Category Archives: 1940s

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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Ghostwriting for equal rights

https://archive.org/download/DestinationFreedom/DF_49-06-19_ep050-Ghost_Editor.mp3 “Ghost Editor” is a well-dramatized biography of Roscoe Dunjee, who founded the Black Dispatch, the first African American newspaper in 1915 Oklahoma City. Actor Fred Pinkard narrates the series as Dunjee in this episode of the “Destination Freedom” African … Continue reading

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