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October 30, 2014 11:45 PM PDT

The OTRNow Radio Program 2012-X-003 Special Halloween with Orson Welles

Edgar Bergen Charlie McCarthy 1944-10-29 Halloween Orson Welles

Suspense 1944-05-18 Donovan's Brain Pt1 with Orson Welles

Suspense 1944-05-25 Donovan's Brain Pt2 with Orson Welles

Clip 1944-05-31 Donovans Brain parody from Orson Welles Radio Almanac

H.G.Wells Meets Orson Welles 1940-10-28

Mercury Theater On The Air 1938-10-30 The War Of The Worlds

October 30, 2014 11:37 PM PDT

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Dale Evans' Birthday - October 31, 1912

Dale Evans (October 31, 1912 – February 7, 2001) was an American writer, film star and singer-songwriter. She was the second wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers.
Born in Uvalde, Texas, she had a tumultuous early life. She was born in 1912 to T. Hillman Smith and Bettie Sue Wood, and was named Lucille Wood Smith at birth; the name was changed to Frances Octavia Smith while she was still an infant.
At age 14, she eloped with her first husband, Thomas F. Fox, to whom she bore one son, Thomas F. Fox, Jr., when she was 15. A year later, she found herself in Memphis, Tennessee, a single parent, pursuing a career in music. She landed a job with local radio stations (WMC and WREC), singing and playing piano. Divorced in 1929, she took the name Dale Evans in the early 1930s to promote her singing career.
She married Roy Rogers on December 31, 1947 in Davis, Oklahoma on the Flying L Ranch where they had earlier filmed the movie Home in Oklahoma. Art and Mary Jo Rush were best man and matron of honor. The marriage was Rogers' second and Evans' fourth but was successful, lasting 51 years until Rogers' death in 1998. Roy had an adopted child, Cheryl, and two biological children, Linda and Roy (Dusty) Jr., from his first marriage. Evans and Rogers together had one child, Robin, who died before her second birthday, and adopted four others: Mimi, Dodie, Sandy, and Debbie.

The Charlie McCarthy Show. September 20, 1942. NBC net. Dale Evans sings the song she's just written, "I'm In Love With A Guy Who Flies In The Sky." Dale has been made an honorary Captain in the Air Force (even though the song isn't that good). Don tries his hypnotic powers on Bergen. Charlie and Dale sing, "Delicious Delerium," from Charlie McCarthy's new picture, "Here We Go Again." Guest Harold Peary appears as, "The Great Gildersleeve." Gildy proposes making another movie with Edgar, but has a feud with Charlie. Edgar Bergen, Don Ameche, Ray Noble and His Orchestra, Dale Evans, Pat Patrick, Harold Peary.

The Roy Rogers Show. September 19, 1948. Mutual net. "The Horse Thieves Of Paradise Valley". Sponsored by: Quaker Cereals, Art Jemima Pancake Mix. Charlie Davidson needs money at just the same time someone has "helped" Dale's palominos to break out of the corral. The date is subject to correction, the system cue has been deleted. Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gabby Hayes, Foy Willing, The Riders Of The Purple Sage, Art Ballinger (announcer).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

October 30, 2014 11:31 PM PDT

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Ethel Waters' Birthday - October 31, 1896

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an African-American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues. Her best-known recordings include "Dinah," "Stormy Weather," "Taking a Chance on Love," "Heat Wave," "Supper Time," "Am I Blue?" and "Cabin in the Sky," as well as her version of the spiritual "His Eye Is on the Sparrow." Waters was the second African American, after Hattie McDaniel, to be nominated for an Academy Award. She is also the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award, in 1962.

The Amos 'n' Andy Show. January 28, 1944. NBC net. Commercials deleted. Andy has found a $1000 bill and goes "high class." He hires a valet and moves into a fancy hotel. He then takes guest Ethel Waters out to an expensive restaurant and winds up buying dinner for all her friends too. Ernestine Wade plays a role other than that of The Kingfish's wife! The system cue has been deleted. Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Ernestine Wade, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Ethel Waters.

