Dimestore Radio Theater (30 November 2018)

Dimestore Radio Theater (30 November 2018)

Presenting three tales from the golden age of radio.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1: Mark Twain

01.) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer * Favorite Story * 19 June 1948 * KFI Radio (1948)

02.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn * Favorite Story * 8 November 1947 * KFI Radio (1947)

03.) Mark Twain * Harry Belefante * Mark Twain And Other Favorites * RCA / Victor (1954)

HOUR 2: Language Lessons

04.) Pygmalion * Lux Radio Theater * 27 November 1939 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1939 )

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Dimestore Radio Theater (19 October 2018)

Dimestore Radio Theater (19 October 2018)

Presenting four pulp fiction tales from the golden age of radio.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1: Horror

01.) The Ghost Maker * The Sealed Book * 10 June 1945 * Mutual Broadcasting System (1945)

02.) The House That Time Forgot * Murder At Midnight * 18 August 1946 * Mutual Broadcasting System (1946)

HOUR 2: Horror

03.) Ancient Sorceries * Escape * 15 February 1948 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1948)

04.) Beyond The Grave * Inner Sanctum * 19 December 1949 * Blue Network (1949)

05.) Cruising Down The River * Blue Barron and His Orchestra * Cruising Down the River * MGM Records (1949)

Dimestore Radio Theater (12 October 2018)

Dimestore Radio Theater (12 October 2018)

Presenting four pulp fiction tales from the golden age of radio.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1: Horror

01.) The Devil’s Saint * Suspense * 19 January 1943 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1943)

02.) The Heart of Ethan Brand * The Weird Circle * 13 February 1944 * Mutual Broadcasting (1944)

03.) Always * Frank Sinatra * Dedicated To You * Columbia (1950)

HOUR 2: Horror

04.) The Dead Come Back * Murder At Midnight * 2 May 1947 * Mutual Broadcasting System (1947)

05.) Death Is The Judge * The Mysterious Traveler * 15 June 1947 * Mutual Broadcasting System (1947)

06.) Across The Alley From The Alamo * The Mills Brothers * Great Hits * Dot Records (1958)

Dimestore Radio Theater (5 October 2018)

Dimestore Radio Theater (5 October 2018)

Presenting four pulp fiction tales from the golden age of radio.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1: Horror

01.) The Ghost in the Garden * Inner Sanctum * 10 February 1947 * The Blue Network (1947)

02.) The Phantom Rickshaw * Favorite Show * 28 February 1948 * KFI Radio (1948)

03.) Music Music Music * Teresa Brewer *  Music Music Music * London Records (1949)

04.) I Can Dream, Can’t I? * The Andrews Sisters * I Can Dream, Can’t I? * Decca Records (1950)

HOUR 2: Horror

05.) The Oblong Box * NBC Presents Short Story * 4 July 1952 (Probably) National Broadcasting System (1952)

06.) Nightmare * CBS Radio Workshop * 5 May 1957 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1957)

07.) Nightmare * Artie Shaw & His Orchestra * Nightmare * Bluebird Records (1937)

 

Dimestore Radio Theater (28 September 2018)

Dimestore Radio Theater (28 September 2018)

Presenting four pulp fiction tales from the golden age of radio.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1: Science Fiction

01.) Flying Saucers * 2000 Plus * 23 August 1950 * Mutual Broadcasting System (1950)

02.) The Other Now * Tales of Tomorrow * 22 January 1953 * American Broadcasting System (1953)

HOUR 2: Detective Stories

03.) Twenty Fathoms Under * Rocky Jordan * 20 February 1949 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1949)

04.) The Grim Hunters * The Adventures of Philip Marlowe * 12 March 1949 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1949)

 

Detectives For Christmas w/ Vincent Price & Frank Sinatra! (#29)

santa-radio-vintageDetectives For Christmas w/ Vincent Price & Frank Sinatra! (#29)

As 2016 rolls to a close, any reasonable assessment of the last 12 months has left all of us a little worse for wear.  As I try to re-focus my efforts for 2017, Mid-Valley Mutations is taking a few weeks off for the holidays, to recuperate and prepare for what will be a much better year, no matter how you slice it.

But we don’t want to leave you hanging, as you have come to expect weekly entertainment, and weekly entertainment you shall receive.  So we’re still bringing you some good old fashioned holiday programming, just in time for the Christmas Season.  We are featuring two Old Time Radio Classics, stories that involve detectives solving Yule Tide mysteries that play themselves out over two half-hour blocks.  But that’s not all!  We found shows where the leads are played by two stalwart performers of the Golden Age of Radio: Vincent Price and Frank Sinatra!

First, Vincent brings you a tale of The Saint, a character that he portrayed on the radio from 1947 until the end of the radio run in 1951.  Vincent is a fantastic actor, and his style and sophistication come through in his portrayal of The Saint, who is as concerned with being a gentleman as much as he is concerned with solving the case.  It is worth it to hear Vincent perform the character of Simon Templar, an actual saint in world where crime may strike at any moment.  The Saint is often – as he is in this story – accompanied by a cab driver named Louie, expertly played by Lawrence Dobkin, no stranger to Detective Radio Programs.  (He played Archie in the radio adaptations of the Nero Wolf stories, and guest starred in The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Jeff Regan and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar.)  This story is sort of typical of what you would find of The Saint.  A little action, a little comedy, and plenty of chances for Vincent and Lawrence to spar, verbally.  The recipie continues to work, even 60 years later, and it is a great addition to our Holiday Programming.

detectivesSecond, Frank Sinatra plays a lesser known character from the world of noir fiction: Rocky Fortune.  This makes perfect sense, as Sinatra was experiencing extreme popularity in post-war America, and he was the kind f personality that radio usually enjoyed.  To top it off, it seemed to have the right juice behind the show, as the creator was none other that Dimension X series creator George Lefferts.  There was also a certain amount of fourth wall breaking that happened on the show; Rocky references Dimension X, in one episode, sings lines from the Sinatra catalog, and would throw in references to From Here To Eternity as often as possible.  Perhaps that was the nail in the coffin for the program, or perhaps it was Sinatra, who was never the greatest actor, in spite of his incredible voice.  The show only lasted 25 episodes, and strangely, the final broadcast was less than a week after he won the Academy Award for acting, solidifying his career in film, making his radio career merely a footnote.  Still, this holiday installment of his program is not only a great way to close this particular episode, but is a perfectly holiday tale, best told on the radio.

It’s just one of the many ways we like to celebrate the holidays, on Mid-Valley Mutations, and we hope you enjoy listening to Old Time Radio the way we do.  And, stay tuned!  There’s all sorts of podcast-only treats, and further Old Time Radio goodies that will hit the airwaves in the coming weeks.  Get into the Yule Tide Spirit, with plenty of radio for your ears.

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

Detectives For Christmas w/ Vincent Price & Frank Sinatra!

Part I: The Saint!

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) See How Pretty, See How Smart [Excerpt] * Melvins * The Maggot * Ipecac Records (1999)
03.) Nineteen Santa Clauses * The Saint * 24 December 1947 Broadcast * NBC Radio (1947)

Part II: Rocky Fortune!

04.) The Plot To Murder Santa Claus * Rocky Fortune * 22 December 1953 Broadcast * NBC Radio (1953)