Category Archives: fantasy

14 February: A singular love

Love is deeper than a surface or a sight. Tonight I repeat a very special Lux Radio Theater performance that becomes, as of now, our annual Valentine’s Day feature program—even if it wasn’t actually performed on Valentine’s Day.

 

TUNE IN TONIGHT:
Lux Radio Theater: The Enchanted Cottage (CBS, 3 September 1945)

McGuire and Young in the original film. (Photo: RKO.)

McGuire and Young in the original film. (Photo: RKO.)

But it should have been. And if even the least sentimental listener isn’t gripped or embraced by this tastefully arresting adaptation of the film hit—in which Robert Young, Dorothy McGuire, and Herbert Marshall reprise their remarkable film roles—he or she might be prone to charges of lacking soul.

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26 January: The individualistic fantasist

Quiet, Please,” writes an unnamed author at Digital Deli,was promoted by both the Mutual Broadcasting System and Wyllis Cooper as a ‘new-type psychological drama with the listening audience slated to become part of the program’.”

Wyllis Cooper.

Wyllis Cooper.

That description sums up virtually all of the scripts that Wyllis Cooper ever wrote for radio during the Golden Age. Wyllis Cooper, arguably more than many of his contemporaries, viewed his radio audience as individuals. He wrote to individuals. He crafted most of his scripts from an individual point of view. Personal dilemmas, personal foibles, personal obsessions, and personal terrors formed the basis for the overwhelming body of his work.

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24 November: Not so quietly hers . . .

Wyllis Cooper---characters before plot?

Wyllis Cooper—characters before plot?

Tonight’s Quiet, Please offering will receive more listener requests for copies of its scripts than any program in Mutual’s lineup. It’s a phenomenon that will continue when the show moves to ABC. It will also inspire a book of the show’s scripts to be published despite the early misgivings of their author.

“My scripts are not intended to be read,” Wyllis Cooper protests. “They’re intended to be listened to.”

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13 September: Turning a big key toward World War II

Benes, who may have been manipulated into the conditions that led him to invoke martial law.

Benes, who may have been manipulated into the conditions that led him to invoke martial law.

One of the most crucial keys toward the launch of what became World War II has been turned. Edvard Benes, president of Czechoslovakia, declares martial law, after months of Third Reich-instigated manipulation of events designed to provoke just that and, of course, the eventual Nazi takeover of Czechoslovakia.

The declaration is one of the climaxes of months of unreast throughout middle and eastern Europe over the Sudentenland, the Czech region in which over three million ethinc Germans lived, and within which the influence of the Sudetenland German Party (SdP)—led by Konrad Henlein, who forged it into a virtual branch of Germany’s Nazi Party—was enough to build it into the second-largest political party in the region.

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28 May: Circus Maximus

The irrepressible Jordans as the irrepressible McGees. (Photo: NBC.)

The irrepressible Jordans as the irrepressible McGees. (Photo: NBC.)

Whom better to revel about circuses and wedding anniversaries on the same night six years apart than the First Couple of Wistful Vista?

Didn’t think so . . .

TUNE IN TONIGHT

Fibber McGee & Molly: The Circus Comes to Town (NBC, 1940)

As if Wistful Vista isn’t already its own kind of circus of the soul, the real thing hitting town brings out the clowns and jugglers in several of the local denizens, including and especially the High-Flying Sucker of 79 (Jim Jordan) who’s just dying to see the show’s hula dancers and bumps into an old buddy.

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