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September 30, 2014 11:17 PM PDT

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Everett Sloane's Birthday - October 1, 1909

Everett Sloane (October 1, 1909 – August 6, 1965) was an American stage, film and television actor, songwriter, voice actor and theatre director.
Sloane eventually joined Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre, and acted in Welles' films in roles such as Bernstein in Citizen Kane in 1941 and Arthur Bannister in The Lady from Shanghai in 1947. He played an assassin in Renaissance-era Italy opposite Welles' Cesare Borgia in Prince of Foxes (1949).
In the 1940s, Sloane was a frequent guest star on the radio theater series Inner Sanctum Mysteries and The Shadow (as comic relief Shrevie, the cab driver, among other roles), and was in The Mysterious Traveler episode "Survival of the Fittest" with Kermit Murdock. In 1953, he starred as Captain Frank Kennelly in the CBS radio crime drama 21st Precinct. In 1957, he co-starred in the ninth episode of Suspicion co-starring Audie Murphy and Jack Warden. In 1958, he played Walter Brennan's role in a remake of To Have and Have Not called The Gun Runners.
Sloane also worked extensively in television; in November 1955 he starred in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Our Cook's a Treasure"; he appeared on the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show, also known as On Trial, in the 1956 episode "Law Is for the Lovers", with co-star Inger Stevens.
On March 7, 1959, he guest-starred in an episode of NBC's Cimarron City titled "The Ratman", appearing alongside the show's star, John Smith. Later that same year, Sloane appeared as a guest in "Stage Stop", the premiere episode of John Smith's second NBC western series, Laramie.
In 1961, Sloane appeared in an episode of The Asphalt Jungle. In the early 1960s, he voiced the title character of The Dick Tracy Show in 130 cartoons. Beginning in 1964, he provided character voices for the animated TV series The Adventures of Jonny Quest. He also starred in the ABC sci-fi television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, in the episode "Hot Line". He wrote the unused lyrics to "The Fishin' Hole", the theme song for The Andy Griffith Show. Sloane guest starred on the show in 1962, playing Jubal Foster in the episode "The Keeper of the Flame". He starred in both the film and television versions of Rod Serling's Patterns, and in the first season of The Twilight Zone in the episode "The Fever". He guest starred as a San Francisco attorney in the 1962 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Poison Pen Pal".
Sloane appeared in Walt Disney's Zorro series in 1957–1958 as Andres Felipe Basilio, in the "Man from Spain" episodes. He also appeared in a few episodes of Bonanza.
Sloane committed suicide at age 55 on August 6, 1965 because he feared he was going blind. He is buried at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles.

The Campbell Playhouse. May 12, 1939. CBS net. "Our Town". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. The first radio performance of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder. Good radio! An excellent production of a superb play. Agnes Moorehead, Effie Palmer, Ernest Chappell (announcer), Everett Sloane, John Craven, Orson Welles (host), Parker Fennelly, Patricia Newton, Ray Collins (narrator), Thornton Wilder (author).

Bulldog Drummond. September 28, 1941. A Mutual net presentation/audition program with sales copy for the program instead of commercials. Captain Drummond and faithful Denny break up a hijacking gang with one of Drummond's inventions, a paint that changes color! Possibly recorded during September 26, 1941. George Coulouris, Everett Sloane, Himan Brown (producer, director), Lew White (organist).

Inner Sanctum. October 27, 1947. CBS net. "Till Death Do Us Part". Sponsored by: Bromo Seltzer. Two newlyweds witness a murder; a woman's face is shot away! Running from the gunman, the couple find the dead body back in their tourist cabin! The landlady finds the corpse and the groom winds up killing her! The story has a terrible cop-out ending. The script was previously used on "Inner Sanctum" on October 16, 1945 (see cat. #4412) and subsequently on June 4, 1951 (see cat. #88539) and September 14, 1952. Paul McGrath (host), Everett Sloane, Mercedes McCambridge, Himan Brown (director), Dwight Weist (announcer), Emile Tepperman (writer). 29:24

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September 30, 2014 03:36 PM PDT

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Kenny Baker's Birthday - September 30, 1912

Kenneth Laurence "Kenny" Baker (September 30, 1912 – August 10, 1985) was an American singer and actor who first gained notice as the featured singer on radio's The Jack Benny Program during the 1930s.
At the height of his radio fame, and after leaving the Benny show in 1939 (succeeded by Dennis Day, whose tenor was similar to Baker's), he appeared in seventeen film musicals, including Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937), At the Circus (1939), and The Harvey Girls (1946). He also starred in the 1939 movie version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. He later co-starred with Mary Martin in the original Broadway production of Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash's One Touch of Venus (1943). He returned to radio as a regular performer on Fred Allen's Texaco Star Theater program (1940–1942).
After retiring from performing in the early 1950s, Baker became a Christian Science practitioner and motivational speaker, and recorded a number of record albums of hymns for his church.

