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The mighty Quinn: Old-time radio listening, 17 October

Quinn, master humourist. (Photo: NBC)

Someday,” Don Quinn will tell a 1965 panel of American comedy writers, three years before he will die himself, “I hope to write the definitive work on comics, comedians, and humourists . . .”

A comic is a strange and fascinating breed; almost always from the wrong side of the tracks; no education—anything for a laugh . . . A cut above him, the comedian, who’s a little more literate, a little more educated . . . And, above the comedian, is the humourist. They fall pretty well into categories.

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Mr. Gordon goes to college: Old-time radio listening, 10 October

The Halls of Ivy: Editorial in the Ivy Bull (NBC, 1951)

Gale Gordon, on campus . . . (Photo: NBC)

Already familiar (too much so, to his faculty and his students) as imperious blowhard high school principal Osgood Conklin on Our Miss Brooks, Gale Gordon more or less kicks himself upstairs when he accepts a recurring role, quite on the side, in a show for which he’d originally auditioned as the program’s lead.

It might seem peculiar, considering his entrenchment as Conklin, but Gordon was actually considered for The Halls of Ivy‘s lead, when creator Don Quinn (Fibber McGee & Molly) arranged to cut an audition disc in 1949.

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Brushing bigotry away: Old-time radio listening, 27 September

The Halls of Ivy: The Leslie Hoff Painting (NBC, 27 September 1950)

James Edwards, as becalmed a radio voice against bigotry as he is on film . . .

Even quiet bigotry requires shattering, and few do so better than this remarkable, literate series, which does so tonight quietly but firmly and without lapsing into preachiness.

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