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Christmas Gifts - Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

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When Red Skelton was drafted in March 1944, Ozzie Nelson was prompted to create his own family situation comedy. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet launched on CBS on October 8, 1944, making a mid-season switch to NBC in 1949. The final years of the radio series were on ABC (the former NBC Blue Network) from October 14, 1949 to June 18, 1954. In total 402 radio episodes were produced. In an arrangement that amplified the growing pains of American broadcasting, as radio "grew up" into television, the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network the option to move their program to television. The struggling network needed proven talent that was not about to defect to the more established and wealthier networks like CBS or NBC.
DC Comics' The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet comic book (October-November, 1949)

The Nelsons' sons, David and Ricky, did not join the cast until the radio show's fifth year. The two boys were played by professional actors prior to their joining because both were too young to perform. The role of David was played by Joel Davis from 1944 until 1945. Tommy Bernard and Henry Blair appeared as Ricky. Other cast members included John Brown as Syd "Thorny" Thornberry, Lurene Tuttle as Harriet's mother, Bea Benaderet as Gloria, Janet Waldo as Emmy Lou, and Dick Trout as Roger. Vocalists included Harriet Nelson, The King Sisters, and Ozzie Nelson. The announcers were Jack Bailey and Verne Smith. The music was by Billy May and Ozzie Nelson. The producers were Dave Elton and Ozzie Nelson.

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Case of the Baited Hook - Perry Mason

Case of the Baited Hook from Perry Mason adapted for radio aired December 21, 1957. Robert Dawson confronts Albert Tydings, his partner, about $80K missing from Carol Stanley's trust account. Albert Tydings admits he embezzled the money and blackmails Robert Dawson to keep quiet or he will reveal some scandalous facts about Carol. Later, Carol calls and makes an appointment to meet Albert Tydings at his office to discuss the trust account. She arrives to find Albert Tydings dead.

Mr God Johnson - Skippy Hollywood Theater

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Mr God Johnson from Skippy Hollywood Theater aired April 1, 1949 starring Peter Lorre. The story of a gentleman who is somewhat difficult to hang is outstanding classic drama from the period.
Skippy Hollywood Theater was a syndicated program that went on to be one of the most successful programs on radio of this type. The pre-recorded shows were highly liked by the radio audiences even though they were not live. Also the show was responsible for helping Skippy Peanut Butter to be one of the most popular peanut butters in American and gain national attention.

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PITTSBURGH from The Screen Guild Players

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PITTSBURGH from The Screen Guild Players aired April 12, 1943 starring Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott and John Wayne. Taken from the film with original actors doing the radio show makes for a very entertaining yarn set against the backdrop of coalmines and WW2. Josie Winters (Marlene Dietrich) inspires Cash Evans (Randolph Scott) and Pittsburgh Markham (John Wayne) to leave their dull and exhausting lives of working the coalmines, and to make their mark on society and big business. A great story, one that everyone will enjoy.

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Case of the Nervous Accomplice - Perry Mason

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The Case of the Nervous Accomplice from Perry Mason aired October 5, 1957. Sybil Granger hires Perry to help her buy stock in her estranged husband's oil company on the sly. By this, Sybil hopes to force her husband's latest girlfriend, Roxy Howard, out of the company and his life altogether. Things get complicated when George Lutz enters the picture

The Blonde With The Delicate Air - Walk Softly, Peter Troy

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The Blonde With The Delicate Air from "Walk Softly, Peter Troy" aired December 10, 1963. A detective drama produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne.

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A Sailor Who Had To Have A Horse - Cavalcade Of America

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A Sailor Who Had To Have A Horse from Cavalcade Of America aired November 12, 1945 starring Jimmy Stewart. A cowboy from Montana finds himself in the Navy, and the owner of a flea-bitten colt!
Cavalcade of America is an anthology drama series that was sponsored by the DuPont Company. It was initially broadcast on radio from 1935 to 1953.

