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Autumn 2020 Program Highlights


BOBBY BENSON AND THE B-BAR-B RIDERS (12-28-49) “Killer Wales” starring Ivan Cury as Bobby, with Don Knotts as Windy Wales, Charles Irving as Tex, Craig McDonnell as Harka and Irish. Two escaped convicts mistake Windy for a member of their gang. Sustaining, MBS. (26 min)
FAMILY THEATER (8-30-50) “Branigan’s Bat” starring Wayne Morris and Betty Lynn in the story of a baseball player who propels his team to the World Series after he inherits a special bat. Lloyd Nolan is host. Cast includes Howard McNear, Herb Vigran, Joel Nessler, Lynn Whitney, Michael Hayes, Paul Dubov, Bill Barron, James Nusser. Sustaining, MBS. (30 min)
FIRST NIGHTER (5-6-48) “The Tin Box” starring Olan Soule and Barbara Luddy in a play “from the little theater off Times Square.” An unemployed waiter who needs money to open his own restaurant finds a box containing $10,000. Cast includes Willard Waterman, David Ellis, Larry Dobkin, Rye Billsbury as Mr. First Nighter. Larry Keating announces. Campana Products, CBS. (29 min)
GUNSMOKE (1-10-53) “Word of Honor” starring William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester, Howard McNear as Doc, Georgia Ellis as Kitty. Doc reappears in Dodge after treating a wounded fugitive, but is unable to tell Matt anything about it. With John Dehner, Lawrence Dobkin, Harry Bartell. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
DAMON RUNYON THEATER (1949) “That Ever-Lovin’ Wife of Hymie’s” stars John Brown as Broadway, with Sheldon Leonard as Hymie. The story of a man whose marriage depends on his horse winning at Hialeah. Syndicated. (28 min)


OUR MISS BROOKS (10-2-49) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Principal Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin, Leonard Smith as Stretch Snodgrass. Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin must work together to keep Stretch from transferring to another high school. Cast includes Frank Nelson, Leif Erickson. Bob Lemond announces. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (1-13-54) “Road Angel” starring Staats Cotsworth as Casey, with Jan Miner as Anne Williams and John Gibson as Ethelbert. Casey acts as a decoy to trap a murderous hitch-hiker. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOWER BASIN STREET (8-18-41) A spoof of classical music radio shows, hosted by Jack McCarthy, with Paul Lavelle, Henry Levine, singer Diane Courtney and guests The Ink Spots, who sing “Pork Chops and Gravy” and “Do I Worry?” Sustaining, NBC BLUE. (30 min)
CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON (5-4-49) “The Sparrow” starring Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston, who goes undercover aboard a riverboat to track down a killer. Cast includes Paul Hughes as Mr. Rudge. Quaker Puffed Rice and Wheat, ABC. (29 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (6-2-49) “I Like It Here” starring Paul Lukas in a radio adaptation of the play by A.B. Shiffrin. A naturalized citizen takes a job as a domestic servant and clashes with the woman of the house. Cast includes Howard McNear, Lurene Tuttle, Gerald Mohr. James Hilton hosts; announcer is Frank Goss. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)
SHERLOCK HOLMES (10-22-45) “The Great Gandolfo” starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes, Nigel Bruce as Watson. At the suggestion of his brother Mycroft, Holmes investigates the death of a magician’s assistant. Harry Bartell announces. Petri Wines, MBS. (30 min)


TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET (1-15-52) Part one of “Space Station of Danger” starring Frankie Thomas as Tom, with Jan Merlin as Roger Manning. A sabotaged space freighter crash-lands on Venus. With Jackson Beck, Edmund Bryce, Al Markim. Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, ABC. (23 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-18-19) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actor Keir Dullea, who looks back on his stage, movie and radio career. Recorded at the Hilton Garden Inn in Des Plaines, IL. (33 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Summer 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest
DIMENSION X (11-26-50) “Universe” is Robert Heinlein’s story of a spaceship that has sustained generations of life, including a race of mutants. With Mason Adams, Peter Capell, Raymond Edward Johnson, Robert Dryden, Ross Martin, Matt Crowley. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
SPACE PATROL (2-7-53) “Crash Landing” starring Ed Kemmer as Cmdr. Buzz Corry, Lyn Osborn as Cadet Happy. Buzz and Happy return from Venus with evidence against a criminal, but their efforts to present the evidence are thwarted. Cast includes Ken Mayer, Bela Kovacs, Virginia Hewitt, Steven Robertson. Announcer is Dick Tufeld. Ralston Cereals, ABC. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (7-12-55) “Kaleidoscope” starring William Conrad in a radio version of the classic Ray Bradbury story, about an exploding spaceship and the last moments of its crew as they drift in space. Cast: John Dehner, Parley Baer, Stacy Harris, Howard McNear, Sam Edwards, Georgia Ellis, Jonathan Ellis. Larry Thor announces. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)
TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET (1-17-52) Part two of “Space Station of Danger” starring Frankie Thomas. James Loring escapes imprisonment and flees into the Venusian jungle. Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, ABC. (24 min)


MERCURY THEATER OF THE AIR (10-30-38) “The War of the Worlds” starring Orson Welles in the most famous radio broadcast of all time, an adaptation of the H.G. Wells story about a Martian invasion of Earth. Cast includes Paul Stewart, Frank Readick, Kenny Delmar, Ray Collins, Carl Frank, Richard Wilson, William Alland, Stefan Schnabel, announcer Dan Seymour. Sustaining, CBS. (40 min and 18 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-5-40) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Harold Peary as Gildersleeve, Isabel Randolph as Mrs. Uppington, Bill Thompson, Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and the Orchestra and special guest Gracie Allen. Molly is looking for the dictionary and opens the hall closet on the air for the first time! Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (29 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (9-6-50) Willard Waterman takes over the role of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Mary Lee Robb as Marjorie, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Richard Crenna as Bronco, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Arthur Q. Bryan as Floyd Munson. Gildy comes back from his vacation and learns that Marjorie and Bronco are expecting. Kraft Foods, NBC. (30 min)
FIFTEEN MINUTES WITH BING CROSBY (9-2-31) The first network appearance of “that senstional baritone Bing Crosby,” with announcer Harry von Zell, Freddie Rich and the orchestra. Songs include “Just One More Chance” and “I’m Through With Love.” Sustaining, CBS. (9 min)
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (3-12-33) Eight days into his first term, the new president delivers his first “Fireside Chat” as he speaks to the nation about the recently declared “Bank Holiday.” ALL NETWORKS. (13 min)
SUSPENSE (5-25-43) “Sorry, Wrong Number” starring Agnes Moorehead in her first performance of the story by Lucille Fletcher, about an invalid woman who overhears a telephone conversation about committing a murder. With Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns as the Man in Black. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)


JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-28-48) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, the Sportsmen Quartet, Eddie Marr, Eric Snowden and guests Ronald and Benita Colman. Jack goes to see Ronald Colman about making a film and winds up borrowing his Oscar. This broadcast features the famous “Your Money or Your Life” joke. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (6-10-46) The first chapter of “The Clan of the Fiery Cross,” with Clayton Collyer as Clark Kent, Jackie Kelk as Jimmy Olsen. When Jimmy is forced to remove a hot-headed player from the Unity House baseball team, the boy’s uncle invites him to a meeting of a secret organization. Kellogg’s Pep, MBS. (14 min) Read the article about The Adventures of Superman in the Autumn 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (5-4-41) “Radio Primer” is the first of “Twenty-Six By Corwin,” a lighthearted look at the radio industry written and directed by Norman Corwin. With Everett Sloane, Beatrice Kay, John Brown, Ted DeCorsia, Peter Donald, Frank Gallop, Frank Lovejoy, Jack Smart, Hester Sondergaard, Luis Van Rooten. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
DRAGNET (6-17-49) “The Werewolf” starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday and Barton Yarborough as Sgt. Ben Romero, in the third show of the series and the first to use the famous Dragnet theme. The police are searching for a man who has beaten and robbed eighteen women. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
MA PERKINS (11-25-60) The final show of the series, with Virginia Payne as Ma. In a flashback to the day before, Ma welcomes the entire family for Thanksgiving. Participating sponsors, CBS. (12 min)
STAN FREBERG SHOW (10-20-57) The fifteenth and final show of the series, with Daws Butler, Peter Leeds, singer Peggy Taylor, Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Billy May and the Orchestra. Stan presents highlights from the fifteen-week run of his show, including “Elderly Man River” and “The Banana Boat Song.” Sustaining, CBS. (28 min)


