likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Campbell Playhouse: "Mutiny on the Bounty" 01/13/1939
Captain Bligh (played by Orson Welles) is freaking out over unaccounted-for-consumption of coconuts, & just reminded me of how roommates can freak out over whose taken the milk (that was MINE!!) in the fridge.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Father Knows Best: "Happy Thanksgiving" 11/23/1950
The youngest, Kathy, is trying to read a Thanksgiving Day poem & her brother & sister & father keep interrupting her. Huh - I feel for the youngest. No surprise there, I guess, but it does make me wonder why if the youngest ever have any self-confidence.

Then the dad just complains about everything (he always reminds me of mda's dad).
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Have Gun Will Travel "North Fork" 06/21/1959
"More of you Mennonites here to make trouble?"

Ah, yes: a constipation commercial. There were lots of Ex-Lax commercials in the late 1950s on the radio.
Father Knows Best "Wedding Preparations" 06/28/1951
Betty's cousin is coming over to have a wedding in their house & of course it's almost cancelled, then it's put back on (and they've got no chairs because they had cancelled those also), but good thing: Jim forgot to mail the invitations so nobody would have come anyway. But they've got 1,400 servings of chicken salad.
Lux Radio Theater: "Irene" 06/29/1936
Ah, Lux flakes: use it for laundry, dishes, and cleaning your face. And they stop stocking runs. Just dip your hosiery in Lux flakes in water overnight.

Thankfully, even though this was first broadcast in 1936, it doesn't sound horrible (like tinfoil being dragged on the street and being pecked at by birds and squirrels).

"Oh, no: I think you're interesting." Miss O'Dare isn't that interesting to me but, well, I guess that's proof that I'm not an actor.

Irene D'Dare has an Irish mother I wouldn't wish on you. Irene goes from being a sales girl to a model (for reasons I can't understand, but it does bring her into contact with Donald who tells her he loves her).
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Dr. Sixgun: "The Belle and the Baby" 09/16/1954
A couple drops off a baby into someone's wagon. Fortunately, the "doc" has some pamphlets two give to two parentless people (Belle, who runs the gambling house; and her man Sam, which is going to lose her money).

Good thing that there are cows you can buy after midnight.

Oh! The parents dropped off their baby because they're starving artists. They sure do love her.
Great Gildersleeve: "Summer Theater" 06/14/1942
Gildy is pissed that the local acting troop met without him. Oh, good: there are lots of actorly gay people. And Gildy just said he was a director (of course he wasn't).

Oh, goodness: Gildy just imitated a "Southern Mammie" (one of the characters is African American). It's hard to not be grossed out.

WWII gives us Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, you know. And they tell us how to serve Mac & Cheese with meat: put into a round mould, put into a plate, and put hamburger on the inside of the circle.

And, oh (more) goodness: Gildy's performing one part in blackface.

Oh: and the gun that Gildy thought had blanks actually had bullets. Fortunately, he didn't kill another person in the play. But they still took the guy to the hospital & Gildy has to play another character.

So, after all of this, they started the same play over again. It was exhausting to listen to.
Crime Classics "Death of a Baltimore Birdie": 06/16/1954
"Crime classics" usually tells the story of a very old crime (19th Century, 18th Century), but this is only a crime that went to trial the year before.

These two guys (one is a prize fighter) are going around stealing from people & knocking them out. And they found a liquor store.

There are two deaths (an old maid who's 45, and her border who's a scammer who wants to marry one of the two guys), then luckily the cop comes because the next door later called them to come (the two guys are the two women were having too much fun laughing). It's always nice when a real life story has one of those ironic, "no crime goes unpunished" things.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Lux Radio Theater: "Spellbound" 03/08/1948
Hitchcock did a movie of this in 1945. There were 3 things I remembered about the film as the radio program went on: the movie had Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, and a dream sequence designed by Salvadore Dali. Here's a link to a page talking about it, and with a link to the Dali-designed sequence.

