to original stories, there were adaptations of classic tales by such writers as Edgar Allan Poe (no fewer than seven Poe stories were adapted in 1975 alone), O. Henry, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Dickens and others. Later in the series Brown even experimented with multi-part, five-episode adaptations of novels such as Les Misérables and The Last Days of Pompeii, as well as an original five-part story about Egyptian queen Nefertiti with Tammy Grimes in the title role. In 1982, Tammy Grimes hosted the final season of The CBS Radio Mystery Theater. THIS EPISODE: May 2, 1977. Program #643. CBS network. "Much Too Much". Sponsored by: Greyhound Package Express, Buick, Contac, Buick, Ex Lax, Minute Maid. Presto Pressure Cookers. An interesting take on the death penalty. E. G. Marshall (host), Gerald Keane (writer), Robert Dryden, Ian Martin, Court Benson, Earl Hammond. 45:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Mel Blanc Show - Mel's birthday! (02-11-47)

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Mel's birthday! (Aired February 11, 1947)
In 1936, Mel Blanc joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, which made animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Blanc liked to tell the story about how he got turned down at the Schlesinger studio by music director Norman Spencer, who was in charge of cartoon voices, saying that they had all the voices they needed. Then Spencer died, and sound man Treg Brown took charge of cartoon voices, while Carl Stalling took over as music director. Brown introduced Blanc to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, who loved his voices. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters from Looney Tunes, adding Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew and many others. THIS EPISODE: February 11, 1947. CBS net. Sponsored by: Colgate Tooth Powder, Halo Shampoo. The bank is going to foreclose on Mel's Fix-It Shop...on "Mel's birthday!" Mel pretends to be dead to see if anyone misses him! Alan Reed (?), Bud Hiestand (announcer), Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Mac Benoff (writer), Mary Jane Croft, Mel Blanc, The Sportsmen, Victor Miller and His Orchestra. 23:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Jaliscoe Pete (05-10-52)

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Jaliscoe Pete (Aired May 10, 1952)
The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners (such as old time radio expert John Dunning) have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults, and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalpings, massacres and opium addicts. Miss Kitty's occupation as a prostitute was made far more obvious on the radio version than on television. Many episodes ended on a down-note, and villains often got away with their crimes.
THIS EPISODE: May 10, 1952. CBS network. "Jaliscoe Pete". Sustaining. "Jaliscoe Pete" and his three friends murder Will Thompson and his family and try to make it look like it was done by Indians. Barney Phillips, Georgia Ellis, Harry Bartell, Howard McNear, Jack Kruschen, John McGovern, Les Crutchfield (writer), Lou Krugman, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Parley Baer, Rex Koury (composer, performer), Roy Rowan (announcer), Vivi Janis, William Conrad. 30:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Sears Radio Theater (Mutual) - Billy D. Burton (07-05-79)

Feb 18, 2020 3039

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Billy D. Burton (Aired July 5, 1979)
Sears Radio Theater (SRT) was an anthology series of radio drama which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the department-store chain; in its second year, 1980, it moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater; the MBS series was repeats from the CBS run, until September of 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. The Mutual run was still most often sponsored by Sears. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater on those stations which cleared it in its first season, the SRT offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast (one day was devoted to romance, one to crime drama, etc.), and each genre had its own host from week to week. THIS EPISODE: July 5, 1979. Program #109. CBS network. "Billy D. Burton". Sponsored by: Sears Roebuck and Company. Odie Hawkins (writer), Cecily Tyson (hostess), Robert Dockey, Robin Braxton, Helen Martin, Steven Markle, Byron Kane, Joan McCall, Ben Wright, Peggy Webber, Fletcher Markle (producer, director). 52 minutes. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Calling All Cars - The Corpse In The Red Necktie (11-19-36)

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The Corpse In The Red Necktie (Aired November 19, 1936)
As shows of this nature do it dealt with tracking killers and robbers with a recap of the justice which was enforced. The writer and director was William N. Robson. Calling All Cars episodes were dramatized true crime stories that were not only introduced by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department but were true life crime stories of the LAPD. If you are thinking early version of Dragnet, yes, but not quite as polished. Dragnet was believed to have been inspired by Calling All Cars. THIS EPISODE: November 19, 1936. Program #156. CBS Pacific network (Don Lee network). "The Corpse In The Red Necktie". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil. The third anniversary program. A man's body is found in a canyon, naked but for a necktie! Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator), Jesse Rosenquist (dispatcher), James E. Davis (host, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department), A. C. Jewell (under-Sheriff of Los Angeles county). 28:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Casebook Of Gregory Hood - The Murder Of Gregory Hood (06-17-46)

Feb 17, 2020 1719

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The Murder Of Gregory Hood (Aired June 17, 1946)
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Gale Gordon in the title role, took over where Sherlock Holmes had left off. Sponsored by Petri wine, it used the same "weekly visit" format and the same team of Anthony Boucher and Dennis Green that had written The New Adventured of Sherlock Holmes. Gregory Hood was modelled after true-life San Francisco importer Richard Gump, and many of the stories revolve around a mystery surrounding some particular imported treasure. Hood's sidekick Sanderson "Sandy" Taylor was played by Bill Johnstone. The show aired from June, 1946 through August, 1950. There were an additional couple of shows aired in October 1951. Hood and Sanderson were played in later episodes by Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, respectively. THIS EPISODE: June 17, 1946. Mutual network. "The Murder Of Gregory Hood". Sponsored by: Petri Wines. Gregory Hood pretends that he's been murdered and then tries to find his own killer! The system cue has been deleted. Gale Gordon, Harry Bartell (announcer), Dean Fosler (composer, conductor), Denis Green (writer), Anthony Boucher (writer), Art Gilmore. 28:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Crime Does Not Pay - Glossy Finish (12-26-49)

Feb 17, 2020 1639

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Glossy Finish (Aired December 26, 1949)
The series started on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM (on WMGM) and held that time/day spot until Oct. 30, 1950. The 56'th show marked a change to Wednesday night, again at 7:30. After show number 78 (Apr.11, 1951) the shows were repeated, starting with the first, "Kid With a Gun". The repeats followed the original order up until repeat of number 26, "Ingenious Woman" on Oct. 10, 1951. Repeats were not uncommon. Even before the last original show, older shows were repeated on alternate dates to the main series run. On Jan. 7, 1952, the series moved to Mutual but lasted just one year. Only repeats of the original series were aired and show ordering did not match the first run. The show was heard on Dec. 22, 1952. THIS EPISODE: December 26, 1949. Program #12. MGM syndication. "Glossy Finish". Commercials added locally. The date above is the date of the first broadcast on WMGM, New York, from which this syndicated version may have been taken. Wealthy Uncle David announces that he will leave a half-million dollars to each of his two nephews. One of the nephews has considerable gambling debts. Rest in peace, Uncle David! Ira Marion (writer), Marx B. Loeb (director), Burton B. Turkas (technical advisor), Martin Gabel, Jon Gart (composer, conductor), Bob Williams (announcer). 26:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Crime Club - Death At 7:10 (07-03-47)

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Death At 7:10 (07-03-47) (Aired July 3, 1947)
The program ran for two years over the Columbia Basic Network and for three years over NBC's Blue Network. During April 1933, the program was renamed Eno Crime Clues. The program ultimately left the air at the end of June 1936. The Eno Crime Club franchise was by way of a pretend Crime Club for Radio. No book tie-ins were ever associated with Eno Fruit Salts' sponsorship of the program. The program was, however, during its era viewed as a natural extension of the book club phenomena. Crime or mystery book clubs joined other monthly or quarterly selected book clubs for all manner of literary interests. Science fiction book clubs had been popularized as early as the 1920s, as well as romance fiction book clubs, supernatural thriller book clubs, and of course, childrens' book clubs. Given their popularity, natural tie-ins to Doubleday Crime Club imprint selections were inevitable. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 3, 1947. Mutual network."Death At 7:10". Sustaining. Susan Ward Steel, a woman everybody hated is dies of atropine poisoning in the compartment of a mystery writer on a train. Her story is told through flashbacks. H. F. S. Moore (author), Stedman Coles (adaptor), Roger Bower (producer, director), Raymond Edward Johnson, Helen Shields, Cameron Prud'Homme, Ted Osborne, Eleanor Phelps, Pierce Carlton, Reese Taylor. 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Academy Award Theater - Arise My Love (Starring Ray Milland) 06-01-46

Feb 17, 2020 1836

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Arise My Love (Starring Ray Milland) Aired June 1, 1946
The list of films and actors on Academy Award Theater is very impressive. Bette Davis begins the series in Jezebel, with Ginger Rogers following in Kitty Foyle, and then Paul Muni in The Life of Louis Pasteur. The Informer had to have Victor Mclaglen, and the Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet (this movie was his first major motion picutre role) plus Mary Astor for the hat trick. Suspicion starred Cary Grant with Ann Todd doing the Joan Fontaine role, Ronald Coleman in Lost Horizon, and Joan Fontaine and John Lund were in Portrait of Jenny. How Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio were done is something to hear! THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1946. CBS network. "Arise My Love". Sponsored by: Squibb. A love story between a pilot and a girl reporter in wartime Europe. Ray Milland. 30:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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King Kong - Radio Version (1938)

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King Kong - Radio Version (1938) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
King Kong is the name of the fictional giant ape, from the fictional Skull Island, who has appeared in several works, most of which bear his name, including the groundbreaking 1933 film, the film remakes of 1976 and 2005, and numerous sequels and paraphernalia. In the original film, the character's name is Kong -- a name given to him by the inhabitants of "Skull Island" in the Indian Ocean, where Kong lived along with other over-sized animals such as a plesiosaur, pterosaurs and dinosaurs. 'King' is an appellation added by an American film crew led by Carl Denham who captures Kong and takes him to New York City to be exhibited. Kong escapes and climbs the Empire State Building (the World Trade Center in the 1976 remake) where he is shot and killed by aircraft. However, "it was beauty who killed the beast," as he only climbed the building in the first place in an attempt to protect actress Ann Darrow (Dwan in the 1976 remake).

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MOVIE - The Killer That Stalked New York (12-01-50)

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MOVIE - The Killer That Stalked New York (12-01-50)
The Killer That Stalked New York (AKA:Frightened City) is a 1950 film noir starring Evelyn Keyes. The film, shot on location and in a semi-documentary style, is about diamond smugglers who unknowingly start a smallpox outbreak in the New York City of 1947. It is based on the real threat of a smallpox epidemic in the city, as described in a story taken from a 1948 Cosmopolitan magazine article. Arriving at New York City's Pennsylvania Station after a trip to Cuba, Sheila Bennet (Evelyn Keyes), who is smuggling $50,000 worth of diamonds into the country, realizes she's being followed by the authorities. She mails the diamonds to her husband, Matt Krane (Charles Korvin), instead of carrying them around, and then tries to shake the Treasury agent following her. Feeling sick, Sheila nearly faints on the street, so a cop takes her to a local clinic. While there, she encounters a little girl and inadvertently infects her. Sheila is misdiagnosed as having a common cold, and she leaves and returns home. After the girl is admitted to the hospital, she is found to have smallpox.

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The Jell-O Program Starring Jack Benny - Dive Bomber (10-26-41)

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Dive Bomber (Aired October 26, 1941)
Benny had been only a minor vaudeville performer, but he became a national figure with The Jack Benny Program, a weekly radio show which ran from 1932 to 1948 on NBC and from 1949 to 1955 on CBS, and was consistently among the most highly rated programs during most of that run. With Canada Dry Ginger Ale as a sponsor, Benny came to radio on The Canada Dry Program, beginning May 2, 1932, on the NBC Blue Network and continuing there for six months until October 26, moving the show to CBS on October 30. With Ted Weems leading the band, Benny stayed on CBS until January 26, 1933. Arriving at NBC on March 17, Benny did The Chevrolet Program until April 1, 1934. He continued with sponsors General Tires, Jell-O and Grape Nuts. Lucky Strike was the radio sponsor from 1944 to the mid-1950s. The show returned to CBS on January 2, 1949, as part of CBS president William S. Paley's notorious "raid" of NBC talent in 1948-49. There it stayed for the remainder of its radio run, which ended on May 22, 1955. CBS aired reruns of old radio episodes from 1956 to 1958 as The Best of Benny. THIS EPISODE: October 26, 1941. "Dive Bomber". Red network, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. Sponsored by: Jell-O. Phil and the band play a swinging "Poet and Peasant Overture." The cast does its version of, "Dive Bomber," a story of naval aviation. Jack Benny, Don Wilson, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Harry Baldwin, Ed Beloin (writer, performer), Dix Davis, Bill Morrow (writer), Mahlon Merrick (conductor). 29:35

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Pat Novak For Hire - Lydia Reynolds (11-23-47)

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Lydia Reynolds (Aired November 23, 1947)
Each episode of the program, particularly the Jack Webb episodes, follows the same basic formula; a foghorn sounds and Novak's footsteps are heard walking down the pier. He then pauses and begins with the line "Sure, I'm Pat Novak . . . for hire". The foghorn repeats and leads to the intro theme, during which Pat gives a monologue about the waterfront and his job renting boats. Jack Webb narrates the story as well as acts in it, as the titular character. Playing the cynic, he throws off lines such as "...about as smart as teaching a cooking class to a group of cannibals". He then introduces the trouble in which he finds himself this week. Typically, a person unknown to Pat asks him to do an unusual or risky job. Pat reluctantly accepts and finds himself in hot water in the form of an unexplained dead body. Police Inspector Hellman (played by Raymond Burr) arrives on the scene and pins the murder on Novak. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: November 23, 1947. ABC Pacific network, KGO, San Francisco origination. Sustaining. "Lydia Reynolds", a wealthy but insane young lady, hires Novak to be her bodyguard. The system cue has been deleted. Ben Morris, John Galbraith, Herb Ellis, Jack Lewis, Tol Avery, Henry Leff, Otto Clair (special music), Mary Melford, Ed MacDonald. 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The New Adventures Of Nero Wolf - The Case Of The Care Worn Cuff (10-27-50)

Feb 16, 2020 1743

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The Case Of The Care Worn Cuff (Aired October 27, 1950)
Nero Wolf is a fictional detective created by American author Rex Stout in the 1930s and featured in dozens of novels and novellas.In the stories, Wolf is one of the most famous private detectives in the United States. He weighs about 285 pounds and is 5'11" tall. He raises orchids in a rooftop greenhouse in his New York City brownstone on West 35th Street, helped by his live-in gardener Theodore Horstmann. Wolf drinks beer throughout the day. He employs a live-in chef, Fritz Brenner. He is multilingual and brilliant, though apparently self-educated, and reading is his third passion after food and orchids. He works in an office in his house and almost never leaves home, even to pursue the detective work that finances his expensive lifestyle. Instead, his leg work is done by another live-in employee, Archie Goodwin. While both Wolf and Goodwin are licensed detectives, Goodwin is more of the classic fictional gumshoe, tough, wise-cracking, and skirt-chasing. He tells the stories in a breezy first-person narrative that is semi-hard-boiled in style. THIS EPISODE: October 27, 1950. NBC network. "The Case Of The Care Worn Cuff". Sustaining. A man with one shirt cuff more worn than the other pays Wolfe $1000 to drop Dorothy Spencer as a client, even though Wolfe never heard of her. "Mr. Porter" is promptly found murdered. Sydney Greenstreet, Rex Stout (creator), Peter Leeds, J. Donald Wilson (producer, director), Don Stanley (announcer), Lamont Johnson, William Johnstone, Wilms Herbert, Jane Webb. 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Danger With Grainger - Paula Crane Is Threatened (1956)

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Paula Crane Is Threatened (1956) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Danger With Granger arrived too late in the Golden Age of Radio to have any real impact on the listening public. Mutual aired this show, starting in 1956, on Monday nights at 8:30 pm. It was a half hour show that featured a private eye in New York City, STEVE GRANGER. His two primary companions were Cal Hendrix, a reporter who served as an all-purpose source of criminal info, and Jake Rankin, a police detective with whom he had a grudging rivalry. The writing on the show seemed to incorporate most of the standard cliche's of the P.I. world. Granger, who was both the star and the first-person narrator of the show (not an uncommon practice with radio gumshoes), never saw a woman, instead "he gave the doll the once-over." He didn't kick with his foot, he "lifted a size 10." Instead of paying cash, he "forked over numbered lettuce." In his investigations Steve Granger cooperates with the police and the FBI and other authorities.

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The Raleigh Cigarette Program Starring Red Skelton -Telephones (02-26-46)

Feb 15, 2020 1772

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Telephones (Aired February 26, 1946)
Red Skelton was drafted in March 1944, and the popular series was discontinued June 6, 1944. Shipped overseas to serve with an Army entertainment unit as a private, Red Skelton had a nervous breakdown in Italy, spent three months in a hospital and was discharged in September, 1945. He once joked about his military career, "I was the only celebrity who went in and came out a private." On December 4, 1945, The Raleigh Cigarette Program resumed where it left off with Red Skelton introducing some new characters, including Bolivar Shagnasty and J. Newton Numbskull. Lurene Tuttle and Verna Felton appeared as Junior's mother and grandmother. THIS EPISODE: February 26, 1946. NBC network, Hollywood origination. Sponsored by: Raleigh Cigarettes, Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco. The Skelton Scrapbook Of Satire: "Telephones." Chapter 88, "I Want A Telephone," with Willie Lump-Lump. Chapter 89: "The New Telephone," with "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid." Red Skelton, Rod O'Connor (announcer), GeGe Pearson, David Forrester and His Orchestra, Anita Ellis, Pat McGeehan, Verna Felton. 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Private Files Of Rex Saunders - Until Death Do Us Part (07-18-51)

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Until Death Do Us Part (Aired July 18, 1951)
"The Secret Files of Rex Saunders." Heard every Wednesday night at 7:30, this thriller is typical of radio mystery shows. However, it has one thing the others don't--that is a sauve Englishman by the name of Rex Harrison. Harrison turns in a better than average performance as a private detective. With the help of an assistant played by Leon Janey, the "dick" goes his way solving a new mystery each week. Impressing us most was the quiet manner in which Harrison plays his new role. Not once during the entire half hour show did he raise his voice enough to activate the decible meter on the KSMO switchboard. Most radio detectives are of the loud and fast talking type, who just love to order their girl friends and constituted police authorities around like mad. Harrison's show keeps away from this sort of thing. THIS EPISODE: July 18, 1951. NBC net. "Until Death Do Us Part". Sponsored by: RCA Victor. The system cue has been deleted. Leon Janney, Amzie Strickland, Himan Brown (director), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Rex Harrison, Edward Adamson (writer). 33:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Dragnet - The Big Press (02-08-53)

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The Big Press (Aired February 8, 1953)
Dragnet was a long running radio and television police procedural drama, about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a Dragnet, meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in American media history. The series gave millions of Americans a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real life police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers. Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media. THIS EPISODE: February 8, 1953. Program #190. NBC network. "The Big Press". Sponsored by: Chesterfield. A pair of check forgers are at work in Los Angeles. Sgt. Friday goes undercover to track them down. Network, sponsored version. Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Art Gilmore, Whitfield Connor, John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music). 29:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Studio One - Wine Of the Country (05-11-48)

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Wine Of the Country (Aired May 11, 1948)
Studio One, a drama anthology, which first aired Tuesday, April 29, 1947, at 9:00 over CBS stations. It brought hour-long presentations of books and plays to radio, many of which had not been attempted before. Fletcher Markle, a CBC radio veteran, produced, hosted and occasionally acted in the series. Half way through the season, ratings were not as expected, possibly because the series didn't air on the West Coast. Big name actors were brought in to help improve ratings. The sustained series still left the air after only one season. Studio One ran until July 27, 1948, when it was replaced by Rooftops Of The City. However, the standards it set led to a TV series of the same name which ran for nine seasons. Studio One seems to be a forgotten gem. If you like high drama, these shows should not be overlooked. Offering a wide range of dramas. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1948. CBS network. "Wine Of the Country". Sustaining. An excellent love story of the South, spiced with jealousy and insecurity, very well acted. Robert Mitchum, Mercedes McCambridge, Everett Sloane, Connie Lembcke, Robert Dryden, Miriam Wolfe, Bartlett Robinson, Ian MacAllaster, John Merlin. 1:00:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index

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Murder At Midnight - The Man Who Died Yesterday (07-05-46)

Feb 15, 2020 1584

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The Man Who Died Yesterday (Aired July 5, 1946)
According to Billboard magazine, talent and production costs for Murder At Midnight averaged about $5000 per program, one of the higher costs of canned, syndicated programming of the era. But the investment shows. And indeed, well into its almost six years of syndication, the series continued to pull respectable audience shares. The talent included well known names such as Lawson Zerbe, Karl Swenson, Berry Kroeger, Lon Clark, Frank Readick, Elspeth Eric, Mandel Kramer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Alfred Shirley, and Raymond Edward Johnson--and his wife, among many other well-respected east coast actors of the era. Anton Leader, later famous for his Television work, directed the series. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 5, 1946. Program #12. KFI, Los Angeles origination, Cowan syndication, World transcription. "The Man Who Died Yesterday". Commercials added locally. A walking dead man can see into the future. A good story! Raymond Morgan (host), William Morwood (writer), Anton M. Leader (director), Charles Paul (organist), Stuart Brody, Mandel Kramer, Louis G. Cowan (producer). 26:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Bulldog Drummond - Death Under The Big Top (07-07-48)

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Death Under The Big Top (Aired July 7, 1948)
The Bulldog Drummond stories followed Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, D.S.O., M.C., a wealthy former WWI officer of the fictional Loamshire Regiment, who, after the war, spends his new-found leisure time as a private detective. Drummond is a proto-James Bond figure and a version of the imperial adventurers depicted by the likes of John Buchan. In terms of the detective genre, the first Bulldog Drummond novel was published after the Sherlock Holmes stories, the Nayland Smith/Fu Manchu novels and Richard Hannay's first three adventures including The Thirty-Nine Steps. The character first appeared in the novel Bulldog Drummond (1920), and this was followed by a lengthy series of books and adaptations for films, radio and television. "Drummond... has the appearance of an English gentleman: a man who fights hard, plays hard and lives clean. THIS EPISODE: July 7, 1948. Mutual network origination, Ziv syndication. "Death Under The Big Top". Commercials added locally. Captain Drummond and Denny visit the circus, only to become involved with "The Flying Morris'," a triangle on the flying trapeze. Ned Wever, Jackson Beck (announcer), Himan Brown (producer, director). 26:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Life of Riley - Riley Trains Junior's Dog (02-11-45)

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Riley Trains Junior's Dog (Aired February 11, 1945)
The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, was a popular radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film and continued as a long-running television series during the 1950s. The show began as a proposed Groucho Marx radio series, The Flotsam Family, but the sponsor balked at what would have been essentially a straight head-of-household role for the comedian. Then producer Irving Brecher saw Bendix as taxicab company owner Tim McGuerin in the movie The McGuerins from Brooklyn (1942). The Flotsam Family was reworked with Bendix cast as blundering Chester A. Riley, riveter at a California aircraft plant, and his frequent exclamation of indignation---"What a revoltin' development this is!"---became one of the most famous catch phrases of the 1940s. The radio series also benefited from the immense popularity of a supporting character, Digby "Digger" O'Dell (John Brown), "the friendly undertaker." THIS EPISODE: February 11, 1945. "Riley Trains Junior's Dog" - Blue network, KECA, Los Angeles aircheck. Sponsored by: The American Meat Institute. Junior gets a new dog and Riley ends up in the doghouse. John Brown, William Bendix, Ken Niles (announcer), Don Bernard (director), Lou Kosloff (music), Irving Brecher (creator, producer), Conrad Binyon, Paula Winslowe. 29:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Radio City Playhouse (NBC) - Deadline (02-28-49)

Feb 14, 2020 1782

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Deadline (Aired February 28, 1949)
The Radio City Playhouse was a half-hour of drama, sometimes comedy, often very exciting and suspenseful. The cast were made up of New York veterans of radio and stage, including Jan Minor and John Larkin as featured performers. The director, Harry W. Junkin, also served as the show's host and narrator. Each week the show introduced a new story, often written by well-known writers of fantasy and suspense such as Ray Bradbury, Cornell Woolrich, Agatha Christie and Paul Gallico. They were dramatized with a full orchestral soundtrack and excellent sound effects. THIS EPISODE: February 28, 1949. Program #28. NBC network. "Deadline". Sustaining. A rotten, miserable drama critic (aren't they all?) finally gets his come-uppance. The program is also known as, "NBC Short Story." Harry Junkin refers to the program as "Attraction #27." Harry W. Junkin (host, director), John Bethune (writer), Bob Warren (announcer), Claudia Morgan, Paul Nugent, Bernard Grant. 29:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Diary Of Fate - Phillip Vale (06-01-48)

Feb 14, 2020 1777

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Phillip Vale (Aired June 1, 1948)
The twist with Diary of Fate was the total absence of pretense. The program jumps right to the 'source' of Man's ultimate destiny--Fate itself--in the form of the Guardian of the Diary of Fate. It is within the Diary of Fate, that every soul's fate is painstakingly chronicled by book and page number--or so we're very persuasively given to understand. Fate itself--in this instance, at least--is the great character actor Herbert Lytton, providing the forboding vocal gravitas we might expect from such an all-powerful cosmic force. Produced from Hollywood, the entire production was voiced by primarily west coast actors. Famous Radio and Television promoter Larry Finley produced and syndicated the program to at least some 94 affiliate stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Jamaica. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. B THIS EPISODE: June 1, 1948. Program #25. ABC network, KECA, Los Angeles origination, Finley syndication. "Phillip Vale". Commercials added locally. Book 63, page 209. Phillip Vale decides to kill his wealthy aunt Ruth when he loses $20,000 of her money on a bad stock market investment. The date is subject to correction. Larry Finley (producer), Herb Lytton (as "Fate" and co-producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Ray Ehrlenborn (sound effects). 31:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Shakiest Gun in the West (11-30-68)

Feb 14, 2020 5116

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The Shakiest Gun in the West (November 30, 1968)
Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, a 1960s sitcom for which he earned five Emmy Awards, and for his role as Ralph Furley on the highly rated sitcom Three's Company from 1979 to 1984. He also starred in multiple comedic films, including playing Luther Heggs in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) and Henry Limpet in The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964). In 1979 TV Guide ranked him #27 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. Knotts died at age 81 on February 24, 2006, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California from pulmonary and respiratory complications of pneumonia related to lung cancer. His body was buried at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Knotts' obituaries cited him as a major influence on other entertainers. In early 2011, his grave's plain granite headstone was replaced with a bronze plaque that lists several of Knotts' movie and television roles. A statue honoring Knotts was unveiled on July 23, 2016, in front of The Metropolitan Theatre on High Street in his hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia. THIS MOVIE: November 30, 1968 - "The Shakiest Gun in the West" - A pardoned stagecoach robber, becomes government agent and marries a naive unsuspecting east-coast dentist in order to join a wagon train and catch the smugglers who have been selling guns to the Indians. Stars: Don Knotts, Barbara Rhoades, Jackie Coogan, Alan Rafkin (Director), James Fritzell (Writers). 1:25:16.

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Mr. & Mrs. North - House Of Hate (09-01-53)

Feb 13, 2020 1531

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House Of Hate (Aired September 29, 1953)
Mr. and Mrs. North was a radio mystery series that aired on CBS from 1942 to 1954. Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin had the title roles when the series began in 1942. Publisher Jerry North and his wife Pam lived in Greenwich Village at 24 St. Anne's Flat. They were not professional detectives but simply an ordinary couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week for 12 years. The radio program eventually reached nearly 20 million listeners. The characters originated in 1930s vignettes written by Richard Lockridge for the New York Sun, and he brought them back for short stories in The New Yorker. These stories were collected in Mr. and Mrs. North (1936). Lockridge increased the readership after he teamed with his wife Frances on a novel, The Norths Meet Murder (1940), launching a series of 40 novels, including Death takes a Bow, Death on the Aisle and The Dishonest Murderer. Their long-run series continued for over two decades and came to an end in 1963 with the death of Frances Lockridge. THIS EPISODE: September 29, 1953. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "House Of Hate". Wealthy old Mrs. Lansing is found dead from a fall. Her son keeps his wife a virtual prisoner in the house, then, the son is found dead! Barbara Britton, Richard Denning, Frances Lockridge (creator), Richard Lockridge (creator). 25:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Let George Do It - The Floaters (01-23-50)

Feb 13, 2020 1758

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The Floaters (Aired January 23, 1950)
Let George Do It was a radio drama series produced by Owen and Pauline Vinson from 1946 to 1954. It starred Bob Bailey as detective-for-hire George Valentine (with Olan Soule stepping into the role in 1954). Clients came to Valentine's office after reading a newspaper carrying his classified ad: "Personal notice: Danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me. George Valentine. "The few earliest episodes were more sitcom than private eye shows, with a studio audience providing scattered laughter at the not-so-funny scripts. Soon the audience was banished, and George went from stumbling comedic hero to tough guy private eye, while the music became suspenseful. Valentine's secretary was Claire Brooks, aka Brooksie (Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff). Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 23, 1950. Mutual-Don Lee network. "The Floaters". Sponsored by: Standard Oil, Chevron. Helga and "The Sad Man Who Coughed" are both murdered in a seedy motel on the Mexican border. Bob Bailey, Virginia Gregg, Jane Webb, Eddie Fields, Joseph Du Val, Ruth Perrott, Tony Barrett, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor), Don Clark (director), David Victor (writer), Jackson Gillis (writer). 29:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe - The Pigeon's Blood (06-11-49)

Feb 13, 2020 1798

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The Pigeon's Blood (Aired June 11, 1949)
The first portrayal of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio Theater on June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944 movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead. Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13 shows. On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe, this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in 1951. THIS EPISODE: June 11, 1949. CBS network. "The Pigeon's Blood". Sustaining. Thirty rubies are missing, murder isn't! Gerald Mohr, Alma Lawton, Gloria Blondell, Barney Phillips, Edgar Barrier, Herb Butterfield, Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Mel Dinelli (writer), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Richard Aurandt (music), Roy Rowan (announcer). 29:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Lineup - Narcotics (12-17-52)

Feb 13, 2020 1765

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Narcotics (Aired December 17, 1952)
The Line-Up stands as one of the most well-produced crime dramas of The Golden Age of Radio. The cast is comprised of top-tier, A-List talent from top to bottom. With Elliott Lewis directing his cast of some of the finest voice talent of the era--and top-drawer sound technicians to match--this series remains one of the best examples of the Crime Drama genre. Think of Calling All Cars, minus the jingoistic flag-waving, updated to contemporary 1950s crime themes, and peppered with the more authentic radio-verité atmospherics of Unit 99, Night Watch, and Dragnet, and you have The Line-Up. It's also been one of the most difficult series to collect over the years. The good news is that with new episodes surfacing each year, there's every possibility that we'll soon have a complete run of the series to enjoy in its entirety. Bill Johnstone gives his usual solid performance as Lieutenant Ben Guthrie of the San Francisco Police Department. He's aided for the first year of the run by the equally solid Wally Maher, with his gritty, sardonic voice characterizations. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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Agatha Christie Presents Hercule Poirot - The Careless Victim (02-22-45)

Feb 13, 2020 1700

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The Careless Victim (02-22-45)
Hercule Poirot is Agatha Christie's greatest creation, many say. One of the most famous detectives in all fiction, he was created in 1916 (when Agatha Christie penned the first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles). The Belgian detective appeared in 33 novels and 65 short stories and is the only fictional character to be honored with a front page obituary of The New York Times. He doesn't have any disorders to speak of, but demands order. He likes things in an orderly manner (ie, books arranged on a shelf according to height) and approves of symmetry everywhere (residence Whitehaven Mansions is picked because of its symmetry). He despises dust and unclean homes and favors the indoors (especially central heating in the winter). Poirot also values method--to him the greatest method or tool in solving crime is using the "gray cells" of the brain. He derides such methods as examing footprints, collecting cigarette ash, searching for clues with a magnifying glass, or taking fingerprints. He says any crime can be solved with simply placing the puzzle pieces correctly. He is an armchair detective-- he has to simply "sit still in an armchair and think". Of course, Poirot's mustache is as famous as his "little gray cells". He has pride is his luscious, waxed black mustache and is always meticulously dressed down to his patent leather shoes.

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Tom Corbett Space Cadet - Vultures Of Space (06-05-52) Part 2 of 2

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Vultures Of Space (Aired June 5, 1952) Part 2 of 2
The Tom Corbett universe partook of pseudo-science, not equal to the standards of accuracy set by John W. Campbell in the pages of Astounding. And yet, by the standards of the day, it was much more accurate than most media science fiction. Mars was a desert, Venus a jungle, and the asteroids a haunt of space pirates, but at least planets circled suns and there was no air in space. Contrast this with Twilight Zone, years later, where people could live on asteroids wearing ordinary clothes, or Lost in Space, years after that, where a spaceship could be passing "Jupiter and Andromeda" at the same time. Before Star Trek, Tom Corbett — Space Cadet was the most scientifically accurate series on television, in part due to official science advisor Willy Ley, and later due to Frankie Thomas. Thomas read up on science and everyone on the set turned to him for advice on matters scientific. THIS EPISODE: June 5, 1952. ABC network, WJZ, New York aircheck. "The Vultures Of Space" Part Two of Two. Sponsored by: Kellogg's Pep, Kellogg's Raisin Bran. A claim jumper on Del Porte commits murder to get the mineral rights near a large lake. Al Markim, Drex Hines (director), Edward Bryce, Frank Thomas Jr., Jackson Beck (announcer), Jan Merlin, Jon Gart (organist). 22:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Tom Corbett Space Cadet - Vultures Of Space (06-03-52) Part 1 of 2

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Vultures Of Space (Aired June 3, 1952) Part 1 of 2
Tom Corbett is the main character in a series of Tom Corbett — Space Cadet stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, coloring books, punch-out books and View-Master reels in the 1950s. The stories followed the adventures of Tom Corbett, Astro, and Roger Manning, cadets at the Space Academy as they train to become members of the elite Solar Guard. The action takes place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkroom, aboard their training ship the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars. THIS EPISODE: June 3, 1952. ABC network, WJZ, New York aircheck. "The Vultures Of Space" Part One of Two. Sponsored by: Kellogg's Pep, Kellogg's Raisin Bran. Sabotage takes place during a race for mineral rights in the planet Del Porte. Al Markim, Drex Hines (director), Edward Bryce, Frank Thomas Jr., Jackson Beck (announcer), Jan Merlin, Jon Gart (organist). 23:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Alan Young Show - Synthetic Cigarette Machine (03-13-45)

Feb 12, 2020 1820

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Synthetic Cigarette Machine (Aired March 13, 1945)
He played the owner of a talking horse that would talk to no one but him. Young's television guest appearances include The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, St. Elsewhere, Coach, Party of Five, The Wayans Bros., Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (Episode: "Sweet Charity", playing Zelda's older love interest), USA High, Hang Time, ER and Maybe It's Me. In 1993, Young recreated his role as Filby for the mini-sequel to George Pal's The Time Machine, reuniting him with Rod Taylor, who played George, the Time Traveller. It was called Time Machine: The Journey Back, directed by Clyde Lucas. In 2002, he had a cameo as the flower store worker in Simon Wells' remake of The Time Machine. Finally, in 2010, he read H. G. Wells's original novel for 7th Voyage Productions, Inc. In 1994, Young co-starred in the Eddie Murphy film Beverly Hills Cop III. He played the role of Uncle Dave Thornton, the Walt Disney-esque founder of the fictional California theme park Wonderworld.

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The Secrets Of Scotland Yard - The Great Gold Robbery (09-21-53)

Feb 12, 2020 1085

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The Great Gold Robbery (Aired September 21, 1953)
In an earlier time, just prior to and following the Second World War, the general public was fascinated by the subject of crime. Numerous magazines of "True Crime Stories" filled the newsstands. Radio also helped fill the need with fictional heroes such as Johnny Dollar and The Saint. Few true crime dramas, other than Gangbusters or Dragnet, sustained long term success on radio. The Secrets of Scotland Yard was a successful crime drama series, initially airing internationally between 1949 and 1951. Selected episodes finally came to a US radio network for a brief run much later in 1957 over the Mutual Broadcasting System. The series boasted well over 100 episodes, one of which, "The Bone From A Voice Box", apparently served as the prototype for another well remembered Towers Of London dramatic series, The Black Museum. In both series, well known actors were employed as host / narrator, Orson Welles in The Black Museum and Clive Brook here. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli.

