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Winter 2021 Program Highlights


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
RADIO TO WRAP, BAKE AND DECORATE BY

NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (12-25-43) “Nick Carter’s Christmas Adventure” starring Lon Clark as Nick, Helen Choate as Patsy Bowen, John Kane as Scubby. While soliciting funds for his annual holiday party, Nick meets a hard-hearted businessman and investigates to learn why the man hates Christmas. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 23. Paddy O’Cinnamon gets stuck in a pile of Christmas stickers. (13 min)
BING CROSBY SHOW (12-20-53) It’s Bing’s annual Christmas show, with announcer Ken Carpenter, Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra. Bing sings “Adeste Fidelis,” “Sleigh Ride,” “The Christmas Song,” “White Christmas” and others. General Electric, CBS. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 24. Judy, Jimmy and Paddy O’Cinnamon attend the Christmas Tree Parade. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 25. Captain Tin Top has returned the Silver Star, only for the Crazy Quilt dragon to steal it! (13 min)
FIRST NIGHTER (12-22-45) “Little Town of Bethlehem” starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule in the show’s ninth annual presentation of its Nativity story. With Rye Billsbury as Mr. First Nighter, Sidney Ellstrom, Hugh Studebaker, Willard Waterman, Herb Butterfield. Campana Products, CBS. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 26. The final chapter of the adventure. Will Judy and Jimmy finally get the Silver Star back for their Christmas tree? (13 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-19-54) With Mary Livingstone, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Bob Crosby, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Artie Auerbach as Mr. Kitzel, The Sportsmen. Jack is in Palm Springs, planning a Christmas party for the entire cast. The Sportsmen sing a Palm Springs-inspired version of “Winter Wonderland.” Lucky Strike, CBS. (27 min)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26
SEASON’S GREETINGS

JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-26-54) With Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Roy Glenn, Joseph Kearns, Verna Felton, Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc. It’s the day after Christmas and while Rochester is cleaning the house, Jack takes a present to Ed, the vault guard. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (26 min)
ESCAPE (12-24-50) “The Cave,” starring John Dehner, Georgia Ellis, Peggy Webber, Jay Novello, Lou Krugman, Wilms Herbert, Eileen Erskine. A holiday story about two 10-year-old boys who go exploring in a cave and discover a band of pirates. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-26-51) Willard Waterman stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Marylee Robb as Marjorie, Richard Crenna as Bronco, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Dick LeGrand as Peavey, Gale Gordon as Rumson Bullard, Barbara Whiting as Babs Bullard. Gildy and Bullard are concerned over the expensive Christmas gifts Leroy and Babs have given each other. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
THEATER GUILD ON THE AIR (12-23-45) “Little Women” starring Katharine Hepburn as Jo and Oscar Homolka as the Professor, in a radio adaptation of the classic story by Louisa May Alcott, about four sisters growing up during the Civil War and their journey from childhood to adulthood. Cast includes John Larch, Frances Reid, Judith Parrish, Susan Douglas, Elliott Reid. Norman Brokenshire announces. U.S. Steel, ABC. (28 min and 30 min)
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (12-26-48) With John Brown as Thorny, Janet Waldo as Emmy Lou, Tommy Bernard and Henry Blair as David and Ricky. Ozzie remembers a Christmas when his father promised snow. International Silver, NBC. (29 min)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2
RADIO THROUGH THE DECADES

