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November 19, 2014 07:42 PM PST

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Jim Jordan's Birthday - November 16, 1896

James Edward "Jim" Jordan (November 16, 1896 – April 1, 1988)[1] was the American actor who played Fibber McGee in Fibber McGee and Molly and the albatross Orville in Disney's The Rescuers (1977).

Fibber McGee and Molly. April 16, 1935. NBC net. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax (Johnson's Touch-Up Enamel premium). The first show of the series. McGee goes through a red light and has to "tell it to the judge." Fibber and Molly sing, "He Was A Snake In The Grass." The first tune is, "Smooth Sailing." Fibber recalls his days with the camels of the Foreign Legion. Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Rico Marcelli and His Orchestra, Ronnie and Van, Kathleen Wells, Harlow Wilcox, Manny Segal (sound effects).

Fibber McGee and Molly. March 5, 1940. NBC net. Sponsored by: Johnson's Wax. The famous Fibber McGee closet is heard for the first time. Gracie Allen appears as a guest to promote her candidacy for President. Gracie Allen, Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and His Orchestra, The King's Men, Isabel Randolph, Bill Thompson, Mel Blanc, Billy Mills, Don Quinn (writer).

The Gulf Screen Guild Theatre. March 9, 1941. CBS net. Sponsored by: Gulf Oil. Fibber McGee and Molly have gone West to get into the movies. The system cue has been deleted. Roger Pryor (host, director), Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Gary Cooper, Joan Bennett, Edward Arnold, Frances Langford, Don Quinn (writer), Leonard Levinson (writer), Sam Perrin, Oscar Bradley and His Orchestra, Frank Tours (conducting).

. Suspense. February 3, 1949. CBS net. "Backseat Driver". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. Fibber and Molly appear in a well-done thriller drama. A killer commandeers the car of a couple leaving the movies. The story has a satisfying ending. The story was produced on "Suspense" again on February 22, 1951 (see cat. #72357) and July 19, 1955 (see cat. #77440). The program was rebroadcast on "Same Time, Same Station" (see cat. #20185). Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Sally Thorson (writer), Anton M. Leader (producer, director), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), Paul Frees (announcer), Glenn Anders, William Johnstone.

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The RadioGoldindex.com

November 19, 2014 07:26 PM PST

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Life Of Riley 1944-03-26 Riley Buys A Barber Chair

La Rosa Theater Of Stars 1949-10-14 Lochinvar Planes

Jack Pearl 1937-01-18 Enroute To Atlantic City

Mr District Attorney 1945-02-14 Stolen Slot Machines

November 13, 2014 03:18 AM PST

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Burns And Allen 1943-03-02 Playing Carnegie Hall Pt01

Burns And Allen 1943-03-09 Playing Carnegie Hall Pt02

Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 1951-03-10 Stanley Springs Matter

Hermit's Cave Spirit's Vengeance

November 11, 2014 01:11 AM PST

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Pat O'Brien's Birthday - November 11, 1899

William Joseph Patrick "Pat" O'Brien (November 11, 1899 – October 15, 1983) was an American film actor with more than one hundred screen credits. Of Irish descent, he often played Irish and Irish-American characters and was referred to as "Hollywood's Irishman in Residence" in the press. One of the best-known screen actors of the 1930s and 1940s, he played priests, cops, military figures, pilots, and reporters. He is especially well-remembered for his roles in Knute Rockne, All American (1940), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), and Some Like It Hot (1959). He was frequently paired onscreen with Hollywood legend, James Cagney. O'Brien also appeared on stage and television.

The Burns and Allen Show. October 19, 1943. CBS net. Sponsored by: Swan Soap, Spry. Guest Pat O'Brien, Gracie's old school chum, pays a visit. This is a network, sponsored version of cat. #72783. The Swantet sings, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles." George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bill Goodwin, Felix Mills and His Orchestra, Jimmy Cash, The Swantet, Pat O'Brien, Mel Blanc.

The Lux Radio Theatre. May 22, 1939. CBS net. "Angels With Dirty Faces". Sponsored by: Lux. A tough guy returns to his old neighborhood and his old ways...all the way to the chair. James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Cy Kendall, Ethel Sykes, Cecil B. DeMille, Forrest Taylor (doubles), Frank Bealen, Frank Nelson (performer, program opening announcer), Frankie Darro, Gloria Dickson, Harris Burger, Jackie Morrow, James Eagles (doubles), Joe Brown Jr. (doubles), Lou Merrill, Louis Silvers (music director), Melville Ruick (announcer), Paul Marion (doubles), Ross Forrester (doubles), John Wexley (screenwriter), Warren Duff (screenwriter), Rowland Brown (author), Courtney Riley Cooper (intermission guest), Cy Kendall (doubles), Betty Rome (chorus), Elva Kellogg (chorus), Pauline Deigert (chorus), Grace Nielson (chorus), Joe Campbell (chorus), Marie Green (chorus), Vivian Edwards (chorus), Devona Doxie (chorus), Vera Gilmer (chorus), Enrico Ricardi (chorus), Elia Braca (commercial spokesman), Eric Burtis (commercial spokesman), Frank Woodruff (director), George Wells (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 60:25. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

The Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel. July 22, 1949. Program #508. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Shave Cream. Pat O'Brien for vacationing Bill Stern tells some great Knute Rockne stories. Pat O'Brien.