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The Creaking Door - Alive In His Grave (1965)

Feb 12, 2020 1725

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The Imposter (Aired 1965) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Creaking Door was South African Radio's attempt to create a compelling program of highly suspenseful, dramatic thrillers with a supernatural bent for their sponsor, State Express Cigarettes. Some commentators insist it was conceived as a spin-off of the already successful Inner Sanctum episodes that had been syndicated for broadcast in Australia and South Africa during the 1950s. Given the format, one can see the inference, but in fact The Creaking Door stands on its own as a unique, well-produced, engaging supernatural thriller series on its own merit. The emphasis on high production values is perhaps the very reason that several early, morally challenged Radio traders felt they could get away with interspersing many of the Creaking Door episodes with their Inner Sanctum, Mysterious Traveler, and Strange Dr. Weird offerings to a still naive community of radio recording collectors. Although somewhat left-handed, it's still a compliment to both SABC and Springbok Radio that those early 'otr hooligans' managed to get away with the practice for well over 20 years. That takes nothing away from this excellent series in its own right. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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The Hall Of Fantasy - Diamonds Of Death (11-30-53)

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Diamonds Of Death (Aired November 30, 1953)
Originally a local series out of Utah that found its way on to the airwaves sporadically from 1947 to 1952, this anthology was picked up for national syndication by the Mutual network and broadcast from mid-52 through mid-53. Written and directed by Richard Thorne, a prolific and talented writer and producer, this series is often overlooked, even by fans of OTR. It is unfortunate, since it provides some very unique and dramatic material; the acting in particular was superb. Early on, the series concentrated on murder mysteries, but later shows were devoted to horror and some sci-fi. Sadly, not all episodes have survived. THIS EPISODE: November 30, 1953. Mutual network, WGN, Chicago origination (possibly syndicated). "The Diamonds Of Death". Commercials added locally. A search for a fabulous fortune in diamonds...guarded by an idol in the jungle. The program may be dated August 3, 1953. Richard Thorne (writer). 23:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of The Saint - The Baseball Murder (09-03-50)

Feb 11, 2020 1750

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The Baseball Murder (Aired September 3, 1950)
Several of the crime and detective genre Radio programs had already popularized comedy - adventure - detective genre programs. Among them, The Thin Man, Let George Do It, Sam Spade Detective and Mr. And Mrs. North had proven to be the most entertaining of the genre. Tempering the murder and mayhem with clever throwaway lines and comedic or romantic interplay between the characters proved to be a popular, if not critical, success factor in many of these programs. The scripts for Vincent Price's The Saint were a mixutre of light comedy, mystery, and crime drama. Given that the Vincent Price canon of The Saint didn't reach a national audience until 1950, reviews of his portrayal of Simon Templar didn't really appear until late-1950 and early 1951, when the series had almost run its course over The Golden Age of Radio era. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 3, 1950. NBC network. "The Baseball Murder". Sustaining. An old baseball player is concerned that bad guys are putting pressure on his ball-playing son to make him throw the game. Lawrence Dobkin, Hal March, Jack Moyles, Ed Mack, Bob Clark, Dick Powell (writer), Vincent Price, Gloria Blondell, Helen Mack (director), Vaughn Dexter (composer, conductor), Val Brown (announcer), Leslie Charteris (creator), James L. Saphier (producer). 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Old Gold Comedy Theater - Lucky Partners (12-17-44)

Feb 11, 2020 1756

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Lucky Partners (Aired December 17, 1944)
"Old Gold Comedy Theater" "Harold Lloyd Comedy Theater" "The Comedy Theater" NBC Old Gold Cigarettes" Sundays 10:30 - 11:00 pm HOST: Harold Lloyd ANNOUNCER: Bob Williams MUSIC: Carl Hoff. Harold Lloyd could never resist a challenge. He had to be good at everything he did, if not the best. Before tackling the job of host/director for "Old Gold Comedy Theatre," he made extensive recordings — voice tests — to "get the hang of it." By the first broadcast, Harold was at least capable, if still a bit forced and nervous. Later in the series, he sounded more relaxed, which indicated that he could have mastered it by the second season, if only there had been one. The contract called for Harold to be paid $1500 per broadcast, with an increase to $2000 by the second year and $2500 by the third, but for whatever reason, the series didn’t catch on and lasted for only one season of 32 shows. THIS EPISODE: December 17, 1944. "Lucky Partners" - Bedlam reigns when a sidewalk artist, played by Herbert Marshall, shares a chance on a $150,000 sweepstakes with a young woman (Jane Wyman). There's one catch, though: if they win, the artist insists on taking her on an "imaginary" honeymoon - much to the suspicion of her fiance' (Sheldon Leonard). (Two of the 78 RPM discs from which this program was taken were cracked, so a brief portion of the opening is missing and listeners may note a very occasional skip. 29:15.

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The Adventures Of Maisie - Tex's Oil Stock (12-13-51)

Feb 11, 2020 1747

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Tex's Oil Stock (Aired December 13, 1951)
Throughout the 1940s, the Maisie pictures continued to be released every couple of years. "Your pictures pay for our mistakes," Arthur B. Mayer told her. "And you'll just keep making Maisies as long as you do that." In July, 1945, Ann took Maisie to radio in a half-hour weekly radio for CBS. Famed radio actor Elliott Lewis co-starred as boyfriend Bill, with other parts going to such seasoned radio players as John Brown and Lurene Tuttle. The series ran two seasons, and was revived in 1949 as a syndicated program, now called The Adventures of Maisie. Included in the repertory cast were Hans Conreid (later on Life with Liugi), Sheldon Leonard, Joan Banks, Elvia Allman, Bea Benadaret, and Sandra Gould. The radio show continued in the tried and true Maisie tradition of one part adventure of the emotional kind, one part romance, and one part laughs. And for many of us, Ann Sothern was a beautiful and intelligent actress whose warmth and charm were singularly beguiling. She continued to do TV (Private Secretary, The Ann Sothern Show) and movie work (A Letter to Three Wives, '49), and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1987 for The Whales of August.She died March 15, 2001.

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Casey Crime Photographer - Photo Of The Dead (07-24-47)

Feb 11, 2020 1854

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Photo Of The Dead (Aired July 24, 1947)
The most distinguishing element of the short-lived Television Casey was its direction, with the famed future Film Director Sidney Lumet helming the series. CBS and Coxe took another run at Crime Photographer over Radio in 1954, reprising Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson and Jan Miner in their previous Radio roles. The 1954 run extended to the Spring of 1955, at which point the Crime Photographer franchise had pretty much run its course. The sleuthing photographer format didn't end with the CBS/Coxe franchise. ABC took a run at the concept with their Man With A Camera (1958), starring Charles Bronson, and running for two seasons, though it bore no resemblance whatsoever to the Casey, Crime Photographer franchise. THIS EPISODE: July 24, 1947. CBS network. "Photo Of The Dead". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. A phoney swami, guarded by a Senegalese boxer, claims to be able to contact the dead. He supplies the photos that prove it! Alonzo Deen Cole (writer), Archie Bleyer (music), Arnold Moss, Herman Chittison (piano), Jan Miner, John Dietz (director), John Gibson, Staats Cotsworth, Tony Marvin (announcer), George Harmon Coxe (creator). 30:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of The Falcon - The Case Of The Natural Seven (02-28-52)

Feb 10, 2020 1723

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The Case Of The Natural Seven (Aired February 28, 1952)
This hard boiled detective drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1945, and then came to TV ten years later in this Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; Charles McGraw had been in many motion pictures before and after including "The Killers", "Spartacus" and "Cimarron"; in this series he played the title role of a man whose real name was supposedly Mike Waring, an American agent whose code name was "Falcon"; Later Charles McGraw starred in a short lived TV version of "Casablanca" (1955 - 1956) in the character of Rick; He also had a role on the detective drama "Staccato" (1959) Actor McGraw (whose birth name was Charles Butters) met an unfortunate death in real life when he fell through a shower glass door in 1980 at his home in Studio City, CA. THIS EPISODE: February 28, 1952. NBC network. "The Case Of The Natural Seven". Sustaining. "Sometimes, loaded dice can do more damage than a loaded gun." The system cue is added live. Les Damon, Drexel Drake (creator), Bernard L. Schubert (producer, transcriber), Eugene Wang (writer), Richard Lewis (director), Charles Webster, Fred Collins (announcer). 30:29.

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The Mysterious Traveler - Murder In Jazz Time (04-20-48)

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Murder In Jazz Time (Aired April 20, 1948)
The Mysterious Traveler eventually became one of the sixteen highest rated Radio programs of their era. WOR and MBS took great pride in putting together a program that could rival Radio giants CBS, ABC, and NBC throughout the era. During its heyday The Mysterious Traveler spawned several similar thriller genre programs such as The Strange Dr. Wierd (1945), The Sealed Book (1945), Dark Venture (1946), Murder By Experts (1949), and The Teller of Tales (1950). The thriller genre was not new to Radio in the 1940s. The Witch's Tale had aired from 1931 to 1938 over The Mutual Broadcasting System and WOR. CBS had tried--and failed at--their own The Witching Hour for three months in 1932. THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1948. Mutual network. "Murder In Jazz Time". Sustaining. A man murders a jazz musician in New Orleans. T, the musician's music comes back to haunt the killer. David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Maurice Tarplin (as "The Traveler"), Robert A. Arthur (writer). 25:54. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Great Gildersleeve - Election Day (11-01-50)

Feb 10, 2020 1943

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Election Day (Aired November 1, 1950)
The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest success in the 1940s. Actor Harold Peary played the character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off and later in a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show's popularity. On Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary's Gildersleeve was a pompous windbag who became a consistent McGee nemesis. "You're a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!" became a Gildersleeve catch phrase. The character was given several conflicting first names on Fibber McGee and Molly, and on one episode his middle name was revealed as Philharmonic. Gildy admits as much at the end of "Gildersleeve's Diary" on the Fibber McGee and Molly series (10/22/40). He soon became so popular that Kraft Foods — looking primarily to promote its Parkay margarine spread — sponsored a new series with Peary's Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve as the central, slightly softened, and slightly befuddled focus of a lively new family. THIS EPISIODE: November 1, 1950. "Election Day" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Kraft Parkay, Kraft Mustards. When Bullard and Terwilliger square off in a mayoral election, Gildersleeve picks the right candidate to back...but he loses the race! Andy White (writer), Arthur Q. Bryan, Bud Hiestand (announcer), Earle Ross, Gale Gordon, John Elliotte (writer), Lillian Randolph, Marylee Robb, Paul West (writer), Richard LeGrand, Robert Armbruster (conductor), Stanley Farrar, Walter Tetley, Willard Waterman. 32:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Sleep No More - 2 Episodes From 1956

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"Death Of Olivier Becaille" "Fish-Head" (Aired December 26, 1956)
Sleep No More was Nelson's Olmsted's contribution to The Golden Age of Radio's rich tradition of broadcasting compelling and stirring supernatural and suspense dramas, predominantly from the finest supernatural literature throughout modern history. Sleep No More arrived during the waning years of the Golden Age of Radio--understandably risky Radio programming for the mid-1950s. On the plus side of the equation were Nelson Olmsted's extremely loyal following throughout the U.S. combined with the classic nature of the stories which comprised the series. These stories were many of the most popular and compelling supernatural stories and adventures in literary history. THIS EPISODE: December 26, 1956. NBC network. "Death Of Olivier Becaille" "Fish-Head". Sustaining. The system cue is added live. Nelson Olmsted, Ben Grauer (announcer), Kenneth MacGregor (director), Irvin S. Cobb (author), Emile Zola (author). 29:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Box 13 - One Of These Four (05-08-49)

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One Of These Four (Aired May 8, 1949)
The stories followed Holliday's adventures when he responded to the letters sent to him by such people as a psycho killer and various victims. Sylvia Picker appeared as Holliday's scatterbrained secretary, Suzy, while Edmund MacDonald played police Lt. Kling. Supporting cast members included Betty Lou Gerson, Frank Lovejoy, Lurene Tuttle, Alan Reed, Luis Van Rooten and John Beal. Vern Carstensen, who directed Box 13 for producer Richard Sanville, was also the show's announcer. The dramas featured music by Rudy Schrager. Russell Hughes, who had previously hired Ladd as a radio actor in 1935 at a $19 weekly salary, wrote the scripts, sometimes in collaboration with Ladd. The partners in Mayfair Productions were Ladd and Bernie Joslin, who had previously run the chain of Mayfair Restaurants. THIS EPISODE: May 8, 1949. Program #38. Mutual network origination, Mayfair syndication. "One Of These Four". Commercials added locally. Afloat with a murderer, but who? Alan Ladd, Richard Sanville (director), Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Russell Hughes (writer), Sylvia Picker, Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 26:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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21st Precinct - The Certified 600 (09-08-53)

Feb 9, 2020 1612

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The Certified 600 (Aired September 8, 1953)
21st Precinct was one of the realistic police drama series of the early- to mid-1950's that were aired in the wake of DRAGNET. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operation of a single police precinct. Actual cases were used as the basis for stories. "21st Precinct.., It's just lines on a map of the city of New York. Most of the 173,000 people wedged into the nine-tenths of a square mile between Fifth Avenue and the East River wouldn't know, if you asked them, that they lived or worked in the 21st. Whether they know it or not, the security of their persons, their homes, and their property is the job of the men of the 21st." The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series. THIS EPISODE: September 8, 1953. "The Certified 600" CBS network. Sustaining. The safe of paint store owner, George Heelas, is stolen. Everett Sloane, Stanley Niss (writer, producer, director). 26:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Molle Mystery Theater - The Man In The Velvet Hat (12-19-44)

Feb 9, 2020 1740

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The Man In The Velvet Hat (Aired December 19, 1944)
Although Molle Mystery Theater was initially sponsored by Molle Shaving Cream, other sponsors (such as Bayer Aspirin, Ironized Yeast, Phillips Milk of Magnesia) also sponsored the program. Sometimes, when it was not sponsored by Molle, the program was called "Mystery Theater". The show was first heard on NBC, on 9/7/43. Time slot was originally Sunday nights at 9:00 PM, but was later moved to Tuesday at 9:00 PM, and Friday at 10:00 PM. In 1948, the show moved to CBS (Tues, 8:00 PM), and in 1951, it moved to ABC, where it was called "Mark Sabre", and heard on Wednesdays at either 8:00 PM or 9:30 PM. The shows were tight and tension filled, with a fine orchestra score and solid production values. Classic tales from well-known authors, as well as modern unknowns were presented, and the endings were often twists or shockers. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1944. Program #54. NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Man In The Velvet Hat". A good murder-horror story a homicidal maniac killing at random. The story has a good surprise ending. AFRS program name: "Mystery Playhouse." Peter Lorre twice refers to the story as, "The Man In A Velvet Hat." A preview of the next program, "The Voice On The Wire" (from the Inner Sanctum program of November 29, 1944) is heard (see cat. #63174 for the complete broadcast). Peter Lorre (host), Jerome Prince (writer), Harold Prince (writer), Lesley Woods (preview), Karl Swenson (preview), Berry Kroeger (preview), Bernard Lenrow (as host "Geoffrey Barnes"). 31:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Theater Royal - The Judgement (08-25-54)

Feb 9, 2020 1754

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The Judgement (Aired August 25, 1954)
This fine British anthology series, features plays based on the best of literature, films and English theater. Produced in two series, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Sir Ralph Richardson serve as hosts, narrators and many times portray the leading roles. The program apparently was developed as a vehicle to capitalize on Olivier’s name and talent. His career spanned over 50 years and continues into the 21st century, as in 2004, 15 years after his death, he was starring as Dr. Totenkopf in a Hollywood fantasy film titled, Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow. This was accomplished by the producers who selected footage of Lord Olivier from various films and used to create a villainous leader of killer robots in the film. Jude Law, who stars in the film, said film-makers used Olivier because few other actors possessed his authority. Sir Ralph Richardson from 1954 – 1955 played the character of Dr. John Watson in another Harry Alan Towers radio series of Sherlock Holmes stories, which starred Sir John Gielgud as the famous consulting detective. Many fine actors of the British stage and screen were involved in individual episodes of the Theatre Royal series, such as Sir John Gielgud, Robert Morley, Harry Andrews, Muriel Forbes, Robert Donat, and Daphne Maddox. The music was credited to the renown British organist and arranger, Sidney Torch. However much of the same music was also used in other Harry Alan Towers productions on which Torch also worked, such as The Secrets of Scotland Yard, The Black Museum, and The Many Lives of Harry Lime. So how much of it was actually written for this series will probably never be known. Harry Alan Towers produced and directed the show for his Towers of London company for international syndication, at the time in Europe, South Africa and Australia. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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Inner Sanctum Mysteries - Melody Of Death (04-22-44)

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Melody Of Death (Aired April 22, 1944)
Inner Sanctum Mysteries was a popular old-time radio program that aired from January 7, 1941 to October 5, 1952. Created by Himan Brown, the anthology series featured stories of mystery, terror and suspense. The tongue-in-cheek introductions were in sharp contrast to shows like Suspense and The Whistler. A total of 526 episodes are known to have been produced. The early 1940s programs opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, "Your host, Raymond," in a mocking sardonic voice. A spooky melodramatic organ score punctuated Raymond's many morbid jokes and playful puns. Raymond's closing was an elongated "Pleasant dreaaaaammmmssss!" His tongue-in-cheek style and ghoulish relish of his own tales became the standard for many such horror narrators to follow. THIS EPISODE: April 22, 1944. CBS network. "Melody Of Death". Sponsored by: Palmolive Shaving Cream, Palmolive Soap. A gypsy violinist warns a newly betrothed woman of a curse. She must not listen to a special melody, or she will never stop hearing it. Beware the cat with the yellow eyes! Mary Astor, Raymond Edward Johnson (host), Robert Tallman (writer), Robert Sloane (writer), Himan Brown (director), Santos Ortega, Gilbert Mack. 26:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Frank Merriwell - The Senior Dinner (11-20-48)

Feb 9, 2020 1759

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The Senior Dinner (Aired November 20, 1948) >BR> Adventures of Frank Merriwell first ran on NBC radio from March 26 to June 22, 1934 as a 15-minute serial airing three times a week at 5:30pm. Sponsored by Dr. West's Toothpaste, this program starred Donald Briggs in the title role. Harlow Wilcox was the announcer. After a 12-year gap, the series returned October 5, 1946 as a 30-minute NBC Saturday morning show, continuing until June 4, 1949. Lawson Zerbe starred as Merriwell, Jean Gillespie and Elaine Rostas as Inza Burrage, Harold Studer as Bart Hodge and Patricia Hosley as Elsie Belwood. The announcer was Harlow Wilcox, and the Paul Taubman Orchestra supplied the background music. There are at least three generations of Merriwells: Frank, his half-brother Dick, and Frank's son, Frank Jr. There is a marked difference between Frank and Dick. Frank usually handled challenges on his own. Dick has mysterious friends and skills that help him, especially an old Indian friend without whom the stories would not have been quite as interesting. THIS EPISODE: November 20, 1948. NBC network. "The Senior Dinner". Sustaining. Frank outwits the entire sophomore class who are out to steal a trophy cup from the seniors. Lawson Zerbe, Hal Studer, Elaine Rost, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Burt L. Standish (creator). 1/2 hour.

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Theater Five - I've Got Your Number (01-29-65)

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I've Got Your Number (Aired January 29, 1965)
Theater Five was ABC's attempt to revive radio drama during the early 1960s. The series name was derived from its time slot, 5:00 PM. Running Monday through Friday, it was an anthology of short stories, each about 20 minutes long. News programs and commercials filled out the full 30 minutes. There was a good bit of science fiction and some of the plots seem to have been taken from the daily newspaper. Fred Foy, of The Lone Ranger fame, was an ABC staff announcer in the early 60s, who, among other duties, did Theater Five. THIS EPISODE: January 29, 1965. ABC network. "I've Got Your Number". Commercials deleted. A series of threatening phone calls keep a married couple up at night. Who keeps calling? Nat Polen, Rosemary Rice, Guy Sorel, Neal Pultz (audio engineer), Marty Folia (audio engineer), Ed Blainey (sound technician), Jack C. Wilson (script editor), Addy Richton (writer), Ted Bell (producer, director), Donald Buka, Lesley Woods, Alexander Vlas-Daczenco (composer), Glenn Osser (conductor), Fred Foy (announcer). 21:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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You Bet Your Live - The Secret Word Is "Grass" (11-16-49)

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The Secret Word Is "Grass" (Aired November 16, 1949)
Contestant teams usually consisted of one male and one female, most selected from the studio audience. Occasionally famous or otherwise interesting figures were invited to play (i.e., a Korean-American contestant who was a veteran and had been a prisoner of war during the Korean War). After his signature introduction of "Here he is: the one, the ONLY..." by Fenneman and finished by a thunderous "GROUCHO!" from the audience, Marx would be introduced to the music of "Hooray for Captain Spaulding", his signature song. Some show tension revolved around whether a contestant would say the "secret word", a common word revealed to the audience at the show's outset. If a contestant said the word, a toy duck resembling Groucho with a mustache and eyeglasses, and with a cigar in its bill, descended from the ceiling to bring a $100 bill. A cartoon of a duck with a cigar was also used in opening title sequence. In one episode, Groucho's brother, Harpo, came down instead of the duck, and in another, a model came down in a birdcage with the money. Marx sometimes slyly directed conversation to encourage the secret word to come up. The duck was also occasionally replaced with a wooden Indian figure. After the contestants' introduction and interview, the actual game began.

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The CBS Radio Workshop - Report On E.S.P. (03-09-56)

Feb 8, 2020 1762

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Report On E.S.P. (Aired March 9, 1956)
The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. Creator William Froug launched the series with this powerhouse two-part adaptation of "Brave New World" and booked author Aldous Huxley to narrate his famous novel. "We’ll never get a sponsor anyway," CBS vice president Howard Barnes explained to Time, "so we might as well try anything." The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce. THIS EPISODE: March 9, 1956. CBS network "Report On E.S.P.". Sustaining. Dramatizations of true cases of telepathy and discussions of investigations into the possibilities of extra sensory perception. Russell Thorson, John McIntire (narrator), Raymond Burr, Jack Johnstone (director), Leonard St. Clair (researcher, writer), Lillian Buyeff, Lucille Meredith, Don Diamond, Lawrence Dobkin, Stacy Harris, Bob Ballin (performer), Forrest Lewis, Sam Edwards, Bert Holland, Norma Zimmer (vocal), Amerigo Moreno (composer, conductor), William Froug (producer), Hugh Douglas (announcer). 30:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index

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Rocky Jordan - The De Marco Affair (10-30-49)

Feb 8, 2020 1762

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The De Marco Affair (Aired October 30, 1949)
ROCKY JORDAN was the title character of one of the better and more exotic radio detective series. In fact, it's one of the best detective series I have ever heard. The series had two separate incarnations. The first, A Man Named Jordan, started as a daily 15 minute show and after about six months changed to a weekly 30 minute show. It took place in Istanbul and the Cafe was described as "a small restaurant in a narrow street off Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, permeated with by the smoke of Oriental tobacco, alive with the babble of many tongues, and packed with intrigue." The second incarnation, Rocky Jordan, was a weekly 30 minute series took place in Cairo - "the gateway to the ancient East where adventure and intrigue unfold against the backdrop of antiquity." Jordan was a hard-boiled owner of the Cafe Tambourine who spent most of his time solving mysteries that he usually became involved in by accident. During the Cairo-based run, he often encountered Captain Sam Sabaaya of the Cairo police. THIS EPISODE: October 30, 1949. CBS Pacific network. "The De Marco Affair". Sponsored by: Del Monte. A photographer's shop has been wrecked and the photographer has been beaten. What is the connection to the country of Andorra? Larry Roman (writer), Gomer Cool (writer), Jack Moyles, Richard Aurandt (composer, conductor), Larry Thor (announcer), Jay Novello, Cliff Howell (producer, director). 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Exploring Tomorrow - The Stowaway (04-30-58

Feb 7, 2020 1147

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Exploring Tomorrow - The Stowaway (Aired April 30, 1958)
Exploring Tomorrow was hosted by John Campbell, the editor of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine, and later, Analog Magazine. He was also a science fiction writer himself, and penned the short story, Who Goes There?, which was later made into the 1950s classic monster movie, The Thing. So Campbell certainly had the Sci-Fi credentials . Exploring Tomorrow was billed as "The first science fiction radio show of science-fictioneers, by science-fictioneers, for science-fictioneers." (Otrcat.com) Each week, Campbell would open and close the story by making philosophical observations about how the technology featured in that night's story might affect mankind. These serious comments were meant to be deep and thoughtful, but the effect was undercut by the choice of elevator background music. (Like a Musak rendition of "As Time Goes By," complete with muted trumpet and syrupy violins.) It leaves the impression that this is a series that takes itself way too seriously! Yet despite this one rather dated aspect, the program is still quite enjoyable to listen to. It comes across as a poor man's version of X Minus One. Science fiction fans will find it fun exploring yesterday's vision of the future by Exploring Tomorrow! THIS EPISODE: April 30, 1958. Mutual network. "The Stowaway". Commercials deleted. The first mission to the Moon is not only off course, but is being subjected to several changes in plans. The story is also known as, "Cold Equation." John Campbell Jr. (host), Bill Mahr (announcer). 18:00.

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Screen Director's Playhouse - Waterloo Bridge (02-15-51)

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Dark Victory (Aired February 15, 1951)
Screen Director's Playhouse is a popular radio and television anthology series which brought leading Hollywood actors to the NBC microphones beginning in 1949. The radio program broadcast adaptations of films, and original directors of the films were sometimes involved in the productions, although their participation was usually limited to introducing the radio adaptations, and a brief "curtain call" with the cast and host at the end of the program. The series later had a brief run on television, focusing on original teleplays and several adaptations of famous short stories (such as Robert Louis Stevenson's "Markheim"). The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse. Actors on the radio series included Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Kirk Douglas, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, William Holden, Burt Lancaster, James Mason, Ray Milland, Gregory Peck, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, John Wayne, and Loretta Young. THIS EPISODE: February 15, 1951. NBC network. "Dark Victory". Sponsored by: Anacin, RCA, Chesterfield. A melodrama of a love in the face of approaching death. Tallulah Bankhead, David Brian, Lynn Allen, Jack Rubin (adaptor), Norma Varden, Stan Waxman, Ralph Moody, Edmund Goulding (guest screen director), Bob Hope (Chesterfield commercial), Bing Crosby (Chesterfield commercial), Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Howard Wiley (producer), Bill Cairn (director). 59:57.

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The Philip Morris Playhouse - Four Hours To Kill (05-13-49)

Feb 7, 2020 1753

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Four Hours To Kill (Aired May 13, 1949)
The first CBS season of Philip Morris Playhouse On Broadway showcased some of the more popular Broadway plays of the era, as well as the talents of some of the finer east coast Film and Stage luminaries of the era. Great Stage and Film character actors such as Joseph Schildkraut, Walter Abel, Louis Calhern, Dane Clark, Marsha Hunt, Edmond O'Brien, Olga San Juan, Martha Scott, Chester Morris, Lucille Watson, Edward Everett Horton, Jessica Tandy, and Hume Cronyn added their solid performances to the half-hour format. That first season also showcased Film and Stage superstars of the era, such as Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Veronica Lake, Margaret Sullavan, Eva LeGallienne, Joan Bennett, Rosalind Russell, Lillian Gish, and Gloria Swanson. THIS EPISODE: May 13, 1949. CBS network. "Four Hours To Kill". Sponsored by: Philip Morris, Revelation Pipe Tobacco. After killing his brother, a man has only four hours to find and kill the woman who heard the crime over the telephone. The script was also used on "Suspense" on January 12, 1950. Howard Duff, William Spier (producer, editor, director), Cathy Lewis, John Holbrook (announcer), Harold Swanton (writer), Lud Gluskin (music director), Art Ballinger (announcer). 29:13. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Campbell Playhouse (Starring Orson Welles) - Wickford Point (05-05-39)

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The Things We Have (Aired May 26, 1939)
Wickford Point (Aired May 5, 1939)
The Campbell Playhouse was a sponsored continuation of the Mercury Theater on the Air, a direct result of the instant publicity from the War of the Worlds panic. The switch occurred on December 9, 1938. In spite of using the same creative staff, the show had a different flavor under sponsorship, partially attributed to a guest star policy in place, which relegated the rest of the Mercury Players to supporting cast for Orson Welles and the Hollywood guest of the week. There was a growing schism between Welles, still reaping the rewards of his Halloween night notoriety, and his collaborator John Houseman, still in the producer's chair but feeling more like an employee than a partner. The writer, as during the unsponsored run, was Howard Koch. THIS EPISODE: May 5, 1939. CBS network. "Wickford Point". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. The lives and loves of a strange New England Family. Author John P. Marquand appears at the end of the story. Ernest Chappell (announcer), Orson Welles (host). 59:22.Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Crime Classics - The Bourne Brothers & The Hangman (01-27-54)

Feb 7, 2020 1803

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The Bourne Brothers & The Hangman (Aired January 27, 1954)
Crime Classics was a U. S. radio docudrama which aired over CBS from June 15, 1953 to June 30, 1954. Created, produced, and directed by radio actor/director Elliott Lewis, the program was basically a historical true crime series, examining crimes, and especially murders, from the past. It grew out of Lewis's personal interest in famous murder cases, and took a documentary-like approach to the subject, carefully recreating the facts, personages, and feel of the time period. Comparatively little dramatic license was taken with the facts and events, but the tragedy was leavened with humor, expressed largely through the narration. THIS EPISODE: January 27, 1954. CBS network. "The Bourne Brothers and The Hangman...A Study In Nip and Tuck". Sustaining. A story set in Rutland, Vermont, 1817. A man dances in the moonlight with the "Little People." This is a network version. Lou Merrill (host), Virginia Gregg, William Conrad, Lamont Johnson, Irene Tedrow, Joseph Kearns, Herb Butterfield, Jack Kruschen, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Bob Lemond (announcer), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor). 30:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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David Harding Counterspy - The Case Of The Hot Car Killer (09-15-49)

Feb 6, 2020 1936

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The Case Of The Hot Car Killer (Aired September 15, 1949)
The show was at the top of the list among programs that had developed the technique of sound effects to a fine art. Each program was written with the sound in mind, not so much sound for sound's sake, but to advance the plot, add color or create atmosphere. Two sound effects men spent a reported ten hours in rehearsal for each broadcast, in addition to the time spent by the actors. East coast actors House Jameson, Don MacLaughlin, Phil Sterling and Lawson Zerbe [MBS] (Zerbe appeared as both David Harding and Harry Peters) were the only four actors to ever assume the role of David Harding--Jameson for the first two episodes only, replaced by Don MacLaughlin for the remainder of its twelve year run. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 15, 1949. ABC network. "The Case Of The Hot Car Killer". Sponsored by: Pepsi Cola. A master criminal brain moves human beings in stolen automobiles like pawns in a chess game of life and death. The system cue has been deleted. Don MacLaughlin, Mandel Kramer, Phillips H. Lord (producer), William Sweets (director), Jesse Crawford (organ). 32:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show -The Harris Kids On TV (05-11-52)

Feb 6, 2020 1789

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The Harris Kids On TV (Aired May 11, 1952)
As both Phil and Alice were known singers, there were two musical numbers in each show, and they were always for real, except some of Phil's, which were for laughs. But Phil's band gave much more than music to the show. Frankie Remley was the band's left handed guitar player, with a sardonic sense of humor out of left field. The character was first done on The Jack Benny Show, and, of course, now on a show about the band itself, Frankie was even more obnoxious. Famed radio actor Elliott Lewis played him with relish. In fact, later in the run they actually started calling the character Elliott! (Elliott Lewis changes his name on the show from Frankie Remly to Elliott because Harris stopped leading Jack Benny's band--so he wasn't connected to Remly any more. THIS EPISODE: May 11, 1952. NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor. "The Harris Kids On TV".Phyllis and little Alice sing, "That's What I Like About The South" on a television show. Alice sings, "What Good Is A Gal Without A Guy." Phil sings, "On The Mississippi." Phil Harris, Alice Faye, Walter Tetley, Robert North, Jeanine Roos, Elliott Lewis, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Ray Singer (writer), Dick Chevillat (writer), Paul Phillips (producer, director), Bill Forman (announcer), Anne Whitfield. 29:47 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Indictment - The Witness Who Wasn't There (1958)

Feb 6, 2020 1501

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The Witness Who Wasn't There (1958) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
In the 1950s radio broadcasting in the United States was at its zenith, with television still just starting out. Indictment was a popular radio drama aired on the CBS network and it started on January 29, 1956, airing up to 1959. This show was based on the case files of former New York City Assistant District Attorney Eleazer Lipsky, and it foreshadowed the “procedural” dramas (on radio and television, subsequently). The subject of the show was the step-by-step account of the handling of criminal cases leading to an indictment as the climax. The protagonist of “Indictment” — Assistant District Attorney Edward McCormick — was played by Nat Polen, better known for his role as Dr. James Craig on ABC-TV’s “One Life to Live.” Show Notes From Old Radio Show.org THIS EPISODE: 1958. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Witness Who Wasn't There" - Norman Brabson calls to report his wife's murder. Phil Kramer, Ian Martin, Jack Arthur, Mason Adams, Nat Polen, Rebecca Sand, Stuart Metz (announcer). 25:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Bold Venture - Sailor's Dead Husband (04-14-52)

Feb 6, 2020 1617

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Sailor's Dead Husband (Aired April 14, 1952)
Bold Venture is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean." Calypso singer King Moses (Jester Hairston) provided musical bridges by threading plot situations into the lyrics of his songs. Music by David Rose. Heard on 423 stations, the 30-minute series earned $4000 weekly for Bogart and Bacall.