The Jell-O Program Starring Jack Benny. November 3, 1935. Blue Network. Sponsored by: Jell-O. Jack gets a haircut and the whole gang does a Hollywood movie skit called, "Open Up 'Dem Goldwyn Gates." The first show of the series with tenor Kenny Baker, who sings, "A Rose In Her Hair." Jack Benny, Kenny Baker, Johnny Green and His Orchestra, Harry Baldwin (doubles), Mary Livingstone, Blanche Stewart (doubles), Don Wilson.

The Texaco Star Theatre. April 23, 1941. CBS net, WABC, New York City aircheck. Sponsored by: Texaco. East coast broadcast. News Of The Week: New York's heat wave. The story of how Fred gets the ideas for each week's newsreel. Kenny Baker works for the Circus and sings, "Adios." The Texaco Round Table discusses: "Do you think that in the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love?" The Texaco Workshop Players do a play called, "Radio" or "The Undoing Of Abner Snide." Fred Allen, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), Portland Hoffa, Kenny Baker, Wynn Murray, Al Goodman and His Orchestra, Larry Elliott (commercial spokesman),

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September 30, 2014 12:47 AM PDT

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Greer Garson's Birthday - September 29, 1904

Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson Fogelson, CBE (29 September 1904 – 6 April 1996),

was a British American actress who was very popular during World War II, being listed

by the Motion Picture Herald as one of America's top ten box office draws from 1942

to 1946. As one of MGM's major stars during the 1940s, Garson received seven

Academy Award nominations, including a record five consecutive nominations, winning

the Best Actress award for Mrs. Miniver (1942).

The Charlie McCarthy Show. January 23, 1944. Program #51. NBC net origination,

AFRS rebroadcast. The first tune is, "Can't You Do A Friend A Favor?" Charlie's been

offered a job as a photographer's model. Charlie takes guest Greer Garson out

"slumming" for the evening. Anita Ellis sings, "Besame Mucho" (possibly her first

appearance on the program). Edgar Bergen, Greer Garson, Ray Noble and His

Orchestra, Bill Goodwin (announcer), Ernest Newton (vocal), Anita Ellis, The

Sportsmen, Dale Evans.
Academy Award Theatre. November 20, 1946. CBS net. "Brief Encounter".

Sponsored by: Squibb (the middle commercial has been deleted). A British

melodrama of a love that cannot be. Greer Garson, Hugh Brundage (announcer).

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September 30, 2014 12:43 AM PDT

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Gene Autry's Birthday - September 29, 1907

Orvon Grover Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998), better known as Gene Autry, was an American performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy on the radio, in movies, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s. Autry was also owner of a television station, several radio stations in Southern California, and the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997.
From 1934 to 1953, Autry appeared in 93 films and 91 episodes of The Gene Autry Show television series. During the 1930s and 1940s, he personified the straight-shooting hero—honest, brave, and true—and profoundly touched the lives of millions of Americans.[2] Autry was also one of the most important figures in the history of country music, considered the second major influential artist of the genre's development after Jimmie Rodgers.[2] His singing cowboy movies were the first vehicle to carry country music to a national audience. In addition to his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again", Autry is still remembered for his Christmas holiday songs, "Here Comes Santa Claus", which he wrote, "Frosty the Snowman", and his biggest hit, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Melody Ranch. January 4, 1940. CBS net. Sponsored by: Doublemint gum. The first show of the series. The first tune is, "Driving The Blues Away." Gene sings, "Back In The Saddle Again," and tells the story of how Will Rogers encouraged him to go into show business while he was still a telegraph operator. Gene Autry.

The Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel. October 25, 1946. Program #363. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Shave Cream. Bill Stern, Gene Autry.