LIGHT’S GOLDEN JUBILEE (10-21-29) A special broadcast from Dearborn, MI on the 50th anniversary of Thomas Edison’s invention of the electric light. Graham MacNamee and Phillips Carlin report, with hosts Henry and Edsel Ford and appearances by President Herbert Hoover, Albert Einstein, and Thomas Edison himself. (31 min)
TOWN HALL TONIGHT (6-8-38) Fred Allen stars, with Portland Hoffa, John Brown, Minerva Pious, Alan Reed, Charlie Cantor, announcer Andre Baruch, Peter van Steeden and the Orchestra. The Town Hall News discusses the end of the theatre season and the Mighty Allen Art Players present a saga of Tin Pan Alley. Ipana, Sal Hepatica, NBC. (29 min and 27 min)
FOUR-STAR PLAYHOUSE (8-21-49) “The Hunted” starring Robert Cummings as a man who helps a woman in distress, only to become involved in murder. With Lurene Tuttle, William Conrad, Wilms Herbert, Lawrence Dobkin. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
MARTIN AND LEWIS SHOW (7-7-53) With Dick Stablie and the Orchestra, announcer George Fennemann and guest Marlene Dietrich, who joins Dean and Jerry for a spoof of crime dramas and a version of “Side By Side.” Chesterfield Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
THEATER FIVE (4-27-65) “Lorna is a Strange Child” starring Rosemary Rice, Stan Watts. An English teacher takes an interest in a mysterious young girl. With Abbe Lewis, Maurice Tarplin, John Seymour, Dulcy Jordan. Sustaining, ABC. (21 min)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9

STARS OVER HOLLYWOOD (11-24-51) “Three is an Odd Number” starring Rhonda Fleming. A young woman must decide whether or not to undergo a risky surgical procedure. With Tom Holland, Bert Holland. Art Ballinger hosts. Carnation Evaporated Milk, CBS. (28 min)
DAVE GARROWAY SHOW (7-18-49) With announcer Hugh Downs, Joseph Gallichio and the Orchestra, singer Vivian Martin, the Art Van Damme Quintet and guest Toni Harper, who sings “Rock-a-Bye-Baby.” Dr. Fennimore Fuffner (Downs) talks about music. Sustaining, NBC/WMAQ. (30 min)
MURDER BY EXPERTS (5-22-50) “Three’s a Crowd” starring John Sylvester and Joyce Gordon. A piano player takes a job at a roadhouse, where he encounters a jealous boss and the boss’ beautiful wife. Cast includes Chuck Webster, Bill Griffith. Sustaining, MBS. (30 min)
SEZ WHO? (2-2-58) Henry Morgan hosts this comedy quiz show, with panelists Joey Adams, Dagmar, Orson Bean and Hermione Gingold, who try to identify famous voices from recordings. Participating sponsors, CBS. (30 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (12-28-42) “The Male Animal” starring Olivia de Havilland, Joel McCrea and Jack Carson in a radio adaptation of the 1942 movie, based on the play by James Thurber and Elliot Nugent. A college professor and his wife have a Homecoming weekend reunion with the school’s ex-football star. Lady Esther, CBS. (30 min) Read the article about Olivia de Havilland in the Winter 2021 issue of Nostalgia Digest.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16
A RADIO SCRAPBOOK: 1941

IT’S TIME TO SMILE (1-15-41) Starring Eddie Cantor, with Dinah Shore, Cookie Fairchild and the Orchestra, announcer Harry von Zell and guest Phil Harris. Eddie plans to make a movie with his cast and wants Phil to star in it. Dinah sings “Number Ten Lullaby Lane.” Ipana, Sal Hepatica, NBC. (30 min)
JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (5-8-41) An isolated episode of the series with Charles Flynn as Jack, with John Gannon as Billy, Sarajane Welles as Betty, Jim Goss as Uncle Jim. Jack and his friends are on the island of Mindinao, where they find a cave that appears to contain uranium. Franklyn MacCormack announces. Wheaties, NBC. (15 min)
INFORMATION PLEASE (1-24-41) It’s “Time to stump the experts” as master of ceremonies Clifton Fadiman quizzes panelists Franklin P. Adams and John Kieran and guest experts Boris Karloff and Lewis E. Lawes, warden at Sing Sing prison. Lucky Strike, NBC. (30 min)
THE SHADOW (4-6-41) “Murder From the Grave,” starring Bill Johnstone as Lamont Cranston and Marjorie Anderson as the lovely Margot Lane. A scientist invents a serum that can revive the dead, but his test subject is a gangster who uses the serum to revive other criminals. The Shadow investigates. Blue Coal, MBS. (30 min) Read the article about The Shadow in the Winter 2021 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (10-21-41) Jim and Marian Jordan star, with Bill Thompson, Isabel Randolph, Gale Gordon, Martha Tilton, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra, announcer Harlow Wilcox. The McGees’ housecleaning is interrupted when Molly finds a packet of old love letters. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (29 min)
JERGENS JOURNAL (5-18-41) Walter Winchell, the “one-man newspaper” with news bulletins from the U.S. and abroad. “The terms of surrender in Ethiopia have just been handed to Mussolini’s representatives. This will give England about 38,000 prisoners.” Ben Grauer announces. Jergens, NBC. (15 min)
COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (6-8-41) “The Odyssey of Runyon Jones,” a fantasy written and directed by Norman Corwin. When a dog is run over by a car, his young owner must go to great lengths to save the animal from “Curgatory.” Cast includes Larry Robinson, Roy Fant, Hester Sondergaard, Arthur Vinton, Frank Lovejoy. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23
FROM RADIO TO MOVIES...AND BACK AGAIN