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Philo Vance - The Tree Trunk Murder Case (11-23-48)

Feb 6, 2020 1571

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The Tree Trunk Murder Case (Aired November 23, 1948)
Philo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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Dimension X - Report On The Barnhouse Effect (08-04-50)

Feb 5, 2020 1798

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Report On The Barnhouse Effect (Aired April 22, 1950)
Dimension X was first heard on NBC April 8, 1950, and ran until September 29, 1951. Strange that so little good science fiction came out of radio; they seem ideally compatible, both relying heavily on imagination. Some fine isolated science fiction stories were developed on the great anthology shows, Suspense and Escape. But until the premiere of Dimension X -- a full two decades after network radio was established -- there were no major science fiction series of broad appeal to adults. This show dramatized the work of such young writers as Ray Bradbury, Robert (Psycho) Bloch, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut. In-house script writer was Ernest Kinoy, who adapted the master works and contributed occasional storied of his own. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: April 22, 1950. NBC network. "Report On The Barnhouse Effect". Sustaining. A mild college professor discovers the secret of telekinesis and becomes a most potent weapon. William Quinn, Edwin Jerome, Karl Weber, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (author), Norman Rose (host), Clarice A. Ross (adaptor), Van Woodward (producer), Edward King (director), Bob Warren (announcer), Santos Ortega, Bob Hastings, Bryna Raeburn, Bill Chambers (engineer), Albert Buhrman (music). 29:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Richard Diamond Private Detective - The Bloody Hat Case (07-02-49)

Feb 5, 2020 1767

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The Bloody Hat Case (Aired July 2, 1949)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective was a radio show starring Dick Powell which aired from 1949 to 1953, first on NBC, then ABC and finally on CBS. The title character was a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen. The television series was produced by Powell's company, Four Star Television, and that series ran for 3 years from 1957 to 1960. On TV, David Janssen played the hard boiled private eye and his secretary renamed “Sam”, was only ever shown on camera from the waist down, most assurardidly to display her beautiful legs. It was later leared that the legs belonged to Mary Tyler Moore. THIS EPISODE: July 2, 1949. NBC network. Sustaining. "The Bloody Hat Case". The program switches to Saturdays at 10:00 P. M. Bert Kalmus is framed for murder in an early version of a classic scam. Dick Powell sings, "A, You're Adorable." The name Bert Kalmus was used previously on the program of June 5, 1949. Bea Kalmus was actually a broadcaster in New York City at this time. Dick Powell, Virginia Gregg, Ed Begley, Wilms Herbert, Byron Kane, Lurene Tuttle, Paul Frees, Wally Maher, Frank Worth (music director), Blake Edwards (writer), William P. Rousseau (director), Ed King (announcer). 29:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Price Of Fear - Not Wanted On This Voyage (06-22-83)

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Not Wanted On This Voyage (Aired June 27, 1983)
Recorded in every corner of the world when first broadcast over the BBC's World Service, The Price of Fear soon became one of the most widely recorded offerings of its era. As with most BBC productions, the acting talent and production values were excellent throughout. The stories dramatized in the series are from some of the supernatural fiction world's finest authors. William Ingram was responsible for almost half of the stories and scripts, backed up the works of Bram Stoker, Roald Dahl, Robert Arthur, Rene Basilico, Stanley Ellin, and R. Chetwynd-Hayes. John Dyas produced and directed all three series over the ten year period. Host Vincent Price, already long since recognized throughout the world as the reigning Master of The Macabre, virtually ensured that the series would be heard. True to his legend, Price's imprimatur on the series provided a voice as chilling and familiar to World Service listeners as that of their own Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The Price of Fear has been an international favorite ever since it's first airing. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 27, 1983. Program #21. BBC origination, Syndicated, KCRW-FM, Santa Monica, aircheck. "Not Wanted On The Voyage". Sustaining. An eternal triangle aboard an ocean liner, with murder for the crippled wife. Vincent Price (host, narrator), Margaret Courtney, Sheila Grant, Henry Stamper, John Dyas (director), Shandor Ellis, William Ingram (writer). 27:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein June 15, 1948 (MOVIE)

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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (Aired June 15, 1948)- MOVIE
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a mash-up of two of Universal’s most enduring franchises. Comedic duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello’s popularity had peaked after a series of more than 20 films beginning in 1940. Universal’s classic monster movies (begun in 1931 with Dracula and Frankenstein) had already run their course as well. House of Frankenstein (1944) and House of Dracula (1945) were last gasps before the studio moved past its venerable early monsters. The unlikely combination of Abbott and Costello meeting the classic monsters—Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Wolf Man—was a stroke of genius that audiences couldn’t resist. Universal was so pleased with the box office results, the teamed Abbott and Costello with an increasingly outrageous variety of similar mash-ups that carried on well until the mid-50s. But never again would the magic displayed in Meet Frankenstein be captured again. THIS EPISODE June 14, 1948. Two hapless frieght handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. Produced by Robert Arthur. Director: Charles Barton, Writers: Robert Lee. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi.

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Agatha Christie's Short Story - Philomel Cottage (1963)

Feb 5, 2020 1663

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Agatha Christie's Philomel Cottage (1963)
Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan, DBE (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), better known as Dame Agatha Christie, was an English crime fiction writer. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but is remembered for her 80 mystery novels, particularly featuring detectives Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, which have given her the title the 'Queen of Crime' and made her one of the most important and innovative writers in the development of the mystery novel. Her appeal is so huge that Christie is often called - by the Guinness Book of World Records, among others - the best-selling writer of fiction of all time, and the best-selling writer of any kind second to William Shakespeare. An estimated billion copies of her novels have been sold in English, and another billion in 103 other languages. As an example of her broad appeal, she is the all-time best-selling author in France, with over 40 million copies sold in French (as of 2003) versus 22 million for Emile Zola, the nearest contender. THIS EPISODE: 1963. The Philomel Cottage - Alix Martin, recently married, is plagued by a dream which repeats itself over and over again. Her husband's murder is hauntingly vivid as is the killer. This must be a trick of her mind since that killer is portrayed as the quiet and gentle mannered man she had antecedently engaged for marriage. Bewildered, Alix tries to calm herself by long sessions of gardening at her picture-postcard bungalow. To add confusion and fear to her torment, her gardener abruptly, perhaps accidentally, confuses her further by wishing her well on her trip to London—a trip which Alix knows nothing about. Now she is terrified. Is the gardener imagining things, or is she? An ending worth waiting for.

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This Is Your FBI - Voice From The River (03-03-50)

Feb 4, 2020 1714

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Voice From The River (Aired March 3, 1950)
This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air." Producer-director Jerry Devine was given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946-47) and William Woodson (1948-53). Stacy Harris had the lead role of Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen. This Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). This is Your FBI had counterparts on the other networks. The FBI in Peace and War also told stories of the FBI, although some were not authentic.

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Nightfall - Buried Alive (10-17-80)

Feb 4, 2020 1686

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Buried Alive (Aired October 17, 1980)
NIGHTFALL was a horror series heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation first from July 4, 1980 to May 22, 1981 and then from November 20, 1981 to June 24, 1983. Thirty shows were selected from the first season to be rebroadcast on NPR from October 2, 1981 to June 25, 1982. Since it is a fairly modern series, most shows are available in stereo. Because it's a modern series, it's not widely available (copyright issues). This show may be the most horrifying series ever done. It was so terrifying, that many stations refused to play it or had to cancel the broadcasts due to listener complaints. This is a well done series and well worth searching for sources. THIS EPISODE: October 17, 1980. Program #16. CBC network, Toronto origination. "Buried Alive". The magnificent Santini enters a deep trance, is declared dead and the insurance company pays on his wife's claim. He splits the money with his wife and it's a great idea...if the wife digs him up! Lally Cadeau, Henry Ramer (host), John Stocker, Frank Perry, Ray Folcik (recording engineer), Matt Wilcott (sound effects), Doris Buchanan (production assistant), John Graham (writer), Don Francks, Earle Toppings (story editor), Paul Mills (producer). 28:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Mysterious Traveler - The Big Brain (03-14-50)

Feb 4, 2020 1796

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The Big Brain (Aired March 14, 1950)
Written and directed by Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan, the series began on the Mutual Broadcasting System, December 5, 1943, continuing in many different timeslots until September 16, 1952. Unlike many other shows of the era, The Mysterious Traveler was without a sponsor for its entire run. The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the malevolent narrator, portrayed by Maurice Tarplin, who introduced himself each week in the following manner. This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable -- if you can! THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1950. Mutual network. "The Big Brain". Sustaining. An absent-minded professor works on a one-of-a-kind computer. It weighs fifty tons, can figure elliptical intergers and the winner of a horse race! The show contains a dramatized airplane highjacing. David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Santos Ortega (doubles), John Marvin, Al Fanelli (organist), Maurice Tarplin (as "The Traveler" and performer), Robert A. Arthur (writer, producer, director), Bob Emerick (announcer), Barney Beck (sound effects), Al Schaffer (sound effects), Leon Janney (doubles), John Martin, Marilyn Erskine. 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Mayor Of The Town - Holly's Crush On John Andrews (09-13-42)

Feb 4, 2020 1681

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Holly's Crush On John Andrews (Aired September 13, 1942)
An NBC offering. Aired on Sundays from 7:00PM to 7:30PM, starring Lional Barrymore and Agnes Moorehead. The creator and writer was Jean Holloway, the announcer Harlow Wilcox, music by Gordon Jenkins and sponsored by Rinso detergent. The show was a perfect vehicle for Lionel Barrymore: rich with warmhearted humor, and good-natured grumbling, its "mayor" had a fierce bark but a mushy heart when confronted with the plight of an orphan or a stray dog. The mayor cared little about political advantage: he even found time, once a year, to turn the town of Springdale into a special theater, to give his traditional performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. THIS EPISODE: September 13, 1942. NBC network. "Holly's Crush On John Andrews" Sponsored by: Swan Soap, Rinso. The Mayor's grand-daughter has a crush on John Andrews, who's planning to marry her mother! Lionel Barrymore, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Agnes Moorehead, Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra, Bea Benaderet, Priscilla Lyon, Jean Holloway (creator, writer). 28:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Man Called X - Destination Manila (07-24-47)

Feb 4, 2020 1615

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Timber Country (Aired July 24, 1947)
The seat of the crimes inevitably is a remote, glamorous area--Shanghai, Rangoon, Singapore, places like that--where the white man's burden is greatly complicated by espionage and skullduggery of one sort or another. One of the more attractive features of this show is its villains, who under no circumstances would commit the gaucherie of snarling: "I wanna see ya bleed to death--slow--". Mr. X's opponents are as suave and well-dressed as he is, know how to order the proper wines, and are, in short, as couth a collection of bad men as ever throttled a millionaire. In fact, the courtesy of Mr. X and his villains--even more when they're threatening to blow one another's brains out--could be held up as an example of matchless propriety to the very young. Besides Mr. X there are a couple of semi-permanent characters--one named Saigon or Paigon or Fagan or something, a minor league crook who usually helps X solve these things, and a girl who holds Mr. X's hand to help him think.

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It's A Crime Mr. Collins - The Green Stop-Light (03-25-57)

Feb 3, 2020 1537

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The Green Stop-Light (Aired March 25, 1957).
It's a Crime, Mr. Collins was a half-hour mystery/adventure radio program broadcast weekly from August, 1956 to February, 1957 by Mutual Broadcasting System in the United States that was a "flagrant rip-off of The Adventures of the Abbotts in which only the names had been changed." San Francisco private detective Greg Collins was played by Mandel Kramer (who had previously been heard as Lieutenant Tragg in the radio version of Perry Mason) and his wife, Gail Collins, was played by namesake Gail Collins. Each week, Gail Collins, "the gumshoe's gorgeous spouse -- with green-eyed predilections emerging as curvaceous damsels in distress frequently petitioned her husband -- shared his investigative exploits with her Uncle Jack and thereby with the listeners at home." THIS EPISODE: March 25, 1957. Program #4. Crawford syndication (Australia). "The Green Stop-Light". Commercials added locally. "Robbery is robbery; whether it's racketeers stealing cars or luscious blondes stealing your husband!" The date is approximate. Keith Eden, Mary Disney. 25:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Jack Carson Show - Kid's Record AKA: Christmas Shopping (12-18-46)

Feb 3, 2020 1786

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Kid's Record AKA: Christmas Shopping (Aired December 18, 1946)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. THIS EPISODE: December 18, 1946. CBS network. "Kid's Record". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Jack and Tugwell go Christmas Shopping for a record called, "Willie and Hannibal In Mouseland." Don't miss Del Sharbutt as Santa Claus and Frank Nelson as the record clerk. Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Norma Jean Nilsson, Irene Ryan, Clyde Rogers (vocal), Alan Reed, Frank Nelson. 29:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Creaking Door - Day Of Truce (10-12-64)

Feb 3, 2020 1811

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Day Of Truce (Aired October 12, 1964)
When legendary producer and director, Himan Brown first presented Inner Sanctum as one of three requested sponsorship candidates to Carter Products, he presented Inner Sanctum as The Creaking Door. Carter didn't care for the name, so on the spur of the moment Hi Brown suggested Inner Sanctum as an alternative, and voila, Radio history was made. The emphasis on high production values is perhaps the very reason that several early, morally challenged Radio traders felt they could get away with interspersing many of the Creaking Door episodes with their Inner Sanctum, Mysterious Traveler, and Strange Dr. Weird offerings to a still naive community of radio recording collectors. Although somewhat left-handed, it's still a compliment to both SABC and Springbok Radio that those early 'otr hooligans' managed to get away with the practice for well over 20 years. That takes nothing away from this excellent series in its own right. The expositions were deftly introduced and shaded with just the right amount of chilling narrative. Not quite as chilling and melodramatic as Raymond Johnson, perhaps, but Peter Broomfield rightly camped up his delivery for The Creaking Door, and it worked. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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The Chase - Sunken Nazi Treasure (02-22-53)

Feb 3, 2020 1716

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Sunken Nazi Treasure (Aired February 22, 1953)
NBC first envisioned The Chase as a new Television feature. This was not uncommon during the later 1940s and early 1950s. Several Radio features straddled both media, with varying success. Developed as a psychological drama, the premise was that many life situations place their subjects in a 'chase' of one type or another. A chase for fame. A chase from peril. A chase to beat the clock. A chase to escape death. The added twist was the question of who is the hunter or the hunted in these situations. The scripts were faced paced, starred quality east coast talent and were well written. The series' plots and themes focused primarily on predominantly fear inducing pursuits of one form or another. Thus most of the scripts were fraught with tension of one type or another. Whether mental tension, physical peril or a mix of both, the abiding theme throughout the series was the the contrasts between the 'hunter' and the 'hunted' in such Life situations. NBC's Television version of The Chase was in production during May 1953. It was to star Doug Fowley as both narrator and performer. Apparently the powers to be eventually decided to abandon the production. It would also appear that the TV production was abandoned at about the same time the Radio version was pulled, to be replaced by NBC's prestigious NBC Summer Symphony series.

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Boston Blackie - Hypnotic Murder (08-06-45)

Feb 3, 2020 1596

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Hypnotic Murder (Aired August 6, 1945)
The Boston Blackie radio series, also starring Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show: Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer. On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. THIS EPISODE: August 6, 1945. Program #18. " Hypnotic Murder" - Mutual network origination, Ziv syndication. Commercials added locally. Joan Thompson confesses to murdering Henry Bryson. What is she doing with Boston Blackie's phone number in her apartment? Joan used to be Mary's best friend. Was she hypnotized? Richard Kollmar, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin, Henry Sylvern (organist), Jeanne Harrison (director). 26:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Barry Craig Confidential Investigator - Bull Fiddle (12-19-54)

Feb 2, 2020 1532

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Bull Fiddle (Aired December 19, 1954)
Like Sam Spade, Craig narrated his stories, in addition to being the leading character in this 30 minute show. Nearly sixty episodes are in trading circulation today William Gargan as a Detective (and an actor) If William Gargan brought an air of authenticity to his roles as a private detective, there were some good very reasons. His father was a bookmaker, so Gargan learned a lot about the gambling world and met a lot of interesting characters from across the spectrum of society. The main reason why Gargan was so convincing as a detective was that he was probably the only actor of his time who had actually been a private detective. He first worked as a credit investigator and collection agent for a clothing firm. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1954. NBC network. "Bull Fiddle". Sustaining. "Murder as a steady occupation has its handicaps; the hours are irregular, the conditions under which you work aren't always ideal, and there's no Social Security. Of course, the pay is high, but so are the gallows from which, sooner or later, they'll hang you!" The system cue has been deleted. William Gargan, Louis Vittes (writer), Arthur Jacobson (director), Herb Vigran, Betty Lou Gerson, Paul Dubov, Lou Krugman, Joe Forte. 25:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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It Pays To Be Ignorant - What Does A Bee Get In Flowers (02-22-46)

Feb 2, 2020 1860

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What Does A Bee Get In Flowers (Aired ebruary 22, 1946)
It Pays to Be Ignorant was a radio comedy show which maintained its popularity during a nine-year run on three networks for such sponsors as Philip Morris, Chrysler, and DeSoto. The series was a spoof on the authoritative, academic discourse evident on such authoritative panel series as Quiz Kids and Information Please, while the beginning of the program parodied the popular quiz show, Doctor I.Q. With announcers Ken Roberts and Dick Stark, the program was broadcast on Mutual from June 25, 1942 to February 28, 1944, on CBS from February 25, 1944 to September 27, 1950 and finally on NBC from July 4, 1951 to September 26, 1951. The satirical series featured "a board of experts who are dumber than you are and can prove it." Tom Howard was the quizmaster who asked questions of dim-bulb panelists Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell and George Shelton. The Irish-born Howard (1885-1955) and Shelton (1885-1972) had previously worked together as a team in vaudeville and comedy film shorts, while McConnell (1882-1962) and British comic McNaughton (1896-1967) had both appeared in many Broadway musical comedies and revues between 1920 and the late 1930s. THIS EPISODE: February 22, 1946. Program #97. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. The first question (at the opening): "What Does A Bee Get In Flowers?" The first question (during the program): "How many people will a five passenger coupe accomodate?" Tom Howard (m. c.), George Shelton, Lulu McConnell, Harry McNaughton, Ken Roberts (announcer), Nat Novick and His Orchestra. 31:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Encore Theater - A Man To Remember (08-06-46)

Feb 2, 2020 1743

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A Man To Remember (Aired August 6, 1946)
Encore Theater was a 1946 Summer replacement series, sponsored by Schenley Labs, Inc. All shows had a medical theme, some concerned medical research, some covered personal stories of people in the medical field but all based on true stories. Schenley Labs, Inc. was the sponsor for the series. The shows aired Tuesday evenings from 9:30 to 10:00 PM over CBS affiliated stations. Members of the cast were typically well-known radio or screen actors, such as Lurene Tuttle, Eric Snowden, Gerald Mohr, Ronald Colman, Robert Young or Lionel Barrymore. Producer for series was Bill Lawrence, who also directed the series. The announcer was Frank Graham. Music was by Leith Stevens. Scripts were written and adapted by Jean Holloway, Lloyd C. Douglas, Sidney Kingsley and Milton Geiger. Twelve of the thirteen scripts were adapted by Jean Holloway. The 1946 Summer series ended with the August 27th show, replaced by "Cresta Blanca Hollywood Players" (possibly known as "The Hollywood Players Company". There was a second Encore Theater Summer series in 1949, however there is little information on it. It aired on Sundays. Show Notes From Old Radio World THIS EPISODE: August 6, 1946. CBS network. "A Man To Remember". Sponsored by: Schenley Laboratories. The impoverished doctor in a small town leaves behind a legacy beyond wealth. Lionel Barrymore, Griff Barnett, Jerry Hausner, Ken Christy, Jack Edwards Jr., Earle Ross, Howard Duff, Bill Lawrence (producer, director), Frank Graham (announcer), Leith Stevens (conductor), Jean Holloway (adaptor). 29:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Whitehall 1212 - The Case Of Maggie Ralenson (05-25-52)

Feb 2, 2020 1796

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The Case Of Maggie Ralenson (Aired May 25, 1952)
The Whitehall 1212 series boasted that for the first time Scotland Yard opened its files and the producers promised to bring to the public authentic true stories of some of the most celebrated cases. Permission for these records came from Sir Harold Scott, Commissioner of the yard at that time. There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. The research for the shows was done by Percy Hoskins, chief crime reporter for the London Daily Express. For the benefit of American audiences, Wyllis Cooper of Quiet Please fame was hired as script writer. Interestingly enough both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 had all-British casts; both ran concurrently. Whereby Mutual Broadcasting System aired the Orson Welles version, NBC offered the Wyllis Cooper one. THIS EPISODE: May 25, 1952. "The Case Of Maggie Ralenson" - NBC network. Sustaining. A doctor's instrument case and a pair of child's rompers in the Black Museum help the Constabulary apprehend the fiend behind the packages of body parts found in Scotland. Harvey Hayes, Horace Braham, Lionel Ricou (announcer), Pat O'Malley, Lester Fletcher, Percy Hoskins (researcher), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director), Morris Dallymore, Patricia Courtleigh. 29:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Walk Softly Peter Troy - The Vanquished Venus (01-28-54)

Feb 1, 2020 1366

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The Vanquished Venus (Aired January 28, 1964)
This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from 19 May 1964 to 28 November 1964. The sponsors, Irving & Johnson, reportedly disliked the series, which is why it was discontinued on Springbok Radio and moved to the English Service. This was the first series on the English Service that came from an independent production house, not produced by the SABC. There was an Australian version of this radio series produced prior to the South African productions. THIS EPISODE: January 28, 1964. Program #8. Springbok Radio (South Africa) origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Vanquished Venus". A beauty queen is murdered on stage. Peter uncovers a diamond smuggling ring. Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 24:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Screen Guild Players - Across The Pacific (Starring Humphrey Bogart) 01-25-43

Feb 1, 2020 1762

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Across The Pacific (Starring Humphrey Bogart) Aired January 25, 1943
Actors on the series included Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Agnes Moorehead, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Fees these actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors. The series came to an end on CBS June 29, 1952. THIS EPISODE: January 25, 1943 - "Across the Pacific" is a 1942 spy film set on the eve of the entry of the United States into World War II. The film was directed first by John Huston, then by Vincent Sherman after Huston joined the United States Army Signal Corps. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet. 29:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Our Miss Brooks - Going Skiing (aka-Skis In The Classroom) 02-25-51

Feb 1, 2020 2034

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Going Skiing (aka-Skis In The Classroom) Aired February 25, 1951
Our Miss Brooks, an American situation comedy, began as a radio hit in 1948 and migrated to television in 1952, becoming one of the earlier hits of the so-called Golden Age of Television, and making a star out of Eve Arden (1908-1990) as comely, wisecracking, but humane high school English teacher Connie Brooks. The show hooked around Connie's daily relationships with Madison High School students, colleagues, and pompous principal Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), not to mention favourite student Walter Denton (future television and Rambo co-star Richard Crenna, who fashioned a higher-pitched voice to play the role) and biology teacher Philip Boynton ( Jeff Chandler), the latter Connie's all-but-unrequited love interest, who saw science everywhere and little else anywhere. THIS EPISODE: February 25, 1951. "Going Skiing (aka-Skis In The Classroom) - Program #111. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Denton Ski Claw". Miss Brooks decides to try on a pair of skis, and trouble goes down the hill with her! "The Denton Claw" is sure to help. Eve Arden, Al Lewis (writer, director), Jane Morgan, Bob Lemond (announcer), Richard Crenna, Jeff Chandler, Gloria McMillan, Gale Gordon, Wilbur Hatch (music), Larry Berns (producer), Joe Quillan (writer). 34:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Epic Casebook Of Inspector Carr - The Clue That Never Was (1957)

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The Clue That Never Was 1957 *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Epic Casebook Of Inspector Carr - The highly successful detective series, starring Hugh Rouse as Inspector Carr. Written & Produced by Michael Silver at the CRC Studios, Johannesburg. The series aired originally on Thursday evenings at 21H30, sponsored by the Epic Oil Company of S.A. In 1977 the sponsorship ended and the series was renamed "Inspector Carr Investigates" and moved to the earlier slot of 20H30. The first actor to play Inspector Carr was Don Davis, he was replaced in 1959 by Hugh Rouse. Don returned briefly in 1963 for 14 episodes. However Hugh Rouse made this series his own. A short lived television series was made by the SABC in the early 1980's with Michael McCabe, playing the famous Inspector. Sadly the transformation from radio to television was a total disaster. The series ended in June 1985 on Springbok Radio. A local Johannesburg radio station, Radio Today 1485am tried to revive the series in 1997, sadly copyright issues could not be cleared up & the idea was abandoned.

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You Are There - The Crowning Of Charlemagne (01-18-48)

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The Crowning Of Charlemagne (Aired December 25, 1949)
You Are There is an American historical educational television and radio series broadcast over the CBS Radio and CBS Television networks. Created by Goodman Ace for CBS Radio, it blended history with modern technology, taking an entire network newsroom on a figurative time warp each week reporting the great events of the past. Reporters included John Charles Daly, Don Hollenbeck and Richard C. Hottelet. The series was first heard on July 7, 1947 under the title CBS Is There. Its final broadcast was on March 19, 1950 under the title You Are There. The radio program made a transition to television in 1953, with Walter Cronkite as the regular host. Reporters included veteran radio announcers Dick Joy and Harlow Wilcox. The first telecast took place on February 1, 1953, and featured a re-enactment of the Hindenburg disaster. The final telecast took place on October 13, 1957. Originally telecast live, most of the later episodes were produced on film. One of the episodes, for instance, features actor Pat Conway as James J. Corbett, the boxer who fought champion John L. Sullivan in 1892. THIS EPISODE December 25, 1949. CBS net.work "The Crowning Of Charlemagne". Sustaining. The events of December 25, 800. Guy Sorel, Bill Leonard, Don Hollenbeck, Larry LeSueur, Jack Walters, Joe DeSantis, Michael Sklar (writer), John Dietz (director), Hester Sondergaard, Werner Mishel (documentary unit supervisor), Abby Lewis, Ian Martin, Charles Webster, Mercer McLeod, Don Craig (choir director). 29:26.

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Arch Oboler's Plays - Strange Morning (04-15-39)

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Strange Morning (Aired April 5, 1945)
Arch Oboler's Plays was a radio drama series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945. Leading film actors were heard on this series, including Gloria Blondell, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Page, Gale Sondergaard, Franchot Tone and George Zucco. THIS EPISODE: April 5, 1945. Program #1. Mutual network. "Strange Morning". Sustaining. An excellent drama about a nurse who tells a ward filled with wounded soldiers that Germany has surrendered. The program name and date above are subject to correction. The first show of a 26 broadcast series. Arch Oboler (writer, director, host), Gordon Jenkins (composer), Sylvan Levin (conductor), Charlotte Holland, Mason Adams, Maurice Ellis, Larry Haines, Lamont Johnson, Joseph Julian, Paul Mann, Luis Van Rooten. 29:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Aldrich Family - A New Straw Hat (11-04-48)

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A New Straw Hat (November 4, 1948)
The Aldrich Family was launched in its own series as a summer replacement program for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O, which also sponsored Jack Benny at the time. The Aldriches ran in that slot from October 10, 1939 until May 28, 1940, moving to Thursdays, from July 4, 1940 until July 20, 1944. After a brief hiatus, the show moved to CBS, running on Fridays from September 1, 1944 until August 30, 1946 with sponsors Grape Nuts and Jell-O before moving back to NBC from September 5, 1946 to June 28, 1951 on Thursdays and, then, as a Sustaining program in its final run of September 21, 1952 to April 19, 1953 on Sundays. The show was a top-ten ratings hit within two years of its birth. THIS EPISODE: November 4, 1948. NBC network. "A New Straw Hat - Sponsored by: Jell-O. Henry buys a new straw hat, but is ordered to return it. This is not as easy as it sounds! Ezra Stone, Jackie Kelk, Dan Seymour (announcer), Meredith Willson. 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Night Beat - Molly Keller (07-17-50)

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Molly Keller (Aired July 17, 1950)
Broadcast on NBC, Nightbeat ran from 1949 to 1952 and starred Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, a tough and streetwise reporter who worked the nightbeat for the Chicago Star looking for human interest stories. He met an assortment of people, most of them with a problem, many of them scared, and sometimes he was able to help them, sometimes he wasn’t. It is generally regarded as a ‘quality’ show and it stands up extremely well. Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962) isn’t remembered today, but he was a powerful and believable actor with a strong delivery, and his portrayal of Randy Stone as tough guy with humanity was perfect. The scripts were excellent, given that they had to pack in a lot in a short time, and there was a good supporting cast, orchestra, and sound effects. THIS EPISODE: July 17, 1950. NBC network. "Molly Keller " - Sponsored by: Wheaties. Molly Keller's husband is now dead. Randy Stone discovers the scrub woman is now living in a swanky hotel. Who has the $65,000 from a fourteen-year-old payroll robbery? Frank Lovejoy, Warren Lewis (producer, director), Larry Marcus (editor), Frank Worth (music), Russell Hughes (writer), Sarah Selby, Wally Maher, George Offerman Jr., Wilms Herbert, Peter Leeds, Joan Banks. 29:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Space Patrol - The Electronic Burglar (11-29-52)

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The Electronic Burglar (Aired November 29, 1952)
The stories followed the 30th-century adventures of Commander Buzz Corry (Ed Kemmer) of the United Planets Space Patrol and his young sidekick Cadet Happy (Lyn Osborn) —- yes, Cadet Happy —- as they faced nefarious interplanetary villains with diabolical schemes. Not surprisingly for the time, some of these villains had Russian- or German-sounding accents. Cmdr. Corry and his allies were aided by such nifty gadgets as "miniature space-o-phones" and "atomolights." Episodes had such pulp-magazine titles as "Revolt of the Space Rats" and "The Menace of Planet X." The special effects used in the live half-hour TV episodes had to be performed in real time. THIS EPISODE: November 29, 1952. ABC network. "The Electronic Burglar". Sponsored by: Ralston Cereals. The "analscope," which detects minerals underground, has been stolen. It's an inside job, and Commander Corry and Happy find themselves stranded on the Martian desert! Bela Kovacs, Dick Tufeld (announcer), Ed Kemmer, Ken Mayer, Larry Robertson (producer, director), Lou Houston (writer), Lyn Osborn, Mike Mosser (creator), Norman Jolley. 28:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Silent Men - The Big Kill (02-03-52)

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The Big Kill (Aired February 3, 1952)
NBC, 30 min. "This is Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.... In a moment, it will be my pleasure to introduce to you stories of the Silent Men, the special agents of federal law-enforcement who silently, and for little material reward, daily risk their lives to protect the lives of all of us. Their tradition is long and proud, yet to guard our welfare and our liberties, they must remain nameless..." Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. played the parts of "special agents. At each episode, Fairbanks checked in with his chief, played by either William Conrad or Herb Butterfield. THIS EPISODE: February 3, 1952. NBC network. "The Big Kill". Sustaining. An counter-intelligence agent with the Civilian Aviation Agency receives a tip about a bomb on a airplane to Chicago, which took off ten minutes ago! Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Don Stanley (announcer), Lou Rusoff (writer), Warren Lewis (writer, producer, director), Lurene Tuttle, Lamont Johnson, Harry Lang, Paul Frees, Betty Moran, Jack Carroll. 30:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The New Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - The Problem Of Thor Bridge (10-01-45)

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The Problem Of Thor Bridge (Aired October 1, 1945)
According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency. 221B is an apartment up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone, only occasionally employing agents from the city's underclass, including a host of informants and a group of street children he calls the Baker Street Irregulars. THIS EPISODE: October 1, 1945. Mutual network. "The Problem Of Thor Bridge". Sponsored by: Petri Wines. A woman's rival for her husband's affection is accused of murder when the wife is found shot to death with an incriminating note in her hand. The story is based on, "The Problem Of Thor Bridge." Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Harry Bartell (announcer), Denis Green (writer), Anthony Boucher (writer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Edna Best (producer). 29:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Escape - Confession (12-31-47)

Jan 30, 2020 2009

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Confession (Aired December 31, 1947)
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950. Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad: “Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” Following the opening theme, a second announcer (usually Roy Rowan) would add: "We offer you... Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!" THIS EPISODE: December 31, 1947. CBS network. "Confession". Sustaining. A good story about a shell-shocked soldier walking the fog-filled streets of London...finding murder and terror! Algernon Blackwood (author), William Conrad, Peggy Webber, William N. Robson (producer, director), John Dunkel (adaptor), Cy Feuer (music conceiver, conductor), Ramsay Hill, Raymond Lawrence. 33:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Life With Luigi - The Trolley Transfer (09-26-50)

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The Trolley Transfer (Aired September 26, 1950)
Life with Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS. The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the US citizenship classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American. Naish continued in the role on the short-lived television version in 1952, and was later replaced by Vito Scotti. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. THIS EPISODE: September 26, 1950. CBS network. "The Trolley Transfer" - Sponsored by: Wrigley's Spearmint Chewing Gum. Luigi rides the trolley and gets a transfer. J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Cy Howard (creator, producer, director), Hans Conried, Bob Stevenson (announcer), Mac Benoff (writer), Lou Derman (writer), Mary Shipp, Jody Gilbert, Joe Forte, Ken Peters, Lud Gluskin (music director). 29:2 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Rogue's Gallery - Blood On The Sand (12-13-45)

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Blood On The Sand (Aired December 13, 1945)
Rogue's Gallery also starred different actors as Rogue, in later incarnations of the series, but Richard Powell was the most popular. This series preceded Richard Powell's most famous series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Rogue trailed lovely blondes and protected witnesses in the new tough guy persona of Dick Powell. This was the transition series for Powell in his quest to be recognized as an actor rather than a singer. It had some of the same cute elements that would make Richard Diamond a high spot four years later. During the summer of 1946, the show was billed as Bandwagon Mysteries, with a tip of the hat to the sponsor. In the summer of 1947, it was again revived on NBC Sundays for Fitch, with Barry Sullivan in the title role. In 1950 the character again turned up in a two-year sustainer on the ABC Wednesday-night schedule. Chester Morris played the lead. Chester Morris was the original Boston Blackie. THIS EPISODE: December 13, 1945. Mutual network. "Blood On The Sand". Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoo, Fitch's Shaving Cream. Richard Rogue is at the L7 Dude Ranch, trying to take a vacation, but finding himself in the middle of a murder case. Dee Englebach (producer, director), Dick Powell, Gerald Mohr, Jim Doyle (announcer), Leith Stevens (composer, conductor), Ray Buffum (writer), Peter Leeds. 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Rocky Fortune (Starring Frank Sinatra) -The Museum Murder (01-19-54)

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The Museum Murder (Aired January 19, 1954)
Frank Sinatra seemed very comfortable in the role of Rocco Fortunato--'Rocky Fortune'--and the scripts that George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy wrote for Sinatra made for some fascinating adventures. The role was clearly written specifically for him, and more importantly for the more 'adult' persona his agents and publicity reps were trying to portray of him at this point in his career. He'd already done the teen and 20-something idol gig, and he had been expressing more of an interest in dramatic work. Perhaps Sinatra's managers were simply hedging their bets. Sinatra's greatest initial dramatic role in From Here To Eternity was released October 19, 1953, just weeks after Rocky Fortune began its 26-week run on NBC. As we all know now, From Here to Eternity was a box-office smash, propelling Sinatra into a whole new career in Film. Thus, as with Alan Ladd in his Mayfair Productions program, Box-13, Sinatra--and Las Vegas and Hollywood--found a far greater immediate demand for his talent on stage and in Film. The Big-Screen's gain was Radio's loss. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 19, 1954. NBC network. "The Museum Murder". Sustaining. Rocky's running a tour through a New York museum. He finds a corpse and adventure in a mummy case. This is a network version. Frank Sinatra, Dick Beals, Barney Phillips, June Foray, Gloria Grant, Dan Riss, Howard Wiley (director), George Lefferts (writer). 24:39.Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Danger Dr. Danfield - Edgar Allen Poe Manuscript (10-27-46)

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Edgar Allen Poe Manuscript (Aired October 27, 1946)
Danger, Dr Danfield was first broadcast on August 18, 1946 and consisted of 26 episodes with the last one being April 13, 1947. All episodes are available. It starred Michael Dunn as Dr. Danfield, with JoAnne Johnson as Rusty Fairfax, his secretary. The series was written by Ralph Wilkinson and produced by Wally Ramsey. The show had a formula with the crime usually being committed in the first third of the program, the good doctor solving it in the second third, and then pedantically explaining the solution to someone (usually his "pretty, young" secretary, Rusty) in the conclusion. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: October 27, 1946. Program #11. "Edgar Allen Poe Manuscript" - ABC network origination, Teleways Radio Productions syndication. Commercials added locally. The program is listed as #11 on the label, #13 on the transcription matrix. An "accidental" death and a missing manuscript of Edgar Allan Poe. Nevermore? Michael Dunn, Joanne Johnson. 25:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Unwanted Deputy (05-03-59)

Jan 29, 2020 1771

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Unwanted Deputy (Aired May 3, 1959)
The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners (such as old time radio expert John Dunning) have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults, and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalpings, massacres and opium addicts. THIS EPISODE: May 3, 1959. CBS network. "Unwanted Deputy". Sponsored by: Longines Watches, Stanu (cleaner), Pepsi. Vince Wiley becomes Dillon's self-appointed deputy with secret plans to kill him! William Conrad starts the program by thanking listeners at the start of the show's eighth year on the air. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on March 5, 1960. William Conrad, Georgia Ellis, Parley Baer, Howard McNear, George Walsh (announcer), Frank Knight (Longines commercial), Jeanne Bates, Vic Perrin, Paul Dubov, Howard Culver, Marian Clark (writer), George Walsh (announcer). 29:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Starlight Mystery Theater (Matt Slade) - The Secret Grey Man (10-25-64)

