Charlie and #1 son are helping to plan for the annual police Christmas party. Carols are sung at the piano. The party takes a less than festive turn when a man in a santa suit is found dead. Charlie gets busy with checking on clues, and is soon on the trail of his suspects. A dark colored van is a major clue, but it seems to have vanished. As Charlie and #1 son move in, a man with a sinister voice fills them in on motives for the killing. With some decisive action from Charlie, the bad guy is taken down, and the party can resume.
A party ended on a sour note for guests and hosts alike. Today we find Gildy in Floyd’s barber shop to try and make amends. Heading to Peavey’s drugstore, a thermometer is needed for Marjorie, who has had a sore throat. Gildy fills Peavey in on the fiasco of a party. Back home, in his own way, Leroy lets his sister know he is worried over her illness. Who else would he have to fight with if something happened to her?
Leroy has some explaining to do when he has to show his report card. Gildy is surprised to see the good marks for a change. The report on the thermometer gives a good report, and the family are ready for a celebration. The kids have been watching the events unfold about Miss Del Rey, and want to know where she stands with Gildy. Everybody seems to think there’s something going on with the sultry newcomer to town, even Eve Goodwin. Gildy has to go around to set people straight that he has no feelings for her.
The promised family celebration bonds them a little closer together. When judge Hooker enters, the kids get their first look at the much heard about Miss Del Rey. Are there any regrets on Gildy’s behalf to see the woman out with the judge? In the office, Gildy talks with his secretary, Bessie, about her perspective on dating. Dedicated to finishing his work, he just can’t get Miss Del Rey out of his mind. Delores surprises him when she comes to the office to express her interest is in Gildy, and not the judge.
Agreeing to help Judge Hooker win the hand of the new Spanish dance teacher, Gildy pokes a little fun at his friend. A reception is planned to invite their friends, and welcome Delores Del Rey to town. Leila Ransom is thrilled at the idea of a party, but not so much at the thought of Miss Del Rey. Gildy extends a personal invitation to Eve Goodwin as well, but she seems just as jealous when it comes to the sultry Miss Del
The guest list is thinning, but will it whittle down more when Gildy talks to Peavey? The married druggist checks with his wife while Gildy is introduced to Peavey’s new song bird. Peavy hates to let down a friend, but he has his own troubles at the moment.
Meanwhile, the judge has gone about inviting his own guests, especially someone that is well placed and could help launch the new dance school well.
Later, the party buffet has been laid out, and Leroy eyes it longingly. For some reason, most of the womenfolk in town have an excuse not to attend, including Marjorie. Is Miss Del Rey really so bad? The judge’s high placed friend shows up, Floyd and his wife show up to bring the level of class down closer to the common man. Will the disparity of class and culture be too broad for a successful party? Will Delores be guided to the one who is secretly in love with her? Gildy croons to Miss Del Rey at the pianoThe party falls apart, and has Gildy up in arms over the attempt to help the judge.
Bob “Happy New Year” Hope shares a couple holiday reasons for using the sponsor product. Jokes include holidays and relatives, unusual Christmas gifts, defense stamps, movie studios, gifts from the cast, and more.
Francis Langford sings, Broadway Rhythm. She and Bob joke about his party treats, and gifts the cast gave each other. Reginald Gardener is the surprise guest. The English star gives and takes the jokes with Bob. Topics include being paid for appearing, false praise, and flubbed lines make for extra readings of lines. They move on to topics on being air raid warden, the weather, impersonations, making movies, and plug each others recent films. How do Christmas customs compare between England and America?
Shopping for gifts, Bob goes to the department store. Topics of jokes include revolving doors, floorwalkers, customer problems, gift exchanges, Turtles, Cigars, And even traffic.
Skinny Ennis sings, Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover. Turning to Bob Hope’s autobiography, another chapter in the early life of Bob Hope is presented. The young Bob has left for Hollywood, where we find him today. In the lime light as the typical star, he deals with autograph hounds. Bob and Reggie enjoy the holiday meal together, and discuss plans for a New Years Eve party. Can Reggie give Bob pointers on manners, dancing, and picking up a date? Learn about which dance steps are in, and which ones are out. Tuning in the radio, Jerry Colonna is an on air dance instructor, selling his new dance school.
Bob and Reggie take lessons where Betty Hutton is an instructor. She gives tips on the right shoes, and technique. Jerry joins the fun, and topics get random on horses, interests, being light on the feet, and more. Skinny Ennis arrives to argue with Bob over dancing with Betty. Lessons begin with a nice waltz.
Digging into our Retro Radio vault, We wanted to share this episode from the old fashioned Retrobots, to the new Retrobots, to you.
That man, who spared no expense in his Thanksgiving dinner, is introduced, but Mary teases Jack over his stingy holiday celebrations. Continued criticizing by Don and Phil darkens Jack’s mood. Despite complaints of the tough bird, reading his review from the social register, Jack declares, “A good time was had by all.” Glimpsing at party details, revelations expose phil’s dancing partner. Carmichael the polar bear
Even without his mother, Dennis Day chews on the topic of the tough turkey, then he sings, Faithful Forever.
Fed up with abuse from the cast, Jack’s temper flares as he gives orders, though he makes Mary laugh. Phil Harris plays, South of the Border.
