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September 02, 2014 01:56 AM PDT

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Edgar Rice Burroughs' Birthday - September 1, 1875

Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American writer, best known for his creations of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.

The Texaco Star Theatre. October 18, 1939. CBS net. Sponsored by: Texaco. Variety from Hollywood: The first tune is, "Good Morning." Edgar Rice Burroughs tells about how the character of "Tarzan" began (he admits he's never been to Africa...or to Mars). Ken hints that if Burroughs isn't happy with Johnny Weismuller, he's available for the next Tarzan movie. Ken does his own Tarzan drama: "The Home Life of Mr. and Mrs. Tarzan," or "Apes Of Wrath." Drama from New York City: "Her Master's Voice." Ken Murray (host in Hollywood), Kenny Baker, Frances Langford, Irene Ryan, David Broekman and His Orchestra, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Edgar Rice Burroughs (guest), Burns Mantle (host in New York City), Edward Everett Horton, Lucille Watson, Elizabeth Patterson, Clare Kummer (playwight), Larry Elliott (New York City announcer), Lehman Engel (composer, conductor).

Tarzan. January 18, 1951. Mutual-Don Lee net origination, Commodore syndication, WRVR-FM. "Tarzan and Black Ivory". Sustaining. WRVR-FM, New York rebroadcast date: September 23, 1974. CBS net rebroadcast date: April 12, 1952. Albert Glaser (original music), Bud Lesser (writer), Lamont Johnson, Walter White Jr. (producer).

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September 01, 2014 09:55 PM PDT

Yvonne De Carlo (born Margaret Yvonne Middleton; September 1, 1922 – January 8, 2007) was a Canadian American actress, singer, and dancer whose career in film, television, and musical theatre spanned six decades.
She obtained her breakthrough role in Salome, Where She Danced (1945), produced by Walter Wanger, who described her as "the most beautiful girl in the world." Success followed in films such as Criss Cross (1949) and The Captain's Paradise (1953).[ Her film career reached its peak when director Cecil B. DeMille cast her as Sephora, the wife of Moses, her most prominent role, in his biblical epic The Ten Commandments (1956).
After her lead performance in Band of Angels (1957) and supporting role in McLintock! (1963), she played Lily Munster, the wife of Herman Munster, in the CBS sitcom The Munsters (1964-1966).

Breakfast In Hollywood. February 24, 1947. ABC net. Sponsored by: Kellogg's Pep, Kellogg's Krumbles, Ivory Flakes. Band leader Roy Bargy is in the audience. Yvonne De Carlo is interviewed. The oldest lady in the audience is eighty three years old. Tom Breneman, Yvonne De Carlo.

Mail Call May 15,1946 e0195 Fred MacMurray and Yvonne DeCarlo

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August 31, 2014 06:15 AM PDT

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Arthur Godfrey's Birthday - August 31, 1903

Arthur Morton Godfrey (August 31, 1903 – March 16, 1983) was an American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer who was sometimes introduced by his nickname, The Old Redhead. No TV personality in 1950s America enjoyed more clout or fame than Godfrey[citation needed] until an infamous on-air incident undermined his folksy image and triggered a gradual decline. At the peak of his success, Godfrey helmed two CBS-TV weekly series and a daily 90-minute television mid-morning show, but, by the early 1960s, his presence had been reduced to hosting the occasional TV special.

Arthur Godfrey and His Talent Scouts. May 23, 1949. CBS Radio and TV networks simulcast. Sponsored by: Lipton Tea and Soups. The winner is Richard Hayes. Paul Gill imitates CBS radio personalities (including Godfrey). Arthur Godfrey, Archie Bleyer and His Orchestra, Richard Hayes, Paul Gill

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August 31, 2014 04:40 AM PDT

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Fredric March's Birthday - August 31, 1897

Fredric March (born Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel; August 31, 1897 – April 14, 1975) was an American stage and film actor.[1] He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1932 for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and in 1947 for The Best Years of Our Lives. March is the only actor to win both the Academy Award and the Tony Award twice.

The Gulf Screen Guild Theatre. November 26, 1939. CBS net, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "The Enchanted Cottage". Sponsored by: Gulf. A plain woman and a crippled man fall in love and see a magic transformation in each other. The story was subsequently used on, "The General Electric Theatre" on September 24, 1953 (see cat. #83602). Roger Pryor (host), Arthur Wing Pinero (author), Helen Hayes, Fredric March, Harry Von Zell (announcer).

The Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel. July 28, 1950. Program #560. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Shave Cream. The program opening is slightly upcut. The story of a boy who wanted to become a soldier...because of two towns in Wisconsin that do not exist. Fredric March (substituting for vacationing Bill Stern), Charles Kibbee (producer).

