Schnozzy and Harriet: Old-time radio listening, 20 March

Our Miss Brooks: The Poetry Mix-Up (CBS, 1949)

Richard Crenna (left) and Gloria McMillan. (Photo: CBS)

Richard Crenna (left) and Gloria McMillan. (Photo: CBS)

Following the money is easier, probably, than following a paper trail of Harriet Conklin’s secret admirers:

Nasal Walter (Richard Crenna) is glum because paramour Harriet (Gloria McMillan) has been receiving anonymous love poems. Three suspects emerge surprisingly enough, with three different such poems going to three wrong recipients . . . and Harriet herself thinks one wrong sender is her secret admirer. Hint: he’s recently, and conspicuously enough, borrowed a copy of Cyrano de Bergerac from the Madison High library.

Yes. Only this show could get away with something this convolutedly silly.

Connie: Eve Arden. Boynton: Jeff Chandler. Conklin: Gale Gordon. Mrs. Davis: Jane Morgan. Stretch: Leonard Smith. Announcer: Bob LaMond. Music: Wilbur Hatch. Writer/director: Al Lewis.

 

FURTHER CHANNEL SURFING . . .

Comedy

Lum & Abner: Lum Gives Up the Trapeze Act (NBC, 1935)—Rounding up a working circus after partner Abner (Norris Goff) blundered his way into a stableful of animals enough to produce one is one thing, but Lum (Chester Lauck) doesn’t exactly float through the air with the greatest of ease, after he lets shifty Squire Skimp (also Goff) talk him into giving it a try as the none-too-daring, none-too-young man on the flying trapeze. Writers: Chester Lauck and Norris Goff.

The Jell-O Program Starring Jack Benny: Taking the Show to New York (NBC, 1938)—(Jack) Benny prepares for a jaunt to do shows from New York, Don (Wilson) is edgy about Harry Von Zell’s prospective standing in, Benny fumes when Fred Allen (unheard) demands a boy scout knife as an appearance fee. With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris. Announcer: Don Wilson. Music: Mahlon Merrick, Phil Harris Orchestra, Kenny Baker. Writers: Ed Beloin, Bill Morrow.

Fibber McGee & Molly: Fixing the Radio (NBC, 1945)—The radio at 79 Wistful Vista is on the proverbial fritz, the lord of the manor (Jim Jordan) is frustrated over the scrambled broadcasts, and everyone seems to have repair suggestions that make no sense—except one. Molly/Teeny: Marian Jordan. Alice: Shirley Mitchell. Beulah: Marlin Hurt. Doc: Arthur Q. Bryan. Announcer: Harlow Wilcox. Music: Billy Mills Orchestra, the King’s Men. Writers: Don Quinn, Phil Leslie.

 

Crime Drama

Box 13: 113.5 (Mutual, 1949)—Dan (Alan Ladd) seems to be going in circles over a nervous woman (Lurene Tuttle) who wants her brother found before someone can kill him, and a dubious private investigator whose licence was revoked and also wants the brother found only too fast. Suzy: Sylvia Packer. Kling: Edmund McDonald. Additional cast: Alan Reed, unidentified others. Announcer: Vern Carstensen. Director: Russell Hughes. Writer: Arthur Bolling.

 

Fantasy

Quiet, Please: The Smell of High Wines (ABC, 1949)—They’re not necessarily sweet, for a one-time distillery worker (Ernest Chappell, who also narrates) haunted by the night the high wines’ fragrances overpowered him—when he also found a desk worker dead. Writer/director: Wyllis Cooper.

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