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Summer 2024 Program Highlights


PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (6-12-49) With Elliott Lewis as Frank Remley, Walter Tetley as Julius Abbruzio, Robert North as Willie, Jeannine Roose, Anne Whitfield, Peggy Webber. In the first of two consecutive episodes, Frankie has adopted a young orphan boy from France and tries to teach him English with Phil’s help. Rexall, NBC. (30 min)
GREEN HORNET (2-21-42) “Charity Takes it on the Chin” starring Al Hodge as Britt Reid, the Green Hornet. The Hornet investigates what appears to be impropriety at the city’s welfare board. Sustaining, NBC BLUE. (30 min)
PHILCO RADIO TIME (11-12-47) Bing Crosby stars, with announcer Ken Carpenter, the Rhythmaires, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra and guests Peter Lorre, Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. Peter and Kay join Bing for a sketch involving commercial jingles; Bing sings “Come to the Mardi Gras” and “How Soon.” Philco, ABC. (30 min)
STUDIO ONE (3-23-48) “The 39 Steps” starring Glenn Ford in a radio adaptation of the story by John Buchan. An innocent man becomes involved in murder and espionage and seeks the help of a disbelieving young woman. With Kathleen Cordell, Mercedes McCambridge, Miriam Wolfe, Everett Sloane, John Stanley. Fletcher Markle hosts. Sustaining, CBS. (37 min and 23 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (6-19-49) With Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Robert North, Jeannine Roose, Anne Whitfield, Peggy Webber. It’s Father’s Day and Frankie decides that to be a true father to his adopted son, he needs to get married. Alice sings “I’m in Love With a Wonderful Guy.” Bill Forman announces. Rexall, NBC. (30 min)


BIRDS EYE OPEN HOUSE (5-10-45) Dinah Shore stars, with announcer Harry von Zell, Robert Emmet Dolan and the Orchestra, Elvia Allman and guest Frank Sinatra, who sings “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Dinah has an idea to fatten up Frankie and slim down Harry. Birds Eye Frosted Foods, NBC. (30 min)
JOHN STEEL, ADVENTURER (10-31-49) “Lighthouse 12,” starring John Larkin and Eva Marie Saint, with Don Douglas as John Steel, “the story of a man who fought a demon of his own creation.” A lighthouse keeper brings his wife to his new job but must overcome his fear of the sea. Sustaining, MBS. (30 min) Eva Marie Saint was born on July 4, 1924.
FIRST NIGHTER (1-8-48) “Help Wanted: Female,” starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule from “the little theater off Times Square.” A woman takes a job as administrative assistant to a wealthy philanthropist, only to learn that his campaign is a scam. Cast includes William Conrad, Parley Baer. Campana Products, CBS. (29 min)
HOPALONG CASSIDY (1-19-52) “Danger Has Two Faces” starring William Boyd as Hoppy, with Andy Clyde as California Carlson. A friend from South Texas asks for Hoppy’s help in recovering a herd of cattle stolen by rustlers. Syndicated. (27 min)
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DENNIS DAY (9-24-47) With Barbara Eiler as Mildred, Dink Trout, John Brown, Veola Vonn, announcer Vern Smith, Charles Dant and the Orchestra. Dennis’ efforts to help Mr. Willoughby sell a piece of property to the railroad lead him to impersonate the head of the railroad company. Colgate-Palmolive, NBC. (30 min)
THE WHISTLER (2-12-50) “Desert Reckoning” starring Wally Maher, Doris Singleton and Hy Averback, with Bill Forman as the Whistler. A pilot plans to double-cross his business partner by faking engine trouble over the Mexico desert. Marvin Miller announces. Signal Oil, CBS. (30 min)


As he prepares to celebrate a milestone birthday, we’re planning a special tribute to the founder and long-time host of Those Were the Days, with an afternoon of special guests and memorable moments — spanning the centuries — from the broadcasting career of Chuck Schaden. Please join us for this special celebration!


