George is a man who inherits a valuable family heirloom. On her death bed, his aunt begged him to always take care of the diamond, but his cousin Henry is jealous. When George sets out for the gold fields of the Yukon, Henry follows him there looking for revenge. Secretly watching their camp, Sgt Preston and his dog, King see a potential danger when Henry shows off his prowess with a knife. Later, while George sleeps, King is the only one to see the theft of the diamond, and springs into action. King is also the only one who knows what happened in the struggle with Henry, and how he came to the justice he deserved.
Kingfish and Amos discuss the newly rekindled love between Andy and Madam Queen, when Henry Van Porter enters to sell Kingfish on renewing his policy. After hearing the benefit of getting cash, just for being hurt is almost a signal for Kingfish to be hit by a car. Don’t worry, he really isn’t hurt, but he tries his best for fake his injuries and make like they are much worse than they are.
The insurance company has their ways of investigating the case. Whose sneaky ways will win out and get the benefit of the insurance policy. In the process, Andy falls prey to the insurance company’s secret weapon, a cutie named Irene. I feel a conflict of interest with Madam Queen coming on, bbut if it is going to happen, it’l have to wait for another episode since there’s not enough tie in this one to go there.
Will Irene get the information she needs for the insurance company? Will Kingfish be a success at faking his symptoms? Will the doctor that Andy hires for the occasion document the proof that Kingfish needs for his injuries? Would you believe that Kingfish falls victim to a mix up, and confides in the insurance company doctor all abou his fake injuries.
Along with host Ernie Whitman, special guests help with the show today.
- Erskine Hawkins plays, Stella.
- Jack Benny takes the stage to talk with Ernie.
- Jack tells secrets on Rochester, and his love life. Rochester phones in to defend himself, and the absence of both himself and Jacks violin. Topics also include dice games.
- Erskine Hawkins plays, Bear Mash Blues. Or maybe from the sultry tones of the song it could be, the Bare Tones Blues?
- Jack is back to joke with Ernie, and help with the introductions.
- Effie Smith sings, Straighten Up and Fly Right.
- Rochester is on handwith wisecracks, and Jacks violin. Armed with his trusty fiddle, Jack whips out some jazzy ragtime riffs from a time gone by. Even for 1943.
- To cleanse the pallet, the Lou Mel Morgan Trio sing a perky, upbeat, smooth version of, Them There Eyes.
- Ernie lays out the jive talk to tell how to write in for making a request.
- Erskine Hawkins plays, Tuxedo Junction.
In the gold rush days of the Yukon in the late 1890’s, a man and his dog were sometimes all that stood for justice.
A rich businessman tries to run everyone’s lives, in particular he wants to arrange a marriage for his neice. When his clerk, Mitchel, wants to marry the niece, he sets out to stake his own claim on fame and fortune.
Injustices are added when Mitchel takes the blame for a friend who is in trouble. In facing the challenges of the injustice of humanity, seeking to make his mark in the brutal wilderness, and survive the blizzards of the North, he just might need a little extra help from Sgt Preston of the Mounties, and his amazing dog King. Join in for the adventure, and be a part as dangers are overcome.
Fred Allen arrives to poke fun with Jimmy Wallington about his fashion choices. Portland pitches in about her walk in the Easter parade with her mom. The question of the day in Allens Alley is about the food shortage, and how the residents of the alley are dealing with it. Senator Klaghorn, Mr Rapaport, and others share their views on food violations. Falstaff Openshore has a poem for everything, and today it’s one called, the Meatball’s Lament. Al Goodman plays, and his vocalists Milo Jack and the Dame sing, Wish I May Wish I Might.
Portland and Fred joke about horse racing, Frank Sinatra, then the play is introduced. Fred leaves to try to get Reginald Gardener to help out with the sketch. The Brittish comedian and impersonator gives a little sample of his tallent. He makes everything talk from worms to snakes to windshield wipers. The Oxford educated entertainer joins in with jokes about Jack Benny and his most recent film flop, the Horn Blows at Midnight.
The play is a mystery spoof about Sherlock Holmes, but the detective is named Fetlock Bones. Wordplay and puns rule as the big game hunter shares his story with our detective heros. The solution to the case of missing persons is resolved when the crime at the bridge game is renacted. How do the Pekinese of the Baskervilles play a part?
Randolf and Judy shop for a birthday gift for their dad. Randolf is thinking of sporting goods, but Judy is distracted by jewelry and Laungerie. They end up finding an expensive gift that is beyond their budget, so it gets charged to dad’s own charge account. Mom isn’t happy and demands an account of their shopping spree. Feeling regret, Judy plans to give the gift that money can’t buy. She plans a full day of spending time with dear old dad.
Of course, to make the day of fun happen, the kids need to have dad take time off from work. There’s only one thing to do, Judy goes to the important businessman to beg him for the day off for dad. Since dad’s day is shot, he gets to spend his day relaxing… at the amusement park? To sweeten the deal, Judy invites the old businessman so dad has someone to keep him company.
Dad can only see disaster for his future, but the fun is only startng as the two middle aged men invade the wierd world of the 1940’s teen ager. I think that dad might be popping whole rolls of the shows sponsor’s product, Tums. The crazy day has some unexpected outcomes, and the old fuddy duddies rediscover the spark of youth.
Dad is played by John Brown, a fixzture of countless radio shows including Fred Allen, Damen Runyon Theater, Mel Blanc Show, My Friend Irma, and so many more. Judy is played by Louise Erikson, Though an actual teen ager for most of the run of this show, she played teenagers all through the years to come, even as late as the cartoons of the 1960’s. Her role as a teenager named Judy was reprised as Judy Jetson.
