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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Old Gold Comedy Theater,The


The Old Gold Comedy Theater was an NBC anthology series that aired for the single 1944-1945 season. It was hosted by comedy star Harold Lloyd, of silent film fame, and featuring some of the biggest names from film and radio. The series was intended as a lighter version of The Lux Radio Theater, featuring half hour shows that were cut-down versions of successful comedy films from the time period. Despite Mr. Lloyd's best efforts, the presence of big-name movie and radio stars and the selection of successful films for scripting, the series did not last, perhaps due to the too-truncated, half-hour format. However, in today's time period they are quiet entertaining and I feel the shows were underrated.

At the bottom of the page is one episode I featured on the podcast that I thought was quiet good.


Old Gold Comedy Theater - Brewster's Millions


Brewster's Millions is a novel written by George Barr McCutcheon in 1902, originally under the pseudonym of Richard Greaves. It was adapted into a play in 1906, and the novel or play has been made into a movie nine times (including twice in India). The story revolves around Montgomery Brewster, a poor man who inherits a large sum of money. However, there is a catch—he has to spend every penny within 30 days, and end up with nothing at that time. Should he make the deadline, he stands to gain an even larger sum; should he fail, he remains penniless. Here is a radio version from Old Gold Comedy Theater in 1945. It stars Dennis O'Keefe as Monty Brewster and Helen Walker as Peggy Gray.

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