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, April 13, 2009

Risky, Expensive, Surprising: The Way It Was, 13 April

Desperate to pay for a risky but expensive surgery that might prevent his wife from a bedridden life, thirtysomething locksmith Joe Harrison (Joseph Julian)---who can't get a loan, either from institutions or from a wealthy boyhood friend---stumbles into a surprising way to raise it.

Mary Harrison: Elaine Kemp. The Traveler: Maurice Tarplin. Additional cast: Palmer Ward, Kenny Lynch, Bill Smith. Announcer: Carl Caruso. Writers: Robert Arthur, David Kogan. Sound: Jack Amerine, Jim Goode, Ron Harper.


1945: THE DEATH OF A PRESIDENT, CONTINUED---Radio accompanies a country stricken by the death of its President yet reminds it of further advances toward triumph in war.

"THE TRAIN HAS JUST ARRIVED . . . "---The train carrying President Roosevelt's coffin arrives in Washington after a baleful journey from Warm Springs, and there forms a procession to bring him to the White House.

"THE TRIUMPH THAT WILL BE DEDICATED . . . " (NBC)---The network's continuing coverage of the death of FDR includes a Senate Republican pledge (there were forty Republican Senators at the time) to join the rally behind newly-sworn President Truman and news of Vienna falling to Soviet troops as American Ninth Army troops advance as close as fifteen miles from Berlin.

"THE CONGREGATION BEARS JUST ABOUT EVERY KIND OF AMERICAN . . . "---A report from memorial services around the United States begins with a quiet, almost unassuming description of a service in Chicago.


MR. KEEN, TRACER OF LOST PERSONS: THE CASE OF THE LEAPING DOG (CBS, 1944)---It's an otherwise friendly Belgian shepherd named Tony, whose elderly owners may have gone from vacationing to missing, and whose hopping up and down outside the ground-floor office window leads Keen (Bennett Kilpack) and Clancy (Jim Kelly) to an apartment complex across the street---and to two gamblers who think the two investigators' interest in Tony equals snooping around their doings. Miss Ellis: Florence Malone. Announcer: Larry Elliott. Writers: Barbara Bates, Lawrence Klee, Robert Shaw, Charles Gussman, Stedman Coles, David Davidson.

THE JUDY CANOVA SHOW: TRADING IN THE OLD CAR (NBC, 1946)---Bent on going back home for the spring, Judy (Canova) first has to unload the old heap that'll barely make it out of California. Aunt Aggie: Ruth Perrott. Geranium: Ruby Dandridge. Pedro: Mel Blanc. Brenda: Sharon Douglas. Benchley: Joseph Kearns. Announcer: Howard Petrie. Music: Charles Dant and His Orchestra, the Sports Men. Writers: Fred Fox, Henry Hoople.


1887---Christian Rub (actor: Lux Radio Theater), Austria.
1899---Larry Keating (actor: Murder Will Out; announcer: Scramby Amby; This Is Your FBI), St. Paul, Minnesota.
1906---Bud Freeman (as Lawrence Freeman; jazz saxophonist: Camel Caravan, Fats Waller Jam School, Doctor Jazz), Chicago.
1919---Howard Keel (actor: Lux Radio Theater), Gillespie, Illinois.
1923---Don Adams (comedian: Kraft Music Hall), New York City.


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