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.

Friday, April 10, 2009

"I Can't Wait to Be Your Guest Star This Week": The Way It Was, 10 April

After their usual insane song-and-clowning, Dino and the Stooge answer a telegram from the film and Life of Riley star, visiting him at the studio where he takes a break from rehearsing his own hit radio show. As you might imagine, the hits just keep on coming . . .

Additional cast: Flo McMichael, Michael Roy. Music: Dick Stabile and His Orchestra, the Martingales. Writers: Norman Lear (yes, children---that Norman Lear), Ed Simmons.


NIGHT BEAT: I KNOW YOUR SECRET (NBC, 1950)---What begins with stopping a suicidal young woman (Joan Banks) from drowning in the Chicago River turns into a troubling travel for Stone (Frank Lovejoy), when he discovers she isn't the only one someone's driving out of an apartment building for a slightly jarring reason. Additional cast: Colleen Collins, Jeff Corey, Betty Lou Gerson, Martha Wentworth, Will Wright. Writer: Joel Hunt.

GUNSMOKE: GREATER LOVE (CBS, 1954)---Disillusioned Doc (Howard McNear), pondering a move to San Francisco, is taken hostage by a stagecoach robber whose accomplice is already dead. Dillon: William Conrad. Chester: Parley Baer. Miss Kitty: Georgia Ellis. Additional cast: Frank Churchill, John Dehner, George McCluskey, Ralph Moody. Writer: John Meston.


1868---George Arliss (actor: Lux Radio Theater), London.
1885---Sigmund Spaeth (commentator: True Detective, Fun in Print), Philadelphia.
1902---Mark Warnow (conductor: We, the People, Your Hit Parade), Monastricht, Russia.
1906---Lili Darvas (actress: We Love and Learn), Budapest.
1910---Peg LaCentra (singer/actress: The Court of Human Relations, For Men Only, Gulden Melodies), Boston.
1915---Harry Morgan (as Harry Bratsburg; actor: Mystery in the Air), Detroit.


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