THE REPS SHOWCASE – OLD TIME RADIO CONVENTION
Stan Freberg, Terry Moore, Bob Hastings, Don Hastings and other stars from the Golden Age of Radio were featured at the 2013 REPS SHOWCASE.
Information regarding the2014 REPS SHOWCASEComing Soon!
______________________________________________________ For over 20 years the Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound (REPS) have been preserving the shows and memories from the golden age of radio. The REPS Podcast brings you some very special interviews, presentations and we bring back some of the all time favorite shows of yesterday.
Shirley Mitchell, a true radio veteran died this past veterans day at 94. She is noted for being the last surviving cast member of I love Lucy. Radio fans remember her best for her long running role as Leila Ransom on the Great Gildersleeve and also from Fibber McGee and Molly where she played the role of Alice Darling- a ditzy and boy-crazy young aircraft-plant worker who boarded with the McGees during the war. We were honored to have Shirley as a special guest at the REPS SHOWCASE old time radio convention on a number of occasions and there we had the pleasure of getting to meet this legendary radio star. This interview is from the 2007 REPS Showcase and runs about 20 minutes. We would also like to direct your attention to an interview that Chuck Schaden recorded with Shirley in 1984 . And if you enjoy the interview you can listen to Shirley Mitchell as Alice Darling on Fibber McGee and Molly. It’s the complete broadcast from May 9th, 1944.
Hello again from your Yankee Doodle Dandies, John and Larry Gasman.
In the second hour of today’s Same Time Same Station program we continue with offerings devoted, in one form or another, to Independence Day. In this hour we’ll hear episode # 1 of the Treasury Hour ( also known as Millions for Defense ) from 07/02/41. The broadcast features an all star cast including Fred Allen, Judy Garland,Charles Laughton, Grace Moore, Barry Wood, Mickey Rooney, and the Information Please cast.
Although the 4th of July is already past, this installment of Same Time Same Station is devoted, in one form or another, to Independence Day. In this hour we’ll hear two programs that originally aired on July 4th.
We begin the program with episode #19 of Living:1948American Self Portrait – 1948. Statistician, Doctor George Gallup, helps Narrator Ben Grauer, look at the average American of 1948.
From the March 7th 1948 edition of the Kingsport Times: Radio Roundup:
Radio critics are greeting NBC’s new “Living—1948″ drama-document series with warm words of approval. Newspapers and trade journals reviewing the premiere performance (February 29) studded their notices with phrases like “fascinating radio fare,” “exciting and at times wonderful radio,” “surprisingly thorough job” and “quite a hunk of stuff.”
And then: Paul Whiteman Presents from 07/04/43 Episode 005 Guest-Original Rhythm Boys.
As we mentioned yesterday, Elliott Reid passed away on Friday June 21st. Elliott was a fine radio actor and had been a guest on our radio show. He also appeared at many of the Old Time Radio conventions around the country.
We continue devoting the program to radio shows that Elliot Reid appeared on. Our first program is The Cavalcade Of America from 05/05/47 Episode (522) School for Men. Also appearing in this Cavalcade Broadcast is Bob Bailey who later went on to star in Let George Do It , and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.
Be sure to check out Martin Grams: Cavalcade of America – A History in Pictures.
Lastly, we’ll hear a program that is most identified with Vincent Price. but Elliott Reid starred in this production initially in 1949.
Escape 11/15/49 Episode (85) Three Skeleton Key. First Version.
With Elliott Reid, Bill Conrad, and Harry Bartell.
In today’s episode of Same Time Same Station, we present the last program in our tribute to Tommy Cook.
And what we have for you today is the zany radio comedy -
The Life Of Riley
From 01/11/47 Episode (139) Junior becomes anEfficiency Expert.
Tommy Cook appears as junior.
Courtesy of Jimbo’s OTRR Buffet we have also included a brief interview with Tommy Cook that was recorded in 1972. Tommy Cook, who played Junior (for most of the run) on The Life of Riley, spoke a little about the show in the interview. Unfortunately, it only runs a few minutes but it still makes for a great listen.
On Friday June 21, we lost a fine actor when Elliott Reid passed
away. Elliott was a guest on our radio show and appeared at many of
the Old Time Radio conventions around the country.
The rest of Same Time, Same Station is devoted to programs he appeared on.
Columbia Workshop 08/25/46 Episode (030) Path and the Door - Psychological Experiment.
The Lux Radio Theater was a Monday night staple on CBS radio for many years. The program was a big budget production featuring the top Hollywood stars of the day. For today’s edition of Same Time Same Station we present episode # 211 of The Lux Radio Theater featuring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night.
Director Frank Capra’s 1934 It Happened One Night is an opposites-attract romantic comedy featuring two big stars, Clark Gable as Peter Warne and Claudette Colbert as Ellen “Ellie” Andrews. He’s a no-nonsense journalist; she’s a sheltered heiress. They strike a bargain: he gets her exclusive story, she gets an escort back to the marriage her father wants her to annul. The film was the winner of five Academy Awards (Oscars) and was number eight on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Funniest Films list.
We start off the week with another radio program featuring the talents of Tommy Cook as we continue our tribute.
The program we will hear is Episode # 16 of Arch Oboler’s Plays from 07/26/1945 titled My Chicago
My Chicago is a well-written, amusing look over a young Chicago boy’s shoulder, as he writes a description of his city to a Chinese pen-pal. Tommy Cook, Cathy Lewis, Bea Benaderet, Arch Oboler, Joseph Gilbert, Truda Marson, Eddie McCambridge, Evelyn Scott.
Arch Oboler’s Plays was a radio drama series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945. Leading film actors were heard on this series, including James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, and others.
Next we learn a little more about the life of Eli Whitney in
a series called: Cavalcade Of America from 07/27/42 Episode (289) Man of Design. Bud Collyer announces.
We start off this broadcast of Same Time Same Station with another radio program featuring Tommy Cook.
We begin with the first episode from the Eddie Bracken Show featuring Eddie Bracken, Janet Waldo, Anne Rutherford, and Tommy Cook.
From 01/28/45 Eddie Inherits a Baby.
The first episode of Monitor was heard on June 12, 1955. We’ll hear
an example of this show which ran on weekends on NBC until 1975.
From 03/03/62 featuring Mel Allen we’ll hear the portion of Monitor that aired from 9-30 to 10 AM Eastern Time.
For the first part of this broadcast we’ll hear several songs that Mel Blanc recorded for Capital Records over the years.
Then, from the episode Escape we’ll hear Violent Night. In Violent Night a plantation owner tries to escape from the revolutionary leader determined to kill him.
As the episode opens, Barry O’Grady, a plantation owner in the back country of the Caribbean, wakes in the night to discover that a revolution is taking place. One of his employees informs him that the leader of the revolution is Alacran, a man with a personal grudge against O’Grady.
Alacran soon arrives to raid the plantation, but O’Grady is already on the move. His chances to live through the night seem slim until he runs into Maria, Alacran’s daughter. With her help, he may have a chance for survival. Violent Night was written by Les Crutchfield and directed by Norman McDonnell. William Conrad and Joyce McClusky starred. Ben Wright, Edgar Barrier, Michael Ann Barrett, Don Diamond, Byron Kane and Richard Beals also appeared.
This episode aired on March 18, 1954.