A detective investigates the appearances of a great white wolf. Is it just one of the local superstitions? To be married, a man is forced to recite a strange marriage oath. The bride has a couple of kids already, and the couple worry when strange things begin to happen. The white wolf threatens the cottage, the man protects his family, but the words of the strange marriage vow comes back to him, just a little too late.
Note: Stories from the old world of ancient Europe include vampires and werewolves. The original renditions are far from what is portrayed in books and movies today. Even in the early 20th century the images were romantisized for the times, and the imprint of the current social and religious ethic was firmly in place. This story seems to hold a little more close to the original idea, but dramatized a little.
The oldest beliefs about vampires, werewolves, and the like center around the idea that everybody has a double. Not a twin. Your double is your invisible soul that lives inside you. When a werewolf ran amok, the physical body was in a trance like state, and the subconscious is what became the wolf. No actual shape shifting. Along that line, witches spells affect your double. Your physical and conscious body was never affected, just your subconscious double. Make sense?
One final tidbit of useless info. A werewolf is always a man. A woman who does the same thing is a nightmare. Seriously, no puns intended.
Mary talks with Jack about being at the Navy base as they drive to their destination. Remember that Jack’s Maxwell had previously been donated to the war effort. The car that Rochester drives isn’t talked about, but it’s a converted yellow cab. Topics that are joked about include the local attractions of the base. Particularly about a fish cannery, a draw bridge, and about the area being a testing ground for P38’s. The pesky planes buzz low with expert comic timing through the show.
Mel Blanc is the gate guard, but he lets Jack on the base anyway. Tuning in the radio, Jack listens to Don and Phil teasing each other, and Dennis sings, My Ideal.
Now on stage, Dennis tells Jack that he wants to change his name to Hassenpfeffer. Why? Don’t ask, it’s one of those crazy things that Dennis says.
Jack tells how he was a sailor in the previous war. Mary and Phil sing, Talk Me Into It Baby. Flashback to the first world war, and we find Jack in the recruiters office. Mel Blanc helps out in reliving those moments when the 16 year old Jack joined up. Frank Nelson and Dennis Day also pitch in as we follow Jack through his induction physical.
A special production where Keith holds a roundtable style discussion on Vic and Sade. Participants are Sara Cole, a fan of old time radio, and Jimbo Mason from the Crazy World of Vic and Sade. Jim operates several blogs that he llinks to from the Crazy World site, and Sara is a blogger as well, check out what she has to say at Old Zorah’s Pew.
We talk about how we came to find Vic and Sade, and a little of how we each became fans of old time radio dramas. Also the exceptional staying power of shows on the radio, some spanning decades, compared to TV shows which seem to only last a handful of years at best.
Most often even a short run series has a team of writers in the creative staff, where Paul Rhimer was the sole writer for Vic and Sade. We discuss what some of his writing style included, and the humor he incorporated into the show. Personality traits of Sade, Vic, and uncle Fletcher are touched on, along with their sometimes extreme behavior. Though they can be obsessive, or backwards, they are still so normal in their behavior.
In the Elkskin Shoelaces 440607, we find Sade taking a short break from her housework, enjoying the quiet day, and the warm sunshine. She offers a listening ear when Uncle Fletcher arrives with a serious problem. He’s having his elkskin shoelaces replaced, a feat that seems to border on wrestling aligators, milking rattlesnakes, or juggling nitro glicerine, or some other dangerous deed that requires a delicate balance of hazards and finesse.
In the Lunges are Coming 440609, Sade gets a postcard with word that guests are going to stop by. She has only a matter of hours, maybe only minutes before they arrive. Enlisting the napping Vic, and Russel into house cleaning chores of all kinds, Sade is determined to not be caught slacking in presenting a spotless house. To make matters more extreme, all the hustle and bustle is for people they don’t even know, and won’t be there for more than a few minutes. Gotta keep up appearances, doncha know.
None today, the roundtable lasts for roughly 30 minutes, followed by the two episodes of our heros, Vic and Sade which combine for roughly another 30 minutes. Long, but worth giving a listen.
PS: if you would like to participate in a future roundtable discussion, all you have to do is drop me a line. Use the email form on my Contact Page, and I’ll give you all the details. The conference call is done through Skype, so if you’re on Skype it won’t be any trouble at all. If you’re not on Skype, it’s still no problem, and easy to do.
Audio is a touch on the draggy side, otherwise its pretty good. An invitation is extended to Vic to go to the Missouri State Home for the Tall. Sade gets a kick out of the unusual institution, but does Vic actually have plans to go there?
Vic is noncommittal on whether he’ll accept, but he takes the offer seriously despite Sade poking fun. If he does, it’ll be without pay, or travel expenses. what will Vic speak about at the home? As Russel continuously interupts with hopes of ice cream, Vic tries out a line of oration or two on his family.
PS: I wonder if they still have that home, and if they’re still taking inmates… er patrons.
- The Missouri Home for the Tall is in Sick River Junction, Missouri.
- Vic was also once asked to speak to the Ohio Home of the Bald.
- In Homer U. McDancey’s letter to Vic, he refers to Sade as “Sally” and to Russell as “Grizzle.”
- Arthur K. Van Beebunk is the Superintendent for the Missouri Home.
- When Vic reads the letter aloud it is very reminiscent of Rush trying to read Aunt Bess’s letter in 1939.
- In the closing of his letter to Vic, Homer U. McDancey has some Latin words we haven’t been privvy to before:
spim spittle no crack pot bunk referendum es coaless dum fusterman goom
–Trivia provided by Jimbo, as found at: The Crazy World of Vic and Sade.