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Spring 2024 Program Highlights


ESCAPE (3-13-49) “A Shipment of Mute Fate” starring John Lund, with Berry Kroeger and Lois Corbett. Panic ensues aboard an ocean liner when a deadly snake breaks out of its cage. With David Ellis, Don Diamond, Vivi Janiss. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
FRED ALLEN SHOW (5-25-47) With Portland Hoffa, Minerva Pious, Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelley, Peter Donald, The DeMarco Sisters, Al Goodman and his Orchestra and guest Rudy Vallee. Fred encourages Rudy to end his retirement and come back to show business. The Allen’s Alley question: “Where do you go to get away from it all?” Tender Leaf Tea, Shefford’s Cheese, NBC. (30 min)
RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (2-19-50) Dick Powell stars as Diamond, with Ed Begley as Lt. Walt Levinson and Wilms Herbert as Sgt. Otis. The police ask Diamond to help locate the parties responsible for stealing $100,000 in jewels. Cast: Frances Robinson, Jack Kruschen, Yvonne Peattie, Charles Seel. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
SONGS BY SINATRA (11-6-46) Frank Sinatra stars, with Andre Previn, the Pied Pipers, Axel Stordahl and the Orchestra and guest Jimmy Durante, who sings “So I Ups to Him.” Frank sings “My Sugar is So Refined,” “All the Things You Are” and others. Marvin Miller announces. Old Gold Cigarettes, CBS. (27 min)
JOYCE JORDAN, MD (2-4-46) An isolated episode of the long-running soap opera. As Joyce and Celia are back at the family house, discussing what’s troubling them, Janie tells her mother some surprising news about Ross. Rye Billsbury announces. Dreft, NBC. (15 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (1-26-41) “If You Could Only Cook” starring Herbert Marshall, Alice Faye and Humphrey Bogart in a radio adaptation of the 1935 film. An automobile executive helps a young woman to get a job as a cook by agreeing to act as a butler. Roger Pryor hosts; announcer is John Heistand. Gulf Oil, CBS. (30 min)


CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON (5-13-49) “The Skagway Mail” starring Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston, who investigates when a mail run is held up on the way to Skagway and a single letter is stolen. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, ABC. (29 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (10-11-47) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, John Brown as Digby O’Dell, Alan Reed, Verna Felton, Pat McGeehan. The Rileys are hosting a young man for dinner and Peg recalls when Riley got a job on the police force. Prell, NBC. (30 min)
LIGHTS OUT (5-25-43) “Little Old Lady,” starring Cathy Lewis and Shirley Mitchell in a story written and directed by Arch Oboler. A young woman brings her girlfriend to visit a distant relative, but they encounter strange creatures on the premises. Ironized Yeast, CBS. (29 min)
FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE (8-21-49) “The Incredible Anna Lee” starring Rosalind Russell with Frank Lovejoy. An actress with an “undistinguished face” signs a contract and wears out her agent as she pursues stardom. Cast includes Ken Christy, Betty Moran, George Niese. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
BIG TOWN (10-12-48) “Double Trouble” stars Edward Pawley as Steve Wilson, editor of the Illustrated Press, with Fran Carlon as Lorelei Kilborn. A woman asks for Steve’s help in finding her missing twin sister. Lifebuoy Soap, NBC. (29 min)
MILTON BERLE SHOW (10-28-47) It’s “Uncle Milty” on radio, with Pert Kelton, Jack Albertson, Mary Shipp, Charlie Irving, Billy Sands, John Gibson, singer Dick Varney, Ray Bloch and the Orchestra, announcer Frank Gallop. For Navy Week, the show presents a “Salute to the Navy,” as Berle recalls a recent boat trip to Havana. Philip Morris Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)


