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July 28, 2014 07:00 PM PDT

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Joe E. Brown's Birthday - July 28, 1891

Joseph Evans Brown (July 28, 1891 – July 6, 1973) was an American actor and comedian, remembered for his amiable screen persona, comic timing, and enormous smile. He was one of the most popular American Comedians in the 1930s and 1940s with successful films like A Midsummer Night's Dream, Earthworm Tractors and Alibi Ike. In his later career Brown starred in Some Like It Hot as Osgood Fielding III, in which he speaks the famous punchline "Well, nobody's perfect".

The Joe E. Brown Show. September 21, 1939. CBS net, WJSV, Washington D. C. aircheck. Sponsored by: Post Toasties, Bulova Watch (local). 6:30 P. M. The cast does a newspaper drama called "Bugtown," probably satirizing "Big Town." Joe E. Brown, Margaret McCrea (singer), Paula Winslowe, Frank Gill Jr., Bill Demling, Don Wilson (announcer), Harry Sosnik and His Orchestra.

The Lux Radio Theatre. April 19, 1937. CBS net, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "Alibi Ike". Sponsored by: Lux. A baseball comedy about the pitcher whose talent on the mound was equaled only by his ability with his mouth. A natural role for Joe E. Brown! Babe Ruth and his wife Claire, speak from their apartment in New York. Illustrator Russell Patterson is interviewed. Joe E. Brown, Helen Chandler, Babe Ruth (intermission guest), Cecil B. DeMille, Charles Emerson (doubles), Claire Ruth (intermission guest), Cy Kendall, Ingebord Tillisch (performer, commercial spokesman), Joe Franz, Leora Thatcher (performer, commercial spokesman), Lou Merrill (doubles), Louis Silvers (music director), Marion Dennis (performer, commercial spokesman), Melville Ruick (announcer), Roscoe Karns, Ross Forrester, Russell Patterson (intermission guest: commercial illustrator), Wally Maher, William Frawley, William Wister Haines (screenwriter), Ring Lardner (author), Frank Nelson (doubles, program opening announcer), Frank Woodruff (director), George Wells (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

July 28, 2014 11:00 AM PDT

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Rudy Vallee's Birthday - July 28, 1901

Rudy Vallée (July 28, 1901 – July 3, 1986) was an American singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. He was one of the first modern pop stars of the teen idol type.

The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour. November 22, 1933. Red net. The first tune is, "My Last Year's Girl." Lean and Mayfield do a comedy routine. Alice Faye sings a definitive, "You're Gonna Lose Your Gal." Why didn't she get billing at the start of these shows? Adela Rogers St. John interviews Ernst Lubitsch. Don't miss the Saxon Sisters singing, "Lubitch Touches." Rudy imitates Maurice Chevalier (and does quite well). Gary Cooper and Miriam Hopkins appear in a scene from, "Design For Living." Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper, Ernst Lubitch, Adela Rogers St. John, Cecil Lean (?), Cleo Mayfield, Alice Faye, Grace Saxon, Beatrice Saxon, The Saxon Sisters ("Intelligent students of the Hi-Dee-Ho"), Ben Hecht (writer), Robert Shane, Rudy Vallee, The Connecticut Yankees.

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July 28, 2014 01:14 AM PDT

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Bill Goodwin's Birthday - July 28, 1910

William Nettles Goodwin, known as Bill Goodwin (July 28, 1910 - May 9, 1958),[1] was for many years the announcer and a recurring character of

the Burns and Allen radio program, and subsequently The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television from 1950-1951.
Goodwin was known for frequently promoting the item sold by the sponsor of the show (Swan Soap or Maxwell House Coffee, among others, on

radio; Carnation Evaporated Milk on television). He was effective on radio in doing 'integrated commercials,' in which the advertisement was deftly

woven into the show's storyline. Goodwin was best known for his amiable and fun-loving personality, for his persona on air as a 'ladies' man,' and

for joking around about George Burns's appearance and age. Ironically, he died more than thirty-seven years before George Burns. His son is jazz

drummer Bill Goodwin.

Maxwell House Coffee Time. November 1, 1945. Program #95. NBC net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Bill Goodwin has to borrow a wife in a

hurry. Gracie is elected and George plays the butler. AFRS program name: "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show." George Burns, Gracie

Allen, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Bill Goodwin.

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July 27, 2014 09:00 AM PDT

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Keenan Wynn's Birthday - July 27, 1916

Keenan Wynn (July 27, 1916 – October 14, 1986) was an American character actor. Wynn was born in New York City as Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn, the son of vaudeville comedian Ed Wynn and wife, the former Hilda Keenan. He took his stage name from his maternal grandfather, Frank Keenan, one of the first Broadway actors to star in Hollywood. His expressive face was his stock in trade, and though he rarely carried the lead role, he got prominent billing in most of his film and television parts.