THE SHADOW (9-26-37) “Death House Rescue” starring Orson Welles in the first show of a new series, with Agnes Moorehead as Margot Lane. The Shadow uses his powers to save an innocent man from execution. Cast includes Jeanette Nolan, Bill Johnstone, Ray Collins, Everett Sloane. Blue Coal, MBS. (29 min)
PHILCO RADIO TIME (10-16-46) Bing Crosby stars in the premiere broadcast of radio’s first pre-recorded network series, with announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, Lina Romay, The Charioteers, Skitch Henderson and guest Bob Hope, who duets with Bing on “Put It There, Pal.” Philco, ABC. (30 min)
LUX RADIO THEATER (6-1-36) “The Legionnaire and the Lady” starring Marlene Dietrich and Clark Gable in a radio adaptation of Dietrich’s 1930 film Morocco, the story of a romance between a nightclub singer and a member of the Foreign Legion. Cecil B. DeMille hosts the first Lux broadcast from Hollywood, with a guest appearance by Jesse P. Lasky. Lux Soap, CBS. (23 min & 17 min & 20 min).
KING EDWARD VIII (12-11-36) A speech broadcast via shortwave from Windsor Castle, as Prince Edward speaks about his abdication of the throne, a few hours after discharging his last duties as King of England. BBC/ALL NETWORKS. (9 min)
GUNSMOKE (4-26-52) The first episode of the series, starring William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Parley Baer as Chester, Howard McNear as Doc. Dillon must prevent a lynch mob from attacking a Dutch farmer accused of murder. Cast: Georgia Ellis, Dick Beals, Harry Bartell, Don Diamond, Paul Dubov, Mary Lansing. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)


TEXACO STAR THEATER (12-6-42) Fred Allen stars, with Portland Hoffa, John Brown, Minerva Pious, Charlie Cantor, Alan Reed, Josephine Huston, Al Goodman and the Orchestra, announcer Jimmy Wallington and guest George Jessel, who wants Fred to join his Broadway show. Fred visits Allen’s Alley for the first time, asking residents about the coffee shortage. Texaco, CBS. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-2-49) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Herb Vigran, Artie Auerbach as Mr. Kitzel. It’s Jack’s first show for CBS after fifteen years at NBC, and he’s worried. Lucky Strike, CBS. (27 min)
MONITOR (6-12-55) An excerpt from the first broadcast of the series, designed to offer “a continuous flow of items of high interest and information,” introduced by NBC president Sylvester Weaver and featuring Jim Fleming, Dave Garroway, BBC reporter Raymond Baxter, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, Howard Rumsey and his Lighthouse All-Stars, Walter and Peg McGraw reporting from San Quentin. NBC. (18 min)
HINDENBERG DISASTER (5-6-37) One of the most famous broadcasts of all time as WLS Reporter Herb Morrison, reporting from Lakehurst, New Jersey, witnesses the Hindenberg airship bursts into flames upon its arrival. This recording marked the first time that NBC allowed pre-recorded material on the network in its 11-year history. NBC. (22 min and 18 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #1 (3-1-42) The first show of the series, created to entertain servicemen around the world during World War II. Eddie Cantor hosts, with Danny Kaye, Bea Wain and the Ambassadors, Merle Oberon, Bert Gordon as The Mad Russian, Dinah Shore, announcer Harry von Zell. Danny sings “Pavlova”; Bea Wain sings “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” AFRS. (29 min)
SUSPENSE (9-30-62) “Devilstone,” starring Christopher Carey and Neal Fitzgerald in the last show of the series. A wealthy Dubliner inherits property from a long-forgotten relative, but there’s something strange about the land. Cast includes Gilbert Mack, Frank Milano, Walter Greaza, Reynold Osborne. Parliament Cigarettes, CBS. (23 min)


