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.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"The Sea Will Bring Me Back": The Way It Was, 16 September

"The sea has made me fortune," said the dutiful son, "and the sea will bring me back." Those last seven words especially haunt a woman torn between two sons---one a stalwart, steady fisherman who's carried the family load; the other, a shiftless, fanciful brawler---who confesses an unspeakable terror and a terrible crime to her priest.

Compounding the woman's terror: she sanctioned his going on the fatal operation, which was provoked by the shiftless brother's overheated enthusiasm for the operation and all but insistence that he go on the operation, for a prospective fortune with which to begin his marriage.

Cast: Unknown. Sound: Possibly Ed Joyce. Writer/director: Arch Oboler.


LUM & ABNER: THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN PINE RIDGE (NBC BLUE, 1935)---Now that Lum (Chester Lauck, who also plays Grandpappy) has resolved his side of the mine issue, he has a new problem on his hands---fighting accusations that he's neglecting mine business, specifically getting the stockholders' money back to them after Squire's bilking, to court the returning schoolmarm, while Grandpappy tries to assure wary Abner (Norris Goff) that they're not the only ones who've been hosed in get-rich-quick schemes. Writers: Chester Lauck, Norris Goff.

SUSPENSE: THE KETTLER METHOD (CBS, 1942)---A neurosurgeon (Roger DeKoven) committed to a sanitarium following an unsuccessful surgery is convinced he was sent there because of professional jealousy over his unusual surgical technique---especially since he can't convince them that his patient is still alive and the procedure actually succeeded . . . because, for one thing, he's convinced fellow surgeons spirited the alleged corpse away. Winton: John Gibson. Claire: Gloria Stuart. Additional cast: Guy Repp, Martha Falkner, Winifield Hoeny, Ralph Smiley. Music: Bernard Herman. Writer: Peter Barry. (Recording begins with a network announcement urging war bond support.)

SUSPENSE: THE CROSS-EYED BEAR (CBS, 1943)---Virginia Bruce and John Loder star in a yarn about a young, thrill-seeking woman, who hires on to help find the second son of a wealthy mining enterpreneur whose unusual will---dividing his wealth between the three sons he despised, knowing one, a Nazi sympathiser, would kill the other two---while that second son lives under a false identity in the guise of a European pianist, and unaware that it all portends to a surprising end for her. Additional cast: Unknown. The Man in Black: Ted Osborne. Music: Bernard Herman. Sound: Berne Surrey. Director: Ted Bliss. Writer: Dorothy B. Hughes.


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