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Burns and Allen – George is on Trial. 400902.

Posted by Keith on September 2, 2014

George has been having legal troubles over promising Elsie Tralfaz a spot on the radio, but is being sued when he couldn’t follow through. Today George tries to get Gracie and the cast to be his character witnesses. Senor Lee, Artie Shaw, and even the sound man are willing to come to his aid, but they all know him to well to say anything that will be helpful. Just when George is feeling low, Gracie and the sound man try to cheer him up with two tales of success.

The Smoothies sing Pretty Baby. On the way to the courthouse, Gracie still can’t grasp what a character witness is, but the distracted George gets into an auto accident. Making his fast get away, George arrives in the courtroom, only to learn the man he hit in his car is the judge. Artie Shaw plays some jazzy transitional tunes.

Is George doomed? Can he somehow disguise himself, hide from the judge, or get Gracie to defend his character? The world is Gracie’s straight man as she punches out the puns, and come bacs. Can things get any worse for George? It’s all worthwhile when the laughs keep coming.

Note: In a later interview a couple decades later, Artie Shaw stated that the producers wanted him to deliver his lines flavored with typical jive talking slang of jazz musicians of the times. Something like what Phil Harris did on the Jack Benny program. He refused, because he just didn’t talk that way in real life, and didn’t feel comfortable doing it for his character.

Jack Paar – BBC Radio Show Parody. ep14, 470831

Posted by Keith on August 31, 2014

Ladies lower hem lines are still being joked about, as is the political parties, and legionaires who have been invading New York. A South American enters to bring good will and talk about the culture south of the hemisphere. Jerry Fielding leads his orchestra in an arrangement of, Smiles.

Known for his trait as being a worrier, Jack Parr looks at people who were once famous. What ever happened to them? For example, Priscilla and John Alden get a dose of the housing shortage and baby boom.

How would modern pop culture look for them? Might Miles Standish sneak into the picture for a steamy love triangle? Time runs short, so Jack stops the story. Will we ever learn what our players are up to these days? Trudy Irwin sings, I Wonder What You’ll Do.

Jack takes a poke at the Brittish lifestyle. How close is the BBC broadcasts to the kind of programming on American stations? Spoofs of various daytime programs are made. A call for the oldest women in the audience is made. Will stand, and be spotlighted?

After a spoof commercial, Jack takes us to a radio quiz show. Will his grand prize be legal?

Notable quote: For the first 18 years of her life, Trudy Irwin was a girl.

Vic and Sade – Preselected School Clothes. 390830.

Posted by Keith on August 30, 2014

Vic arrives home from work and joins Sade on the front porch swing. She tells that she and Rush have been shopping for clothes, well at least she has been picking out clothes.

Rush is less than joyful as he sits around back, moping. Sade wouldn’t let him pick out his own clothes, fering the fashion choices that Rush would make. Rush only comes around out of duty, and Vic tries to be a force to cheer the family up.

Rushes teenage embarrassment and shame has reached the depths of despair. Sade tells the curious Vichow she did her preselections for the clothes, complete from shoes to cap. All Rush has to do is show up and be sized for the fashions that were picked out.

Though Rush tries to lay on guilt, and puts on the drama over being treated like a little kid, Sade isn’t giving any ground. It’s a battle he has to fight on his own since Vic isn’t even going to touch this one. He has his own troubles in other episodes with Sade and picking out styles of clothes for him. Namely the way she shuts him down on getting a wide brimmed hat. But that would be another story for another day.

Jack Benny – Jacks Birthday. 370214.

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Don and the gang all open with Birthday wishes for jack. They try to get Jack to confess his real age. Mary even has a special poem for him. Phil plays, Riding High.

In previous episodes, Jack has begun his rivalry with Fred Allen, and he was to respond to the challenge to play the Bee. His violin had been abducted, and today is still missing, but a substitute almost shows up. While waiting for word on the missing violin, Andy Devine shows up with birthday greetings, and a gift. Kenny sings, Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie.

Telegrams trickle in from various sources including Fred Allen, and Jack’s dad. Ben Birney, the Old Maestro, pops in for a visit, and bearing gifts. The Old Maestro talks with the cast, and Phil claims to be the Young Maestro. Phil plays, Goona Goo.

The topic turns to the whole gang taking pot shots at Fred Allen, and the remarks he made on his latest show. Jack presents a spoof look at the highlights of Fred Allen’s life. It’s short, but funny. Will Jack be any closer to playing the Bee?

Note: Today is Jack’s birthday. He manages to avoid telling his age, though his running joke in later years will be that he is 39, he is 43 today.

Ben Birney was a popular band leader of the day, and in his own way instrumental in giving Jack his stage name. When Jack was in Vaudeville, he went by various names, but settled on Ben K Bennie for a time. The Old Maestro thought it sounded too much like his own name, and the two are said to look something alike, and he was going to sue Jack if he didn’t pick another stage name. So Ben K Benny became Jack, and the rest is history.

Lum and Abner – Raising Money to Pay for Sauerkraut (Exact Date Unknown). 470826

Posted by Keith on August 26, 2014

The date is unknown, but this seems the most reasonable place that it fits in. Abner handles an order over the phone, mostly items the store is out of. Squire pops in to hear about the sorry state of the expenses that have zapped all the profits from the chemical sales to battle the bowl weevil.
In particular, Abner tells about owing $900 for all the sauerkraut that he inadvertantly ordered. With only $400 of profits, it’s going to be tough to do.

Abner also goes over all the details of how the formula was mistakenly given to a crook who heard about their formula. Selling off antique furniture, and raiding all their secret stashes of cash, means that all the gents is $23 to make up their debt.