I can't remember where I'd seen this before. I never took a course that just concentrated on Surrealism in grad school (and nothing concentrating on film), so I think I must have seen this in the Dada & Surrealism class I took in college (Prof. Brigham was a great teacher who helped to change my life - because she taught my first art history course, and it was great).
Lights Out: "The Sea" 03/02/1943
A ghost comes back & tells his mother how his brother killed him. As he's telling her, her moans & crying out with sadness... well it sounded like she was having sex. Which, yeah I can understand (intensity of emotions), but it's still weird to hear. Particularly when the child is responsible for it with his fictional mother. Well, they both die: there's the dead brother (who visited his mother, see above), who goes shambling after the killer brother. Then the dead brother faded back into the underworld (I guess), so the mother killed the brother who was left over.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Lux Radio Theater: "Burlesque" 06/15/1936
With Al Jolson in his then-wife Ruby Keeler. The one thing this has told me is how many times Jolson got married: oh, only 4 times. Keeler was #3. Turns out that she left him shortly after they adopted a son, Al, Jr. She was married to this man (John Homer Lowe) until his death in '69. Have to say, this sounds like it was good for Jolson: getting burned stopped him from constantly getting married, and he didn't get married again until 1945 (he died 5 years later).

Note to the radio folks: this 1936 performance having a section where we listen to someone tap dance isn't the greatest choice. Lots and lots of tapping.

Lux soap Cora Sue Collins made an appearance. She's asked what she does with her time and goes into taking care of her animals & doing movies... not so much about learning how to read and write. I guess so. She retired when she was 18, went on to marry a rancher, and is still alive! [born in 1927]

... hmmm - Jolson's way of emoting appears to be to scream things. Well, he was in the first talkie - I really have to give him a break.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: "Who Shot Waldo?"
A guy comes in & talks to the bartender: "Draw me a Scotch. Neat. And make it fast: I left my car running outside."
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: "The Persian Slippers"
"I went running into the street when a miracle happened: a taxi came out & stopped for me in Los Angeles."
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Escape: "Study in Wax" 02/01/1953
I don't think winter in WI is the time to hear about a story about cabin fever.
http://www.escape-suspense.com/2007/12/escape---a-stud.html
Escape's "A Study in Wax" takes place in a snowbound cabin in the northern Canadian wilderness. The story is set at Christmas-time, but it isn't a typical Christmas tale. This is a story about two coworkers, alone in the Arctic, who must endure each other's company for seven months.

As the story opens in late October, the two men watch a government supply boat depart. They have been left behind to work on a Canadian geodetic survey, and now, they are on their own until the spring. Adding to their isolation is the accidental loss of their radio transmitter. With no connection to the outside world, one of them slowly goes mad.
And it makes me really happy that organizations today that send people into the cold for 7 months do mental tests to make sure people are going to survive ok (apparently, guys who grow up in a city who like Shostakovich really don't do well).

Although the one guy knew the other one was going to be trouble when he started getting antsy in November.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Mercury Playhouse: "Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years" 2/03/1949
It's the beginning of the biography by Carl Sandburg (with Gregory Peck playing Lincoln). I didn't know this, but the girl he first fell in love with died of malaria. Wow - I was wondering why he wasn't calling her "Mary" and instead was calling her "Anne". Aww - even though she sounded really good for someone with malaria, she died and he walked the 7 miles to her grave and laid on it. Poor guy!

And they're sponsored by Hallmark. We're coming up to Valentine's Day and this reminds me that, yup: I hate that day.
Casey: Crime Photographer: "The Blond Lipstick" 11/06/1947
sponsored by Anchor Hawking: the Most Famous Name in Glass.

In a commercial for Anchor glass (one-way beer bottles - no deposit/no return), one asks, "Hey, when you go to buy beer, do you, or junior, go and pick it up?"

It's nice to know that Casey crime photographer didn't fall hook-line-&-sinker for the pretty girl (Laura) that was getting money donated for a special fund (her boss stole it, kidnapped her & was going to kill her).