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The Secret Grey Man (Aired October 25, 1964)
Mathew Slade: Private Investigator was a featured, half-hour mystery presentation by The Pacifica Players of Pacifica Radio of Berkeley, California and the Pacifica Foundation of North Hollywood, California. It premiered as a Starlight Mystery Theater production on July 5, 1964 over Pacifica Radio affiliate stations. Initially announced for alternating Sundays, the program soon began airing in erratic installments from August through November of 1964. Starring William Wintersole as Mathew Slade, the program was billed as a radio mystery revival series from the outset, presented in recognition of the hundreds of popular detective mysteries that had aired throughout The Golden Age of Radio. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 25, 1964. KPFK, Los Angeles origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Secret Grey Man". A Korean War secret vow among four men leads to near-death in the "Glass House" and a sinking yacht. The program is also known as: "The Starlight Mystery Theatre." William Wintersole, Brian Adams (writer, director), Robert Frederick (writer). 23:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Murder At Midnight - The Ace Of Death (10-12-46)

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The Ace Of Death (Aired October 12, 1946)
The Murder at Midnight series was a thirty-minute broadcast featuring tales of the supernatural. The actors included Mercedes McCambridge and Lawson Zerbe and the show was narrated using the spooky, creepy voice of Raymond Morgan and always opened using the same gripping signature; “the witching hour, when night is darkest, our fears are the strongest, our strength at its lowest ebb… Midnight! … when graves gape open and death strikes!”. The show was produced in New York and was first heard in syndication between September 16, 1946 and September 8, 1947 on WJZ (now WABC). The show's writers included Robert Newman, Joseph Ruscoll, Max Erlich and William Norwood, and it was directed by Anton M. Leder. The host was Raymond Morgan. THIS EPISODE: October 12, 1946. Program #17. Syndicated. "The Ace Of Death". Commercials added locally. A story based on the classic story "The Suicide Club," by Robert Louis Stevenson. Well done! Albert Buhrman (music), Anton M. Leader (director), John Griggs, Karl Swenson, Max Ehrlich (writer), Robert Louis Stevenson (author), Louis G. Cowan (producer). 26:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater - A Very Special Place (02-06-77)

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A Very Special Place (Aired February 6, 1977)
The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater was a 1977 anthology radio drama series with Tom Bosley as host. Himan Brown, already producing the CBS Radio Mystery Theater for the network, added this twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) anthology radio drama series to his workload in 1977. It usually aired on weekends, beginning in February 1977 and continuing through the end of January 1978, on stations which cleared it. General Mills's advertising agency was looking for a means of reaching children that would be less expensive than television advertising. Brown and CBS were willing to experiment with a series aimed at younger listeners, reaching that audience through ads in comic books. Apart from Christian or other religious broadcasting, this may have been the only nationwide attempt in the U.S. in the 1970s to air such a series. THIS EPISODE: February 6, 1977. Program #2. CBS network. "A Very Special Place". Sponsored by: General Mills. The program was repeated on August 6, 1977 as, "The CBS Radio Adventure Theatre." This program won from, "The National Association For Retarded Citizens." Tom Bosley (host), Russell Horton, Allan Sloane (writer), Himan Brown (producer, director), Court Benson, Earl Hammond, Robert Dryden. 49:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Archie Andrews - Mailing Income Tax (03-10-51)

Jan 28, 2020 1767

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Mailing Income Tax (Aired March 10, 1951)
Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, a long-run radio series, a syndicated comic strip and animation -- The Archie Show, a Saturday morning cartoon television series by Filmation, plus Archie's Weird Mysteries. Archie Andrews began on the Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5 1953. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years.The sponsor was Swift Products. The Cast: Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. THIS EPISODE: March 10, 1951. "Mailing Income Tax" - NBC network. Sustaining. Archie mails the family's income tax return. Now, how to get that letter back and save $50. Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice, Carl Jampel (writer), Nat Polen, Donald Bayh, Kenneth MacGregor (producer, director), Wendell Holmes, Dick Dudley (announcer). 31:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The CBS Radio Mystery Theater - The Death Bell (05-01-74)

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The Death Bell (Aired May 1, 1974)
The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT) was an ambitious and sustained attempt to revive the great drama of old-time radio in the 1970s. Created by Himan Brown (who had by then become a radio legend due to his work on Inner Sanctum Mysteries and other shows dating back to the 1930s), and aired on affiliate stations across the CBS Radio network, the series began its long run on January 6, 1974. The final episode ran on December 31, 1982. The show was broadcast nightly and ran for one hour, including commercials. Typically, a week consisted of three to four new episodes, with the remainder of the week filled out with reruns. There were a total of 1399 original episodes broadcast. The total number of broadcasts, including reruns, was 2969. The late E.G. Marshall hosted the program every year but the final one, when actress Tammy Grimes took over. Each episode began with the ominous sound of a creaking door, slowly opening to invite listeners in for the evening's adventure. At the end of each show, the door would swing shut, with Marshall signing off, "Until next time, pleasant...dreams?" THIS EPISODE: May 1, 1974. Program #84. CBS network. "The Death Bell". Sponsored by: Kellogg's, Budweiser, 7-Up. E. G. Marshall (host), Ian Martin (writer), Michael Tolan, Marian Seldes, William Redfield, Guy Sorel. 54:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Macabre - The Avenger (12-18-61)

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The Avenger (Aired December 18, 1961)
The "Macabre" series is being distributed by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in Los Angeles for worldwide use by AFRTS outlets. The first program, titled "Final Resting Place," is the strange tale of what happens to a honeymooning couple when they stop in a small town for the night and visit a carnival. Macabre was produced in-house by the Tokyo studios of the Far East Network of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Two Air Force personnel were most responsible for creating the series: William Verdier as writer, performer, and director; and Program Director and performer, John F. Buey, Jr. THIS EPISODE: December 18, 1961. Program #6. AFRTS-FEN origination. "The Avenger". The story of "The Curse Of The Twelve Moons." William Virdier (performer, writer, director), Al Lepage (announcer), John Buey, June Elliott, Walt Sheldon, Milton Radmilovich, James Connolly (performer, sound patterns), Larry Dooley (technical supervisor). 26:40.

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The Sears Radio Theater ( Mutual ) - Freeze Frame (10-01-80)

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Freeze Frame (Aired October 1, 1980)
The Sears Radio Theater Series premiered on Monday 02/05/79 and offered a different genre each weekday night. Each genre was hosted by a different celebrity. The program was produced on Paramount's Stage F in Hollywood. These first 130 programs were broadcast over a six month period and then rebroadcast over the following six months. From 02/14/80 to 12/19/81 this series was heard again, this time over Mutual, as The Mutual Radio Theater. This was clearly one of the last big attempts to produce radio programming, with many of radio’s best talents, the way radio was heard in its “golden days.” Despite budget and talent, it just wasn’t to be. Hosts: Lorne Greene on Mondays (Westerns) Andy Griffith on Tuesdays (Comedy)Vincent Price on Wednesday (Mystery)Cicely Tyson on Thursday (Drama – Love & Hate)Richard Widmark on Friday (Drama – Adventure)

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The Avenger - The Blue Pearls (01-03-46)

Jan 27, 2020 1783

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The Blue Pearls (Aired January 3, 1946)
The Avenger is a fictional character whose original adventures appeared from 1939 to 1942 in The Avenger magazine, published by Street and Smith Publications. Five additional short stories were published in Clues Detective magazine from 1942 to 1943, and a sixth novelette in The Shadow magazine in 1943. Newly-written adventures were commissioned and published by Warner Brother's Paperback Library from 1973 to 1974. The Avenger was a pulp hero who combined elements of Doc Savage and The Shadow though he was never as popular as either of these characters. The authorship of the pulp series was credited by Street and Smith to Kenneth Robeson, the same byline that appeared on the Doc Savage stories. The "Kenneth Robeson" name was a house pseudonym used by a number of different Street & Smith writers. Most of the original Avenger stories were written by Paul Ernst. THIS EPISODE: January 3, 1946. Program #12. Michelson syndication. "The Blue Pearls". Music fill for local commercial insert. Charles Michelson (producer), Walter Gibson (writer), Ruth Braun (writer), Gilbert Braun (writer), James Monks, Helen Adamson, Alyn Edwards (announcer), Doc Whipple (organist). 30:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Lux Radio Theater - Snake Pit (04-10-50)

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Snake Pit (Aired April 10, 1950)
The Lux Radio Theater debuted in 1934 on NBC's Blue radio network, dramatizing Broadway plays from New York. In an effort to improve ratings, the show switched networks to CBS and moved West in June 1936 to capitalize on Hollywood talent and popular movie fare. Lux’s extravagant productions were a huge success. Renowned director Cecil B. DeMille was brought in to host the show. Stars were routinely paid up to $5,000 to appear. THIS EPISODE: April 10, 1950. "Snake Pit" is a 1948 American film noir directed by Anatole Litvak and stars Olivia de Havilland, Mark Stevens, Leo Genn, Celeste Holm, Beulah Bondi, and Lee Patrick. Based on Mary Jane Ward's 1946 semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, the film tells the story of a woman who finds herself in an insane asylum and cannot remember how she got there. Virginia Cunningham is an apparently schizophrenic inmate at a mental institution called the Juniper Hill State Hospital (which treats only female patients). She hears voices and seems so out of touch with reality that she doesn’t recognize her husband Robert. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Clock - All The Money In The World AKA: The Millionaire (11-17-46)

Jan 27, 2020 1457

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All The Money In The World (Aired November 17, 1946)
The Clock should have been one of the more popular supernatural dramas of the late 1940s. The production values were reasonably high, the supporting talent was superb, much of the run was produced and directed by William Spier, and the concept was certainly unique enough. 'What if' programs, or dramatic programming dealing with 'fate' and its consequences weren't new to Radio of the 1940s. Indeed, the more common subtexts of most of the supernatural dramatizations throughout the Golden Age of Radio dealt with either the consequences of fate, or both historic and contemporary turning points of either 'conscience' or 'morals.' Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: November 17, 1946. ABC network. "All The Money In The World". Sustaining. All that Joey wants is money. Lots of it, in fact, all the money in the world!, as it was produced and broadcast in Australia on October 11, 1955. The system cue has been deleted. Lawrence Klee (writer), Clark Andrews (director), Bernard Green (composer, conductor), James McCallion, Mary Shipp, Martin Wolfson, Joseph Conway, Edward Fuller, Jason Johnson, Gene Kirby (announcer). 24:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Danger With Granger - Hired Help (1957)

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Hired Help *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Danger With Granger arrived too late in the Golden Age of Radio to have any real impact on the listening public. Mutual aired this show, starting in 1956, on Monday nights at 8:30 pm. It was a half hour show that featured a private eye in New York City, STEVE GRANGER. His two primary companions were Cal Hendrix, a reporter who served as an all-purpose source of criminal info, and Jake Rankin, a police detective with whom he had a grudging rivalry. The writing on the show seemed to incorporate most of the standard cliche's of the P.I. world. Granger, who was both the star and the first-person narrator of the show (not an uncommon practice with radio gumshoes), never saw a woman, instead "he gave the doll the once-over." He didn't kick with his foot, he "lifted a size 10." Instead of paying cash, he "forked over numbered lettuce." In his investigations Steve Granger cooperates with the police and the FBI and other authorities.

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Stand By For Crime - The Clueless Crime Spree (1953)

Jan 27, 2020 1458

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The Clueless Crime Spree (1953) *The Exact Date Is Unknown
This show, from the early 1950s, is a good example of the true story style of delivery made popular in radio's classic crime shows Gangbusters and Mr. District Attorney. Of course, the best and most popular of the true crime shows was Dragnet -- the monotone, "just the facts" style demanded by Jack Webb in the show made two points at once: first, that the show wasn't a typical melodramatic crime show, as had been on radio since "the good old days", and more importantly, that we were along for the ride on another day at the office -- in this case, a policeman's “day at the office". Not a true crime show, as this is drama, but this show features Chuck Morgan, as played by Glen Langen, a very believable news anchor at KOP, a Los Angeles radio station. He is pals with Lieutenant Bill Miggs of the police force, who tips him off to hot crime news. Also in on the capers is Morgan's "Gal Friday", Carol Curtis, played by Adele Jurgens. The three meet all types -- mostly on the shady side of the street. In real life, Glen and Adele were husband and wife, the two marrying in 1949. They had met on the movie set of The Treasure of Monte Cristo. On the show, the repartee between the two is strictly old school and quite enjoyable. The dialogue is solid and makes the most of the plots. Unheralded and left for dead, Stand By for Crime is well worth your time. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet - The Matchmaker (10-24-48)

Jan 26, 2020 1762

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The Matchmaker (Aired October 24, 1948)
As the series progressed and the boys grew up, storylines involving various characters were introduced. Many of the series storylines were taken from the Nelsons' real life. When the real David and Rick got married, to June Blair and Kristin Harmon respectively, their wives joined the cast of Ozzie and Harriet, and the marriages were written into the series. (What was seldom written into the series was Ozzie's profession; mention of his lengthy and successful band-leading career was infrequent.) By the mid 1960s, America's social climate was changing, and the Nelsons' all American nuclear family epitomized the 1950s values and ideals that were quickly becoming a thing of the past. THIS EPISODE: October 24, 1948. "Matchmaker" - NBC network. Sponsored by: International Silver. While Harriet plays matchmaker, Ozzie tries to undo the damage. Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Verne Smith (announcer), John Brown, Janet Waldo, Henry Blair, Tommy Bernard, Lurene Tuttle, Donald Woods, Billy May (composer, conductor). 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Vanishing Point - Looking For A Quiet Place (02-06-87)

Jan 26, 2020 1729

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Looking For A Quiet Place (Aired February 6, 1987)
Vanishing Point is the title of a science fiction anthology series that ran on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio from 1984 until 1986, although the show would continue under different names and formats. A descriptive intro declared that Vanishing Point. The series was produced by Bill Lane in the CBC's Toronto studios. 1984-1986 There were 69 episodes in the original series. The series continued after that under various names and formats. "The point between reality and fantasy. Where imagination holds the key to new worlds. That point of no return---The Vanishing Point." Favorably compared to Rod Sterling's classic TV series, The Twilight Zone, these finely tuned radio dramas from the CBC provide compelling excursions into the realm of mystery and fantasy. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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Whitehall 1212 - The Case Of The Fatal Bath (04-13-52)

Jan 26, 2020 1792

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The Case Of The Fatal Bath (Aired April 13, 1952)
The Whitehall 1212 series boasted that for the first time Scotland Yard opened its files and the producers promised to bring to the public authentic true stories of some of the most celebrated cases. Permission for these records came from Sir Harold Scott, Commissioner of the yard at that time. There is actually a Black Museum. This area is located on the lower ground floor of Scotland Yard and it does indeed contain articles that are closely associated with the solving of a crime. And "Whitehall 1212" was the actual emergency phone number for the yard at the time. The research for the shows was done by Percy Hoskins, chief crime reporter for the London Daily Express. For the benefit of American audiences, Wyllis Cooper of Quiet Please fame was hired as script writer. Interestingly enough both the Black Museum and Whitehall 1212 had all-British casts; both ran concurrently. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: April 13, 1952. NBC network. Sustaining. "The Case Of The Fatal Bath". A man's wife drowns in the bathtub, just as his previous wife had died, and just like his next wife is about to die! Percy Hoskins (researcher), Wyllis Cooper (writer, director), Harvey Hayes, Horace Braham, Winston Ross, Lester Fletcher, Patricia Courtleigh, Beulah Garrick. 29:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Whistler - The House On Sycamore Road (01-15-45)

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The House On Sycamore Road (Aired October 15, 1945)
Others who portrayed the Whistler at various times were Gale Gordon, Joseph Kearns, Marvin Miller (announcer for The Whistler and The Bickersons and later as Michael Anthony on TV's The Millionaire), Bill Johnstone (who had the title role on radio's The Shadow from 1938 to 1943) and Everett Clarke. Cast members included Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Cathy Lewis, Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle and Jack Webb. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. Of the 692 episodes, over 200 no longer exist. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: October 15, 1945. CBS Pacific network. "The House On Sycamore Road". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. $50,000 is found in an old clock, but there's that man with the scar! Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer), Lesley Edgely (writer). 30:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Future Tense - The Seventh Victim (05-20-74)

Jan 26, 2020 1579

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The Seventh Victim (Aired May 20, 1974)
Future Tense was the title given to two short series of shows that aired at various times in 1974 through 1976 on WMUK, college radio station of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. The shows were announced as being produced by WMUK Special Projects and used local actors. Professor Eli Segal updated some X Minus One and Dimension X scripts, changing place and time to local area and time, as required. The series used original X Minus One music opening, closing and scene bridges although it didn't use the X Minus One "blast off" sequence. (It did use it at least once as a sound effect). In the first series aired in May of 1974, with the shows broadcast Monday through Thursday (from a comment at the end of one show). From information found, the first series appears to have been repeated in June of 1974 and again in August of of 1976 (from corrections to "Science Fiction on Radio: A Revised Look At 1950-1975", see Log Comments). The second series is believed to have aired in July of 1976 (from the Gold Index, see Log Comments). In 1975, "Pail of Air" was awarded the Ohio State Award for "network quality radio drama". "Cold Equation" won a Peabody Award in 1978 "for championing radio drama". THIS EPISODE: May 20, 1974. WMUK-FM, Kalamazoo, Michigan. "The Seventh Victim". Sustaining. It's not easy to join the "Tens Club." After six kills, a hunter finds an unusual "victim" who presents an unsual defense. The script was used previously on "X Minus One" on March 6, 1957. Eli Segal (producer, director), Robert Sheckley (author), Tom Small, Eric Grandstaff, Peg Small, Mark Spink, Richard Atwell. 26:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Inner Sanctum Mysteries - Dead To Rights (05-22-45)

Jan 25, 2020 1773

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Dead To Rights (Aired May 22, 1945)
Inner Sanctum Mysteries was a popular old-time radio program that aired from January 7, 1941 to October 5, 1952. Created by Himan Brown, the anthology series featured stories of mystery, terror and suspense. The tongue-in-cheek introductions were in sharp contrast to shows like Suspense and The Whistler. A total of 526 episodes are known to have been produced. The early 1940s programs opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, "Your host, Raymond," in a mocking sardonic voice. A spooky melodramatic organ score punctuated Raymond's many morbid jokes and playful puns. Raymond's closing was an elongated "Pleasant dreaaaaammmmssss!" His tongue-in-cheek style and ghoulish relish of his own tales became the standard for many such horror narrators to follow. THIS EPISODE: May 22, 1945. CBS network. "Dead To Rights". Sponsored by: Lipton Tea and Soup. An inept couple murder for profit, and then run when the net closes in on them. Santos Ortega, Elspeth Eric, Sigmund Miller (writer), Mary Bennett (commercial spokeswoman), Berry Kroeger (host). 1/2 hour. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Life of Riley - Trying To Get A Raise(1933)

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Trying To Get A Raise(1933) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, was a popular radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film and continued as a long-running television series during the 1950s. The show began as a proposed Groucho Marx radio series, The Flotsam Family, but the sponsor balked at what would have been essentially a straight head-of-household role for the comedian. Then producer Irving Brecher saw Bendix as taxicab company owner Tim McGuerin in the movie The McGuerins from Brooklyn (1942). The Flotsam Family was reworked with Bendix cast as blundering Chester A. Riley, riveter at a California aircraft plant, and his frequent exclamation of indignation---"What a revoltin' development this is!"---became one of the most famous catch phrases of the 1940s. The radio series also benefited from the immense popularity of a supporting character, Digby "Digger" O'Dell (John Brown), "the friendly undertaker."Beginning October 4, 1949, the show was adapted for television for the DuMont Television Network, but Bendix's film contracts prevented him from appearing in the role. Instead, Jackie Gleason starred along with Rosemary DeCamp as wife Peg, Gloria Winters as daughter Barbara (Babs), Lanny Rees as son Chester Jr. (Junior), and Sid Tomack as Gillis, Riley's manipulative best buddy and next-door neighbor. John Brown returned as the morbid counseling undertaker Digby (Digger) O'Dell ("Well, I guess I'll be... shoveling off"; "Business is a little dead tonight").

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The Damon Runyon Theater - Social Error (05-28-49)

Jan 25, 2020 1782

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Social Error (Aired May 29, 1949)
He was born Alfred Damon Runyan in Manhattan, Kansas, and grew up in Pueblo, Colorado, where Runyon Field and Runyon Lake are named after him. He was a third-generation newspaperman, and started in the trade under his father in Pueblo. He worked for various newspapers in the Rocky Mountain area; at one of those, the spelling of his last name was changed from "Runyan" to "Runyon", a change he let stand. After a notable failure in trying to organize a Colorado minor baseball league, Runyon moved to New York City in 1910. For the next ten years he covered the New York Giants and professional boxing for the New York American. In his first New York byline, the American editor dropped the "Alfred", and the name "Damon Runyon" appeared for the first time. Broadcast from January to December 1949, "The Damon Runyon Theatre" dramatized 52 of Runyon's short stories for radio. THIS EPISODE: May 29, 1949. Program #35. Mayfair syndication. "Social Error". Commercials added locally. One does not plug other folk at parties in the best of circles. Damon Runyon (author), Jeff Chandler, John Brown, Richard Sanville (director), Russell Hughes (adaptor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor), Frank Gallop (announcer). 28:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Dark Fantasy - Spawn Of The Sub Human (02-27-42)

Jan 25, 2020 1470

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Spawn Of The Sub Human (Aired February 27, 1942)
The following is a news promo promoting the show: "In the late hours of Friday nights these shivery, shocking stories go out over NBC - right straight from Oklahoma City, which you might not have thought of as headquarters for haunts. Station WKY is the home of the Dark Fantasy plays, and the writer is Scott Bishop, who lives in the midst of mystery and the supernatural, represented by the innurnerable volumes of thriller fiction, fantasy lore and all kinds of horror literature that fill his home andhis office. Bishop has long contributed to network broadcasting and to magazines. He says, 'Give the listener enough material to let his imagination go to work, and he'll supply his own goose-pimples.' Dark Fantasy has been furnishing plenty of such material since last November. And judging from enthusiastic comment, the horror fans are responding with goose-pimples galore! Tune in every Friday on Station WKY Oklahoma City." Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: February 27, 1942. Program #15. NBC network, WKY, Oklahoma City origination. "Spawn Of The Subhuman". Sustaining. "The nation's favorite soprano makes an airplane flight to an incredible destiny that awaits her at the hands of a strange and mysterious madman." Scott Bishop (writer), Tom Paxton (announcer), Ben Morris, Eleanor Naylor Corin, Garland Moss, Muir Hite (as the gorilla). 24:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Shadow - Dead Men Talk (09-24-39)

Jan 24, 2020 1479

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Dead Men Talk (Aired September 24, 1939)
"The Shadow" - One of the most popular radio shows in history. The show went on the air in August of 1930. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" The opening lines of the "Detective Story" program captivated listeners and are instantly recognizable even today. Originally the narrator of the series of macabre tales, the eerie voice known as The Shadow became so popular to listeners that "Detective Story" was soon renamed "The Shadow," and the narrator became the star of the old-time mystery radio series, which ran until 1954. A figure never seen, only heard, the Shadow was an invincible crime fighter. THIS EPISODE: September 24, 1939. Mutual network. "Dead Men Talk". The first show of the season. William Johnstone, Agnes Moorehead, Ken Roberts (announcer), Jerry Devine (writer). 24:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of The Saint - Damsel In Distress (08-20-50) aka "Reflection On Murder"

Jan 24, 2020 1582

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Damsel In Distress (Aired August 20, 1950)
The Saint first appeared in Radio in 1940 over Radio Athlone in Ireland. Radio Athlone's powerful transmitters broadcast The Saint throught the United Kingdom, often being picked up in The Netherlands and France. British Stage actor Terence De Marney was Radio's first Simon Templar. It wasn't until 1945 that The Saint aired over American Radio. Two of the scripts from the Radio Athlone run were adapted for the Leslie Charteris-penned Brian Aherne run over CBS in the Summer of 1945. THIS EPISODE: August 20, 1950. NBC network. "Damsel In Distress" AKA: Reflection On Murder". Sustaining. The Saint solves a theatrical and literary triple murder when a beautiful actress jumps into his taxi. Sidney Marshall (writer), Barbara Eiler, Frances Chaney, Eleanor Audley, Frank Gerstle, Stanley Farrar, Arthur Q. Bryan, Vaughn Dexter (composer, conductor), James L. Saphier (producer), Vincent Price, Helen Mack (director), Don Stanley (announcer), Leslie Charteris (creator). 28:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Bold Venture - Blue Moon (06-16-50)

Jan 24, 2020 1597

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Blue Moon (Aired June 16, 1950)
The Hollywood husband and wife team of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall set sail for adventure in the Bold Venture radio series in early 1951. There were well over 400 stations that aired the program. Since thiswas syndicated * the starting date varied from station to station but Mar 26, 1951 was the official date of the first show. Humphrey Bogart portrayed Slate Shannon, owner of a rundown Havana hotel, Shannon's Place. The action took place on land as well aboard Slate's boat, The Bold Venture, thus the title of the series. Lauren Bacall was his ward Sailor Duval, a stubborn and flirtatious young woman whose late father had willed her to Slate for her protection. Together the duo found adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean. THIS EPISODE: June 16, 1950. Program #11. ZIV Syndication. "Blue Moon". Commercials added locally. Mr. Cameron asks Slate Shannon to free his daughter from the clutches of Norton and his gambling ship, "The Blue Moon." Jester Hairston (singing transitions), Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, David Rose (composer, conductor), William Conrad, Gerald Mohr. 26:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Lights Out - Organ (06-08-43)

Jan 24, 2020 1729

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Organ (Aired June 8, 1943)
Lights Out was created in Chicago by writer Wyllis Cooper in 1934, and the first series of shows (each 15 minutes long) ran on a local NBC station, WENR. By April 1934, the series was expanded to a half hour in length and moved to midnight Wednesdays. In January 1935, the show was discontinued in order to ease Cooper's workload (he was then writing scripts for the network's prestigious Immortal Dramas program), but was brought back by huge popular demand a few weeks later. After a successful tryout in New York City, the series was picked up by NBC in April 1935 and broadcast nationally, usually late at night and always on Wednesdays. Cooper stayed on the program until June 1936, when another Chicago writer, Arch Oboler, took over. By the time Cooper left, the series had inspired about 600 fan clubs. THIS EPISODE: June 8, 1943. CBS network. "Organ". Sponsored by: Ironized Yeast. The story of a strange summer house and its even stranger secrets. This is a network, sponsored version. The story is also known as, "Vacation With Death." The script was used previously on "Lights Out" on May 12, 1937. Arch Oboler (writer, host), Frank Martin (commercial spokesman). 29:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Philo Vance - The Star Studded Murder Case (12-07-48)

Jan 24, 2020 1615

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The Star Studded Murder Case (Aired December 7, 1948)
Philo Vance was the detective creation of S. S. Van Dine first published in the mid 1920s. Vance, in the original books, is an intellectual so highly refined he seems he might be ghostwritten by P. G. Wodehouse. Take this quote from The Benson Murder Case, 1924, as Vance pontificates in his inimitable way: "That's your fundamental error, don't y' know. Every crime is witnessed by outsiders, just as is every work of art. The fact that no one sees the criminal, or the artist, actu'lly at work, is wholly incons'quential." Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. Jose Ferrer played him in 1945. From 1948-1950, the fine radio actor Jackson Beck makes Vance as good as he gets. George Petrie plays Vance's constantly impressed public servant, District Attorney Markham. Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman. The organist for the show is really working those ivories, and fans of old time radio organ will especially enjoy this series. Perhaps one reason the organist "pulls out all the stops" is because there seems to be little, if any, sound effects on the show. Philo Vance, the radio series, does pay homage to the original books in that both were, even in their own time, a bit out of date and stilted. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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The Adventures Of Frank Race - The Night Crawler (01-22-50)

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The Adventure Of The Night Crawler (Aired January 22, 1950)
Tom Collins relinquished the role of Frank Race to Paul Dubov at Episode No. 23. Dubov was one of Radio's most versatile and talented writers and actors. Tony Barrett, also one of Radio and Television's most durable, versatile character actors, writers and producers remained in the role of Marc Donovan for the run of the series. But Barrett is also heard in at least one or two other roles in almost every episode. Frank Race's scripts were adventures, as distinquished from 'cases' one might normally ascribe to detective or crime dramas. As such the overwhelming titles for the series are one form of adventure or another. There was no distinct contrast between Tom Collins' portrayals and those of Paul Dubov. Both of their voices were in about the same register. THIS EPISODE: January 22, 1950. Program #39. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Night Crawler". Commercials added locally. Treachery in the live bait business. Race sees that the worm turns! Paul Dubov, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Art Gilmore (announcer), Michael Ann Barrett, Dick Ryan, Hal March, Gunnar Peterson, Wilms Herbert, Bill Crawford. 25:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Amos & Andy Show - Bookends & Babies (12-10-43)

Jan 23, 2020 1879

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Bookends & Babies (Aired December 10, 1943)
Amos 'n' Andy was a situation comedy popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. The show began as one of the first radio comedy serials, written and voiced by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll and originating from station WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois. After the series was first broadcast in 1928, it grew in popularity and became a huge influence on the radio serials that followed. Amos 'n' Andy creators Gosden and Correll were white actors familiar with minstrel traditions. They met in Durham, North Carolina in 1920, and by the fall of 1925, they were performing nightly song-and-patter routines on the Chicago Tribune's station WGN. Since the Tribune syndicated Sidney Smith's popular comic strip The Gumps, which had successfully introduced the concept of daily continuity, WGN executive Ben McCanna thought the notion of a serialized drama could also work on radio. THIS EPISODE: December 10, 1943. NBC network. " Bookends & Babies" . Commercials deleted. Andy receives the gift of a pair of bookends. This leads to the big news that Brother Crawford and his wife are expecting! Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Ginger Rogers (guest). 31:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Broadway Is My Beat - The Silks Bergen Murder Case (08-18-49)

Jan 23, 2020 1790

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The Silks Bergen Murder Case (Aired August 18, 1949)
Broadway Is My Beat, a radio crime drama, ran on CBS from February 27, 1949 to August 1, 1954. With Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Detective Danny Clover, the show originated from New York during its first three months on the air. The series featured music by Robert Stringer, and scripts by Peter Lyon. John Dietz directed for producer Lester Gottlieb (eventually succeeding him as producer). Bern Bennett was the original announcer. Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton S. Fine and David Friedkin. The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced Detective Danny Clover (played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide "from Times Square to Columbus Circle -- the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world." THIS EPISODE: August 18, 1949. CBS network. "The Silks Bergen Murder Case" - Sustaining. $100,000, a dead jockey and murderous bookies on Broadway. This is a network version. Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Gordon T. Hughes (producer, director), Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Lud Gluskin (music director). 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Big Town - The Deadly Doll (11-23-48)

Jan 23, 2020 1780

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The Deadly Doll (Aired November 23, 1948)
John Dunning called Big Town "perhaps the most famous series of reporter dramas." Premiering over CBS Radio, the early series (there were two) starred the Hollywood actor Edward G. Robinson as Steve Wilson along with Clair Trevor as his sidekick and Society editor, Lorelei Kilbourne. The show was initially created around these two actors, though Trevor was then a young budding actress appearing in movies as well as radio. Producer-Director-Writer Jerry McGill had been a newspaperman and wrote the series about a crusading managing editor of the Illustrated Press. McGill took his show to heart writing stories about juvenile delinquency, drunk driving and racism, though the show was at worst melodramatic at best poignant. Hard-nosed editor, Wilson, as played by Robinson would get the story no matter what it takes. Though sometimes over the top, Robinson was excellent in his role. THIS EPISODE: November 23, 1948. NBC network. "The Deadly Doll". Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Rinso. Steve and Lorelei find a corpse in a cheap hotel and a six-foot blonde murderess. Edward Pawley, Fran Carlon. 29:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Boston Blackie - Lightning To Kill AKA: Perfect Murder (12-08-48)

Jan 23, 2020 1490

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Lightning To Kill AKA: Perfect Murder (Aired December 8, 1948)
The Boston Blackie radio series, also starring Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show: Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer. On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. THIS EPISODE: December 8, 1948. "Lightning To Kill" AKA: The Perfect Murder. Program #191. Mutual network origination, Ziv syndication. Commercials added locally. A scheming couple commit the "perfect murder" by using lightning to kill. Richard Kollmar, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin, Henry Sylvern (organist), Jeanne Harrison (director). 24:00.

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Let George Do It - The Elusive Hundred Grand (04-18-49)

Jan 22, 2020 1772

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Cause For Thanksgiving (Aired April 18, 1949)
The few earliest episodes were more sitcom than private eye shows, with a studio audience providing scattered laughter at the not-so-funny scripts. Soon the audience was banished, and George went from stumbling comedic hero to tough guy private eye, while the music became suspenseful. Valentine's secretary was Claire Brooks, aka Brooksie (Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff). As Valentine made his rounds in search of the bad guys, he usually encountered Brooksie's kid brother, Sonny (Eddie Firestone), Lieutenant Riley (Wally Maher) and elevator man Caleb (Joseph Kearns). For the first few shows, Sonny was George's assistant, but he was soon relegated to an occasional character. Sponsored by Standard Oil, the program was broadcast on the West Coast Mutual Broadcasting System from October 18, 1946 to September 27, 1954, first on Friday evenings and then on Mondays. THIS EPISODE: April 18, 1949. Mutual-Don Lee network. "The Elusive Hundred Grand". Sponsored by: Standard Oil, Chevron. A Las Vegas entertainer hires George to buy an Etruscan vase for $15,000, and to resell it for $100,000! Bob Bailey, Frances Robinson, Ramsay Hill, Rolfe Sedan, Charlotte Lawrence, Jeanette Nolan, Mark Lawrence, Franklyn Parker (billed as "Pinky Parker"), David Victor (writer), Herbert Little Jr. (writer), Don Clark (director), Eddie Dunstedter (music composer, presenter), Bud Hiestand (announcer). 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Henry Morgan Show - The Question Man (06-18-47)

Jan 22, 2020 1750

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The Question Man (Aired June 18, 1947)
One early sponsor had been Adler Shoe Stores, which came close to canceling its account after Morgan started making references to "Old Man Adler" on the air; the chain changed its mind after it was learned business spiked upward, with many new patrons asking to meet Old Man Adler. Morgan had to read an Adler commercial heralding the new fall line of colors; Morgan thought the colors were dreadful, and said he wouldn't wear them to a dogfight, but perhaps the listeners would like them. Old Man Adler demanded a retraction on the air. Morgan obliged: "I would wear them to a dogfight." Morgan later recalled with bemusement, "It made him happy." Later, he moved to ABC (formerly the NBC Blue Network) in a half-hour weekly format that allowed Morgan more room to develop and expand his topical, often ad-libbed satires, hitting popular magazines, soap operas, schools, the BBC, baseball, summer resorts, government snooping, and landlords. His usual signoff was, "Morgan'll be here on the same corner in front of the cigar store next week." But he continued to target sponsors whose advertising copy rankled him, and those barbs didn't always sit well with his new sponsors, either. When Eversharp sponsored his show to promote both Eversharp pens and Schick shaving razors and blades, Morgan threw this in during a show satirizing American schools: "They're educational. Try one. That'll teach you."