The Cavalcade Of America. January 1, 1952. NBC net. "Sixteen Sticks In A Bundle". Commercials deleted. A poor colored family, only one generation up from slavery, puts fourteen children through high school, and most of them through college. Ethel Waters, Cy Harrice (announcer), Norma Jean Nilsson (doubles), Kenny Delmar, William Johnstone, Cecil Thompson, Pat Washington, Jester Hairston, H. B. Barnum, Carmen Davis, Marie Stansall, Shelby Bacon, Margaret Hairston, Chester Jones, Florence Cadrez, Richard Davids (author), Edith Somner (adaptor), Robert Soderberg (adaptor), H. L. Blackburn (producer), Jack Zoller (director), Arden Cornwell (composer), Donald Voorhees (conductor).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

October 29, 2014 02:43 PM PDT

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Fredric Brown's Birthday - October 29, 1906

Fredric Brown (October 29, 1906 – March 11, 1972) was an American science fiction and mystery writer. He was born in Cincinnati.
He is perhaps best known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short short" form—stories of 1 to 3 pages, often with ingenious plotting devices and surprise endings. Humor and a somewhat postmodern outlook carried over into his novels as well. One of his stories, "Arena," is officially credited for an adaptation as an episode of the landmark television series, Star Trek.
The depiction of aliens who are completely alien mentally as well as physically and are completely bent on humanity's destruction is similar to that of the Arcturians in Brown's earlier What Mad Universe.
His short story "Arena" was voted by Science Fiction Writers of America as one of the top 20 SF stories ever written before 1965. His 1945 short story "The Waveries" was described by Philip K. Dick as "what may be the most significant—startlingly so—story SF has yet produced." "Knock" is well known for its opening, which is a complete two-sentence short-short story in itself.
Ayn Rand singled out Brown for high praise in her book The Romantic Manifesto. The famous pulp writer Mickey Spillane called Brown "my favorite writer of all time". Science fiction and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman has also expressed fondness for Brown's work, having his novel Here Comes A Candle narrated by the character Rose Walker in the collection The Kindly Ones of The Sandman. Also in The Sandman Graphic novels, Fredric Brown is a character in the first story of "The Sandman: Dream Country". Although his name isn't given, the Fredric Brown character makes a comment about having written "Here Comes a Candle". In the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman, Fredric Brown is an aging writer whose past accomplishments can be attributed to the muse that he has locked in his house. Calliope is her name and she is also the muse to Homer, the Greek poet.
Brown also had the honor of being one of three dedicatees of Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (the other two being Robert Cornog and Philip Jose Farmer).
Brown's short story "Naturally" was adapted into Geometria, a short film by director Guillermo del Toro.

Dimension X. May 6, 1950. NBC net. "Knock". Sustaining. The last man on Earth sat in a room, there was a knock on the door. The script was subsequently used on "X Minus One" on May 22, 1955 (see cat. #39848). The "X Minus One" program was rebroadcast on "Monitor" during July, 1974. Norman Rose (host), Bob Warren (anouncer), Edward King (director), Albert Buhrman (music), Bill Chambers (engineer), Arnold Moss, Luis Van Rooten, Joan Alexander, Frederic Brown (author), Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), Van Woodward (producer).

The Lux Radio Theatre. December 30, 1946. CBS net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Crack-Up". An interesting, if somewhat complex tale about a man suspected of being a psychopathic killer when he insists that he's been in a train wreck. AFRS program: "Radio Theatre." See cat. #83617 for a network, sponsored version of this broadcast. Pat O'Brien, Lynn Bari, Lester Matthews, William Keighley (host), John Milton Kennedy (announcer), Thomas Hanlon (second announcer), Louis Silvers (music director), John McIntire, Herb Butterfield, Cliff Clark, Stanley Waxman, June Whitley, Edward Marr, Norman Field (doubles), Dick Ryan (doubles), Charles Seel, Ed Emerson (doubles), Tyler McVey (doubles), Franklyn Parker, John Paxton (screenwriter), Ben Bengal (screenwriter), Ray Spencer (screenwriter), Frederic Brown (author), Fred MacKaye (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects).

X Minus One. August 7, 1956. NBC net. "The Last Martian". Sustaining. A man claims he's really a Martian. If fact, he's the very last Martian! Is he really? The program was rebroadcast on "Monitor" during October, 1974. Fred Collins (announcer), Santos Ortega, Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), William Welch (producer), Daniel Sutter (director), Elliott Reid, Frederic Brown (author), John McGovern, Mandel Kramer, Patricia Weil, Ralph Bell.