SUSPENSE (7-29-48) “The Yellow Wallpaper” starring Agnes Moorehead in an adaptation of the story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. A woman and her husband move into a new house, where she begins to see disturbing patterns in the wallpaper. Cast includes Bill Johnstone. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min)
NIGHTBEAT (5-25-51) Frank Lovejoy stars as Randy Stone, night beat reporter for the Chicago Star, whose night is turned upside down after he receives a threatening letter. Cast: Jeanette Nolan, Betty Moran, Nestor Paiva, Ted DeCorsia, Harold Gordon, Tudor Owen, Jack Carroll. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
FRONTIER TOWN (1949) Starring Jeff “Tex” Chandler as Chad Remington, with Wade Crosby as Cherokee O’Bannion. Chad investigates when he discovers a watering hole has been poisoned. Syndicated. (28 min)
DEFENSE ATTORNEY (4-10-52) Mercedes McCambridge stars as attorney Martha Ellis Bryant, with Howard Culver as Jud. Martha is visited by an elderly man who fears one of his sons plans to kill him for his money. Cast includes Tony Barrett, Harry Bartell, Dallas McKinnon. Kix, Clorets, ABC. (30 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (5-19-49) “The Enchanted Cottage” starring Richard Widmark, with Lurene Tuttle, Gerald Mohr, Verna Felton. A radio adaptation of the play by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, about a disfigured veteran and a plain schoolteacher who are transformed by their romance. James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, who will talk about some of the radio actors who went on to become movie stars. Read Bob's article about radio actors who became movie stars in the Winter 2021 issue of Nostalgia Digest.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
A RADIO SCRAPBOOK: 1956

YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (5-14-56) Part one of “The Matter of the Medium Well-Done,” starring Bob Bailey as the man with the action-packed expense account. Johnny investigates when a young heiress changes the beneficiary of her life insurance to benefit a medium. Cast: Virginia Gregg, Lawrence Dobkin, Eleanor Audley, Lurene Tuttle, Harry Bartell, Herb Vigran, Junius Matthews, Tony Barrett, Sam Edwards, Joseph Kearns. Sustaining, CBS. (14 min)
X MINUS ONE (4-3-56) “How To” starring Alan Bunce and Anne Seymour. In the 21st Century, a man orders a kit for building a cocker spaniel but receives something very different. With Les Damon, James Monks, Joseph Bell, Lawson Zerbe, Santos Ortega, William Keene, Ben Grauer. Sustaining, NBC. (28 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (5-15-56) Part two of “The Matter of the Medium Well-Done.” Sustaining, CBS. (14 min)
PAUL GIBSON (3-31-56) An excerpt from the celebrated Chicago radio personality’s daytime show. Gibson complains to his engineer about the show’s paperwork and talks about the station’s new program director. WBBM. (19 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (5-16-56) Part three of “The Matter of the Medium Well-Done.” Sustaining, CBS. (14 min)
CAMEL ROCK & ROLL DANCE PARTY (8-28-56) It’s “The big beat in popular music,” hosted by Alan Freed (“The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”), with Sam “The Man” Taylor and the Orchestra, The Flamingos, Chuck Berry and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, who sing “I Promise to Remember” and “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” Camel Cigarettes, CBS. (25 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (5-17-56) Part four of “The Matter of the Medium Well-Done.” Sustaining, CBS. (14 min)
FORT LARAMIE (9-16-56) Raymond Burr stars as Capt. Lee Quince, with Vic Perrin as Sgt. Gorce, Jack Moyles as Maj. Daggett, Harry Bartell as Lt. Seiberts. The men at the Fort are forced to get creative when the paymaster is four months late. With Clayton Post, Sam Edwards, Howard McNear. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (5-18-56) Part five of “The Matter of the Medium Well-Done.” Sustaining, CBS. (14 min)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