LARRY CLINTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA (11-7-38) “The Old Dipsy Doodler” and his band are heard in a remote broadcast from the Streets of Paris Room of the International Casino in New York City, with vocals by Bea Wain and Ford Leary. The Orchestra plays “The Big Dipper,” “My Reverie,” “Shadrach,” and “Gavotte” from “Mignon.” Announcer is Nelson Case. Sustaining, NBC. (15 min)
ERSKINE HAWKINS AND HIS ORCHESTRA (7-12-38) Broadcast from the Savoy Ballroom located in Harlem, New York City. Selections include “Who’s Sorry Now?,” “I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart,” “I’m Glad I Waited for You,” and “Peckin’.” Vocals are by Jimmy Mitchelle and Merle Turner. Ed Herlihy announces. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
RELAX, JUST RELAX (10-2-58) Eddy Howard and his Orchestra, singer Patty Clark and announcer John Archer are featured in a broadcast from WBBM’s Chicago studios. Tunes played include “To Each His Own,” “Sugartime,” and “Ragtime Cowboy Joe.” Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum, CBS. (11 min)
MILDRED BAILEY SHOW (11-17-44) It’s “Music Till Midnight” with vocals by Mildred, along with Paul Baron and his orchestra, jazz greats Teddy Wilson, Red Norvo, Charlie Shavers, and guests Bill Coleman and Tony Pastor. Selections include “From the Land of the Sky Blue Water,” “I Didn’t Know About You,” “On the Sunny Side Of the Street,” and others. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #776 (3-13-45) Tony Pastor and his Orchestra are heard playing for the war workers of the Timken Company in Canton, Ohio, with vocals by Tony and Dick Dyer. The band plays “Rica Pulpa,” “Robin Hood,” “I’m Beginning To See the Light,” and “One Meat Ball,” among other selections. Announcer is Wayne Griffin. Excerpts. Coca-Cola Company, BLUE. (19 min)
SWINGTIME #35 (February 1945) A program featuring the AFRS Swing Combo led by Pfc. Murray McEachern, with Mel Torme and the Meltones, and guests vocalist Donna Dae and tenor saxist Joe Thomas. Selections played include “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “Your Favorite Band,” and an all-star jam on the old tune “You’re in the Army Now.” AFRS. (15 min)
ONE NIGHT STAND #779 (7-26-45) Elliot Lawrence and his Orchestra are heard in a “Listen to Lawrence” broadcast from the WCAU studios in Philadelphia, with vocals by Rosalind Patton (“fresh out of the WAVES”), Jack Hunter and the Three Dears. Tunes played include “No Can Do,” “Blue Moon,” “Dream” and “Lawrence Leaps.” AFRS. (30 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be KARL PEARSON, big band historian and host of WDCB’s Juke Box Saturday Night, who will talk about the big bands and the many ways they were heard on radio.


COMEDY CARAVAN (1944) Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore star, with Georgia Gibbs, Minerva Pious, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra, announcer Howard Petrie. Garry talks about the start of racing season; the boys presents a saga of the circus, “Life Under the Big Top.” Georgia sings “Besame Mucho.” AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
LET GEORGE DO IT (10-25-46) “The Brookdale Orphanage” starring Bob Bailey as George Valentine, with Frances Robinson as Claire Brooks, Eddie Firestone Jr. as Sonny, Harry Bartell, Anne Whitfield, Nina Clouden, Stan Waxman. George comes to the aid of a movie cowboy who admits to being afraid of horses. Standard Oil, MBS. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (3-3-15) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress Anne Whitfield, speaking by phone from her home in Washington State, as she recalls her career in radio, movies and television. (28 min) Anne Whitfield Phillips died on February 15, 2024 at the age of 85.
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (10-9-53) “Little Alice’s First Date,” with Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Jeannine Roose, Anne Whitfield, John Hubbard, Gil Stratton, announcer Bill Forman. Alice has a date for the school dance and Phil’s not happy about it. RCA Victor, NBC. (40 min)
DAMON RUNYON THEATER (1949) “Little Miss Marker,” a radio version of the famous Damon Runyon story about Sorrowful Jones, a bookie who finds himself looking after a child. With Gerald Mohr as Sorrowful, Anne Whitfield as Marky, Herb Vigran as Harry the Horse. Syndicated. (27 min)
SHERLOCK HOLMES (5-7-45) “The Purloined Ruby” starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson, who become embroiled in mystery when they are invited to the theater... to see a play about themselves. Cast includes Joseph Kearns; announcer is Bill Forman. Petri Wines, MBS. (30 min)


