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Archie Andrews – Drugstore Mixup. 460727.

Posted by Keith on July 27, 2014

Relax! Right out of the pages of the comic books, it’s Archie and all his gang!

It’s Friday and Archie needs to buy Veronica a gift for her big debut party. Dad forks over the cash so Archie gets right on the phone to order the bottle of bubble bath that he had his eye on. Archie is a little depressed and anxious over the party, but mom thinks it’s because her baby is feeling sick. She orders him to take some of that nasty tasting medicine, but the bottle is empty. Of course, mom orders more from the drugstore.

Meanwhile, Veronica’s mom phones to tell Mary Andrews about the party for the grown ups. Dad gets ready for the party, but he’s out of hair tonic, and orders a bottle from the drugstore. I feel a big mix up coming on.

Wouldn’t it be bad if all three of those store brand bottles are labeled the same way, and looked the same? The bottles arrive one by one. Mom makes Archie take a dose of medicine, and finds it isn’t as bad as he remembers. Archie takes the next delivery and thinks it’s his gift for the party. Veronica stops in and he gives her the aledged bubble bath early. She leaves, and Betty pops in, and gets jealous over lipstick left on Archie’s face. But wait, it is soon to get wors. While Betty visits, she tells how she ordered a bottle of glue, and it will be delivered at Archies house. Who knows why, but she did, and you can bet it’ll put the final kink in the mix ups. .

Later at the party, Archie and the family arrive. Veronica has bathed in her bubble bath, and now smells bad. Archie begins to hiccup soap bubbles, and dad’s hair tonic has somehow gotten mixed up with glue, and his hat is stuck on his head. As everyone deals with their own personal disasters, the mystery is yet unsolved.

How will they untangle their messes? Jughead helps Archie pick up more medicine from the drugstore. Mom helps to dissolve the glue on dad’s head, and the hat pops off. Archie, dad, and mom all tell what they ordered. They are a little slow in putting the pieces together, but the mystery is in the open. Everyone has learned their lessons, right? It just wouldn’t be fun unless there was at least one more mix up.

Gasoline Alley – The Adventure Of The Rat Race With Rice. 481022

Posted by Keith on June 15, 2014

The guys from the garage try their hand at cooking some good ol’ American food for an important client who is of Chinese descent.

Actually it’s Wilmer who wants to cook, since all their wives are playing bridge, and aren’t available to cook. How difficult can it be? You can guess how that’s going to turn out. Messes in the kitchen, burned food, and general mishaps in the kitchen.

But wait, there’s more. In trying to make their Asian guest feel comfortable, Wilmer is determined to speak to him in pigeon English. Fortunately, the good natured, and Ivy league educated man is willing to play along. How will the cooking disaster play out? Has their guest been impressed? Will the guys get a good meal in them? Things have a way of working out for the best.

Gasoline Alley – The Adventure Of The Hypnotized Hero. ep14, 481015.

Posted by Keith on June 12, 2014

Lately, a rash of auto thefts has plagued the town, attriburted to Hotcar Harry. We find Wilmer and Skeezix talking about trying a new skill, hypnotism. Will their helper, Rufus, fall under the mind control of Wilmer? Knowing about the plan, Rufus plays along, and pretends to be hypnotized.

A customer with a flat tire breaks up the fun, but who is the stranger driving the mayors car? Hotcar harry is identified, and holds our friends at gun point. Will he be forced to hide out in the garage? Will the notorious car thief make a get away?

What else can they do? The guys get busy fixing the flat tire. Feeling brave, Wilmer decides to practice his hypnotic powers on the desperate riminal. Will the mind control work? Or will the car thief be forced to shoot a crazy guy? Let’s just say that people fall asleep in a trance, and the criminal is subdued, but hypnosis has little to do with the outcome.

Buster Brown Gang – Billy Stanley.441014.

Posted by Keith on October 14, 2013

Join Smiling Ed for more fun than a barrel of monkeys, it’s Buster Brown and his gang. The crazy characters, mousie and froggie pitch in for some joking around. Ed and the gang sing, You Gotta Get Up This Morning. After more jokes, the story about Billy Stanley is dramatized.

Billy is the son of an Army officer in the middle of the Indeian Territories of the old West. It’s a story that just about tells itself involving a crooked Indian Agent, indians on the warpath, Pony Express riders, and resolving an injustice. Billy saves the day for the indians, and the indians save the day for Billy. A rousing, good story full of action.

The show wraps up with a dip into the mailbag, birthday greetings, a song about Noah and the Ark. Finally an encouragement to go to Sunday School tomorrow.

Let’s Pretend – Cinderella. 470927.

Posted by Keith on September 27, 2013

It’s radio’s outstanding children’s theater of the air, and it’s about to present one of the best loved stories of all times. Before we can start, we have to get to storyland. Run along with a pack of blood hounds to storyland and let the fairy tale begin.

This is a classic tale that needs no introduction, or show notes. But I’m going to do it anyway. Cinderella lives with her stepmother, They get ready for the ball, but make Cinderella do their dirty work in helping them get ready, and forbid her from going. How will poor little Cinderella get her chance to attend? with a little magical help, she becomes the most beautiful belle of the ball. The clock strikes 12 and she flees when her magical clothes return to her daily rags.

Cinderella’s fairy godmother has done her job well though, and the prince has become enchanted with her and seeks her out. Imagine everyone’s surprise when the prince uses the glass slipper and finds his bride, the ugly step sister…. just kidding! He and cinderella are married, and live happily everafter.

I know that you already knew that, but listen in to see how the Pretenders present this story, and grab your favorite little ones to share it with.

Let’s Pretend – The Twelve Months. 470906.

Posted by Keith on September 6, 2013

To take us to storyland today, let’s take an exciting ride on a roller coaster.