JACK BENNY PROGRAM (6-23-33) It’s the last show of the season and Jack celebrates by throwing a party. With Mary Livingstone, singer James Melton, Frank Black and the Orchestra, Johnny Woods, announcer Howard Claney. Chevrolet, NBC. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (8-3-34) Excerpt. Jack and his cast are taking the train back to New York from California for the start of the season. With Mary Livingstone, Don Wilson, Frank Parker, Don Bestor, Sam Hearn as Schlepperman. General Tire, NBC. (17 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-3-35) With Mary Livingstone, Don Wilson, Johnny Green and the Orchestra, and singer Kenny Baker, making his first appearance on the show. The cast presents a sketch about Hollywood, “Open Up That Goldwyn Gate.” Jell-O, NBC. (30 min)
HOLLYWOOD IS ON THE AIR (1936) A radio preview of Jack Benny’s movie College Holiday, with George Burns and Gracie Allen, Mary Boland, Martha Raye, Marsha Hunt, Leif Erickson. Jack plays the manager of a bankrupt hotel. Syndicated. (14 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (6-20-37) With Mary, Don, Kenny, Phil Harris, Andy Devine, and Eddie Anderson, making his first appearance on the show as Rochester. The gang visit Jack on the set of his new film, Artists and Models. Mary reads a poem for Father’s Day. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min) TOWN HALL TONIGHT (12-22-37) Excerpt. Fred Allen stars, with Portland Hoffa, Peter Van Steeden and the Orchestra and guest Jack Benny, who wants to sell his Maxwell to Fred. NBC. (12 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-8-39) The first show of the new season, as Jack welcomes new singer Dennis Day to the program and meets Dennis’ mother. With Mary, Phil, Don, Rochester, Verna Felton. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13

JACK BENNY PROGRAM (6-9-40) It’s the next-to-last show of the season and Jack and the gang are discussing their vacation plans. Later, Jack calls Paramount after hearing that his next film will star Fred Allen. With Mary, Phil, Dennis, Don, Andy Devine. Jell-O, NBC. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-15-20) Steve Darnall’s conversation with former Quiz Kid Richard Williams, speaking by telephone from his home in California, who talks about his time on radio and working with Jack Benny. (35 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-6-41) With Mary, Phil, Rochester, Dennis, Don and special guests The Quiz Kids (Gerard Darrow, Claude Bremner, Joan Bishop and Richard Williams). Jack invites the Quiz Kids to a contest of wits against “The Jell-O Kids,” with Jack as quizmaster. Jell-O, NBC. (30 min)
DUFFY’S TAVERN (12-29-42) Ed Gardner stars as Archie the Manager, with Shirley Booth as Miss Duffy, Eddie Green as Eddie, Charlie Cantor as Clifton Finnegan, Peter Van Steeden and the Orchestra and guest Eddie “Rochester” Anderson. Archie wants Rochester to star on his own show. AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (11-9-43) With Bill Goodwin, Jimmy Cash, Felix Mills and the Orchestra, Paula Winslowe, and guest Jack Benny. Gracie sees an opportunity to bolster George’s singing career when she spots Jack coming out of a beauty parlor. Swan Soap, CBS. (29 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #156 (12-30-44) With Jack Benny, Ernst Lubitsch, Greer Garson and Orson Welles, announcer Ken Carpenter, the Santa Ana Swing Wing, John Brown, Verna Felton. Jack describes how he attempted to replace Orson in a dramatic sketch opposite Garson. AFRS. (30 min)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20

