One of the most famous intros in radios golden age...The creaking door that started every episode of the Inner Sanctum Mysteries was spooky and set the mood for the scary tale that would follow.The show the creation of Hyman Brown's, who created one of the most famous scare fest in radio history ....Listen now to 2 fun episodes host by the sinister host of the show Raymond!
A short run series from the 1950's Hall of Fantasy told stories of terror and macbre. Here a classic show probably the best in series...The Shadow People...Enjoy!
Willis Cooper was famous for his start as the creator of Light's Out but would be over shadowed by the talented Arch Obler. Cooper left LO to go and write for Hollywood but he returned eventually to radio creating the show Quiet Please...Almost a double for Light's Out the show had some of the best and innovative stories on radio.
Here is one of the best shows in the shows short run.....
Starring the popular 1930's and 40's Hollywood actor Peter Lorre, who's sinister voice fit perfect with the shows scary tone. Mystery on the Air served up great chilling tales for it's short time on radio. Here is a favorite of mine the classic tale The Black Cat. Listen also for the announcer, Henry Morgan who would go to star on TV's Dragnet and M.A.S.H
The Jack Benny Program was the greatest sitcom in Radio history! Starting out as more of a variety show it would become a situation comedy based around radio stars comedy show. Jack and his cast did a great job of being both performers and characters. The shows in 40's and 50's feature visits to Jack's daily life at home and around town creating the life of a super popular radio star but who was penny pinching ego manic who never convinced his cast we was quite as wonderful as he thought! What made it more real life was the relationship between him and his valet Rochester, played wonderfully by Eddie Anderson. The rest of the cast played a form of themselves but different. For instance Mary Livingston played Mary Livingston but in real life Jack Benny's wife on the show a single girl Friday to Jack, who later in shows run became a sort of girlfriend. Don Wilson played announcer and announced the show, Phil Harris played the egotistical bandleader
and Dennis Day the boy singer: each took and created real characters around their personas.
In the 1940's Ronald Coleman and his wife Benita played themselves as Jack's suffering neighbors but characters of the real Ronald and Benita.
The writing on the show was top notch and the gags for the show created the best characters on radio!! Here a couple of my favorite shows!! Enjoy
Judy Canova started her career as a straight singer but eventually took the persona of a man chasing, hog calling hillbilly. She appeared through out the 1930's on a quite a few variety shows as her famous character and would do comedy skits and novelty songs.
She grew in popularity when she appeared in late 30's on The Chase and Sanborn Hour with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy and CBS gave her own show in 1943 which eventually moved to NBC in 1945 and stuck around until 1953.
Judy played herself a country bumpkin who moves west to Hollywood. The show was full of off beat characters her Aunt Aggie who she lives with and her maid Geranium, black maid played by Ruby Dandridge. Mel Blanc played Pedro the Mexican gardener, who voice would later be used for the Warner Bros. cartoon character Speedy Gonzales. The played on Judy as a single "man hungry" woman and featured Canova doing a song or two each show.
The closing theme throughout the war years was Goodnight, Soldier .....
Innocent and bubble headed Irma, beautiful blonde and naïve she is one of the many air-headed beauties from OTR (Gracie Allen and Jane Ace are just 2)...Irma was played masterfully by Marie Wilson who was different then many radio actors she really looked like Irma (see picture below) Her roommate and long suffering best friend was Jane Stacy played by Cathy Lewis, Lewis played the straight woman to Wilson. Jane's boyfriend was her boss Richard and Irma's boyfriend Al the always scamming con-man played by John Brown (who played Digger O'Dell the friendly undertaker on Life of Riley). The other main characters was Mrs. Riley, Irish Landlady and neighbor Mr. Kropotkin played wonderfully by Hans Conried.
The show appeared on CBS from 1947-1952...Enjoy the silly fun of My Friend Irma...