Category Archives: movies

A dark “Christmas Holiday” on radio

Despite the title, “Christmas Holiday” is no Santa-and-sleighbells yule feature, but a “film noir” drama with a newspaper reporter as a pivotal character: He starts out on the shady side, does a couple of favors for the lead characters, and … Continue reading

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Newspaper stories behind a September Song

Knickerbocker Holiday (Theater Guild on the Air, Dec. 1945). The hit song remained, but the “journalist” character disappeared in the radio adaptation of the musical “Knickerbocker Holiday” — one of many films that were presented in radio versions. The radio … 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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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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Reporters aren’t always heroes: Ask Laura

Despite the title of this blog, not all newspapermen (or women) in radio’s popular culture portrayals were heroes, although I think they were generally played more favorably on radio than in Hollywood movies. But I’ve just added a 45th title … Continue reading

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The most beautiful newspaper reporter on radio

“Give me a chance, just give me a chance, and I’ll be the best male Jane Arden in the racket.” — Jerry Delaney, the newspaper’s cub reporter Jane Arden was a long-running comic strip about an adventurous “girl reporter,” pre-dating … Continue reading

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Arsenic and Old Headlines

As a former reporter for The Hartford Courant, I was intrigued to find a Courant story from long ago among episodes of the radio series “The Big Story,” and just had to track down the original criminal investigation. The broadcast … Continue reading

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