11 September: Not so Quiet on the Set

Candy Matson, Yukon 2-8209: The Movie Company (NBC, 1951)

Masters, the irrepressible Matson.

Masters, the irrepressible Matson.

Mostly, this is an effective episode, compromised only and briefly by a flashing lapse into melodrama toward the finish.

The arguable best of old-time radio’s very few female private investigators learns the hard way what happens when there’s anything but quiet on the set, with a full cast and crew shooting on location a block or so from Candy’s (Natalie Masters) San Francisco home. Which bemuses Mallard (Henry Leff) and amuses Candy when they visit the set, partly out of curiosity, and partly out of her pleasure in catching up to the veteran actor Buck Arnold (Curt Martell) whom she dated once, when trying in earlier times to make it in Hollywood herself.

But when Arnold escorts Candy on a set tour, the tour turns up three dummies suspended from a tree for a lynching scene—and one of them proves no dummy but an unexpected corpse, thought wrongly to be a local film extra. That launches a probe exposing a round of set accidents, a very dead director (Hal Verdick), a very nervous and temperamental actress (Mary Milford) accusing Candy of trying to snatch her role, and an equally edgy assistant director and former husband of the star . . . whose torch for his former wife is brighter than he likes to let on.

Basically, it’s the usual Candying with a few pungent twists. And that’s not exactly a bad thing.

Announcer: Dudley Manlove. Music: Eloise Morgan. Sound: Bill Brownell. Writer/director: Monte Masters.

Tune In Today, Otherwise . . .

Lum & Abner: The Story of Abner’s Rescue Keeps Getting Bigger (NBC Blue, 1935)—Chester Lauck, Norris Goff (who also write). Lum’s original ruse proves nothing compared to Abner’s new claim.

Our Miss Brooks: The School Board (CBS, 1949)—Eve Arden, Jane Morgan, Gale Gordon, Jeff Chandler, Richard Crenna, Gloria McMillan, Leonard Smith. Conklin demands a full Saturday school presence Saturday when he thinks a state board official is visiting—unaware it’s one of Walter Denton’s pranks. Writer: Al Lewis.

Meet Millie: The Party Invitation (CBS, 1951)—Audrey Totter, Bea Benaderet, Barton Yarborough, Rye Billbury, Earle Ross, Bill Tracy, Jean Tatum. The firm’s most prominent customer invites the whole firm to his nightclub opening, giving Millie’s mama a certain matrimonial idea for her. Writers: Frank Galen, Bill Manhoff, Roland McLane.

 9/11 Ribbon


Today’s offering is dedicated to the memory of those who were murdered in an act of war against the United States of America on 9/11. To the hope that the pursuit of their murderers and the hosts thereof, should never end without justice. And, to the hope that it should never destroy our patrimony or, above all, become or remain an excuse by any American leadership, or any American citizen, to compromise or usurp our American birthright.

That those who were murdered, and those who have died on their behalf since, shall not have died in vain, let us never forget what one of old-time radio’s most incandescent voices counseled, once upon a time, in a different context but with the appropriate and imperative thrust.

We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom—what’s left of it in the world—but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.Edward R. Murrow.

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