Amos and Andy – Missing Persons Bureau. 440204 (Retro Plus) Another double feature of Amos and Andy.
First show: 2395th Day Of Broadcasting For NBC. 08-19-1936. On the tenth anniversary of NBC, producers salute the eight years (2395 days) of success of the Amos and Andy show.
The short story begins with the two friends, having driven their taxi cab to a mountain resort, but now are out of gas. They walk to the home of Walter Huston to ask for help. The two tell a little of how they got here, but Walters name on the mailbox, or his face doesn’t cause any recognition for the two travellers.
Walter Huston is kind to them, offering them gasoline, and a bite to eat, but he doesn’t have a phone. Walter shares why he is at this particular house. They part ways, and the whole time never realize the status of Walter as being a famous film star.
Afterward, Walter Huston gives a tribute, and reviews the story of how Amos and Andy got started as Sam and Henry. An eight year run is impressive, but who knew at this time that the show would continue on for another 20 or so more years?
Finally, Freman Gosden and Charles Correll have a word of thanks for the listeners.
Second show: Missing Persons Bureau. 02-04-1944. Amos has been running the taxi company on his own for years now, but would like to see Andy hold down a steady job. He comes up with the idea of a Missing Persons Bureau. After bouncing the idea off Kingfish, they decide to do it. Imagine that, Andy and Kingfish, Tracers of Lost Persons, maybe they could put their cases on the radio. Watch out Mr Keen!
First they argue over who will be in charge. They get their first case, a woman with a missing aunt. After listening to the sob story, Mrs Crawford also wants them to find her rolling stone of a brother, although Mr Crawford is less enthusiastic about the idea. In fact, after she pays $10 to find her brother, Bro. Crawford comes back in secret, to pay $25 to not find him. With a deal like that, should it be so amazing that they actually find the missing man?
Andy and Kingfish are forced to connect the missing sister and brother. When the doublecross comes to light, Amos has to report a few missing people of his own. Namely, Kingfish and Andy.