Afloat With Henry Morgan

George Edwards

Afloat with Henry Morgan was an 52 episode Australian series from, it is generally thought – 1933. Each episode was about 12 minutes long and the series was probably aimed at the youth market.

It is not to be confused with the US show – ‘The Henry Morgan Show’.

It was produced by and starred George Edwards, who also produced Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein, Corsican Brothers, and Son of Porthos, all Australian series as well.

We believe that Maurice Francis, an enthusiastic writer, and Nell Sterling, two of George Edwards long-time collaborators, were also featured in ‘Afloat With Henry Morgan’.

To save money, Edwards played a variety of different roles and became known as ‘the Man With A Thousand Voices’. It was a ventriloquial gift that encompassed small children, every variety of male voice, aged women, and foreigners. The maximum number of voices Edwards produced for a single scene was six; in the course of a single episode he would often double it.

Editor’s note: Information for this series brief came from, ‘The Australian Dictionary of Biography Online’, and Ian Grieve.

The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall

The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall was a radio mystery series broadcast on Mutual in the mid-1940s.

Based on the novels of Phoebe Atwood Taylor (writing as Alice Tilton), the 30-minute dramas were produced by Roger Bower and starred Walter Hampden as Leonidas Witherall, a New England boys’ school instructor in Dalton, Massachusetts, a fictional Boston suburb. Witherall, who resembled William Shakespeare, is an amateur detective and the accomplished author of the “popular Lieutenant Hazeltine stories.”

His housekeeper Mrs. Mollett, who in the novels is constantly offering her “candied opinion”, was played by Ethel Remey (1895-1979) and Jack MacBryde appeared as Police Sgt. McCloud. The announcer was Carl Caruso. Milton Kane supplied the music. The series began June 4, 1944 and continued until May 6, 1945.

Amos ‘n’ Andy

Amos ‘n’ Andy is an American radio and television sitcom set in Harlem, Manhattan’s historic black community. The original radio show, which was popular from the 1920s through the 1950s, was created, written, and voiced by two white actors, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, who played a number of different characters, including the titular Amos Jones (Gosdon) and Andrew Hogg Brown (Correll).

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“The old american barn dance” (1953)

“The old american barn dance” (1953)

1. Host Bill Bailey sings the western swing number “No Supper Tonight”. Performers on the first show include Kenny Roberts (“Cry Baby Blues”), Kay Brewer (“Boogie Woogie Yodel”), the house band The Saddle Pals (“Stomp”), Nancy Lee (“I”m Dyin’ For Someone To Love Me”), Homer & Jethro (“A Screwball’s Love Song”), The Candy Mountain Girls (“Night Train To Memphis”) and Doc Hopkins (“Honey In The Rock”).

2. Host Bill Bailey. Performers on the second show include Kenny Roberts (“Let Me Saddle My Pony”), Johnny Bond (“Cherokee Maiden”), Cousin Alvin (“My Grandfather Left Me His Old Brown Pants”), Salty Holmes (“Down On the Farm”), The Candy Mountain Girls (“Tiny Cabin Light”), country fiddler Wade Ray (“Wade’s Blues”), Patsy Montana (“Give me a home in Old Montana”) and Bob Schaefer (“I heard him sigh”).

One episode added 08/28/2010.
3. Host Bill Bailey. Kenny Roberts (“There’s A Love Knot In My Lariat”), the Candy Mountain Girls (“Ridin’ Through Town In A Buckboard”), Salty Holmes (“Down on the farm”), Johnny Bond (“Beautiful Brown Eyes”), Cousin Alvin (“Bessie The Heifer”), Patsy Montana (“Mexicali Rose”), Bob Schaefer (“Just A Closer Walk With Thee”). Also featured on this show are Johnny Carlson and his national champion square dancers.

One episode added 09/09/2010.
4. Host Bill Bailey sings (“Honey, Baby mine”). Guests include Johnny Bond (“Glad Rags”), Patsy Montana (“I’m A Straight Ridin’ Lassie & A She Buckaroo”), Kenny Roberts (“Casper The Candy Cowboy” and “Hillbilly Fever”), Candy Mountain Girls (“Adobe Hacienda”), Salty Holmes (“The Ghost Song”) and Bob Schaefer & Patsy Montana (“It is no secret”).

One episode added 09/20/2010.
5. Host Bill Bailey sings (“Remember me”). The musical performers for this show include Johnny and Jack & the Tennessee Mountain Boys (“Hummingbird”), the Candy Mountain Girls (“A little bird told me”), Roy King (“Sweet face and a cold heart”), Pee Wee King (“I wanted you so last night”), Merle Travis (“Catfish take a look at that worm”, “River Road Two-Step”) and the Dezurik Sisters (“Hillbilly Bill”).

Two episodes added 06/20/2012.
6. Host Bill Bailey welcomes Kenny Roberts (“Goin’ Down The Country”), Nancy Lee (“Goodnight Darlin'”), Old Kentucky Thoroughbreds (“Sinking in a hole”), The Candy Mountain Girls (“Skip to my Lou”), Doc Hopkins (“Legend of the Robin’s Red Breast”), Tex Williams (“Leaf Of Love”) and Cousin Alvin (“When The Snow Begins To Fall Next Summer”).
Re-titled for syndication in 1959: “Your Musical Jamboree”.

7. Host Bill Bailey opens the show with “Nine Times Out of Ten.” The performers for this show include Pee Wee King (“Crazy Steel Guitar Waltz”, “I Love The Sunshine Of Your Smile”), The Candy Mountain Girls (“Can She Bake A Cherry Pie”), The Chordmen (“Climbin’ Up The Mountain Children”), Neal Burris (“Poison Love”), Tennessee Ernie Ford (“Tailor Made Woman”), the Polk County Boys (“Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad”).
Re-titled for syndication in 1959: “Your Musical Jamboree”.