JACK BENNY PROGRAM (9-30-45) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Larry Stevens, Mel Blanc, Dick Lane, Sara Berner and Bea Benaderet, making their first appearances as the telephone operators, Mabel and Gertrude. It’s the first show of the season and no one can agree on what time it is! Lucky Strike, NBC. (27 min)
LUX RADIO THEATER (12-16-46) “Killer Kates” starring Jack Benny and Gail Patrick, with Alan Reed, Gale Gordon, Gerald Mohr, Herb Vigran. A failed comedian becomes a hit playing a gangster in a serious play on Broadway, but the role threatens to take over the actor’s personality. William Keighley hosts. AFRS rebroadcast. (15 min & 16 min & 18 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-11-47) Broadcasting from Chicago, with Mary, Phil, Rochester, Dennis Day, the Sportsmen, announcer Norman Barry, Artie Auerbach as Mr. Kitzel, and guest Marjorie Reynolds. Jack talks about his engagement at the Chicago Theatre. Lucky Strike, NBC. (27 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (11-18-48) “My Financial Career” starring Jack Benny in a radio adaptation of the story by Stephen Leacock, about a man who is afraid of banks. Cast includes Jack Kirkwood, Joseph Kearns, Ken Christy. James Hilton hosts; announcer is Frank Goss. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (9-11-49) With Mary, Rochester, Phil, Dennis, Don, the Sportsmen, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Verna Felton, Joseph Kearns, Bea Benaderet, Herb Vigran. It’s the first show of the season and a tour bus is driving past the homes of the show’s cast members. Lucky Strike, CBS. (27 min)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27

JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-8-50) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Frank Nelson and guests Frank Sinatra, Rosalind Russell, Gene Kelly and Prince Michael Romanoff, who join Jack for a sketch, “Murder at Romanoff’s.” Lucky Strike, CBS. (24 min)
SALUTE TO JACK BENNY (11-9-51) A special program honoring Jack’s 20th anniversary in radio, with Milton Berle, Mary Livingstone, Ronald and Benita Colman, Ethel Merman, CBS president William S. Paley and Gen. James Van Fleet. Berle recalls how the Friar’s Club gave a dinner for Jack; Merman sings “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” CBS. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (9-14-52) With Mary, Rochester, Dennis, Don, Mel Blanc, Sidney Miller and the show’s new bandleader, Bob Crosby. Jack is back from a trip to England and tries to get Bob to sign his contract. AFRS rebroadcast. (24 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (1-7-53) With Margaret Whiting, Les Brown and His Band of Renown, Bill Goodwin, Veola Vonn and guest Jack Benny, who enters singing his song “When You Say I Beg Your Pardon, Then I’ll Come Back to You.” Later, Jack joins Bob for a spoof of The Road to Bali. AFRS rebroadcast. (23 min)
SUSPENSE (1-18-54) “The Face is Familiar” starring Jack Benny as a nondescript man who becomes involved in a bank robbery. With Sheldon Leonard, Joseph Kearns, Hy Averback, Herb Butterfield. Announcers are Larry Thor and Harlow Wilcox. Auto-Lite, CBS. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-22-55) With Mary, Dennis, Rochester, Don, Mel Blanc, Artie Auerbach, Mahlon Merrick, Shirley Mitchell, Bea Benaderet. It’s the last show of the season and everyone is giving Jack a hard time, including the sound effects man. Lucky Strike, CBS. (26 min)