CALLING ALL CARS (1-29-35) “The San Quentin Prison Break” tells the true story of four convicts who broke out of prison the previous week and took members of the prison board as hostages. District Attorney Albert Bagshaw introduces the show from San Francisco. Cast includes John Gibson. Rio Grande Oil Co., CBS. (29 min) Read the article about Calling All Cars in the SAummer 2024 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (2-19-47) Harold Peary is Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Louise Erickson as Marjorie, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Dick LeGrand as Peavey, Arthur Q. Bryan as Floyd Munson. Gildy is smitten with his fill-in secretary. Announcer is John Laing. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (9-21-48) “Death Has a Thousand Faces” starring Martin Wolfson and Gertrude Warner, with Maurice Tarplin as the Mysterious Traveler. As he celebrates his 25th anniversary as a prison commissioner, a mild-mannered man survives two attempts on his life. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
SONGS BY SINATRA (2-13-46) With the Pied Pipers, Axel Stordahl and the Orchestra, announcer Marvin Miller and guest Jack Carson, who presents a sketch in which he and Frank take over a radio station and present a soap opera parody. Frank sings “Somebody Loves Me,” “Oh, What It Seemed to Be” and others. Old Gold Cigarettes, CBS. (27 min)
SPACE PATROL (3-21-53) “The Magic Space Pictures” starring Ed Kemmer as Cmdr. Buzz Corey and Lyn Osborn as Cadet Happy. Corry’s plans to test an experimental rocket are interrupted when he learns that the equipment for making “magic space pictures” has been stolen. Cast: Bela Kovacs, Norman Jolley; announcer is Dick Tufeld. Ralston, ABC. (30 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (8-23-43) “Skylark” starring Ginger Rogers, Preston Foster and Allyn Joslyn in a radio version of the 1941 film. On her fifth anniversary, the wife of an advertising executive is feeling neglected. Cast includes Wally Maher, Verna Felton. Truman Bradley announces. Lady Esther Cosmetics, CBS. (29 min)


MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (3-26-50) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning star as Liz and George Cooper, with Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet as Rudolph and Iris Atterbury. Liz writes a radio play and must dramatize it with the help of George and the Atterburys. Jell-O, CBS. (29 min) Read the article about Lucille Ball in the Summer 2024 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUSPENSE (6-22-44) “The Ten Grand” starring Lucille Ball as a Broadway chorus girl who gets a surprise after recovering her stolen purse. With Joseph Kearns as the Man in Black, Pat McGeehan, Harry Lang, John McIntire, announcer Truman Bradley. Roma Wines, CBS. (29 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-22-48) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant, announcer Ken Carpenter, Lou Bring and the Orchestra and guest Lucille Ball, who joins Al for a sketch, “Asa Jolson, Fearless Detective.” Al sings “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Hannah From Savannah” and others. Kraft, NBC. (29 min)
CAMPBELL PLAYHOUSE (2-18-40) “Dinner at Eight” starring Orson Welles, Hedda Hopper, Lucille Ball and Marjorie Rambeau in a radio adaptation of the Edna Ferber-George S. Kaufman play, about “a weird social proceeding” and the “highly involved maneuverings” that surround a society dinner party. With Charles Trowbridge, Clara Blandick, Edgar Barrier, Mary Taylor. Campbell Soups, CBS. (36 min and 24 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (5-3-49) Broadcasting from Long Beach, California, with Doris Day, Bill Farrell, Irene Ryan, Jack Kirkwood, Four Hits and a Miss, Les Brown and the Orchestra, announcer Hy Averback and guest Lucille Ball, who joins Bob for a parody of movie serials, “The Lousing Up of Lucy.” Swan Soap, NBC. (29 min)