KRAFT MUSIC HALL (3-25-48) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant, Lou Bring and the Orchestra, announcer Ken Carpenter, the Kraft Choral Club and guest Clifton Webb. Al sings “Baby Face” and “Easter Parade”; the Choral Club sings “Sheep and Lambs.” Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (4-15-49) With announcer Rod O’Connor, Verna Felton, Lurene Tuttle, the Four Knights, David Rose and the Orchestra. Red and David go shopping to find an Easter hat for Red’s wife and encounter Deadeye and the grandma of Junior, the Mean Little Kid. Tide, CBS. (30 min)
HOLLYWOOD STAR TIME (4-21-46) “The Song of Bernadette,” starring Vincent Price, Lee J. Cobb, Vanessa Brown and Pedro DeCordoba in a radio adaptation of the 1943 film, about a poor village girl who sees a miraculous apparition. Frigidaire, CBS. (29 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (4-17-49) Alice has invited her daughters’ school principal to the house for Easter dinner. With Elliott Lewis as Frankie Remley, Walter Tetley as Julius, Robert North as Willie, Jeannine Roose, Anne Whitfield. Rexall, NBC. (30 min)
THE SHADOW (3-28-48) “Death and the Easter Bonnet” stars Bret Morrison as Lamont Cranston, with Grace Matthews as the lovely Margot Lane. Margot buys an expensive hat for Easter but she discovers that other parties want the hat as well. The Shadow investigates. Blue Coal, MBS. (29 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (4-9-52) Willard Waterman stars as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Mary Lee Robb as Marjorie, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Dick LeGrand as Peavey, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Jeanne Bates as Paula Winthrop. The family persuades Gildy to get up early to attend the sunrise Easter service. Kraft, NBC. (29 min)


LEO IS ON THE AIR (1935) A radio preview of Broadway Melody of 1936, starring Eleanor Powell, Robert Taylor, Jack Benny, Sid Silvers, Frances Langford, June Knight. A dancer tries to convince her high school sweetheart to cast her in his new musical. Syndicated. (15 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (3-22-43) “For Me and My Gal” starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly and Dick Powell in a radio adaptation of the 1942 film. Garland and Kelly re-create their movie roles in the story of a vaudeville couple determined to play the Palace Theater in New York. Lady Esther Cosmetics, CBS. (29 min)
LUX RADIO THEATER (6-8-36) “The Thin Man” starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Minna Gombell, Porter Hall and William Henry in a radio adaptation of their 1934 film. Detective Nick Charles is joined by his wife as he comes out of retirement to find a missing person and solve a murder. Cast includes Barbara Luddy, Bret Morrison, Thomas Jackson. Host is W.S. Van Dyke, the film’s director. Lux Soap, CBS. (15 min & 20 min & 24 min)
STORY OF DR. KILDARE (9-14-50) Lew Ayres stars as Dr. James Kildare, with Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie, Virginia Gregg as Nurse Parker, Ted Osborne as Dr. Carough. Dr. Kildare treats a teenage girl who suffers from alcoholism. Cast includes Lurene Tuttle, Barbara Ruick, Jack Kruschen. Dick Joy announces. Syndicated. (28 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (3-17-47) “The Philadelphia Story,” starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart in a radio version of their 1940 film. A socialite’s wedding plans are interrupted by a pair of reporters... and her ex-husband. Cast includes Lurene Tuttle, Barney Phillips. Truman Bradley announces. Lady Esther Cosmetics, CBS. (30 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, who will talk about the stars and movies that were part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios during its Golden Age. Read the article about MGM's 100th anniversary in the Spring 2024 issue of Nostalgia Digest.


SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (3-25-46) “Sweethearts” starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in a radio adaptation of their 1938 film, based on the operetta by Victor Herbert. A Broadway producer schemes to split up a married couple to stop them from leaving his show and going to Hollywood. Cast includes Joseph Kearns. Lady Esther Cosmetics CBS. (30 min)
ADVENTURES OF MAISIE (1-19-50) Ann Sothern stars as Maisie Revere, the character she played in the MGM film series. Maisie gets a job as a model and is mistaken for royalty. Cast includes, Marvin Miller, Lurene Tuttle, Ramsey Hill, Ben Wright, Alec Hartford. Syndicated. (28 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (12-4-44) “China Seas” starring Clark Gable, Lucille Ball, Douglas Dumbrille and Anna Lee in a radio version of the 1935 movie. Gable re-creates his role as a steamer captain whose ex-girlfriend is on board his ship, bound for Singapore. Truman Bradley announces. Lady Esther, CBS. (30 min)
LUX RADIO THEATER (10-28-40) “Strike Up the Band” starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, making their first appearances on the Lux show in a radio adaptation of their 1940 movie, with John Scott Trotter as Paul Whiteman. An ambitious high school student takes over the task of organizing the school band. Cecil B. DeMille introduces his brother Bill, who serves as host while Cecil is in Boston. Cast includes Griff Barnett; announcer is Melville Ruick. Lux Soap, CBS. (21 min & 20 min & 28 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, returning to talk about the many stars and movies that were part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios during its Golden Age.


