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, April 27, 2008

The Hounds or the Foxes: The Way It Was, 27 April

27 APRIL 1952---The Chase, an anthology of mystery, drama, adventure, and fantasy/horror created by Lawrence Klee (Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons; The Clock), premieres on NBC.

MUSIC: Up, then under.
ANNOUNCER: The National Broadcasting Company invites you by transcription to join . . . The Chase.
MUSIC: Up, then under.
ANNOUNCER: In the animal world, there is the hunter . . . and the hunted. Hound and fox, hawk and sparrow, chicken and worm. We in the topmost species also join the hunt. But who of us is to judge precisely which of us are the hounds or foxes as we enter . . . The Chase.
MUSIC: Up, then stop.

---The show's usual introduction.

Fred Collins serves as the show's announcer, and the premiere episode features Karl Swenson, perhaps most familiar as the title character of the gently absurdist old-time radio comic soap Lorenzo Jones.

The Chase will last for fifty-nine episodes, often sharing casts with director Fred Weihe's X Minus One.


1943: THE DIARY OF SAPHRONIA WINTERS---A shy woman (Agnes Moorehead) who's anything but in her continuing diary thinks excitedly that her life is about to begin at age forty, with an interesting interesting fate "just around the corner" in the person of an interesting-looking man (Ray Collins) who excites her from the outset, on tonight's edition of Suspense. (CBS.)

Additional cast: Unknown. Writer: Lucille Fletcher.

1947: THE CRIMINAL MIND---Known also as "The Perfect Crime," the criminal mind proves to be a police lieutenant who thinks he has enough experience hunting and trapping it to bring off the perfect crime himself, on tonight's edition of The Clock. (ABC.)

Rex: Ken Wade. The Clock: Hart McGuire. Additional cast: John Millian, George Sterling, Joseph McCormick. Writer: Lawrence Klee.

1954: STUNG BY A WASP---The Squire of 79 Wistful Vista (Jim Jordan) applies the absolute wrong technique for ridding the garage of a freshly built wasp nest, on today's edition of Fibber McGee & Molly. (NBC.)

Molly/Teeny: Marian Jordan. Doc: Arthur Q. Bryan. Herb Travis: Parley Baer. Man: Jack Mather. Announcers: John Wald, Don Wilson. Writers: Phil Leslie, Len Levinson.


1902---Harry Stockwell (singer: Broadway Matinee), Kansas City; Ned Wever (actor: Dick Tracy, Young Widder Brown), New York City.
1907---Matty Matlock (jazz musician: Pete Kelly's Blues), Paducah, Kentucky.
1933---Casey Kasem (as Kemal Amin Kasem; disc jockey/actor, The CBS Radio Mystery Theater), Detroit.
1937---Sandy Dennis (actress: The CBS Radio Mystery Theater), Hastings, Nebraska.


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