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September 28, 2014 06:10 PM PDT

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Arnold Stang's Birthday - September 28, 1918

Arnold Stang (September 28, 1918 – December 20, 2009) was an American comic actor, whose comic persona was a small and bespectacled, yet brash and knowing big-city type.

Stang once claimed he got his break in radio by sending a postcard to a New York station requesting an audition, was accepted, and then bought his own ticket to New York from Chelsea, Massachusetts with the money set aside for his mother's anniversary gift. True or not, Stang worked on New York-based network radio shows as a boy, appearing on children's programs such as The Horn and Hardart Children's Hour and Let's Pretend. By 1940, he had graduated to teenaged roles, appearing on The Goldbergs. Director Don Bernard hired him in October 1941 to do the commercials on the CBS program Meet Mr. Meek but decided his constantly cracking voice would hurt the commercial so he ordered scriptwriters to come up with a role for him. He next appeared on the summer replacement show The Remarkable Miss Tuttle with Edna May Oliver in 1942 and replaced Eddie Firestone Jr. in the title role of That Brewster Boy when Firestone joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943.
Comedian Henry Morgan made him a sidekick on his program in fall of 1946 and Stang appeared in similar roles the following year on radio shows with Eddie Cantor and Milton Berle.

The Henry Morgan Show. November 5, 1947. ABC net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Gerard" (Arnold Stang) describes his experiences in Hollywood. Loraine Burton and her cocker spaniel sing, "Sugar Blues." Don't miss this performance; Henry describes the dog as the only cocker with an AFRA card! "Uncle Henry" reads the advertising cartoon at the bottom of the funnies. Bernie Green and his orchestra play a fully orchestrated version of, "The Pepsi Cola Theme." "The March Of Science" tells about, "The Disocvery Of Weather." Henry Morgan, Bernard Green and His Orchestra, Arnold Stang, Loraine Burton.

Gangbusters. June 9, 1944. Program #369. Blue Network. "The Case Of The Unknown Killers". Sponsored by: Sloan's Liniment, Nonspi deodorant. The story of "The Broadway and Coney Island Murders." A cop is killed in Coney Island during a holdup. This leads to an exciting shoot-out in a hotel. "Gangbusters Nationwide Clues" follow the story. Fred William Poole: murderer, upper and lower front teeth missing, walks with head down, has two machine guns. Ralph Williams: escaped convict, scar left side forehead, "L.O.V.E." tattoed on four fingers, "1935 O'Donnell" tattoed on forearm. Narrated by "Colonel Schwarzkopf" (by proxy). Arnold Stang, playing a bellhop, does a Sloan's Liniment commercial integrated into the plot. Charles Stark (announcer), Arnold Stang, Phillips H. Lord (producer).

The Adventures Of Archie Andrews. September 25, 1948. NBC net. Sponsored by: Swift's Premier Meats. Archie has gotten two free tickets to the movies at the Bijou Theatre. Alice Yourman, Arthur Kohl, Bob Hastings, Carl Jampel (writer), Gloria Mann, Harlan Stone, Jan Aymar, Kenneth MacGregor (producer, director), Rosemary Rice, Arnold Stang as Pinky Stone, Bob Sherry (announcer).

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September 28, 2014 01:43 PM PDT

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Ed Sullivan's Birthday - September 28, 1901

Edward Vincent "Ed" Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American entertainment writer and television host, best known as the presenter of the television variety program The Toast of the Town, now usually remembered under its second name, The Ed Sullivan Show. Broadcast for 23 years from 1948 to 1971, it set a record for longest-running variety show in US broadcast history.

The Jell-O Program Starring Jack Benny. March 26, 1939. Red net. Sponsored by: Jell-O. The cast does a "hotel mystery" which includes several swipes at Fred Allen. The guest is Ed Sullivan, on whose show, Jack made his first appearance on radio. Part of the first commercial has been deleted. Jack Benny, Don Wilson, Phil Harris, Mary Livingstone, Kenny Baker, Ed Sullivan, Harry Baldwin, Elliott Lewis, Blanche Stewart (doubles), Ed Beloin (writer), Bill Morrow (writer). 29:27.

