Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lights Out
Episode: Money, Money, Money (3/30/1943)

Lights Out is an extremely popular American old-time radio program, an early example of a network series devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum. Versions of Lights Out aired on different networks, at various times, from January 1934 to the summer of 1947 and the series eventually made the transition to television. source:

Lights out
Episode: Ghost on the newsreel negative (8/10/1946)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks is an American situation comedy starring Eve Arden as a sardonic high school English teacher. It began as a radio show broadcast on CBS from 1948 to 1957. When the show was adapted to television (1952–56), it became one of the medium's earliest hits. In 1956, the sitcom was adapted for big screen in the film of the same name.

Our Miss Brooks was a hit on radio from the outset; within eight months of its launch as a regular series, the show landed several honors, including four for Eve Arden, who won polls in four individual publications of the time. Arden had actually been the third choice to play the title role. Harry Ackerman, at the time CBS's West Coast director of programming, wanted Shirley Booth for the part, but as he told historian Gerald Nachman many years later, he realized Booth was too focused on the underpaid downside of public school teaching at the time to have fun with the role.

Lucille Ball was believed to have been the next choice, but she was already committed to My Favorite Husband and didn't audition. Then CBS chairman Bill Paley, who was friendly with Arden, persuaded her to audition for the part. With a slightly rewritten audition script—Osgood Conklin, for example, was originally written as a school board president but was now written as the incoming new Madison principal—Arden agreed to give the newly revamped show a try.

Produced by Larry Berns and written by director Al Lewis, Our Miss Brooks premiered on CBS July 19, 1948. According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very "feline" in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast—blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright—also received positive reviews.

Arden won a radio listeners' poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top-ranking comedienne of 1948-49, receiving her award at the end of an Our Miss Brooks broadcast that March. "I'm certainly going to try in the coming months to merit the honor you've bestowed upon me, because I understand that if I win this two years in a row, I get to keep Mr. Boynton," she joked. But she was also a hit with the critics; a winter 1949 poll of newspaper and magazine radio editors taken by Motion Picture Daily named her the year's best radio>
For its entire radio life, the show was sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive-Peet, promoting Palmolive soap, Lustre Creme shampoo, and Toni hair care products. The radio series continued until 1957, a year after its television life ended.

Our Miss Brooks
Episode: Babysitting on New Years Eve (1/1/1950)

Our Miss Brook
Episode: The heating system (1/9/1949)

A date with Judy
Episode: Aunt Lily needs a date (8/11/1942)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Green Hornet
Episode: Put it on ice (7/4/1939)

The Hornet must race to foil criminal plans to take over a meat packing plant.

Great Gildersleeve
Episode: Arrives At Summerfield (8/31/1941)

Gildersleeve leaves Wistful Vista for Summerfield for a business trip, and immediately gets into an argument with a stranger, who later turns out to be judge Hooker. Things do not go well for Gildersleeve.

Friday, May 9, 2014

I love adventure
Episode: The China Coast Incident (4/25/1948)

The first episode of this series finds Jack Packard (of I Love a Mystery), summoned to a mysterious meeting held by a group calling themselves 'The 21 Old Men of 10 Gramercy Park', who seek to convince him to work for them in the cause of international peace.

Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Episode: The Tell Tale Heart (8/3/1941)

Starring Boris Karloff. A man who claims to have exceptional hearing is bothered by the attitude of the man he lives with, so he kills him and hides him under the floor. Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Nick Carter
Episode: Murder by magic (4/8/1944)

Nick must find a way to help a friend who's been accused of a murder he can't remember committing, because he's being framed by someone called the Mystic who is really out to get Nick.

Fibber Mcgee and Molly
Episode: Encyclopedia Salesman (3/2/1936)

Fibber tries to become an encyclopedia salesman, but soon discovers he's not very good at it. He's such a bad salesman that he gets tricked into buying a set himself.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lux Radio Theater
Episode: The Thin Man (6/8/1936)

The Lux Radio Theaters version of The Thin Man movie, stars the original leading cast of William Powel and Myrna Loy.

