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14 January: Not-so-dizzy Miss Lizzie

Suspense: Fall River Tragedy (CBS, 1952)

Moorehead, "the first lady of Suspense." (Photo: CBS.)

Moorehead, “the first lady of Suspense.” (Photo: CBS.)

In perhaps a minor masterpiece of understatement, the TruTV network’s Website Crime Library will put it like this:

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I know a guy who didn’t like acting: Old-time radio listening, 25 September

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: Keeping Regular Office Hours (NBC, 1949)

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: The Courtship of Elliott Lewis (NBC, 1953)

Elliott Lewis, in 1948, as his Remley is becoming a comic icon despite his discomfort with acting . . . (Photo: NBC)

Nicknamed “Mr. Radio” because of his versatility and practically daily employment as an actor, director, producer, and writer, Elliott Lewis’s heart is deeper in directing, writing, and producing, than it’s ever been in acting. “I never enjoyed acting,” he’ll say many years later. “I was able to do it, because it’s a trick, and it’s a trick that somehow I knew how to do, without any training.”

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