NATIONAL BARN DANCE (4-1-39) From the Eighth Street Theater in Chicago, with host Joe Kelly, announcer Jack Holden, Uncle Ezra, the Hoosier Hot Shots, Skip Farrell, the Bass Family, Henry Burr and the Maple City Four. The Hot Shots play “It Don’t Mean a Thing If I Ain’t Got That Swing” and “Old Oaken Bucket.” Alka-Seltzer, NBC. (30 min) The National Barn Dance debuted over WLS/Chicago on April 19, 1924. Read the article about the National Barn Dance in the Spring 2024 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
LINIT BATH CLUB REVUE (1-22-33) Fred Allen stars, with Portland Hoffa, Roy Atwell, announcer Ken Roberts. A visit to Judge Allen’s “Cut-Rate Court.” Linit Products, CBS. (24 min)
CRIME CLUB (1-23-47) “Mr. Smith’s Hat” is the story “of a finger that puts its print on death.” Moments after receiving a call from a man who claims he’s about to be murdered, a detective gets a call that the man has been murdered. With Raymond Edward Johnson, Elaine Kent, William Podmore, Eleanor Phelps, Paul Hammon, Shirling Oliver, Barry Thompson. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
SUPPER CLUB (3-2-50) Perry Como stars, with the Fontaines, announcer Martin Block and guest Kirk Douglas, who sings “Red Hot Henry Brown” and joins Perry for a sequel to his film The Champion. Perry sings “Ragmop,” “I’m Sittin’ By the Window” and others. Chesterfield Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
GROUCH CLUB (7-23-39) Jack Lescoulie hosts this program of comedy and music, with Leon Leonardi and the Orchestra. Jack proposes a summer camp for Grouches and interviews a man who inserts pins into new shirts; later, he presents a spoof of Battle of the Sexes. Kix, NBC. (30 min)
NATIONAL BARN DANCE (4-30-60) Excerpt. With Dolph Hewitt, Bob Atcher, Grace Wilson, Sy Burton. Atcher announces that this broadcast is the final show of the series and invites each member of the cast to say good-bye to the audience. Three-S Tonic, WLS. (36 min)

OUR 54th ANNIVERSARY SHOW—“Thanks For Listening”

As we celebrate the 54th anniversary of Those Were the Days, we’ll commemorate the occasion with an afternoon of sounds from the year 1954!

BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (7-11-54) Larry Thor is Det. Danny Clover, with Charles Calvert as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia and Jack Kruschen as Det. Muggevin. The police investigate when a woman disappears. Cast includes Jack Edwards, Jerry Hausner, Charlotte Lawrence, Junius Matthews, Martha Wentworth. Wrigley’s Gum, CBS. (29 min)
ROSEMARY CLOONEY SINGS (10-7-54) The first program of the series, with the Buddy Cole Trio, announcer Johnny Jacobs. Rosemary sings “Just You, Just Me,” “Hey There,” “Don’t Take Your Love From Me“ and others. Sustaining, CBS. (14 min)
SIX SHOOTER (1-24-54) James Stewart stars as Texas plainsman Britt Ponset, who comes to the aid of a woman who has been ostracized by the town because of her outlaw husband. Cast: Lillian Buyeff, Will Wright, Parley Baer, Herb Vigran, Ken Christy. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (2-19-54) With announcer Bill Goodwin, Margaret Whiting, Les Brown and his Band of Renown, Joseph Kearns, Sheldon Leonard and guest Richard Widmark. Bob sees his doctor about a nervous condition and recalls a bully from his past named “Mugs” Widmark. AFRTS rebroadcast. (25 min)
NIGHT WATCH (6-4-54) A program featuring actual recordings of the Los Angeles Police Department on night duty, as recorded by Donn Reid. Cases include a stolen case of explosives and a family argument involving a drunken step-father. Sustaining, CBS. (26 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (9-26-54) With Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day, Bob Crosby, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, announcer Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, the Sportsmen. The cast comes back from summer vacation for the start of Jack’s final season on radio. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS. (28 min)
SUSPENSE (10-14-54) “Lost,” starring Paula Winslowe as a woman suffering from amnesia who finds herself accused of murder but has no memory of the crime or the victim. With Herb Vigran, William Conrad, John Dehner, Tony Barrett. Announcer is Larry Thor. Sustaining, CBS. (24 min)