BIG CITY SERENADE (7-19-52) A salute to Chicago and its history of hosting political conventions, narrated by Bill Griskey, with songs by Skip Farrell, Art Van Damme, Joseph Gallichio and the NBC Orchestra. Farrell sings “Happy Days Are Here Again” and a Lincoln campaign song. NBC. (30 min)
LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE (6-22-36) An isolated episode of the series, with Shirley Bell as Annie and Allan Baruck as Joe. While Mr. and Mrs. Silo pack for a trip to Mississippi, Annie and Joe decide to go along. Pierre Andre announces. Ovaltine, MBS. (15 min) August 5, 1924 marks the 100th anniversary of Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie comic strip.
AVALON TIME (5-27-39) Red Skelton stars in a show broadcast from Chicago, with Red Foley, Edna Stillwell, Jeanette, Bob Strong and the Orchestra, announcer Del King. Red talks about flying back from New York and gets an invitation to Edna’s birthday party; Foley sings “Swinging Down the Old Orchard Lane.” Avalon Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
THIS IS 1957 (1957) A month-by-month recap of the year’s top news stories, “recounting the events that have made history in the year now ending.” Presented by Holland Engel, Steve Fentriss, George Bauer, Lloyd Pettit, Bruce McFarland and Howard Dorsey. WGN. (24 min)
VIC AND SADE (5-3-40) Art Van Harvey is Vic, with Bernardine Flynn as Sade, Bill Idelson as Rush. Vic’s plan to travel to Chicago by train on business hits a snag when Sade arranges for him to ride in the engine car. Announcer is Mel Allen. Crisco, NBC. (13 min)
CURTAIN TIME (9-20-47) “Double Life” starring Harry Elders and Nannette Sargeant, with George Cisar, Arthur Peterson, host Patrick Allen. When a classical composer inadvertently records a hit novelty song, he tries to hide the truth from his collaborator. Announcer is John Weigel. Mars Candy, NBC. (30 min)
DESTINATION FREEDOM (10-16-49) “Of Blood and the Boogie” tells the story of pianist Albert Ammons and his love for “a new kind of folk music.” With Oscar Brown Jr. as Ammons, Weslan Tilden, Johnny Coons, Tony Parrish, Fred Pinkard. Announcer is Hugh Downs. Sustaining, NBC/WMAQ. (29 min)


BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (9-27-45) With Bill Goodwin, Mel Blanc, The Les Paul Trio, Meredith Willson and the Orchestra, Frank Nelson, Bea Benaderet. George wants to throw a surprise party for Gracie, but she misunderstands and thinks George has a secret girlfriend. The Trio plays “Dark Eyes.” Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (29 min)
MAN CALLED X (11-16-47) Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, with Leon Belasco as Pagon Zeldschmidt. When a shipment of a rare drug disappears on its way to Greece, Ken suspects the black market is involved. Cast includes Jeanette Nolan, Cathy Lewis, Alan Reed. Frigidaire, CBS. (24 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #32 (9-22-42) Master of ceremonies Don Ameche welcomes Vivian Blaine, Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford (as Baby Snooks and Daddy), Dick Haymes, Nelson Eddy, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy and Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra, who play “Marie.” Baby Snooks and Daddy go to an auction; Eddy sings “Without a Song” and joins Edgar and Charlie in a sketch. AFRS. (29 min)
HALL OF FANTASY (5-4-47) “The Mark of Shame” is a radio adaptation of a story by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. A soldier wins a duel against his cousin, but his subsequent happiness is threatened by the dying man’s curse. Cast: Richard Thorne, Beth Caulder, Archie Hugely, Ken Jensen, Mike Larogo. Granite Furniture Company, CBS. (27 min)
BOB AND RAY (1-13-60) “Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding present the CBS Radio Network.” A visit with Ralph Flinger, “Mr. I Know Where They Are”; an episode of “Lawrence Fechtenberger, Interstellar Officer Candidate.” Participating sponsors, CBS. (15 min)
GENE AUTRY’S MELODY RANCH (1-29-56) Broadcasting from Columbus, Ohio, with Pat Buttram, Johnny Bond, the Cass County Boys, the Pinafores, Carl Cotner, Merle Travis. Gene tells the story of how Champion the horse once saved him and Pat and sings “Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue,” “Lonely Rider” and others. Wrigley’s Doublemint Gun, CBS. (25 min)
DRAGNET (1-5-50) Jack Webb stars as Sgt. Joe Friday, with Barton Yarborough as Sgt. Ben Romero. Investigation of a jewelry store robbery is complicated when a friend of Friday’s is arrested. Cast includes Ben Alexander, Stacy Harris, Parley Baer, Peggy Webber. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)


