A short lived kids show from the early 1940's Chick Carter, Boy Detective was billed as the worlds youngest detective. Chick solved crimes with help from his friends Sue and Tex.
As one half of the famous comedy team Bob and Ray, Bob Elliot past away at age 92. Bob and his partner Ray Goulding were one of the most popular comedy teams of the late years of the Golden age of Radio...Their radio show The Bob and Ray Show on CBS is consider by many fans of OTR to be some of the funniest and intelligent comedy of all the golden age!
Known for their great sketches mocking radio soaps like Mary Noble, Backstage Wife and One man's Family (Mary Backstyge, Noble Wife and One Fella's Family)...Here is 2 of my favorite Mr. Science sketches always funny and One Fella's Family both from the late 1950's....
Herald as great new experiment in radio Studio X premiered in 1948...Critics loved it and it starred Paul Frees who had a long and distinguished radio and voice career...the stories are much like Escape or Chase. It didn't last more then a season....I these 2 very interesting episode from the series short run.
Hey Folks! Sorry I've been traveling for my day job to several cities in US and in Germany and made it too hard to post, so I'm back and will continue with the RARE SHOWS Theme...I promise to double up when I can to make sure I'm sharing great OTR suggestions for your listening pleasure...BTW if you have a suggestion for future post or Themes you'd like me to do please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment! Thanks so much!!!
Top Secret was short lived spy series taking place during WW2 it starred the Hungarian actress IIona Massey...Pretty good stories and her voice which sounds a bit like Marlene Deitrich . It lasted only 5 months on NBC...Here is the first episode from June of 1950.
This short run show a well done dramatic anthology about heroic acts. The Search was hosted by Robert Young star of Father Knows Best. Starring Willard Watermen from Gildersleeve fame.Interesting well done show give it a try see what you think....
Shirley Temple the adorable curly top child star was a huge movie draw in the 1930's and was the box office champ 4 years in a row, but like Mickey Rooney and many other child stars as they grew up the audience shied away....So by the 1940's when she was entering her teens she did very few movies and retired completely from acting at age 22 in 1950. She tried radio on this short lived series called Shirley Temple Time but it didn't catch on since she was past her adorable moppet stage.
Late in life she would have a whole different career in politics and served on the United Nation and U.S. Ambassador.
No other show in OTR history had the spin-off success the Jack Benny Program had...numerous shows came from the popularity of Jack and his talented cast. Bandleader Phil Harris on Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, Singer Dennis Day on Day in the Life of Dennis Day, Voice Man Mel Blanc on Mel Blanc's Fix it Shop and Ronald Coleman and Benita Hume on Hall's of Ivy....One other Benny regular tried his turn at his own series...
Eddie Anderson a audience favorite was also a theater and vaudeville star who became famous as the wisecracking gravel throat valet Rochester on The Jack Benny Program. The short lived series lasted only a few episodes in 1950 and was called both The Rochester Show and Life of Rochester Van Jones.
Here is the premiere episode of that series from Feb. 8, 1950.
So Christmas is over and the focus heads to the New Years Celebrations...So let's celebrate with Our friend The Great Gildersleeve and the gang from Summerville! Here are a couple New Years themed episodes with the Great Man becoming New for a New Year and a Big New Years party were Gildy is always in hot water with his lady friends!!!
The big day is finally here Christmas Eve!!! The presents are bought, the dinner is planned and the decoration are hung...Now it's time with family and friends and what better way then to listening to a Classic Christmas OTR show....
I saved the very best most classic OTR show for Christmas Eve! This show was replayed for decades and many, many versions exist but this is my personal favorite. Starring the famous stage and movie actor in a role he would because famous for playing Lionel Barrymore in Charles Dicken's Holiday Classic A Christmas Carol from Christmas Eve of 1939 and featured on the Campbell Playhouse.
The story of the miser Scrooge who is visit by 3 ghosts to remind him of what life and Christmas especially is about; is a warm tale that speaks to people year after year and reminds us all of the goodness and thanks we should all hold in hearts at Christmas time!
Enjoy this Classic and share it with the whole family!
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!