X MINUS ONE (3-14-56) “Tunnel Under the World” is a radio adaptation of the story by Frederick Pohl. A man wakes up each morning to find that every day is June 15th. Narrated by John Larkin, with Les Damon, Ginger Jones, Bob Hastings, Connie Lembcke, Stan Early, Kermit Murdoch. Sustaining, NBC. (28 min)
MR. AND MRS. BLANDINGS (2-25-51) Cary Grant and Betsy Drake star as Jim and Muriel Blandings, with Gale Gordon as Bill Cole. Jim is vehemently opposed to Muriel’s purchase of a television, but he’s taken aback when Bill asks him to appear on a panel show. Cast: Gail Bonney, Jeanne Bates, Marion Richmond, Ed Max, Jerry Hausner, Earl Keen. Trans World Airlines, NBC. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (12-15-23) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress Illeana Douglas, speaking via Zoom from her home in Connecticut about her new book Connecticut in the Movies and her grandfather, actor Melvyn Douglas. (31 min)
SILVER THEATER (4-30-39) “Love is Our Destiny” starring Constance Bennett and Melvyn Douglas. A deputy district attorney with political ambitions is asked to prosecute a young woman accused of murder. International Silver, CBS. (29 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (4-15-47) With Verna Felton, Pat McGeehan, Wonderful Smith, Gege Pearson, Anita Ellis, announcer Rod O’Connor, David Forrester and the Orchestra. Red plays Deadeye and Junior, the mean little kid, who panhandles his Aunt Edna’s boyfriend to get money for his piggy bank. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (3-21-50) “The Vital Statistic” starring Gerald Mohr as Marlowe, with Lawrence Dobkin as Lt. Matthews. Marlowe agrees to help a businesswoman after she jumps into his car, claiming that she’s being followed. Cast: Charlotte Lawrence, Doris Singleton, Elliott Reid, Hugh Thomas, Georgia Ellis, Bill Lally. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)


ALDRICH FAMILY (5-7-40) Ezra Stone stars as Henry, who decides to take his family out for Mother’s Day. With House Jamison and Katharine Raht as Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich. Harry von Zell announces. Jell-O, NBC. (28 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-21-12) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actor Dix Davis, speaking by telephone from his home in Vermont, as he recalls his career in movies and on radio. (30 min) Dix Davis died on January 6, 2024 at the age of 97.
ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-30-50) Book 80, Chapter 1: “Pinky Faces the Music,” starring Dix Davis as Pinky, Bernice Berwin as Hazel, Bill Bouchey as Hazel. Pinky comes home after flunking out of college, but the situation doesn’t seem to faze him. Miles Laboratories, NBC. (14 min)
ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-31-50) Book 80, Chapter 2: “Henry Confronts His Grandson,” starring J. Anthony Smythe as Henry Barbour, Dix Davis as Pinky, who has used his grandfather’s name to borrow $250. Miles Laboratories, NBC. (14 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-21-12) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with actor Dix Davis. (22 min)
A DATE WITH JUDY (8-1-44) Louise Erickson is Judy Foster, with Dix Davis as Randolph, John Brown and Myra Marsh as Mr. and Mrs. Foster. It’s Mr. Foster’s birthday and Judy and Randolph want it to be perfect. Tums, NBC. (29 min)
INNER SANCTUM (12-11-45) “The Dark Chamber” starring Ken Lynch. A man wakes up in a dark room and finds himself at the mercy of a scientist who is conducting an “experiment in fear.” Lipton Tea and Soup, CBS. (30 min)