Anchor Hawking glass also has baking glass that works with cooking items.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Jack Benny "Don Wilson's Contract" 01/23/1949
Mr. Benny sticks his main musician, Don Wilson, into a room to get him to take his contract. Nice stronghanded tactics.

Now, Mary has explained the events of the week before in which Jack tried to do something with Claudette Colbert; Vincent Price is originally supposed to play opposite Claudette Colbert.
Green Hornet: "Words and Music" 05/30/1939
Green Hornet breaks up a racket of fake music publishers. Ending words, "Extra! Extra! The Green Hornet mails checks!" Fortunately this is a copyrighted song because, goodness: with a story like that....

In this episode we also see that Rex Reed (the man behind the Green Hornet) is bored by the newspaper business because the Green Hornet has gone into "hiding". He is starting to sound like he's addicted to the daaanger of the Green Hornet (well, or something: this story had nothing to do with any danger).
Escape: "Port Royal" 03/10/1950
Lots and lots of murder.... and no getting the money back; and lots of craziness over the money.

It's all about the treasure hunt. Danny has lost his mind for the treasure and wants it all for himself instead of sharing it with 3 others (the captain in the water getting the treasure & 2 others on the ship). So, Danny killed the others (shot them like crazy with a machine gun) & ruined his escape so plays innocent with the captain. Who, oops, just told Danny that he found out everything that Danny did (forgot to turn off the microphone). Fortunately, we've got the Hayes code operating, so Danny is going to die at the end. And the two men that Danny killed had been trying to steal the treasure, too. Not that innocent people don't die.

And, upcoming next week (at least, in 1950, not on Old Time Radio), "Three Skeleton Key": "Your comrades... a maniac and a coward."
Adventures By Morse: "The City of the Dead," 5 & 6 of 10 02/05/1944 (and 2/12/1944)
I wish "Adventures by Morse" had more episodes (I think they only ran for a year or two). The reason in part was the beginning: "If you like blood, and thunder... come with me."

Man - Carol (the girl) is really starting to piss me the fuck off. She's constantly screaming hysterically. That seems to be her one job... thank god she just fainted with fear.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Lives of Harry Lime: "The Hand of Glory" 01/11/1952
He's gone off to an English town while running away from the cops (regarding some gold that I guess he stole). And, of course a pretty girl comes into it....

So, he goes off to this little town where something is going on, because they don't get tourists and the kids die mysteriously.

Oh, and the uncles of the pretty English girl are scientists who are doing alchemy. Oh, goodness: and Harry is breaking into the mens' laboratory. And he's started to figure out that they're practicing witchcraft.

Well, the brothers killed themselves, their niece got their fortune, and Harry, as always in The Lives of Harry Lyme, got nothing.
Adventures By Morse: "The City of the Dead", 4 of 10 01/29/1944
Lieutenant Morse, talking about what he's seeing in a dark cellar with no light:
"It's darker than an Old Maid's future down here...!"

Phyllis's crying is starting to bug the crap out of me.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Burns & Allen: "Taking in a Veteran" 1/03/46
Regarding the housing shortage after WWII. There are lots of things from Gracie about the veterans. "After we fix up the room for the veteran, I'm going to put around a lot of tomatoes." "Gracie - why are you going to do that?" "I heard lots of men in the military say that as soon as they were out, they were going to pick up a tomato."

"George a little while ago I came over here and the door was locked."

"Really... well why don't you go back outside and try again?"
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: "The Skull Canyon Mine" 11/26/1949
The insurance investigator with the action-packed expense account.
"When my head went 'bye-bye' that is the standard for private eyes...."

Johnny Dollar is investigating a gold mine that's not producing what it should.

"What's the matter with you? Your clothes are torn."
"This is Mr. Doyle's idea of a proposal of marriage."