Treasury Star Parade. April 4, 1942. Program #9. Treasury Department syndication. Walter Huston and Fredric March do a complete and genuine vaudeville routine, William Hargrave sings "Have You Seen America," Walter Huston and Florence Eldridge in a very well-written story (by Isabelle Courrier) about an American woman who receives a telegram about her son in the Army. A beautifully-done drama, if this doesn't get you to buy a bond, nothing will! The date above is the broadcast date on KDKA, Pittsburgh. Walter Huston, Fredric March, William Hargrave, Florence Eldridge, Isabelle Courrier (author), Al Goodman and His Orchestra, Hal Bloch (writer), Larry Elliott (announcer), William A. Bacher (producer), John Matouche (Writer), Malcolm Meachum (writer).

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August 30, 2014 02:42 AM PDT

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Fred MacMurray's Birthday - August 30, 1908

Frederick Martin "Fred" MacMurray (August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991) was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 movies and a successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, from 1930 to the 1970s.
MacMurray is well known for his role in the 1944 film noir Double Indemnity directed by Billy Wilder, in which he starred with Barbara Stanwyck. Later in his career, he became better known worldwide as Steve Douglas, the widowed patriarch on My Three Sons, which ran on ABC from 1960–1965 and then on CBS from 1965–1972.

Bright Star. March 5, 1953. Program #20. ZIV Syndication. Commercials added locally. The Star is being sued by the lady owner of a traveling rodeo. Fred MacMurray, Irene Dunne, Harry Von Zell (announcer), Elvia Allman, Irv Norton and His Orchestra.

Suspense. April 13, 1953. CBS net. "The Great Train Robbery". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. An ordinary, everyday guy and his uncle decide to strike it rich by robbing a mail train. The program receives an award from "Radio and TV Mirror" magazine as "Favorite Radio Mystery Program." Paula Winslowe, Richard George Pedicini (writer), Jerry Hausner, Larry Thor (announcer), Fred MacMurray, Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), Joseph Kearns, Hy Averback, Elliott Lewis (producer), Norman Macdonnell (director), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Bert Holland (commercial spokesman).

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August 30, 2014 12:15 AM PDT

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Joan Blondell's Birthday - August 30, 1906

Rose Joan Blondell (August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979) was an American actress[1] who performed in movies and on television for five decades as Joan Blondell.
After winning a beauty pageant, Blondell embarked upon a film career. Establishing herself as a sexy wisecracking blonde, she was a pre-Code staple of Warner Brothers and appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions. She was most active in films during the 1930s, and during this time she co-starred with Glenda Farrell in nine films, in which the duo portrayed gold-diggers. Blondell continued acting for the rest of her life, often in small character roles or supporting television roles. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Blue Veil (1951).
Blondell was seen in featured roles in two films released shortly before her death from leukemia, Grease (1978) and the remake of The Champ (1979).

The Chase and Sanborn Hour. June 13, 1937. Red net. Sponsored by: Chase and Sanborn Coffee. The first tune is, "That Foolish Feeling." Charlie McCarthy is in trouble with the truant officer again. Dorothy Lamour sings, "Please Make Me Be Good," a new Rodgers and Hart tune, being heard for the first time on thre air (bit see cat. #7200, dated January 27, 1936). Joan Blondell appears in a skit by Colin Clements titled, "Spring." Afterwards, Charlie does his version, titled, "Summer." The orchestra plays, "The Negro Spirituals: A Paraphrase." W. C. Fields misses two cues, then chastizes Don Ameche for jumping his cue. Bill Fields has built a better mousetrap. He's then introduced to young Rollo Pepitone. Fields suggests that he "sit down and play with some broken glass." Charlie chats with Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and tells them that his new tune is called, "A Little Of You On Toast" (the name of a new Rodgers and Hart tune). Richard Rodgers plays the piano as Don Ameche sings the tune for the first time on the air. Don Ameche (host), Werner Janssen and His Orchestra, Edgar Bergen, Dorothy Lamour, Don Briggs (commercial spokesman), Colin Clements (writer), Joan Blondell, W. C. Fields, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart.

I Want A Divorce. February 14, 1941. Mutual net. Music fill for local commercial insert. A boy songwriter and a girl piano player fall in love, get married and then divorced when she goes on tour and he can't a job! Cal York (host), David Rose (music), Gloria Clayton, Ynez Seabury, Joan Blondell, Leo Cleary, Monty Mone (?), Van Fleming (writing), Emil Brisacher (producer).