HENRY MORGAN SHOW (2-5-47) It’s “Radio’s Bad Boy,” with Arnold Stang, Florence Halop, announcer Charlie Irving, Ted Husing, Bernie Green and the Orchestra. Henry explains how jokes are made; later, he appears as “The Question Man.” Eversharp, ABC. (29 min) Read the article about the Henry Morgan in the Spring 2024 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUSPENSE (3-2-44) “Portrait Without a Face” starring Michele Morgan, Philip Dorn and George Coulouris. The story of an artist, his former love, a newspaper publisher and the painting that brought them together. With Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns as the Man in Black. Roma Wines, CBS. (30 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (10-18-45) Frank Morgan substitutes for regular host Bing Crosby, with Lina Romay, The Charioteers, Carmen Cavallero, Mel Blanc, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra. Frank recalls his time building the railroads; Lina sings “Chiu Chiu” and “And There You Are”; Carmen plays “Laura” and “Lover.” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
THIN MAN (7-13-48) “The Case of the Haunted Hams” starring Les Tremayne and Claudia Morgan as Nick and Nora Charles. A summer theater producer invites Nora to take part in his latest production. Cast includes Mercedes McCambridge, Parker Fennelley. Pabst Blue Ribbon, NBC. (30 min)
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (1-18-43) “Soldiers of the Tide” starring Dennis Morgan in a story of the Marines in action during the battle on Guadalcanal Island. Cast includes Everett Sloane, Kenny Delmar, Karl Swenson, Ted Jewett, Frank Readick, Ed Jerome. Special guest is Pvt. James Gorman, USMC. Clayton Collyer announces. DuPont, NBC. (29 min)
CBS RADIO WORKSHOP (1-27-57) “The Crazy Life” starring Henry Morgan in a radio adaptation of David Karp’s story about “a man who lives by laughter, told in part by the woman who loved him.” Cast includes Elspeth Eric, Bryna Raeburn, Luis Van Rooten, Carl Frank, Larry Haines. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)


JOHNNY MESSNER AND HIS ORCHESTRA (12-7-41) Excerpts. Broadcast from the Marine Grill of the Hotel McAlpin, located at Broadway and 34th Street, in New York City, with vocals by Jack Ryan and the Three Jacks. Selections are “Ma-Ma-Maria” and “Madelaine.” The program is interrupted for news bulletins about Pearl Harbor. Sustaining, WOR. (11 min)
THURSDAY EVENING WITH TOMMY DORSEY (9-3-42) Broadcast from the stage of the Circle Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana, with “Your Minuteman of Music, Tommy Dorsey,” Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, the Pied Pipers, Ziggy Elman, and Buddy Rich. It’s Sinatra’s last appearance with the band, and Frank introduces his replacement, Dick Haymes. Numbers include “Idaho,” and “Just as Though You Were Here”. Bill Frosch announces. U.S. Treasury Department, BLUE. (30 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #296 (8-31-43) Tommy Tucker and his Orchestra are heard entertaining the officers and men of Camp Upton, Long Island, with vocals by Amy Arnell, Don Brown, and Voices Four. The Tucker crew plays “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer,” “No, No, No,” and other titles. Announcer is Gil Newsome. Coca-Cola, BLUE. (24 min)
I SUSTAIN THE WINGS (1-29-44) It’s the Army Air Forces Training Command Band under the direction of Capt. Glenn Miller, in a broadcast from New York City. The band plays “Enlisted Men’s Mess,” “Moon Dreams,” “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’” and other selections. A playlet about the role of a Flight Engineer is also presented. Lt. Don Briggs announces. U.S. Army Air Forces, NBC. (30 min)
HARRY JAMES AND HIS MUSIC MAKERS (6-6-44) Excerpt. A remote broadcast from the Astor Roof of the Hotel Astor in New York City, with vocals by Kitty Kallen and Buddy DeVito. The James gang plays “In Times Like These,” “Cherry,” “It’s Been So Long,” and other numbers. The program is interrupted by a bulletin containing an unsubstantiated report that the Normandy invasion has begun. Sustaining, MBS. (14 min)
YANK BANDSTAND #88 (August 1945) A program featuring Sam Donahue and his All-Navy Band in a broadcast from Hollywood. The Navy band plays “I’ve Found a New Baby,” “My Silent Love,” and “Without A Song,” along with other titles. Vocal by Don Jacoby; announcer is Mort Werner. AFRS. (15 min)
ONE NIGHT STAND #682 (7-24-45) Les Brown and His Band of Renown are heard in a broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium, with vocals by Doris Day, Butch Stone and the Brownies. Selections include “My Blue Heaven,” “Harlem Sandman,” “Twilight Time,” and “Sentimental Journey.” Bill Ewing announces. 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 role they played in World War II.