And then there was a bunch of shooting & double-crossing.
X-Minus One: Time and Time Again" 01/11/1956
Oh, man: I heard this a few weeks ago (I don't know why; I think someone else had it, but I hadn't heard the whole thing so I went to www.archive.org and listened to it): this is the one where the guy is dying from a wound in the third world war (and the Battle of Buffalo) and gets sucked back 30 years to 1945.
Adventures By Morse "The City of the Dead," 1 of 10 01/08/1944
Oh, sh*t: I've heard "The City of the Dead" (10-part series) TWO times already. There is the Gila Monster, which made me laugh so much, because that was the name of my (late) cat, Gila. She was plenty alive the first time I heard this (she died in late 2008)....

Oh, wait: I was wrong. I've also heard this 10-part series two times before, but the "city" is a graveyard (the series I was thinking of, with Gila, was "Land of the Living Dead"). I wish Old Time Radio would just give up this damned series and take up something else. I'd heard this 10-parter after the first one, but I bet Gila was still alive.

... well, and one of the characters, it is noted, has blisters on his hands. My mind is in the gutter right now because the first thing I thought did not have anything to do with the character's explanation (that he had a summer job as gardener).
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Life of Riley: "The New Foreman" 12/01/1950
Casual sexism is always good to hear. In this case, the new foreman has an ugly daughter, which we get to hear a lot about.

So, Riley is getting a date with the foreman's ugly daughter (in hope that he can keep his job).

Well, now Riley is dating this woman & it makes me feel sick about listening to all this stuff.

And nicely, she turned him down, because she wasn't attracted to him. Fortunately, this got him out of the problems with his boss.
Rocky Fortune: "Carnival One Way" 12/08/1953
Frank Sinatra in a radio show in the early '50s. I can't quite figure out why that's going on.

Anyway, so Rocky Fortune has gone to the carnival, hung out with a little boy who had run away, then might have been kidnapped.... Ah - Rocky Fortune got knocked out. A lot of concussions happen in this stories. It's always a convenient plot device.

Oh! It turns out to have been a nasty custody battle: the little boy went to find his mom who works for the carnival. "Carnie life might not be the best thing in the world, but at least we'll be together!"

Well, it turns out that the kid's grandparents realized that the boy must have loved his mother so much that they'll allow her to live with them, and him. See?

Oh, good: the Federal Civil Defense Department is telling us how we can survive an atomic attack over the air.
Andrews Sisters: "Christmas Island" 01/01/1946
it's hard to believe I used to see them on old movies on UHF on Saturdays while growing up (and frequently on Abbott & Costello movies).
Dr. Kildare "Arthur Morgan’s Brain Surgery" 12/08/1950
Another time of marveling at the genius of doctors who always listen to their patients.

Gee, a guy got hit by the car & Dr. Kildare was there so came in during this emergency. Man - Dr. Karu (sp.) certainly seems to have never heard of an emergency before. Of course, none of these doctors have ever seen current prime time television.

Dr. Gillespie tricks the wife of the hurt man to signing the surgery consent form, so that's all good.
Suspense: "Mission Completed" 12/01/1949
Jimmy Stewart staring in a "special Pearl Harbor drama". Ew - and it starts in the hospital & he can't communicate except move (but for blinking his eyes - OIY!!).

Oh: and he's found the guy (Suki) who ran the Japanese prison camp. As a result, he's able to move.

Aww - he called one of the guys he was in the prison camp with and what he wants (to kill Suki) sounds really crazy. Then he fainted. I hope he can move when they come back from the commercial break.

