Category Archives: 1950s

Warming up with June Bride

It’s November and turning cold, so here are a movie trailer and two radio adaptations of a snow-flaky romantic comedy called “June Bride,” about a magazine team trying to get a wedding feature written in a midwestern winter so that … Continue reading

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An honest newspaperwoman fights for a clean election

Juvenile listeners to the 1950s Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok radio series heard at least one or two episodes suggest that some Western heroes were journalists, not just gun-fighters. And, while the program’s introduction sings the praises of “a few … Continue reading

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History provides bad example for Gunsmoke newsies

The six-gun adventures reported by 19th century writer Ned Buntline came up in conversation more than once in the 1952-1961 radio drama “Gunsmoke.” As an “adult” Western during the mature days of American radio drama, Gunsmoke distanced itself from the … Continue reading

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Radio propaganda about Russia, Iran, 1953

“I came here for Uncle Joe’s funeral, but I’m also here to learn about the new boy…” – Douglas of The World The release of more CIA records concerning the coup that re-installed the Shah of Iran in 1953 inspired … Continue reading

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Theater critic as storyteller, plot device & investigator

What do the movies “All About Eve” (1950) and “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944) have in common that is relevant to this blog, other than their popularity with radio producers who adapted them for broadcast? There are no corpses or … Continue reading

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Reporter, actress, find love in “Next Time…”

Next Time We Love, a 1936 “struggling marriage” melodrama with a young James Stewart as a reporter and Margaret Sullavan as his aspiring actress wife, was adapted for radio repeatedly, including versions with Stewart and the very different Jimmy Cagney as … Continue reading

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“I am not ‘in the news’…” — The Couple Next Door

Journalism students should find food for ethical thought in this encounter between a newspaper reporter and “The Couple Next Door.”  Prelude: Little Betsy got a bad mark at school; all the children laughed at her… and just for repeating something … Continue reading

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Jimmy Olsen, ‘absolutely fearless’ newspaperman

From its first scene, the 1949 Superman adventure  The Mystery of the Flying Monster demonstrates how radio reminded its audience of the culture of 20th century American newspapers. The story doesn’t start with the clack of typewriters, the clatter of … Continue reading

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Lime with a twist: Violets, Violence and Recycled Radio

Here’s a special case of radio recycling, another Orson Welles’ script from “The Lives of Harry Lime,” turned into a “Europe Confidential” journalist-hero script a few years later, part of a pattern I began writing about some months ago. This … Continue reading

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Cheesecake and pickles at State Fair

Did you hear the one about the big-city reporter and the farmer’s daughter? It was called “State Fair,” as a novel, a Broadway hit, a movie, a stage musical and two more movies. On the radio, the whole theatrical Lockhart … Continue reading

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