After Lum makes a desperate deal with Cedric, Abner hears how Cedric has more business sense than Lum. Is there any more that could happen to frustrate the situation?

Great Gildersleeve – Audition Show. 410516

Posted by Keith on August 24, 2014

Riding along on the train, we find that it runs past Wistful Vista, and in a day, it reaches the end of it’s line in Summerfield. We also witness the blustery, portly, Gildersleeves giving a departing speech to his employees at his girdle factory. He plans on only being gone for about 3 days or so. He’s off to Summerfield to close the estate of his recently departed sister, who died in a car crash along with her husband.

On the train Gildersleeves butts heads with a cantankerous old judge. It turns out the two gents are destined to not only share the same compartments on the train, but they’re headed to the same destination. Their bickering includes some classic, and typical jabs that’s the hallmark of things to come.

Preparing to depart the train, Gildersleeves anticipates visiting his sweet little niece and nephew who he hasn’t seen in years. Marjorie is said to be close to 20, and Leroy about 9. We join the scene in the home in Summerfield, and a bickering Marjorie and Leroy. How will the reunion go? Leroy is mistaken about the business his uncle is in, thinking it’s girders, not girdles. At the courthouse, it ought to be an easy and quick thig to settle in becoming the administrator of the estate. Until that cantankerous judge holds Gildersleeves future in his hands. Will the judge find Gildersleeves a suitable administrtor? High demands are placed on Gildersleeves that forces him to sell his interests in his factory, and move to Summerfielld. Will a phone call to his pal, Fibber McGee benefit the case? Let’s just say that Gildersleeves responce is to get on the phone with his classic comment, “you’re a hard man McGee.”
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Vic and Sade – Rushs School Clothes. 420824.

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For some time now Vic has been away on an inspection tour for his company. Today we find Rush in the middle of a teenage drama. Sade insists that he meet her at 3pm at Yamiltons to shop for his school clothes. Rush agonizes over the embarrassment of a boy of his age having to have his mom pick out his school clothes, as if he were a little kid or something.

But wait, it gets worse. Nicer Scott is to be shopping for his clothes today as well, and Rush begs Sade to either let him shop alone, or move the trip to another date. Can it get worse? The embarrassment of having mom pick out his clothes is compounded when some of Sades friends join the shopping party. Rush reaches the depths of horror and despair, but the guilt trip just won’t move Sade from her mission. Poor Rush.

PS: Excellent reactions from Rush at the end of the show, although it takes Sade to voice his agony as he pours on the drama.

Jack Paar – Cinderfella (Last Half). ep13, 470824

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The show picks up in the middle, and the Page Cavanaugh Trio singing a jazzy version of, Blue Moon. The mood turns more somber to put a dark spin on Mother Goose. Jack portrays Cinderella as a guy instead of a girl.

Join what seems to be an uppercrust family, and their abused, uncouth slave boy, Cinderfella. His fairy godfather swoops in, and promises a trip to the ball. Magically cleaned up, with all the finery included, all Jack needs to do is return at midnight.

Later, at the ball Cinderfella rushes out. Time goes by, and the princess has only a pair of suspenders to learn who fis them. Guess who won’t fit them. There’s just a little comic twist to change things up.

Vic and Sade – Picking Up Vic In Freds Car. 430820.

Posted by Keith on August 21, 2014

Vic is coming into town on the train and Fred and Ruthie Stembottom have volunteered to drop by, get Sade and then go get Vic and his luggage.

Russell is roaring like a panther to go but space in the car is scarce. The story then gets really complicated as Mis’ Harris calls for her roomer, Mr. Sludge, who needs a ride to the train depot to pick up his arriving mother and two sisters who are coming to visit him. Uncle Fletcher then shows up but Sade shuts him down before he tries to think about asking if he can go.

Then we find out that the Stembottom’s neighbors, the Yapps, are going too. Finally, Sade just gives in to the Stembottom mantra of, “the more the merrier” and invites Russell and her uncle along.

A typical Vic and Sade plot in which Paul Rhymer takes something simple like picking up Vic at the train depot and makes it ridiculous by putting anywhere from 7 to 12 people in a single car!

Trivia:

  • Vic’s been gone for two weeks.

  • For the first time, we hear Russell call Sade, “Mom” and she calls him, “Willie.” Not Rush but Rush-like.
  • This is the 3rd time we have heard Fred’s car horn.
  • Mr. and Mis’ Horner are mentioned as being neighbors to the Stembottoms.
  • Mr. and Mis’ Yapp are mentioned as being next door neighbors to the Stembottoms.
  • The map has been updated to reflect the Stembottoms, Jordles, Yapps and Horners. We haven’t yet been told where the Stembottoms live but a look at the map provided by the show details where they live.
  • Isabel Gilmer was mentioned by Sade as an old chum of hers from Wisconsin.

–Another top notch post by Jimbo, as found at: The Crazy World of Vic and Sade.

Visit now and have a look at the map of where the Gooks live, and find more details of all things related to Vic and Sade. You can even follow Jimbo on Twitter so you won’t miss a single update.

Lum and Abner – Imposter Didn’t Get Formula. 470821

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Grandpap talks to Abner to figure out how the fake agent from the chemical company got word of the formula to come and steal it. The bickering old gents keep tempers in control long enough to figure Squire Skimp had his hand in the situation.

Ben Withers pops in with some advice on a better recipe for root beer. What new word will Lum have when he enters? Any new evidence?

Of course, Squire denies any knowledge, or involvement in swiping the formula. Lum needs to get it back in 24 hours, and he has a desperate plan to get the document back. Should Lum break into Squire’s office to get it back? It’s not stealing if the document is Lum’s… right? Ben discovers a mistake that Abner made that saves the day.