Good News Of 1939. May 4, 1939. Program #72. NBC net, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. Sponsored by: Maxwell House Coffee. The first tune is, "Got A Pebble In My Shoe." Guest Ed Sullivan recalls June 4, 1929 in a gossip column of the air. Frank Morgan, the journalist. Daddy tries to go to sleep, but Baby Snooks hears a burglar. Fanny Brice sings, "My Man." Frank Morgan in a serious drama, "Water Under The Bridge" with Rita Johnson and Gale Gordon. The orchestra plays, "Parade Fantastique," written by Meredith Willson. Robert Young (host), Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Ed Sullivan, Connie Boswell, Frank Morgan, Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford, Rita Johnson, Gale Gordon, Warren Hull (announcer).

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September 27, 2014 09:57 AM PDT

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William Conrad's Birthday - September 27, 1920

William Conrad (born John William Cann Jr.;[1] September 27, 1920 – February 11, 1994) was an American actor, producer and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film and television.
A radio writer and actor, he moved to Hollywood, California, after his World War II service and played a series of character roles in films beginning with the quintessential film noir, The Killers (1946). He created the role of Marshal Matt Dillon for the popular radio series Gunsmoke (1952–1961), and narrated the television adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (1959–1964) and The Fugitive (1963–1967).
Finding fewer on-screen roles in the 1950s, he changed from actor to producer-director with television work, narration, and a series of Warner Bros. films in the 1960s. Conrad found stardom as a detective in the TV series Cannon (1971–1976) and Nero Wolfe (1981), and as a district attorney in the legal drama Jake and the Fatman (1987–1992).
William Conrad estimated that he played more than 7,500 roles during his radio career. At KMPC, the 22-year-old Conrad produced and acted in The Hermit's Cave (circa 1940–44), the Los Angeles incarnation of a popular syndicated horror anthology series created at WJR Detroit.Conrad was the voice of Escape (1947–1954), regarded as radio's greatest high-adventure series.
He played Warchek, a menacing policeman, in Johnny Modero: Pier 23 (Mutual 1947), a detective series starring Jack Webb, and was in the cast of Webb's crime drama Pete Kelly's Blues (NBC 1951). He played newspaper editor Walter Burns opposite Dick Powell's reporter Hildy Johnson in the ABC radio drama The Front Page (1948). He was Dave the Dude in the syndicated drama anthology series, The Damon Runyon Theater (1948); Lt. Dundy in the NBC radio series, The Adventures of Sam Spade (1949–1950); boss to government special agent Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in The Silent Men (NBC 1951); and a New Orleans bartender in the NBC adventure drama, Jason and the Golden Fleece (1952–53). Most prominently, Conrad's deep, resonant voice was heard in the role of Marshal Matt Dillon on CBS Radio's gritty Western series, Gunsmoke (April 26, 1952 – June 18, 1961). The producers originally rejected him for the part due to his ubiquitous presence on so many radio dramas and the familiarity of his voice. But his impressive audition could not be dismissed, and he became the obvious choice for the role. Conrad voiced Dillon for the show's nine-year run. In addition, he wrote the June 1953 episode "Sundown." When Gunsmoke was adapted for television in 1955, executives at CBS did not cast Conrad or his radio costars, despite a campaign to get them to change their minds.
His other credits include Suspense, Lux Radio Theater and Fibber McGee and Molly. In "The Wax Works", a 1956 episode of Suspense, Conrad performed every part. Because of his CBS Radio contract, he sometimes appeared on shows on other networks under the pseudonym "Julius Krelboyne".
In January 1956 Conrad was announcer on the debut broadcast of The CBS Radio Workshop, a two-part adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World which Huxley himself narrated. "On the air, The CBS Radio Workshop was a lightning rod for ideas," wrote radio historian John Dunning, who cites Conrad's "tour de force" performances in the subsequent broadcasts '"The Legend of Jimmy Blue Eyes" (March 23, 1956) and "A Matter of Logic" (June 1, 1956).[8]:144–145 Conrad directed and narrated the 1957 episode "Epitaphs", an adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters's poetry volume Spoon River Anthology.
He was among the supporting cast for the espionage drama The Man Called X (1944–48); the syndicated dramatic anthology Favorite Story (1946–49); the adventure dramas The Count of Monte Cristo (Mutual 1947–48), The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen (Mutual 1947–48), The Green Lama (CBS 1949) and Nightbeat (NBC 1950–52); Romance (1950) and Hollywood Star Playhouse (1950–53); Errol Flynn's The Modern Adventures of Casanova (Mutual 1952); and Cathy and Elliott Lewis's On Stage (CBS 1953–54).

