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8 November: The big broadcast to be . . .

The last Big Broadcast film hands Bob Hope a key to real radio stardom at last . . . (Photo: Paramount Pictures.)

The last Big Broadcast film hands Bob Hope a key to real radio stardom at last . . . (Photo: Paramount Pictures.)

Film put a shot of high octane fuel Bob Hope’s radio career, and just in time, too, considering his first two very lame seasons aboard CBS and NBC Blue prior to 1938. Ironically, it was a radio sub-theme that cleared the fuel line and kicked the motor over.

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Justice flummoxed: Old-time radio listening, 22 May

Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel: The Ocean Cruise (NBC, 1933)

Groucho and Chico make a major radio journal cover in the middle of Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel's brief life. (Photo: Radio Guide.)

Groucho and Chico make a major radio journal cover in the middle of Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel‘s brief life. (Photo: Radio Guide.)

About fifteen years before he’ll become a smash hosting the absurdist quiz show You Bet Your Life, Groucho Marx, with brother Chico, is actually wrapping up season one and done of a charming little comedy that isn’t going to be renewed despite finishing fifth in the Monday night ratings. Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel may not be the blockbuster Amos ‘n’ Andy still is, but it’s a bona-fide hit, anyway, all things considered. Why cancel?

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