Jeff Kallman's excellent The Easy Ace: A Journal of Classic Radio
is a wonderful place to spend hours on end, rediscovering the Golden Age of Radio
as it's meant to be discovered and celebrated. Article after article
is filled with a wonderful new vignette about Golden Age Radio History.
---The Digital Deli Online.

[I]n his matchless on-this-day approach to chronicling “yesteryear,”
he easily aces out a less organized mind like mine,
which promptly lapsed into a more idiosyncratic mode of relating the past.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Unlike MacArthur, I Have Returned: The Way It Was, 15 July

The only problem is that I picked a pretty dry day in old-time radio history to return, never mind that the hiatus did me well. Well, I suppose everyone's entitled to a dry day now and then. Meanwhile, I owe thanks to those who sent me their good wishes while I was on hiatus. They mean more than I have the words to say.

And could there be any better soundtrack for a return than two particularly classic episodes of two particularly classic shows?


1935: LUM'S THEATER BURNS DOWN---Which is exactly what Lum (Chester Lauck) doesn't need, after Abner (Norris Goff) finally decides he wants to be a partner, and after everything he went through including litigation with Squire (also Goff) to open the movie house, whose fire seems to be of mysterious origin, on today's edition of Lum & Abner. (NBC.)

Grandpappy: Chester Lauck. Writers: Chester Lauck and Norris Goff.

1941: SYLVIA'S PAST---After the dubious marriage plans of Sammy (Alfred Ryder) and Sylvia Allison (Zina Provendie), Sylvia's father wants to see her psychologist (Raymond Edward Johnson) but isn't entirely comfortable until Molly (Gertrude Berg) reassures him, on tonight's edition of The Goldbergs. (CBS.)

Jake: James R. Waters. Rosalie: Roslyn Silber. Announcer: Clayton (Bud) Collyer. Writer/director: Gertrude Berg.


1889---Marjorie Rambeau (actress: The Adventures of Ellery Queen; Lux Radio Theater), San Francisco.
1893---William Dieterle (director: Lux Radio Theater; Screen Directors' Playhouse), Rhein-Palatinate, Germany.
1897---Howard Lanin (bandleader: The Ipana Troubadors; Benrus Tricksters), Philadelphia.
1900---Helen Shields (actress: I Love Linda Dale; Amanda of Honeymoon Hill), Champaign, Illinois.
1919---Eve McVeagh (actress: The Clyde Beatty Show), Ohio.


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