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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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An honest (to God) mistake: Old-time radio listening, 24 September

The Harold Peary Show: A Plan to Rename Boomer Park (CBS, 1950)

Harold Peary, who “outsmarted himself and lost the role of a lifetime” in 1950 . . .

The fabled CBS talent raids of 1948-50 didn’t end happily for all the radio stars who jumped in the wake of Jack Benny’s famous 1948 leap. In fact, one of the CBS targets ended up burned, not burnished by the jump in 1950: The Great Gildersleeve himself.

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