SATURDAY, MARCH 6
A RADIO SCRAPBOOK: 1947

ESCAPE (11-12-47) “The Young Man With the Cream Tarts” starring Paul Frees, Bill Johnstone and Barton Yarborough in a play based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson. A nobleman traveling incognito is invited to take part in a “Suicide Club.” Cast includes William Conrad. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
DRENE TIME (1-12-47) Don Ameche is master of ceremonies, with Frances Langford, Danny Thomas, Carmen Dragon and the Orchestra, Gale Gordon. Don brings in a psychiatrist to cure Danny of his mike fright; the cast takes part in a Bickersons sketch. Tobe Reed announces. Drene Shampoo, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about Danny Thomas in the Winter 2021 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
VOYAGE OF THE SCARLET QUEEN (9-18-47) “The Courtship of Anna May Lamour” starring Elliott Lewis as Capt. Philip Carney, with Ed Max as Red Gallagher. Carney encounters a beautiful young woman in Haiphong, who brings him news about a meeting with a client. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (6-23-47) “Rose Marie” starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in a radio version of their 1936 film, based on the famous operetta. An opera singer and a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman meet while both are searching for the singer’s fugitive brother. Cast includes Leon Belasco. Lady Esther, CBS. (29 min) Read the article about Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald in the Winter 2021 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (7-17-47) “Self-Made Hero” starring Staats Cotsworth as Casey, with Jan Miner as Anne Williams, John Gibson as Ethelbert, announcer Tony Marvin. Casey and Ann try to help a young man who has staged a crime to impress a girl. Cast includes Jack Grimes. Anchor Hocking Glass, CBS. (30 min)

SATURDAY, MARCH 13
A RADIO SCRAPBOOK: 1953

FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (10-5-53) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, in the first 15-minute episode of the series. Fibber decides to hang Aunt Sarah’s picture, but first he needs to fix his hammer. With Arthur Q. Bryan as Dr. Gamble, Bill Thompson as Wallace Wimple. Announcer is John Wald. Sustaining, NBC. (15 min)
CRIME CLASSICS (7-13-53) “The Terrible Deed of John White Webster,” the true story of a Boston surgeon who killed one of his fellow doctors and found an unusual method for hiding the body. With Lou Merrill as Thomas Hyland, Jay Novello, Junius Matthews, Paula Winslowe, Larry Thor. Sustaining, CBS. (28 min)
FATHER KNOWS BEST (2-19-53) Robert Young stars as Jim Anderson, with Dorothy Lovett as Margaret, Ted Donaldson as Bud, Rhoda Williams as Betty, Helen Strohm as Kathy. Plans to redecorate the house get complicated when Betty discovers modern art. Cast includes Parley Baer. Announcers are Bill Forman and Ed Prentiss. Post Cereals, Postum, NBC. (29 min)
WELCOME TRAVELERS (4-12-53) Tommy Bartlett hosts this interview program, broadcast from the College Inn at Chicago’s Sherman Hotel. Guests include a handicapped fashion model and a woman who raised a foster daughter and grand-daughter. Ken Nordine announces. Proctor and Gamble, NBC. (30 min)
HILLTOP HOUSE (7-22-53) An isolated episode if the series, with Jan Miner as Julie Erickson, Robert Haag, Janice Gilbert. Julie is planning for her honeymoon trip to Honolulu, unaware that Dr. Jeff has bad news about Reed. Alka-Seltzer, CBS. (14 min)
RAILROAD HOUR (5-4-53) “Mary” starring Gordon MacRae and Dorothy Kirsten in a radio adaptation of the 1920 musical, with songs by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel. A young woman agrees to marry into wealth in order to help the man she loves. Marvin Miller announces. Association of American Railroads, NBC. (29 min)
GUNSMOKE (12-5-53) “The Lamb” starring William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester, Howard McNear as Doc, Georgia Ellis as Kitty. Dillon hears that a notorious gunman has arrived in Dodge. Cast: Vic Perrin, Harry Bartell, Lawrence Dobkin, Herb Ellis. Ken Peters announces. Post Cereals, CBS. (30 min)