So: it turns out that the hospital all set this up once they noticed that the Jimmy Stewart character had a reaction. Jimmy Stewart gets a gun, goes to shoot Suki, & while he's shooting the guy he thinks is Suki, the guy was born in the U.S. and had earned medals in the armed forces (and was not put into an interment camp apparently). All this so Jimmy Stewart believes he killed the the man who tortured him & tortured & killed others.
X-Minus One: "Nightfall" 12/07/1955
!!!!!!
I read the book written by Isaac Asimov that was taken from this short story: on a planet with 7 suns, there comes a time every 1,047 years when only one of the suns is in the sky & it gets eclipsed. So on that one night, it brings darkness (that they're kind of freaked out about anyway), but then brings something else that they can't understand: a view of the universe, with stars. So, along with the darkness, every person on the planet who is conscious, has their brain cranked about 90 degrees to the right or left, when they realize that the universe is a hell of a lot bigger than they've ever contemplated (so, they go nuts, destroy every city, and start all over again).
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
The Phil Harrie-Alice Faye Show: "The City Hall Christmas Tree" 12/19/1949
They're shopping for a Christmas tree to chop down for the town (which had forgotten to budget for it - you can see this is an old show).

I can't hear the name "Alice Faye" without thinking of the first scene of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Martha is trying to remember what movie the line, "What a dump!" comes from. At one point, George says, "Chicago"! It's called "Chicago."
Martha: What is?

George: I mean the picture. It's "Chicago."

Martha: Oh, good grief! Don't you know anything? "Chicago" was a '30s musical... starring little Miss Alice Faye. Don't you know anything?
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: "Milford Brooks III" 12/07/1948
Johnny Dollar is busy trying to keep Milford Brooks III drunk. "Time for your bottle" Johnny says to Brooks as they're driving to where they're supposed to meet someone. But - oh! - the bottle costs $18. I never hear of anything on these old shows that costs that much. Johnny Dollar can get a steak dinner & a taxi across town for $2.25 (we know this b/c Johnny is always giving his expense account amounts).

Well, they're off to see a woman b/c Johnny thinks taking Milford Brooks to this woman will the man a reason to live.

.... ok, it was an attempt at insurance fraud. Milford Brooks III was trying to convince people that he had been murdered in order to put the blame on someone else. This was the first episode of "Johnny Dollar", when it was first designed to have 1/2 hour episodes. They changed it to 15-minute episodes later.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Gunsmoke: "Overland Express" 10/31/1952
Man - I want Marshall Dillon to come along with me on a coach.

Not only that, but do you know you can keep talking after you get scalped by Apaches?
Fibber McGee: "Parking Ticket Trouble" 11/14/1939
Oh, I think I heard this one before. Fibber McGee spends the whole episode trying to do something when it turns out the whole time that he was wrong. Oh, wait: that happens 97% of the time.... Wait - I think this is the other 3%: Fibber McGee & Molly got a parking ticket. Molly had the officer back down after she flattered him. Then Fibber got all pissy, and the officer decided to give the ticket anyway. Molly has a lot of patience with Fibber.

"Here Comes the Wicked Witch" was being played. I didn't think they could do that so early after the movie (Wizard of Oz) came out.

The Johnson Wax spokesman is talking, and Fibber (confused) says, "Like the eye hook on the fat lady's dress says, 'I don't get the connection.'"

huh - someone singing "Begin the Beguine" when it was a new song (it became a bestselling song in 1938).
Escape: "The Young Man with Cream Tarts" 11/12/1947
Huh - there's a young man selling cream tarts, which turn out to represent the last of money. Sells them to these guys, and they meet later & the young man tells him about "The Suicide Club" - a place to go where you give your suicidal wish, and you'll be killed within the week. These 2 men don't want to do it (and one is the country's prince), but go off there.

They get in & are listening to people talking about their reasons for killing themselves: one guy's mother, a priest caught fooling around, and a man who is overwhelmed by The Origin of the Species and the knowledge that humans are descended from apes.

... oh: the way you get killed is by someone else in the club. I think they should have thought a little bit more about joining this club.
You Bet Your Life "Secret Word is Clock" 11/12/1952
The new DeSoto is the most beautiful car ever built, by the way.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Dr. Kildare: "Eddie Jenkins and the Arsonist" 10/20/1950
Eddie was sleeping under the pier next door while playing hookey. He gets headaches when he goes to school. Dr. Kildare says he believes Eddie, but I don't really believe the doctor - still, I think it will all turn out ok.