DANNY KAYE SHOW (2-24-45) With Eve Arden, Lionel Stander, Harry James and the Orchestra, announcer Ken Niles, Bob Jellison, Shirley Mitchell. Danny prepares to open a legitimate theater and presents a mystery, “The Case of the Murdered Meat Ball.” Pabst, CBS. (30 min)
VIC AND SADE (1-23-41) Art van Harvey as Vic, Bernardine Flynn as Sade, Bill Idelson as Rush. Vic has been named to the all-star marching team of the Sacred Stars of the Milky Way. Crisco, NBC. (14 min)
THE FALCON (2-18-51) “The Case of the Superfluous Murder” starring Les Damon as Michael Waring, the Falcon, with Ken Lynch as Sgt. Corbett. A man is suspected of having committed suicide, but the police discover the gun in his hand was never fired. Jack Costello announces. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
DRENE TIME (5-18-47) A variety show starring Don Ameche, Frances Langford and Danny Thomas, with announcer Tobe Reed, Carmen Dragon and the Orchestra. Danny fantasizes about being a great doctor; later, the three take part in a Bickersons sketch. Drene Shampoo, NBC. (30 min)
BILL STERN SPORTS NEWSREEL (1-13-50) Broadcasting from Hollywood, with guest Boris Karloff, who talks about Friday the 13th. Stern shares the story of three prize-fighters and a strange prophecy. Colgate Shave Cream, NBC. (15 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (4-15-51) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Mr. Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin, Robert Easton as Tex Barton. Mr. Conklin’s plans for a fishing trip are interrupted when he receives a draft notice. AFRS rebroadcast. (26 min)
FRONTIER GENTLEMAN (10-12-58) “Aces and Eights” starring John Dehner as J.B. Kendall, reporter for the London Times. While researching a story about Wild Bill Hickok, Kendall interviews Calamity Jane. Cast includes Lawrence Dobkin, Virginia Gregg, Jack Moyles, Jack Kruschen, Stacy Harris, Vic Perrin. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)


STRANGE WILLS (1950) “The Unwanted,” with John Saul as host John Francis O’Connell. The story of a soldier who married a young French girl during World War I and the impact her death had on his life. Syndicated. (26 min)
JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (2-18-48) With Peggy Lee, Candy Candido, Frank Nelson, announcer Howard Petrie, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra and guest Victor Moore, who wants to sing. Peggy sings “But Beautiful.” Rexall, NBC. (29 min)
THE SHADOW (12-12-37) “The Death Triangle” starring Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston, with Agnes Moorehead as the lovely Margot Lane. A murderer escapes from Devil’s Island and sends death threats to three former prisoners. The Shadow investigates. Ken Roberts announces. Blue Coal, MBS. (28 min)
MY FRIEND IRMA (2-17-52) Marie Wilson stars as Irma Peterson, with Cathy Lewis as Jane, Hans Conried as Professor Kropotkin, John Brown as Al, Leif Erickson as Richard Rhinelander. Jane is jealous when Richard must work late at the office with his new secretary. Ennds, CBS. (30 min)
PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE (2-27-49) Jack Webb stars as Novak, with Raymond Burr as Inspector Hellman, Tudor Owen as Jocko Madigan. Novak meets a young woman who claims to have lost her memory. Cast includes William Conrad. Sustaining, ABC. (28 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #179 (6-24-45) It’s a “secret desires” show, with mistress of ceremonies Ann Rutherford, with Bob Hope, the King Sisters, Jerry Colonna, Gloria DeHaven, Alan Ladd, Chu Chu Martinez. Ann plays Gary Cooper in a sketch with Alan playing Betty Grable and Bob playing Lauren Bacall. The King Sisters sing “For You”; Chu Chu sings “Amor”; Gloria sings “Where or When.” AFRS. (30 min)


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)


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