The Wynn Show. September 24, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Newport. An audition program, starring "The first father and son of radio." The title of tonight's opera is, "When You Were Seven and I Was Nine and We Were Sixteen." The first tune is, "That's A' Plenty." Ed Wynn, George Jessel, Henry Russell and His Orchestra, Keenan Wynn, Marilyn Maxwell, James Gleason, Homer Canfield (director), Bill Jacobson (writer), Seaman Jacobs (writer), Hal Gibney (announcer).

Suspense. January 4, 1945. CBS net. "I Had An Alibi". Sponsored by: Roma Wines. A good "perfect crime" story with a pleasant surprise ending. A guy married to a woman with a bad heart eagerly awaits his nice million dollar inheritance. Keenan Wynn, Mindred Lord (writer), Joseph Kearns ("The Man In Black"), Lurene Tuttle, John McIntire, Wally Maher, Truman Bradley (commercial spokesman), William Spier (producer, director, editor), Cathy Lewis, Elsa Maxwell (commercial spokeswoman), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

July 27, 2014 12:07 AM PDT

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Leo Durocher's Birthday - July 27, 1905

Leo Ernest Durocher (July 27, 1905 – October 7, 1991), nicknamed Leo the Lip, was an American infielder and manager in Major League Baseball. Upon his retirement, he ranked fifth all-time among managers with 2,009 career victories, second only to John McGraw in National League history. Durocher still ranks tenth in career wins by a manager. A controversial and outspoken character, Durocher's career was dogged by clashes with authority, umpires (his 95 career ejections as a manager trailed only McGraw when he retired, and still rank fourth on the all-time list), and the press. Durocher was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.

The Fred Allen Show. April 14, 1946. NBC net origination, United Network rebroadcast. Allen's Alley Question: "What is your reaction to New York's new drive on gamblers and gambling?" Guest Leo Durocher joins Fred in a repeat performance of, "The Brooklyn Pinafore." Fred Allen, Kenny Delmar, Portland Hoffa, Al Goodman and His Orchestra, Parker Fennelly, Minerva Pious, Alan Reed, Leo Durocher, The De Marco Sisters, Hi Lo Jack and The Dame.

Biography In Sound. April 17, 1955. NBC net. "Leo The Lip". Sustaining. A sound portrait of Leo Durocher, the famous manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The system cue has been deleted. The program was rebroadcast October 4, 1955. Branch Rickey, Toots Shor, Leo Durocher, Charlie Dressen, Pee Wee Reese, Horace Stoneham, Russ Hodges, Barney Clemento, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Larry MacPhail, Laraine Day, Alvin Dark, Pat Tracy (writer), Chet Hagen (editor), Frank Frisch (narrator), John Kieran, John Kieran Jr. (editor).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

July 26, 2014 01:00 PM PDT

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Gracie Allen's Birthday - July 26, 1895

Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie "Gracie" Allen (July 26, 1895 – August 27, 1964), was an American comedienne who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. For contributions to the television industry, Gracie Allen was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6672 Hollywood Boulevard.

The Burns and Allen Show. December 2, 1936. CBS net. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Tony sings, "It's Love I'm After." Gracie sings, "Now That Summer Is Gone." The program is also known as, "The Campbell's Tomato Juice Program." George Burns, Gracie Allen, Tony Martin, Ken Niles, Henry King and His Orchestra.

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

July 26, 2014 06:00 AM PDT

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Blake Edwards' Birthday - July 26, 1922

Blake Edwards (born William Blake Crump, July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010) was an American film director, screenwriter and producer.
Edwards' career began in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon turned to writing screenplays and radio scripts before turning to producing and directing in film and television. Edwards' hard-boiled private detective scripts for Richard Diamond, Private Detective became NBC's answer to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, reflecting Edwards's unique humor.
His best-known films include Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, and the hugely successful Pink Panther film series with British comedian Peter Sellers. Often thought of as primarily a director of comedies, he also directed dramas and detective films. Late in his career, he transitioned to writing, producing, and directing for theater.
In 2004, he received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen.

Richard Diamond, Private Detective. February 5, 1950. NBC net. Sustaining. Diamond is hired to be the bodyguard of Timothy...the seal. A funny show! Dick sings, "Cathy" after the show. Dick Powell, Ed Begley, Tony Barrett, Lawrence Dobkin, Edward King (announcer), Wilms Herbert, Fay Baker, Junius Matthews, Billy Bletcher, Frank Worth (music director), Russell Hughes (director), Blake Edwards (writer).

The Line-Up. June 12, 1951. CBS net. "The Harrowing Haggada Handball Case". Sustaining. Cully Price is accused of the Spartan payroll job, and is identified in a line-up. After his confession, the rest of the gang is slowly tracked down. This is a network, sustaining version of cat. #16983. Blake Edwards (writer), Dan Cubberly (announcer), David Young, Eddie Dunstedter (music), Edward Marr, Harry Lang, Hy Averback (announcer), Jaime del Valle (producer, director), James Nusser, Junius Matthews, Mary Shipp, Ray Hartman, Richard Cline (editor), Wally Maher, William Johnstone.