QUIET PLEASE (10-31-48) “Calling All Souls” starring Ernest Chappell in a story written and directed by Wyllis Cooper. On Hallowe’en, a condemned killer continues to maintain his innocence and seeks to prove it by speaking to the victims. With Kermit Murdoch, Mary Patton, Ralph Schoolman. Sustaining, ABC. (30 min)
LIGHTS OUT (12-15-42) “A Knock at the Door,” a story written and directed by Arch Oboler. A woman decides to murder her shrewish mother-in-law by throwing her into an abandoned well. Ironized Yeast, CBS. (27 min)
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (7-27-47) “The Man The Insects Hated” with Maurice Tarplin as the Mysterious Traveler. A man who lives in a mansion near the Bayou swamps is obsessed with inventing a perfect formula for killing insects. With Eric Dressler, Helen Shields, Robert Dryden. Sustaining, MBS. (30 min)
MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (8-24-46) “The Creeper” is the story of a madman who has been murdering women and writing on the victims’ walls “For heaven’s sake, catch me before I kill again.” With Ann Shepherd, John Gibson. Syndicated. (25 min)
INNER SANCTUM (10-31-49) “A Corpse for Hallowe’en” starring Larry Haines, Berry Kroeger, Mercedes McCambridge. A man responsible for the death of his friends on an expedition is haunted by their ghosts on Hallowe’en. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)

Today’s show will be broadcast on our ghost-to-ghost network and over the internet in screaming audio. Be sure to join us— and read the article about radio mystery and horror shows in the Autumn 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest!


ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (3-30-44) With Connie Haines, Freddie Rich and the Orchestra, announcer Ken Niles, Elvia Allman, John Brown, Mel Blanc and guest Alan Ladd. When Costello decides to buy a radio station, Alan auditions and proposes some new programs. Camel Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min) Read the article about Alan Ladd in the Autumn 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
BOX THIRTEEN (9-12-48) Alan Ladd stars as Dan Holiday, with Sylvie Picker as Suzy. Dan receives a ticket for a radio show and finds himself investigating a murder. Syndicated. (26 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 1 of the celebrated holiday adventure. Judy and Jimmy Barton discover that the silver star for the top of the Christmas tree is missing. While searching for the ornament in their attic, they meet Paddy O’Cinnamon. (13 min) This year, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of The Cinnamon Bear on Those Were the Days.
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (2-17-55) Jim and Marian Jordan star as The McGees, with Bill Thompson, Jack Moyles. McGee is invited to appear on a radio show and play some of his old records. Participating sponsors, NBC. (14 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 2. Jimmy and Judy de-grow and take a glass airplane to Maybe Land in pursuit of the silver star. (13 min)
CBS RADIO WORKSHOP (5-11-56) “The Enormous Radio” starring Virginia Gregg and Stacy Harris in a radio adaptation of the story by John Cheever. A couple finds their radio can pick up the conversations of the residents in their apartment building. Narrated by William Conrad, with Hans Conried, Eve McVeagh, Charlotte Lawrence, Joseph Kearns, Paula Winslowe, Herb Butterfield, Helen Kleeb, Irene Tedrow. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 3. The airplane lands in the Looking Glass Valley. (13 min)
MILTON BERLE SHOW (9-16-47) It’s Uncle Milty on radio, with Pert Kelton, Mary Shipp, Jack Albertson, Arnold Stang, Arthur Q. Bryan, singer Dick Varney, announcer Frank Gallop, Ray Bloch and the Orchestra. Berle offers “A Salute to Radio” to coincide with the start of the new season. Philip Morris Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)


ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (1-15-49) “The Black Halo” starring Gerald Mohr as Marlowe. A perfume magnate hires Marlowe to find his secretary. Cast: Paul Frees, Jack Kruschen, Joan Banks, Peter Leeds, Lois Corbett, Jeff Corey. Roy Rowan announces. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 4. Captured by the Inkaboos. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 5. The Crazy Quilt Dragon to the rescue! (13 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (5-31-47) William Bendix as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, Barbara Eiler as Babs, Tommy Cook as Junior, John Brown as Gillis and Digby O’Dell, Warren Mills as Simon. Riley buys an insurance policy from Babs’ boyfriend. Cast includes Ken Christy, Buddy Gray. Ken Carpenter announces. Dreft, NBC. (30 min)
GREAT SCENES FROM GREAT PLAYS (12-3-48) “The Devil and Daniel Webster” starring Raymond Massey in a radio version of the story by Stephen Vincent Benet. The famous statesman takes on the Devil to save the soul of a young farmer. Walter Hampden hosts. National Council of Protestant Episcopal Churches, Syndicated. (29 min) Read the article about Raymond Massey in the Autumn 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 6. Our heroes meet Wesley the Wailing Whale and Samuel the Seal. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 7. Mr. Presto, the magician. (13 min)
SPOTLIGHT REVUE (4-9-48) Broadcasting from Detroit, with Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Dorothy Shay, Doodles Weaver as Prof. Feedblebaum, George Rock and guest Mel Torme, who sings “The Best Things in Life Are Free.” Mike Wallace announces. Coca-Cola, CBS. (29 min)


ALDRICH FAMILY (11-23-52) Bobby Ellis is Henry, with Jack Grimes as Homer, House Jamison and Katharine Raht as Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich. Henry and Homer are doing the grocery shopping for their families’ Thanksgiving dinners. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 8. Riding with Captain Taffy and the Candy Pirates. (13 min)
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (11-24-47) “Us Pilgrims” starring George Tobias as an immigrant describing how the first pilgrims came to America. With Mercedes McCambridge, Ralph Bell, Dan Ocko. DuPont, NBC. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 9. The Roly Poly Policeman. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 10. Professor Whiz the Owl and Fraidy Cat the kitten. (13 min)
BIRDS EYE OPEN HOUSE (11-22-45) Dinah Shore stars, with announcer Harry von Zell, Robert Emmet Dolan and the Orchestra, Elvia Allman and guest Groucho Marx. Dinah invites the gang to her house for Thanksgiving dinner and Groucho has offered to bring a turkey. Birds Eye Frozen Foods, NBC. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 11. Fee Fo, the Friendly Giant. (13 min)
HAROLD PEARY SHOW (11-22-50) Harold Peary stars as Honest Harold, the homemaker, with Gloria Holliday, Joe Kearns, Jane Morgan, Parley Baer, Olan Soule, Eddie Firestone. Harold is directing and starring in the town’s Thanksgiving play, “The Courtship of Miles Standish.” Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)


JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-20-36) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Kenny Baker, Don Wilson, Andy Devine, Pat C. Flick. It’s Christmas time and the cast exchange gifts. Jell-O, NBC. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 12. Paddy O’Cinnamon meets the Rhyming Rabbit and gets stung by a bumblebee. (13 min)
COUPLE NEXT DOOR (12-9-58) Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce star, with Francie Meyers as daughter Betsy. A gift for a relative in Alaska requires a trip to the post office. Sustaining, CBS. (15 min) Read the article about The Couple Next Door in the Autumn 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 13. Judy, Jimmy, Paddy O’Cinnamon and the Crazy Quilt Dragon go through the picture frame and encounter the Wintergreen Witch. (13 min)
THE SHADOW (12-21-47) “A Gift of Murder” starring Bret Morrison as Lamont Cranston, with Grace Matthews as the lovely Margot Lane. Lamont and Margot arrive at an estate for a Christmas party and find a murder. Sustaining, MBS. (24 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 14. An audience with Queen Melissa of Maybe Land. (13 min)
COUPLE NEXT DOOR (12-12-58) Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce star, with Francie Meyers as Betsy. The decision to buy a practical Christmas gift sparks rumors of poverty. Participating sponsors, CBS. (15 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 15. While trying to read a special message, our heroes encounter Snapper Snick, the Crocodile. (13 min)
N-K MUSICAL SHOWROOM (12-19-45) The Andrews Sisters star, with Curt Massey, Vic Schoen and the Orchestra, announcer Harlow Wilcox and guest Ray Noble, who plays “The Very Thought of You” and “Goodnight, Sweetheart.” The Andrews Sisters sing “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas.” Nash-Kelvinator, CBS. (30 min)


OUR MISS BROOKS (12-18-49) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Principal Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin. At Christmas time, Mr. Conklin is asked to appear as Santa at a department store as part of the store’s essay contest. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 16. Meeting Oliver the Ostrich. (13 min)
CRESTA BLANCA PLAYERS (12-25-46) “All Through the House” starring Gregory Peck, Gene Kelly, John Garfield, Joseph Cotten and Janet Leigh. Three brothers resent the fact that they must look after their young niece during the holidays. Cresta Blanca Wines, CBS. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 17. The mud-slinging Muddlers. (13 min)
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (12-14-47) Broadcasting from Los Angeles City College, with Ray Noble and the Orchestra, Anita Gordon, Pat Patrick, announcer Ken Carpenter and guest Gary Cooper, who agrees to play Santa Claus for the neighborhood children. Chase and Sanborn Coffee, NBC. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 18. Slim Pickens and the Cockleburr Cowboys. (13 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (12-23-56) “The Missing Mouse Matter” starring Bob Bailey as the man with the action-packed expense account. At Christmas time, Dollar changes his plans to investigate the disappearance of a performing mouse. Cast: Mary Jane Croft, Howard McNear, Parley Baer, Lawrence Dobkin, Richard Beals. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)


FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-21-48) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Bill Thompson, Gale Gordon, Arthur Q. Bryan, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. McGee gets a Christmas card signed “Love, Elizabeth” but doesn’t know who sent it. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (32 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 19. Our heroes go to the Golden Grove and the Wintergreen Witch returns. (13 min)
SUSPENSE (12-20-59) “A Korean Christmas Carol” starring Bill Lipton and Lyle Sudrow. A soldier stationed in Korea during the holidays gives a lift to a fellow soldier, who recalls an incident that happened on Christmas Eve eight years earlier. Participating sponsors, CBS. (23 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 20. Queen Melissa’s Grand Wunky takes the Wintergreen Witch into exile in Looking Glass Valley. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 21. In the Land of Ice and Snow. (13 min)
CONTENTED HOUR (12-20-48) Buddy Clark stars in a program of Christmas music, with Ted Dale and the Orchestra, announcer Jimmy Wallington and The Ken Darby Singers, who perform “The Night Before Christmas.” Carnation Evaporated Milk, NBC. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 22. Meeting Jack Frost. (13 min)
DRAGNET (12-22-53) Jack Webb stars as Sgt. Joe Friday, with Ben Alexander as Sgt. Frank Smith. The police investigate on Christmas Eve when a Los Angeles mission reports that their statue of Jesus is missing. Cast includes Harry Bartell, Ralph Moody. AFRTS rebroadcast. (27 min)


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)


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)

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