Oh, I'm betting that the doctor is going to show that Eddie needs glasses. And I was right!

Eddie's having convulsions! Someone's tried to kill him! Good thing he's already in the hospital. Wha?

Oh, but Eddie was sent chocolates dosed with strychnine. I am so happy to hear that Eddie's reaction (convulsions) were the same as what I wrote in Death by Design (my first Nanowrimo effort).
Escape: The Second Shot" 03/25/1954
Lots of stuff about a man dueling lots. He seems to be picking lots of fights over his honor. Killed 5 men in the previous 5 months.

Oh - nice turn in the story: the commander of the shot-happy guy (Daumier) is courting Daumier's promised girl. The colonel doesn't know he's horning in on Daumier's girl, Marianne. Marianne at least is acting sort of confused about it all. Although both of the men in this situation were completely clueless about the fact that one guy was promised to Marianne; and she's fooling around with the colonel.

I think Daumier should challenge Marianne to a duel.

Cool: the colonel has put forth 2 rules: that the distance between the two duelers will be two paces; and that one of the guns will not be loaded. So, one person will die.

Cool, cool! Daumier shot first, it didn't fire. So he knew he was going to get shot. He begged to died, and the colonel talks to him about how those had faced death (like those who were challenged to a duel by Daumier). But then, there's the trick: the colonel had made certain that neither pistol was loaded. So, he teaches Daumier a lesson, and has someone for the next week, when they go off to war some place (Algiers?).

I like the fact that the episode has ended and, yeah: never solved the whole Marianne thing. Maybe both men realized that her shit just wasn't worth it.
Boston Blackie: The Diamond Smuggling Gang" 08/13/1946
Oh, so Boston Blackie is helping to hide a dead body. They had nothing to do with the man's death, but still dumped the body.

Oh, we've got diamond smugglers who are those classic old characters of people with politeness and delicacy, who are actually nutty killers (like Arsenic and Old Lace).
Diary of Fate: "Walter Vincent" 05/28/1948
Ah: grumpy wife who has to state constantly about how disappointed she is regarding everything that Walter is not.

Walter at least has found a notebook with all the notes for the person whose work had been a well-known higher up scientist who had just died. Oh, and the narrator is telling us that this is all because Walter is actually all evil. Oh, because there was a letter from the dead scientist telling him about the notebook that Walter found. Oh, and there are all these things where Walter is doing this stuff to try to get the letter then kill the guy who's getting the letter.

Oh, just too much stuff that could go wrong (we all know that it's not going to work).

Walter kills Philip with a poker; there are lots of deaths from pokers (or falling).

Yes: it went wrong at the last minute, and Walter is condemned to death & his wife is sentenced to life in jail (she didn't kill anyone).
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Voyages of the Scarlet Queen: "Tattooed Beaver and Baby Food" 10/09/1947
A good reminder to Captain Phillip Carney that he shouldn't take on passengers (after all, the Scarlet Queen isn't Serenity): the woman says she's bringing cases of baby food and a minister (among others), and none of them are telling the truth. It turns out that the baby food cases actually hold heroine (I think - couldn't be cocaine) Someone gets murdered, the Captain almost gets stopped in a port, and it all turns out, well: what do you think?
Mercury Theater: "Seventeen" 10/16/1938
Oh, no - is this the one where Orson Welles is whiny the whole time?

... yup. Damn.

Orson Welles plays Willy, a 17yo who becomes lovestruck by Lola and *is* whiny all the time.

Oh, and I see that the girl that Willy has an obnoxious dog that she dotes all over. Man - dogs are so fricking annoying on Old Time Radio (cats are, too).

Well, the girl who is the object of Willy's affection (Lola) talks incessantly like a child. So she, and that dog, are incredibly annoying.

