Category Archives: Old Time Radio

Sam Spade on the Radio

You’ve heard the boast: America is the country that invented rock and roll; America invented jazz, the car, the Big Mac, baseball.?  It seems fair enough to add Sam Spade, and indeed, hard-boiled detectives to the list.?  That is, there’s … Continue reading

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Steady Work: Paula Winslow in Old Time Radio

There are stars in every industry, the CEOs who make the big decisions, the outstanding salespeople who convince new customers to buy and develop new markets for the product, the daring researchers who create new products, the ambitious production managers … Continue reading

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Dana Andrews and What Makes a Hollywood Tough Guy Tough

Hollywood expects a variety of qualities from its leading men; good looks, virile physicality, an appealing and understandable voice, acting ability, sex appeal, and a sense of toughness. Of course, this being Hollywood, any or all of these qualities can … Continue reading

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Old Time Radio’s Most Glamorous Blonde, Alice Faye

One thing Hollywood never had a shortage of, it was beautiful young blonds. The studio system was more than happy to take advantage of this fact, which often did not work out well for the girls. One of our favorite … Continue reading

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How Rochester Helped Win The War

Eddie Anderson was incredibly well suited for his role as second banana. This is reflected in the long term success of the Jack Benny Program, and the fact that Eddie was one of the best paid second bananas in Hollywood … Continue reading

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Presidential Nominating Convention Recordings (RNC and DNC)

Ideally, an American Presidential Election is a race between two worthy men, two worthy ideals, battling it out on the National Stage in the weeks before the National Election in November when the American People make the worthiest selection. Sadly, … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective

As the late Forties turned into the early Fifties, the airwaves were filled with a seemingly endless series of gumshoes. They were meant to appeal to the hard working, big spending young men in the audience, many of whom were … Continue reading

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Man of a Thousand Voices when One was Enough: William Conrad

The movie hero generally fits a specific physical type. Not necessarily handsome in the classic sense, he has a manly, rugged appearance, tall, with a V-shaped torso, tapering from wide, solid shoulders to a narrow waistline. In classic films, he … Continue reading

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Charles Boyer in Old Time Radio

Charles Boyer: Many critics argue that Charles Boyer‘s success in Hollywood is due to the appeal of being a Frenchman. We would suppose that the appeal of Frenchmen is that they are so much like Charles Boyer. Ever since the … Continue reading

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How to Hard Boil a Detective, A Look at “Let George Do It”

George Valentine wasn’t any tougher than the next guy, but he certainly was no sissy. He did not aspire to any self-made code of right and wrong, although he tried to be honest with his fellow man and if he … Continue reading

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