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Cry Uncle Fletcher: Old-time radio listening, 18 March

Vic & Sade: Miss Keller to Join the Thimble Club (NBC, 1941)

"Is there a disemboweled piano in the neighbourhood?" Clarence Hartzell as discombobulated Uncle Fletcher. (Photo: NBC)

“Is there a disemboweled pianny in the neighbourhood?” Clarence Hartzell as discombobulated Uncle Fletcher. (Photo: NBC)

Even by the quietly eccentric standard to which all Vic & Sade characters seem to have been held, never mind that all were heard of but never heard, Uncle Fletcher—whether through the mouths of Vic, Sade, or Rush; or, through the live presence of Clarence Hartzell, who played him—was in a class by himself. John Dunning (in On the Air) may isolate it best, or at least with the least amount of clumsiness:

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