SATURDAY, MARCH 20
A RADIO SCRAPBOOK: 1944

KRAFT MUSIC HALL (2-24-44) Bing Crosby stars, with announcer Ken Carpenter, Ukie Sherin, Marilyn Maxwell, The Charioteers, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra and guest Phil Silvers, who offers to handle Bing’s business affairs. Bing sings “San Fernando Valley” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” Kraft, NBC. (29 min)
HOP HARRIGAN (11-7-44) An isolated episode of the series, with Chet Stratton as Hop and Ken Lynch as Tank Tinker. Hop and Tank, disguised as Nazi officers, steal an enemy plane from the “Death’s Head Squadron.” Grape-Nuts, BLUE. (14 min)
COMEDY CARAVAN (10-6-44) Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore star, with Georgia Gibbs, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra, Elvia Allman. Jimmy and Garry play railroad magnates; Jimmy recalls a recent date while Garry recites a new poem, “In Praise of a Pig.” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
WEIRD CIRCLE (9-10-44) “The Phantom Picture,” a radio adaptation of a story by Washington Irving. An artist commits a murder and finds himself haunted by the face of his victim. Syndicated. (25 min)
VIC AND SADE (1-24-44) With Art Van Harvey as Vic, Bernardine Flynn as Sade, David Whitehouse as Russell and Clarence Hartzell as Uncle Fletcher. Sade is annoyed that Vic has fallen asleep on the couch during Uncle Fletcher’s visit. Crisco, NBC. (13 min)
NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (12-3-44) “Murder Plays the Lead” starring Lon Clark as Nick, Helen Choate as Patsy, John Kane as Scubby. Nick is on an Army base when he is asked to investigate the murder of a USO performer. Lin-X Products, MBS. (29 min)
IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT (7-14-44) Tom Howard hosts this spoof of quiz shows, with Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell, George Shelton, Al Trace and his Orchestra. Questions include “What office does a presidential candidate seek?” and “What rank does Gen. MacArthur hold?” AFRS rebroadcast. (28 min)

SATURDAY, MARCH 27
RADIO IN THE MID-1930s

CALLING ALL CARS (12-20-33) “The Human Bomb” is the story of a terrorist who threatens to blow up police headquarters unless his demands are met. Narrated by Gale Gordon. Syndicated. (28 min)
MUSIC BY GERSHWIN (2-19-34) The first show of the series, as the celebrated composer hosts an “intimate revue of present-day music” and plays “The Man I Love” and “I Got Rhythm.” Feen-a-Mint, NBC. (15 min)
STOOPNAGLE AND BUDD (3-8-35) The first show of the series, with announcer Andre Baruch, Mark Warnow and the Orchestra, vocalists Jerry Cooper and Benay Venuta. Stoopnagle and Budd offer an honest look at commercials and celebrate Independence Day early. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
FLEISCHMANN YEAST HOUR (1-10-35) Rudy Vallee stars, with guests Libby Holman, The Yacht Club Boys, Johnny Burke, and Walter Connolly, appearing in a scene from Napoleon’s Barber. Burke performs a “Doughboy Monologue”; Holman sings “When You Love Only One” and “Moanin’ Low.” James Wallington announces. Fleischmann Yeast, NBC. (24 min and 35 min)
CHANDU THE MAGICIAN (5-29-33) An isolated episode of the series, with Gayne Whitman as Frank Chandler. The princess Nadji beseeches Chandler not to travel to the ruined temple. Syndicated. (14 min)
FRED WARING SHOW (12-27-34) With the Pennsylvanians, Tom Waring, Rosemary and Priscilla Lane, Clare Hanlon, Babs and Her Boyfriends and the debut performance from Kay Thompson and her Girls’ Choir, who sing “Wistful and Blue.” Andre Baruch announces. Ford, CBS. (29 min)

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