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Posted on 02/23/2014 1:09:57 PM PST by Vision
Friends, it's Sunday night again and time to relax. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio Americana.
*tonight's show will be available at the "Info" link starting tomorrow.
It was sunny and in the 50’s and 60’s this weekend. Thank the Lord!
A night of detective shows, love Richard Diamond, and ending with a Lux!
How you doing?
Looks like a good lineup with a Lux, Broadway is My Beat and no doubt for Black History Month, the Story of Nat "King" Cole, which we've heard before, a good show as I recall, but the RadioGOLDINdex describes it as a "surprisingly poor script," because of the way it's told--through a white teen-aged girl.
These brief synposes are used with permission from the RadioGOLDINdex © 2014 J. David Goldin.
7:00 PM EST Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. June 8, 1956. Part 5. CBS net. "The Indestructable Mike Matter". Sustaining. The conclusion of the story. Old Mike may be indestructable, but Johnny Dollar certainly isn't! The system cue has been deleted. Bob Bailey, Roy Rowan (announcer), Jack Johnstone (producer, director, writer), Howard McNear, Alan Reed, Roy Glenn, Lawrence Dobkin, Harry Bartell, Herb Vigran, Amerigo Moreno (musical supervisor), Carl Fortina (musical supervisor). 13:2. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete as above.
7:15 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. June 11, 1956. Part 1. CBS net. "The Laughing Matter". Sustaining. The heady romance of moonlight on a lonely beach in Mexico...a killer's moon! The system cue has been deleted. Bob Bailey, Roy Rowan (announcer), Les Crutchfield (writer), Jack Johnstone (producer, director), Virginia Gregg, Lucille Meredith, Don Diamond, John Dehner, Harry Bartell, Amerigo Moreno (musical supervisor), Carl Fortina (Musical supervisor), Lawrence Dobkin, Gil Stratton. 13:2. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete as above.
7:30 Dragnet. April 24, 1952. Program #150. NBC net. "The Big Elevator". Sponsored by: Fatima. A dead woman is found in a hospital elevator. George Fenneman (announcer), Gwen Delano, Hal Gibney (host), Jack Webb, James Moser (writer), Martin Milner, Vic Perrin, Walter Schumann (conductor). 29:2. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.
8:00 Gunsmoke. May 14, 1955. CBS, WMT, Cedar Rapids aircheck. "Robber Bridegroom". Sponsored by: L & M, Chesterfield. Franklin Reeves' fiancee is kidnapped off a stagecoach. The robber returns and surrenders for a strange reason. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on December 13, 1958. William Conrad, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Howard McNear, Lawrence Dobkin, Harry Bartell, Frank Gerstle, Jeanne Bates, Clayton Post, John Meston (writer), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Rex Koury (composer, conductor), Tom Hanley (sound patterns), Bill James (sound patterns), George Fenneman (commercial spokesman), George Walsh (announcer). 29:3. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.
8:30 Broadway Is My Beat. November 3, 1950. CBS net. Sustaining. The body of Laura Burton is found in a waterfront hotel room, strangled with half a sash from a bathrobe. Laura Burton was very wealthy; her husband is the main suspect. But then, a second woman is found strangled with the other half of the bathrobe sash. Larry Thor, Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen, Morton Fine (writer), David Friedkin (writer), Clayton Post, Jerry Hausner, Dan Cubberly (announcer), Lawrence Dobkin, Betty Lou Gerson, Edwin Max, Elliott Lewis (producer, director), Alexander Courage (composer, conductor), Anthony Gilbert. 29:3. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.
9:00 Richard Diamond, Private Detective. October 4, 1950. NBC net. "The Pete Rocco Case". Sponsored by: Rexall. When Peter Rocco escapes from jail to kill Diamond, Rocco's mother hires Diamond to return her son to prison! Dick sings, "A Little Bit Independent" after the story. Dick Powell, Frank Worth (music director), Jaime del Valle (transcriber), Bill Forman (announcer), June Allyson. 29:2. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.
9:30 Destination Freedom. July 2, 1950. WMAQ, Chicago. "Kansas City Phone Call". Sustaining. The story of Nat "King" Cole. A surprisingly poor script, told through the device of a white teen-aged girl talking about the singer on the phone to her girlfriend "Marge." Charles Chan (announcer), Dean Olmquist, George Kluge, John Cowan (director), Jose Bettencort (music), Mary Sinclair (music), Norma Ransome (narrator), Oscar Brown Jr., Richard Durham (writer), Russ Weed, Weslan Tilden. 29:4. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.