Suspense. March 24, 1949. CBS net. "Dead Ernest". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. The classic radio drama of the cataleptic about to be embalmed...while still alive! The story was previously produced on "Suspense" on August 8, 1946 (see cat. #24124) and on May 8, 1947 (see cat. #6839). The script was subsequently used on "The Grip Of Terror" in 1977 (see cat. #24410). Anton M. Leader (producer, director), Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Merwyn Gerard (writer), Pat O'Brien, Selig Lester (writer), Tommy Bernard, Elliott Lewis, Wally Maher, Larry Thor, Paul Frees (announcer), William Johnstone (commercial spokesman).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The RadioGoldindex.com

November 09, 2014 09:50 PM PST

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Claude Rains' Birthday - November 10, 1889

William Claude Rains (10 November 1889 – 30 May 1967) was an English stage and film actor whose career spanned 46 years. He was known for many roles in Hollywood films, including The Invisible Man (1933), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Wolf Man (1941), Casablanca (1942) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

Doctor Christian. June 6, 1945. CBS net. "Diagnosis After Death". Sponsored by: Vaseline. Claude Rains appears as "Dr. Alexander Webb" as Jean Hersholt is leaving for his native Denmark after V-E Day. The announcer has much trouble pronouncing the name of the story's writer. Jean Hersholt, Claude Rains, Helen Claire, Tony Marvin (? announcer).

The Cavalcade Of America. September 7, 1942. Red net. "Soldier Of A Free Press". Commercials deleted. The story of Richard Harding Davis, America's first war correspondent. Claude Rains, Peter Lyon (writer), Homer Fickett (producer, director), Bud Collyer (announcer), Donald Voorhees (composer, conductor).

Suspense. December 2, 1948. CBS net. "The Hands Of Mr. Ottermole". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. A "strangler" is prowling the streets of London, killing at will. A police sergeant is suspicious of "Mr. Newspaperman," who always seems to be nearby when the "strangler" strikes. Claude Rains, Thomas Burke (author), Ken Crossen (adaptor), Vincent Price, Verna Felton, Raymond Lawrence, Paul Frees (announcer), Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), William Johnstone (commercial spokesman), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The RadioGoldindex.com

November 09, 2014 05:14 AM PST

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Ed Wynn's Birthday - November 9, 1886

Ed Wynn (November 9, 1886 – June 19, 1966) was a popular American comedian and actor noted for his Perfect Fool comedy character, his pioneering radio show of the 1930s, and his later career as a dramatic actor.
Wynn began his career in vaudeville in 1903[2][3] and was a star of the Ziegfeld Follies starting in 1914. During The Follies of 1915, W. C. Fields allegedly caught Wynn mugging for the audience under the table during his "Pool Room" routine and knocked him unconscious with his cue.[4] Wynn wrote, directed, and produced many Broadway shows in the subsequent decades, and was known for his silly costumes and props as well as for the giggly, wavering voice he developed for the 1921 musical review, The Perfect Fool.

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Duffy's Tavern. May 25, 1949. NBC net. Sponsored by: Vitalis, Mum, Benex Shave Cream. Archie has written an operatic version of "Carmen," and the gang at the tavern perform it with the help of guest Ed Wynn. A funny show! The system cue has been deleted. Ed Gardner, Eddie Green, Charlie Cantor, Ed Wynn, Matty Malneck and His Orchestra, Ken Peters (as Joe Moran), Florence Halop (as "Miss Duffy"), John Morris (producer, director), Alan Reed.

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SOURCES: Wikipedia and The RadioGoldindex.com

November 09, 2014 12:45 AM PST

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June Havoc's Birthday - November 8, 1912

June Havoc (November 8, 1912 – March 28, 2010) was a Canadian-born American actress, dancer, writer, and theater director. Havoc was a child vaudeville performer under the tutelage of her mother.[5] She later acted on Broadway and in Hollywood, and stage directed, both on and off-Broadway. She last appeared on television in 1990 in a story arc on the soap opera General Hospital. Her elder sister, Louise, gravitated to burlesque and became a well-known performer using the stage name Gypsy Rose Lee.

The Molle Mystery Theatre. December 20, 1946. NBC net. "Angel Face". Sponsored by: Molle. A sweet baby doll gets a surprise when the latest victim she just buried alive returns from the grave. The script was previously used on "The Molle Mystery Theatre" on October 5, 1945 (see cat. #8631). The story was originally titled, "Murder On Her Mind." Dan Seymour (announcer), Bernard Lenrow (host, as "Geoffrey Barnes"), Walter Wilson (author), June Havoc, Alexander Semmler (composer, conductor), Don Agger (adaptor). 29:46.