The one nice thing is that the mother had gotten something for Willy that she wants him to know, but doesn't want to tell him (because he'll be mortified that his mother did it for him). So she tells Willy's little sister (whose entire dialog appears to consist of repeating things she overheard, which she shouldn't) that she shouldn't tell him something, with the knowledge that this is what her daughter will promptly do.

"That face has more idiocy than I think I've seen yet." [this from the father who has had to put up Lola that summer, regarding Willy. One of the enjoyable interludes in this show is listening to the father going through the idiocy of Willy - and every other boy past puberty who lives in the town, apparently.]

I do have to admit that actually listening to the show (as opposed to half-listening, as I did previously) makes it less annoying.
Philip Marlowe: "Sound and the Unsound" 09/15/1951
Oh, ok: old ladies (or women who are maybe 50) snore.

So, Lucille has brought Marlowe to her apartment because she's heard a tapping sound in the next apartment and is worried about it, and she wants him to investigate. There are things they can't explain. The guy who had the tapping in his apartment was shot. Oh, and there was an appearance by the obligatory gay guy: fussy and liable to hysterics. Oh, and fainting.

Turns out that the girlfriend of Clint (the guy with the apartment) thinks there's money there, or something, and is going with someone to find it? But it turns out that Clint has some box with a news item for Rita ("In the event of my death, she will understand why I can't marry her") that his brother killed their father and escaped from the insane asylum (maybe everyone who kills a parent just goes to an insane asylum).
The Lives of Harry Lime: "Operation Music Box" 10/5/1951
1.) Harry Lime!!

2.) Exactly 62 years ago.

Harry Lime meets a woman who is buying/obtaining music boxes and smashing them. It turns out that the woman's uncle (who she'd never met) had smuggled a music box with jewels in it out of a country before it got swallowed under the Iron Curtain, and is leaving it to her. Unfortunately, the circumstances are that the music box was sold before she got the letter from the uncle, and so she's running around trying to find this. And, of course, Harry gets involved in it, with the hope of getting it himself. Which, on this show, means that this won't happen at all. No, it was sent (by the uncle) to a hospital, it was broken by accident, the rubies in it were found, and they used it to buy a new ward. Did it quite quickly, too.
X-Minus One: "Death Wish" 10/10/1957
Ah: fears about computers with personalities (HAL, say hello).

In this case, the ship goes off course and they ask the computer. It gives back the answer: a longevity serum that will let them live 2,400 years until they angle back into the solar system. Ah, well.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Skywave Theater: "Forbidden Planet Decoded" 09/28/2013
"Skywave Theater" is made up of contemporary actors, so this, "Forbidden Planet Decoded", was made up of them doing "Forbidden Planet". But here's what was really weird: the scientist/father asks his daughter to pretend she's a robot; and asks his robot, Robbie, to pretend he's his son (the robot doesn't look like the big, metal, robot of the movie, Forbidden Planet, but looks like human - here's a link to a photograph from the movie showing the father, his daughter, Robbie the Robot, and the love interest).

It really makes no sense. I could sort of understand that you'd want to change it to have an easier time staging it, but it was really absurd - just way too much weird work to try to explain this change. So, I'm not in the best place to write anything about it, since this change just overwhelmed everything.
NBC Theater: "Gulliver's Travels" 9/24/1948
They're doing Gulliver's Travels in 30 minutes. That's a trick....

Did a pretty good job. Just intros by Gulliver, with the removal of the more gross (and amusing) parts of the book (like when he's the giant, he puts out a fire in a church by pissing in it), and concentrating on the big points of the plot. They made the horse people of the last island (the Whymmins? They're called something like that) more understandable than I've found them.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Cisco Kid: "A Spanish Shawl"
So, these two men rob this father and daughter & shoot the father. The Cisco Kid finds the woman in her wagon, with her father shot & - while the bullet won't come out - Pancho can take that bullet out no problem. Yup. I'm glad that Pancho can do operations in a wagon with no anesthesia or antiseptics & everything will just be fine.

