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Monday, December 27, 2010

Four Star Playhouse


Four Star Playhouse aired on radio from NBC on Sunday nights at 8:00 PM for 13 episodes. Premiere episode was on 1949-07-03 and the final episode was 1949-09-25. The series was primarily an anthology type drama. The shows starred Rosalind Russell, Fred MacMurray, Loretta Young and Robert Cummings.

The series was brought back as Four Star Playhouse as a television anthology series that ran from 1952 to 1956, sponsored in its first bi-weekly season by The Singer Company; Bristol-Myers became an alternate sponsor when it became a weekly series in the fall of 1953. The original premise was that Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, David Niven, and Dick Powell would take turns starring in episodes. However, several other performers took the lead from time to time, including Ronald Colman and Joan Fontaine.

Blake Edwards was among the writers and directors who contributed to the series. Edwards created the recurring character (eight episodes) of illegal gambling house operator Willie Dante for Dick Powell to play on this series. The character was later revamped and spun off in his own series starring Howard Duff, then-husband of Lupino.

The pilot for Meet McGraw, starring Frank Lovejoy, aired here (under that title, 25 February 1954), as did another episode in which Lovejoy recreated his role of Chicago newspaper reporter Randy Stone, from the radio drama Nightbeat (titled "Search in the Night," 5 November 1953).

Guest stars included Dayton Lummis, as a warden in "Vote of Confidence" and as Whit Lonigan in "A Championship Affair" (both 1954).

Four Star Playhouse s03e13 The Answer.mp4 (Aired: 12/23/1954)


A cynical Hollywood writer returns to his hometown. At a bar he meets a drunken, disillusioned playwright. The writer challenges the playwright to relate his play, which he does, holding the audience rapt in his gripping recital.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Guest Star


Guest Star was a syndicated long running public service series from the Treasury Department. Just about any major star or actor from the era you can name appeared on the series.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Johnny Cash Radio Show


John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), born J. R. Cash, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

In 1954, Cash moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he sold appliances while studying to be a radio announcer. At night he played with guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant. Perkins and Grant were known as the Tennessee Two.

Here is a rare recording of "The Johnny Cash Radio Show" from around 1954 at a radio station in Memphis, Tennessee. The show aired at 4 P.M. I believe this is the very first episode of his radio show.

The Johnny Cash Radio Show 54-xx-xx (01) First Song - Wide Open Road

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sunny Valley


Sunny Valley is about the lives of people who lived in a serene little town with music from The Sunny Valley Boys and Jed and Ma Simpkins who run a general store.

The show was broadcast from Los Angeles, California and sponsored by The Friendly Dentist Dr. Cowan. It was written and produced by Noreen Gammill.


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