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August 29, 2014 07:00 AM PDT

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Lurene Tuttle's Birthday - August 29, 1907

Lurene Tuttle (August 29, 1907 – May 28, 1986) was a character actress, who made the transition from vaudeville to radio, and later films and television. Her most enduring impact was as one of network radio's most versatile actresses. Often appearing in fifteen shows a week, comedies, dramas, thrillers, soap operas, and crime dramas, she became known as the "First Lady of Radio".
Tuttle became interested in acting after her family moved to Southern California. She appeared in Pasadena Playhouse productions before joining the vaudeville troupe, Murphy's Comedians. By the time of the Great Depression, Tuttle had put her remarkable vocal versatility to work in radio, and within a decade she became one of the most in-demand actresses in the medium.
On radio's The Adventures of Sam Spade she played just about every female role, as well as Spade's secretary Effie Perrine. She appeared in such shows as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, a role that testified to her vocal versatility: for while playing Harriet Nelson's on-air mother, she concurrently appeared on The Great Gildersleeve as the niece Marjorie Forrester, a character twenty years her junior. Tuttle had regular roles in such shows as Brenthouse (a soap opera, as Nancy), Dr. Christian (as nurse Judy Price), Duffy's Tavern (as Dolly Snaffle), One Man's Family (another soap opera; various roles), The Red Skelton Show (as Junior's mother and as Daisy June, roles that she shared with Harriet Nelson), Hollywood Hotel, and the soap opera Those We Love.
Tuttle guest starred on the NBC radio police series Dragnet, starring Jack Webb, Lux Radio Theater, The Screen Guild Theater and Suspense, in the episode "The Sisters", with Rosalind Russell. In The Whistler, she played good and evil twins and used separate microphones to stay in character for each twin.

Doctor Christian. September 30, 1942. CBS net. "On To Glory". Sponsored by: Vaseline. "This is play is different, because all the characters in it are colored, except for Dr. Christian and Judy Price." Jean Hersholt, Lurene Tuttle, Lillian Randolph, Ernestine Wade, Margaret Hairston, Jester Hairston (directing the Negro Octet), Art Gilmore (announcer).

The Great Gildersleeve. March 29, 1942. NBC net. Sponsored by: Kraft. Gildersleeve helps Marjorie write to soldiers; complications ensue when a proposal seems just around the corner. Earle Ross, Harold Peary, Jim Bannon (announcer), Leonard L. Levinson (writer), Lillian Randolph, Lurene Tuttle, Walter Tetley, Billy Mills (composer, conductor, billed as "William Randolph").

The Adventures Of Sam Spade, Detective. June 5, 1949. CBS net, WTRY, Troy New York aircheck. "The Overjord Caper". Sponsored by: Wildroot Cream-Oil, Wildroot Liquid Cream Shampoo. The story title is also known as, "Effie's Folly" or "Who Put The Corpse In The Murphy Bed." Sam is hired by a beautiful lady to find her stolen $100,000 necklace before her husband finds out that it is missing. This of course leads to a corpse in the Murphy bed! William Spier (producer, director), Howard Duff, Lurene Tuttle, Dashiell Hammett (creator), Robert Tallman (writer), Gil Doud (writer), Lud Gluskin (music director), Dick Joy (announcer), Rene Garriguenc (composer), Pierre Garriguenc (composer).

The Whistler. November 20, 1944. CBS Pacific net. "Death Sees Double". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A woman kills her twin sister and assumes her identify. She discovers, however, that being Sister Mona isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Wilbur Hatch (music), George W. Allen (producer, director), Ralph Rose (writer), Bob Anderson (announcer). Lurene Tuttle.

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August 28, 2014 09:37 PM PDT

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Ingrid Bergman's Birthday - August 29,1915

Ingrid Bergman (29 August 1915 – 29 August 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), a World War II drama co-starring Humphrey Bogart, and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Cary Grant.
Before becoming a star in American films, she had been a leading actress in Swedish films.
Her first introduction to U.S. audiences came with her starring role in the English-language remake of Intermezzo in 1939. In the United States, she brought to the screen a "Nordic freshness and vitality", along with exceptional beauty and intelligence, and according to the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, she quickly became "the ideal of American womanhood" and one of Hollywood's greatest leading actresses.
After her performance in Victor Fleming's remake of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1941, she was noticed by her future producer David O. Selznick, who called her "the most completely conscientious actress" he had ever worked with. He started her with a one-film role at her insistence, then signed a four-film contract (also at her insistence) rather than the typical seven-year acting contracts typically signed with foreign actors at that time, thereby supporting her continued success. A few of her other starring roles, besides Casablanca, included For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944), The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), and Under Capricorn (1949), and the independent production Joan of Arc (1948).