GUNSMOKE (10-24-52) “The Mortgage” starring William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Parley Baer as Chester, Georgia Ellis as Kitty. A property owner demands that Matt serve an eviction notice to his tenant. Cast includes Paula Winslowe, Richard Beals. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
TEXACO STAR THEATER (5-24-42) Fred Allen stars, with Portland Hoffa, Kenny Baker, Win Murray, Alan Reed, John Brown, Minerva Pious, Al Goodman and his Orchestra, announcer Jimmy Wallington and Larry Elliott and guest Jack Haley, who tries to convince Fred that vaudeville is back and later joins the cast for a courtroom sketch. The “March of Trivia” examines the New York dimout. Texaco, CBS. (31 min and 28 min)
LASSIE (9-18-48) With trainer Rudd Weatherwax, announcer Charles Lyon and Marvin Miller, who tells the story of Laddie, a scotch collie who gets lost... and then found. Red Heart Dog Food, NBC. (14 min) Read the article about Lassie in the Summer 2024 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
THIRD MAN (10-19-51) “Blue Bride” starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, the character he played in The Third Man. Harry is working at disseminating counterfeit money in France but must deal with a tenacious police inspector. Syndicated. (28 min)
LUM AND ABNER (2-1-35) Chester Lauck and Norris Goff star as Lum Edwards and Abner Peabody, with announcer Carlton Brickert. As Abner tries to downplay his recent injury, Lum comes in with a new product to sell. Horlick’s Malted Milk, MBS. (15 min)
CAN YOU TOP THIS? (1-25-47) Ward Wilson hosts this panel show featuring regulars Harry Hirschfeld, Senator Ford and Joe Laurie, with jokes sent in by listeners and told by Peter Donald. Topics include “Trickery” and “Tenants.” Charles Stark announces. Colgate-Palmolive, NBC. (29 min)


DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT (4-10-50) Brian Donlevy stars as Steve Mitchell, with Herb Butterfield as the Commissioner. Mitchell is sent to Trinidad in pursuit of underwater treasure. Cast includes Peter Leeds, Stacy Harris, William Conrad. Ford Motors, NBC. (29 min)
BEN BERNIE SHOW (4-9-35) It’s “The Ol’ Maestro” and all the lads, with announcer Jimmy Wallington, Lee Bernie, Col. Manny Prager, Frank Prince and guest Sophie Tucker, who sings “The Isle of Capri” and teams up with Ben for “Every Little Doggie Has His Day.” Pabst, NBC. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (8-7-49) Howard Duff stars as Spade, with Lurene Tuttle as Effie. A wealthy man hires Sam to protect him from a former employee who has just been released from prison. Dick Joy announces. Wildroot Cream Oil, CBS. (30 min)
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (11-7-48) With Don Ameche, Marsha Hunt, Pat Patrick as Ercil Twing, Thurl Ravenscroft, Ray Noble and the Orchestra. Charlie finds Bergen’s wallet and contemplates what kind of reward he’ll get for returning it; Ameche and Hunt perform a Bickersons sketch. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (1-27-49) “The Failure” starring Ward Bond, with Jeff Chandler in a radio adaptation of a story by Katherine M. Taylor. A doctor chooses to forego a career in medical research in order to practice in his small home town. Cast includes Parley Baer. James Hilton hosts; announcer is Frank Goss. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (9-20-47) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, John Brown as Digby O’Dell, Tommy Cook as Junior, Barbara Eiler as Babs. When Junior threatens to run away from home, Riley’s attempts to use child psychology backfire. Prell, NBC. (30 min)


