If horses were wishes: Old-time radio listening, 14 April

Fibber (left) horsing around? (Photo: NBC)

Fibber (left) horsing around? (Photo: NBC)

We’ll lead off today with a man who definitely lacks horse sense but doesn’t lack for a horse in a crucial parade . . .




Fibber McGee & Molly: Spring Festival Parade (NBC, 1942)—Almost by default, since he’s (Jim Jordan) the only one in town with access to a white horse, guess who thinks he’s going to be grand marshal? Molly/Teeny: Marian Jordan. Mrs. Uppington: Isabel Randolph. The Old-Timer/Wimpole: Bill Thompson. La Trivia: Gale Gordon. Announcer: Harlow Wilcox. Music: Billy Mills Orchestra, the King’s Men. Writer: Don Quinn.

The Aldrich Family: Henry the Shortstop (NBC, 1949)—Alice (Katherine Raht) and Sam (House Jameson) think the good news is Henry (Ezra Stone) bagging the highest grade on the history exam, but Henry has other ideas about what makes good news. Homer: Jackie Kelk. Kathleen: Jean Gillespie. Agnes: Judith Abbott. Willie: Norman Tokar. Mr. Bradley: Bernard Lenrow. Writers: Norman Tokar, Ed Jurist. Sound: Bill Brinkmeyer.


Crime Drama

The Whistler: Maid of Honour (CBS, 1947)—Radio actress Elaine Brand (Lurene Tuttle) has to convince the sister of the bride to stand as maid of honour despite her disapproval of the groom-to-be . . . before she learns the bride is dead. Margaret: Mary Lansing. The Whistler: Bill Forman. Announcer: Marvin Miller. Music: Wilbur Hatch. Sound: Berne Surrey, Gene Twombly. Director: George W. Allen. Writer: Brian Thorn.



Lights Out: The Little People (NBC, 1937)—An anthropologist (possibly Sidney Ellstrom) may take a little too much pride in his otherwise well-received film and specimens of an unusual Brazilian headhunting tribe for his own good . . . particularly after specimens of the tribe’s gift for shrinkage, displayed only too vividly, begin talking to him. Additional cast: Unidentified, but possibly Ted Maxwell, Raymond Edward Johnson, Templeton Fox. Announcer: Marvin Miller. Writer: Arch Oboler.

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