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

October 29, 2014 02:39 PM PDT

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Fanny Brice's Birthday - October 29, 1891

Fanny Brice (October 29, 1891 – May 29, 1951) was a popular and influential American illustrated song model, comedian, singer, theater and film actress, who made many stage, radio and film appearances and is known as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series, The Baby Snooks Show. Thirteen years after her death, she was portrayed on the Broadway stage by Barbra Streisand in the musical Funny Girl and its 1968 film adaptation.
From the 1930s until her death in 1951, Fanny made a radio presence as a bratty toddler named Snooks, a role she premiered in a Follies skit co-written by playwright Moss Hart. Baby Snooks premiered in The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air in February 1936 on CBS with Alan Reed playing Lancelot Higgins, her beleaguered "Daddy." Brice moved to NBC in December 1937, performing the Snooks routines as part of the Good News show, then back to CBS on Maxwell House Coffee Time, with the half-hour divided between the Snooks sketches and comedian Frank Morgan.
In September 1944, Brice's longtime Snooks sketch writers, Philip Rapp and David Freedman, brought in partners, Arthur Stander and Everett Freeman, to develop an independent, half-hour comedy program. The program launched on CBS in 1944, moving to NBC in 1948, with Freeman producing. First called Post Toasties Time, (named for the show's first sponsor), the show was renamed The Baby Snooks Show within short order, though in later years it was often known colloquially as Baby Snooks and Daddy. On the spinoff version of Baby Snooks, Hanley Stafford played Daddy, with Reed instead appearing as Daddy's employer, Mr. Weemish. Stafford eventually became the longest running actor to portray the "Daddy" character.
Brice was so meticulous about the program and the title character that she was known to perform in costume as a toddler girl even though seen only by the radio studio audience. She was 45 years old when the character began her long radio life. In addition to Reed and Stafford, her co-stars included Lalive Brownell, Lois Corbet and Arlene Harris playing her mother, Danny Thomas as Jerry, Charlie Cantor as Uncle Louie and Ken Christy as Mr. Weemish. She was completely devoted to the character, as she told biographer Norman Katkov: "Snooks is just the kid I used to be. She's my kind of youngster, the type I like. She has imagination. She's eager. She's alive. With all her deviltry, she is still a good kid, never vicious or mean. I love Snooks, and when I play her I do it as seriously as if she were real. I am Snooks. For 20 minutes or so, Fanny Brice ceases to exist."
Baby Snooks writer/producer Everett Freeman told Katkov that Brice didn't like to rehearse the role ("I can't do a show until it's on the air, kid") but always snapped into it on the air, losing herself completely in the character: "While she was on the air she was Baby Snooks. And...for an hour after the show, she was still Baby Snooks. The Snooks voice disappeared, of course, but the Snooks temperament, thinking, actions were all there."

The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour. January 12, 1933. Red net. The balcony scene from, "Romeo and Juliet," with both Romeo and Juliet heard with Yiddish accents (partial). Don't miss Fanny's partial rendition of, "Was That The Human Thing To Do?" She uses a Yiddish accent, and then sings in a "Baby Mae" voice (a forerunner of "Baby Snooks"). fascinating listening. Rudy Vallee, Fanny Brice. 6:24

The Baby Snooks Show. November 1, 1946. CBS net. Sponsored by: Jello. Daddy gets into a Halloween feud with a neighbor, and Snooks is no help. Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford, Carmen Dragon and His Orchestra, Harlow Wilcox (announcer), Arlene Harris, Sara Berner, Ben Alexander, Frank Nelson, Georgia Ellis, Robert Bentz.

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

October 28, 2014 03:07 AM PDT

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Lew Parker's Birthday - October 29, 1910

Lew Parker (October 29, 1910 – October 27, 1972) was an American television, stage and musical theatre actor. His most notable role was as Lou Marie, the beleaguered father of Marlo Thomas's character, Ann Marie, on the 1960s television series That Girl. Lew Parker took over Don Ameche's role as John Bickerson in the 1951 radio series and the television show.