TOMMY DORSEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA (6-20-39) It’s the “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing” in a broadcast from the Sky-Cooled Roof atop the Pennsylvania Room in New York City, with vocals by Edythe Wright and Jack Leonard. The Dorsey gang plays “Night In Sudan,” “To You,” “Boogie Woogie,” and “Sweet Sue,” among other tunes. Lyle Van announces. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
TOMMY DORSEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA (6-12-41) Tommy and the band are heard from the Astor Roof of the Hotel Astor in New York City. Tunes played include “This Love of Mine,” “Free for All,” “Let’s Get Away from it All,” and “Another One of Them Things.” Vocals by Frank Sinatra, Connie Haines and the Pied Pipers. The band includes trumpeter Ziggy Elman and drummer Buddy Rich. Announcer is Bill Abernathy. Sustaining, NBC BLUE. (30 min)
TOMMY DORSEY SHOW (7-7-46) It’s a visit to “Dorsey Drive” with vocalist Stuart Foster, trumpeter Ziggy Elman (returning from the service), and guest Freddy Martin. Selections include “Marie,” “And the Angels Sing,” “Opus One,” and “Oh! What It Seemed To Be.” Program is a summer replacement for “The Fred Allen Show.” Wendell Niles announces. Tender Leaf Tea and Sheffords Cheese, NBC. (30 min)
TOMMY DORSEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA (7-16-47) It’s a broadcast from Tommy’s own Casino Gardens, located in Ocean Park, California, with vocals by the Town Criers, Lucy Ann Polk and Stuart Foster. The Dorsey band plays “Kate,” “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” “Trombonology,” “Well, Git It,” and other titles. Announcer is Vince Williams. Sustaining, ABC. (24 min)
STAGE SHOW (1956) It’s the “Fabulous Dorseys,” Tommy and Jimmy, in a program of music from New York City, with the June Taylor Dancers, and guests Fran Warren, Helen O’Connell, Russ Morgan, and Della Reese. The band plays “King Size,” “Song of India,” and other selections. Excerpts from various dates. Bill Bivens announces. Nescafe Coffee, CBS-TV. (31 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be KARL PEARSON, big band historian and host of WDCB’s Juke Box Saturday Night, who will talk about the career — and the bands — of the legendary Tommy Dorsey.


CBS RADIO WORKSHOP (7-6-56) “Portrait of Paris” offers a word picture of the French capitol, written and narrated by veteran CBS foreign correspondent David Schoenburn. Features clips of performances by Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-12-46) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Bill Thompson as Wallace Wimple, Gale Gordon as Mayor LaTrivia, Bea Benaderet as Mrs. Carstairs, Arthur Q. Bryan as Doc Gamble, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. McGee and Gamble make a bet to see who can build the better kite. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
THE WHISTLER (9-9-46) “The Witness at the Fountain” starring Howard Duff and Margaret Brayton, with Bill Forman as The Whistler. A newspaper columnist plans to murder the man who’s been blackmailing him. Cast includes Jay Novello, William Conrad. Marvin Miller announces. Signal Oil, CBS. (30 min)
YOU BET YOUR LIFE (1-9-52) Groucho Marx hosts this comedy quiz program, with announcer George Fenneman. Couples are asked questions about characters from nursery rhymes and fairy tales, rivers of the world and foreign monetary units. DeSoto-Plymouth Automobiles, NBC. (30 min)
PHILO VANCE (5-24-49) “The Hurdy-Gurdy Murder Case,” starring Jackson Beck as Vance, with George Petrie as District Attorney Markham and Joan Alexander as Ellen Deering. Vance investigates when a gangster is shot outside of a high-rise apartment building. Syndicated. (27 min)
EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (2-28-45) With Harry von Zell, Bert Gordon as the Mad Russian, Nora Martin, Leonard Sues and the Orchestra, John Brown. Eddie dreams that he’s part of the Army Intelligence Unit and his first assignment is to capture Adolf Hitler. Bristol-Myers, NBC. (29 min)


