Martha Raye hosts, and opens with a song, The Boy with the Wistful Eyes. Rudy Valley cracks some jokes with Martha before launching into a medley that includes, Old Man River, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and others. Martha turns to read from the mail bag. Ethyl Vargas, and Ray Roberts do a piano tune. Bugs Bunny makes an appearance to talk to Martha and Rudy. After a last dip into the mail bag, Martha sings, Mr. Taganinni.
Alan is to be best man at his old flame’s wedding. He finds a love letter that he wrote to her ten years earlier. The maid finds the letter after it gets dropped, and thinking it’s recent, mails it. Song, Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week. When the old flame reads the old feelings, she gets the wrong idea and calls the wedding off. The orchestra plays, Panama. Will the groom stand for being snubbed? Will Alan be forced to get married? What will happen to Alan when the groom gets hold of him? You know it’ll all work out in the end.
Memorable moments include the scene when Alan is being fitted for his tux. The scene when the groom meets Alan, but they don’t know who the other is. Of course the wedding scene when the show comes to its big finish.
Louis Prima. 1945. I Don’t Want to Be Loved By Anyone Else but You.
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Archie talks to Duffy on the phone about calendars, and business matters. After an argument, Miss Duffy tries to moderate the conversation. In the end, Archie plans to quit, and take a vacation to Hawaii. Archie daydreams about hula dancers when his friend Finnigan drops in at the tavern. To help him get to the islands, Archie enters a contest where the prize is a trip to Hawaii. The thing archie doesn’t know is that the contest is only for kids under age 13. Well, maybe he does know it, but there’s still the matter of collecting the prize. He tries to pass Finnigan off as his son. You know it won’t work, but its fun to have Archie squirm.
The McKenny Sisters, with Bob Wills. The Hawaiian War Chant.
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The cast tease Jack about being recognized by the public. Bob and Jack joke about the possible criminal activities of the band. Conversation turns to horse racing.
Flashback as Mary tells about the recent horse track adventure. Jack is upset over his loss, but tries hard not to show it. Mary asks rochester about his girlfriend. Along the way, they encounter Bob, then Don and the Sportsmen. The whole gang helps out with the commercial singing, Clancy Lowers the Boom. Before the trip home is over, the gang meet Mr. Kitzel.
Finally, at home Jack gets ready for bed, and has nightmares about his loss of $4.75. A culmination of all the running gags in the show.
Damen Runyon was a newspaper reporter, columnist, and short story writer. His characters featured gangsters and street people. His stories found their way into the movies, sometimes as just a few scenes in the bigger story, and sometimes as the entire feature. Many of his stories were adapted and made into a radio show. In the radio series, each episode centers around a character named Broadway. Broadway narrates, and takes part in the stories.
In today’s show he and his friend Ambrose get involved with a murder investigation. Broadway leans toward the cliche of the butler who did it. Ambrose holds out for a dame who did it. The cops let them think what they want, but do their own thing. A week goes by. Ambrose has some leads, and takes Broadway, and the listening audience along to track down this mystery. The man’s neck was broken. Surely a dame couldn’t have done that… right? In the world of Damen Runyon, the cops don’t always get their man, or figure it out, but crooks are curious and just have to know what happened. In the world of radio, justice has a way of making things right.
This may not be the classic type of comedy, with lots of jokes, The characters can be hardcases at times, but Damen Runyon writes them so we can see the softer side of these rough people, and their sense of humor as they go through life in the big city.
John Brown stars as Broadway. John Brown was also a voice actor on the Fred Allen show, he was the father on A Date with Judy. He played Al, the boyfriend of Irma on My Friend Irma, not to mention several other voices on that program. He was on the Mel Blanc show as several characters, and on so many other shows, I don’t have room to name them all.
The Five Dimarco Sisters. 1946. Did You Ever Feel That Way in the Moonlight?
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In the Anderson home, mom has had a hard day and is a little frustrated with the kids. Jim notices, and wants to lend a hand by hiring a housekeeper to help out with the fuss and worry of the daily chores. Though it sounds helpful, Margret doesn’t like the idea, but you know how it is when father knows best. The new, live in housekeeper soon wants to implement her own methods, and mom sees the chance to make her point. The maid, Mrs. Collins, is a real diamond in the rough, uninhibitted, and certainly makes an impression with the dinner guests. Despite the abrasive nature of the maid, things have a way of working out for the best in old time radio sit-coms.
Andrews Sisters. Six Jerks in a Jeep. 1945.
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This is a short episode so there is time for a few other shorts today.
Daddy is trying to understand his little girl better, and is reading up on psychology. To test her mental soundness, Daddy gives Snooks a small battery of tests. To bad that normal psychology doesn’t work when it comes to Baby Snooks.
Abbott and Costello Short. Lending $50.
Jack Benny and Fred Allen short. Feuding and Making Up. 1937.
Mel Blanc sings. A Face For Radio. 1946.
The segment from Jack Benny and Fred Allen is a two part bit, with a brief intermission from Phil Harris as he conducts a band rehersal.
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Robert Benchley is the featured guest in this episode. Kingfish has a problem. He and Andy visit robert Benchley for this latest round of marital trouble. It all goes back to the latest business adventure. Flashback to Kingfish, Amos, and Andy starting up a laundry service. They damage a shirt, and to cover up they buy a new one. The trouble comes in when a lady sees them there, and spreads gossip after jumping to some conclusions of her own. Sapphire is furious at Kingfish. Even though he tells the truth, she has trouble believing him. The whole story has been related to Robert Benchley. He gives them his best scientific advice, complete with charts and graphs. does it help? Can Kingfish resolve his trouble with Sapphire? Listen in and find out.
Connie Haines. If That’s the Way You
Want it Baby. 1943.
Andrews Sisters. In the Mood.
This 30 minute episode gets started right after a musical number, Fred is introduced and his skit about shopping at the Mammoth Department Store begins. Fred has to deal with a marketing consultant who tries to improve efficiency. After a song, Fred checks in with his floorwalker to see how the efficiency measures are working out.
Fred has to deal with a few customer situations, and helps with picking out the perfect Christmas gifts for Portland’s relatives. After another musical interlude, Fred checks to see how things are going in the Honeymoon department of the store, and interviews a couple who are planning a marriage.
Quite the busy store manager, Fred then moves on to hold a meeting with his employees, and a motivational speaker who has some trouble delivering his speech. Back in the store, a crisis breaks out. Santa has a breakdown and is afraid of kids. With one final musical number, and final commercial, Fred closes the show.
Roy Atwell, popular comedian of the day, is the bumbling motivational speaker. He was a regular on the show in these early years.
Duke Ellington and the Harlem Hot Chocolates. 1930. Sing You Sinners.
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Flashback to the day before at rehearsal. Jack is critical of Bob Crosby’s band members. Jack begins to worry when Don points out that his contract hasn’t been renewed yet. Mary’s comments don’t encourage Jack, so he tries to phone Rochester. After the phone connection is tied up with gossip from the operators, talking about Frankie Remley. Dennis arrives with a story about a run in with a traffic cop. He sings, Once I Had a Secret Love.
Dennis reveals a secret medical problem, then Rochester calls back with the report, still no contract in the mail. Jack grows worried, and wants to make a good impression when he phones the sponsor directly. The Sportsmen were going to help, but are late, and their song for the commercial adds to Jacks worries.
Now even more desperate, Jack calls his old sponsers, Jello, General Tire, and Canada Dry. Just when he thinks it can’t get worse, it’s happy ending time.
Graham MacNamee. Reading fan mail from 1940.
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