Hollywood's Open House. Program #42. G-E-C (General Entertainment Corporation) syndication. Music fill for local commercial insert. The first tune is, "Humoresque." Lew Parker tells his life story in a series of one-liners. Lucille Ball and Jim Ameche appear in, "Blind Fear." The drama is awful, but Lucille does the emotional scenes very well. Jim Ameche (m.c.), Ray Bloch and His Orchestra, Jerry Cooper (vocal), Lew Parker, Lucille Ball, Lee Shane (writer), Ray Green (director).

The Bickersons. June 10, 1951. Program #2. CBS net. Sponsored by: Philip Morris. Unedited tape. Frances starts the show by singing, "On The Sunny Side Of The Street." Blanche uses John's insurance money to buy a new mink coat. One of the Philip Morris commercials has "a lady from the Bronx" take "the Philip Morris Nose Test." Blanche tells John that she's going to visit her mother. Broadcast June 12, 1951. Frances Langford, Lew Parker, Phil Rapp (creator), Tony Romano, Jay Jackson (commercial spokesman), Verna Felton, John Holbrook (announcer).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

October 27, 2014 02:57 PM PDT

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Jack Carson's Birthday - October 27, 1910

John Elmer "Jack" Carson (October 27, 1910 – January 2, 1963) was a Canadian-born American-based film actor.
Carson was one of the most popular character actors during the "golden age of Hollywood", with a film career spanning the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Though he was primarily used in supporting roles for comic relief, his work in films such as Mildred Pierce (1945) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) displayed his mastery of "straight" dramatic actor roles as well. He worked for RKO and MGM (cast opposite Myrna Loy and William Powell in Love Crazy), but most of his memorable work was for Warner Brothers. His trademark character was the wisecracking know it all, typically and inevitably undone by his own smug cockiness.

The Jack Carson Show. October 30, 1946. CBS net. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Jack has a Halloween date with a girl from Brazil. Jack and Norma Jean conclude the show with a campaign song (he's running for County Commissioner), called, "One More Vote." Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Norma Jean Nilsson, Irene Ryan.

The Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel. April 7, 1950. Program #544. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Shave Cream. Bill Stern, Jack Carson.

The Harold Lloyd Comedy Theatre. May 27, 1945. Program #30. Blue Network. "June Moon". Sponsored by: Old Gold. A novice songwriter meets up with an old pro. The program is also known as, "The Old Gold Comedy Theatre." Harold Lloyd (host), Carl Hoff (music director), Jack Carson, Frank McHugh, George S. Kaufman (author), Ring Lardner (author), Bob Williams (announcer).

Suspense. June 22, 1950. CBS net. "The One Millionth Joe". Sponsored by: Auto-Lite. A man is lucky enough to be the one millionth visitor to the Los Angeles airport...or is he? The lucky guy seems to be very interested in that free trip to Brazil, and for a very interesting rason! The script was previously used on, "The Philip Morris Playhouse." Jack Carson, Hy Averback, Howard McNear, Joseph Kearns (announcer), Sylvia Richards (wrier), William Spier (producer, editor), Norman Macdonnell (director), Harlow Wilcox (commercial spokesman), Richard C. Haudlet (commercial spokesman), Rene Garriguenc (composer), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

October 27, 2014 02:54 PM PDT

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Theodore Roosevelt's Birthday - October 27, 1858

Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt, Jr.(October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of the Republican Party (GOP) and founder of the Progressive Party insurgency of 1912. He is known for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his "cowboy" persona and robust masculinity. Born into a wealthy family in New York City, Roosevelt was a sickly child who suffered from asthma. To overcome his physical weakness, he embraced a strenuous life. He was home-schooled and became an eager student of nature. He attended Harvard College where he studied biology, boxed, and developed an interest in naval affairs. He quickly entered politics, determined to become a member of the ruling class. In 1881 he was elected to the New York State Assembly, where he became a leader of the reform faction of the GOP. His book The Naval War of 1812 (1882) established him as a learned historian and writer.