Jack’s Temper is soothed when the cast admit to teasing, and praise the party instead. How did Jack prepare such delicious turkey?
The cast explain they’ve been joking the whole time, which calms Jack’s temper by saying they enjoyed his party. He admits the turkey was really duck. A revealed secret leads to a flashback, and a duck hunting adventure. Jack and Mary team up with Rochester and Andy Divine for early morning showing off.
Those poor little blue eyed duckies don’t stand a chance with Jack the mighty hunter… ordo they?
- Keith talks briefly about the old contact information that the old Retrobots share. Also a word about Thanksgiving confusion in 1939.
- Abbot and Costello. A Short moment as they Gett Ready For Frank Sinatra ()1945).
- Artie Shaw 1939 Thanks For Everything – (Helen Forrest, vocal).mp3
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As the Halls discuss where they might go on their vacation this Summer, they are interupted by a more immediate need. Mike is a college student with a gift in music. He has become such a success that he wants to turn around and pay for his dad, a hard working immigrant, to enroll at Ivy.
After the big dance, the older man spends some time with the Halls. The concern is how well he might fit in with a crowd that is one third his age. Will the older man be honored, and take up the offer of further education?
There are decisions to be made, and it’s off to yet another party. This one is a stag party for the graduating seniors to get in a few last minute thrills. Dad has a word to say about receiving his son’s gift, but it’s one that money can’t buy.
The Harris girls are invited to a party, thrown by Mr Scott the show’s sponsor. Alice and Phil discuss the party preparations, the gifts they should send, andso forth. Gale Gordon is Mr Scot, and he pops in for a quick word on the expected event. A battle of wits between Remley, Phil, and Mr Scot ensues, but the party is for kids, no adults. Alice sings, Nickelodeon.
Phil still insists on sharing his party ideas with Mr Scott that include movies, snacks, and his own recent film, Wabash Avenue. Phil sings, the Jabberwokki Bird.
The party is crashed, and Phil shares a version of the classic tale of Cinderella, but with himself as Cinderella, Mr Scott as the step mom. Filling in for step sisters are Remley and Willie, and of course, Alice is Princess Charming. Cute story.
Dad is happily reading his newspaper, and doesn’t want to share any of the sections with Archie. To get rid of him, dad slips Archie some cash to see a movie. Though Archie couldn’t budge him, mom comes in with a chore to get dad moving. Veronica’s mom phones to invite Mary and Fred to a party to support the Red Cross. Fred doesn’t want to go, but mom gives him the strokes he needs to change his mind.
Dad tries to practice his comedy routine for the party, but the noise in the house drives him nuts. By now, Archie has returned from his movie, and contributes to the noise level. Archie comes into the kitchen with a crying fit, so mom makes dad apologize to him. It’s just onions though.
Between onions, and noise, will dad ever get his practice in? Not when Jughead comes over and helps Archie do their best Al Jolson impersonations. Betty comes over to referee the guys. Veronica visits to talk with the giggly Archie, and makes Betty jealous. The argument leaves Archie without a date. Meanwhile, dad is looking forward to an enjoyable evening at the Lodge’s Red Cross Party.
The party begins to run dry, so it’s up to Fred Andrews to save the day with his funny stories. Even at the party, dad gets upstaged when Archie and Jughead take their Al Jolson minstrel show on the road, or at least to Veronica’s house. Despite all the annoying attempts at singing earlier, Archie does a pretty decent job at singing the Jolson hit, Sonny Boy.
Cynthia Brown has a story to tell Archie about her friend, Doris who was killed. A man who is at a party in Nero’s office is the one Cynthia is accusing. Archie mingles, and as he identifies the man, a scream shatters the air. A corpse at a party has a way of breaking it up.
With Inspector Kraemer on hand, Archie and Nero review the details of where people were, and when they were there. How was it done? What’s the motive? Guests at the party are questioned. The invasion of police authority has Nero especially disgruntled, but a clue to how Cynthia Brown fits . into the crime becomes a little more clear. Newspaper reporters soon descend when word gets out of the high profile guests, and the events in the famous residence of Nero Wolfe.
Nero and Archie discuss how trustworthy the story that Cynthia told might be. The killer is still being held with the guests, and Nero thinks he knows how to flush him out. Complications and danger set in for Archie, and the killer seems to have his own trap to shake off the investigators. The tables get turned and the killers disguise is exposed.
Flashback to the day before, when Connie and Mrs Davis talk about their new Years Eve party plans. Miss Brooks is hopeful that Mr Boynton will take her out. Too bad he has to drop in and break his date. Boynton will be attending a Biologist convention, and only has money for one ticket.
To add to her misery, Mr Conklin stops by to ask Connie to babysit while he goes to his own celebrations. He promises it will only be until 10 O’clock, and it pays enough to buy her ticket to Boynton’s convention. I’ll bet there’s a catch in there somewhere.
Little Stevie is a brat who gives Connie trouble. Connie also learns that catch, Conklin meant 10AM. Can sheget someone else to do her babysitting? Walter and Harriot aren’t falling for it. Maybe Boynton will drop his plans to help Connie? They have a cute exchange of conversation through song titles.
To entertain herself, Connie listens to the midnight countdown on the radio, only to hear Mr Conklin being the life of the party.