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The Adventures Of Sam Spade - The Insomnia Caper (10-24-48)

Jan 22, 2020 1611

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The Insomnia Caper (Aired October 24, 1948)
The Adventures of Sam Spade was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. The series was largely overseen by producer/director William Spier. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America. THIS EPISODE: October 24, 1948. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Insomnia Caper". All Sam wants to do is get a good night's sleep, but the red-head next door just won't leave him alone! Howard Duff, Dashiell Hammett (creator), Lurene Tuttle. 26:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Secrets Of Scotland Yard - Lady In Distress (05-22-50)

Jan 22, 2020 1548

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Lady In Distress (Aired May 22, 1950)
The Secrets of Scotland Yard is hosted by Clive Brook, narrator of LM Radio. Brook was a successful director writer, and actor in many films, including “Dressed to Thrill” in 1935, “The Flemish Farm” in 1943 and “On Approval” in 1944. He was probably best remembered for playing opposite Marlene Dietrich in the 1932 movie, “Shanghai Express.” He also played Sherlock Holmes in the 1932 movie of the same name. THIS EPISODE: May 22, 1950. Program #77. Towers Of London syndication. "The Case Of The Lady In Distress". Commercials added locally. A delightful lady with a shady past is found beaten to death. Whodunnit? The prime suspect is proved innocent! The date is approximate. Clive Brook (host), Percy Hoskins (writer, performer), Harry Alan Towers (producer). 25:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Radio City Playhouse (NBC) - The King Of The Moon (09-06-48)

Jan 22, 2020 1726

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The King Of The Moon (Aired September 6, 1948)
This series of three seasons tended to feature a delightful mix of both contemporary original radio plays and classic dramas, backed by the very finest voice talent on contract with NBC. But Director Harry Junkin also introduced several new talents into the mix, which made for a wonderful combination of both tried and true productions with just enough orginal dramas and writers to keep the series both timely and timeless. As was the hallmark of all of NBC's corporate sustaining productions, the staff, music, sound engineering and voice talent were absolutely top-drawer from top to bottom and beginning to end. Even the newcomers the series showcased during its three seasons were remarkably talented young finds in their own right. THIS EPISODE: September 6, 1948. Program #10. NBC network. "The King Of The Moon". Sustaining. The love story of Michael and Margaret. Beginning next week, the program moves to Saturdays at 8:00 P. M. Harry W. Junkin (director), Bob Warren (announcer), Joseph Shul (? writer), Andre Wallace, Roy Irving, Ian Martin, Grace Keddy, Roy Shields (composer, conductor), Richard P. McDonough (NBC supervisor). 28:02. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Hall Of Fantasy - The Judge's House (04-06-47)

Jan 21, 2020 1613

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The Judge's House (Aired April 6, 1947)
It began at KALL in Salt Lake City in 1946 and lasted a year. Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson were announcers who created a bare bones murder mystery drama with stories written or adapted by Robert Olson. But when Thorne and Greyson went separate ways, the series discontinued. Then in 1949, Thorne and Greyson happened to work at the same station again (WGN in Chicago) and the series resumed. This time, the focus was on supernatural horror with Richard Thorne writing or adapting the stories. The three dozen or so shows that survived appear to have been recorded for broadcast transcriptions. (A recorded scene from the climax is played at the beginning of the program as a teaser.) Richard Thorne is one of the main recurring actors. Hall of Fantasy didn't seem to have much of a budget. THIS EPISODE: April 6, 1947. CBS network, KALL, Salt Lake City origination. "The Judge's House". Commercials deleted. A man rents the house of a hanging judge and finds himself a victim of a giant rat with the judge's eyes. Bram Stoker (announcer), Robert Olsen (adaptor), Richard Thorne (performer, producer, director), Beth Caulder, Earl Donaldson, Nefi Sorenson (technical supervisor), Mel Wyman. 26:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The FBI In Peace & War - Specialty Act (02-23-55)

Jan 21, 2020 1177

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Specialty Act (Aired February 23, 1955)
The FBI in Peace and War was a radio crime drama inspired by Frederick Lewis Collins' book, The FBI in Peace and War. The idea for the show came from Louis Pelletier who wrote many of the scripts. Among the show's other writers were Jack Finke, Ed Adamson and Collins. It aired on CBS from November 25, 1944 to September 28, 1958, it had a variety of sponsors (including Lava Soap, Wildroot Cream-Oil, Lucky Strike, Nescafe and Wrigley's) over the years. In 1955 it was the eighth most popular show on radio, as noted in Time: The Nielsen ratings of the top ten radio shows seemed to indicate that not much has changed in radio. Martin Blaine and Donald Briggs headed the cast. The theme was the March from Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges. THIS EPISODE: February 23, 1955. CBS network, WMT, Cedar Rapids Iowa aircheck. "Specialty Act". Sponsored by: Wrigley's Spearmint Gum. A gangster is killed by an auto. The FBI tracks down the crime to a nightclub. The date is approximate. Martin Blaine, Don Briggs, Frederick L. Collins (creator), Betty Mandeville (producer, director). 22:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Best Plays - Rope (11-30-52)

Jan 21, 2020 3423

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Rope (Aired November 30, 1952)
Best Plays presents theatrical paramounts of excellence. It's hosted by the drama critic of New York’s Daily News, John Chapman. Dramatic and comedic performances outshine other theater radio shows, greatly performed by such greats as Boris Karloff and Alfred Drake. In This Episode, On Borrowed Time a 1939 film about the role death plays in life, and how we cannot live without it. It is adapted from Paul Osborn's 1938 Broadway play, which was a smash hit. The play, based on a novel by Lawrence Edward Watkin, has been revived twice on Broadway since its original run. Set in a more innocent time in small-town America, the film stars Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi and Cedric Hardwicke. Lionel Barrymore plays Julian Northrup, a wheelchair-bound man (Barrymore had broken his hip twice previously and was now using a wheelchair, though he continued to act), who with his wife Nellie, played by Beulah Bondi, are raising their orphaned grandson, Pud. Another central character is Gramps's beloved old apple tree - by making a wish, Gramps has made the tree able to hold anyone who climbs. THIS EPISODE: November 30, 1952. NBC network, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. "Rope". Sponsored by: Sustaining, Entre Cafeterias (local). A murder at Oxford University. The program has also been dated November 28, 1952. Victor Jory, John Chapman (host), Hurd Hatfield, Patrick Hamilton (author), Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), Lloyd Bockner, William Podmore, Ivor Francis, Dierdre Owens, Guy Spaull, William Welch (supervisor), Fred Weihe (director), Robert Denton (announcer). 57:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Mr. & Mrs. North - Brother Danny (10-06-53)

Jan 21, 2020 1469

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Brother Danny (Aired October 6, 1953)
Mr. and Mrs. North was a radio mystery series that aired on CBS from 1942 to 1954. Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin had the title roles when the series began in 1942. Publisher Jerry North and his wife Pam lived in Greenwich Village at 24 St. Anne's Flat. They were not professional detectives but simply an ordinary couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week for 12 years. The radio program eventually reached nearly 20 million listeners. The characters originated in 1930s vignettes written by Richard Lockridge for the New York Sun, and he brought them back for short stories in The New Yorker. These stories were collected in Mr. and Mrs. North (1936). Lockridge increased the readership after he teamed with his wife Frances on a novel, The Norths Meet Murder (1940), launching a series of 40 novels, including Death takes a Bow, Death on the Aisle and The Dishonest Murderer. Their long-run series continued for over two decades and came to an end in 1963 with the death of Frances Lockridge. Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin had the title roles in the Broadway production Mr. and Mrs. North, which ran 163 performances at the Belasco Theatre from January 12, 1941, to May 31, 1941. Alfred De Liagre, Jr. produced and directed the play written by Owen Davis. In this version, the North's apartment was located on Greenwich Place, realized in a scenic design by Jo Mielziner.

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Mr. District Attorney - The Case Of The Hijacked Worker (08-19-42)

Jan 21, 2020 1784

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The Case Of The Hijacked Worker (Aired August 19, 1942)
Mr. District Attorney is a popular radio crime drama which aired on NBC and ABC from April 3, 1939 to June 13, 1952 (and in transcribed syndication through 1953). The series focused on a crusading D.A., initially known only as "Mister District Attorney," or "Chief", and was later translated to television. On television the D.A. had a name, Paul Garrett, and the radio version picked up this name in the final years when David Brian played the role. A key figure in the dramas was the D.A.'s secretary, Edith Miller (Vicki Vola). Created, written, and directed by former law student Ed Byron, the series was inspired by the early years of New York governor Thomas E. Dewey. It was Dewey's public war against racketeering which led to his election as governor. THIS EPISODE: August 19, 1942. Red network. "The Case Of The Hijacked Worker". Sponsored by: Vitalis, Ingram Shaving Cream. The D.A. fights a scheme of "labor pirating." A shady Mr. Preston offers a war plant manager 100 skilled workers...for a price! Jay Jostyn, Vicki Vola, Len Doyle, Phillips H. Lord (creator), Peter Van Steeden (music director), Ed Byron (writer), Jerry Devine (writer). 29:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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My Friend Irma - Cub Scout Speech (01-13-52)

Jan 20, 2020 1756

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Cub Scout Speech (Aired January 13, 1952)
Dependable, level-headed Jane Stacy (Cathy Lewis, Diana Lynn) began each weekly radio program by narrating a misadventure of her innocent, bewildered roommate, Irma, a dim-bulb stenographer from Minnesota. The two central characters were in their mid-twenties. Irma had her 25th birthday in one episode; she was born on May 5. After the two met in the first episode, they lived together in an apartment rented from their Irish landlady, Mrs. O'Reilly (Jane Morgan, Gloria Gordon). Irma's boyfriend Al (John Brown) was a deadbeat, barely on the right side of the law, who had not held a job in years. THIS EPISODE: January 13, 1952. CBS network. "Cub Scout Speech". Sponsored by: Ennds, Eye-Gene. Professor Kropotkin told the immigration authorities that he was married, so he could adopt a boy from Europe. Now he has to come up with a bride! Alan Reed, Carl Caruso (announcer), Cathy Lewis, Cy Howard (creator, writer, producer, director), Fort Pearson (announcer), Gloria Gordon, Hans Conried, John Brown, Lud Gluskin (music director), Marie Wilson, Parke Levy (writer), Pat Burton (associate producer), Stanley Adams (writer). 29:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Nick Carter Master Detective - The Glass Coffin (09-27-43)

Jan 20, 2020 1775

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The Glass Coffin (Aired September 27, 1943)
Nick Carter, Master Detective, which aired on Mutual from 1943 to 1955. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter. Then Nick Carter, Master Detective, with Lon Clark in the title role, began April 11, 1943, on Mutual, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Jock MacGregor was the producer-director of scripts by Alfred Bester, Milton J. Kramer, David Kogan and others. Background music was supplied by organists Hank Sylvern, Lew White and George Wright. Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946 and then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Nick's contact at the police department was Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer). The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer. THIS EPISODE: September 27, 1943. Mutual network. "The Glass Coffin"," or "The Mystery Of The Voodoo Curse". Sustaining. Murder and mayhem in an old movie studio...a "reel" mystery! Humphrey Davis appears out of character after the story to appeal for the purchase of war bonds during the Third War Loan. Lon Clark, Helen Choate, Jock MacGregor (director), Lew White (composer, conductor), Humphrey Davis, Nancy Webb (writer), Gene Webb (writer). 29:32. . Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Jeff Regan Investigator - The Little Man's Lament (11-09-49)

Jan 20, 2020 1786

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It All Comes Back To Me Now (Aired April 26, 1950)
Jeff Regan, Investigator was one of the three detective shows Jack Webb did before Dragnet (see also Pat Novak For Hire and Johnny Modero: Pier 23). It debuted on CBS in July 1948. Webb played JEFF REGAN, a tough private eye working in a Los Angeles investigation firm run by Anthony J. Lyon. Regan introduced himself on each show "I get ten a day and expenses...they call me the Lyon's Eye." The show was fairly well-plotted, Webb's voice was great, and the supporting cast were skillful. Regan handled rough assignments from Lion, with whom he was not always on good terms. He was tough, tenacious, and had a dry sense of humor. The voice of his boss, Anthony Lion, was Wilms Herbert. The show ended in December 1948 but was resurrected in October 1949 with a new cast; Frank Graham played Regan (later Paul Dubrov was the lead) and Frank Nelson portrayed Lion. This version ran on CBS, sometimes as a West Coast regional, until August 1950. Both versions were 30 minutes, but the day and time slot changed several times. THIS EPISODE November 9, 1949. CBS Pacific network. "The Little Man's Lament". Sustaining. 9:00 P.M. Hillary Margate needs protection. But from who? A confusing plot, but the actress portraying Gwendolyn Margate sounds EXACTLY like Marilyn Monroe. Frank Graham, Frank Nelson, William Froug (writer), William Fifield (writer), Sterling Tracy (director), Richard Aurandt (organist), Marilyn Monroe, Bob Stevenson (announcer). 29:32.

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Your's Truly Johnny Dollar - The Funny Money Matter (06-30-57)

Jan 20, 2020 2118

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The Funny Money Matter (Aired June 30, 1957)
Frequently, characters on the show would mention that they had heard about Johnny’s cases on the radio. Johnny often used his time when filling out his expense accounts to give the audience background information or to express his thoughts about the current case.No fewer than eight actors played Johnny Dollar. Dick Powell, of Rogue’s Gallery fame, cut the original audition tape, but chose to do Richard Diamond, Private Detective instead. Gerald Mohr, of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe fame, auditioned in 1955, prior to Bob Bailey getting the title role. Through the first three actors to play Johnny Dollar (Charles Russell, Edmond O'Brien, and John Lund), there was little to distinguish the series from many other radio detective series. Dollar was just another hard-boiled detective in a medium that was overloaded with the stereotype. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 30, 1957. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Funny Money Matter". A rootin' tootin' character from Oklahoma pays his insurance premiums with $100 bills...bad ones! Bob Bailey, Virginia Gregg, John McIntire. 35:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Molle Mystery Theater - Mathematics For Murder (02-01-46)

Jan 19, 2020 1420

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Mathematics For Murder (Aired February 2, 1946) NBC's Mystery Theatre began airing with much fanfare on September 7, 1943. The series promised stories from the greatest classical and contemporary mystery authors -- and production values to match. And it kept its promise. It was aided from the outset by the addition of an 'annotator'-- as it was described in the 1940s --named Geoffrey Barnes. The annotator served in the role of expositor, filling in on the plot development as necessary and providing a back-story when needed. The apparent distinction made between a narrator and an annotator, was a matter of degree. Mr. Barnes, a distinguished and celebrated amateur criminologist in his own right, was apparently on hand to help the listener analyze and understand the various mysteries and their underlying crimes within each script. The program appears to have aired sustained for its first three months, with three to five sponsors beginning to make an appearance with Program #17, "The Mystery of The Seven Keys" of December 28, 1943. There is a circulating program titled "Homicide for Hannah", that should have been the first Molle Mystery Theatre, but there is no provenance anywhere that the initial program ever actually aired. This is the first circulating program in which we hear the program refer to itself as Molle Mystery Theatre. But throughout its NBC run, we hear sponsorship by Ironized Yeast, Energene, Bayer Aspirin, Sterling Drug, and Molle. To its everlasting credit, NBC clearly went to great lengths to promote the script titles, performers and authors of each program to the nation's newspapers. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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The Milton Berle Show - Salute To Spring (03-23-48)

Jan 19, 2020 1687

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Salute To Spring (Aired March 23, 1948)
In 1934–36, Berle was heard regularly on The Rudy Vallee Hour, and he got much publicity as a regular on The Gillette Original Community Sing, a Sunday night comedy-variety program broadcast on CBS from September 6, 1936 to August 29, 1937. In 1939, he was the host of Stop Me If You've Heard This One with panelists spontaneously finishing jokes sent in by listeners. Three Ring Time, a comedy-variety show sponsored by Ballantine Ale, was followed by a 1943 program sponsored by Campbell's Soups. The audience participation show Let Yourself Go (1944–1945) could best be described as slapstick radio with studio audience members acting out long suppressed urges (often directed at host Berle). Kiss and Make Up, on CBS in 1946, featured the problems of contestants decided by a jury from the studio audience with Berle as the judge. THIS EPISODE: March 23, 1948. NBC network. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. "A Salute To Spring. Milton tries to sell his song, "I Love a Rabbit." Frank Gallop (announcer), Milton Berle, Ray Bloch and His Orchestra. 27:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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X Minus One - Hello Tomorrow (11-03-55)

Jan 19, 2020 1455

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The series was cancelled after the 126th broadcast on January 9, 1958. However, the early 1970s brought a wave of nostalgia for old-time radio; a new experimental episode, "The Iron Chancellor" by Robert Silverberg, was created in 1973, but it failed to revive the series. NBC also tried broadcasting the old recordings, but their irregular once-monthly scheduling kept even devoted listeners from following the broadcasts. All episodes of the show survive. Future Tense! was a 1974-76 radio series, produced in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with local actors performing scripts updated from X Minus One by Professor Eli Segal. The show was a production of WMUK, the college radio station of Western Michigan University. Segal also produced X Minus One recreations on his Audion Theater (1990). THIS EPISODE: November 3, 1955. NBC network. "Hello Tomorrow". Sponsored by: Street and Smith. A return to the surface: a story of genetic imperfection. The program closing has been deleted, the story is complete. The script was used previously on "Dimension X" on September 15, 1950 and subsequently on "X Minus One" on February 29, 1956. George Lefferts (writer), John Larkin, Jan Miner, William Welch (producer, Daniel Sutter (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 24:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Story Of Dr Kildare - Philip Van Court's Amnesia (01-04-50)

Jan 19, 2020 1616

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Philip Van Court's Amnesia (Aired January 4, 1950)
Dr. James Kildare was a fictional character, the primary character in a series of American theatrical films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, an early 1950s radio series, a 1960s television series of the same name and a comic book based on the TV show. The character was invented by the author Frederick Schiller Faust (aka Max Brand). The character began in the film series as a medical intern; after becoming a doctor he was mentored by an older physician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. After the first ten films, the series eliminated the character of Kildare and focused instead on Gillespie. In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. THIS EPISODE: January 4, 1950. Program #13. "Philip Van Court's Amnesia" MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Phillip Van Cort has disappeared. Dr. Kildare finds him at Brighton Beach, suffering from amnesia and psychological problems. Narco-synthesis is used as a cure. The closing theme has been partly deleted. Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Jean Holloway (writer), Virginia Gregg, Sarah Selby, Dick Joy (announcer), Ted Osborne, Sam Edwards, Jeanne Bates, Theodore Von Eltz, Dick Simmons, Max Brand (creator), Raymond Katz (producer). 27:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Dangerous Assignment - Find Hired Killer Lupac (08-16--50)

Jan 18, 2020 1808

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Find Hired Killer Lupac (AiredAugust 16, 1950)
Dangerous Assignment stands as one of the most durable programs of its genre and era in the waning days of The Golden Age of Radio. Espionage or foreign intrigue dramas weren't particularly groundbreaking undertakings by the 1950s. Bulldog Drummond was the first of the more successful exemplars of Radio espionage and intrigue, running from 1941 to 1954, most often under the lead of the gifted character actor, George Coulouris. The Counterspy series had been well underway since 1942 and ran in one incarnation or another through 1954. The Man Called X had already aired--to great popular and critical acclaim--for almost five years prior to 1949. Indeed, within a year of airing Dangerous Assignment's Summer 1949 season, The Man Called X returned to the air for another two years. For one of those years, Dangerous Assignment and The Man Called X ran back to back in the NBC line-up. Of the two foreign intrigue anthologies, NBC seemed to continue to favor the Herbert Marshall drama, The Man Called X. Whether in deference to Marshall's seniority, its former high ratings between 1944 and 1948, or simply out of perceived popularity, Dangerous Assignment, while airing ahead of The Man Called X, never seemed to get the buildup that The Man Called X invariably received. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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The Weird Circle - The Murder Of The Little Pig (02-11-44)

Jan 18, 2020 1665

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The Murder Of The Little Pig (Aired February 11, 1944)
The stories offered by "The Weird Circle" were generally adapted from popular fiction - popular fiction of the 19th century, that is. And since the focus was on horror and suspense, the macabre, atmospheric, and often ironic tales of such writers as Edgar Allan Poe and Honore de Balzac were a staple of its success. Also included were such familiar chestnuts as "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens' "The Queer Client", Charlotte Bronte’s novel "Jane Eyre" (also a particular favorite of Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater company), and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson. Stories of this vintage, rooted in the Victorian attitudes and morality of the 1800s, generally made for good radio drama; they were, after all, classics, familiar to anyone with a public school education. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: February 11, 1944. Program #28. RCA/NBC syndication. "The Murder Of The Little Pig". Commercials added locally. An interesting detective story in which the witness is a little dog. Emile Gaboriau (author). 25:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Box 13 - Short Assignment (10-03-48)

Jan 18, 2020 1609

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Short Assignment (Aired October 3, 1948)
The production values throughout all 52 episodes were absolutely superb. The review at left refers to a somewhat 'inscrutable' quality to Alan Ladd's big and little screen performances. But in the world of radio noir, less is usually more. In the gritty, dark alleys and dives that the radio noir detectives habituated there was as much to be observed in the shadows as in the light. Perhaps we're just 'glass half full' types, but we've always enjoyed Box 13 immensely. Alan Ladd's early portrayals of Dan Holiday did tend to be a bit pat, somewhat sparse in depth, and even wooden in the beginning. Ladd hired some excellent voice talent for his project, and these superb, veteran Radio professionals set a pretty high bar for Ladd, himself. Box 13 is highly expositional, as are most programs of the genre, and Ladd's grovelly, gritty voice lends itself well to the production. But by Episode #6 it seems apparent that Alan Ladd was beginning to hit his stride in the role. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: October 3, 1948. Program #7. Mutual net origination, Mayfair syndication. "Short Assignment". Commercials added locally. A meek little detective named George Flit hires Dan Holiday to help prevent a suicide. Alan Ladd, Sylvia Picker, Rudy Schrager (composer, conductor), Vern Carstensen (production supervisor). 26:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Mysterious Traveler - Death Has A Thousand Faces (09-21-48)

Jan 18, 2020 1601

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Death Has A Thousand Faces (Aired September 21, 1948)
Arch Oboler brought Lights Out! (1936-1952) to the air as well for NBC Red, CBS, NBC and ABC. But for much of the period during which it aired, The Mysterious Traveler was providing most of the competition to 'the big three's' more widely heard and promoted thrillers. Enough competition that the same big three networks were forced to continually shuffle their offerings back and forth on the Radio dial to continue to fend off the upstart Mysterious Traveler. Indeed, the proliferation of such late afternoon and late night thrillers on the radio dial didn't seem to discourage the listening audience in the least. These programs were so popular that people reminiscing about the era tend to conflate Maurice Tarplin and Raymond Edward Johnson in their repsective roles as narrator for many of these scary programs from The Golden Age of Radio. The formula was indeed so popular that it played a role in the restructuring of the type of Radio programming that could be heard during prime-time. THIS EPISODE: September 21, 1948. Mutual network. "Death Has A Thousand Faces". Sustaining. After two attempts on his life, the older wife of a meek and mild man seems to be trying to murder him. Martin Wolfson, Gertrude Warner, Robert A. Arthur (writer, producer, director), David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Maurice Tarplin, Wendell Holmes, Al King (sound engineer), George Cooney (sound), Paul Taubman (music), Carl Caruso (announcer). 26:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Suspense- The Yellow Wallpaper (07-29-48)

Jan 18, 2020 1818

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The Yellow Wallpaper (Aired July 29, 1948)
It was Joseph Kearns who evolved into "The Man in Black" host in 1943. This mysterious all-knowing narrator was similar to The Whistler.. The character lasted for over 100 episodes until March of 1945. Kerns continued as host through 1947, and returned again in 1950, but "The Man in Black" role devolved back into a nameless announcer (Grams, 1997, 17). Yet the series itself continued on as strong as ever. It attracted Hollywood's best actors because they were allowed to play roles different from their usual stereotypes. Show Notes From Radio Horror Hosts. THIS EPISODE: July 29, 1948. CBS network. "The Yellow Wallpaper". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. A madwoman suspects that things are coming out of the wallpaper to get her. Maybe she's not mad? The story was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on June 30, 1957. Agnes Moorehead, Paul Frees (announcer), Charlotte Curtis Stetson Gilman (author), Sylvia Richards (adaptor), Anton M. Leader (producer, director), Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), William Johnstone (commercial spokesman), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor). 30:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe - The Friend From Detroit (03-05-49)

Jan 17, 2020 1829

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The Friend From Detroit (Aired March 5, 1949)
CBS decided to take a chance on reviving the show. Norman Macdonnell was producer/director; Gene Levitt, Robert Mitchell, Mel Dinelli, and Kathleen Hite wrote the scripts; and Richard Aurandt was responsible for the music. CBS cast Gerald Mohr to star as Philip Marlowe, with Roy Rowan as announcer. Philip Marlowe, being a loner, was really the only regular character, but throughout the three years the series ran a long string of high-quality supporting Hollywood actors appeared on the show. Performing alongside Mohr at various times were Jeff Corey, Howard McNear, Parley Baer, Lawrence Dobkin, Virginia Gregg, Gloria Blondell, and Lou Krugman. The CBS production ran from September 26, 1948 to September 29, 1950 with an additional short summer run from July 7 to September 15, 1951. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: March 5, 1949. CBS network. "The Friend From Detroit". Sustaining. Betty Pryor has disappeared, a cheap gambler has been found shot to death, and there's a missing $25,000 trust to spice up the case. Gerald Mohr, Virginia Gregg, Peter Leeds, Harry Bartell, Ed Begley, Jeff Corey, Roy Rowan (announcer), Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Richard Aurandt (music), Mel Dinelli (writer), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer). 30:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The LineUp - The Holstedter Case (12-21-50)

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The Holstedter Case (Aired December 21, 1950)
The Lineup is a realistic police drama that gives radio audiences a look behind the scenes at police headquarters. Bill Johnstone plays Lt. Ben Guthrie, a quiet, calm-as-a-cupcake cucumber. Joseph Kearns (and from 1951 to 1953, Matt Maher) plays Sgt. Matt Grebb, a hot-tempered hot plate who is easily bored. The director and script writer often rode with police on the job and sat in on the police lineups to get ideas for The Lineup. They also read dozens of newspapers daily and intermeshed real stories with those that they used in the show. With Dragnet a smash hit, realism in police dramas was popular at the time this show aired. Don’t be caught without this radio show in your collection! THIS EPISODE: December 21, 1950. CBS network. "The Holstedter Case". Sustaining. Five guys have held up a bank of $100,000 and shoot two men in the process. The Holstedter Brothers are among the suspects. William Johnstone, Wally Maher, Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Blake Edwards (writer), Eddie Dunstedter (music), Dan Cubberly (announcer), Clayton Post, Robert Griffin, Raymond Burr, Earl Lee, Hy Averback, Ed Begley. 29:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Adventures Of Rin Tin Tin" - The Ambassador (Aired November 13, 1955)

Jan 17, 2020 1822

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Adventures Of Rin Tin Tin" - The Ambassador (Aired November 13, 1955)
The character of Rin Tin Tin had appeared in several movies and radio serials since 1922. One of the dogs used in the TV series was the fourth in the bloodline of the original Rin Tin Tin. Reruns of the show ran on daytime television and on Saturdays on CBS from October 1959 until September 1964. A new set of reruns was shown in 1976, and continued well into the mid-1980s. The original black and white prints were tinted light brown. An unrelated -including a German Shepherd - aired in the U.S. as Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop. The series was produced in Canada under the name Katts and Dog where the dog was named Rudy. When the series was shown in the U.S., the dog's name was dubbed "Rinty" to fit the U.S. title. The success of The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin caused the cancellation of Gene Autry's The Adventures of Champion on CBS, which was replaced on February 10, 1956, by My Friend Flicka. Flicka, starring Johnny Washbrook as Ken McLaughlin, the story of a boy and his horse on a Wyoming ranch, produced thirty-nine episodes through February 1, 1957, when it was discontinued. Like Rin Tin Tin, Flicka rebroadcasts aired for years on all the networks. Rin Tin Tin guest stars include veteran western film star Roscoe Ates. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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2000 Plus - The Rocket And The Skull (10-10-51)

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The Rocket And The Skull (Aired October 10, 1951)
2000 AD is known as the first of the network science fiction shows, although it ran on Mutual just a month prior to the introduction of the landmark series, Dimension X. It was a half hour of science fiction wonder in an exciting package. The stories have a charm that is always present in science fiction of the future that is written in the past. "When The Worlds Met" takes place "at the giant space port in Washington, temporary capitol of the federated world government as in April 21, 2000 Plus 20 (2020) crowds throng as audio and televox networks cover a space ship carrying in its space hold the first load of uranium taken from the pits of Luna, satellite of Earth. THIS EPISODE: October 10, 1951. Mutual network. "The Rocket and The Skull". Sustaining. The most important man in the country's race to the Moon is wounded in a plane crash...and starts to hear strange messages to Mars! Arnold Robertson, Emerson Buckley and His Orchestra, William Griffis, Sherman H. Dryer (creator, producer), Robert Weenolsen (producer), Gregory Morton, Nat Polen, Merrill Joels, Elliot Jacoby (composer), Walt Shaver (sound), Adrian Penner (sound), Bob Albright (engineer), Ken Marvin (announcer). 27:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Dragnet - The Big Smoke (02-22-53)

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The Big Smoke (Aired February 22, 1953)
Dragnet was a long-running radio and television police procedural drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Dragnet debuted inauspiciously. The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program’s format and eventually became comfortable with their characters (Friday was originally portrayed as more brash and forceful than his later usually relaxed demeanor). Gradually, Friday’s deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. THIS EPISODE: February 22, 1953. Program #192. NBC network. "The Big Smoke". Sponsored by: Chesterfield. Old Mr. Stone, who kept his life savings in his mattress, has been killed. His invalid wife has been beaten with a club. Quality upgrade, network, sponsored version of cat. #16280. Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman (announcer), Hal Gibney (announcer), John Robinson (writer), Walter Schumann (music), Virginia Gregg, Stacy Harris. 29:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Murder By Experts - Return Trip (09-05-49)

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Return Trip (Aired September 5, 1949)
Murder By Experts was a radio drama anthology series that ran on American radio from 1949-1951, and was hosted first by John Dickson Carr, and later by Brett Halliday. Evidently, a mystery, authored by a leading crime fiction writer, was presented, and "guest experts," such as Alfred Hitchcock or Craig Rice, were invited to solve it. Or maybe not -- nobody seems to know much about this one. David Kogan, the writer/creator of Murder by Experts, also created and wrote The Mysterious Traveler. Guest experts: Alfred Hitchcock, Craig Rice. Guest stars: Ann Shepard, Larry Haines, Carl Eastman, Ann Sheperd, Bill Zuckert, Ralph Camargo, Burt Cullen, Lawson Zerbe, Marilyn Erskin. THIS EPISODE: September 5, 1949. Mutual network. "Return Trip". Sustaining. The chilling story about an escaped homicidal maniac and a bus full of people trapped by an avalanche. The program has also been dated September 19, 1949. John Dickson Carr (host). 30:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Abbott & Costello Show - Matrimonial Bureau (04-21-48)

Jan 16, 2020 1492

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Matrimonial Bureau (Aired April 21, 1948)
After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbrook, Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott & Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello insulted his on-air wife routinely); he was succeeded by Michael Roy, with annoncing chores also handled over the years by Frank Bingman and Jim Doyle. THIS EPISODE: April 21, 1948. ABC network. Music fill for local commercial insert. After attending a wedding, Bud and Lou decide to open a "Matrimonial Bureau". The system cue is not heard. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Matty Malneck and His Orchestra, Susan Miller (vocal), Michael Roy (announcer), Veola Vonn, Verna Felton, Charles Vanda (producer, transcriber). 24:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Whistler - The Deadly Innocent (07-02-45)

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The Deadly Innocent (Aired July 2, 1945) Bill Forman had the title role of host and narrator. Others who portrayed the Whistler at various times were Gale Gordon, Joseph Kearns, Marvin Miller (announcer for The Whistler and The Bickersons and later as Michael Anthony on TV's The Millionaire), Bill Johnstone (who had the title role on radio's The Shadow from 1938 to 1943) and Everett Clarke. Cast members included Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Cathy Lewis, Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle and Jack Webb. Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer. THIS EPISODE: July 2, 1945. CBS Pacific network. "The Deadly Innocent". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A meek bookkeeper is determined to kill his long-time rival in an elaborate plan to steal his job and his wife. George W. Allen (director), Sally Thorson (writer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer). 29:38. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Walk Softly Peter Troy - The Loves Of Lois Denver (05-19-64)

Jan 16, 2020 1497

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The Loves Of Lois Denver (Aired May 19, 1964)
This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the "Gunsmoke" series which "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from 19 May 1964 to 28 November 1964. The sponsors, Irving & Johnson, reportedly disliked the series, which is why it was discontinued on Springbok Radio and moved to the English Service. This was the first series on the English Service that came from an independent production house, not produced by the SABC. There was an Australian version of this radio series produced prior to the South African productions. THIS EPISODE: May 19, 1964. Program #24. Springbok Radio (South Africa), AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Loves Of Lois Denver". Tom Meehan, Herrick Merril (producer), John Simpson, Merle Wayne. 24:57. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Diary Of Fate - Victor Wakeman (06-29-48)

Jan 15, 2020 1603

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Victor Wakeman (Aired June 29, 1948)
Produced from Hollywood, the entire production was voiced by primarily west coast actors. Famous Radio and Television promoter Larry Finley produced and syndicated the program to at least some 94 affiliate stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Jamaica. Most local or regional broadcasts were either sustained offerings by an independent affiliate, or were sponsored by spot advertisers ranging over a wide variety of offerings or services. The production didn't stint on talent, as hinted above. No less than Ivan Ditmars provided the music direction and in addition to Herb Lytton as 'Fate', the varying casts included Lurene Tuttle, Larry Dobkin, Hal Sawyer, Gloria Blondell, Frank Albertson, Jerry Hausner, Howard McNear, Peter Leeds, Ken Peters, Daws Butler and William Johnstone. All in all a superb well of talent from which to draw each week. THIS EPISODE: June 29, 1948. Program #29. ABC network, KECA, Los Angeles origination, Finley syndication. "Victor Wakeman". Commercials added locally. Book 54, page 806. An American citizen works in Berlin for U. S. government intelligence. The date is subject to correction. Herb Lytton (as "Fate" and co-producer), Mary Lansing, Barney Phillips, Walter Craig, Ray Ehrlenborn (sound effects), Hal Sawyer, Gene Twombley, Larry Finley (producer). 26:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Dad's Army - Brains Vs Brawn (04-15-75)

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Brains Vs Brawn (Aired April 15, 1975)
Dad's Army is a British sitcom about the Home Guard during World War II. The sitcom aired between 1968 and 1977, and there were a total of eighty episodes spread over nine series, as well as four Christmas specials.[1] Most episodes were also adapted for radio. The show was set in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, on the south coast of England, making the Home Guard the front line of defence against an invasion by the enemy forces across the English Channel, which formed a backdrop to the series. THIS EPISODE: April 15, 1975. "Brains Vs Brawn" - At a business community function, where both Wilson and Walker outshine him, captain Mainwaring accepts a challenge to prove his men are a match for the Home Guard's new, regularly trained, physically superior commando's. Their display of 'brains over brawn' should eliminate the commandos-guarded fuel depot by getting a fake bomb there. A far-fetched plan, dressed up as firemen, ends in the usual brave bumbling from the braves and the for once collaborating verger. Surprises come from a real fire and real brains. 26:42

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Danger With Grainger - The FBI & The Scientist (1956)

Jan 15, 2020 1416

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The FBI & The Scientist (1956) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
Danger With Granger arrived too late in the Golden Age of Radio to have any real impact on the listening public. Mutual aired this show, starting in 1956, on Monday nights at 8:30 pm. It was a half hour show that featured a private eye in New York City, Steve Grabger. His two primary companions were Cal Hendrix, a reporter who served as an all-purpose source of criminal info, and Jake Rankin, a police detective with whom he had a grudging rivalry. The writing on the show seemed to incorporate most of the standard cliche's of the P.I. world. Granger, who was both the star and the first-person narrator of the show (not an uncommon practice with radio gumshoes), never saw a woman, instead "he gave the doll the once-over." He didn't kick with his foot, he "lifted a size 10." The mysteries he solved were fairly reasonable, and while he was a tough guy who roughed up lesser mortals, he seemed to get knocked unconscious at least once in every program.