SUSPENSE (10-7-43) “Lost Special” starring Orson Welles in a radio version of a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A condemned man announces his plans to uncover the mystery of a train that disappeared eighteen years earlier. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
LIFE WITH LUIGI (8-22-50) Starring J. Carroll Naish as Luigi Basco, with Alan Reed as Pasquale, Hans Conried as Schultz, Joe Forte as Horowitz, Ken Peters as Olsen, Mary Shipp as Miss Spaulding, Jody Gilbert as Rosa, Hal March, Ed Max, Earle Ross. Luigi takes his first train ride to meet an antique dealer in Buffalo. Wrigley’s Gum, CBS. (30 min)
ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN (3-27-43) “Adventure of the Circus Train” starring Hugh Marlowe as Ellery, with Marion Shockley as Nikki, Santos Ortega as Inspector Queen. The police investigate when the owner of a circus is killed. Ernest Chappell announces. Bromo Seltzer, NBC. (28 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-11-49) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Artie Auerbach and guest Frank Leahy, football coach at Notre Dame University. Jack prepares to take a train to Houston for a benefit show. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS. (26 min)
ESCAPE (9-6-53) “Escape from Olbisfelde” starring William Conrad, with Alistair Duncan, Lawrence Dobkin, Fritz Feld, Byron Kane, Bert Holland, Jerry Gaylord, Gladys Holland. Plans to transport a nuclear scientist who is defecting from Russia are jeopardized when agents learn that a bomb is on the train. Sustaining, CBS. (28 min)
MEANING OF AMERICA (10-3-52) The second show in “a series of radio essays based on current books, dealing with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in our United States.” This show celebrates “Railroads of America” with a program of stories, essays and songs, including the stories of Casey Jones and John Henry. Host is Martin Maloney, from the School of Speech at Northwestern University, with songs by Win Stracke. Announcer is Bill Griskey. WMAQ. (30 min)


ALAN YOUNG SHOW (11-15-46) With Jim Backus as Hubert Updyke III, Veola Vonn as Yvette and guest Ed Gardner, “Archie” from Duffy’s Tavern. Alan wants to impress his girlfriend’s father with a fancy dinner and gets Archie to cater the meal. Bristol-Myers, NBC. (29 min)
MR. AND MRS. NORTH (9-22-43) “The Contagious Confession” starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin as Pam and Jerry North, with Frank Lovejoy as Lt. Bill Weigand, who seeks the Norths’ help when two men confess to the same murder. Woodbury Facial Cream, NBC. (29 min)
RAILROAD HOUR (3-24-52) “Kiss Me, Kate” starring Gordon MacRae, the Norman Luboff Choir, Carmen Dragon and the Orchestra and guest Patrice Munsel in a radio adaptation of the hit musical, with songs by Cole Porter. An actor and his ex-wife co-star in a musical version of the Taming of the Shrew. Songs includes “Another Opening, Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “So in Love,” “We Open in Venice,” “I Hate Men” and others. Marvin Miller announces. Association of American Railroads, NBC. (30 min)
CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON (3-30-49) “Crumpled Handbill” starring Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston, who gives a lift to a newly prosperous miner while on his way to track down two wanted criminals. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, ABC. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (2-20-49) Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard star, with John Brown as Thorny, Tommy Bernard and Henry Blair as David and Ricky. Ozzie reprimands David for making two dates on the same day, but later finds himself in the same situation. Verne Smith announces. International Silver, NBC. (30 min)
SEALED BOOK (8-5-45) “Murder Must Be Paid For” is the story of “a murderer who found that justice has an uncanny way of working itself out.” A young woman marries the man who was suspected of killing her father. Cast includes Maurice Tarplin. Syndicated. (29 min)


LUX RADIO THEATER (5-9-38) “My Man Godfrey” starring William Powell, Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick, Mischa Auer and David Niven in a radio version of the 1936 film, about a “forgotten man” who takes a job as a butler to an eccentric family. With Wallace Clark, Elvia Allman, Ynez Seabury, Frank Nelson, Lou Merrill, Ernie Adams. Cecil B. DeMille hosts; announcer is Melville Ruick. (24 min & 20 min & 16 min) Read the article about the Lux Radio Theater in the Summer 2024 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
LUX RADIO THEATER (12-2-46) “Meet Me in St. Louis” starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien and Tom Drake in a radio version of their 1944 movie. A family receives some startling news on the eve of the 1904 World’s Fair. Cast includes Gale Gordon, Verna Felton, Colleen Gray, Regina Wallace, Norman Field, Billy Roy, Noreen Gammill, Dick Ryan, Clarke Gordon, Charles Seel. William Keighley hosts; John Milton Kennedy announces. Lux Soap, CBS. (20 min & 18 min & 22 min)
LUX RADIO THEATER (2-22-55) “Shane” starring Alan Ladd, Van Heflin and Ruth Hussey in a radio version of the 1953 film. Ladd and Heflin re-create their original screen roles as a mysterious gunman and the homesteader who hires him. Irving Cummings hosts; announcer is Ken Carpenter. AFRTS rebroadcast. (18 min & 19 min & 19 min)

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