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Remembering Classic Old Time Radio Westerns

Westerns have always been a part of American popular mythology and entertainment. Westerns were an important genre of the early pulp novels. They became a staple of movies from the time of the earliest silent films, and their relatively low … Continue reading

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March 31: Happy Birthday, Les Damon!

  Working actor Les Damon is best known for his work on The Thin Man, The Right To Happiness, and especially as detective Mike Waring on The Falcon. Damon had a successful career on daytime TV soap operas and character … Continue reading

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C.P. MacGregor and the Transcribers

One of the great debates of the Radio Era was “Live” versus “Transcribed” broadcast. This seems like a curiosity today in the Cable TV era, when about the only live shows are sports and local news, and even those are … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Gale Gordon

On Feb 20, 2015, we celebrate the 109 birthday of the beloved character actor Gale Gordon. Gale Gordon was born Charles T. Aldrich in New York in 1906, the son of vaudevillian Charles Aldrich and his English actress wife, Gloria … Continue reading

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Happy 39th birthday, Jack Benny!

Happy 39th, Jack Benny – From 1937-55, listeners had a chance (or had no choice but to turn the station) to sit in on the perpetual 39th birthday of the famous radio ham, whose real 39th was in 1933. Continue reading

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Jan 1: Happy Birthday, Dana Andrews!

The melodramas that were later labeled “film noir” needed a special sort of actor. The genre depended upon pathos, overwrought emotion and moral polarization (extreme good vs extreme evil). Noir stories are often related to Hard Boiled Detectives, but the … Continue reading

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December 7: Happy Birthday Arch Oboler

It is interesting that Pearl Harbor Day is also Arch Oboler‘s birthday. Interesting, but probably not significant. Arch would be105 years old in 2014, so it is interesting to wonder how he must have spent his 32nd birthday. Ronald Colman‘s … Continue reading

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