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.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

A Tale of Two Husbands: The Way It Was, 4 April

Roused from a lavish bath run by her romantic second husband, a remarried former actress (Agnes Moorehead) is stunned when news photographers and reporters barge into her home with the news that she has a winning sweepstakes ticket---bought in her name by her late first husband.

Steven Archer: Joseph Kearns. Writer/editor/director: William Spear.


LUM & ABNER: LUM FALLS IN LOVE WITH ZENORA (CBS, 1935)---Abner (Norris Goff) and Squire (also Goff) get a mild surprise when Lum (Chester Lauck) suddenly wants to travel more with the circus after all . . . thanks to a rather comely bareback rider who's just joined the show. Also Grandpappy Spears: Chester Lauck. Also Dick Huddleston: Norris Goff. Writers: Chester Lauck and Norris Goff.

THE JELL-O PROGRAM STARRING JACK BENNY: BACK FROM NEW YORK (NBC, 1937)---Following a jaunt to New York, and an anticlimax to his feud with Fred Allen, Jack (Benny) marvels over spring in Los Angeles, Mary (Livingstone) brags about her garden and her technique for growing mashed potatoes, Don (Wilson) mangles his ranch into a Jell-O spot, Phil (Harris) snorts at the whole gardening idea . . . and Jack's the only one who doesn't think Allen planted him in New York when Phil lets him in on a little secret, until he thinks the bawdy bandleader's stirring up trouble. Music: Phil Harris and His Orchestra, Kenny Baker. Writers: Milt Josefsberg, Nat Perrin, John Tackaberry.

VIC & SADE: RUSH MUST MAKE A CALL (NBC, 1940)---Rush (Bill Idelson) is mildly antsy: he's only going over to study algebra with a girl his buddies think is his big romance---and they're scoping the house hoping to stalk the great lover. Sade: Bernadine Flynn. Vic: Art Van Harvey. Writer: Paul Rhymer.


1889---Dorothy Gordon (moderator: Dorothy Gordon's Youth Forum), Odessa.
1898---Lee Tracy (actor: Martin Kane, Private Detective), Atlanta.
1901---Gay Seabrook (actress: The Joe Penner Show), Seattle.
1902---Bernice Berwin (actress: One Man's Family), San Francisco.
1904---John Brown (comedian/actor: Texaco Star Theater with Fred Allen, The Life of Riley, A Date with Judy, My Friend Irma), Hull, U.K.; Martin Wolfson (actor: Into the Light), New York City.
1906---Bea Benaderet (actress/comedienne: The Burns and Allen Show, The Great Gildersleeve, The Jack Benny Program, A Date with Judy, My Favourite Husband), New York City.
1914---Richard Coogan (actor: Young Doctor Malone, Abie's Irish Rose), Short Hills, New Jersey; Frances Langford (singer/comedienne: Drene Time, The Bickersons, The Frances Langford Show, The Bob Hope Show, Lux Radio Theater), Lakeland, Florida.
1932---Anthony Perkins (actor: Guest Star), New York City.
1938---Susan Luckey (actress: One Man's Family), unknown.


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