"Maybe there is a way to thank you after all, Cisco," the Senorita says. I'm guessing in real life she wouldn't just kiss him once.

Good thing it's all solved and the patent ending comes. Sancho says something dumbass, and the Cisco Kid "Oh, Sancho!" And Sancho answers, "Oh, Cisco!"
Burns and Allen: "Good Help Is Hard to Find" 02/02/1943
Yay! I hope I can transcribe some crazy-ass Gracie this evening.

Well, now the band's playing "Brazil", which I only know because of Pink Martini (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJMW185ucwk).
Crime Classics: "Sudden Death of James Fisk" 06/29/1953
James Fisk was apparently killed by either his lover, or his lover's lover (Crime Classics deals with the lead-up to this), and the lovers really aren't making any move to hide their affair (it was the champagne in the slipper that let me realize that).

In the meantime, Fisk and the lover's lover are apparently spending the time throwing each other in jail (the story takes place in 1872 - makes me really appreciate things like gathering evidence against someone).
Radio City Playhouse "The Unguarded Moment" 08/29/1949
A psychiatrist is having a bad day, b/c one of his patients is going to go off with his pushy mother (when they're so close to cracking his problems); and meanwhile the psychiatrist's wife is leaving him. But, in the end (and after talking to his secretary), his patient comes back and the guy goes home to find his wife has stayed. That's the part that I really didn't believe in (but maybe that's just me in life).
Boston Blackie: "Building Fire" 08/20/1946
1/2 of a partnership lets his insurance laps (after being warned by the insurance agent), then - whaddya know - sets fire to the building. Thing is, he'd wanted to run off with his business partner's wife & was using the fire as a way to bankrupt his business partner & run off with the man's wife (because she's all into the money). Problem is, the wife went to the building when the fire was set. The arsonist (murderer) goes back to the wreckage looking for the woman's body, but it turns out she's alive! She keeps calling & threatening to go to the cops. Finally she threatens to come & kill him & he goes to the cops & confesses to be saved.

Turns out the person calling him was Boston Blackie's female friend (the chick who always shows up) was the one doing the calling. The business partner's wife had died in the fire, but BB had persuaded the cops (particularly Faraday, who always gives BB sh*t, which goes both ways) to not let the arsonist/murderer know about it in order to make him crazy.
Inner Sanctum: "Terror by Night" 09/18/1945
Uh-oh: prison break. And a crazy warning siren. And, watch it: "he'd rather kill than eat" the man on the radio warns us. Looks like the escaped prisoner better eat the narrator (a woman of course).

Well, she was stopped by a cop who told her to go to a mechanic's. I guess the cop should have gone to the mechanic's place, since he's been killed (neck slit from ear-to-ear). And now she's with the suspected killer in his coupe (cute: she's pronouncing it "coup-ay").

Yay - The Lipton Tea Lady is talking to the creepy host who always makes macabre jokes.

Ah! This was one of those stories in which a good thing happens: during the time that the narrator tells the story, she thinks that the man driving the car is the killer. They stop off at a house after getting stuck in the mud, go to a doctor's house & she thinks that the killer will attack. It turns out, at the end, that the driver is the good guy and the bad guy has tied the doctor in the basement. The driver (John Taylor) didn't tell her what was going on, because he thought she was the killer's girlfriend (they both have red hair). But, it's ok, because when she wakes up with nightmares, her husband (the driver, John Taylor) takes her in his arms.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
My Little Margie: "Spending the Night on the Roof" 06/12/55
it went from radio to t.v.... Man, this show kind of sucks. It makes me feel like all the stupid stuff I thought about Old Time Radio came from some place - and it was this show. It just seems super-cliché (which is saying a heck of a lot, considering that this is OTR).

Luckily, "Solitaire cake make-up" will help those girls look tan who don't have the time to go out & get tan. Oh: and Aydes candy's to help you lose weight. I didn't realize it had been around so long - I thought it was something from the '70s.
Academy Award: "Young Mr. Lincoln" 07/10/46

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