10:00 The Lux Radio Theatre. May 31, 1937. CBS net. "The Plainsman." Sponsored by: Lux. An excellent yarn about Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and their adventures in the old West. Columnist Sidney Skolsky relates funny Hollywood gossip. Mary Osborne (Baby Marie) is interviewed about her job as a stand-in for Ginger Rogers. At the last minute, Fredric March replaced Gary Cooper who was the star in the film and who had the flu. Jean Arthur, with the same disease, went on the air with a high fever. George Wells (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects), Fredric March, Jean Arthur, Joan Fontaine, Cecil B. DeMille, Mary Osbourne (intermission interview: the former Baby Marie), Melville Ruick (announcer), Paul Harvey, Porter Hall, Sidney Skolsky (New York Daily News columnist: intermission guest), Waldemar Young (screenwriter), Harold Lamb (screenwriter), Earle Ross, Lynn Riggs (screenwriter), Frank J. Wilstach (author), Courtney Riley Cooper (author), Grover Jones (author), Louis Silvers (music director), John Patterson, Anthony Quinn, Cy Kendall, William Royal (doubles), Lou Merrill (triples), Gil Patric (doubles), Hal Taylour (doubles), Eddie Kane (triples), George Ernst, Chief Thundercloud, Chief Thunderbird, Frank Nelson (doubles, program opening announcer), Elizabeth Ellis (doubles), James Eagles (doubles, commercial spokesman), Ross Forrester, Grace Kerns, Alfred Garr (chorus), Frank Carpenter (chorus), Earl Hunsaker (chorus), Myron Niesley (chorus), Kenneth Rundquist (chorus), Dudley Kusell (chorus), Harry Stanton (chorus), William Brandt (chorus), Lauretta Puck (commercial spokesman), Rose Mansfield (commercial spokesman), Frank Woodruff (director). 59:2. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.
Hi, Vision! Oh, I know you’re glad for the nice weather! We’re still enjoying the warmer temperatures, too. We’ve had rain all day today, though. It looks like it’s clearing off now. We may be able to barbecue after all! I went to Winn Dixie a while ago and got a chicken and pork tenderloin. We’ll see.
Otherwise, you doin’ alright?
Glad you're firing up the egg; I did a meatloaf yesterday. On Friday 20th Centruy had a Suspense that was freakin’ unnerving with all the screaming. I turned it off as it didn't fit the mood of my cigar.Your week was good?
Napping in a hammock! Ah, the life! :-)
Do you remember the name of that Suspense episode? A bunch of screaming makes it sound like a Whistler! We’ve started listening to that guy’s Jazz Saturday Night on WAMU—the guy that does the fundraising with Ed; I can’t think of his name. But his show is excellent. He plays vintage jazz, not the new stuff from the 60s onward. A very good show.
Our week’s been fine, uneventful. It’s just a normal Sunday with laundry and a little cleaning. I made a big batch of stuffed bell pepper halves last night. They turned out very good. I added taco seasoning and salsa to the mix, which made them even better than usual. Our friend Liz is about to stop by, and I’m going to give her the ones left to take home for her supper.
Old radio is great.
It surely is! We love this program, too. Ed Walker is a national treasure.
Hot Jazz Saturday Night is classic. I don't listen to them regularly, but have listened for decades.
Not necessarily more screaming, just scarier. Yes, Suspense can be scary, too.
You’re talking my language.
Yeah, you’re right.
Suspense actually is more scary-oriented, whereas the Whistler tends to examine “bad guys” whose plots always come back to bite them in the butt.
Yeah, it was. I figured it was Daddy Bill all along. What a freak!
I’m very curious to know how much Dolores Brenna donated. I may have said that before. :-)
Yea, it must have been a lot, millions. I can't find any information about her.
A brain tumor! I didn’t see that one coming!
Neither did she.
Cool! Ray Anthony and His Orchestra playing Dragnet!
HA! Well, she was bound to know something was amiss in her head. Poor schmuck.
William Conrad was one amazing actor. He really put a lot of thought into these shows. The entire GS production is world class except they usually have the same guy play all the bad guys/bit parts.
Apparently NYers have always been nasty and evil.
Yes, Conrad was a real talent.
I’m in the normal mood, which is usually pretty good, considering that our nation is falling to the forces of Hell that have been aggressively worming in for at least a hundred years. :-/
Another thing about GS. I love how they leave story lines open. Like how we never hear about what happens when the mob goes to the jail. It's perfect for portraying the west as wild, uncertain, and larger than the story of that show IMO.
Broadway is my Beat is ok, they needed better writing and actors.
What just happened? We missed the beautiful opening to Richard Diamond!
Hey Viking, how are you?
Something is screwed up with the BB stream...
Yeah! What the heck is this?!
Hi, Vikingmeister! How’s it going?
Vision, can you hear it on the radio feed?
We’ll I hate the feed went away, but some really cool Jimmy McGriff? filler music.
Opps, sorry, didn’t mean to insult your music.
No insult. Grand prize to whoever can name the band.
Guitar... Grant Green? Benson?
Good episode. Howard McNear is the bad guy (kinda hard to believe) and RD just broke into a song...
So the stream is back on?
Meanwhile in our hemisphere...
These are very dangerous times.
Yes, it finally came back on, but we checked out for a while.
Have a good week, Vision and Viking!