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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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Good Night Debbie Reynolds

For all the glitz and glamour of Golden Age Hollywood, there is a definite sadness as the players from that time are leaving us. The sadness is compounded when we realize that even after a full life many of these … Continue reading

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Doris Day

Doris Day, one of the most influential and prolific actresses to ever grace the silver screen, was born Doris Mary Ann Von Kapplehoff to a immigrated German family in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1924. As a child, she was always a … Continue reading

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Fibber and Molly Go To Gildersleeve’s Halloween Party

The holiday at the end of October was actually the lead into All Saints Day, November 1, and All Souls Day, Nov 2. The religious feast is a time to remember those Saints who don’t already have a feast day … Continue reading

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Big Band and Swing Bands in Old Time Radio

Music has always been an indispensable element of radio broadcast. The station which would eventually become WHA, Wisconsin Public Radio, began its first music broadcasts as early as 1917. It is not surprising that we have a number of terrific … Continue reading

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How Hitler Helped Create Allen’s Alley

The title of this should not be interpreted with any insinuation that Fred Allen may have been a Nazi. Like most Americans of his generation, the more Fred and the rest of the entertainment industry learned about Hitler and his … Continue reading

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Murder They Wrote

Have you ever tried to ask your grandparents what joys in life did they treasure during their time when they were your age? Surely, they would reply either in jest or in a serious manner, depending on the tone of … Continue reading

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Supermoon Sunday: Dragnet’s “Werewolf” Old Time Radio Episode

With the Supermoon coming on Sunday, we remember one of our all time favorite werewolf stories. Dragnet‘s “Werewolf” aired June 17, 1949. The women are left half-dead, victims of robbery and horrible attacks. “The Werewolf” as dubbed by the local … Continue reading

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Top Secret and Ilona Massey

Ilona Massey was born in Budapest in 1910, while it was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Trained as an opera singer, she worked as a dress maker and theater singer to save money for the trip to Vienna where … Continue reading

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