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, September 12, 2009

The Lady's No Tiger: The Way It Was, 12 September

The Daily Sentinel newsroom bristles when a racketeer is shot to death over suspicion of turning to cooperate with authorities, but Britt (Al Hodge) neutralises Lowry's (Jack Petruzzi) and Casey's (Leonore Allman) excitement when he reveals the killer---a woman---confessed to the crime, a possible crime of passion borne of jealousy. Which prompts the Sentinel staffers to smell a rat, after eager young reporter Gayle Manning (unknown) gets to question the woman in jail . . . and begins to suspect she's taking the fall for another killer.

Her suspicion sends Britt and Kato (Rollon Parker) after the full story, despite Kato's rare reservation, after Manning reveals a possible ploy by the lady suspect---an engagement ring she claims to have worn for longer than she's really worn it. The team rolls out and slips into the apartment in spite of constant police vigil---and rescues a police officer when a fire breaks out in the building, but not before finding evidence that could exonerate the confessor even if it doesn't immediately yield a hint toward the actual killer.

Mike Axford: Gil Shea. Newsboy: Also Rollon Parker. Additional cast: Unknown. Announcer: Possibly Charles Wood. Director: James Jewell. Writer: Fran Striker.


THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE: WAR BOND DRIVE (NBC, 1943)---Back from vacation, Gildersleeve (Harold Peary) has his hands full keeping Leroy (Walter Tetley) from faltering in school or in hygiene, a newspaper call for him to improve Summerfield's water flavour, and a city department head meeting at which the mayor calls for improved war bond driving . . . under the guidance of the newspaper editor who ripped the city's water quality. Marjorie: Lurene Tuttle. Birdie: Lillian Randolph. Bessie: Pauline Drake. Hooker: Earle Ross. Additional cast: Unknown. Announcer: Ken Carpenter. Music: Claude Sweeten. Director: Prank Pittman. Writers: John Whedon, Sam Moore.

BOX 13: THE ACTOR'S ALIBI (MUTUAL, 1948)---Holiday doesn't understand at first why tickets to a live radio performance turned up in the box, courtesy of fearful leading lady Jean Blake (Betty Lou Gerson), whose ultimately justified fear of her impending murder is stoked by a call Holiday gets at the restaurant where he meets her---and rejects her, at first, after receiving a phone call from a man predicting he won't help her . . . with a gun pointed right at them. Suzy: Sylvia Picker. Kling: Edmund MacDonald. Additional cast: Alan Reed, Luis van Rooten, John Beal. Director: Ted Hennigan. Music: Rudy Schrager. Writer: Frank R. Crawford. (Note: Dragging in spots toward the end of the surviving recording.)


Blogger Sandy said...

Jeff, I just listened to the clip from The Great Gildersleeve, & it was amazing how it brought back the memories. His distinct voice, one a person cannot forget. We all do forget how difficult times were back then, though. I wasn't very old during the war, but making do with what one had was a way of life. We are all So very wasteful today! Thanks for the memories!

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Blogger Jeff Kallman said...

Sandy---There are those voices that you just know, even before they finish enunciating a single word. Harold Peary (Gildersleeve) assuredly had one of those voices. So did Gale Gordon; so did Fred Allen; so did Jane Ace; so did Edward R. Murrow; so did Tallulah Bankhead (The Big Show); so did Jim and Marian Jordan (Fibber McGee & Molly.

I'm delighted to provide the memories for you, but you must remember that I'm not here merely to offer memories---I'm here to celebrate old-time radio as living, breathing art, even if you can't always avoid the time-and-place references. ;)


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