Nick Charles (Powell), a retired detective, and his wife Nora (Loy) are attempting to settle down when he's pulled back into service by a friend's disappearance and possible involvement in a murder.

Abbott & Costello
Episode: Jack and the beanstalk

Rudy Vallee is asked to help with the show, and joins the pair in a Jack and the Beanstalk sketch.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Episode: Incident At Quito (12/7/1951)

An archaeologist while in Ecuador seeks to make his reputation by getting rare shrunken heads, but makes a trade for them that he lives to regret.

Hall Of Fantasy
Episode: Black Figurine Of Death (1/26/1953)

A dying man speaks his mind to those who will inherit his fortune. In addition to the estate, he vows to come back from the grave to right wrongs done to him by his family.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Weird Circle
Episode: The ghosts touch (9/17/1944)

A womans dead husband protects her from a scientists strange experiments.

Lights Out
The Meteor Man (12/22/1942)

Arch Obler introduces a story about a couple who witness a meteor crash, and after examining it, they find a creature inside from a race with deadly plans for the planet Earth.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fibber Mc Gee And Molly
Episode: Molly Loses Left Rear Fender (4/10/1940)

After Molly and Mrs. Uppington return home with the car, Molly discovers a fender is missing, and struggles to hide it from McGee while Gildersleeve replaces it.

The Shadow
Episode: The Wig Makers Of Doom Street (11/28/1948)

Lamont and Margo investigate the disappearances of women, which leads them to an elderly pair of wig makers.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Weird Circle
Episode: Spectre Of Tappington (3/12/1944)

A man on leave from service in India, recovering from a head wound, visits the manor house of his cousins. At evening, he's told a legend related to the manor, in which a stranger to the manor was found dead, and his trousers, which supposedly held important documents, were missing. The morning after hearing that story, and every morning afterward, the man awakes to find his own trousers missing, and claims to have seen the ghost taking them.

Man Called X
Episode: Vienna (6/22/1951)

Mr. Thurson becomes involved in Cold War intrigue in Vienna when he learns of a family dispute over the control of a pro western newspaper, run by friends of his.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Jack Benny Program
Episode: Guests Burns And Allen (4/11/1937)

Gracie arrives to deliver a message from George, but George has to deliver it himself. The cast performs another episode of Buck Benny Rides Again, still trying to catch the outlaw Cactus Face.

Nero Wolfe
Episode: The Telltale Ribbon (3/30/1951)

Nero and Archie investigate the death of a woman who received threatening letters typed on a typewriter found in her home, and leaving everyone in the household to be suspected of causing her death.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Episode: Death is a joker (6/10/1944)

Inner Sanctum Mysteries, a popular old-time radio program that aired from January 7, 1941 to October 5, 1952, was created by producer Himan Brown and was based on the generic title given to the mystery novels of Simon and Schuster. A total of 526 episodes were broadcast.

The Fat Man
Murder Is The Medium (7/22/1949)

The Fat Man, a popular radio show during the 1940s and early 1950s was a detective drama based on characters by Dashiell Hammett. It starred J. Scott Smart in the title role, as a detective who started out anonymous but rapidly acquired the name 'Brad Runyon'.

Broadcast from the studios of WJZ in Newark, New Jersey, the series premiered on the ABC Radio Network on Monday, January 21, 1946, at 8:30pm, as part of a block of four new programs (I Deal in Crime, Forever Tops, and Jimmy Gleason's Diner). Based on Dashiell Hammett's fiction, The Fat Man was further developed by producer, E.J. ("Mannie") Rosenberg. The program was directed by Clark Andrews, creator of Big Town, and Charles Powers. The main writer was Richard Ellington, with other scripts by Robert Sloane and Lawrence Klee.