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13 January: Woolrich, Suspense, and Lucy

Cornell Woolrich, at the height of his career as a crime novelist.

Cornell Woolrich, at the height of his career as a crime novelist.

Cornell Woolrich is sometimes thought to have been the fourth-best mystery novelist in America in his time, behind Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner, and Raymond Chandler. Issues involving his estate will prove the main reason, it will be said, why early 21st Century crime fiction lovers will not find many of his works still in print beyond a few new collections of short stories published in the 1990s.

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6 March: Aces in the hole

Goodman and Jane Ace in 1948. (Photo: CBS.)

Goodman and Jane Ace in 1948. (Photo: CBS.)

It is often said that there are those who like to bite the hand that feeds them, and that there are the likes of Henry Morgan who like to bite off the entire arm. Goodman Ace is a man who prefers nibbling at the hand that feeds him. But that doesn’t mean the victim or one of its representatives will take it any more gently.

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23 September: Wistful Vista the hard way

Fibber McGee & Molly:
Anything to Get Out of Scrubbing the Back Porch
(NBC, 1935)


The Jordans: They didn't just turn up at Wistful Vista overnight . . . (Photo: NBC)

The Jordans: They didn’t just turn up at Wistful Vista overnight . . . (Photo: NBC)

By now scattered, clumsy-minded, but bighearted Fibber McGee and his salt-of-the-earth, sweetly acid, patiently loving wife, Molly, have settled at 79 Wistful Vista. It’s probably easy to forget what old-time radio’s crown couple (if they’re not, they’re at least among the top three finalists) did before they got here.

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Goodbye, Jane; Hello, Lucy: Old-time radio listening, 2 October

My Favourite Husband: Young Matron League Tryouts (CBS, 1948)

To move Lucy in, CBS and Jell-O moved the Aces out . . . (Photos: CBS)

You can file this under your “Who knew?” department. But moving My Favourite Husband to open in 1949 on Friday nights at 8:30 p.m. EST meant that CBS first had to take “radio’s original comedy couple” off. And it was CBS who’d talked them into returning to live radio after a three-year hiatus in the first place.

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“Three, four, five, six, seven, eight . . .”: Old-time radio listening, 17 September

Edward R. Murrow: Counting the Parachutes (CBS, 1944)

Talk about going where the action was . . . (Photo: CBS)

In one of his classic broadcasts during World War II, Edward R. Murrow—whose habitual flying aboard bombing runs, married to his legendary rooftop reporting of the earlier London Blitz, prompts many at CBS to wonder if their champion news leader has a death wish—flies such a run during the Allied invasion to liberate the Netherlands from the Nazi grip.

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