Speaking of Radio

Chuck Schaden's Conversations with the Stars Who Made it Golden

Radio Folks In Mayberry
From Nostalgia Digest, Winter 2005

Sat. March 5th – Part 1 Sat. March 12th – Part 2 Sat. March 19th – Part 3 Sat. March 26th – Part 4
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GUNSMOKE (9-12-53) “Prairie Happy” Starring William Conrad, Parley Baer, Howard McNear, Georgia Ellis, with John Dehner and Lawrence Dobkin. The Pawnees are going to attack Dodge City. Sustaining, CBS. (28 min)
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (11-7-48) Ozzie is convinced that his “set pattern” of living should be broken. The Nelsons appear with John Brown, Jack Kirkwood, Tommy Bernard, Henry Blair, Janet Waldo, Lurene Tuttle. Announcer is Vern Smith. International Silver Co., NBC. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN (3-27-43) “Adventure of the Circus Train” starring Hugh Marlowe as Ellery, with Marion Shockley as
Nikki. A circus fortune-teller attempts to identify the murderer on a moving train. Bromo Seltzer, NBC. (28 min).
SUSPENSE (1-18-54) “The Face is Familiar” starring Jack Benny as a man whose face is so common that no one can remember what he looks like. Some bank robbers take advantage of that fact. Cast includes Sheldon Leonard, Hy Averback, Herb Butterfield, Joseph Kearns. AutoLite, CBS. (29 min)
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (1945) “The Val Dane Murder” starring Larry Thor as Detective Danny Clover, who investigates the unusual death of a novelist. Sustaining, NBC. (27 min)










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INNER SANCTUM (1-12-48) “Tempo in Blood” starring Mason Adams and Everett Sloane. A pianist commits the perfect crime and doesn’t know it. AFRS rebroadcast. (24 min)
LUM AND ABNER (1949) Chester Lauck and Norris Goff star as Lum Edwards and Abner Peabody with Clarence Hartzell and Willard Waterman. Lum wants to borrow some money to travel to his lodge convention in Leavenworth, Kansas. Frigidare, CBS. (27 min)
VIC AND SADE (1938) Rush plans a party. Art Van Harvey as Victor Gook and Billy Idelson as Rush Gook. NBC. (9 min)
ROCKY FORTUNE (1953) Frank Sinatra stars as Rocky, a “footloose and fancy-free young man.” Rocky’s job is to baby sit a television-performing monkey. Cast includes Herb Vigran, Alice Backus, Barney Phillips. Sustaining, NBC. (23 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (6-12-49) Eve Arden stars as English teacher Connie Brooks, with Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Gale Gordon as Mr. Conklin and Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton. There’s a Wishing Well dance at Madi.son High School and Walter decides to play Cupid. Palmolive Soap, Lustre Creme Shampoo, CBS. (28 min)
MAISIE (2-23-50) Ann Sothern stars with Bea Benaderet, Howard McNear, Frank Nelson, Pat McGeehan, Peter Leeds, and Sidney Miller. Maisie Revere offers kisses to all who buy men’s accessories from her boyfriend, a sales clerk at Bixel’s Department Store. Syndicated. (27 min)


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DRENE TIME (2-23-47) Frances Langford, Don Ameche and Danny Thomas star with Carmen Dragon and the orchestra. Don and Danny answer letters from listeners, Danny offers a song about a mummy, and all three appear in a Bick ersons sketch. Drene Shampoo, NBC. (29 min)
HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL (9-18-60) John Dehner stars as Paladin. The son of an old friend shows up at Paladin’s door, claiming that his stepfather is mistreating him. Cast: Sam Edwards, Johnny Watson, Ken Lynch. Various sponsors, CBS. (24 min)

COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (5-31-42) “The City Wears a Slouch Hat” starring Les Tremayne with Forrest Lewis, Jonathan Hole. Les Tremayne, as “The Voice,” narrates the story with a score for a “Sound Orchestra” (all sound effects, no music). A very unusual concept for radio. Sustaining, CBS. (31 min)
BLONDIE (5-27-45) Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake star as Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead of Shady Lane Avenue. Blondie has social aspirations and invites a socialite (Verna Felton) to tea. When Dagwood tells his boss, Mr. Dithers (Hanley Stafford), he sends his wife Cora (Elvia Allman) to crash the party. AFRS rebroadcast. (31 min)
FIRST NIGHTER (2-5-48) “Drink for the Damned” starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule in a romantic drama set in the time of King James’ court. Cast includes Marvin Miller, Parley Baer, Willard Waterman, Arthur Q. Bryan. Campana Products, CBS. (30 min)

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DRAGNET (1-31-52) “The Big Almost No-Show” stars Jack Webb as Joe Friday with Barney Phillips as Ed Jacobs. A woman reports the disappearance of her 30-year-old brother. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-18-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees of Wistful Vista. When Fibber borrows Mrs. Uppington’s car, it is stolen. Cast includes Isabel Randolph, Bill Thompson, Arthur Q. Bryan, Harlow Wilcox. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
GRAND CENTRAL STATION (7-1-41) “We Want to get Married” starring Frances Chaney, Paul Stewart, Tom Tully, Karl Swenson and Bennet Kilpack. A newlywed couple get their marriage off to a bad start when the husband loses his job. Rinso, NBC. (29 min)
MEET CORLISS ARCHER (4-6-47) Janet Waldo is Corliss, Sam Edwards is Dexter Franklin, Fred Shields and Irene Tedrow are Mr. and Mrs. Archer. Corliss is excited about a department store beauty contest. Del Sharbutt announces. Campbell Soups, CBS. (29 min)
GUNSMOKE (1-25-59) “The Boots” stars William Conrad, Parley Baer, Howard McNear, Georgia Ellis with Lawrence Dobkin, Vic Perrin, Richard Beals. A 45-year-old drunk and a 14-year-old orphan make a strange couple. Various sponsors, CBS. (28 min)








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