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The Epic Casebook Of Inspector Carr - No Holds Barred (08-01-70)

Jan 15, 2020 1437

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No Holds Barred (Aired August 1, 1970)
The Epic Casebook Of Inspector Carr (1956-85) - "... in which Inspector Carr investigates ..." - The highly successful detective series, starring Hugh Rouse as Inspector Carr. Written & Produced by Michael Silver at the CRC Studios, Johannesburg. The series aired originally on Thursday evenings at 21H30, sponsored by the Epic Oil Company of S.A. In 1977 the sponsorship ended and the series was renamed "Inspector Carr Investigates" and moved to the earlier slot of 20H30. The first actor to play Inspector Carr was Don Davis, he was replaced in 1959 by Hugh Rouse. Don returned briefly in 1963 for 14 episodes. However Hugh Rouse made this series his own. A short lived television series was made by the SABC in the early 1980's with Michael McCabe, playing the famous Inspector. Sadly the transformation from radio to television was a total disaster. The series ended in June 1985 on Springbok Radio. A local Johannesburg radio station, Radio Today 1485am tried to revive the series in 1997, sadly copyright issues could not be cleared up & the idea was abandoned.

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The Twilight Zone - Walking Distance (01-24-64)

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Walking Distance (Aired October 30, 1959 )
Throughout the 1950s, Rod Serling had established himself as one of the hottest names in television, equally famous for his success in writing televised drama as he was for criticizing the medium's limitations. His most vocal complaints concerned the censorship frequently practiced by sponsors and networks. "I was not permitted to have my Senators discuss any current or pressing problem," he said of his 1957 production 'The Arena', intended to be an involving look into contemporary politics. "To talk of tariff was to align oneself with the Republicans; to talk of labor was to suggest control by the Democrats. To say a single thing germane to the current political scene was absolutely prohibited." Twilight Zone’s writers frequently used science fiction as a vehicle for social comment; networks and sponsors who had infamously censored all potentially "inflammatory" material from the then predominant live dramas were ignorant of the methods developed by writers such as Ray Bradbury for dealing with important issues through seemingly innocuous fantasy. Frequent themes include nuclear war, mass hysteria, and McCarthyism, subjects that were strictly forbidden on more "serious" prime-time drama. THIS EPISODE: October 30, 1959 - "Walking Distance" - CBS Newtwork - Advertising executive Martin Sloan (Gig Young), age thirty-six, is exhausted by the hectic pace of life in New York City. One day, while in an especially disgruntled mood, Martin goes for a drive in the country and winds up not far from his old home town. He stops, leaves his car at a gas station and sets off on foot to the town. Mysteriously, he arrives to find things exactly as they were when he was a child. Then reality sets in. His short walk has taken him a long, long way...much farther than he thought...all the way to The Twilight Zone. 24:59

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I Was A Communist For FBI - Red Red Herring (04-20-52)

Jan 14, 2020 1584

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Red Red Herring (Aired April 20, 1952)
Throughout most of the 1940's, Matt Cvetic worked as a volunteer undercover agent for the FBI, infiltrating the Communist Party in Pittsburgh. In 1949, his testimony helped to convict several top Party members of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Cvetic sold his account to "The Saturday Evening Post" and it was serialized under the title "I Posed as a Communist for the FBI". It later became a best-selling book. In 1951, Warner Brothers released a film based on these accounts entitled "I Was A Communist For The FBI", starring with Frank Lovejoy as Cvetic. In 1952, in the midst of the Red scare of the 1950's, the Frederick W. Ziv Company produced the syndicated radio series with the same title as the movie. THIS EPISODE: April 20, 1952. Program #4. ZIV Syndication. "Red Red Herring". Commercials added locally. Cvetic frames a loyal party member to protect himself. Dana Andrews, Jack Kruschen, Betty Lou Gerson, Mary Lansing, Truman Bradley (announcer), Henry Hayward (director), David Rose (music). 26:24. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Our Miss Brooks - The Key To Madison High (06-05-49)

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The Key To Madison High (Aired June 5, 1949)
Produced by Larry Berns and written by director Al Lewis, Our Miss Brooks premiered on CBS July 19, 1948. According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very "feline" in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast—blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright—also received positive reviews. Jeff Chandler played Boynton and stayed with the role for five years, even after becoming a movie star. He ultimately resigned because it was too exhausting to juggle a regular radio role with his film commitments. Others in the cast included Anne Whitfield as Conklin's daughter, Harriet. Arden won a radio listeners' poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top-ranking comedienne of 1948–49, receiving her award at the end of an Our Miss Brooks broadcast that March. "I'm certainly going to try in the coming months to merit the honor you've bestowed upon me, because I understand that if I win this two years in a row, I get to keep Mr. Boynton," she joked. But she was also a hit with the critics; a winter 1949 poll of newspaper and magazine radio editors taken by Motion Picture Daily named her the year's best radio comedienne. THIS EPISODE: June 5, 1949. CBS network. "The Key To Madison High". Sponsored by: Palmolive Soap, Lustre-Creme Shampoo, Palmolive Shave Cream. Mrs. Davis leaves with the key to Madison High, and no one can get into school! Eve Arden, Jane Morgan, Jeff Chandler, Gale Gordon, Richard Crenna, Gloria McMillan, Hal March, Frank Nelson, Wilbur Hatch (music), Bob Lemond (announcer), Verne Smith (announcer), Al Lewis (writer, director), Larry Berns (producer). 29:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Screen Director's Playhouse - Chicago Deadline (03-24-50)

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Chicago Deadline (Aired March 24, 1950)
Actors on the radio series included Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Kirk Douglas, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, William Holden, Burt Lancaster, James Mason, Gregory Peck, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, John Wayne, and Loretta Young. THIS EPISODE: Screen Director's Playhouse - Chicago Deadline (03-24-50) March 24, 1950. NBC network. "Chicago Deadline". Sponsored by: RCA. Tough reporter Ed Adams (Alan Ladd) wants to get the full story behind the apparent suicide of a young woman. It seems that the girl left behind a notebook with a list of seemingly unrelated names. Adams tracks down each one of the persons cited in the notebook, slowly but surely putting the pieces together. Alan Ladd, Raymond Burr, Lewis Allen (guest screen director), Jim Backus, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), William Lava (composer, conductor), Howard Wiley (producer), Tiffany Thayer (author), Bill Cairn (director), Richard Allen (adaptor). 29:57.

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Hermit's Cave - The House On Lost Man's Bluff (1939)

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The House On Lost Man's Bluff (1939) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Hermit's cave Ghost stories ... weird stories ... of murder, too ... the Hermit knows them all. Horror stories with Mel Johnson and howling wolves in the background, obliterating some of the introduction. This syndicated show was one of the treats for the kiddies, cuddled up to their hollow-state radio sets to keep warm in Detroit, between 1940 and 1944. The show was also heard in Beverly Hills, CA in 1943-1944, a radio horror anthology series, syndicated by WJR Detroit in the mid-1930s, sponsored by Olga Coal after the first two years. As the wind howled, the ancient Hermit narrated his horror fantasies from his cave. The cackling character of the Hermit was played by John Kent, Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, and Klock Ryder. William Conrad produced when the show moved to KMPC Los Angeles with Mel Johnson as the Hermit (1940-42), followed by John Dehner (1942-44). Detroit's--then--CBS Basic Network affiliate, WJR, was one of Detroit's two powerhouse, clear channel stations to originate quality programming throughout Michigan and the midwest heartland. THIS EPISODE: 1939. World syndication. "The House On Lost Man's Bluff". Sponsored by: Commercials deleted or added locally. A brother and a sister and the sister's husband seek shelter in a strange house during a violent storm. Once inside, the brother starts to act mysteriously and then is found hanged in his room. What starts out as a good ghost story has a terrible conclusion and ends up a wasted script! 23:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Haunting Hour - A Likely Murder Story (1945)

Jan 14, 2020 1425

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A Likely Murder Story (Aired 1945) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The Haunting Hour is a work-in-progress collection within the holdings of many serious Radio Collectors. From the meager available productions currently in circulation it's clear that the series was popular for its time, at the very least. With a known run of at least 52 unique scripts and more doubtful further 39 to 52 scripts, it would appear that the series was in demand for at least four years--in and out of syndication. Given the high quality of NBC Network voice talent in the circulating episodes, one can well imagine that the remainder of the yet alleged, undiscovered, or uncirculated episodes have at least as much to recommend them. Thankfully, as with many other examples of Golden Age Radio productions, many of the existing episodes in circulation can be directly attributed to the efforts of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service [AFRTS]. True to its genre, the circulating episodes provide some highly compelling supernatural dramas--as well as a subset of fascinating mysteries and detective dramas. THIS EPISODE: 1945. Program #18. NBC syndication origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "A Likely Murder Story". An author kills his best friend and the friend's wife, then he steals his friend's manuscript. Herbert Wood (producer, director), Alvin Boretz (writer), Rosa Rio (organist), Tilden Brown (sound effects), George Stewart (recording supervisor), Steve Carlin (script supervisor), Berry Kroeger (narrator), Eddie Nugent, Neil O'Malley, Richard Keith. 23:36. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index

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The Halls Of Ivy - Phone Problems (10-11-50)

Jan 13, 2020 1814

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Phone Problems (Aired October 11, 1950)
The Colmans had shown a flair for radio comedy in recurring roles on The Jack Benny Program in the late 1940s, and they landed the title roles in the new show. The Halls of Ivy featured Colman as William Todhunter Hall, the president of small, Midwestern Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria, a former British musical comedy star who sometimes felt the tug of her former profession, and followed their interactions with students, friends and college trustees. Others in the cast included Herbert Butterfield as testy Clarence Wellman, Willard Waterman (then starring as Harold Peary's successor as The Great Gildersleeve) as John Merriweather, and Elizabeth Patterson and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maid. THIS EPISODE: October 11, 1950. "Phone Problems" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Schlitz (commercial deleted). A strange man from the telephone comes to call. Is Emerson Hall (no relation to Todd Hunter Hall) worth saving? Ken Carpenter (announcer), Herb Butterfield, Gale Gordon (sounds as if he might be impersonated), Robert Easton, Milton Merlin (writer), Barbara Merlin (writer), Ronald Colman, Benita Hume, Don Quinn (writer, creator), Henry Russell (composer, conductor), Nat Wolff (director). 30:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Mel Blanc Show - Supermarket Journal Editor (05-13-47)

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The Art Critic (Aired May 13, 1947)
In 1936, Mel Blanc joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, which made animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Blanc liked to tell the story about how he got turned down at the Schlesinger studio by music director Norman Spencer, who was in charge of cartoon voices, saying that they had all the voices they needed. Then Spencer died, and sound man Treg Brown took charge of cartoon voices, while Carl Stalling took over as music director. Brown introduced Blanc to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin, who loved his voices. The first cartoon Blanc worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. He took over as Porky Pig's voice in Porky's Duck Hunt, which marked the debut of Daffy Duck, also voiced by Blanc. Blanc soon became noted for voicing a wide variety of cartoon characters THIS EPISODE: May 13, 1947. CBS network. " Supermarket Journal Editor". Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpowder, Halo Shampoo. Mr. Colby is going to be interviewed. It's up to Mel to convince the reporter of his college credentials. Mel Blanc, Mac Benoff (writer), Mary Jane Croft, Joseph Kearns, Hans Conried, Earle Ross, Fran Heflin, Victor Miller and His Orchestra, Bud Hiestand (announcer). 23:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Blue Beetle - Sabotage Incorporated (2 Parts-Complete) 07-24-40

Jan 13, 2020 1708

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Sabotage Incorporated (2 Parts-Complete) Aired July 24, 1940
The Blue Beetle had a relatively short career on the radio, between May and September of 1940. Motion picture and radio actor Frank Lovejoy was the Blue Beetle for the first 13 episodes, while for the rest of the shows, the voice was provided by a different, uncredited actor. The Blue Beetle was a young police officer who saw the need for extra-ordinary crime fighting. He took the task on himself by secretly donning a superhero costume to create fear in the criminals who were to learn to fear the Blue Beetle's wrath. The 13-minute segments were usually only two-parters, so the stories were often more simple than other popular programs, such as the many-parted Superman radio show. THIS EPISODE: July 24, 1940. Program #33. Fox Features syndication. "Sabotage Incorporated" 2 Parts Complete. Commercials added locally. The only suspect in a murder case is an anthropologist with an air pistol that fiendishly shoots a suffocating gas. 28:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Beyond Midnight -True Ghost Story (04-18-69)

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True Ghost Story (Aired April 18, 1969)
This series was written by Michael McCabe and was produced in South Africa. It was a replacement for another series McCabe produced, called SF68. That series adapted famous Sci-fi stories to radio, and it seems to have been the place where McCabe honed his craft. The subject matter to Beyond Midnight was more horror oriented, including madness, murder, and supernatural sleuths! What survives today doesn't involve a horror host per se, but a few include framing narration (by someone involved in the plot) while others just start up the story with no announcer or lead-in whatsoever. So it's possible the regular host or announcer was left off (edited out) of the recordings. The host-- if there was one-- may have only been heard by those who listened to this series when it first aired. It's another radio mystery we may never know for sure, but we're lucky to at least have some of the recordings!

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The CBS Radio Workshop - People Are No Good (09-08-57)

Jan 13, 2020 1492

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People Are No Good (Aired September 8, 1957)
Beginning with CBS' Columbia Workshop from 1936 to 1947, CBS set out to experiment with Radio--to push that invisible envelope of the speed of sound, the speed of light, and to capitalize on the human listeners' comparitively narrow band of audible sound. Not so much experiment in terms of hardware technology, as in Radio's earliest efforts in 'broad casting' radio transmissions, but in concept, engineering, scoring and production technique. The most well-known and widely acclaimed proponent of these techniques was Norman Corwin. Corwin was so critically and popularly successful in experimental broadcasts that CBS gave him virtual carte blanche to produce whatever projects he deemed of possible interest--at least until the HUAC years anyway. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 8, 1957. CBS network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "People Are No Good". Great radio writing, dedicated to anyone who ever got up on the wrong side of the bed. A man on a desert island...Manhattan! 24:51. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of The Falcon - The Case Of The Happy Hoodlum (01-14-51)

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The Case Of The Happy Hoodlum (Aired January 14, 1951)
The success of the Falcon films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here that his transition into a private eye was finalized, with The Falcon, now called Michael Waring working as a hardboiled insurance investigator, with an office and a secretary, Nancy. Barry Kroeger was the first radio voice of the Falcon, followed by James Meighan, Les Tremayne, George Petrie, and Les Damon. Nearly all the shows were broadcast from New York. Each show usually started out with a telephone call to The Falcon from a beautiful woman. Answering in his slightly British accent, he would reply to her and another adventure would follow. Waring was snappy and sarcastic with the incompetent police who were inevitably unable to solve the mysteries without his help. THIS EPISODE: January 14, 1951. NBC network. "The Case Of The Happy Hoodlum". Sponsored by: Kraft. For people who want to crash out of jail...murder can be a bad break! Drexel Drake (creator), Les Damon, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Richard Lewis (director), Arlo (music), Eugene Wang (writer), Ken Lynch, Mandel Kramer (?). 31:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Raleigh Cigarette Program Starring Red Skelton - Hospital Capers (02-05-46)

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Hospital Capers (Aired February 5, 1946)
Skelton himself was referenced in a Popeye cartoon in which the title character enters a haunted house and encounters a "red skeleton." The Three Stooges also referenced Skelton in Creeps (1956): Shemp: "Who are you?" Talking Skeleton: "Me? I’m Red." Shemp: "Oh, Red Skeleton." Other characters included "Con Man San Fernando Red," cross-eyed seagulls "Gertrude and Heathcliffe" and the singing cabdriver "Clem Kadiddlehopper," who was a country bumpkin with a big heart. Clem had a knack for upstaging city slickers, even if he couldn't manipulate his cynical father: "When the stork brought you, Clem, I shoulda shot him on sight!" Skelton would later consider court action against the apparent usurpation of this character by Bill Scott for the voice of Bullwinkle.[citation needed] The comedian helped sell World War II war bonds on the top-rated show, which featured Ozzie and Harriet Nelson in the supporting cast, plus the Ozzie Nelson Orchestra and announcer Truman Bradley. THIS EPISODE: February 5, 1946. NBC network, Hollywood origination. Sponsored by: Raleigh Cigarettes, Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco. "Hospital Capers" Chapter 83 of The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire, is "Afraid Of The Doctor." "Child Psychiatrist," with "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid." Red Skelton, Rod O'Connor (announcer), David Forrester and His Orchestra, Anita Ellis, Pat McGeehan, Verna Felton. 29:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Richard Diamond Private Detective - The (06-19-49)

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The Fred Sears Murder Case (Aired June 19, 1949)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective was a radio show starring Dick Powell which aired from 1949 to 1953, first on NBC, then ABC and finally on CBS. The title character was a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen. The television series was produced by Powell's company, Four Star Television, and that series ran for 3 years from 1957 to 1960. On TV, David Janssen played the hard boiled private eye and his secretary renamed “Sam”, was only ever shown on camera from the waist down, most assurardidly to display her beautiful legs. It was later leared that the legs belonged to Mary Tyler Moore. Original music by Frank DeVol and pete rugolo and later by richard shores. Good scripts, a solid cast and Powell’s exceptional talent made a good time 30 minute program that was quite popular during that Golden Age of Radio. So Let’s sit back now, relax and enjoy this truly otr radio classic.,…, Dick powell as Richard Diamond.., Private Detective. THIS EPISODE: June 19, 1949. NBC network. "The Fred Sears Murder Case" Sustaining. Fred Sears hires Richard Diamond to get evidence so he can get a divorce. After a fight with Sears at the Stork Club, Diamond takes Sears' retainer (a $200 check) and shoves it down his throat! Fred is promptly found dead in Diamond's office. After solving the case, Dick Powell sings, "Tenderly." Dick Powell, Ed King (announcer), Blake Edwards (writer), William P. Rousseau (director), Virginia Gregg, Ed Begley, Wilms Herbert, Hy Averback, Joan Banks, Parley Baer, Sidney Miller, David Baskerville (music director). 30:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Radio City Playhouse (NBC) - Note On Danger B (06-06-49)

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Note On Danger B (Aired June 6, 1949)
The Radio City Playhouse was a half-hour of drama, sometimes comedy, often very exciting and suspenseful. The cast were made up of New York veterans of radio and stage, including Jan Minor and John Larkin as featured performers. The director, Harry W. Junkin, also served as the show's host and narrator. Each week the show introduced a new story, often written by well-known writers of fantasy and suspense such as Ray Bradbury, Cornell Woolrich, Agatha Christie and Paul Gallico. They were dramatized with a full orchestral soundtrack and excellent sound effects. THIS EPISODE: June 6, 1949. Program #41. NBC network. "Note On Danger B". Sustaining. The FS-2 aircraft is designed to go 1500 m.p.h. and encounter "Danger B," traveling backward in time. A good example of early radio sci-fi. The program is also known as, "NBC Short Story." John Larkin, Bill Lipton, Horace Braham, Paul Mann, Roy Shield (music), Gerald Kersh (author), Harry W. Junkin (adaptor, director, host), Fred Collins (announcer). 28:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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I Deal In Crime - The William A Davis Case (04-15-46)

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The William A Davis Case (Aired April 5, 1946)
I Deal in Crime ran for almost two years on ABC network radio and starred the very capable radio and Hollywood actor, William Gargan. In this, one of his many PI radio series (he’s best known, of course, for his role as Martin Kane), Gargan played Ross Dolan, described as a veteran detective who returned to his sleuthing job after his WW II service as a sailor. Or as Dolan puts it, “a hitch in Uncle Sugar’s Navy.” THIS EPISODE: April 5, 1946. "The William A Davis Case" - ABC network. Sustaining. William A. Davis ("If You Please") hires Ross Dolan to find his missing daughter. The story has some nice plot twists, but Ross Dolan is just too tough to believe. William Gargan, Skitch Henderson (composer, conductor), William Conrad, Ted Hediger (writer), Leonard Reeg (director), Dresser Dahlstead (announcer). 29:40. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Mr. Keen Tracer Of Lost Persons - The Case Of Murder In The Air (02-24-44)

Jan 11, 2020 1803

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The Skull & Crossbones Murder Case (Aired February 24, 1944)
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons was one of radio's longest running shows, airing (October 12, 1937 to April 19, 1955), continuing well into the television era. It was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert. The sponsors included Whitehall Pharmacal (as in Anacin, Kolynos Toothpaste, BiSoDol antacid mints, Hill's cold tablets and Heet liniment), Dentyne, Aerowax, RCA Victor and Chesterfield cigarettes. It aired on the NBC Blue network until 1947, when it switched to CBS. Bennett Kilpack began as Mr. Keen in 1937 with Phil Clarke stepping into the role late in the series. For 18 years the kindly Keen and his faithful assistant, Mike Clancy (Jim Kelly), entertained followers with their intuitive perception that kept listeners coming back for more. With 1690 nationwide broadcasts, Mr. Keen was the most resilient private detective in a namesake role. THIS EPISODE: February 24, 1944. CBS network. "The Case Of Murder In The Air". Sponsored by: Kolynos, Aerowax. A woman found hiding in Mr. Keen's closet is the target of three murder attempts. Frank Hummert (writer, producer), Anne Hummert (writer, producer), Bennett Kilpack, Jim Kelly, Larry Elliott (announcer). 30:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Nightfall - Hands Off (07-25-80)

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Hands Off (Aired July 25, 1980)
Nightfall was a horror series heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation first from July 4, 1980 to May 22, 1981 and then from November 20, 1981 to June 24, 1983. Thirty shows were selected from the first season to be rebroadcast on NPR from October 2, 1981 to June 25, 1982. Since it is a fairly modern series, most shows are available in stereo. Because it's a modern series, it's not widely available (copyright issues). This show may be the most horrifying series ever done. It was so terrifying, that many stations refused to play it or had to cancel the broadcasts due to listener complaints. This is a well done series and well worth searching for sources. THIS EPISODE: July 25, 1980. Program #4. CBC, Toronto origination, NPR network, WPBH-FM, Middlefield, CT. aircheck. "Hands Off". Sustaining. A scientist invents a liquid that makes people and animals violently hostile, but then spills some of it on his own hand! The WPBH-FM rebroadcast date is December 19, 1981. Marian Waldman, Murray Westgate, Ruth Springford, Ken James, John Jessop (recording engineer), Bill Robinson (sound effects), Colin Fox, John Graham (writer), Bill Howell (producer, director), John Douglas (senior script editor), Jennifer Browne, Nina Callaghan (production assistant), Henry Ramer (host). 26:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Cloak And Dagger - Direct Line To Bombers (06-25-50)

Jan 11, 2020 1768

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Direct Line To Bombers (Aired June 25, 1950)
"Are you willing to undertake a dangerous mission for the United States, knowing in advance you may never return alive?" Cloak and Dagger first aired over the NBC network on May 7, 1950. It had a short run through the Summer on Sundays, changing to Fridays after its Summer run. The last show aired Oct. 22, 1950. This is the story of the WWII special governmental agency, the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services. Its mission was to develop and maintain spy networks throughout Europe and into Asia, while giving aid to underground partisan groups and developing espionage activities for Allied forces overseas.The show is based on the book of the same name by Lt. Col. Corey Ford and Major Alastair MacBain (who were associated with the OSS from its early days.) The dramas are not Hollywood-style, in that they sometimes end with plans foiled or leading characters dead. THIS EPISODE: June 25, 1950. NBC network. "Direct Line To Bombers". Sustaining. 4:00 P. M. Two spies for the O. S. S. enter Berlin with walkie talkies to guide Allied bombers attacking the city. Lily Darvas, Berry Kroeger, Michael Artist, Karl Weber, Jerry Jarrett, Bobby Weil, Brad Barker, Winifred Wolfe (writer), Jack Gordon (writer), Corey Ford (originator), Alistair MacBain (originator), Alfred Hollander (producer), Sherman Marks (director, supervisor), William Zuckert, Everett Sloane, Raymond Edward Johnson, Jon Gart (music director), Louis G. Cowan (producer). 29:28.

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The Clock - Reference Please (01-05-47)

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Reference Please (Aired January 5, 1947)
The Clock, is an Australian radio show, a dramatic thirty-minute suspense and mystery series. It was written by Lawrence Klee and narrated by "The Clock." First Broadcast in the United States was in November, 1946. It was syndicated by Grace Gibson syndication. At the time of production, the Australian accent, we now know and love, originating from the Irish and Cockney accents, was rather frowned upon by non other than Australians. The shows tried to sound neutral, then there was hope that the show could be sold to Great Britain and the United States. The show was bought by the ABC network in the States. The settings were usually generic and the actors tried to speak without a perceptible accent and for that reason the program sounded sort of "American". They occasionally slipped up on a few words, using 'boot' instead of 'trunk' when referring to a car.

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Gangbusters - Case Of Harry Red Bever (09-15-45)

Jan 10, 2020 1744

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The Case Of Harry Red Bever (Aired September 15, 1945)
Gang Busters was an American dramatic radio program heralded as "the only national program that brings you authentic police case histories." It premiered as G-Men, sponsored by Chevrolet, on July 20, 1935. After the title was changed to Gang Busters January 15, 1936, the show had a 21-year run through November 20, 1957. Beginning with a barrage of loud sound effects — guns firing and tires squealing — this intrusive introduction led to the popular catch phrase "came on like Gang Busters."The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. THIS EPISODE: September 15, 1945. ABC network. "The Case Of Harry Red Bever. Sponsored by: Waterman Pens. The first show of the season, the first show sponsored by Waterman Pens. The first appearance of Lewis J. Valentine as narrator. He had resigned as the police commissioner of New York City the day before. "Red" is an army deserter with a quick trigger finger. Red is caught because of a trick with two women drivers. Gangbusters Nationwide Clues: an $8500 reward is offered for the return of a two year old baby. The kidnapper in Dayton, Ohio, is named Mary Willkie. In Denver: a man is wanted for the murder of Andrew Silvers. There is a bloodstain on his sleeve where he was shot. Phillips H. Lord (producer), Don Gardiner (announcer), Lewis J. Valentine. 29:31. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Aldrich Family - Mrs. Aldrich' s Antique Chairs (01-17-49)

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Mrs. Aldrich' s Antique Chairs (Aired January 17, 1949)
The Aldrich Family was launched in its own series as a summer replacement program for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O, which also sponsored Jack Benny at the time. The Aldriches ran in that slot from October 10, 1939 until May 28, 1940, moving to Thursdays, from July 4, 1940 until July 20, 1944. After a brief hiatus, the show moved to CBS, running on Fridays from September 1, 1944 until August 30, 1946 with sponsors Grape Nuts and Jell-O before moving back to NBC from September 5, 1946 to June 28, 1951 on Thursdays and, then, as a Sustaining program in its final run of September 21, 1952 to April 19, 1953 on Sundays. THIS EPISODE: January 17, 1949. "Mrs. Aldrich' s Antique Chairs" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Jell-O (Meredith Willson and His Talking People). Mrs. Aldrich has bought five antique dining room chairs at an auction. This leads Henry and Homer to conclude that the Aldrich's are in financial trouble. Ezra Stone, Jackie Kelk, Dan Seymour (announcer), Parker Fennelly, Patricia Joudry (writer), Dell Dinsdale (writer), Jack Miller, House Jameson, Katharine Raht, Clifford Goldsmith (creator), Meredith Willson. 25:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Man Called X - Japan Underground (01-20-51)

Jan 10, 2020 1748

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Japan Underground (Aired January 20, 1951)
The Man Called X was a old-time radio espionage drama series that aired on and off from 1944 through 1951 and sponsored by Frigidaire and later General Motors. Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, a globe hopping government agent. The show opens with the familiar line "Wherever there is mystery, intrigue, romance, in all the strange and dangerous places of the world, there you will find The Man Called X". Thurston works diligently every week to make the world a safer place by thwarting Cold War enemies and cooling off hotspots of unrest wherever they may be. He is aided/thwarted by his everpresent chiseling "sidekick" Pegon Zeldschmidt, played by Leon Belasco. Marshall, British by birth, starred in films with many of the greatest, especially Detreich in Blonde Venus, Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen, Vincent Price in The Fly, and a great cast in The Razor's Edge, where he portrayed W. Somerset Maugham.The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra supplied the exotic background music. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: January 20, 1951. "Japan Underground". NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor, Anacin, Buick (the 1951 Buick is being introduced today). Ken Thurston flies to Japan to find out who killed Professor Reynolds, a scientist who was working on a cure for radiation poisoning. Herbert Marshall has trouble speaking at the end of the program. Herbert Marshall, Leon Belasco, Felix Mills (composer, conductor), J. Richard Kennedy (producer), Jack Latham (announcer), Jeanne Bates, Will Wright, Wilms Herbert, Stan Freberg, Howard McNear, Tony Barrett, Sidney Marshall (writer). 29:42. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Screen Guild Players - Ball Of Fire (11-30-42)

Jan 10, 2020 1789

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Ball Of Fire (Aired November 30, 1942)
The Screen Guild Theater was a popular radio anthology series during the Golden Age of Radio broadcast from 1939 until 1952 with leading Hollywood actors performing in adaptations of popular motion pictures such as Going My Way and The Postman Always Rings Twice. The show had a long run, lasting for 14 seasons and 527 episodes. It initially was heard on CBS from January 8, 1939 until June 28, 1948, continuing on NBC from October 7, 1948 until June 29, 1950. It was broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1950 to May 31, 1951 and returned to CBS on March 13, 1952. It aired under several different titles: The Gulf Screen Guild Show, The Gulf Screen Guild Theater, The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater and The Camel Screen Guild Theater. Actors on the series included Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Agnes Moorehead, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Fees these actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors.

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Nightwatch - Mississippi Psyco & Kingston (10-28-54)

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Nightwatch - Mississippi Psyco & Kingston (Aired October 28, 1954)
Before the "Reality TV", there was "Reality Radio" and Night Watch was there. This show is a straight crime documentary with no music, sound effects, or actors. Police reporter Don Reid rode in a prowl car on the night shift with officers from the Culver City, California police department. While wearing a hidden microphone, he captures the sounds and voices of real life drama. From the worried child to the hardened criminal, their stories come through loud and clear. The names were changed to protect identities, but everything else in this gripping series is real.

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The Price Of Fear (Starring Vincent Price) - Goody Two Shoes (05-30-83)

Jan 9, 2020 1767

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Goody Two Shoes (Aired May 30, 1983)
Recorded in every corner of the world when first broadcast over the BBC's World Service, The Price of Fear soon became one of the most widely recorded offerings of its era. As with most BBC productions, the acting talent and production values were excellent throughout. The stories dramatized in the series are from some of the supernatural fiction world's finest authors. William Ingram was responsible for almost half of the stories and scripts, backed up the works of Bram Stoker, Roald Dahl, Robert Arthur, Rene Basilico, Stanley Ellin, and R. Chetwynd-Hayes. John Dyas produced and directed all three series over the ten year period. Host Vincent Price, already long since recognized throughout the world as the reigning Master of The Macabre, virtually ensured that the series would be heard. True to his legend, Price's imprimatur on the series provided a voice as chilling and familiar to World Service listeners as that of their own Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The Price of Fear has been an international favorite ever since it's first airing. It was picked up by several short-wave and FM stations in the U.S. and enjoyed broadcast airing over several American public broadcasting stations from 1973, on. The BBC's proscription against commercial broadcast of its productions left only national or public broadcasting networks and stations capable of airing the compelling program. Show Notes From The Digital Deli

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Father Knows Best - Bud Quits School (10-16-52)

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Bud Quits School (Aired October 16, 1952)
The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954. The show is often regarded as an example of the conservative and paternalistic nature of American family life in the 1950s and it is also cited as an overly rosy portrayal of American family life. THIS EPISODE: October 16, 1952. "Bud Quits School" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Post 40% Bran Flakes, Postum. Bud has quit school so Mr. Anderson gives him a job as handyman. Robert Young, Norma Jean Nilsson, Jean Vander Pyl, Ted Donaldson, Paul West (writer), Bill Forman (announcer), Rhoda Williams, Helen Strom, Carl Hertsinger (writer). 29:46. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Danger Doctor Danfield - Henry Comes Home (10-13-46)

Jan 9, 2020 1586

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Henry Comes Home (Aired October 13, 1946)
The series was written by Ralph Wilkinson and produced by Wally Ramsey. The show had a formula with the crime usually being committed in the first third of the program, the good doctor solving it in the second third, and then pedantically explaining the solution to someone (usually his "pretty, young" secretary, Rusty) in the conclusion. Dr. Daniel Danfield was an obnoxious unlicensed private investigator/criminal psychologist with an ego complex. Why Rusty would put up with this guy is beyond understanding. In this case, love is not only blind, but also deaf and dumb. But then, Rusty was no prize package either. In fact, the most complex person on the show is Dr. Dan Danfield's pretty young secretary, Miss Rusty Fairfax. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: October 13, 1946. "Henry Comes Home" - Program #9. ABC netwurk origination, Teleways Radio Productions syndication. Commercials added locally. The program is listed as #9 on the label, #10 on the transcription matrix. A man's twin brother, thought to be lost during the war, returns unexpectedly. Murder follows in a confusing plot. Michael Dunn, Joanne Johnson. 26:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The MGM Theater Of The Air - Riptide (01-27-50)

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Riptide (Aired January 27, 1950)
During the postwar years, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the Tiffany of movie studios, successfully made the leap into the production and distribution of transcribed syndicated radio series, often capitalizing on their many long-running film series as inspiration for program ideas. "The Story of Dr. Kildare", "The Adventures of Maisie", "The Hardy Family", and "Crime Does Not Pay" were just a few of the offerings syndicated to individual radio stations - after being first run on New York’s WMGM, owned by Loew’s Incorporated and known in the business as "The Call Letters of the Stars." MGM Radio Attractions also attempted to duplicate the success of many of the medium’s popular anthology series, particularly "The Lux Radio Theatre", in an effort to beef up falling attendance at movie theatres. Its own showcase, "MGM Theatre of the Air", dramatized popular films from the studio’s vaults, showcasing a big Tinsel Town guest star each week and, on rare occasions, even managing to secure the service of the original performer or performers who had appeared in the movie in the first place. THIS EPISODE: January 27, 1950. Program #16. WMGM, New York City origination, MGM syndication. "Riptide". Commercials added locally. A love story about a jealous English nobleman and his wronged wife. The date above is possibly the date of first broadcast on WMGM, New York City. Ivor Francis, Ed Stokes (announcer), Howard Dietz (host), Marx B. Loeb (director), William Kendall Clarke (adaptor), Joel Herron (composer, conductor), Raymond Cass (producer), Madeleine Carroll, Carl Frank. 57:59. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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MOVIE-Mike Hammer (That Hammer Guy) - The High Cost Of Dying 04-23-55 (TV-Short)

Jan 8, 2020 1556

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Mickey Spillane's "The High Cost Of Dying" (Released April 23, 1955)
Spillane attended Erasmus Hall High School, graduating in 1935.[3] He started writing while in high school, briefly attended Fort Hays State College in Kansas and worked a variety of jobs, including summers as a lifeguard at Breezy Point, Queens, and a period as a trampoline artist for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 1989. In the 1960s, Spillane became a friend of the novelist Ayn Rand. Despite their apparent differences, Rand admired Spillane's literary style, and Spillane became, as he described it, a "fan" of Rand's work. Spillane died July 17, 2006 at his home in Murrells Inlet, of pancreatic cancer. After his death, his friend and literary executor, Max Allan Collins, began editing and completing Spillane's unpublished typescripts, beginning with a non-series novel, Dead Street (2007). THIS MOVIE: April 23, 1955 (USA)- "The High Cost Of Dying" - One evening, private detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) picks up a strange woman, Christina (Cloris Leachman), who's standing on the highway wearing only a trench coat. They're stopped farther on by strangers who knock out Mike and murder Christina. Although warned not to investigate by the police, Mike and his girlfriend and assistant, Velda (Maxine Cooper), become ensnared in a dark plot involving scientist Dr. Soberin (Albert Dekker) and Christina's terrified roommate, Lily (Gaby Rodgers).

