Wed, 11 November 2015
This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, here’s a double dose of Jack Benny and the young geniuses of The Quiz Kids. First up on the Jack Benny Program, Jack’s cast matches wits with the visiting Quiz Kids with the usual zany results. Then, just a week and a half later, Jack makes a guest appearance on The Quiz Kids. Is he smarter than a 9th grader?
The Jack Benny Program
"Quiz Kids vs. Jell-O Kids"
April 6, 1941
The Quiz Kids
"Guest: Jack Benny"
April 16, 1941
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Wed, 28 October 2015
There’s two Halloween episodes for your enjoyment on this installment of “Presenting the Transcription Feature.” First, the wholesome world of small-town America is shaken by a string of Halloween tricks on The Alrich Family. Who’s letting the air of car tires? Who’s ringing doorbells and running? Could it be that scamp Henry Aldrich? Before Halloween was all about candy, it was all about tricks. Then Eve Arden stars as Our Miss Brooks, the comedic and sardonic, but beloved, English teacher making her way in yet another small town. Nothing seems to go right for her, her students, or her principal, as they plan a Halloween party.
The Aldrich Family
“Halloween Prank Backfires”
October 31, 1940
Our Miss Brooks
October 30, 1949
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Tue, 13 October 2015
Presenting another radio adaptation of a Hollywood classic from the Screen Guild Theater, starring the film’s original leads. Tonight it’s Champagne for Caesar with Ronald Colman as unemployed genius Beauregard Bottomley who appears on television quiz show hosted by Art Linkletter. As the amount of money Bottomley wins increases, it threatens the very business of the show’s sponsor, played with sneering relish by Vincent Price. A must-hear episode for fans of game shows as well as Old Time Radio.
The Screen Guild Theater
“Champagne for Caesar”
October 10, 1950
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Wed, 30 September 2015
This week we present the final step in the saga of “The Walking Man” contest when winner Florence Hubbard appears on The Jack Benny Program. Those who have been listening closely for the past few weeks will have their attention rewarded as several old themes and topics are referenced. Then Academy Award-winning actor Ronald Colman and his wife Benita Hume star in their comedy-drama series set at a small Midwestern college, The Halls of Ivy. Colman plays the college’s president, sagely dispensing advice to the undergraduates. Lessons will be learned and heartstrings will be tugged.
The Jack Benny Program
“Winner of The Walking Man Contest”
March 14, 1948
The Halls of Ivy
June 28, 1950
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Fri, 4 September 2015
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Mon, 17 August 2015
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Tue, 4 August 2015
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Wed, 22 July 2015
Presenting the Transcription Feature: The Screen Guild Theater - "The Philadelphia Story" and The Saint
The Screen Guild Theater, which presented Hollywood films in greatly-abridged versions but often with the original stars, did a fantastic job with The Philadelphia Story. Their adaptation of the comedy classic about a high society wedding interrupted by the presence of the bride’s ex-husband and pair of tabloid reporters features all three of the film’s stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart. Then that dashing “Robin Hood of Modern Crime,” Simon Templar, makes an appearance on The Saint. Vincent Price stars as the sophisticated, suave (yet quick with his fists) righter of wrongs.
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The Screen Guild Theater
“The Philadelphia Story”
March 17, 1947
“The Corpse Said Ouch”
August 6, 1950
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Fri, 3 July 2015
For the Fourth of July, we present two unabashedly patriotic episodes from the Golden Age of Radio. First, the show that captured the immigrant experience with warm-hearted comedy, Life With Luigi. This time Luigi and his night school class are to march in an Independence Day parade. Trouble arises when Luigi decides to add firecrackers to the parade. Then CBS’s You Are There, the program that takes listeners to important moments in history, takes us to – where else – Philadelphia in July of 1776 for the debate over the Declaration of Independence.
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Life With Luigi
“The Fourth of July Parade”
July 3, 1949
You Are There
“Philadelphia, July 4, 1776”
March 21, 1948
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Mon, 22 June 2015
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Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles, the supposedly-retired PI and his socialite wife, heroes of his mystery novel The Thin Man, appeared on film, television, and, of course, radio. The New Adventures of The Thin Man was a radio incarnation that emphasized the duo’s trademark witty repartee and underplayed the criminal violence. This episode is about a missing dog, but still manages to work in boxing and gambling. Then Old Time Radio’s premier science fiction anthology series, X Minus One, adapts a classic tale by Robert Heinlein, “The Roads Must Roll.” In a future where the highways became so crowded that we gave up cars in exchange for high-speed conveyor belt roads as our preferred mode of transport, one man stands alone against radicals seeking to take down the system.
The New Adventures of the Thin Man
“The Adventure of the Passionate Palooka”
July 6, 1948
X Minus One
“The Roads Must Roll”
January 4, 1956
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