Tue, 31 May 2016
The United States was only a couple months into World War Two when tonight’s episode of the classic comedy “The Great Gildersleeve” takes place. In an effort to raise money for war-time relief, Gildy gets dragged into posing as a (female – what else?) fortune teller. Despite the standard sit-com set-up, this takes some very funny twists and turns. Then Orson Welles returns as Harry Lime in “The Lives of Harry Lime.” Not quite the psychopathic murderer he was in the movie “The Third Man,” where he originated the role, here Welles’ Lime is more a charming, ne’er-do-well con man. Tonight, has he met his match in a pair of similarly-charming con artists?
The Great Gildersleeve
March 1, 1942
The Lives of Harry Lime
“The Double Double-Cross”
January 18, 1952
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Mon, 2 May 2016
“Dragnet” returns with a tale ofthe drug trade. In 1951 marijuana was available for 75 centsa joint. Detectives Friday and Romero are on the track of thekingpin behind the narcotics racket, “The Big Tomato.” ThenFriday himself, Jack Webb, guest stars on “The Bob HopeShow.” After Hope’s timely comedy monologue, he joins Sgt.Joe Friday in a homicide investigation. Even if the onlystiff Bob’s ever seen stretched out was one on New Year’s Eve, witha nose like his, you bet he can smell a crime a mile away.
“The Big Tomato”
February 25, 1951
The Bob Hope Show
“Guest: Jack Webb”
February 4, 1953
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Thu, 24 March 2016
“Information Please” was the greatest quiz show in the history of Old Time Radio. In this episode, there’s a lot of talk about the upcoming 1940 presidential election, plus yet another reference to the Dione quintuplets. Then, in honor of the start of the baseball season, it’s time for an episode of “X Minus One,” the science fiction anthology program. The 21st Century Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team find themselves at of the bottom of the standings. How on earth – make that how on Mars – will they ever make it to the playoffs?
“Guests: Christopher Morley and James Roosevelt”
August 27, 1940
X Minus One
April 3, 1957
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Mon, 15 February 2016
“The Romance of the Ranchos” was one of the more unusual series to be broadcast during the Golden Age of Radio. Sponsored by the Title Insurance and Trust Company of Los Angeles, each episode traced the history of a certain district of Southern California from the days of the Ranchos – when everything was still owned by Spain and Mexico in the 1700s – up to then-contemporary times, the 1940s. Through a series of vivid historical vignettes, listeners would hear how these areas changed and grew to become well-known cities and neighborhoods. This episode centers on the discovery of the La Brea Tar Pits, that bubbling pool of crude oil where mastodon and saber-toothed tiger bones were found at the start of the 20th Century. Then Groucho Marx returns in another episode of the greatest comedy radio quiz show of all time, “You Bet Your Life.” You’re sure to enjoy not only Groucho’s bon mots, but the true story of Bob von Kuznick, whose adventures in the Korean War amaze to this day.
Romance of the Ranchos
“Rancho La Brea”
April 19, 1942
You Bet Your Life
The Secret Word is “Car”
December 16, 1953
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Wed, 27 January 2016
“Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders” was a kid’s radio show set in “the modern West.” Bobby was a 12-year-old who had inherited a Texas cattle ranch, the B-Bar-B. He and his ranch hands struggled against rustlers and other sorts of appropriately western, but mid-20th-Century, hazards. This episode prominently features a young Don Knotts playing crusty old-timer Windy Wales. In Windy, you’ll hear the roots of Knotts’ Nervous Man character, who eventually morphed in Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Then Bing Crosby hosts the “The Kraft Music Hall,” the radio program that solidified his place in radio history. Crosby hosted the variety show for a decade, singing standards and popular tunes of the day as well as cracking wise with plenty of guest stars. This time, he hosts young Donald O’Connor, who’s about to go into the Army. Bing open with the post-war classic “San Fernando Valley,” then he and O’Connor mix it up with “Small Fry.”
Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders
“The Killer Wales”
December 28, 1949
The Kraft Music Hall
“Guest Donald O’Connor”
February 24, 1944
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Thu, 7 January 2016
We start off the new year with The Jack Benny Show. Jack, Mary, and the gang are celebrating the change-over from 1938 to 1939. They survey the previous year, which included Howard Hughes flying around the world and “Wrong Way” Corrigan, who left New York for California, but ended up flying to Ireland. Then before Jack Webb was Sergeant Joe Friday on Dragnet, he was the titular hero of Pat Novak, For Hire. Pat was a sort of un-detective. He ran a boat rental place on the San Francisco Bay, but solved crimes and problems to raise extra cash. Pat’s tough guy, hard-boiled lingo is a far cry from Friday’s “Just the Facts” persona.
The Jack Benny Show
“Goodbye 1938, Hello 1939”
January 1, 1939
Pat Novak, For Hire
May 5, 1948
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Tue, 29 December 2015
Christmas is over. Its time for some Old Time Radio post-Christmas reflections and preparation for New Year’s. We start with Eve Arden starring in Our Miss Brooks. During Christmas vacation the sardonic English teacher has plans to exchange the dreadful presents she received for something a little more useful. And so does everyone else. Then on Dragnet we feature the adventure of a con racket that starts in the middle of December and goes all the way through to a New Year’s Eve party. You’re a detective sergeant. You take a cup o’kindness yet for auld lang syne.
Our Miss Brooks
“Exchanging Christmas Gifts”
December 31, 1950
“The Big Betty”
November 23, 1950
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Mon, 14 December 2015
It’s December, so it’s time for some Christmas-themed episodes. We start off with The Harold Peary Show. Peary had been a huge success starring in The Great Gildersleeve, but left due to a contract dispute. This eponymous series was an obvious attempt to copy Gildersleeve. The show only lasted one season but did result in a couple of great episodes including this Christmas one which features Harold and reformed thief. Then “The Robin Hood of Modern Crime,” Simon Templar, in the form (well, voice) of Vincent Price returns in another action-packed episode of The Saint. It’s Christmas Eve and Simon has an appointment to play Santa for a bunch of under-privileged tiny tots. Nothing could possibly go wrong.
The Harold Peary Show
“Santa At The Children’s Christmas Party”
From Dec 20, 1950
“Santa Claus Is No Saint”
December 24, 1950
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Wed, 25 November 2015
It’s the beginning of the holiday season on “Presenting the Transcription Feature.” Thanksgiving is not too early for the Lux Radio Theater adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street, featuring the movie’s original stars: Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Edmund Gwenn. Remember that the show’s inciting incident is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the rest of the story plays out over the month of December. So, as you prepare that turkey and those yams, tune in to some classic old time radio.
Lux Radio Theater
“Miracle on 34th Street”
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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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