Category Archives: 1940s

Fatherly editor faces romantic son, Persian poetry

https://archive.org/download/TheaterGuildontheAir/Tgoa_45-10-07_ep005-Ah_Wilderness.mp3 Ah, Wilderness, Eugene O’Neill’s comedy-drama about coming of age, was adapted for radio by Theatre Guild on the Air in 1945, with Walter Huston as a newspaper-owner father whose poetry-besotted son is tempted by what passed for the wild … Continue reading

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Reporter finds Lost Angel, maybe more

A national public radio profile today of actress Marsha Hunt at 100 years of age sent me browsing through her career, and I happily stumbled on the movie “Lost Angel.” She played the singer-girlfriend of newspaper reporter Mike Regan, whose … Continue reading

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A gentleman of the press vs. ungentlemanly gentiles

http://www.archive.org/download/Lux13/Lux_48-09-20_Gentlemens_Agreement.mp3 A Facebook conversation just led me to check back and see if I had ever posted a blog item about the radio adaptations of the movie Gentleman’s Agreement, and it looks like I hadn’t, other than a paragraph in … Continue reading

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Getting too close to a source

http://www.archive.org/download/ScreenGuildTheater/Sgt_44-06-19_ep200_No_Time_for_Love.mp3 The 1943 movie “No Time for Love” and this 1944 radio adaptation both starred Claudette Colbert as a society-gal photojournalist and Fred MacMurray as her leading man. I have found no radio history book that reveals whether he kept his … Continue reading

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Woman with a Mission, Ida B. Wells

Her New York Times obituary — 87 years after her death — called Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) “one of the nation’s most influential investigative reporters,” part of the newspaper-of-record’s 2018 attempt to set the record straight by publishing biographies of … Continue reading

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Spring training and the Green Hornet

http://otrrlibrary.org/OTRRLib/Library%20Files/G%20Series/Green%20Hornet,%20The/Green%20Hornet%2048-06-01%20(0861)%20The%20Hornet%20Bats%20for%20a%20Pitcher.mp3 Here’s a Green Hornet episode I haven’t written about yet: The 1948 tale’ s title “The Hornet Bats for a Pitcher” sums it up… A pitcher sent back to the minors keeps losing, leading a Daily Sentinel sports reporter … Continue reading

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Press, police & femme fatale

http://otrrlibrary.org/OTRRLib/Library%20Files/G%20Series/Green%20Hornet,%20The/Green%20Hornet%2044-01-15%20(0636)%20Lowrey's%20Big%20Moment.mp3 It has been a while since I have written about old-time radio’s portrayal of the relationship between newspaper reporters and police officers. This 1944 Green Hornet episode goes beyond the series’ usual scenes of camaraderie between the cops and … Continue reading

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