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The Chase - Dangerous Journey (12-07-52) - Dangerous Journey (12-07-52)

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Dangerous Journey (Aired December 7, 1952)
NBC first envisioned The Chase as a new Television feature. This was not uncommon during the later 1940s and early 1950s. Several Radio features straddled both media, with varying success. Developed as a psychological drama, the premise was that many life situations place their subjects in a 'chase' of one type or another. A chase for fame. A chase from peril. A chase to beat the clock. A chase to escape death. The added twist was the question of who is the hunter or the hunted in these situations. The scripts were faced paced, starred quality east coast talent and were well written. THIS EPISODE: December 7, 1952. NBC network. "Dangerous Journey". Sustaining. A threatened ambassador and his secretary are protected on an ocean voyage from those attempting to assassinate him. Bryna Raeburn, Fred Collins (announcer), Fred Weihe (director, transcriber), Guy Repp, Lawrence Klee (creator, writer), Leon Janney, Lester Fletcher. 29:05. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Encore Theater - Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (7-23-46)

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Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (Aired July 23, 1946)
Encore Theatre is perhaps one of those overlooked dramatic anthologies that deserve a deal more attention than they have generally achieved. You will find the series has a medical thread running through it and is in fact a highly compelling and sympathetic series of well-produced, medical-themed dramas. Within the stories, you get a great deal of medical history into the bargain. While the theme ties them all together, you will find these 13 productions stand on their own as good drama. They recall a period of amazing advances in common medical science, as well as recalling Medical Profession was a true vocation and the majority of its practitioners practiced their Hippocratic oath with integrity. Based on true stories and sponsored by Schenley Labs, Inc, who skimped on nothing with this brief series. The principal actors represent some of the finest talent of Stage and Screen, and the supporting Radio voice talent represent the era's finest radio actors. Leith Stevens provided a wonderful musical backdrop and William Lawrence's direction remains well-paced and timed. These charming dramas were based on medical research or the personal stories of medical workers. This series is one of the Golden Age of Radio's true, overlooked gems, both collectable and relevant to this day -- perhaps even moreso, given the current state of Health Care in the United States. The cast members were well-known radio or screen actors and included Lurene Tuttle, Eric Snowden, Gerald Mohr, Ronald Colman, Robert Young, and Lionel Barrymore. Show Notes From archive.org

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Escape - Shark Bait (07-19-53)

Jan 8, 2020 1769

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Shark Bait (Aired July 14, 1950)
Of the more than 230 Escape episodes, most have survived in good condition. Many story premises, both originals and adaptations, involved a protagonist in dire life-or-death straits, and the series featured more science fiction and supernatural tales than Suspense. Some of the memorable adaptations include Algernon Blackwood's "Confession", Ray Bradbury's oft-reprinted "Mars Is Heaven," George R. Stewart's Earth Abides, Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," John Collier's "Evening Primrose", later adapted to TV as a Stephen Sondheim musical starring Anthony Perkins. Vincent Price and Harry Bartell were heard in the chilling "Three Skeleton Key," the tale of three men trapped in an isolated lighthouse by thousands of rats. The half-hour was adapted from an Esquire short story by the French writer George Toudouze. THIS EPISODE: July 14, 1950. CBS network. "Shark Bait". Sponsored by: Richfield Oil. A good story about gun runners during a Central American revolution, with a surprise ending. Antony Ellis (writer), Harry Bartell, Ivan Ditmars (organist), John Dehner, Mary Shipp, Paul Frees (doubles), Steve Roberts, Thomas Hanlon (announcer), Will Geer, William Conrad, William N. Robson (producer, director). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Stand By For Crime - Queenie's 10,000 Dollar Alibi (1053)

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Queenie's 10,000 Dollar Alibi (1053) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
This show, from the early 1950s, is a good example of the true story style of delivery made popular in radio's classic crime shows Gangbusters and Mr. District Attorney. Of course, the best and most popular of the true crime shows was Dragnet -- the monotone, "just the facts" style demanded by Jack Webb in the show made two points at once: first, that the show wasn't a typical melodramatic crime show, as had been on radio since "the good old days", and more importantly, that we were along for the ride on another day at the office -- in this case, a policeman's “day at the office". Not a true crime show, as this is drama, but this show features Chuck Morgan, as played by Glen Langen, a very believable news anchor at KOP, a Los Angeles radio station. He is pals with Lieutenant Bill Miggs of the police force, who tips him off to hot crime news. Also in on the capers is Morgan's "Gal Friday", Carol Curtis, played by Adele Jurgens. The three meet all types -- mostly on the shady side of the street. In real life, Glen and Adele were husband and wife, the two marrying in 1949. They had met on the movie set of The Treasure of Monte Cristo. On the show, the repartee between the two is strictly old school and quite enjoyable. The dialogue is solid and makes the most of the plots. Unheralded and left for dead, Stand By for Crime is well worth your time. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

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Calling All Cars - The Caliente Money Car Holdup (01-10-34)

Jan 7, 2020 1772

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The Caliente Money Car Holdup (Aired January 10, 1934)
Calling All Cars was one of radio’s earliest cop shows, dramatizing true crime stories and introduced by officers from the Los Angeles and other police departments. The narrator of the program was speech professor Charles Frederick Lindsley, and the only other regular voice heard on the program week after week belonged to that of Sergeant Jesse Rosenquist of the L.A.P.D., whose name and voice were so unusually distinctive that he was retained for the show’s entire run. None of the actors on the show ever received on-air credit, but among the talent OTR fans can hear the likes of Elvia Allman, Jackson Beck, Charles Bickford, John Gibson, Richard LeGrand and Hanley Stafford, just to name a few. THIS EPISODE: January 10, 1934. Program #7. CBS Pacific net (Don Lee network). "The Caliente Money Car Holdup". Sponsored by: Rio Grande Oil (free copy of "Calling All Car News"). "The robbers in this case were stupid. All criminals are stupid." Charles Frederick Lindsley (narrator). 30:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The The Creaking Door - The Cards (1950)

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The Cards (1950) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The emphasis on high production values is perhaps the very reason that several early, morally challenged Radio traders felt they could get away with interspersing many of the Creaking Door episodes with their Inner Sanctum, Mysterious Traveler, and Strange Dr. Weird offerings to a still naive community of radio recording collectors. Although somewhat left-handed, it's still a compliment to both SABC and Springbok Radio that those early 'otr hooligans' managed to get away with the practice for well over 20 years. That takes nothing away from this excellent series in its own right. The expositions were deftly introduced and shaded with just the right amount of chilling narrative. Not quite as chilling and melodramatic as Raymond Johnson, perhaps, but Peter Broomfield rightly camped up his delivery for The Creaking Door, and it worked. Indeed, given the reported conservative budget of each episode, it's a tribute to The Creaking Door's producers that they managed to tease so much quality out of such relatively humbly funded productions. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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Mr. District Attorney - The Case Of The Missing Corpse (11-16-52)

Jan 7, 2020 1620

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The Case Of The Missing Corpse (Aired November 16, 1952)
The series focused on a crusading D.A., initially known only as "Mister District Attorney," or "Chief", and was later translated to television. On television the D.A. had a name, Paul Garrett, and the radio version picked up this name in the final years when David Brian played the role. A key figure in the dramas was the D.A.'s secretary, Edith Miller (Vicki Vola). Created, written, and directed by former law student Ed Byron, the series was inspired by the early years of New York governor Thomas E. Dewey. It was Dewey's public war against racketeering which led to his election as governor. Phillips H. Lord, creator of Gangbusters, helped to develop the concept and coined the title. Byron lent an air of accuracy and immediacy to his scripts through close study of crime statistics. THIS EPISODE: November 16, 1952. Program #15. ZIV Syndication. "The Case Of The Missing Corpse". Commercials added locally. Harry is walking out on Doris, so Doris shoots him...several times. Three years later she goes to the District Attorney to tell him that Harry is missing. The date is approximate. Phillips H. Lord (creator), David Brian. 27:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Philo Vance - The Million Dollar Murder Case (03-15-49)

Jan 7, 2020 1575

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The Million Dollar Murder Case (Aired March 15, 1949)
S.S. Van Dine's Philo Vance remains arguably the most aristocratic of the popular Gentleman Detectives of the modern era of Detective Fiction. He clearly possessed every bit of the arrogance of Sherlock Holmes, Gregory Hood, and even Ellery Queen. But one counter that, as an aristocrat with no lack of self-confidence, at the very least he wasn't hobbled by either cocaine addiction or an overbearing father. Indeed he's arguably most like Gregory Hood in many aspects of his basic personality. His other possible rival, Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe, clearly possessed every bit of the requisite arrogance. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: March 15, 1949. Program #36. ZIV Syndication. "The Million Dollar Murder Case". Commercials added locally. Mr. Simmons is a wealthy old man. He's built a high wall around his property. An "electric eye" and a gun adds to his sense of security. Of course, he is soon found murdered. A deaf butler and a dissatisfied secretary indicate a possible "inside job." The cops catch the killer, but Vance disagrees with the identity of the culprit. He explains the case implausibly, with a rented helicopter! Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, S. S. Van Dine (creator), Jeanne K. Harrison (director), Henry Sylvern (organist), Frederick W. Ziv (producer). 26:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Bold Venture - The Key To Death (09-15-52)

Jan 7, 2020 1579

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The Key To Death (Aired September 15, 1952)
Bold Venture is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted the taped series for Bogart's Santana Productions. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean." Calypso singer King Moses (Jester Hairston) provided musical bridges by threading plot situations into the lyrics of his songs. Music by David Rose. Beginning March 26, 1951, the Frederic W. Ziv Company syndicated 78 episodes. Heard on 423 stations, the 30-minute series earned $4000 weekly for Bogart and Bacall.

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The New Adventures Of Michael Shayne - A Problem In Murder

Jan 6, 2020 1594

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A Problem In Murder (Aired November 13, 1948)
The feel of Michael Shayne over the years was arguably most noticeably evolved over Radio. Wally Maher's portrayal of Michael Shayne was not only the first over Radio, the longest running over Radio, but it was also the most fully developed over Radio. Aided by Cathy Lewis in her role of feisty bright Phyllis Knight, as well as by Joe Forte as Lieutenant Farraday, the family nature of the growing radio ensemble over the years put far more flesh on the bones of Brett Halliday's character than any other characterization that succeeded it. Maher's characterization of Shayne was so successful that for the remainder of Maher's career he actively translated Shayne's basic attributes into virtually every other detective or crime drama genre Maher appeared in until his untimely death in 1951. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: November 13, 1948. Broadcaster's Guild syndication. "A Problem In Murder". Commercials added locally. A corpse named Frank Carter shows up with grass stains on the knees and Shayne's card in his pocket. These syndicated programs were recorded 1948 to 1950. Jeff Chandler, Jack Webb, William P. Rousseau (director, host), Lester Ann Gerard, John Duffy (composer, conductor), Don W. Sharpe (producer), Brett Halliday (creator). 26:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Blair Of The Mounties - Murder At Haggets Landing (2 Pts COMPLETE) 02-28-38 & 03-07-38

Jan 6, 2020 1550

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Murder At Haggets Landing (2 Pts COMPLETE) 02-28-38 & 03-07-38
Blair of the Mounties is the story of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police -- a fictional series based on the work of the Northwest Mounted Police before the World War I. It was a fifteen minute weekly serial heard every Monday for 36 weeks beginning January 31st, 1938 and running through the 3rd of October of 1938. It may have been on the air as early as 1935, although there’s no actual proof of this. Little is known of the series other than it followed the exploits of Sgt. Blair of the Northwest Mounted Police. and probably was the inspiration for Trendell, Campbell and Muir's Challenge of the Yukon. The series was written by Colonel Rhys Davies, who also played the Colonel Blair in the series. THIS EPISODE: February 28 and March 7, 1938. Program #6. Walter Biddick syndication. "Murder At Hackett's Landing". A pair of fur thieves are captured when one of them spares a woman and child from freezing to death. 26:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The New Adventures Of Nero Wolf - The Case Of The Careless Cleaner (11-17-50)

Jan 6, 2020 1792

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The Case Of The Careless Cleaner (Aired November 17, 1950)
Rex Stout's extraordinary, rotund, beer-swilling, agoraphobic character, Nero Wolfe, remains one of Detective genre's most fascinating, fully formed characterizations in American Detective Fiction History. The first of Stout's Nero Wolfe novels to escape the written page was Fer de Lance, as first interpreted for the big screen by Edward Arnold in 1936's Meet Nero Wolfe for Columbia. The Adventures of Nero Wolfe were first heard over the New England Network of Westinghouse Radio stations throughout Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island Nero Wolfe languished in popular media for another seven years, until he was reprised over Radio by the old New England Network as The Adventures of Nero Wolfe. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: November 17, 1950. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Case Of The Careless Cleaner". A famous artist is framed for murder...was it his two-timing wife? Sydney Greenstreet, Lawrence Dobkin, Betty Lou Gerson, Vic Perrin, William Johnstone, Howard McNear, Dan O'Herlihy, Rex Stout (creator). 29:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The CBS Radio Mystery Theater - The Killer Inside (04-01-75)

Jan 6, 2020 2675

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The Killer Inside (Aired April 1, 1975)
The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT) was an ambitious and sustained attempt to revive the great drama of old-time radio in the 1970s. Created by Himan Brown (who had by then become a radio legend due to his work on Inner Sanctum Mysteries and other shows dating back to the 1930s), and aired on affiliate stations across the CBS Radio network, the series began its long run on January 6, 1974. The final episode ran on December 31, 1982. The show was broadcast nightly and ran for one hour, including commercials. Typically, a week consisted of three to four new episodes, with the remainder of the week filled out with reruns. There were a total of 1399 original episodes broadcast. The total number of broadcasts, including reruns, was 2969. THIS EPISODE: April 1, 1975. Program #249. CBS network. "The Killer Inside". Sponsored by: Budweiser, Buick, Uncle Ben's Rice. E. G. Marshall (host), Sam Dann (writer), Ann Meara, Bryna Raeburn, Ian Martin, Earl Hammond. 44:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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MOVIE - Blackboard Jungle - Part Two of Two (03-25-55)

Jan 5, 2020 2081

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Part Two of Two (Release Date USA March 25, 1955)
The music also led to a huge teenage audience for the film, and their exuberant response to it sometimes overflowed into violence and vandalism at screenings. In this sense, the film has been seen as marking the start of a period of visible teenage rebellion in the latter half of the 20th century. In 1955 British comedian Tony Hancock did a spoof radio show based upon the film also in 1955 on "Hancock's Half hour" aired on the BBC Home service at the time. The film marked[citation needed] a watershed in the United Kingdom. When shown at a South London Cinema in Elephant and Castle in 1956 the teenage teddy boy audience began to riot, tearing up seats and dancing in the aisles. After that, riots took place around the country wherever the film was shown. In 2007, the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture published an article that analyzed the film's connection to crime theories and juvenile delinquency. In March 2005, the 50th anniversary of the release of the film and the subsequent upsurge in popularity of rock and roll, was marked by a series of "Rock Is Fifty" celebrations in Los Angeles and New York City, involving the surviving members of the original Bill Haley & His Comets.[clarification needed] The film was released on DVD in North America on May 10, 2005.

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MOVIE - Blackboard Jungle - Part One of Two (03-25-55)

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Blackboard Jungle - Part One of Two (Released in USA March 25, 1955)
War veteran Rick Dadier is one of three new teachers hired at North Manual High School, an inner city boys school. This is his first teaching assignment, which he needs to support himself and his insecure pregnant wife, Anne. Despite Principle Warnecke's assertions to the contrary, Dadier quickly learns that the rumors of student discipline problems at the school are indeed true. The established teachers at the school try to counsel the newcomers, all inexperienced in such situations, as how best to handle the rowdy students. Regardless, Dadier tries to exert discipline in his class, which provokes a violent response. Dadier believes the student leaders against him are Artie West, but more specifically Gregory Miller, who he thinks uses the fact of being black as a means of racial provocation. Dadier has to decide either to leave and teach at a "real" school, or stay and figure out how to get through to his students. If he decides to stay, he has to figure out who the real disruptive influences are, especially as they have resorted to attacks of a personal nature that affect especially Anne. Written by Huggo

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The Adventures Of Maisie - The Gambler (04-05-51)

Jan 5, 2020 1681

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The Gambler (04-05-51) (Aired April 5, 1951)
The series ran two seasons, and was revived in 1949 as a syndicated program, now called The Adventures of Maisie. Included in the repertory cast were Hans Conreid (later on Life with Liugi), Sheldon Leonard, Joan Banks, Elvia Allman, Bea Benadaret, and Sandra Gould. The radio show continued in the tried and true Maisie tradition of one part adventure of the emotional kind, one part romance, and one part laughs. To the end Maisie was the single girl, as this allowed her to get involved in continuing adventures of many kinds. These radio adventures of a liberated American "dame" from Brooklyn were tailored to post-WWII, and featured Maisie making her way (and having her way, most of the time) on both sides of the Atlantic. THIS EPISODE: April 5, 1951. "The Gambler" - Program #60. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Maisie becomes the Las Vegas good luck charm of an Indian gambler/gangster (named "Nick The Creek!"). The program has also been identified as program #72. The date above is the date of first broadcast on WMGM, New York City. Ann Sothern, Arthur Q. Bryan, Hans Conried, Harry Zimmerman (composer, conductor), Jack McCoy (announcer), Joan Banks, John L. Green (writer), Peter Leeds, William Conrad. 28:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Agatha Christie's Poirot - Murder on the Orient Express (1934) Pt4 of 4

Jan 5, 2020 1669

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Murder on the Orient Express (1934) Pt4 of 4
In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's highest honour, the Grand Master Award. Later the same year, Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play.[12] In 2013, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers' Association. On 15 September 2015, coinciding with her 125th birthday, And Then There Were None was named the "World's Favourite Christie" in a vote sponsored by the author's estate. Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics, and more than thirty feature films have been based on her work. Christie died peacefully on 12 January 1976 at age 85 from natural causes at her home Winterbrook House which was located in Winterbrook, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. At the time of her death Winterbrook was still a part of the parish of Cholsey. She is buried in the nearby churchyard of St Mary's, Cholsey, having chosen the plot for their final resting place with her husband Sir Max some ten years before she died.

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The Adventures Of Frank Race - The Adventure Of The Blackfriar's Bridge (02-12-50)

Jan 5, 2020 1609

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The Adventure Of The Black Friar's Bridge (Aired February 12, 1950)
The Adventures of Frank Race initially starring durable and versatile character actor Tom Collins. Legendary composer Ivan Ditmars scored both the audition and production series. The audition for the series was recorded during February 1949. The audition featured Tom Collins as former attorney and O.S.S. officer, Frank Race. Race is aided by his associate, former cab driver, Marcus 'Marc' Donovan portrayed by Tony Barrett. Lurene Tuttle is also featured in the audition. The audition lays out the premise for the contemplated series. Frank Race has returned to civilian life after a wartime stint as an operative for the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) the progenitor of the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: February 12, 1950. Program #42. Broadcasters Program Syndicate syndication. "The Adventure Of The Blackfriars Bridge". Commercials added locally. One of the owners of a casino has been murdered. Paul Dubov, Tony Barrett, Buckley Angel (writer, director), Joel Murcott (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Art Gilmore (announcer), Jeanne Bates, Tom Holland, Michael Ann Barrett, William Conrad, William Johnstone. 26:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Whistler - Return Engagement (03-10-48)

Jan 4, 2020 1767

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Return Engagement (Aired March 10, 1948)
The Whistler is one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts performing the whistling with the orchestra. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. On rare occasions a curious twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the episode's protagonist. THIS EPISODE: March 10, 1948. CBS Pacific network. "Return Engagement". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A theatrical performance of love, hatred and a special performance. The actress just "slayed" them. Joseph Kearns, Eleanor Audley, John Brown, Lesley Edgely (writer), George W. Allen (producer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer). 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Agatha Christie's Poirot - Murder on the Orient Express (1934) Pt3 of 4

Jan 4, 2020 1680

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Murder on the Orient Express (1934) Pt3 of 4
Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time. Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 25 November 1952, and as of April 2019 is still running after more than 27,000 performances.

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Fibber McGee & Molly - Old Straw Hat (04-28-42)

Jan 4, 2020 1796

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Old Straw Hat (Aired April 28, 1942)
Fibber McGee and Molly premiered in 1935. The program struggled in the ratings until 1940, when it became a national sensation. Within three years, it was the top-rated program in America. Few radio shows were more beloved than Fibber McGee and Molly. The program’s lovable characters included Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, Mrs. Uppington, Wallace Wimple, Alice Darling, Gildersleeve, Beulah, Myrt, and the Old Timer. 79 Wistful Vista was one of America’s most famous addresses and Molly’s warning to Fibber not to open the hall closet door (and his subsequent decision to do it) created one of radio’s best remembered running gags that audiences expected each week. Jim Jordan (Fibber) was born on a farm on November 16, 1896, near Peoria, Illinois. Marian Driscoll (Molly), a coal miner’s daughter, was born in Peoria on November 15, 1898. After years of hardship and touring in obscurity on the small-time show biz circuit, they arrived in Chicago in 1924, where they eventually performed on thousands of shows and developed 145 different voices and characters. THIS EPISODE: April 28, 1942. NBC network. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax. Fibber tries to clean his "Old Straw Hat". Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Billy Mills and His Orchestra, The King's Men, Don Quinn (writer), Bill Thompson, Gale Gordon, Isabel Randolph. 29:56 Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Agatha Christie's Poirot - Murder on the Orient Express (Part 2 of 4) 1934

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Murder on the Orient Express (Part 2 of 4) 1934
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap and, under the pen name Mary Westmacott, six romances. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature. Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six consecutive rejections, but this changed when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring Hercule Poirot, was published in 1920. During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.

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Agatha Christie's Poirot - Murder on the Orient Express (Part 1 of 4) 1934

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Agatha Christie's 1934 Novel - "Murder On The Orient Express" The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot boards the Orient Express. One of the passengers requests his protection, but Poirot declines. The next day the passenger is found dead in his compartment and Poirot is asked to solve the case. The train is forced to stop due to a snow drift blocking the tracks. This gives him a few hours to figure out the murderer's identity before the local police take over the investigation. During his investigation, Poirot discovers that many of the passengers have some connection to a 5 year old case where an infant was kidnapped and murdered in which the mastermind escaped prosecution. This lead to the death (during childbirth) of the mother and the suicide of her father. This could be the vital clue to crack the case, but can he do it in time?

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Dimension X - Perigi's Wonderful Dolls (08-04-50)

Jan 3, 2020 1747

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Perigi's Wonderful Dolls (Aired August 4, 1950)
Dimension X was first heard on NBC April 8, 1950, and ran until September 29, 1951. Strange that so little good science fiction came out of radio; they seem ideally compatible, both relying heavily on imagination. Some fine isolated science fiction stories were developed on the great anthology shows, Suspense and Escape. But until the premiere of Dimension X -- a full two decades after network radio was established -- there were no major science fiction series of broad appeal to adults. This show dramatized the work of such young writers as Ray Bradbury, Robert (Psycho) Bloch, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut. In-house script writer was Ernest Kinoy, who adapted the master works and contributed occasional storied of his own. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: August 4, 1950. NBC network. "Pyrigi's Wonderful Dolls". Commercials deleted. The story of the little dolls with the big ideas. The program closing has been deleted. The script was subsequently used on "X Minus One" on June 5, 1955, and on January 18, 1956. The "X Minus One" program was rebroadcast on "Monitor" during August, 1973. George Lefferts (writer), Les Damon, Joan Alexander, Denise Alexander, Joe DeSantis, Leon Janney, Norman Rose (host), Van Woodward (producer), Edward King (director), Bob Warren (announcer). 29:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Barry Craig Confidential Investigator - Sweet Larceny (03-02-55)

Jan 3, 2020 1494

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Sweet Larceny (Aired March 2, 1955)
Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig". NBC produced it in New York from 1951 to 1954 and then moved it to Hollywood where it aired from 1954 to 1955. It attracted only occasional sponsors so it was usually a sustainer.William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barry Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. THIS EPISODE: March 2, 1955. NBC network. "Sweet Larceny". Sustaining. "Excercise can be beneficial or it can kill you. One guy I know walked himself to death, but still it figured, seeing as the walk he took was 'the last mile'." William Gargan, John Roeburt (writer), Andrew C. Love (director), Edith Terry, Lou Krugman, Jan Arlen, Jonathan Hole. 25:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Archie Andrews - Double Date (10-19-46)

Jan 3, 2020 1789

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Double Date (Aired October 19, 1946)
Archie Andrews, created in 1941 by Bob Montana, is a fictional character in an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, a long-run radio series, a syndicated comic strip and animation -- The Archie Show, a Saturday morning cartoon television series by Filmation, plus Archie's Weird Mysteries. Archie Andrews began on the Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5 1953. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years.The sponsor was Swift Products. The Cast: Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. THIS EPISODE: October 19, 1946. "Double Date" - NBC network. Sustaining. Archie is going to a dance and dad is trying to take a bath, not at all as easy as it sounds. Bob Hastings, Harlan Stone, Alice Yourman, Ian Martin, Gloria Mann, Rosemary Rice. 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of The Abbotts - The Blood Red Diamond (03-06-55)

Jan 3, 2020 1818

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The Blood Red Diamond (Aired March 6, 1955)
Abbott Mysteries was a comedy-mystery radio program adapted from the novels of Frances Crane (1896-1981). Initially a summer replacement for Quick As a Flash, the series was heard on Mutual and NBC between the years 1945 and 1955. The Mutual series, sponsored by Helbros Watches, debuted June 10, 1945, airing Sundays at 6pm. Scripts were by Howard Merrill and Ed Adamson in the lighthearted tradition of Mr. and Mrs. North. Julie Stevens and Charles Webster starred as Jean and Pat Abbott, a San Francisco married couple who solved murder mysteries. In the supporting cast were Jean Ellyn, Sydney Slon and Luis Van Rooten. Moving to 5:30pm in 1946, Les Tremayne and Alice Reinheart took over the roles until the end of the series on August 31, 1947. Seven years later, the characters returned October 3, 1954, on NBC in The Adventures of the Abbotts, broadcast on NBC Sunday evenings at 8:30pm. The Abbotts were portrayed by Claudia Morgan and Les Damon. The NBC series ran until June 12, 1955. THIS EPISODE: March 6, 1955. NBC network origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Blood Red Diamond". Mandel Kramer, Claudia Morgan, Frances Crane (creator), Howard Merrill (writer), Dewey Bergman (composer, conductor), Ted Lloyd (producer), Bernard L. Schubert (producer), Harry Frazee (director, recordist), Wayne Howell (announcer). 30:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Story Of Dr. Kildare - Mumpkin's First Baby (09-28-50)

Jan 3, 2020 1664

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Mumpkin's First Baby (Aired September 28, 1950)
The character was invented by the author Frederick Schiller Faust (aka Max Brand). The character began in the film series as a medical intern; after becoming a doctor he was mentored by an older physician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. After the first ten films, the series eliminated the character of Kildare and focused instead on Gillespie. In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. THIS EPISODE: September 28, 1950. "Mumpkin's First Baby" - Program #36. WMGM, New York-Mutual network origination, MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Willie Mumpkin, a distraught father-to-be upsets Blair Hospital. Dr. Gillespie thinks Dr. Kildare ought to be more interested in romance. Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Virginia Gregg, Ted Osborne, Georgia Ellis, Les Crutchfield (writer), William P. Rousseau (director), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), William Tracy, Sharon Douglas, Dick Joy (announcer). 27:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Pat Novak For Hire (Starring Jack Webb) - Rory Malone (03-20-49)

Jan 2, 2020 1734

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Rory Malone (Aired March 20, 1949)
Pat Novak for Hire is set on the San Francisco, California waterfront and depicts the city as a dark, rough place where the main goal is survival. Pat Novak is not a detective by trade. He owns a boat shop on Pier 19 where he rents out boats and does odd jobs to make money. Each episode of the program, particularly the Jack Webb episodes, follows the same basic formula; a foghorn sounds and Novak's footsteps are heard walking down the pier. He then pauses and begins with the line "Sure, I'm Pat Novak . . . for hire". The foghorn repeats and leads to the intro theme, during which Pat gives a monologue about the waterfront and his job renting boats. Jack Webb narrates the story as well as acts in it, as the titular character. Playing the cynic, he throws off lines such as "...about as smart as teaching a cooking class to a group of cannibals". He then introduces the trouble in which he finds himself this week. THIS EPISODE: March 20, 1949. Program #8. "Rory Malone" - ABC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. A double fix in a prize fight, with all the wrong answers and the right corpses. Jack Webb, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Burr, William P. Rousseau (producer, director), Lillian Buyeff, Ted de Corsia, Tudor Owen, Basil Adlam (composer, conductor), Yvonne Peattie, Stefan Schnabel. 28:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe - The Angry Eagle (04-18-50)

Jan 2, 2020 1997

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The Angry Eagle (Aired April 18, 1950)
The first portrayal of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was by Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio Theater on June 11, 1945. This was a radio adaptation of the 1944 movie, from RKO, in which Mr. Powell played the lead. Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show on NBC. This series ran for 13 shows. On September 26, 1948, Gerald Mohr became the third radio Marlowe, this time on CBS. It remained a CBS show through its last show in 1951. THIS EPISODE: April 18, 1950. CBS network. "The Angry Eagle". Sustaining. Murder at a prize fighter's training camp. Anne Morrison, Barney Phillips, Elliott Reid, Frank Gerstle, Gerald Mohr, Howard McNear, Gene Levitt (writer), Joan Banks, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Raymond Chandler (creator), Richard Aurandt (music), Robert Mitchell (writer), Wilms Herbert. 29:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Sam Spade - The Dick Foley Caper (09-26-48)

Jan 2, 2020 1747

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The Dick Foley Caper (Aired September 26, 1948)
The Adventures of Sam Spade was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America. THIS EPISODE: September 26, 1948. CBS network. "The Dick Foley Caper". Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil. A fellow detective asks Spade to find Claude Spicer, who shortly thereafter is found dead. Sam finds himself floating in San Francisco Bay! The date is subject to correction. Dashiell Hammett (creator), Dick Joy (announcer), Frank Lovejoy, Gil Doud (writer), Howard Duff, Lud Gluskin, Lurene Tuttle, Rene Garriguenc (composer), Robert Tallman (adaptor), William Spier (producer, director, editor). 29:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Boston Blackie - Who Killed John Davis (05-12-48)

Jan 2, 2020 1649

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Who Killed John Davis (Aired May 12, 1948)
The Boston Blackie radio series, also starring Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show: Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer. On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement. Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance.

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The Sealed Book - Escape By Death (04-15-45)

Jan 2, 2020 1790

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Escape By Death (Aired April 15, 1945)
As with The Mysterious Traveler that preceded it, The Sealed Book was an anthology of supernatural drama, produced and directed by Jock MacGregor for the Mutual network, and written by the extraordinary team of Robert Arthur and David Kogan. Indeed this same entire team of network, director, and writers were responsible for the entire run of The Mysterious Traveler. Going even further, The Sealed Book reprised 26 of the Arthur/Kogan scripts written for The Mysterious Traveler. And in yet another similarity, Philip Clarke performed as an actor in five of the original Mysterious Traveler episodes. THIS EPISODE: April 15, 1945. Program #5. Mutual network. "Escape By Death". Music fill for local commercial insert. Two old maids believe their neice and nephew are trying to kill them. The script was previously used on "The Mysterious Traveler" on April 23, 1944. The system cue has been deleted. This program has also been dated June 17, 1945 on WGN, Chicago. Robert A. Arthur (writer), David Kogan (writer), Phillip Clarke (host), Jock MacGregor (producer, director). 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Mr. & Mrs. North - No Vacation From Murder (09-01-53)

Jan 1, 2020 1447

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No Vacation From Murder (Aired September 1, 1953)
Mr. and Mrs. North was a radio mystery series that aired on CBS from 1942 to 1954. Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin had the title roles when the series began in 1942. Publisher Jerry North and his wife Pam lived in Greenwich Village at 24 St. Anne's Flat. They were not professional detectives but simply an ordinary couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week for 12 years. The radio program eventually reached nearly 20 million listeners. The characters originated in 1930s vignettes written by Richard Lockridge for the New York Sun, and he brought them back for short stories in The New Yorker. These stories were collected in Mr. and Mrs. North (1936). Lockridge increased the readership after he teamed with his wife Frances on a novel, The Norths Meet Murder (1940), launching a series of 40 novels, including Death takes a Bow, Death on the Aisle and The Dishonest Murderer. Their long-run series continued for over two decades and came to an end in 1963 with the death of Frances Lockridge. THIS EPISODE: September 1, 1953. CBS network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "No Vacation From Murder". Vacationing at a remote lake, Pam and Jerry try to solve the murder of a wealthy young bachelor. Was the killer his fiance or was it the beautiful French widow? Barbara Britton, Richard Denning, Frances Lockridge (creator), Richard Lockridge (creator). 24:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Let George Do It - Go Jump In The Lake (02-13-50)

Jan 1, 2020 1755

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Go Jump In The Lake (Aired February 13, 1950)
Let George Do It was a radio drama series produced by Owen and Pauline Vinson from 1946 to 1954. It starred Bob Bailey as detective-for-hire George Valentine (with Olan Soule stepping into the role in 1954). Clients came to Valentine's office after reading a newspaper carrying his classified ad: "Personal notice: Danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me. George Valentine. "The few earliest episodes were more sitcom than private eye shows, with a studio audience providing scattered laughter at the not-so-funny scripts. Soon the audience was banished, and George went from stumbling comedic hero to tough guy private eye, while the music became suspenseful. Valentine's secretary was Claire Brooks, aka Brooksie (Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff). Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: February 13, 1950. Mutual-Don Lee network. "Go Jump In The Lake". Sponsored by: Standard Oil. Terrence Doyle is in trouble with gambler Starky Bennett. Nobody seems to want Valentine, despite the time of the year. Several references are made to the program being broadcast on Valentine's day. Bob Bailey, Virginia Gregg, Don Clark (director), Eddie Dunstedter (composer, presenter), Bud Hiestand (announcer), David Victor (writer), Jackson Gillis (writer), Ken Christy, Dan O'Herlihy, William Conrad, Michael Ann Barrett, Walter Burke. 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Lux Radio Theater - Buck Privates (Starring Bud Abbott & Lou Costello) 08-14-64

Jan 1, 2020 3064

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Buck Privates (Starring Bud Abbott & Lou Costello) Aired October 13, 1941
The Lux Radio Theater debuted in 1934 on NBC's Blue radio network, dramatizing Broadway plays from New York. In an effort to improve ratings, the show switched networks to CBS and moved West in June 1936 to capitalize on Hollywood talent and popular movie fare. Lux’s extravagant productions were a huge success. Renowned director Cecil B. DeMille was brought in to host the show. Stars were routinely paid up to $5,000 to appear. THIS EPISODE: October 13, 1941. CBS network. "Buck Privates". Sponsored by: Lux. Two boys duck into a movie theatre to escape a cop, and find themselves in the pre-war Army. Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Cecil B. DeMille, Gene O'Donnell, Lynne Carver, Benny Rubin, Fred MacKaye, Warren Ashe, Wally Maher, Frank Penny, Edwin Max, Howard McNear (doubles), Boyd Davis, Griff Barnett, Harry Lang, Edward Marr, Ann Tobin, Jo Campbell (commercial spokesman: singer), Sally Mueller (commercial spokesman: singer), Julie Bannon (commercial spokesman), Arthur T. Hornman (screenwriter), Sanford Barnett (director), George Wells (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 51:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Shadow - Hounds In The Hills (02-20-38)

Jan 1, 2020 1801

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Hounds In The Hills (Aired February 20, 1938)
One of the most popular radio shows in history debuted in August 1930 when "The Shadow" went on the air. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" The opening lines of the "Detective Story" program captivated listeners and are instantly recognizable even today. Originally the narrator of the series of macabre tales, the eerie voice known as The Shadow became so popular to listeners that "Detective Story" was soon renamed "The Shadow," and the narrator became the star of the old-time mystery radio series, which ran until 1954. A figure never seen, only heard, the Shadow was an invincible crime fighter. He possessed many gifts which enabled him to overcome any enemy. Besides his tremendous strength, he could defy gravity, speak any language, unravel any code, and become invisible with his famous ability to "cloud men's minds." THIS EPISODE: February 20, 1938. Mutual network. "Hounds In The Hills". Sponsored by: Blue Coal. An insane crone and a hunchback kidnap four boys. Two criminals and a pack of vicious dogs complicate the efforts of the Shadow. Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Ken Roberts (announcer), Everett Sloane. 30:00. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Exploring Tomorrow - The Mutants (03-26-58)

Dec 31, 2019 1101

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The Mutants (Aired March 26, 1958)
Exploring Tomorrow was hosted by John Campbell, the editor of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine, and later, Analog Magazine. He was also a science fiction writer himself, and penned the short story, Who Goes There?, which was later made into the 1950s classic monster movie, The Thing. So Campbell certainly had the Sci-Fi credentials . Exploring Tomorrow was billed as "The first science fiction radio show of science-fictioneers, by science-fictioneers, for science-fictioneers." (Otrcat.com) Each week, Campbell would open and close the story by making philosophical observations about how the technology featured in that night's story might affect mankind. These serious comments were meant to be deep and thoughtful, but the effect was undercut by the choice of elevator background music. (Like a Musak rendition of "As Time Goes By," complete with muted trumpet and syrupy violins.) It leaves the impression that this is a series that takes itself way too seriously! Yet despite this one rather dated aspect, the program is still quite enjoyable to listen to. It comes across as a poor man's version of X Minus One. Science fiction fans will find it fun exploring yesterday's vision of the future by Exploring Tomorrow!