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Lights Out – 86 Single Episodes

Lights Out – 86 Single Episodes

Lights Out is an American old-time radio program devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural.

Created by Wyllis Cooper and then eventually taken over by Arch Oboler, versions of Lights Out aired on different networks, at various times, from January 3, 1934 to the summer of 1947 and the series eventually made the transition to television. Lights Out was one of the earliest radio horror programs, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum.


Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks was a hit on radio from the outset; within eight months of its launch as a regular series, the show landed several honors, including four for Eve Arden, who won polls in four individual publications of the time. Arden had actually been the third choice to play the title role. Harry Ackerman, at the time CBS’s West Coast director of programming, wanted Shirley Booth for the part, but as he told historian Gerald Nachman many years later, he realized Booth was too focused on the underpaid downside of public school teaching at the time to have fun with the role. Lucille Ball was believed to be the next choice, but she was already committed to My Favorite Husband and didn’t audition. Then CBS chairman Bill Paley, who was friendly with Arden, persuaded her to audition for the part.

Produced by Larry Berns and written by director Al Lewis, Our Miss Brooks premiered on CBS July 19, 1948. According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very “feline” in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast—blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright—also received positive reviews.

Arden won a radio listeners’ poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top ranking comedienne of 1948-1949, receiving her award at the end of an Our Miss Brooks broadcast that March. “I’m certainly going to try in the coming months to merit the honor you’ve bestowed upon me, because I understand that if I win this (award) two years in a row, I get to keep Mr. Boynton,” she joked. But she was also a hit with the critics; a winter 1949 poll of newspaper and magazine radio editors taken by Motion Picture Daily named her the year’s best radio comedienne.

For its entire radio life, the show was sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive-Peet, promoting Palmolive soap, Lustre Creme shampoo and Toni hair care products. The radio series continued until 1957, a year after its television life ended.

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Amos and Andy

Amos and Andy

Amos ‘n’ Andy is an American radio and television sitcom set in Harlem, Manhattan’s historic black community. The original radio show, which was popular from the 1920s through the 1950s, was created, written, and voiced by two white actors, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, who played a number of different characters, including the titular Amos Jones (Gosdon) and Andrew Hogg Brown (Correll).

Fibber McGee and Molly (1945)

Jim and Marian Jordan as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1937

Fibber McGee and Molly was a radio show that played a major role in determining the full form of what became classic, old-time radio. The series was a pinnacle of American popular culture from its 1935 premiere until its demise in 1959. One of the longest-running comedies in the history of classic radio in the United States, Fibber McGee and Molly has stood the test of time in many ways, transcending the actual or alleged limitations of its medium, form and concurrent culture

John Wayne – Rio Lobo (1970)

John Wayne – Rio Lobo (1970)

From Wikipedia: Rio Lobo is a 1970 American Western film starring John Wayne. The film was the last film directed by Howard Hawks, from a script by Leigh Brackett. The film was shot in Technicolor with a running time of 114 minutes. The musical score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith and the movie was filmed at Cuernavaca in the Mexican state of Morelos and at Tucson, Arizona.

It was the third Howard Hawks film varying the idea of a sheriff defending his office against belligerent outlaw elements in the town, after Rio Bravo (1959) and El Dorado (1966), both also starring John Wayne.

Director: Howard Hawks
Writers: Burton Wohl (screenplay), Leigh Brackett
Stars: John Wayne, Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O’Neill

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an old-time radio show which aired in the USA from October 2, 1939 to July 7, 1947. The show first aired on the Blue Network but later moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System. The radio stories were action packed, filled with atmosphere, and featured great music by Lou Kosloff, as well as excellent sound effects.

Originally, the show starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Together, they starred in 220 episodes which aired weekly on Mondays from 8:30 to 9:00pm. Commercialism seeped into the radio show from the start, as Watson himself, played by various actors, took on the co-host role with a spokesman for G. Washington Tea as a visitor ready to hear a Holmes story. Before a blazing fire with tea always at the brew, Watson reminiscences the great tales between comments on how good the tea is! Bromo Quinine sponsored some of the earlier programs on the NBC Blue Network and for a period Parker Pen was the sponsor.

Jurlique US Basil Rathbone’s last episode as the famous detective was “The Singular Affair of the Baconian Cipher.” He was eager to separate himself from the cast type of Holmes, and even though the show’s sponsor Petri Wine offered him generous pay to continue, he decided to move on. Once he did, the sponsor did as well, and Tom Conway took the starring role, though Nigel Bruce got top billing and was always announced first. The new sponsor was Kreml Hair Tonic for Men, and the new series only lasted 39 episodes.

In 1955, NBC re-ran the transcribed BBC series of the original great Conan Doyle stories with the fine actors Sir John Gielgud as Holmes, and Sir Ralph Richardson as Watson, and in “The Final Problem,” Orson Welles as Moriarty.

For American radio, the heroine of Holmes on the radio was Edith Meiser, an actress who loved the stories and was convinced they would make great listening. She scripted several Conan Doyle stories and took them around. NBC liked them, but had no sponsor ready. Meiser Shopped for a sponsor for the show herself, and went back to the network triumphantly. Beginning in the early 1930’s, she single-handed wrote the show for over a dozen years, first working from the Conan Doyle canon, and then continuing to create stories in the spirit of the originals.