Biographies In Sound. November 14, 1957. NBC net. "Theodore Roosevelt". Sustaining. The broadcast is heard as part of, "Nightline." The program was rebroadcast on October 23, 1958 (see cat. #89142) Mrs. Gifford Pinchot, Walter O'Keefe ("Nightline" host), Mrs. Richard Derby (Roosevelt's daughter), Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Herman Hagadorn (Roosevelt biographer), Learned Hand, John Lord O'Brien, Stanley Isaacs, Mrs. Kermit Roosevelt, Avery Andrews, Henry Fletcher, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fairfield Osborne, Roy Watkins, William Savakol (?), Mrs. William Loeb, Mrs. Francis Cole, Theodore Roosevelt (by recording), Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Truby Davidson.

Mr. President. June 26, 1947. ABC net. "Teddy Roosevelt". Sustaining. The first show of the series. A no-nonsense Mr. President has to deal with a difficult coal strike, and a coal miner determined to kill him! See cat. #60195 for the audition program of this series, which also used the same script. The program may be dated June 27, 1947. Robert G. Jennings (producer), Dwight Hauser (director), Basil Adlam (composer, conductor), Edward Arnold, Betty Lou Gerson, Paul Milton (writer), Owen James (announcer), Ernest Whitman.

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

October 25, 2014 09:42 PM PDT

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Jackie Coogan's Birthday - October 26, 1914

John Leslie "Jackie" Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984) was an American actor who began his movie career as a child actor in silent films.[2] Many years later, he became known as Uncle Fester on the 1960s sitcom The Addams Family. In the interim, he sued his mother and stepfather over his squandered film earnings and provoked California to enact the first known legal protection for the earnings of child performers, widely known as the Coogan Act.

The Radio Hall Of Fame. April 8, 1945. ABC Blue net. Sponsored by: Philco. The first tune is, "Great Day." (Baby) Rose Marie sings. Jackie Coogan tells about fighting the Japs in the Pacific. The "Now and Then" tune is "I Love You." A "Mr. District Attorney" drama, written by Jerry Devine, "The Case Of The Perfect Frame-Up." The D. A. tackles a black marketeer and finds himself framed for murder. With Jay Jostyn, Len Doyle, Vicki Vola. Milton Caniff is interviewed about his comic strip, "Terry and The Pirates." M. C. Bob Hawk does an abbreviated "Thanks To The Yanks" program. Bob Hawk (m. c.), Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, Glenn Riggs (announcer), Rose Marie, Jackie Coogan, Jerry Devine (writer), Jay Jostyn, Len Doyle, Vicki Vola, Milton Caniff.

Kiss and Make Up. March 4, 1946. CBS net. "The Court Of Petty Grievances". Sustaining. A funny comedy and audience participation show with Uncle Miltie. Milton Berle (m.c.), Tony Marvin (announcer), Jackie Coogan, The Murphy Sisters, Cy Howard (creator, director).

SOURCES: Wikipedia and The

October 25, 2014 04:04 PM PDT

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Leo G. Carroll's Birthday - October 25,1886

Leo Gratten Carroll (25 October 1886[citation needed] – 16 October 1972) was an English actor. He was best known for his roles in several Hitchcock films, and in three television series, Topper, Going My Way, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Front Page Drama. January 4, 1934. Program #37. Hearst syndication. "The Death Dress". Sponsored by: The American Weekly. The first program of the series to be called, "Front Page Drama." The program was referred to as, "The American Weekly Program" for the first thirty-six programs, but was essentially the same show. Staged in the New York Studios of The General Broadcasting Company. The story will appear in The American Weekly as, "Trapped By The Blue Dress He Killed Her In." Leo G. Carroll, R. C. Wentworth (announcer).

The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour. November 14, 1935. Red net. Sponsored by: Fleischmann's Yeast. 8:00 P. M. Rudy's first tune is, "Life Begins At Sweet Sixteen." Kingsley and Case do their unique version of, "Frankie and Johnny." "Uncle Ludwig" (Lew Lehr) tells "Little Red Riding Pants" with his patented mile-thick Dutch accent. Rudy interviews famous author James Hilton. Willie and Gene Howard do a great vaudeville routine, ending with a cowboy song sung with a Yiddish accent. Colin Clive and Leo G. Carroll appear in a play titled, "The Other Place." Rudy Vallee, The Connecticut Yankees, Graham McNamee (announcer), Colin Clive, Willie Howard, Eugene Howard, James Hilton, Lew Lehr, Leo G. Carroll, The Stewart Sisters, Evelyn Case, Herbert Kingsley, John Baldeston (writer).

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