Marooshka is a lazy girl who hasn’t done her chores. Her laziness is an embarrassment to her mother and family, and they hide her away when the prince comes around to scout out a potential bride. Despite being sent out to a snow covered mountainside to gather violets, Marooshka finds some brothers who use magical powers to help her.

Mom wants to keep the girl from meeting the prince, and keeps sending her out on impossible chores. The twelve brothers represent the twelve months of the year, and they use their powers to meet each challenge. Will Marooshka get the things she wants? The brothers advise her to let time do the telling, and take care of her problems. for her.

Lets Pretend – The Youth Who Learned To Shiver And Shake. 470816.

Posted by Keith on August 16, 2013

Take a train ride to storyland to learn about the brave boy who had to learn to shiver and shake.

A fearless boy was never afraid at spooky stories, although his bigger brothers were. No matter what the prank, or the story, the boy was never afraid. He even tried to be afraid, but just couldn’t do it.

A challenge is put to him to visit a haunted castle, and he will win the hand of the king’s daughter. Though he finds success with his bravery, he fails at his attempt to know what fear is like. Now that he’s married though, his smart little bride has a trick up her sleeve to make her new husband shiver and shake.

Archie Andrews – The Hammock. 460720.

Posted by Keith on July 20, 2013

Relax! It’s another fun adventure with Archie and all his gang.

On a nice sunny Saturday, Archie gives mom a hard time about doing the chores, and wants to go swimming with his friends instead. She lets him off the hook, so Archie makes phone calls. Things just don’t go well when all Archies friends all have other plans. I guess he gets to get busy on all those chores mom wanted him to do.

When Jughead’s sunburn isn’t so bad that he can’t come by, he convinces Archie to relax with a hammock. Veronica seems to have changed her plans, but Archie just spent the last of his money on his hammock, and can’t afford to take her swimming. Can he return it, or sell it?

When the store won’t exchange it, Veronica tries to help, but all Archie’s friends aren’t in the market for a hammock. Maybe Veronica’s dad can help? It’s not looking good, so Archie sends Veronica away on her date with Reggie. I suppose there’s nothing left to do but enjoy that hammock afterall. Let the mix ups begin.

Archie discovers that his trees are too far apart. Dad has decided a hammock will hit the spot, and upon returning from the store with his new hammock, he finds the trees on the other side of the house are too close together. Using mom as a way to shout requests back and forth, they vie for the same tools and materials to rig up a ppost to hold the other end of their hammocks.

Besides the challenge of building the hammocks, there are more problems that arise, and the building, shouting, and shareing continue. Archie’s hammock is finally put up, and Betty stops by to burst his bubble, and tell about dad’s hammock on the front lawn. For some reason that I certainly don’t understand, Archie is upset and tears down his hammock, and gives it to Betty.

Can you guess what dad does when Veronica stops by the front door to tell about Archie’s hammock? Wow, how wierd.

With all the self imposed hammock frustration, mom comes home with her own hammock. At least she was smart enough to buy one with it’s own stand.

Archie Andrews – Stranded On An Island. 460713.

Posted by Keith on July 13, 2013

Here he is again,right out of the comic books with all his friends, Archie Andrews.

The story begins with a common, pesky fly. The buzzing little critter is bugging Fred Andrews, waking him from his nap. Somehow Archie gets the heat of dad’s wrath, but mom sticks up for him. In the backyard, Archie and Jughead make plans to set out for an adventure on an island. They break the news to Betty and Veronica, but with mixed results.

Back inside, dad learns of an eccentric uncle, and the strange will that was left. The inheritance depends on having Archie make claim to the property, but little does dad know that Archie has left for his island. Dad goes in search of Archie. Where could that boy be?

On the island, Archie and Jughead try to catch some fish for their supper, but all they are having luck with are old tires. . Betty and Veronica decide to join the island retreat, and take the boys some sandwiches. I think they’ll need them. To make matters worse, Archie learns that his row boat has drifted away. It starts to rain and even though they may want to, Archie and Jughead can’t leave, Especially when they turn on the radio, and hear dad’s request to have Archie come home.

All hope of the inheritance is gone, but dad is visited by the disgruntled parents of all Archie’s friends. Dad never knew the problem was so widespread, and the other parents are laying blame at Fred’s feet. The day is saved when the girls finally make their way to the island, although, there’s the little problem of losing their oars for their boat.

Dad’s mystery of the missing teenagers is solved when the boat rental company phones. Some last minute trouble is resolved, and an unexpected secret is revealed. As frustrating as the adventure has been there’s still one more secret ending. I won’t spoil it for you, listen in to see how all the frustration resolves itself for poor old dad.

Let’s Pretend – The Magic Tinder Box. 490709.

Posted by Keith on July 9, 2013

This begins with a bonus track. It’s actually a recording of Puss in Boots, as narated by Hal Peary, the Great Gildersleeves, he brings this tale to life with a few sound affects, and underlying musical score to add to the drama. It’s the telling of a miller who gave his son a cat. The wise kitty then helps the miller’s son become close to the king, and even defeat an evil ogre.

Immediatley following the story from Hal Peary comes our Pretenders who march their way to the story of the Magic Tinderbox. It’s a story of soldiers who have just been mustered out of the Army, and heading home. They are now in search of fortune, and finding brides. Instead, they meet an old crone who gives them a mission.

What challenges will they overcome? What hardships will they endure? The old witch’s magic tinderbox provides the help they need. Not to mention a magic dog who can grant wishes. A plan for revenge turns into a situation of danger, and even finding true love.

Note: The Hal Peary recording is actually from an album of 78RPM records. I actually have this story, and a few others. If this kind of recordings is something listeners might like, I can podcast what I have, and I might be able to get more. Maybe.