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The Case of the Negligent Nymph - Perry Mason

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The Case of the Negligent Nymph aired December 7, 1957. Perry Mason and Paul Drake are on a fishing trip when they spot a young woman named Sally Fenner being pursued by vicious guard dogs on an island estate. The only way Sally can avoid being chewed up by the dogs is to jump into the water and swim for it. Perry and Paul pull Sally out of the drink and Perry ends up defending her on a murder charge.

Romance In Monterey - Wayside Theater

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Romance In Monterey from Wayside Theater aired October 2, 1938. Fans of romantic comedy will find Wayside Theater a treat sponsored by The Chicago Motor Club. A dashing Mexican cattle thief falls for a lovely gringo senorita.

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The Case of the Crooked Candle - Perry Mason

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The Case of the Crooked Candle from Perry Mason aired November 30, 1957. While Martha Bradford is waiting for her appointment at a beauty parlor, she meets Rita Bradford who apparently is also married to Joe Bradford and lives at the same address. Joe Bradford is preparing for a business meeting in San Diego. He makes plans to meet his wife Martha but fails to show up. Joe Bradford is found dead on his boat the next morning and Martha Bradford is accused of his murder when her fingerprints are found on a candle located on the boat.

Liberty Bell Party - The Sad Sack

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Liberty Bell Party from The Sad Sack aired on CBS August 8, 1946. The Sad Sack radio show which began in 1946 was taken from the comic strip, which debuted in June 1942 in the first issue of Yank, the Army Weekly. It starred Herb Vigran in the title role with a cast of Jim Backus, Sandra Gould, Ken Cristy and Patsy Moran.

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Death Rides the Highway - Big Town

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Death Rides the Highway from Big Town aired March 26, 1940 starring Edward G. Robinson and Claire Trevor. The radio program aired from 1937 to 1952. Edward G. Robinson had the lead role of Steve Wilson from 1937 to 1942. Claire Trevor was Wilson's society editor sidekick Lorelei Kilbourne. The show was sponsored by Rinso on CBS. Who is the unknown driver who caused a truck to crash into a school bus?

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Taking On City Hall - Father Knows Best

Father Knows Best, a popular American TV and radio sitcom of the 1950s and 1960s, portrayed an idealized vision of middle-class American life of the era. It was created by writer Ed James who made an audition disc on December 20, 1948. On the audition disc, the father is known as Jim Henderson rather than Jim Anderson. Eight months later, the series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Taking On City Hall (Jan 4, 1951) is a favorite, especially if you ever dealt with city hall.

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Waterloo Bridge - Screen Director's Playhouse

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Waterloo Bridge adapted for radio by Screen Director's Playhouse aired September 28, 1951 starring Norma Shearer as beautiful ballerina Myra Lester who falls in love with handsome Roy Cronin, a British army officer during World War I. The story is based on the popular Broadway drama by Robert E. Sherwood. A tale of passionate love gained and lost; Myra in war-torn England turns to prostitution when she believes her fiance has died in the war. The romantic aura is powerful, and the script is first rate. Waterloo Bridge was a box office success and was nominated for 2 Academy Awards.

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The Case of the Lonely Heiress - Perry Mason

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The Case of the Lonely Heiress from Perry Mason aired February 01, 1958. Perry Mason by Erle Stanley Gardner, a civil rights lawyer turned author, was the master of American mystery fiction. His mysteries contain intricate and challenging plots full of surprises, whodunits in the best tradition. 85 of his 146 books feature Perry Mason. The fictional attorney became the basis of a popular TV series, achieving an enviable record for winning his cases. At the height of his popularity Gardner was selling an average of 26,000 copies of his novels a day. In The Case of the Lonely Heiress Perry is defending a client who has been framed, and Perry engages in a few unorthodox practices to protect his client. The client anticipates inheriting wealth from her mother who had nursed a sick man. The man wrote a will to her, leaving the bulk of his fortune. But his family did not appreciate the bequest, and one of the witnesses to the will is considering changing her testimony saying she did not witness the signing. Murder enters within the plot; and can you figure out "who done it," before Perry?