The Whistler. August 5, 1946. CBS Pacific net. "Bulletproof". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A hateful husband and wife have divorce, blackmail, tapped telephones and .22 calibre bullets shot out of a .45 automatic in common. William Conrad plays a detective named, "Conrad." Gerald Mohr, Mary Jane Croft, Kenneth Harvey (writer), George W. Allen (producer), Wilbur Hatch (music), Marvin Miller (announcer), William Conrad.

Our Miss Brooks. March 13, 1949. CBS net. "The Madison High Cafeteria Boycott". Sponsored by: Palmolive Soap, Lustre-Creme Shampoo, Palmolive Shave Cream. A boycott of the Madison High School cafeteria is being planned by the students. Eve Arden wins an award from Radio Mirror Magazine on the air. William Conrad as Martin Dunbar,Eve Arden, Jane Morgan, Gloria McMillan, Gale Gordon, Verne Smith (announcer), Bob Lemond (announcer), Leonard Smith, Gerald Mohr, William Conrad as Martin Dunbar, Richard Crenna, Jeff Chandler, Al Lewis (writer, director), Wilbur Hatch (music). 29:50. Audio condition:

Escape. November 22, 1949. CBS net. "Maracas". Sustaining. A trio of unsavory characters, a cargo of contraband guns and a surprise ending. William Conrad (Announcer and star), John Bagni (writer), Gwen Bagni (writer), William N. Robson (director).

The CBS Radio Workshop. May 11, 1956. CBS net. "The Enormous Radio". Sustaining. A newly purchased radio picks up voices from neighboring apartments instead of regular broadcasts. Virginia Gregg, Hans Conried, Antony Ellis (producer, director, adaptor), Stacy Harris, Eve McVeagh, Charlotte Lawrence, Joseph Kearns, Paula Winslowe, Herb Butterfield, Helen Kleeb, John Cheever (author), William Conrad (narrator), George Walsh, Irene Tedrow, Robert Chadwick (special effects), Bill James (special effects), Clark Casey (special effects), Hugh Douglas (announcer).

Gunsmoke. June 6, 1953. CBS net. "Sundown". Sustaining. Marshal Dillon and Chester find an Indian squaw dying on the prairie and suspects foul play. A good story! William Conrad (writer, performer), John McIntire, Michael Ann Barrett, Parley Baer, Lawrence Dobkin, John Dehner, Georgia Ellis, Norman Macdonnell (director), Rex Koury (composer, conductor), Howard McNear, Roy Rowan (announcer).

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September 27, 2014 06:55 AM PDT

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Harry Blackstone Sr.'s Birthday - September 27, 1885

Harry Blackstone (September 27, 1885 – November 16, 1965) was a famed stage magician and illusionist of the 20th century. Blackstone was born Harry Bouton[1] in Chicago, Illinois,[2] he began his career as a magician in his teens and was popular through World War II as a USO entertainer. He was often billed as The Great Blackstone. His son Harry Blackstone, Jr. also became a famous magician.

Blackstone, the Magic Detective was a 15-minute radio series which had a tie-in with several comic books. The program aired Sunday afternoons at 2:45pm on the Mutual Broadcasting System from October 3, 1948 until March 26, 1950.
Starring Ed Jerome as "the world's greatest living magician," the radio series was based on real-life magician Harry Blackstone, Sr.
The series was announced by Don Hancock from October 1948 through June 1949, and Alan Kent from July 1949 through to the end of the series in March, 1950. The background organ music was supplied by Bill Meeder. Scripts were mostly by Walter B. Gibson, the ghostwriter of Blackstone's books, and Nancy Webb, who worked with Gibson on Chick Carter, Boy Detective.

Blackstone The Magic Detective. October 3, 1948. Program #1. Mutual net origination, syndicated. "The Ghost That Trapped A Killer". Commercials added locally. Blackstone uses chemistry to create a "ghost" and produce a confession. Blackstone explains "The Match In The Glass" trick. The series may have been broadcast in 1944 instead of or in addition to the dates given for the series. Edwin Jerome, Fran Carlon, Don Hancock (announcer), Walter Gibson (writer), Nancy Webb (writer). 1

Blackstone The Magic Detective. October 10, 1948. Program #2. Mutual net origination, Michelson syndication. "The Reluctant Buzz Saw". Commercials added locally. Blackstone and Rhoda are threatened by two bad guys. Blackstone explains the "Three Coins Worth Thirty Five Cents and Six Glasses In A Row" trick. Edwin Jerome, Fran Carlon, Walter Gibson (writer), Nancy Webb (writer).