The Adventures Of Sam Spade, Detective. September 19, 1948. CBS net. "The Hot One-Hundred-Grand Caper". Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil. A wealthy woman hires Spade to help her with her husband who is being blackmailed. Spade follows the husband to a casino where he loses $100,000 at the roulette wheel! Howard Duff, Dashiell Hammett (creator), Lurene Tuttle, William Spier (producer, director), June Havoc (billed as "Sadie Thompson"), Gil Doud (writer), Robert Tallman (writer), Rene Garriguenc (composer), Dick Joy (announcer). 29:31. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

Suspense. October 30, 1947. CBS net. "Subway". Sponsored by: Roma Wines, Cresta Blanca Wines. An unsuccessful actress plans to kill the girl who made good... in the subway with a pair of scissors. The show features a fine performance by Havoc. June Havoc, Lurene Tuttle, Joseph Kearns (announcer), Mel Dinelli (writer), Eileen Douglas Walker (writer), William Spier (producer, director), Truman Bradley (commercial spokesman), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The RadioGoldindex.com

November 06, 2014 11:51 PM PST

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Birds Eye Open House 1944-11-16 Charles Laughton

Radios Readers Digest 1947-07-24 Prisoner of the Night

Murder By Experts 1949-06-13 Summer Heat

Suspense 1943-12-09 The Night Reveals with Robert Young & Margo

November 05, 2014 05:13 PM PST

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Roy Rogers' Birthday - November 5, 1911

Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998) was an American singer and cowboy actor who was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. In many of his films and television episodes, he appeared with his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog Bullet. His show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often Pat Brady, Andy Devine, or George "Gabby" Hayes. In his later years, Rogers lent his name to the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain.

The Charlie McCarthy Show. January 26, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Chase and Sanborn Coffee, Blue Bonnet Margarine. Charlie has a pocket full of silkworms. They're the start of "Charlie's Wormatorium." Edgar trips over the word, "metamorphosis." Mortimer Snerd gets a lesson in grammar. Guest Roy Rogers joins the cast on a dude ranch and gives riding lessons on "Trigger." Edgar Bergen, Ray Noble and His Orchestra, Roy Rogers, The Sons Of The Pioneers, Ken Carpenter (announcer), Pat Patrick, Anita Gordon.

The Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel. June 13, 1947. Program #396. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Shave Cream. Bill Stern, Roy Rogers.

The Roy Rogers Show. March 28, 1948. "The Case Of The Mysterious Puppet". An audition program for Quaker Oats, created by Sherman and Marquette. Probably an undedited tape. Paradise Valley is visited by talking, threatening puppets, and there's even strange writing on the wall! The cast makes two mistakes during the show. Out-takes follow the story. Roy says "God Damn It," after one blooper and Trigger gives him a horse laugh! Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gabby Hayes, Joseph Kearns, Art Ballinger (announcer).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The RadioGoldindex.com

November 05, 2014 12:24 AM PST

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Vivien Leigh's Birthday - November 5, 1913

Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh (5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967), was a British stage and film actress. She won two Best Actress Academy Awards for her performances as "Southern belles": Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway version of Tovarich (1963).

The Big Show. September 30, 1951. NBC net, WNBC, New York aircheck. Commercials deleted. The first show of the season. The program originates from the London Palladium. George Sanders does a catty routine with Tallulah and sings! Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh do a scene from "Caesar and Cleopatra," by George Bernard Shaw. Fred Allen and Jack Buchanan do a British version of "Allen's Alley" called "Buchanan's Mews." Beatrice Lillie sings, "I Apologize." Tallulah Bankhead (host), George Sanders, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, George Bernard Shaw (author), Meredith Willson and The BBC Variety Orchestra, Jack Buchanan, Vera Lynn, Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Michael Howard, Beatrice Lillie. THE FIRST HOUR ONLY SURVIVED.

The Lux Radio Theatre. November 6, 1950. CBS net, WSPB, Sarasota Florida aircheck. "Rebecca". Commercials deleted. A second wife tries to replace the beautiful-but-dead Rebecca in the heart of her husband. The story was produced on The Lux Radio Theatre previously on February 3, 1941 (see cat. #80697). Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Betty Blythe, William Keighley (host), John Milton Kennedy (announcer), Rudy Schrager (music director), John Dodsworth, Eleanor Audley, Herb Butterfield, William Johnstone, Harold Hughes, Frederic Worlock, Edward Marr, Robert Bence (as a dog), Beverly Brown, Pamela Henderson, Barbara Rush (intermission guest), Robert Sherwood (screenwriter), Joan Harrison (screenwriter), Philip MacDonald (screen adaptor), Daphne du Maurier (author), George Wells (adaptor), Earl Ebi (director), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The RadioGoldindex.com

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