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Casey Crime Photographer - Ex-convict (01-22-48)

Dec 31, 2019 1755

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Ex-convict (Aired January 22, 1948)
The adventures of Casey, crack photographer for The Morning Express, were told in this series, which moved to television after a highly successful run on radio in the 1940’s. Casey hung out at the Blue Note Café, where the music was provided by the Tony Mottola Trio, and was friendly with Ethelbert, the bartender, to whom he recounted his various exploits. Richard Carlyle and John Gibson portrayed the roles when the series premiered in April, 1951, but by June they were replaced by Darren McGavin and Cliff Hall. Ann Williams, a reporter on The Morning Express, was Casey’s girlfriend. During the summer of 1951 he acquired a partner in cub reporter Jack Lipman, who wrote copy to go with Casey’s pictures. This live series was set in and broadcast from, New York City. THIS EPISODE: January 22, 1948. CBS network. "Ex-Convict". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. Casey pretends to be an ex-con to discover who is behind the series of crimes being blamed on ex-convicts who are being helped by the kindly Mr. Maddox. Alonzo Deen Cole (writer), Archie Bleyer (music), Herman Chittison (piano), Jan Miner, John Dietz (director), John Gibson, Staats Cotsworth, Tony Marvin (announcer), George Harmon Coxe (creator). 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Ford Theater - Laura (05-30-48)

Dec 31, 2019 3615

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Laura (Aired May 30, 1948)
The show initially received an unfavorable review from the New York Times for poor script adaptation but was still highly rated for the actors' performance and overall production. The show was supposed to feature only original scripts but had to forgo that plan due to lack of quality material. The first season on NBC used radio actors under the direction of George Zachary. Martin Gabel announced the first show but was soon replaced by Kenneth Banghart. The second season, on CBS, used Hollywood screen actors in the lead roles, supported by radio actors. Fletcher Markle, who previously produced CBS's STUDIO ONE series, was the producer for the second season. Although a short series, it still has some of radio's best dramas. THIS EPISODE: May 30, 1948. NBC network. "Laura". Sponsored by: Mercury. The famous murder mystery with that haunting theme. A detective falls in love with a dead girl he's never met...and then suspects her of murder when she returns from the dead! Virginia Gilmore, John Larkin, Ivor Francis, Alan Hewitt, Anne Seymour, Howard Lindsay (host), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Betty Garde, Charles Penman, Charles Mendick. 1:00:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Dimension X - Dwellers In Silence (07-19-51)

Dec 31, 2019 1777

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Dwellers In Silence (Aired July 19, 1951)
Dimension X was first heard on NBC April 8, 1950, and ran until September 29, 1951. Strange that so little good science fiction came out of radio; they seem ideally compatible, both relying heavily on imagination. Some fine isolated science fiction stories were developed on the great anthology shows, Suspense and Escape. But until the premiere of Dimension X -- a full two decades after network radio was established -- there were no major science fiction series of broad appeal to adults. THIS EPISODE: Dimension X - Dwellers In Silence (07-19-51) July 19, 1951. NBC network. "Dwellers In Silence". Sustaining. Twenty years after mankind abandons the Earth, a spaceship from Mars lands. The script was used subsequently on "X Minus One" on November 10, 1955. The "X Minus One" program was rebroadcast on "Monitor" during May, 1975. Albert Buhrman (music), Fred Collins (announcer), Fred Weihe (director, transcriber), George Lefferts (adaptor), Gertrude Warner, Norman Rose (host), Peter Capell, Ray Bradbury (author), William Griffis, William Welch (producer), Fred Collins (announcer), John McGovern. 29:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Dragnet - The Big Sophomore (07-19-51)

Dec 31, 2019 1849

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The Big Sophomore (Aired July 19, 1951)
Friday’s first partner was Sgt. Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio’s top-rated shows. While most radio shows used one or two sound effects experts, Dragnet needed five; a script clocking in at just under 30 minutes could require up to 300 separate effects. Accuracy was underlined: The exact number of footsteps from one room to another at Los Angeles police headquarters were imitated, and when a telephone rang at Friday’s desk, the listener heard the same ring as the telephones in Los Angeles police headquarters. THIS EPISODE: July 19, 1951. Program #110. NBC network. "The Big Sophomore". Sponsored by: Fatima. A young boy named Harry Dunbar admits a series of petty thefts, but is reluctant to explains his reasons. Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough. 30:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Crime Classics - Robby Boy Balfour (03-31-54)

Dec 30, 2019 1665

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Robby Boy Balfour (Aired March 31, 1954)
It's clear that Elliott Lewis very much intended this project to be a tongue-in-cheek send up of some of history's most notorious and infamous crimes. Indeed, it's obvious that given the over-the-top violence depicted in each of the program's accounts, there was no better palatable way to portray them during the 'family values' sensibilities of the 1950s. Even more obvious are the often apocryphal and anecdotal details used to frame many of these notorious crimes. Though ostensibly "adapted from the original court reports and newspaper accounts," it's quite clear that they were scripted more for entertainment, than for a college classroom--but entertaining they definitely were, and remain. This was a very busy time for Elliott Lewis. Lewis had launched his Cathy & Elliott Lewis On Stage program in January of 1953. Halfway through its run, Crime Classics and Cathy and Elliott Lewis On Stage were heard back-to-back in CBS's lineup for much of Crime Classics' run, in most markets. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.

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The Alan Young Show - Rose Bowl Float (12-27-46)

Dec 30, 2019 1777

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Rose Bowl Float (Aired December 27, 1946)
Young was featured in the film Chicken Every Sunday in 1949, and the television version of The Alan Young Show began the following year. After its cancellation, Young appeared in films, including Androcles and the Lion (1952) and The Time Machine (1960). He appeared in the episode "Thin Ice" of the NBC espionage drama Five Fingers, starring David Hedison. He is best known, however, for Mister Ed, a CBS television show which ran from 1961 to 1966. He played the owner of a talking horse that would talk to no one but him. Young's television guest appearances include The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, St. Elsewhere, Coach, Party of Five, The Wayans Bros., Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (Episode: "Sweet Charity", playing Zelda's older love interest), USA High, Hang Time, ER and Maybe It's Me. In 1993, Young recreated his role as Filby for the mini-sequel to George Pal's The Time Machine, reuniting him with Rod Taylor, who played George, the Time Traveller. It was called Time Machine: The Journey Back, directed by Clyde Lucas. In 2002, he had a cameo as the flower store worker in Simon Wells' remake of The Time Machine. Finally, in 2010, he read H. G. Wells's original novel for 7th Voyage Productions, Inc. In 1994, Young co-starred in the Eddie Murphy film Beverly Hills Cop III. He played the role of Uncle Dave Thornton, the Walt Disney-esque founder of the fictional California theme park Wonderworld. THIS EPISODE: December 27, 1946. "Rose Bowl Float" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Ipana, Minit-Rub, Vitalis. Alan is trusted with the secret plans for the Van Nuys float in the Tournament Of Roses Parade. Al Schwartz (writer), Alan Young, Charlie Cantor, Elvia Allman, George Wyle and His Orchestra, Jim Backus, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Peter Leeds, Sherwood Schwartz (writer), Veola Vonn (commercial). 29:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Crime & Peter Chambers - Tina Diaz - Utopia Ballroom (08-10-54)

Dec 30, 2019 1370

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Tina Diaz - Utopia Ballroom (Aired August 10, 1954)
Peter Chambers, the dashing playboy private eye, came from the pen of Henry Kane. The output of his writing career included over 60 novels, including about 30 featuring Peter Chambers. In an interest- ing twist, Mr. Kane became the writer, director and producer for the radio series based on his characters. Crime & Peter Chambers aired in 1954 on NBC stations, running from April to September, 1954. A total of 23 30-minute shows were broad- cast of which 21 are in circulation, according to Jay Hickerson's "Ultimate Guide" (see References section below). The part of Peter Chambers was played Dane Clark. Clark previously acted tough guy parts in a number of movies, starting in 1942. He made a fairly convincing detective. Bill Zuckert played Lt. Parker in the series. THIS EPISODE: August 10, 1954. NBC network. "Tina Diaz - Utopia Ballroom" - Sustaining. Fred Weihe (director), William Zuckert, Patricia Weil, William Griffis, Fred Weihe (director), Roger Tuttle (promotional announcement), Dane Clark, Henry Kane (creater, writer). 22:50. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Crime Club - Murder Makes A Mummy (05-29-47)

Dec 30, 2019 1766

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Murder Makes A Mummy (Aired May 29, 1947)
Crime club was a Mutual Network murder and mystery series, a product of the Doubleday Crime Book Club imprints found weekly in bookstores everywhere. The telephone rings"Hello, I hope I haven't kept you waiting. Yes, this is the Crime Club. I'm the Librarian. Murder Rents A Room? Yes, we have that Crime Club story for you.Come right over. (The organist in the shadowed corner of the Crime Club library shivers the ivories) The doorbell tones sullenly"And you are here. Good. Take the easy chair by the window. Comfortable? The book is on this shelf." (The organist hits the scary chord) "Let's look at it under the reading lamp." The Librarian, played by Raymond E. Johnson, begins reading the tale. Veteran Willis Cooper (Lights Out, Quiet Please) did some of the scripts from the Crime Club books. THIS EPISODE: May 29, 1947. Mutual network. "Murder Makes A Mummy". Sustaining. A corpse is found on display in a museum wrapped as a mummy. The story of a corpse that wouldn't be "bound" by the rules! Stedman Coles (writer), Lon Clark, Jock MacGregor (producer, director in place of Roger Bower), Jane Harven, Lawson Zerbe, Al Hodge, Ted Osborne. 29:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Clock - The Hypnotist (07-06-47)

Dec 30, 2019 1390

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The Hypnotist (Aired July 6, 1947)
The Clock should have been one of the more popular supernatural dramas of the late 1940s. The production values were reasonably high, the supporting talent was superb, much of the run was produced and directed by William Spier, and the concept was certainly unique enough. 'What if' programs, or dramatic programming dealing with 'fate' and its consequences weren't new to Radio of the 1940s. Indeed, the more common subtexts of most of the supernatural dramatizations throughout the Golden Age of Radio dealt with either the consequences of fate, or both historic and contemporary turning points of either 'conscience' or 'morals.' Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 6, 1947. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. "The Hypnotist". Participating sponsors. Post-hypnotic murders. A Svengaliesque story. WRVR rebroadcast date: August 24, 1973. The date above is the date of broadcast on ABC. 23:10. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Hall Of Fantasy - He Who Follows Me (10-26-53)

Dec 29, 2019 1495

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He Who Follows Me (Aired September 19, 1952)
It began at KALL in Salt Lake City in 1946 and lasted a year. Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson were announcers who created a bare bones murder mystery drama with stories written or adapted by Robert Olson. But when Thorne and Greyson went separate ways, the series discontinued. Then in 1949, Thorne and Greyson happened to work at the same station again (WGN in Chicago) and the series resumed. This time, the focus was on supernatural horror with Richard Thorne writing or adapting the stories. The three dozen or so shows that survived appear to have been recorded for broadcast transcriptions. (A recorded scene from the climax is played at the beginning of the program as a teaser.) Richard Thorne is one of the main recurring actors. Hall of Fantasy didn't seem to have much of a budget. THIS EPISODE: September 19, 1952. Mutual network, WGN, Chicago origination. "He Who Follows Me". Sustaining. A cursed tomb and an avenging ghost follow those who trespass. One of the announcements has possibly been deleted. The story may also be known as, "The Steps Who Follow Me." The story is based on the story, "Count Magnus," by M. R. James. M. R. James (author). 24:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Meet Miss Sherlock - The Case Of Wilma & The Widow (09-12-46)

Dec 29, 2019 1743

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The Case Of Wilma & The Widow (Aired September 12,1946)
During World War II no more women sleuths arrived on the scene but 1946 was a banner year when three new ones debuted on network radio. One was as much comedienne as crime solver, Meet Miss Sherlock. This was a CBS summer sustainer that recounted the adventures of Jane Sherlock, a scatterbrained amateur detective, and her boyfriend, Peter Blossom, a civil attorney who occasionally fainted. There were two separate versions of this show; the first ran from July 3, 1946 to September 26, 1946 while the second one ran from Sept 28, 1947 to Oct 26, 1947. Both series were produced and directed by David Vaile, with scripts by E. Jack Neuman and Don Thompson. The announcer was Murray Wagner and the live orchestra was headed by Milton Charles. Sondra Gair had the title lead in the 1946 version, Captain Dingle of the NYPD was a youthful Bill Conrad and Joe Petruzzi played Peter Blossom.When the series resumed in the fall of 1947, Betty Moran did the first epiosde but her voice was not “dithery” enough so Monty Margetts was brought in and she played the lead until it went off the air two months later. Barney Phillips was the voice of Captain Dingle. This series was more comedy than adventure, although crimes were eventually solved.

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Murder At Midnight - Trigger Man (07-13-46)

Dec 29, 2019 1562

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Trigger Man (Aired July 13, 1946)
The talent included well known names such as Lawson Zerbe, Karl Swenson, Berry Kroeger, Lon Clark, Frank Readick, Elspeth Eric, Mandel Kramer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Alfred Shirley, and Raymond Edward Johnson--and his wife, among many other well-respected east coast actors of the era. Anton Leader, later famous for his Television work, directed the series. The writing staff was also top-notch, with names such as Max Erlich, Joe Ruscoll and Robert Newman, among others. The thriller formula of the era called for equally thrilling organ music underscoring, capably handled by Charles Paul and Bert Buhrman on the organ. The sound engineering also greatly contributed to the supernatural thriller 'feel' of the series. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: July 13, 1946. Program #5. Syndicated. "Trigger Man". Commercials added locally. The story of Charlie Nix, known as "Chicken Charlie." Charlie is told that he only has six months to live, so he becomes a ruthless killer! A good story! Anton M. Leader (director), William Quinn, Charles Paul (organ), Max Ehrlich (writer), Louis G. Cowan (producer). 26:01. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Arch Oboler`s Plays - Mr. Pyle (06-14-45)

Dec 29, 2019 1726

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Mr. Pyle (Aired June 14, 1945)
Oboler sold his first radio scripts while still in high school during the 1920s and rose to fame when he began scripting the NBC horror anthology Lights Out in 1936. He later found notoriety with his script contribution to the 12 December 1937 edition of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. In Oboler's sketch, host Don Ameche and guest Mae West portrayed a slightly bawdy Adam and Eve, satirizing the Biblical tale of the Garden of Eden. On the surface, the sketch did not feature much more than West's customary suggestive double-entendres, and today it seems quite tame. But in 1937, that sketch and a subsequent routine featuring West trading suggestive quips with Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy helped the broadcast cause a furor that resulted in West being banned from broadcasting and from being mentioned at all on NBC programming for 15 years. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: June 14, 1945. Program #10. Mutual network. "Mr. Pyle". Sustaining. A sound portrait of Ernie Pyle, chronologist of the dog-face. Well-done. Progvram #10 of a series of 26 broadcasts. Arch Oboler, Burgess Meredith, Frank Martin, Bruce Elliott, Marvin Best (announcer). 28:45. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Black Museum - Meat Juice (1952)

Dec 29, 2019 1777

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Meat Juice (1952) *The Exact Date Is Uknown.
Opening in 1875, the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard is the oldest museum in the world purely for recording crime. The name Black Museum was coined in 1877 by a reporter from The Observer, a London newspaper, although the museum is still referred to as the Crime Museum. The idea of a crime museum was conceived by Inspector Neame who had already collected together a number of items, with the intention of giving police officers practical instruction on how to detect and prevent burglary. It is this museum that inspired the Black Musuem radio series. The museum is not open to members of the public but is now used as a lecture theatre for the curator to lecture police and like bodies in subjects such as Forensic Science, Pathology, Law and Investigative Techniques. A number of famous people have visited the musuem including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Orsen Welles hosted and narrated the shows. Following the opening, Mr. Welles would introduce the museum's item of evidence that was central to the case, leading into the dramatization. He also provided narration during the show and ended each show with his characteristic closing from the days of his Mercury Theater on the Air, 'remaining obediently yours'.

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21st Precinct - The Book (06-14-56)

Dec 28, 2019 1597

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The Book (Aired June 14, 1956)
Most of the 173,000 people wedged into the nine-tenths of a square mile between Fifth Avenue and the East River wouldn't know, if you asked them, that they lived or worked in the 21st. Whether they know it or not, the security of their persons, their homes, and their property is the job of the men of the 21st." The Precinct Captain acted as the narrator for the series.The official title of the series according to the series scripts and the CBS series promotional materials was 21ST Precinct and not Twenty-First Precinct or Twenty First Precinct which appears in many Old-Time Radio books. In 1953 CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for their own half-hour police series and focus on the day-to-day operations of a single police precinct. Actual cases would be used as the basis for stories. It was mentioned in each episode's closing by the announcer that, "Twenty-firstPrecinct is presented with the official cooperation of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association an organization of more than 20,000 members of the Police Department, City of New York."

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The Life Of Riley - New Year's Eve Party (12-31-44)

Dec 28, 2019 1817

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New Year's Eve Party (Aired December 31, 1944)
The radio program starring William Bendix aired on the ABC Blue Network from January 16, 1944 to June 8, 1945. Then it moved to NBC, where it was broadcast from September 8, 1945 to June 29, 1951. The supporting cast featured John Brown, who portrayed not only undertaker Digger O'Dell but also Riley's co-worker Gillis. Whereas Gillis gave Riley bad information that got him into trouble, Digger gave him good information that "helped him out of a hole," as he might have put it. Brown's lines as the undertaker were often repetitive, including puns based on his profession; but, thanks to Brown's delivery, the audience loved him. THIS EPISODE: December 31, 1944. "New Year's Eve Party". Blue Network. Sponsored by: The American Meat Institute. It's New Year's Eve and Riley's in trouble again. A flashback story. William Bendix, Ken Niles (announcer), Don Bernard (director), Lou Kosloff (music), Irving Brecher (creator, producer), Paula Winslowe, John Brown. 30:16. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The New Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - The Iron Box (12-31-45)

Dec 28, 2019 1788

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The Iron Box (Aired December 31, 1945)
. According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency. 221B is an apartment up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone, only occasionally employing agents from the city's underclass, including a host of informants and a group of street children he calls the Baker Street Irregulars. The Irregulars appear in three stories, "The Sign of the Four", "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Adventure of the Crooked Man". THIS EPISODE: December 31, 1945. Mutual network. "The Iron Box". Sponsored by: Petri Wines. An ancient cask filled with gold sits in Dunbar castle. A Scotsman born on leap year and the old Baronet pushed into the moat lead Holmes and Watson to a killer. The story is based on, "Silver Blaze." Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Harry Bartell (announcer), Anthony Boucher (writer), Denis Green (writer), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Dean Fosler (music), Edna Best (producer). 29:43. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Great Gildersleeve - A Quiet New Year's Eve (12-31-47)

Dec 28, 2019 1791

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A Quiet New Year's Eve (Aired December 31, 1947)
The Great Gildersleeve (1941–1957), initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. Built around Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve, a character who had been a staple on the classic radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest success in the 1940s. Actor Harold Peary played the character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off and later in a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show's popularity. On Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary's Gildersleeve was a pompous windbag who became a consistent McGee nemesis. "You're a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!" became a Gildersleeve catch phrase. THIS EPISODE: December 31, 1947. NBC network. "A Quiet New Year's Eve" - Sponsored by: Kraft Kay Brand Natural Cheddar. Will Gildy spend a quiet New Year's Eve at home with Judge Hooker? Andy White (writer), Arthur Q. Bryan, Earle Ross, Fran Van Hartesfeldt (writer), Harold Peary, Jack Meakin (music), John Elliotte (writer), Ken Christy, Lillian Randolph, Louise Erickson, Richard LeGrand, Walter Tetley. 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Hallmark Playhouse - 2 Episodes From 1948 (My Financial Career (11-18-48) & Free Land (11-25-48)

Dec 27, 2019 3736

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My Financial Career Starring Jack Benny (11-18-48) & Free Land (11-25-48)
Sponsored by Hallmark Cards, Inc. to help market greeting cards, Hallmark Hall of Fame started as a CBS radio program, the Hallmark Playhouse (1948). The program presented well-known contemporary and classical literature often portrayed by well known Hollywood stars. The program made the transition to television in December 1951 and evolved into the Hallmark Hall of Fame. The collection consists of scripts and production material related to both radio and television programs created for Hallmark. TODAY'S SHOW: November 18, 1948. CBS network. "My Financial Career". Sponsored by: Hallmark Cards. A story about a man who hated banks...obviously custom written for Jack Benny. Jack Kirkwood, James Hilton (host), Howard Snyder (adaptor), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), Stephen Leacock (author), Jack Benny, Frank Goss (announcer), Dee Englebach (producer, director). 1/2 hour. November 25, 1948. CBS network. "Free Land". Sponsored by: Hallmark Cards. A good story about the tribulations of a pioneering couple in the Dakota Territory. Martha Scott, Jack Kirkwood. 1/2 hour.

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The Jack Carson Show -New Year's Day (01-01-47)

Dec 27, 2019 1780

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New Year's Day (Aired January 1, 1947)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. During the 1930s, as vaudeville went into decline owing to increased competition from radio and the movies, Willock and Carson sought work in Hollywood, initially landing bit roles at RKO. The radio also proved to be a source of employment for the team following a 1938 appearance on the Kraft Music Hall during Bing Crosby's period as program host. This led to a number of other appearances which would culminate in Carson's own radio show in 1943. From 1950-51, Carson was one of four alternating hosts of NBC's "4 Star Revue." Other hosts that season were Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn. and Danny Thomas. The show aired Wednesday evenings. Carson's second season was his last with the comedy-variety program when its title was changed to "All Star Revue. THIS EPISODE: January 1, 1947. CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. It's New Year's Day", and also little Norma Jean's 9th birthday. Jack plans to bake her a cake and sings, "Pretend." Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Norma Jean Nilsson, Irene Ryan, Glenn Hughes (vocal), The Martin Men. 29:32.

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The New Adventures Of Michael Shayne - The Case Of The Model Murder (09-11-48)

Dec 27, 2019 1564

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The Case Of The Model Murder (Aired September 11, 1948)
The feel of Michael Shayne over the years was arguably most noticeably evolved over Radio. Wally Maher's portrayal of Michael Shayne was not only the first over Radio, the longest running over Radio, but it was also the most fully developed over Radio. Aided by Cathy Lewis in her role of feisty bright Phyllis Knight, as well as by Joe Forte as Lieutenant Farraday, the family nature of the growing radio ensemble over the years put far more flesh on the bones of Brett Halliday's character than any other characterization that succeeded it. Maher's characterization of Shayne was so successful that for the remainder of Maher's career he actively translated Shayne's basic attributes into virtually every other detective or crime drama genre Maher appeared in until his untimely death in 1951. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: September 11, 1948. Program #7. Broadcaster's Guild syndication. "The Case Of The Model Murder". Commercials added locally. A story about an $8 million-dollar inheritance and a strange glutton. This is a syndicated version. These syndicated programs were recorcded 1948 to 1950. Jeff Chandler, William P. Rousseau (host, director), Jack Webb, Brett Halliday (creator), Don W. Sharpe (producer), John Duffy (composer, conductor). 26:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Dark Fantasy - Resolution1841 (01-02-42)

Dec 27, 2019 1594

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Resolution1841 (Aired January 2, 1942)
Dark Fantasy was a short series with tales of the weird, adventures of the supernatural, created for you by Scott Bishop. The series aired as a horror drama on NBC between 1941 and 1942. Dark Fantasy was a series dedicated to dealings with the unknown. Originating from radio station WKY, Oklahoma City, it was written by Scott Bishop (of Mysterious Traveler and The Sealed Book fame) and was heard Fridays over stations. Tom Paxton served as announcer. The shows covered horror, science fiction and murder mysteries. Although a short series, the shows are excellent with some stories way ahead of their time. THIS EPISODE: January 2, 1942. Program #7. NBC net, WKY, Oklahoma City origination. "Resolution 1841". Sustaining. Scott Bishop (writer), Tom Paxton (announcer), Charles Carshon, Mary Jo Curtis, Eleanor Naylor Corin, Ben Morris. 28:48. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Your's Truly Johnny Dollar - Grave Digger's Spade (02-17-50)

Dec 27, 2019 1805

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Grave Digger's Spade (Aired February 17, 1950)
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar attracted some of the best writers in Hollywood, including Jack Johnstone, E. Jack Neuman (using the pen name John Dawson), Robert Ryf, and Les Crutchfield. Bob Bailey also wrote a script while he was playing Johnny Dollar. He used the pen name Robert Bainter (Bainter was his middle name) as the scriptwriter for "The Carmen Kringle Matter", which was aired on Saturday, December 21, 1957 on the West Coast, and on the following day for the rest of the country. Bob Bailey, generally thought of as the most popular of the Johnny Dollars, brought a new interpretation to the character – tough, but not hard-boiled; streetwise, but not overly cynical, Bailey's Dollar was smart and gritty when he had to be. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. THIS EPISODE: February 17, 1950. "Grave Digger's Spade" - CBS network. Sustaining. Mr. and Mrs. Arbuthnel Trump in North Dakota are threatening to committ suicide. "How The Grave Digger's Spade Came Close To Being Trumps." Edmond O'Brien, Peggy Webber, Parley Baer, Hugh Thomas, Dick Ryan, Jess Kirkpatrick, Mary Shipp, Paul Dudley (writer), Gil Doud (writer), Leith Stevens (music), Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Roy Rowan (announcer). 30:04. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The First Nighter Program - Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem (12-23-52)

Dec 26, 2019 1763

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Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem (Aired February 23, 1952)
The First Nighter Program was a long-running radio anthology comedy-drama series broadcast from 1930 to 1953. The host was Mr. First Nighter (Charles P. Hughes, Macdonald Carey, Bret Morrison, Marvin Miller, Don Briggs and Rye Billsbury [later known as Michael Rye]). The show's opening recreated the aural atmosphere of a Broadway opening. Before each week's drama began, Mr. First Nighter was first heard walking on Broadway, emerging from the noise of people and street traffic into the crowded lobby of "the Little Theater Off Times Square" and then taking his seat in the third row center, where he gave the whispered introduction: The house lights have dimmed, and the curtain is about to go up on tonight's production. Romantic comedies were the specialty of the series, and the principal roles were played by the teams of Don Ameche and June Meredith (1930-36), Ameche and Betty Lou Gerson (1935-36), Les Tremayne and Barbara Luddy (1936-43) and Olan Soule and Luddy (1943 and after). THIS EPISODE: February 23, 1952. NBC network. "Little Town Of Bethlehem". Sponsored by: Miller Beer. The twelfth annual presentation of the Christmas story on the program. A well-done nativity story. Rye Billsbury ("Mr. First Nighter"), Vincent Pelletier (commercial spokesman), Anthony Wayne (writer), Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Willard Waterman, Hugh Studebaker, Eddie Firestone, Parley Baer, Marvin Miller, Paul Dubov, Joseph Ainsley (director). 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - Britt Ponset's Christmas Carol (12-20-53)

Dec 26, 2019 1965

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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "The Six Shooter" - Britt Ponset's Christmas Carol (Aired December 20, 1953)
Though The Six Shooter wasn't the first popular adult western to air over Radio, a case can be made that it was the first to thoroughly legitimize the genre over the medium. Not only were The Six Shooter scripts--and casts--the equal of any of the first wave of adult westerns to air over Radio, but the series carried the considerable weight of James Stewart in the starring role as Britt Ponset, the reluctant, yet highly efficient, western gunslinger. For the era, James Stewart was a natural choice to popularize the genre over Radio. His ground-breaking--for Stewart--depiction of the angst and inner turmoil of his protagonist, Lin McAdam in Winchester '73 (1950), launched a series of James Stewart appearances in other taut Anthony Mann and Alfred Hitchcock psychological thrillers over the following ten years. More importantly, the timing was perfect to cast Stewart in a psychological western thriller for Radio. THIS EPISODE: December 20, 1953. "Britt Ponset's Christmas Carol" - NBC network. Sustaining. The story of A Christmas Carol is retold with a western motif. Jimmy Stewart, Basil Adlam (music), Frank Burt (creator, writer), Hal Gibney (announcer), Jack Johnstone (producer, director), Dick Beals, Howard McNear, Will Wright, Eleanor Audley, Tyler McVey. 32:44. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Judy Canova Show - A Quiet Christmas Party (12-21-46)

Dec 26, 2019 2067

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A Quiet Christmas Party (Aired December 21, 1946)
In 1943, she began her own radio program, The Judy Canova Show, that ran for 12 years—first on CBS and then on NBC. Playing herself as a love-starved Ozark bumpkin dividing her time between home and Southern California, Canova was accompanied by a cast that included voicemaster Mel Blanc as Pedro (using the accented voice he later gave the cartoons' Speedy Gonzales) and Sylvester (using the voice that later became associated with the Looney Tunes character), Ruth Perrott as Aunt Aggie, Ruby Dandridge as Geranium, Joseph Kearns as Benchley Botsford and Sharon Douglas as Brenda—with Gale Gordon, Sheldon Leonard and Hans Conried also making periodic appearances.[citation needed] The Sportsmen Quartet joined the show in 1943 and backed Judy on most of her songs, and the Charles Dant Orchestra provided the rest, usually supporting Canova's country warble. THIS EPISODE: December 21, 1946. "A Quiet Christmas Party" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Palmolive Soap, Halo Shampoo. Judy Canova, Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge, Joseph Kearns, Ruth Perrott, The Sportsmen, Charles Dant and His Orchestra, Verne Smith (announcer), Joe Rines (producer, director), Fred Fox (writer), Henry Hoople (writer), Don Ward (writer), Hank Ladd (writer). 34:26. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show - The Christmas Present (12-26-48)

Dec 26, 2019 1926

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The Christmas Present (Aired December 26, 1948)
A couple of actors well known on other shows were Gale Gordon and Walter Tetley. Gale Gordon (Principal Conklin on Our Miss Brooks) was Mr. Scott, the long-suffering Rexall representative, doing stealth commercials for Rexall, again like the The Jack Benny Show and Fibber McGee and Molly had done. Walter Tetley (Leroy on The Great Gildersleeve) played the delivery boy Julius Abbruzio. Nice guy? No. Other characters included Alice's deadbeat brother Willie, ably played by Robert North, and announcer Bill Forman. The show was produced and directed by Paul Phillips. John Dunning, in "On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio," writes, "It remains, on tape, one of radio's brightest lights: the passage of time has done nothing to blunt its delightful impact. The characters were bums, but the listeners knew it and didn't care. THIS EPISODE: December 26, 1948. NBC network. Sponsored by: Rexall. How come everyone has gotten a Christmas Present from Rexall...except Phil. When the present finaly arrives...it's in pieces! What was it? Phil sings, "Keep in The Middle Of The Road." Phil Harris, Alice Faye, Ray Singer (writer), Dick Chevillat (writer), Robert North, Elliott Lewis, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Gale Gordon, Bill Forman (announcer), Jeanine Roos, Lois Corbett, Anne Whitfield, Paul Phillips (producer, director). 32:06. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet - The Christmas Gift (12-19-48)

Dec 25, 2019 1901

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The Christmas Gift (Aired December 19, 1948)
the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network itself the right to move the show to television whenever it wanted to do it---they wanted, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, to have talent in the bullpen and ready to pitch, so to say, on their own network, rather than risk it defecting to CBS (where the Nelsons began) or NBC. Their sons, David and Ricky, did not join the cast until five years after the radio series began. The two boys felt frustrated at hearing themselves played by actors and continually requested they be allowed to portray themselves. Prior to April 1949, the role of David was played by Joel Davis (1944-45) and Tommy Bernard, and Henry Blair appeared as Ricky. Since Ricky was only nine years old when he began on the show, his enthusiasm outstripped his ability at script reading, and at least once he jumped a cue, prompting Harriet to say, "Not now, Ricky." Other cast members included John Brown as Syd "Thorny" Thornberry, Lurene Tuttle as Harriet's mother, Bea Benaderet as Gloria, Janet Waldo as Emmy Lou, and Dick Trout as Roger. Vocalists included Harriet Nelson, the King Sisters, and Ozzie Nelson. THIS EPISODE: December 19, 1948. "The Christmas Gift" - NBC network. Sponsored by: International Silver. Ozzie gets a new phonograph player. Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Verne Smith (announcer), Tommy Bernard, Henry Blair, Billy May (composer, conductor). 29:27. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Adventures Of Sam Spade - The Prodigal Panda Caper (12-29-50)

Dec 25, 2019 1938

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The Prodigal Panda Caper (Aired December 29, 1950)
The show ran in its original format through the episode of September 17, 1950. Then Howard Duff quit for a fling at movies, and The Adventures of Sam Spade languished for two months. On November 17, 1950, it returned on NBC. Duff's absence was handled in usual network form: by importing a new voice. NBC ran the show as though nothing had happened, using Steve Dunne as a boyish-sounding Spade. Spier and Miss Tuttle followed the series over, and for a time so did Wildroot. Wildroot and the listeners all got wise around the same time. Dunne was a good radio man, but he sounded like Sam in knee pants. Duff once said that Hammett had done such a great job in The Maltese Falcon that any actor could have played Sam and become a radio hero. He saw that theory proved wrong. In spades. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group and The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: December 29, 1950. NBC network. "The Prodigal Panda Caper". Sustaining. An eight-year old boy hires Sam to track down his Panda-napper, and a poisoner too! Steve Dunne, Lurene Tuttle, William Conrad, Wally Maher, Tommy Cook, Cathy Lewis, Sidney Miller, Tony Barrett, William Spier (producer, editor, director), Dashiell Hammett (creator). 32:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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The Jimmy Durante Show - Christmas Program (12-22-44)

Dec 25, 2019 1784

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Christmas Program (Aired December 22, 1944)
On September 10, 1933 Jimmy Durante appeared on Eddie Cantor's popular The Chase and Sanborn Hour, continuing until November 12 of that year. When Cantor departed, Durante took over the NBC show as its star from April 22 to September 30, 1934, moving on to The Jumbo Fire Chief Program (1935-36). He teamed with Garry Moore for The Durante-Moore Show in 1943. Durante's comic chemistry with the young, brushcut Moore brought Durante an even larger audience. "Dat's my boy dat said dat!" became an instant catchphrase. The duo became one of the nation's favorites for the rest of the decade, including a well-reviewed Armed Forces Radio Network command performance with Frank Sinatra that remains a favorite of radio collectors today. Moore left in mid-1947, and the program returned October 1, 1947 as The Jimmy Durante Show. Durante worked in radio for three years after Moore's 1947 departure, including a reunion of Clayton, Jackson and Durante on his April 21, 1948 broadcast.

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The Amos & Andy Show - Annual Christmas Show (12-19-54)

Dec 25, 2019 1781

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Annual Christmas Show (Aired December 19, 1945)
Amos 'n' Andy was a situation comedy popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. The show began as one of the first radio comedy serials, written and voiced by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll and originating from station WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois. After the