Blackstone The Magic Detective. October 17, 1948. Program #3. Mutual net origination, Michelson syndication. "The Emerald In The Fishbowl". Commercials added locally. Blackstone traps a jewel thief who removes the emerald from the bowl without getting his hand wet! Blackstone explains "The Dry Hand" trick. Edwin Jerome, Fran Carlon, Walter Gibson (writer), Nancy Webb (writer).
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September 26, 2014 07:43 AM PDT

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George Raft 's Birthday - September 26, 1901

George Raft (born George Ranft; September 26, 1901[1] – November 24, 1980) was an American film actor and dancer identified with portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s. A stylish leading man in dozens of movies, today George Raft is mostly known for his gangster roles in the original Scarface (1932), Each Dawn I Die (1939), and Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy Some Like it Hot, as a dancer in Bolero (1934), and a truck driver in They Drive by Night (1940). Raft's real-life association with New York gangsters gave his screen image in mob films an added realism. He also gained retrospective notoriety for the leading roles that he turned down--only to have those roles become breakout hits for other actors (notably, Humphery Bogart).

The Cases Of Mr. Ace. Paragon Radio Productions syndication. Commercials added locally. A lady psychoanalyst hires Eddie Ace to tell her about his cases. Frederick Miller, a corporation lawyer, is found shot to death. Before confessing to the crime, the killer leaves a special key with Eddie Ace. George Raft, Joe Eisinger (producer, director, billed as "Jason James"), Jeanette Nolan, Leo Cleary, Carlton KaDell (announcer), Theodore Von Eltz, Stanley Farrar, Alexander Courage (composer, conductor, billed as "Sandy Courage"), Cathy Lewis.

The Martin and Lewis Show. October 12, 1951. NBC net. Sponsored by: Chesterfield, Anacin. Dean starts the show singing, "Meanderin'." Guest Carol Richard sings a duet with Dean. Guest George Raft joins Dean and Jerry in their own version of the new Martin and Lewis movie, "That's My Boy?" Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Dick Stabile and His Orchestra, Carol Richards, Jimmy Wallington (announcer), George Raft, Ed Simmons (writer), Norman Lear (writer), Dick Mack (producer, director).

Rocky Jordan. July 11, 1951. CBS net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Genakos Affair". Sustaining. The Cairo government wants Rocky to help them investigate the Genakos Produce Company. His help starts with a hypodermic needle and continues with the closing of the Cafe Tambourine! George Raft, Jay Novello, Lawrence Dobkin, Lou Krugman, Mary Shipp, Byron Kane, Ben Wright, Paul Frees, Fritz Feld, Larry Roman (writer), Adrian Gendot (writer), Richard Aurandt (composer, conductor), Cliff Howell (producer, director), Bob Lemond (announcer).

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September 25, 2014 11:21 PM PDT

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Edmund Gwenn's Birthday - September 26, 1877

Edmund Gwenn (26 September 1877– 6 September 1959) was an English actor. On film he is perhaps best remembered for his role as Kris Kringle in the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. As a stage actor in the West End and on Broadway, he was associated with a wide range of works by modern playwrights, including Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy and J. B. Priestley. After the Second World War he lived in the US, and made his career in Hollywood and on Broadway.

Suspense. August 10, 1943. CBS net. "The Fountain Plays". Sustaining. A delightfully British little murder. The story was subsequently produced on "Suspense" on November 23, 1944 (see cat. #81583). Wendy Barrie, Edmund Gwenn, Dennis Hoey, Ian Wolfe, Robert L. Richards (adaptor), Dorothy L. Sayers (author), William Spier (producer), Ted Bliss (director), Ted Osborne ("The Man In Black"), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Bernard Herrmann (conductor).

Arch Oboler's Plays. June 28, 1945. Program #12. Mutual net. "The Truth". Sustaining. A thoughtful story about a scientist who puzzles after the ultimate source of cosmic rays and eventually discovers, "The Truth." The 12th of a series of 26 broadcasts. The story was previous heard on the program on April 8, 1939. Edmund Gwenn, Roseanne Murray, Bruce Elliott, Antony Ellis, Gordon Jenkins, Jack Meighan, Arch Oboler.

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