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.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Jotted Down: The Way It Was, 9 February

1902---One half of old-time radio's favourite rural enterpreneurs and friends is born today in Aleene, Arkansas, by dogies: Chester Lauck, better known as Lum Edwards and a few other Pine Ridge denizens (specifically, and especially, Grandpappy Spears, Snake Hogan, and Cedric Wehunt) who will make Lum & Abner one of the medium's laid-back favourites ("You could practically see a horsefly crawling across a sack of feed"---Gerald Nachman) for a quarter of a century.


LUM & ABNER: THE FORMATION OF THE MEN'S PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION (CBS, 1940)---That's what the husbands of Pine Ridge have formed, frustrated by their wives' actual or alleged unreasonable demands, with Abner (Norris Goff) suffering early and having a second thought or three after he tests the association credo with Lisbeth. Lum: Chester Lauck. Writers: Chester Lauck and Norris Goff.

THE CLOCK: THE HITCHHIKER (ABC, 1947)---She's an attractive lady (Wendy Playfair), accepting a somewhat fateful lift to Salt Lake City. Additional cast: Charles Kingwall, Ellen Weinberg. The Clock: Hart McGuire. Writer: Lawrence Klee.


1891---Ronald Colman (actor: The Jack Benny Program; Lux Radio Theater; The Halls of Ivy), Richmond, Surrey, U.K.
1899---Brian Donlevy (actor: Dangerous Assignment), Portadown County, Armagh, Ireland.
1914---Bob Hite (announcer: Challenge of the Yukon; The Green Hornet; Casey, Crime Photographer), unknown; Ernest Tubb (singer/host: Grand Ole Opry), Crisp, Texas.
1915---Charlotte Holland (actress: Lone Journey; This is Nora Drake), unknown.
1939---Janet Suzman (panelist: Quote . . . Unquote), Johannesburg, South Africa.


Blogger ZZMike said...

One Lum & Abner that I remember is the one where they get a chain letter - but the switch is that what they're supposed to get is 100 [?] hogs. It went on for 2 or 3 episodes. I remember hearing it may years ago on the Los Angeles Old Time Radio series (it's been off the air for several years).

The thing I really notice about OTR from the 40s is how WW II was woven into so many shows.

That, and how the sponsors were even more tightly woven into the shows. In "Fibber McGee & Molly", whenever Harlow Wilcox came on, you knew you were in for a Johnson's Wax treat.

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