The Lux Radio Theatre. April 29, 1946. CBS net. "Gaslight". Sponsored by: Lux, Spry. The classic Victorian melodrama of induced insanity. Quality upgrade, more complete, network sponsored version of cat. #16959. Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, William Keighley (host), Gale Gordon, John Milton Kennedy (announcer), Thomas Hanlon (second announcer), Louis Silvers (music director), Janet Scott, Truda Marson, Eric Snowden, Claire Verdera, Raymond Lawrence, Gloria Gordon (doubles), Charles Seel (doubles), Doris Singleton (commercial spokesman: as "Libby"), June Whitfield (commercial spokesman), Frances Whitfield (commercial spokesman), Janet Thomas (intermission guest0, John Van Druten (screenwriter), Walter Reisch (screenwriter), John L. Balderston (screenwriter), Patrick Hamilton (author), Fred MacKaye (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). Only the body of this program survived, there is no opening or closing.

The Lucky Strike Program Starring Jack Benny. October 14, 1945. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lucky Strike. The program originates from Santa Barbara, for our liberated prisoners of war. Jack recalls his recent visit to Germany to entertain the troops. Larry Adler plays, "Begin The Beguine." Guest Ingrid Bergman and Jack does their version of, "Gaslight." The show features the first mention of Jack's parrot, "Polly." Basil Ruysdael (commercial spokesman), Don Wilson, F. E. Boone (tobacco auctioneer), Ingrid Bergman, Jack Benny, L. A. Speed Riggs (tobacco auctioneer), Larry Adler, Mary Livingstone, Mel Blanc, Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson, George Balzer (writer, performer), Kenny Delmar (commercial spokesman), Basil Ruysdael (commercial spokesman), Hal Sims (commercial spokesman), Mahlon Merrick (conductor), John Tackaberry (writer), Milt Josefsberg (writer), Sam Perrin (writer).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

August 27, 2014 09:50 PM PDT

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Donald O'Connor's Birthday - August 28, 1925

Donald David Dixon Ronald O’Connor (August 28, 1925 – September 27, 2003) was an American dancer, singer, and actor who came to fame in a series of movies in which he co-starred alternately with Gloria Jean, Peggy Ryan, and Francis the Talking Mule. He is best known today for his role as Gene Kelly's friend and colleague Cosmo Brown in Singin' in the Rain (1952).

The Kraft Music Hall. February 3, 1944. NBC net. Commercials deleted. The first tune is, "San Fernando Valley." Eighteen-year-old guest Donald O'Connor has a heart-to-heart talk with Papa Bing and then is off to join the army. Bing Crosby, Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra, The Music Maids, The Charioteers, Ukie Sherrin, Marilyn Maxwell, Donald O'Connor. 27:20.

Suspense. August 14, 1947. CBS net. "Smiley". Sponsored by: Cresta Blanca Wines, Roma Wines. A slow-witted but likable fellow is wrongly sent to jail. He returns hating all women...and no longer proud of his hands. Donald O'Connor, Sidney Miller, Lurene Tuttle, Charles Glenn (writer), Joseph Kearns (announcer), William Spier (producer, director, editor), Truman Bradley (commercial spokesman), William Johnstone, Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

August 26, 2014 09:47 PM PDT

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Martha Raye's Birthday - August 27, 1916

Martha Raye (August 27, 1916 – October 19, 1994) was an American comic actress and

standards singer who performed in movies, on radio, and later on television. She was

honored in 1969 with an Academy Award as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient

for her volunteer efforts and services to the troops.

Comedy Capers. 1934. Program #67. Broadcasters Program Syndicate/Bruce Eells and

Associates syndication. Music fill for local commercial insert. Probably a re-issue of a

Transco program. This program is also known as, "Komedy Kapers." The first tune is, "My

Old Man." "Primrose Semon" (Martha Raye) sings, "Oh, You Big Bad Man." The date is

approximate. Tom Post (host), Frank Gill Jr., Bill Demling, The Rover Boys, Martha Raye (as

"Primrose Semon").

The Gulf Screen Guild Theatre. March 19, 1939. CBS net. "Fifi, The Flame Of Paree".

Sponsored by: Gulf. A revue and also a "Gay 90's" melodrama. Phil Rapp (writer), Martha

Raye, Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford, Bob Hope, Oscar Bradley and His Orchestra, George

Murphy (m. c.), John Conte (announcer), David Butler (director).

The Pepsodent Show. November 1, 1938. NBC net. Sponsored by: Pepsodent. Bob's

opening monologue is about Halloween. Guest Martha Raye has just gotten married (to David

Rose). Bob visits Jerry Colonna's dance studio. Bob Hope, Martha Raye, Bill Goodwin

(announcer), Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra, Six Hits and A Miss, Jerry Colonna, Elvia Allman.

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