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

July 25, 2014 10:00 PM PDT

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Aldous Huxley's Birthday - July 26,1894

Aldous Leonard Huxley (July 26, 1894 – November 22, 1963) was an English writer and a prominent member of the Huxley family. Best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug, and a wide-ranging output of essays, Huxley also edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories, poetry, travel writing, film stories and scripts. He spent the later part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death.
Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, and satirist. He became deeply concerned that human beings might become subjugated through the sophisticated use of the mass media or mood-altering drugs, or tragically impacted by misunderstanding or the misapplication of increasingly sophisticated technology.
Huxley later became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, in particular, Universalism. He is also well known for his use of psychedelic drugs. By the end of his life Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.

The CBS Radio Workshop. January 27, 1956. CBS net. "Brave New World" Part 1. Sustaining. The first show of the series. The classic story of the future, narrated by the author. Aldous Huxley (author, narrator), William Conrad (announcer, performer), William Froug (adaptor, producer, director), Joseph Kearns, Billy Idelson, Herb Butterfield, Parley Baer, Lurene Tuttle, Doris Singleton, Vic Perrin, Gloria Henry, Charlotte Lawrence, Sam Edwards, Jack Kruschen, Byron Kane, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Hugh Douglas (announcer).

The CBS Radio Workshop. February 3, 1956. CBS net. "Brave New World" Part 2. Sustaining. The conclusion of the famous story of the future, narrated by the author. Aldous Huxley (author, narrator), Joseph Kearns, Lurene Tuttle, William Conrad (announcer, performer), William Froug (adaptor, producer, director), Billy Idelson, Herb Butterfield, Parley Baer, Doris Singleton, Vic Perrin, Gloria Henry, Charlotte Lawrence, Sam Edwards, Jack Kruschen, Byron Kane, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Hugh Douglas (announcer).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

July 25, 2014 01:22 AM PDT

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Walter Brennan's Birthday - July 25, 1894

Walter Brennan (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) was an American actor. Brennan is one of three men to win three acting Oscars (the other two being Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis), having won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1936, 1938 and 1940.

The Charlie McCarthy Show. June 28, 1942. NBC net. Sponsored by: Chase and Sanborn Coffee. The last show of the season. Abbott and Costello do their "Mustard" routine. Guest Walter Brennan and the cast do a "Down East" drama. Edgar Bergen, Ginny Simms, Walter Brennan (guest), Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Ray Noble and His Orchestra, Buddy Twiss (announcer).

Family Theatre. January 24, 1951. Mutual net. "A Star For Helen". Sustaining. A kindly janitor watches young Helen grow up and try to deal with an alcoholic mother. A severe test of the fourth commandment. Well written. The script was previously used on "Family Theatre" on May 22, 1947 (see cat. #66098). Frank Walker (host), Walter Brennan, Betty Lynn, Anne Whitfield, Whitfield Connor, Timothy Mulvey (writer), Tony La Frano (announcer), Harry Zimmerman, Joseph Mansfield (director).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

July 22, 2014 09:26 PM PDT

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Gloria De Haven's Birthday - July 23, 1925

Gloria Mildred DeHaven (born July 23, 1925) is an American actress, singer and a former contract star for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
DeHaven was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actor-director, Carter DeHaven, and actress, Flora Parker DeHaven, both former vaudeville performers.

She began her career as a child actor with a bit part in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times (1936). She was signed to a contract with MGM. Despite featured roles in such films as Best Foot Forward, The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) and Summer Stock (1950), and being voted by exhibitors as the third most likely to be a "star of tomorrow'" in 1944,[2] she did not achieve film stardom. She portrayed her own mother, Flora Parker DeHaven, in the Fred Astaire film Three Little Words (1950).

DeHaven also appeared as a regular in the television series and soap operas As the World Turns, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Ryan's Hope. She was one of the numerous celebrities enticed to appear in the all-star box office flop, Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976), and has guest starred in such television series as Robert Montgomery Presents, Appointment with Adventure (episode entitled "The Snow People"), The Guy Mitchell Show, Johnny Ringo (as Rosemary Blake in "Love Affair"), The Rifleman, Wagon Train, The Lloyd Bridges Show, Marcus Welby, M.D., Gunsmoke, Mannix, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart, The Love Boat, Mama's Family, Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote and Touched by an Angel.

Command Performance. February 1, 1945. Program #160. AFRS origination. Gloria De Haven sings, "The Man I Love." Jack Carson plans to show Gloria around Hollywood. Carmen Miranda sings, "Tico, Tico." The date above is the recording date. Ken Carpenter (announcer), Gloria De Haven (m. c.), Jack Carson, Edward Arnold, Carmen Miranda, Bing Crosby.

The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre. March 6, 1944. CBS net. "The Gay Divorcee". Sponsored by: Lady Esther. Forget the plot, the music's the thing. Young Frank was never better. Frank Sinatra, Gloria De Haven, Spring Byington, Edward Everett Horton, Truman Bradley (host).

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