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, August 29, 2009

Spy, Counterspy: The Way It Was, 29 August

Amidst a group of seven Austrian scientists girding for the Nazi Anschluss and determined to stop it if possible, mild-mannered Viennese biologist Hans Minkler---hopeful of new grants for significant cell research, known as the gentlest of men "who couldn't harm a fly," and hoping the uncle of his fiancee will finance his coming work---achieves his financing goal.

The trouble begins when Minkler, with a friend and former research associate who also has eyes for his fiancee, attends a second meeting of the scientists at which plans to root out and kill suspected Nazi collaborators are agreed . . . and at which Minkler is chosen to kill the first target on their list---his research benefactor and future uncle-in-law, who is known among Austrian authorities as an active anti-Nazi but among other authorities as an active Nazi spy . . . and whom his future nephew-in-law wants to hustle out of the country rather than carry out the scientists' demand.

Cast: Possibly John Brown, Hans Conreid, Cathy Lewis, John McIntire, Donald Woods. The Whistler: Joseph Kearns. Sound: Berne Surrey. Music: Wilbur Hatch. Writer: J. Donald Wilson.


LUM & ABNER: SELLING THE MINE---Now that Lum's (Chester Lauck) solved his mine office problem without compromise his part in the rolling store, he and Abner (Norris Goff) ponder building a factory to manufacture silver products . . . and selling the mine, for which there's already a million-dollar offer on the table, to build it. Writers: Chester Lauck, Norris Goff.

THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE: VACATION AT GRASS LAKE (NBC, 1943)---Two months after he's jilted at the altar by not-so-widowed Leila Ransom, and hounded at a lakeside resort retreat by a flock of too-eager women, heartbroken Gildersleeve (Harold Peary) discovers it's as complicated to end a vacation early as it is to avoid the too-eager women trying to land him. Marjorie: Lurene Tuttle. Leroy: Walter Tetley. Hooked: Earle Ross. Birdie: Lillian Randolph. Peavey: Richard LeGrand. Announcer: Ken Carpenter. Music: Billy Mills. Writers: John Whedon, Sam Moore.

BOX 13: INSURANCE FRAUD (MUTUAL, 1948)---A walk in the park in search of an idea turns up less than Holliday (Alan Ladd) could have imagined, especially when a letter to the box launches him into a slightly labyrinthine insurance fraud case in which he's engaged to find a curious corpse. Suzy: Sylvia Picker. Kling: Edmund McDonald. Additional cast: Possibly including John Beal, Frank Lovejoy, Alan Reed, Lurene Tuttle, Luis van Rooten. Music: Rudy Schrager. Writer/director: Ted Henniger.


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