Thursday, May 26, 2011

Betty Lou Gerson, who was the voice of Cruella DeVille, was a very active radio actress, usually playing a glamorous female opposite a detective.

Monday, May 23, 2011

I love to listen to the sounds of a scuffle on the old radio shows. I am sure the sound effects men had a great time doing that.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The expression "spats and Homburg" is very common in old radio shows. I am curious why that particular style of hat was supposed to go with spats.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

If you feel your mental capabilities diminishing, don't be surprised. Keep in mind that electronic devices are made to keep you from having to think or to remember.

Monday, May 09, 2011

The inimitable Treacher

If you have never seen an Arthur Treacher movie, you have missed a real treat. He perfected the aristocratic British sneer, in a comical way.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Many of the 5-part Johnny Dollar stories that we love so much were expanded versions of episodes that had already been broadcast on the program in previous years.
Magazine Rattlers 2nd in the state track meet.
I really enjoy those great old Dangerous Assignment radio shows. Brian Donleavy just fit the part.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

As one of my old co-workers used to say, "I work just like I get paid: once every two weeks, and very little at that."

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Tom Conway

I have enjoyed Tom Conway's acting, both on radio shows and old movies. He was of British extraction, but his accent always seemed to me not to be overly British. Almost like blue-blood Boston.
If, in protecting our freedoms, we lose our freedoms, what have we gained? If, in order to protect our country, we have to give up our bills of rights, what have we gained. Liberty has its risks.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Benita Hume on The Halls of Ivy

Benita Hume (Mrs. Ronald Colman) was the one who really made The Halls of Ivy into the thoroughly enjoyable radio show it was.

Dr. Hall's memories

One of the nicest effects on old radio shows was when Dr. Hall (Halls of Ivy) would get lost in his remembrances of the past and his wife would have to jolt him back to the present.

Charlie Chan movies

As a Welcome Home present for my wife when she returned home after two weeks service in the NG (New Grandchild), I got here a set of 36 of those great old Charlie Chan movies. Wonderful stuff!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Detectives' fees on old radio shows

It is interesting the variation in private detective's fees on old radio shows. In LA, Philip Marlowe charged $25/day. In New York, Richard Diamond charged $100/day.